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Ent r GERMAIN. Why did you let that fellow pass, and not shoot Ger (Aside, stealing forward.) Not quite so fast, or him for forcing you? You à soldier! I'll have you I'm ruined. -(70 Murville.) Sir, you're welcome. I all at the halberts, or I am not Governor, by St. have obeyed all your orders; nay, sir, exceeded Patrick!
them, in my impatience to oblige - (aside.) myself : Corporal. Governor, no one passed us.
no lie there. Gov. (Raising his can.) Ah! and get out with Mur. Germain, I have no doubt of your fidelity. your d-d lies! Didn't I see him here, through my I am expected, then? own eyes? And didn't I see the tail of his brown Ger. No, sir, not yet; and if you could delay your coat, as he skipped through the door? Make your visit for a short time, all things would be better arself scarce, or I shall break my cane over your d-drapged; at present, sir, the apartmont, which has thick head. (Advances on the Corporal, who runs off.) been occupied, is not ready; and and-in short, Well, well, you shall meet yet; I'll not be treated sir, you are not expected yet. so by any Count in the kingdom! I'll after him this Mur. This appears strange. However, I have instant; ay, and he shall give me the satisfaction more serious business at present. Attend me here; of a gentleman, when he has made friends with I shall despatch you with a message in a few moyou, which shall be here, here, and before you'rements. shot.
(Exit. Ger. (Aside.) Serious business! Dear, dear! Blin. Governor! Governor! (Following him.) that's so lucky! If I can keep him at an inn ai Huzza! I'm safe again. Love is like hunger, and night, there will be time for invention. will break through stone walls.
Mur. (Pulling out his watch.) This loitering Gover
nor! Could I impart to him my feeling and an[Watches the Gorernor fairly oul. Whenxiety, he would be swift, indeed; but the scenes
the prison door closes, listens a mo- that he is accustomed to, deaden his sensibility.-
Ger. (Aside.) Hopes! Oh! that I could but creep into a snail's house to escape. He'll have dis
covered all, and I shall live to see the gipsy's SCENE III.-A Grove leading to the castle.
prophecy fulfilled-I shall be hanged! Enter GERMAIN, stealing along in silence, and Enter the GOVERNOR OF SORRENTO from the alarm.
Castle, followed by the Lieutenant and an Officer;
when they are on the bridge, the Governor directs the Ger. Oh, dear! oh, dear! All must out now, and
Officer to return to the castle; the bridge is again the reward of my labour will be bestowed with in
raised, and the Governor and the Lieutenant come for terest. Germain, thou art a fool; and a court-mar- ward to Murville, tal would decide it, and I'll prove it. "Gentlemen, the prisoner was a free man; and, for fifty Louis, he Mur. I presume, sir, the Governor ? abeited, assisted, connived at, and advised Lieu- Gov. 'Faith, sir, you have guessed right.
I am tenant Blinval, of the death's-head hussars, then O'Rourke O‘Flagherty of the kingdom, and, as you and there prisoner in the castle-(Starting, and say, governor of the castle. You have despatches looking round.)-to represent the Count Murville" from Naples.
-Oh, lord! oh, lord: Talk of the devil, and he's at Mur. For the release of one of your state priyour elbow.
(Exit. soners: I have the packet in my hand.
Gov. Welcome, sir, to Sorrento. I am seldom so pleased as when I wish my old acquaintances a
good journey; though they are never grateful SCENE IV.-The outside of the Castle; an antique enough to wish to pay me a second visit.
budding, with four towers, enclosed by a wet ditch. A Mur. I'm impatient to afford you that enjoy. draw-bridge up; cannon niounted, &c. A view across ment. Here are my orders; inspect them. Here's the Buy of Naples, Mount Vesuvius in the distance. the king's seal; they are correct. (Delivering desThe scene 18 by moonlight, and the refleclion throus patches.) upon the water. A Sentinel placed upon the ram- Gov. (Reading.) “Blinval!" - Och! I am reparts.
joiced-But we lose time. Lower the bridge!
Come, sir; a man's liberty must not be trifled Enter COUNT MURVILLE in the same uniform as with.
Blinval's, the dress jacket of an hussar officer, and the Ger. (Who has been skulking about with signs of cloak on the shoulder. He views the castle with atlen- fear.--Aside.) Oh! then, all's safe:-(Runs up to the tion, and then comes forward.
bridge.) Hallo! within! Are you all deall Lower
the bridge. Mur. Here, then, I am at last, and with the pardon I have despaired of obtaining. His warm temper hurried Blinval into an act, which, though ex
TRIO AND CHORUS. cusable, in a young man, is death to a soldier. I| The GOVERNOR, MORVILLE, and GERMAIN. can, in my turn, now give life. Yes, to the generous feclings of a monarch I am indebted for success,
Lower the bridge, what hoal attend. when interest and court favour failed. Bliv val,
Lower the bridgehow rich the gift! First, I'll embrace my friend; Om. Who's there? see him at liberty; then fly to my cousin, and Gov.&? seek that settled happiness her character bids me Ger. S
A friend. expecto
(The bridge is lowered again.)
Gov. The strictest discipline, you see,
Ger. Oh! doar, good Mr. Governor, don't cram Within Sorrento's castle reigns :
me into that abominable black castle, and I'll conMy rule is-regularity,
fess all. And I'm rewarded for my pains.
Gov. Confess! Oh, oh! Then you begin to (When the bridge is down, a guard comes squeak, do you?
Mur. Scoundrel! And have you been accessory from the castle, leaving a sentinel at the other side of the bridge, and returns again to his escape ? into the castle.)
Ger. Why, lord, sir, he had escaped before I had om. Advance! The countersign!
any hand in the business.
Mur. Explain. (The Governor makes signs to Murville and
Ger. Why, you must know, then, that there's a Germain to remain still.)
secret communication between his prison and the Gov. Rochelle! (Going to the Officer.)
Widow Belmont's. He has been burrowing under. Off. Correct ! Pass friends, and all is well.
ground, and playing at bo-peep between the two Gov. Lieutenant, hasten, Blinval's free.
buildings like a rabbit in a warren. (Giving the keys to the Lieutenant.)
Gov. Has he so? 'Faith, theu, I'll have my
ferrets after him, and they'll soon bring him out. Mur. & Gov.
Fly! soothe his anxious mind to peace. Corporal, take a guard, and go to the Widow BelGov. Roar like a lion-liberty!
mont's, and recover the prisoner.---(Exit Corporal
with Guards.) So, then, this singular gentleman Mur. & Fly, quick, and hasten his release!
nas been cutting himself in half, and has been a Gov. S
double man after all. Then it was him I saw at Mur. Tell him a friend, whose life he sav'd, Has joyous tidings to impari.
the Widow's, and not Count Murville.
Mur. You certainly never saw Count Murville Gov. Tell him he's been so well behav'd, He's my permission to depart.
there; for I am he, and never yet entered her
doors; but his reason for personating me I am at a [Exit the lieutenant over the bridge into the loss to guess. castle, ordering the Officer from the ram Ger. Love was his reason, sir. Love, you know, parts to follow him.
sir, will change a man into anything; and if Miss Gov. Och! honey sweet, what joys we feel
Rosina be not as much inclined to the prisoner as Mur. Transporting moment! yes, I feel
the prisoner is to her, I know nothing of the tender Ger. I'm glad he's free, but still I feel
passion. Gov. When gratitude the bosom warms.
Gov. Och! then, the little blind boy, Master Mur. A generous act the bosom warms.
Cupid, has been at work with them. Ger. Some symptoms strong of fierce alarms.
Enter MRS. BELMONT and ROSINA Gov. Its glowing ardour you reveal.
Mrs. B. Governor, what is all this? The confuMur. Ahi could my tongue my joys reveal
sion in my house-your guard-theGer. Ah! could my tongue my fears reveal
Gov. Be aisy, Widow, be aisy! Here comes one Gov. Humanity, how bright thy charms!
that will clear up all. Mur. &? 'Twould soon destroy those fancied Ger. charms.
Enter BLINVAL, guarded.
So, Mr. Proteus! 'Faith, and you're trapped ! Enter the Officer from the castle.
What, then, you put the governor, and all his (offi. Escap'd, escap'd! the pris'ner's fled!
chains, bolts, bars, and sentries, at defiance. Eh ! [Exit Germain, hastily. here you have this pickle, your cousin ; but, give The southern tower we've search'd in vain. me leave, I must make known the real Murville. Gov. Oh, heaven! am I alive or dead?
(Presents him to M s. Belmont.) And that whipMur. Some mystery
start is my recluse of the south tower. Pretty Goy. Some trick, 'tis plain!
sweet innocent! see how demure he seems. To arms, to arms! Post sentries round!
Ros. (Advancing.) Blinyal! Oh! I'm so glad ! (An alarm, flourish of drums, &c.)
Mur. My dear Blinval! give me your hand, and Off. Each avenue, each opening guard!
let me give you joy of the pardon which I have obGov. Alive or dead, r'll have him found.
tained for you, and just delivered to the Gover
nor. His slippery tricks I'll soon reward.
Blin. My pardon! Huzza! My dear friend! I Enter Soldiers from the castle.
will, then, confess thatTo arms, to arms! the pris'ner's fled !
Mur. You may spare yaurself that trouble, for He must be found, alive or dead!
Germain has told us all. Cousin, my friend Blin[All the Soldiers go off ; but one party re- val has had the ingenuity to find a secret communiturns, bringing in Germain.
cation from his prison to that apartment; and, I beCho. As now we search'd the castle round,
lieve your fair daughter made him explore it. The This fellow lurking near we found:
state is benefited by the discovery; but he deserves His guilty looks declare that he
to be made prisoner for life. Will you consent ? Has help'd to set our pris'ner free.
Rosina has forged them, and he is, I dare be sworn, Ger. I nothing know-in truth, 'tis so!
ready to hug his chains.
Mrs. B. I have had proofs of my daughter's at.
tachment, and if she'll venture on such a prison. I'm innocent, so let me go.
breaker-She's her own mistress. (Blinval goes up Cho. March! The dungeon straight prepare: to Rosina, who retires bashfully to Mrs. Belmont.) Nay, He, for life, shall languish there.
my child, you have my consent. Lock up his heart; Treachery was his intent;
and, like the Governor, temper your away with Now he meets his punishment
Gov. Here has been a fine to do
One has all this while been tro:
When the parson's work is done,
Two will certainly be one.
Chorus. When the parson's work is done,
Two will certainly be one. Ros. Cupid's captives, void of pain,
From Sorrento's prison
Pris'ner here for life he'll be:
Let not foes our bliss annoy,
Smile, good friends, and wish usjoy.
A TRAGEDY, IN FIVE ACTS.--BY T. SOUTHERN.
Biron. "Oh! COME AGAIN, THY BIRON SUMMONS THEE TO LIFE AND LOVE."-Act iv, scene 2.
know, but one stage short of the possession of your
mistress, SCENE I.-A Street.
Vil. But my hopes, I fear, are more of my Enter VILLEROY and CARLOS.
own making than hers; and proceed rather from
my wishes, than any encouragement she has given Car. This constancy of yours will establish an me. immortal reputation among the women.
Car. That I can tell: the sex is very various; Vil. If it would establish me with Isabella
there are no certain measures to be prescribed or Car. Follow her, follow her: Troy town was won followed,, in making our approaches to the women. at last.
All that we have to do, I think, is to attempt therr Vil. I have followed her these seven years, and in the weakest part. Press them but hard, and thë now but live in hopes.
will all fall under the necessity of a surrender a Car. But live in hopes! Why, hope is the ready | last. That favour comes at once; and, sometimes, road, the lover's baiting-place; and, for ought you when we least expect it. )
No. 11 - THE BRITISH DRAMA.
Vu. I shall be glad to find it so. I'm going to y I have since lived in contemplation, visit her.
And long experience of your growing goodness : Car. What interest a brother-in-law can have What then was passion, is my judgment now, with her, depend upon.
Through all the several changes of your life, Vil. I know your interest, and I thank you. Confirm'd and settled in adoring you. Car. You are prevented; see, the mourner Isa. Nay, then, I must bogone. If you are my comes:
friend, She weeps, as seven years were seven hours : If you regard my little interest, So fresh, unfading is the memory
No more of this. Of my poor brother's, Biron's, death;
I'm going to my father; he needs not an ex. I leave you to your opportunity.
(Exit Vii. To use me ill: pray leave me to the trial. Though I have taken care to root her from my Vil. I'm only born to be what you would have house,
me, I would transplant her into Villeroy's.
The creature of your power, and must obey, There is an evil fate that waits upon her,
In every thing obey you. I am going; To which I wish him wedded-only him:
But all good fortune go along with you. His upstart family, with haughty brow,
Isa. I shall need all your wishes. (Knocks.) (Though Villeroy and myself are seeming friends) Lock'd! and fast! Looks down upon our house; his sister, too, Where is the charity that used to stand Whose hand I ask'd, and was with scorn re. In our forefathers' hospitable days fus'd,
At great men's doors,
With open arms taking the needy in,
(She knocks again.) That boy's an adder in my path: they come;
Enler SAMPSON. I'll stand apart, and watch their motions.
(Exit Samp. Well, what's to do now, I trow? You Enter VILLEROY and ISABELLA, with her
kuock as loud as if you were invited: and that's
more than I heard of; but I can tell you, you may Child.
look twice about for a welcome in a great man's Isa. Why do you follow me? you know I am family, before you find it, unless you bring it along A bankrupt every way; too far engaged Ever to make return: I own you have been
Isa. I hope I bring my welcome along with me: More than a brother to me, my friend :
Is your lord at home?
Isa. Count Baldwin lives here still ?
Samp. Ay, ay; Count Baldwin does live here; Always your friend.
and I am his porter; but what's that to the purpose, Isa. I have known, and found you
good woman, of my lord's being at home ? Truly my friend: and would I could be yours; Isa. Why, don't you know me, friend? But the unfortunate cannot be friends:
Samp. Not I, not I, mistress; I may have seen Pray, begone,
you before, or so! but men of employment must Take warning, and be happy.
forget their acquaintance; especially such as we Vil. Happiness!
are never to be tho better for. (Going to shut the There's none for me without you.
door.) What serve the goods of fortune for? To raise
Enter Nurse. My Lopes, that you, at last, will share them with me.
Nurse. Handsomer words would become you, 2:a. I must not hear you.
and mend your manners, Sampson: do you know Vil. Thus, at this awful distance, I have served who you prate to? A seven years' bondage. Do I call it bondage, Isa. I am glad you know me, nurse. When I can never wish to be redeem'd?
Nurse. Marry, heaven forbid! madam, that I No, let me rather linger out a life
should ever forget you, or my little jewel: pray Of expectation, that you may be mino,
go in. (Isabella goes in with her child.)
Now, my Than be restored to the indifference
blessing go along with you, wherever you go, or Of seeing you, without this pleasing pain :
whatever you are about. Fiel Sampson, how I've lost myself, and never would be found,
couldst thou be such a Saracen? A Turk would But in these arms.
have been a better Christian, than to have done so Isa. Oh, I have heard all this!
barbarously by so good a lady. But must no more-the charmer is no neore:
Samp. Why, look you, nurse, I know you of old: Mly buried husband rises in the face
by your good will, you would have å finger in Of my doen boy, and chides me for my sts
everybody's pie ; but mark the end on't! if I am Canst thou forgive me, child ?
called to account about it, I know what I have to Vil. What can I say?
say. The arguments that make against my hopes
Nurse. Marry, come up here! say your pleasure, Frevail upon my heart, and fix me more;
and spare not." Refuse his eldest son's widow and When yet a virgin, free, and undisposed,
poor child the comfort of seeing him? She does I loved, but saw you only with mine eyes;
not trouble him so often. I could not reach the beauties of your soul:
Samp. Not that I am against it, nurse, but we are