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Puff Very true--and for that matter Don Sneer. Isn't that odd, though at such an Ferolo Whiskerandos for that's the lover's alarming crisis ? name, might have been over here in the train of Puff. To be sure it is ; but smaller things the Spanish ambassador; or Tilburina, for that must give way to a striking scene at the opening; is the lady's name, might have been in love with that's a rule. And the case is, that two great him, from baving heard his character, or seen men are coming to this very spot to begin the his picture; or from knowing that he was the piece; now, it is not to be supposed they would last man in the world she ought to be in love open their lips, if these fellows were watching with-or for any other good female reason.-them; so egad, I must either bave sent them off Ilowerer, sir, the fact is, that though she is but their posts, or set thenı asleep. a knight's daughter, egad ! she is in love like Sneer. Oh, that accounts for it! But tell us, any princess!
who are these coming? Dan. Poor young lady; I feel for her already! Puff. These are they—Sir Walter Raleigh, for I can conceive how great the conflict must and Sir Christopher Blatton. You'll know Sir be between passion and her duty; her love for Christopher, by his turning out his toes-famous her country, and her love for Don Ferolo Wisk- you know for his dancing. I like to preserve all erandos!
the little traits of character. Now attend. Puff amazing! her poor susceptible heart is swayed to and fro, by contending passions, lite
Enter Sir Walter Raleigh, and SiR
“ Sir C. True, gallant Raleigh !"thing is ready to begin, if you please.
Dan. What, they had been talking before ? Puff. Egad, then we'll lose no time.
Puft. O yes; all the way as they came along. Under P. Though I believe, sir, you will find - I beg pardon, gentlemen, [to the Actors.] but it very short; for all the performers have profit- these are particular friends of mine, whose reed by the kind permission you granted them. marks may be of great service to us. Don't Puff. Hey! what!
mind interrupting them whenever any thing Under P. You know, sir, you gave them leave strikes you. [To Sneer and Dangle, to cut out or omit whatever they found heavy
“ Sir C. True, gallant Raleigh ! or unnecessary to the plot; and I must own But 0, thou Champion of thy country's fame, they have taken
There is a question which I yet must ask ; indulgence.
A question, which I never asked before Puff. Well, well. They are in general very What mean these mighty armaments ? good judges; and I know I am luxuriant. Now, This general muster? and this throng of chiefs ;) Mr. Hopkins, as soon as you please.
Sneer. Pray. Mr. Puff, how came Sir ChrisUnder P. (To the Music.] Gentlemen, will topher Hatton never to ask that question before ? you play a few bars of something, just tom Puff. What before the play began? how the
Puff: Aye, that's right; for as we have the plague could he? scenes and dresses, eyad, we'll go to it, as if it Dan. That's true, i'faith! was the first night's performance; but you need Puff. But you will hear what he thinks of the not mind stopping between the acts. [Erit Under Prompter. “ Sir C. Alas, my noble friend, when I behold
Yon tented plains, in martial symmetry,
Arrayed. When I count o'er yon glittering lines Soh! stand clear, gentlemen. Now, you Of crested warriors, where the proud steeds kuow there will be a cry of down ! down! bats neigh, off"! silence! Then up curtain, let us see what And valour-breathing trumpet's shrill appeal, our painters have done for us.
Responsive vibrate on my listening ear;
When virgin majesty herself I view,
With graceful confidence exhort to arms!
When, briefly, all I hear or see bears stamp Dan. Tilbury Fort ! very fine indeed ! If martial vigilance, and stern defence, Puff. Now, what do you think I open with? I cannot but surmise--forgive, my friend, Sneer. Faith, I can't guess.
If the conjecture's rash- I cannot but Puff. A clock. Hark! [Clock strikes.]I open Surmise—The state some danger apprehends !" with a clock striking, to beget an awful attention Sneer. A very cautious conjecture that. in the audience: it also marks the time, which Puff: Yes, that's his character; not to give is four o'clock in the morning, and saves a des- an opinion, but on secure grounds-now then. cription of the rising sun, and a great deal about “ Sir W. 0, most accomplished Christopher!" gilding the eastern hemisphire.
Puff. He calls him by his christian name, Dun. But pray, are the centinels to be asleep?to shew that they are on the inost familiar Puff. Fast as watchmen.
« Sir W. O most accomplished Christopher, Dan. Really, I find, we are very much I find
obliged to them both. Thy staunch sagacity still tracks the future, Puff. To be sure you are. Now then for In the fresh print of the o'ertaken past.” the commander in chief, the Earl of Leicester! Puff. Figurative!
who, you know, was no favourite but of the « Sir W. Thy fears are just.
queen's-- We left off— in amazement lost.' Sir C. But where? whence? when ? and what “ Sir C. Am in amazement lost! the danger is - Methinks I fain would learn. But, see where noble Leicester comes! supreme Sir W. You know, my friend, scarce two re In bonours and command. volving suns,
Sir W. And yet metbinks, And three revolving moons, havo closed their At such a time, so perilous, so fear'd, course,
l'hat staff might well become an abler grasp. Since haughty Philip, in despite of peace, Sir C. And so, by heav'n! think I ; but soft, With hostile hand hath struck at England's he's here!" trade.
Puff. Aye, they envy him. Sir C. I know it well.
Sneer. But who are these with him? Sir W. Philip, you know, is proud Iberia's Puff. 0, very valiant knights; one is the king!
governor of the fort, the cher the master of Sir C. He is.
the horse. And now, I think, you shall bear Sir W. -His subjects in base bigotry some better language: I was obliged to be plain And Catholic oppression held, while we, and intelligible in the first scene, because there You know, the Protestant persuasion hold. was so much matter of fact in it; but now, Sir C. We do.
i'faith, you have trope, figure, and metaphor, as Sir W. You know beside his boasted arma- plenty as noun-substantives.
ment, The famed Armada-by the Pope baptized,
Enter EARL OF LEICESTER, the Gooernor, and
others. With purpose to invade these realmsSir C. Is sailed;
“ Earl of L. How's this, my friends! is't thug Our last advices so report.
your new-fledged zeal Sir W. While the Iberian admiral's chief And plumed valour moulds in roosted sloth? hope. His darling son
Why dimly glimmers that herioc flame, Sir C.
-- Ferolo Whiskerandos hight Whose red’ning blaze by patriot spirit fed, Sir W. The same by chance a pris’ner bath should be the beacon of a kindling realm? been ta'en,
Can the quick current of a patriot heart, And in this fort of Tilbury
Thus stagnate in a cold and weedy converse, Sir C. Is now
Or freeze in tideless inactivity? Confined,—'tis true, and oft from yon tall turret's No! rather let the fountain of your valou: top
Spring through each stream of enterprize, I've marked the youthful Spaniard's haughty Each petty channel of conducive daring, mien,
Till the full torrent of your foaming wrath Unconquered, though in chains.
O'erwhelm the flats of sunk hostility!" Sir W. You also know."
Puff. There it is--followed up! Dan. Mr. Puff, as he knows all this, why “ Sir W. No more! the freshening breath of does Sir Walter go on telling hin?
thy rebuke Puff. But the audience are not supposed to Hath filled the swelling canvas of our souls ! know any thing of the matter, are they? And thus, though fate should cut the cable of Snecr. True, but I think you manage ill: for
Tall take hands. there certainly appears no reason why Sir Walter Our topmast hopes, in friendship's closing line should be so communicative.
We'll grapple with despair, and if we fall, Puff. Fore 'gad now, that is one of the most We'll fall in glory's wake! ungrateful observations I ever heard for the Earl of L. There spoke Old England's genius! less inducement he has to tell all this, the more Then, are we all resolved ? I think you ought to be obliged to him; for I All. We are all resolved. am sure you'd know nothing of the matter with.
Earl of L. To conquer
-or be free. out it.
All. To conquer, or be free. Dan. That's very true, upon my word.
Eurl of L. All ? Puff. But you will find he was not going on. All. All." “ Sir C. Enough, enough; 'tis plain-and I
Dan. Nem. con.
Puff. ( yes, where they do agree on the Am in amazement lost !"
stage, their unanimity is wonderful ! Puff. Here now you see, Sir Christopher did " Earl of L. Then, let's enibrace- and not in fact ask any one question for bis own in
Sneer. What the plague, is he going to prar? Sneer. No, indeed :-his has been a most dis Puff: Yes, hush !-in great einergencies, there interested curiosity!
is nothing like a prayer!
* Earl of L. O mighty Mars !"
morning guns! there never is but one ! aye, this Dan. But wby should he pray to Mars ! is always the way at the theatre-give these Puff. Hush !
fellows a good thing, and they never know when “ Earl of L. If in thy homage bred, to have done with it. You have no more Each point of discipline I've still observed,
cannon to fire ! Nor, but by due promotion, and the right Prom. [From within.] No, sir. Of service, to the rank of major general
Puff. Now then, for soft music. Have risen; assist thy votary now!
Sneer. Pray, what's that for? Gov. Yet do not rise-hear me :
Puff. It shews that Tilburina is coming i Mas. of H. And me?
nothing introduces you a heroine like soft music, Knight. And me!
-Here she comes. Sir W. And me!
Dan. And her confidant, I suppose ? Sir C. And me !"
Puff. To be sure : here they are—inconsolaPuff. Now, pray all together.
ble to the minuet in Ariadne ! [Soft music. All. Behold thy votaries submissive beg, That thou wilt deign to grant them all they ask;
Enter TILBURINA and Confidant. Assist them to accomplish all their ends,
“ Til. Now has the whispering breath of And sanctify whatever means they use
gentle morn To gain them?"
Bad nature's voice, and nature's beauty rise ; Sneer. A very orthodos quintetto!
While orient Phoebus, with unborrow'd hues, Puft. Vastly well, gentlemen.-Is that well | Clothes the waked loveliness which all night managed or not? Have you such a prayer as slept that on the stage ?
In heavenly drapery ! darkness is fled. Sneer. Not exactly.
Now flowers untold their beauties to the sun, Eurl of L. [To Puff.] But, sir, you haven't And, blushing, kiss the beam he sends to wake settled how we are to get off here.
them, Puff. You could not go off kneeling could The striped carnation, and the guarded rose, you?
The vulgar wall-flower, and smart gilly flower, Sir W, To PUFF. O no, sir! impossible! The polyanthus mean—the dapper daisy,,
Puff. It would have a good effect i'faith, if Sweet william, and sweet marjorum-and all you could! exeunt praying --Yes, and would The tribe of single and of dout le pinks ! rary the established inode of springing off with Now 100 the feathered warblers tune their a glance at the pit.
potes Sneer. O never mind, so as you get them off; Around, and charm the listening grove. The l'il answer for it, the audience won't care how. lark !
Puff. Well then, repeat the last line stand-The linnet! chaffinch! bullfinch! goldfinch! ing, and
[Ereunt. Nor rose, nor wall-flower, nor smart gillyflower, Dan. Bravo! a fine exit.
Nor polyanthus mean, nor dapper daisy, Sneer. Well, really Mr. Puff
Nor William sweet, nor marjorum-nor lark, Puff. Stay a moment.
Linnet, nur all the finches of the grove !"
Puff: Your white handkerchief, madamThe Centinels get up.
Til. I thought, sir, I wasn't to use that till,
“ heart-rending woe." « 1 Cen. All this shall to Lord Burleigh's ear. Puff. O yes, madam-at“ the finches of the 7 Cen. 'Tis meet it should."
you please. [Ereunt Centinels.
“ Til. Nor lark, Dan. Hey! why, I thought those fellows had Linnet, nor all' the finches of the grove !" been asleep
[Weeps. Puff. Only a pretence; there's the art of it; Puff. Vastly well, inadam! they were spies of Lord Burleigh's.
Dan. V'astly well, indeed ! Sneer, - But, isn't it odd, they were never “ Til. For, 0 too sure, heart-rending woe is taken notice of, not even by the commander in shief.
The lot of wretched Tilburina !" Puff. O lud, sir, if people who want to listen, Dan. Oh ! 'tis too much or overhear, were not always connived at in a Sneer. Oh !--it is indeed. tragedy, there would be no carrying on any plot “Con. Be comforted, sweet lady; for who in the world.
knows Dan. That's certain !
But learen has yet some milk-white day in Puff. But take care, my dear Dangle, the store. morning gun is going to fire. (Cannon fires. “ Til Alas, my gentle Nora,
Dan Well, that will have a fine effect. Thy tender youth as yet hath never mourned
Puff. I think so, and helps to realize the Love's fatal dart. Else would’st thou know that scene.[Cannon twice. What the playue! three! when
The soul is sunk in comfortless despair, such cutting and slashing, I don't know wbere It cannot taste of merriment."
they have got to myself. Dan. That's certaio.
Ï'il. Indeed sir, you will find it will connect “ Con. But see where your stern father comes very well. It is not meet that he should find
-And your reward secure." Puff. Hey, what the plague !-what a cut is Puff. O, if they had not been so devilish free here? Why what is becoine of the description with their cutting here, you would have found of her first meeting with Don Whiskerandos ! that Don Whiskerandos has been tampering for his gallant behaviour in the sea fight, and the bis liberty, and has persuaded Tilburina to make simile of the canary bird.
this proposal to her father; and now, pray obTil, Indeed, sir, you'll find they will not be serve the conciseness with which the argument missed.
is conducted. Egad, the pro and con goes as Puff. Very well ; very well!
smart as hits in a fencing match. It is indeed a Ti. The cue, ma’nm, if you please.
sort of small sword logic, which we have bor“ Con. It is not meet that he should find you rowed from the French. thus.
« Til. A retreat in Spain ! Til. Thou counsel'st right ; but 'tis no easy Gov. Outlawry here ! task
Til. Your daughter's prayer!
Til. My lover!
Gov. My country
Til. Tilburina ! Gov. How's this—in tears? O Tilburina, Gov. England ! shame!
Til. A title! Is this a time for maudling tenderness,
Gov. Honour, And Cupid's baby woes ?-Hast thou not heard Til. A pension ! That haughty Spain's Pope-consecrated fleet Gov. Conscience ! Advances to our shores, wbile England's fate Til A theusand pounds! Like a clipped guinea, trembles in the scale ! Gov. Hab! thou bas touch'd me nearly!" Til. Then is the crisis of my fate at hand !
Puff. There you see-she threw in Tilburing I see the neets approach —— I see”
Quick, parry cart with England !-Hah! thrust Puff. Now, pray, gentlemen, mind. This is in teirce a title !--parried by honour-Hah! a one of the most useful figures we tragedy writers pension over the arm! put by. by conscience: have, by which a hero or heroine, in consider- Then flankonnade with a thousand pounds-and ation of their being often obliged to overlook a palpable hit egad! things that are on the stage, is allowed to hear
“ Til. Canst thouand see a number of things that are not.
Reject the suppliant and the daughter too? Sneer. Yes, a kind of poetical second sight ! Goo. No more, I would not hear thee plead Puft. Yes—now then, madam.
in vain ; « Til. I see their decks
The father softens—but the governor Are cleared !-I see the signal made!
Is fix'd !"
[Erit. The line is formed ! a cable's length asunder! Dan. Ay, that antithesis of persons is a most I see the frigates stationed in the rear;
established figure. And now I hear the thunder of the guns ! “ Til. 'Tis well-hence then fond hopesI hear the victor's shouts—I also hear
fond passion, hence; The vanquish'd groan !--and now ’tis smoke-Duty, behold, I am all over thine. and now
Whisk. [Without.] Where is my love-myI see the loose sails shiver in the wind !
Til. Ha !
Puft. O dear ma'am you must start a great Dan. Egad' though, the governor seems to more than that; consider you had just determake no allowance for this poetical figure you mined in favour of duty-when, in a moment, talk of.
the sound of his voice revives your passion, Puff. No, a plain matter of fact man-that's overthrows your resolution, destroys your obehis character.
dience. If you don't express all that in your start, “ Til. But will you then refuse bis offer? you do nothing at all. Gov. I must-I will I can—I ought-I do, Til. Well, we'll try again! Til. Think what a noble price.
Dan. Speaking from within has always a fine Gov. No more you urge in vain.
effect: Til. His liberty is ail he asks.”
Sneer. Very. Sneer. All who asks, Mr. Puff? Whois “Whisk. My conquering Tilburina! How Pulj. Egad sir, I can't tell. Here has been is't thus
We meet? Why are thy looks averse ! What Sneer. Hang it, I think it's a pity to keep her
in the green room all the night. That falling tear-that frown of boding woe? Puff. O no, that always has a fine effect-it Hlah! now indeed I am a prisoner !
keeps up expectation. Yes, now I feel the galling weight of these Dan. But are we not to have a battle ? Disgraceful chains—which, cruel Tilburina ! Puff. Yes, yes, you will have a battle at last; Thy doting captive gloried in before.
but, cgad, it's not to be by land, but by sea But thou art false, and Whiskerandos is un- and that is the only quite new thing in the dove!
piece. Til. Oh no ; how little dost thou know thy Dan. What, Drake at the Armada, hey? Tilburina!
Puff. Yes, efaith ; fire ships and all then Whisk. Art thou then true? Begone cares, we shall end with the procession. Hey! that doubts and fears;
will do, I think. I make you all a present to the winds;
Sneer. No doubt on't. And if the winds reject you, try the waves.” Puff. Come, we must not lose time-s0 DOW
Puff. The wind, you know, is the established for the under plot. receiver of all stolen sighs, and cast off griefs Sneer. What the plague bave you another and apprehensions.
plot ? “ Til. Yet must we part-stern duty seals Puff. O lord, yes-ever while you live have our doom :
two plots to your tragedy. The grand point in Though here I call yon conscious clouds to managing them, is only to let your under plot witness,
bave as little connection with your main plot as Could I pursue the bias of my soul,
possible. I fatter myself nothing can be more All friends, all right of parents I'd disclaim, distinct than mine ; for as in my chief plot, the And thou, my Whiskerandos, should'st be father characters are all great people I have laid my And mother, brother, cousin, uncle, aunt, under plot in low life ; and as the former is to And friend to me !
end in deep distress, I make the other end as Whisk. O matchless excellence ! and must happy as a farce.-Now, Mr, Hopkins, as soon we part?
as you please. Well, if-we must-we must-and in that case The less is said the better."
Enter Under Prompter. Puff. Heyday! here's a cut! What are all Under P. Sir, the Carpenter says it is imposthe mutual protestations out?
sible you can go to the park scene yet. Til. Now, pray, sir, don't interrupt us just Puff. The park scene!-No; I mean the here, you ruin our feelings.
description scene here, in the wood. Puff. Your feelings !
-but, zounds, my Under P. Sir, the performers have cut it out. feelings, ma'am.
Puff. Cut it out! Sneer. No ; pray don't interrupt them. Under P. Yes, sir. “ Whisk. One last embrace.
Puft. Wbat! the whole account of Queen Til. Now-farewell, for ever.
Elizabeth ? Whisk. For ever?
Under P. Yes, sir. Til. A ye, for ever."
[Going Puff. And the description of her horse and Puff. S'death and fury!-Gadslife! sir! ma- side-saddle? dam, if you go out without the parting look, you Under P. Yes, sir. might as well dance out—Here, here.
Puff. So, so, this is very fine, indeed! Mr. Con. But pray, sir, how am I to get off here? Hopkins, how the plague could you suffer this?
Puff. You, pshaw! what the devil signifies Hopkins. (From within.] Sir, indeed the pruhow you get off! edge away at the top, or where ning knife. you will. [Pushes the Confidant off:] Now, Puff. The pruning knife! zounds the axe ! ma'am, you see
Why here has been such lopping and topping, I Til. We understand you, sir.
shan't have the bare trunk of my play left preAy for ever.
sently. Very well, sir; the performers must “Both. Ob !
do as they please, but, upon my soul, I'll print [Turning back and exeunt.-Scene closes.it Dan. O, charming!
Sneer. That I would indeed. Puff. Hey ! 'tis pretty well, I believe-you Puff. Very well--sir-then we must go onsee I don't attempt to strike out any thing new; zounds! I would not have parted with the debut I take it l'improve on the established scription of the horse !-Well, sir go on-Sir, it modes.
was one of the finest and most laboured thingsSneer. You do indeed. But pray is not Queen Very well, sir, let them go on-there you had Elizabeth to appear?
hin and his accoutrements from the bit to the Puff No, not once ; but she is to be talked crupper-very well, sir, we must go to the park of for ever, so that, egad, you'll think a hundred times that she is on the point of coming in. Under P. Sir, there is the point; the car