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Daph. Now, critics, lic snug,

Not a hiss, groun, or shrug;
Remember the fate of Midus,

Remember the fate of Midas.

Be thou squire-his estate [To Sil.

To thee I translate. То you his strong chests, wicked mass;

[To Daph. and Nysa. Live happy, while 1,

Recalled to the sky,

Make all the gods luugh at Midus. Daph.together with thic 7 To the bright god of Syl. oiher Nymphs Nysa. and Swains.

Let us dance, sing,

und play ; Clap hands every

lad with his luss.


Now, critics, lie snug, &c.

Ereunt Onines.

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SCENE I.-Part of an ornamented Farm. pared for all your whimsies, amorous and pne

tical. Your summons found me a day after my

arrival, and I took post immediately-next to Enter Sır HARRY GROVEBY and MR. DUPELEY, my eagerness to see you, was that of being in meeting.

time for the fête champétre-Novelty and plea

sure are the beings I pursue–They have led me Sir Hur. Dear Charles, welcome to England ! half the world over already, and, for ought I and doubly welcome to Oldworth's Oaks know, they may some time or other carry me to Friendship, I see, has wings, as well as love the Otaheite. you arrived at the moment I wished : I hope, Sir Har. You have pursued but their shadows in your haste, you have not forgot a fancy -bere they reign, in the manners of this new dress.

arcadia, and the smiles of the sweet Maid of the Dupe. No, no; I am a true friend, and pre-Oaks.

Dupe. Who, in the name of curiosity, is she be had, you need not be in such haste about that bears this romantic title? for your letter then-Mercy on us! my fête has turned this was a mere eclogue; the devil a thing could I poor fellow's head already, he will certainly get make out, but a rhapsody upon rural inno- a fever. cence, and an invitation from a gentleman I did Hurry. Get a favour, sir !-why there has not not know, to an entertainment I never saw been one left these three bours; all the girls in What, are we to have a representation of the the parish have been scrambling for them, and I pastor-fido in a garden.

inusi get a hundred yards more-Lord a mercy! Sir Har. The pastor-fido is before you in pro- there is so much to do at once, and nobody to pria persona ; the business of the day is a wed- do it, that it is enough to moider one's head. ding and Charles Dupeley is invited to see his [OLDWORTH and HURRY talk together. friend, Sir Harry Groveby, united to the most Dupe. Ha, ha, ha! is this one of the examcharming of her sex.

ples you produce, Sir Harry, to degrade the poDupe. The devil it is! What a young fellow of lish of courts? your hopes and fortune, sacrificed to a marriage Sir Har. If I did, have you never met with a of romance !-But, pr’ythee, relieve my impa- courtier in your travels, as busy, as importánt, tience, and tell me who she is.

and as insignificant, upon yet more trifling ocSir Har. An orphan ward of the worthy old casions? —Why, my friend Hurry is the true gentleman, at whose seat you now are : his cha- bustle of an anti-chamber, with this difference, racter is singular, and as amiable in its way as that there is rather more attachment and fide her’s. Inheriting a great estate, and literally lity to the master at the bottom of it. educated, his disposition led him early to a [During this speech Hurry is expressing, country life, where his benevolence and hospi

by his action, his impatience for OLDtality are boundless; and these qualities, joined

WORTH to go. with an imagination bordering upon the whimsi Hurry. La, sir, if you loiter longer, I tell cal, have given a peculiar turn to the manners you, they will all be at loggerheads—they were of the neighbourhood, that, in my opinion, de- very near it when I came away. (Erit. grades the polish of courts—but judge of the Öld. Mr. Dupely, you'll excuse me-Hurrý original.

convinces me my presence is necessary else

where—this is a busy day! Enter Oldworth.

Dupe. The greatest compliment you can pay Mr. Oldworth, I present you my friend; he is me, is not to look upon me as a stranger. just arrived from abroad; I will vot repeat how Bab Lardoon is in the neighbourhood, and I

Old. I forgot to tell you, Sir Harry, that Lady much he is worthy of your friendship. Old. To be worthy of your's, Sir Harry, is the with us long before the hour of general invi

expect ber erery moment-she promised to be best recommendation. (To DUPELEY.] -Sir,

lation. your friend, is going to receive from my hands,

Dupe. Who is she, pray? a lovely girl, whose merit he has discerned and

Sir Har. Oh, she's a superior !-a phenix! loved for its own sake: Such nuptials should recall the ideas of a better age, he has permitted

more worthy your curiosity than any object of me to celebrate them upon my own plan, and I your travels !-She is an epitome, or rather a shall be happy to receive the judgment of an the first female gamester of the time.

caricature of what is called very fine life, and accomplished critic.

Old. For all ihat, she is amiable--one cannot Dupe. Sir, by what I already see of Old- help discerning and admiring the natural excelworth's Oaks, and know of the character of the lence of her heart and understanding ; though inaster, I am persuaded the talent most neces she is an example, that neither is proof against sary for the company will be that of giving due

a false education,

and a rage for fashionable expraise.

- But when you see her, she will best Enter HURRY,

explain berself—This fellow will give me no Hurry. Lord, sir, come down to the building directly-all the trades are together by the cars

Enter HURRY. -it is for all the world like the tower of Babylon--they have drove a broad-wheel waggon Hurry. Rest, sir, why I have not slept this over two hampers of wine, and it is all running fortuight; come along, sir, pray make hasteamong lilies and honey-suckles-one of the nothing's to be done without it. cooks stumbled over one of the clouds, and Old. Nor with it, honest Ilurry. threw a ham and chickens into a tub of white

[Erit with HURRY, wash-a lamplighter spilt a gallon of oil into a Dupe. A cunning old fellow, I warrant!creamed apple-tart, and they have sent for more with his ward, and his love of merit for its own - roses, and there is not one left within twenty sake'-ha, ha, ha!-pr’ythee, how came your acmiles.

quaintance in this odd family? Old. Why, honest Hurry, if there is none to Sir Har. Don't sneer, and I will tell you



By mere chance, in a progress of amusement to drama fjom the days of Terence, to those of this side of the country : The story is too deli- Congreve; though not perhaps with quite so cate for thy relish, suffice it, that I caine, saw, much good humour, And so little obstinacy as my and loved--I laid my rank and fortune at the uncle shews. He is ever most impetuous, wben fair one's feet, and would have married instant- most kind; and I dare trust bis resentment will ly ; but that Oldworth opposed my precipitancy, end with a dramatic forgiveness. Should it not, and insisted upon a probation of six months ab- I -may have pride in the sacrifice of his estate, sence-It has been a purgatory!

but no regret-So much for fortune, CharlesDupe. All this is perfectly en regle for a man are there any other means to reconcile mne to of hoine education ---I should like to see the wo- your approbation? man that could entangle me in this manner. Dupe. 'Gad, I know but one more-Hare - Sir Har. There is not a fellow in England has you laid any plan for succeeding at the divorce a more susceptible heart: you may have learnt shop next winter s– It would be some comfort in your foreign tour to disguise it, but if you to your friends, to see you had a retreat in your have lost it, put all your acquisitions together, head. and the balance will be against you.

Sir Har. Charles, I have listened to your railDupe. I have learned at least, not to have it lery with more patience than it deserves, and imposed upon Shew me but a woman, from an should at last be out of humour with such as Italian princess, to a figurante at the French importation of conceit and affectation, if I was opera; or change the scene, and carry me to the not sure your good sense would soou get the betrural nymphs from a vintage in Burgundy, to a ter of it. This is called knowing the world—to dance round a maypole at Oldworth's Oaks-form notions witbout, perhaps, ever seeing a and, at the first glance, I will discover the man in his natural character, or conversing with whole extent of their artifice, find their truc a woman of principle; and then, for fear of be. lure, and bring them to my, hand as easily as a ing imposed upon, be really duped out of the sparrow.

most valuable feelings in human nature, confi. Sir Har. And, pray, my sagacious friend, dence in friendship, and esteem in love. upon what circumstances have you formed your suspicions, that I am more likely to be imposed

Enter HURRY. upon than yourself?

Dupe. Upon every one I have seen and heard; Hurry. Lord, sir, I am out of brenth to find but above all, upon that natural propensity of you—why, almost every thing is ready, except every true home-bred Englishman, to think yourself; and, Madam Maria, is gone to the

woman different to another Now I Grove, and she is so dressed, and looks so hold there is but one woman in the world.. charming.

Sir Har. I perfectly agree, and Maria is that Sir Har. Propititious be the hour!-Here, charming one.

fiud out this gentleman's servant, and shew him Dupe. Ay, but Maria, and Lady Bab, and Pa- , where he is to dress.

Erit. mela Andrews, and Clarissa Harlowe, and the Dupe. Oh, take care of yourself, Corydon, the girl that steals a heart in a country church, or she first--I shall be tiine enough; Hurry shall first that picks your pocket in Covent-Garden, are shew me a little of the preparation-what is goone and the same creature for all that-I am al- ing forward here? [Approaching the side scene, ways too quick for them, and make fools of Hurry. Hold, sir, not that way--my master them first-Oh do but try them by the princi- lets nobody see his devices and fgaries there. .ple I have laid down, you'll find them as trans Dupe. Why, what is he doing there, Hurry? parent as glass,

Hurry. Doing !-as you are a gentleman, I Sir Har. My own principle will answer my will tell you what he is doing—I hope nobody purpose just as well; with that perspective I hears us. [ Looking about.) Why, he is going to have looked through the woman, and disco- make the sun shine at midnight, and he is curesvered the angel; and you will do the same, ir.g it with a thousand yards of sail cloth, for when you see her, or never brag of your eye- fear the rain should put it out-Lord, such dosiglt more.

ings!--here, this way, your honour. Dupe. Rhapsody and enthusiasm !-I should Dupe. But, harkye, bonest Hurry, do stand as soon discover Mahomet's seventh heaven ;- still a moment to oblige me. but what says your uncle, Old Groveby, to this Hurry. Stand still, sir !--lord, sir, if I stand match?

still, every thing stands still, and then what a fine Sir Har. Faith, I have asked him no questions, sham-peter should we make of it! and why should I? when I know what must be

Always restless. his answer.

Dupe. You seem to know every thing here? Dupe. Oh, he can never disapprove a passion Hurry. To be sure I do—I am no fool, 1 bethat soars above the stars !

lieve-what think you, sir? Sir Har. He has all the prejudices of his years, Dupe. He that takes you for a fool, is not over and worldly knowledge ; the common old gen- wise, I warrant him; therefore let me ask you a Tleman's character-You may see it in every question or two,



Hnrry. To-morrow, sir, with all my heart; I shan't bave enough to make the sky clear in but I have so many questions to ask myself, the saloon—that damned Irish painter has made and so many answers to give, that I have not his ground so dingy, one might as soon make his five minutes to spare.

head transparent as bis portico. Dupe. Three minutes will do my business : Who is this Maid of the Oaks, friend Hurry?

Enter Irish Painter. Hurry. A young lady, sir.

Dupe. I thought as much. (Smiling.): You Paint. Arrah! what is it you say of my headare a courtier, friend Hurry.

Mr. Lamp-lighter? Hurry. I court her!-heaven forbid !- she's 2d Lamp. I say you have spoil'd the transgoing to be married, sir.

parency by putting black, where you should Dupe. Well said, simplicity! If you won't tell have put blue. me who she is, tell me what she is?

Paint. [Dabbing his brush across his face.] Hurry. She is one of the most charmingest, There's a black eye for you; and you may be sweetest, delightfulest, mildest, beautifulest, mo- thankful you got it so easily—Trot away with destest, genteelest, never to be praised enough, your ladder upon your shoulder, or the devil fire young creature all in the world!

me but you shall have black and blue both my Dupe. True courtier again! Who is her fa- dear. ther, pray?

Arch. (Returning] Good words, good words, Hurry. It is a wise child that knows its own gentlemen; no quarrelling-Your servant, Mr. father-Lord bless her ! she does not want a fa-O'Daub; upon my word you have hit off those ther.

ornaments very well—the first painter we have Dupe. Not while Mr. Oldworth lives.

here could not have done better. Hurry. Nor when he is dead neither; every Paint. No faith, I believe not, for all his hard body would be glad to be her father, and every name; sure O'Daub was a scene painter before body wishes to be her husband; and so, sir if he was born, though I believe he is older than I you have more questions to ask, I'll answer them another time, for I am wanted here, and Arch. You a scene painter! there, and every where. { Bustles about. Paint. Ay, by my soul was I, and for foreign

Dupe. Shew ine my chamber to dress, and I'll countries too. desire no inore of you at present.

drch. Where was that, pray. Harry. Bless your honour for letting me go; Paint. Faithi, I painted a whole set for the I have been very miserable all the while you Swish, who carries the temple of Jerusalem were talking to me--this way, this way, sir. about upon bis back, and it made his fortune,

[Erit. though he got but a halipenny a-piece for his Dupe. What a character !—yet be bas his shew cunning, though the simplest swain in this re Arch. (Ironically.] I wish we had known your gion of perfect innocence, as Sir llarry calls it-merits, you should certainly have been employha, ha, ha!

[Erit. ed in greater parts of the work.

Paint. And by my soul, it would have been better for you if you had-Í would have put out

Mr. Lanterbug's stars with one dash of my pen. SCENE II.-An outside Building, Workmen of cil, by making them five times more bright-Ho! all sorts pussing tu-and-fro.

if you bad seen the sign of a setting sun, that I painted for a linen draper, in Bread-street, in

Dublin-Devil burn me but the Auroree of Architect as speaking to Persons at work behind O'Guide was a fool to it. the Side Scenes.

Arch. O'Guide !Who is he? Guido, I supo

pose you mean. Arch. Come, bustle away, my lads, strike the Paint. And if he has an 0 to his name, what scaffold, and theu for the twelve o'clock tank- signifies whether it comes before or behind ard; up with the rest of the festoons there on Faith I put it like my own of O'Daub, on the the top of the columns.

right side, to make bim sound more like a gentle1st Gard. Holloa! you, sir, where are you man

an--besides it is more melodious in the mouth, running with those flowers ?

honey. 2d Gard. They're wanted for the arcades; we can have no deceit there if you want more

Enter Carpenters, &c. here, you may make them of paper-any thing will go off by candle-light.

1st Car. Well. Sir, the scaffold's down, and 1st Lamp: [Running.) They want above a we are woundy dry-we have toil'd like horses. hundred more lamps yonder, for the illumina Arch. Rest you merry, Master Carpentertion of the portico.

take a draught of the Squire's liquor, and wel2d Lamp. Then they may get tallow-candles; come, you shall swim in it, when all is over.

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