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Lord Aim. Thank you, Patty; I hope we shall Giles. Think! why I think of nothing else. It's be happy.
all over the place, mun, as how you are to be my Pat. Upon my knees, upon my knees, I pray it! spouse; and you would not believe what gawe May every earthly bliss attend you ! may your folks make of me. days prove an uninterrupted course of delightful Pat. Shall I talk to you like a friend, farmer? tranquillity! and your mutual friendship, confi- You and I were never designed for one another; dence, and love, end but with your lives! and I am morally certain we should not be
Lord Aim. Rise, Patty, rise ; say no more happy. I suppose you'll wait upon Miss Sycamore be Giles. Oh ! aş for that matter, I never bas ng fore you go away-at present, I have a little words with nobody. þusiness -As I said, Patry, don't afflict your. Pat. Shall I speak plainer to you, then?-I self: I have been somewhat hasty with regard don't like you. to the farmer; but since I see how deeply you
Giles. No! are interested in his affairs, I may possibly Pat. On the contrary you are disagreeable alter my designs with regard to him -You to meknow-You know, Party, your marriage with Giles. Am I? him is no concern of mine-I only speak
Pat. Yes, of all things : I deal with you sincerely.
Giles. Why, I thought, Miss Pat, the affair AIR.
between you and I was all fixed and settled ! My passion in vain I attempt to dissemble ;
Pat. Well, let this uodeceive you-Be assurTH' endeavour to hide it, but makes it uppear : ed we shall never be man and wife. No offer Enraptured, I gaze ; when I touck her, I tremble, shall persuade, no command force me You And speak to und heur her, with faultering know my mind, make your advantage of it. and fear.
AIR. By haw many cruel ideas tormented !
My blood's in a ferment—it freezes, it burns ! Was I sure a life to lead This moment I wish, what the nert is repented;
Wretched as the vilest slave, While love, rage, and jealousy, rack me by Every hardship would I brure ; turns.
Rudest toil, severest need ;
Ere yield my hand so coolly,
To the man who never truly
Could my heart in keeping huve. Giles. Miss Pat-Odd rabbit it, I thought Wealth with others success will insure you, his boyour was here! and I wish I may die if Where your wit and your person may please; my beast did not jump into my mouth--Come, Take to them your love I conjure you, come down in all haste! there's such rig below
And in mercy set me at ease. (Exit. as you never knew in your born days. Pat. Rig!
Giles. Here's a turn! I don't know what to Giles. Ay, and fun - There's as good as forty make ot it: she's gone mad, that's for sartinof the tenants, men and maidens, have got upon wit and learning have cracked her brain-Poor the lawn before the castle, with pipers and gar- soul! poor soul! It is often the case of those lands; just for all the world as thof it was May- who have too much of them. Lord, Lord, how day; and the quality's looking at them out of the sorry I be! But hold, she says I balut to her windows-'Tis as true as any thing; on account mind-nayn't all this be the effect of modish of my lord's coming home with liis new lady,
coyness, to do like the gentlewomen, because she Look here, I have brought a string of flowers
was bred among them? And I have beard say, along with me.
they will be upon their vixen tricks, till they go Pat. Well, and what then?
into the very church with a man. Icod, there's Giles. Why I was thinking, if so be as you nothing more likelier; for it is the ery of one would come down, as we might take a dance to and all, that she's the moral of a lady in every gether: little Sal, farmer Harrow's daughter, of thing: and our farmers' daughters, for the maithe green, would fain have had me for a partner; ter of that, tho'f they have nothing to boast of but I said as how I'd go for one I liked better; but a scrap of red ribbon about their hats, will one that I'd make a partner for life.
have as many turnings and windings as a bare, Pat. Did you say so?
before one can lay a fast bold of them. There Giles. Yes, and she was struck all of a heap can no harm come of speaking with Master Fairshe had not a word to throw to a dog– for Sal field, however. Odd rabbit it, how plaguy tart and I kept company once for a little bit.
she was! I am half vext witb myself now, that I Pat. Farmer, I am going to say something to let her go off
' so. you, and I desire you will listen to it attentively. It seems you think of our being married together!
The. But you know, Patty, I was always a
distracted admirer of the country; no damsel in When a maid, in way of marriage,
romance was ever sonder of groves and purling First is courted by a man,
streams: had I been born in the days of ArcaLet'un do the best he cun,
dia, with my present propensity, instead of being She's so shame-faced in her carriage, a fine lady, as you call me, I should certainly 'Tis with pain the suit's began.
bave kept a flock of sheep.
Pat. Well, madam, you have the sages, poets, Tho't mayhap she likes him mainly,
and philosophers, of all ages, to countenance Still she shams it coy und cold'; your way of thinking. Fearing to confess it plainly,
The. And you, my little philosophical friend, Lest the folks should think her bold.
you think me in the right, too?
Pai. Yes, indeed, madam, perfec:ly.
Without mixture, without meusure,
No where shall you find the treasure
Sure as in the sylvan scene : A View of LORD AIMWORTH's House, and In
Blest, who, no false glare requiring, provements : a Seat under a Tree, and Part of
Nature's rurul sucets admiring, the Garden Wall, with a Chinese Pavilion over
Cun, from grosser joys retiring, it. Several Country People appear dancing, Seek ihe simple and serene. others looking on; among whom are, MERVIN,
[Exit Patty. disguised, RALPH, Fanny, and a Number of Gipsies. After the Dancers go off, THEODOSIA and Pariy enter through a Gate, supposed to
Mervin and FANNY come forward. have a Connection with the principal Build Mer. Yonder she is sented; and, to ing.
my wish, most furtunately alone-Accost her, as I de
sired. The. Well, then, my dear Patty, you will run
The. Heigh! away froin us ? but why in such a hurry? I have
Fun. Heaven bless you, my sweet lady ! bless a thousand things to say to you.
honour's beautiful visage, and send you a Pat. I shall do myself the honour to pay my good husband, and a great many of them. duty to you some other time, madam, at pre
The. A very comfortable wish, upon niy word : sent I really find myself a little indisposed.
child? The. Nay, I would by no means lay you under
Fan. A poor gipsey, an' please you, that goes any restraiut. But, methinks, the entertainment about begging from charitable gentlemen and we have just been taking part of, should have ladies- If you have ere a coal or a bit of whitput you into better spirits : I am not in an over. ing in your pocket, I'll write you the first letter merry mood myself; yet, I swear, I could not
of your sweetheart's
name; how many husbands look on the diversion of those honest folks, with
you will have, and low many children, iny lady: out feeling a certain gaieté de caur.
Or, if you will let me look at your line of lite, Pat. Why, indeed, madam, it had one cir- I'll tell you whether it will be long or short, liapcumstance attending it, which is often wanting
py or uniserable. to more polite amusements; that of seeming to
The. Oh! as for that, I know it already, give undissembled satisfaction to those who were
you cannot tell me any good fortune, and ihereengaged in it.
fore, I'll bear none. Go about your business. The Ob, infinite, infinite! to see the chearful,
Mer. Stay, madam, stay, [Pretending to lift a healthy-looking creatures, toil with such a good will! To me, there were more genuine charws in paper from the ground.) you have dropt soide
thing -Fan, call the young gentlewoman their aukward stumping and jumping about,
back. their rude measures, and homespun finery, than
Fan. Lady, you have lost-in all the dress, splendour, and studied graces of
The. Pho, pho, I have lost nothing. a birth-night ball-rooin.
Mer. Yes, that paper, lady; you dropt it as Pat. Tis a very uncommon declaration to be made by a fine lady, madam: but certaiuly, how - you got up from the chair. Fan, give it to her ever the artful delicacies of high life may dazzle
The. A letter with my address! and surprise, nature has particular attractions,
[Tükes the paper and reads. even in a cottage, her most unadorned state, which seldom fail to affect us, though we can - Dear Theodosia! Though the sight of me scarce give a reason for it.
was so disagreeable to you, that you charged me
who are you,
neder to approach you more, I hope my hand-gipsies. They said she should die at such a writing can have nothing to frighten or disgust time; and I warrant, as sure as the day came, you. I am not far off'; and the person, who de- the poor gentlewoman actually died with the livers you this, can give you intelligence.'--Come conceit. Come, Dossy, your mamma and I are bither, child ! do you know any thing of the gen- going to take a walk. 'My lady, will you have tleman that wrote this?
hold of my arm? Fan. My lady
Lady Syc. No, Sir Harry, I choose to go by The. Make haste-run this moment–bring myself. me to him—bring him to me! say I wait with Mer. Now, love, assist me! [Turning to the iinpatience; tell him I will go, fly any where— Gipsies.} Follow, and take all your cues from Mer. My life, my charmer!
Nay, but good lady and gentleman, you The. 0, Heavens ! Mr. Mervin !
won't go without remembering the poor gipsies!
Sir Har. Hey! here is all the gang after us. Enier Sir Harry and LADY SYCAMORE. Gip. Pray, your noble bonour !
Lady Syc. Come back into the garden; we Lady Syc. Sir Harry, don't walk so fast, we shall be covered with vermin. are not running for a wager.
Gip. Out of the bowels of your commisseraSir Har. Hough, houghi, hough!
tion ! Lady Syc. Hey day, you have got a cough-I
Lady Sye. They press on us more and more; shall have you laid upon my hands presently.
Sir Hur. No, no, my lady; it is only the old yet that girl has no mind to leave them ; I shali affair.
Sir Har, Don't be frightened, my lady; lec Lady Syc. Come here, and let me tie this
me advance. handkerchief about your neck; you have put yourself into a muck sweat already. [ Ties a handkerchief about his neck.) Have you taken your
AIR. Bardana this morning? I warrant you not now, though you have been complaining of twitches You dile pack of vagabonds ! what do you two or three times; and you know the gouty
mean? season is coming on. -Why will you be so
I'll maul you, rascallions, neglectful of your health, Sir Harry? I protest I Ye tatter-demallionsam forced to watch you like an infant.
If one of you come within reuch of my cane. Sir Hur. My lovely takes care of me, and I am obliged to her.
Such cursed assurance, Lady Syc. Well, but you ought to mind me, 'Tis past all endurance. then, since you are satisfied, I never speak but Nay, nay, pray come away, for your good.- I thought, Miss Sycamore, you They're liars and thieves, were to have followed your papa and me into
And he that belieres the garden.
How far did you yo with that Their foolish predictions, wench?
Will find them but fictions, The. They are gipsies, madam, they say. In Abubble, that always deceives. deed, I don't know what they are.
Lady Syc. I wish, miss, you would learn to Fun. Oh, mercy, dear! The gentleman is so give a rational auswer
bold, 'ris well if he does not bring us into trouSir Har. Eh! what's that? gipsies! Hare ble. Who knows but this may be a justice of we gipsies here? Vagrants, that pretend to a peace ! and, see, he's following them into the knowledge of future events; diviners, fortune- garden! tellers ?
1st. Gip Well, 'tis all your seeking, Fan. Fan. Yes, your worship, we'll tell your for Fun. We shall have warrants to take us np, tune, or her ladyship’s, for a crum of bread, or I'll be hanged else! We hnd better run away; a little broken victuals: what you throw to your the servants will come out with sticks to lick dogs, an' please you.
Sir Har. Broken victuals, hussy! How do Mer. Cursed ill fortune! (Here Mervin seyou think we should have broken victuals? If turns with Gipsies.] She's gone, and, perhaps, I we were at home, indeed, perhaps you might get shall not have anothercpportunity - And you, se some such thing from the cook: but here we are blundering blockhead! I won't give you a halfonly on a visit to a friend's house, and have no- penny-Why did you not clap to the gardenthing to do with the kitchen at all.
door, when I called to you, before the young Lady Syc. And do you think, Sir Harry, it is lady got in? The key was on the outside, which necessary to give the creature an account? would bave given me some time for an explana
Sir Har. No, love, no ! but what can you say tion. to obstinate people? Get you gone, bold face! 2d Gip. An' please your honour, I was duI once knew'a merchant's wife in the city, my bus. lady, who had her fortune told by some of those Mer. Dubus ! plague choak ye! However, it
is some satisfaction that I have been able to let
Enter Fanny. her see me, and know where I am. [Turning to the Gipsies, who go off.] Go, get you gone, all of Fan. Please your honour, you were so kind you, about your business!
as to say you would remember my fellow-travel[THEODOSLA appears in the Pavilion.]
lers for their trouble : and they think I have got
ten the money. The. Disappeared, fled !-Oh, how unlucky
Mer. Oh, here; give them this—[Gives her this is! -Could he not have patience to wait money.] And for you, my dear little pilot, you a moment?
have brought me so cleverly through my busiMer. I know not what to resolve on.
ness, that I mustThe. Hem !
Fan. Oh, Lord !--your honour-[MERVIN Mer. I'll go back to the garden door.
kisses her.] Pray don't-kiss me again. The. Mr. Mervin !
Mer. Again, and again. I have a thought Mer. What do I see! 'Tis she, 'tis she herself! Oh, Theodosia ! Shall I climb the wall, and have no objection to putting on the dress of a
come into my head -Theodosia will certainly come up to you?
sister of mine-So, and so only, we may escape The. No; speak softly; Sir Harry, and my to-night-- This girl, for a little money,
prolady sit below at the end of the walk-How vide us with necessariesmuch am I obliged to you for taking this trou Fan. Dear gracious! I warrant you now, I ble ! Mer. When their happiness is at stake, what ster and touzle one so?--If Ralph was to see
am as red as my petticoat: why would you royis it men will not attempt ? Say but
he'd be as jealous as the vengeance. me!
Mer. Hang Ralph! Never mind him— There's The. What proof would you have me give
a guinea for thee. you? I know of but one: if you please I am willing to go off with you.
Fan. What, a golden guinea ?-
Mer. Yes; and if thou art a good girl, and Mer. Are you? Would to Heaven I had do as I desire thee, thou shalt have twenty. brought a carriage!
Fan. Ay, but not all gold? The. How did you come ? Have you not horses?
Mer. As good as that is. Mer. No; there is another misfortune. To
Fan. Shall I though, if I does as you bids avoid suspicion, there being but one little public me? house in the village, I dispatched my servant Mer. You shall. with them, about an hour ago, to wait for me at a town twelve miles distant, whither I pretended man !- Icod I have a great mind-
Fan. Precious heart! He's a sweet gentler to go; but, alighting a mile off, I equipt myself,
Mer. What art thou thinking about? and came back as you see! neither can we,
Fan. Thinking, your honour?-Ha, ha, ha! nearer then this town, get a post-chaise.
Mer. Indeed, so merry! The. You say you have made a confidant of
Fan. I don't know what I am thinking about, the miller's son:-return to your place of rendez- not 1–Ha, ha, ha!—Twenty guineas ! vous :—my father has been asked this moment,
Mer. I tell thee, thou shalt have them. by Lord Aimworth, who is in the garden, to take a walk with him down to the mill: they will go
Fan. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! before dinner : and it shall be hard if I cannot
Mer. By Heaven, I am serious ! contrive to be one of the company.
Fun. Ha, ha, ha!Why then I'll do what
ever your honour pleases. Mer. And wbat then?
Mer. Stay here a little, to see that all keeps The. Why, in the mean time, you may devise quiet: you'll find me presently at the mill, where some method to carry me from hence: and I'll we'll talk farther. take care you shall have an opportunity of communicating it to me. Mer. Well, but dear Theodosia
Yes, 'tis decreed, thou maid divine !
I must, I will possess thee :
Oh, what delight within my arms to press thee !
To kiss, and call thee mine!
Let me this only bliss enjoy;
That ne'er can waste, that ne'er can cloy:
Why should we dally,
Stand shilli shally?
Let fortune smile or frown!
Love will attend us;
Love will befriend us;
Ralph. A murrain! with her damned little
Gist as hard as she could draw ! Fan. What a dear kind soul he is !-Here Fan. Well, it's good enough for you ; I'm not comes Ralph–I can tell him, unless he makes necessitated to take up with the impudence of me his lawful wile, as be has often said he such a low-lived monkey as you are.—A gentlewould, the devil a word more shall he speak to man's my friend, and I can have twenty guineas
in my hand, all as this is. Ralph. So, Fan, where's the gentleman? Ralph. Belike from this Londoner, eh?
Fun. How should I know where he is? what Fan. Yes, from him—so you may take your do you ask me for?
promise of marriage; I don't value it that, Ralph. There's no harm in putting a civil [$pits.] and if you speak to me, I'll slap your question, be there? Why you look as cross and chops again. ill-naturedFan. Well, mayhap I domaod mayhap I have
AIR. where-withal for it.
Lord, sir ; you seem mighty uneasy; Ralph. Why, has the gentlenian offered any thing uncivil? Ecod, I'd try a bout as soon as
But I the refusal can bear :
I warrant I shall not run crazy, look at him.
Nor die in a fit of despair. Fan. He offer !-no-be's a gentleman every inch of bim; but you are sensible, Ralph, you
If so you suppose, you're mistaken;
For, sir, for to let you to know, have been promising me a great while, this,
I'm not such a maiden forsaken, and that, and t'other; and, when all comes
But I have two strings to my bow (Éxit. to all, I don't see but you are like the rest of them.
Ralph. Indeed ! Now I'll be judged by any Ralph. Why, what is it I have promised?
soul living in the world, if ever there was a valer Fun. To marry me in the church, you have, a hundred times.
piece of treachery than this bere! there is no Raleh. Well , and mayhap I will, if you'll have such thing as a true friend upon the face of the
glcbe, and so I have said a hundred times! A patience. Fun. Patience me no patience ! you may do couple of base, deceitful atter all my love
and kindness shewn ! Well, I'll be revenged ; it now if you please.
see an I ben't-Master Marvint, that's his Ralph. Well, but suppose I don't please : I tell you, Fan, you're a fool, and want to quarrel name, an be do not sham it—he has come here with your bread and butter ; I have had anger law so to do ; besides, I do partly know why be
and disguised unself: whereof 'tis contrary to enow from feyther already upon your account, did it; and I'll fish out the whole conjuration, and you want me to come by more. As I said, and go up to the castle and tell every syllable : if you have patience, mayhap things may fall
a shan't carry a weuch from me, were he twenty out, and mayhap not.
times the mon he is, and twenty times to that Fan. With all my heart, then ; and now I
again; and moreover than so, the first time I know your mind, you may go hang yourself.
meet un, I'll knock un down, tho'f 'twas betere Ralph. Ay, ay ! Fun. Yes, you may-uho cares for you?
my lord himself: and he may capias me for it
afterwards, an he wull. Ralph. Well, and who cares for you, an you
AIR. Fun, A menial feller-Go mind your mill and your drudgery; I don't think you worthy to
As they count me such a ninny, wire my shoes—feller.
So let them rule the roast, Ralph. Nay, but Fan, keep a civil tongue in
I'll bet any one a guinea your head : odds flesh! I would fain know what
They have scored without their host. tly bites all of a sudden now !
But if I don't shew them in lieu of it, Fun. Marry coine up, the best gentlemens'
A trick that's fairly worth two of it, sous in the country have made me proffers; and
Then let me pass for a fool and an ass. if one is a miss, be a miss to a genuleman, I say, that will give one fine clothes, and take one to
To be sure yon sly cajoler see the show, and put money in one's pocket.
Thought the work as good as dore, Ralph. Whu, whu—[She hits him a slap.]
When he found the little stroller What's that for?
Was so easy to be won. Fan. What do you whistle for, then? Do you
But if I don't shew him in lieu of it, think I am a dog?
A trick that's fairly worth two of it, Ralph. Never trust me, Tan, if I have not a
Then let me pass for a fool or an ass. [Exit. mind to give you, with this switch in my hand here, as good a lacing
Fun. Touch me, if you dare! touch me, and I'll swear my life against you.
go to that?