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But such as are good men, can give good things;
And that which is not good is not delicious The wanton god, that pierces hearts,
To a well-govern'd and wise appetite. Dips in gall his pointed darts :
Shall I go on, or have I said enough? But the nymph disdains to pine,
Comus. Enough to shew, Who bathes the wound with rosy
That you are cheated by the lying boasts Farewell lovers, when they're cloyd;
Of starving pedants, that affect a fame If I am scorn'd, because enjoy'd,
From scorning pleasures, which they cannot Sure the squeamish fops are free
reach. To rid me of dull company. They have charms, whilst mine can please ;
“ SONG, by a Nymph. I love them much, but more my ease,
« Preach not to me your musty rules, Nor jealous fears my love molest,
Ye drones that mould in idle cell! Nor faithless vows shall break my rest.
The heart is wiser than the schools, Why should they e'er give me pain,
The senses always reason well. Who to give me joy disdain ?
It short my span, I less can spare All I ask of mortal man,
To pass a single pleasure by ; Is to lovc me-whilst he can.
An hour is long, if lost in care ; [Exeunt EUPHROSYNE and Pastoral Nymph.
They only live, who life enjoy.
Comus. List, lady; be not coy, and be not Nature's sweets are cull'd for thee,
cozen'd And her choicest blessings sent.
With that same vaunted nanie, Virginity. “ Hither Summer, Autunn, Spring,
What need a vermeil-cinctur'd lip for that, Hither all your tribates bring;
Love-darting eyes, or tresses like the morn? All on bended knee be seen,
There was another meaning in these gifts; Paying homage to your queen!"
Think what, and be advis'd; you are but young [The Lady attempts to rise. yet; Nay, lady, sit; if I but wave this wand,
This will inform you soon. One sip of this Your nerves are all bound up in alabaster,
Will bathe the drooping spirits in delight, And you a statue.
Beyond the bliss of dreams. Be wise, and taste. Lady. Fool, do not boast;
[The Brothers rush in with their swords Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind
drawn, wrest the glass out of his hand, With all thy charms, altho' this corp'ral rind
and break it against the ground; He Thou hast" iminąnacled, while heaven sees
and his rout are all driven out. good. Comus. Why are you vex'd, Lady? why do
Enter the Spirit. Here dwell no frowns nor anger; from these Spi. What, have you let the false Enchanter gates
'scape? Sorrow flies far. See, here be all the pleasures O, ye mistook! you should have snatch'd bis That fancy can beget on youthful thoughts :
wand, And first behold this cordial julap here,
And bound him fast; without his rod revers'd, That flames and dances in his crystal bounds! We cannot free the lady, that sits here Lady. Know, base deluder, that I will not In stony fetters fix'd, and motionless. taste it.
stay, be not disturb’d; now I bethink me, Keep thy detested gifts for such as these, There is a gentle nymph not far from hence
[Points to his crew.
Sabrina is her name, a virgin pure, Comus. Why should you be so cruel to your
That sways the Severn stream: she can unlock self,
The clasping charm, and thaw the numbing And to those dainty limbs, which nature lent
spell, For gentle usage and soft delicacy;
If she be right invok'd in warbled song. That have been vir'd all day without repast, “ Haste, Lycidas, and try the tuneful strain And timely rest have wanted? But, fair virgin,
To the Second Spirit This will restore all soon. " “ Lady. 'Twill not, false traitor!
Which froin her bed the fair Sabrina calls." 'Twill not restore the truth and bonesty
Sabrina fair, That thou hast bapish'd from thy tongue with
“ Listen where thou art sitting lies.
Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave,
Come for dear honour's sake,
Attend and save!
SABRINA rises and sings.
Jy sliding chariot stays,
Thut in the channel strays.
Spirit. Goddess dear!
Thus I sprinkle on thy breast Drops, that from my fountain pure I hate kept of precious cure; Thrice upon thy fingers tip, Thrice upon thy rubied lip; Next this marble venom'd seat; Smear'd with gums of glutinous heat, I touch with chaste palms, moist and cold : Now ihe spell hath lost its hold; And I must haste, ere morning hour, To wait in Amphitrite's bower. SABRINA descends, and the Lady rises out of her
seat; the Brothers embrace her tenderly. « Y. Bro. Why did I doubt? Why tempt the
wrath of heaven
To shed just vengeance on my weak dis
trust? “ E. Bro. The freedom of the mind, you see
no charm, No spell can reach: that righteous Jove for
“ Spirit discovering himself.
task is smoothly done,
Spirit. Mortals, that would happy be,
6 Now my
CHEATS OF SCAPIN.
Sly, servant to LEANDER.
WOMEN. OCTAVIAN, son to THRIFTY, and private mar- Lucia. ried to CLARA.
he understands what things have happened in
his absence! I dread bis anger and reproaches. Enter OCTAVIAN and Sait.
Shist. Reproaches! Would I could be quit of
him so easy; methinks I feel him already on my Oct. This is unhappy news! I did not expect shoulders. my father in two months, and yet you say he is Oct. Disinheriting is the Icast I can expect. returned already.
Shift. You should have thought of this before, Shift. 'Tis but too true.
and not have fallen in love with I know not Oct. Tbat he arrived this morning?
whom; one, that you met by chance in the DoShift. This very morning.
ver-coach: She is, indeed, a good snug lass; but Oct. And that he is come with a resolution to God knows what she is besides; perhaps some
Oct. Villain ! Shift. Yes, sir, to marry you.
Shift. I have done, sir, I have done. Oct. I am ruined and undone: pr'ythee advise Oct. I have no friend that can appease my
father's anger, and now I shall be betrayed to Shift. Advise you?
want and misery. Oct. Yes, advise me. Thou art as surly, as if Shift. For my part, I know but one remedy in thou really couldst do me no good. Speak! Has our misfortunes. necessity taught thee no wit? Hast thou no Shift? Oct. Prythee, what is it?
Shift. Lord, sir, I am at present very busy in Shift. You know that rogue and arch-cheat contriving some trick to save myself! I am first Scapin? prudent, and then good-natured.
Oct. Well; what of him? Oct. How will my father rage and storm, when Shift. There is not a more subtle fellow breath
iny: so cunning, he can cheat one newly cheat
Enter Clara. ed: 'tis such a wheedling rogne, I'd undertake, in two hours he shall make your father forgive
Oct. Ilere comes my dearest Clara. you all; nay, allow you money for your necessa
Clara. Ah, me, Octavian! hear sad newsry debauches. I saw him, in three days, inake an
They say your father is returned. old cautious lawyer turn chemist and projector!
Oct. Alas! 'tis true, and I am the most unOct. He is the fittest person in the world for fortunate person in the world; but 'tis not my my business; the impudent varlet can do any
own misery that I consider, but yours. How can thing with the peevish old man. Prithee, go look you bear those wants, to which we must be both him out; we'll set him a-work immediately.
reduced ? Shift. See where he comes-Monsieur Scapin!
Clara. Love shall teach me—that can make
all things easy to us; which is a sign it is the Enter SCAPIN,
chiefest good. But I have other cares. Will you
be ever constant? Shall not your father's seveSca. Worthy sir !
rity constrain you to be false? Shift. I have been giving my master a brief Oct. Never, my dearest, never! account of thy most noble qualities: I told him Clara. They, that love much, may be allowed thou wert as valiant as a ridden cuckold, sincere some fears. as whores, honest as pimps in want.
Sca. Come, come; we have now no time to Sca. Alas, sir, I but copy you: 'Tis you are hear you speak fine tender things to one another. brave; you scorn the gibbets, halters, and pri- Pray, do you prepare to encounter with your sons which threaten you, and valiantly proceed father. in cheats and robberies.
Oct. I tremble at the thoughts of it. Oct. Oh,Scapin! I am utterly ruined without Sca. You must appear resolute at first : Tell thy assistance.
you live without troubling him; threaten Scu. Wby, what's the matter, good Mr. Octa- him to turn soldier: or, what will frighten him vian?
worse, say you'll turn poet. Come, I'll warrant Oct. My father is this day arrived at Dover you we bring him to composition. with old Mr. Gripe, with a resolution to marry
Oct. What would I give 'were over!
Sca. Let us practise a little what you are to Sca. Very well.
do. Suppose me your father, very grave, and Oct. Thou knowest I am already married: very angry. How will my father resent my disobedience? I
Oct. Well. am for ever lost, unless thou can'st find some Sca. Do you look very carelessly, like a sınall means to reconcile me to him.
courtier upon his country acquaintance: A little Sca. Does your father know of your marriage? more surlily: Very well. -Now, I am full of Oct. I am afraid he is by this time acquainted my fatherly authority.-Octavian, thou makest with it.
me weep to see thee; but, alas! they are not Sca. No matter, no matter, all shall be well. tears of joy, but tears of sorrow. Did ever so I am public spirited; I love to help distressed good a father beget so lewd a son? Nay, but for young gentlemen: and, thank Heaven, I have that I think thy mother virtuous, I should prohad good success enough.
nounce thou art not mine! Newgate-bird, rogue, Oct. Besides, my present want must be consi- villain! what a trick hast thou played me in my dered; I am in rebellion without money.
absence? Married! Yes. But to whom? Nay, Sca. I have tricks and shifts, too, to get that: that thou knowest not. I'll warrant you some I can cheat upon occasion; but cheating is now waiting.woman, corrupted in a civil family, and grown an ill-trade: yet, Heaven be thanked, reduced to one of the play-houses; removed from there were never more cullies and fools, but the thence by some keeping coxcomb, orgreatest rooks and cheats, allowed by public au Clara. Hold, Scapin, holdthority, ruin such little undertraders as I am. Sca. No offence, lady, I speak but another's
Oct. Well, get thee straight about thy busi- words.---Thou abominable rascal, thou shalt not Dess. Canst thou make no use of my rogue here? have a groat, not a groat! Besides, I will break
Sca. Yes, I shall want his assistance; the all thy bones ten times over! Get thee out of knare has cunning, and may be useful. my house Why, sir, you reply not a word!
Shift. Ay, sir; but, like other wise men, I am Oct. Look, yonder conies my father! not over-valiant. Pray, leave me out of this Sca. Stay, Shift; and get you two yone: Let business: My fears will betray you; you shall me alone to manage the old fellow. execute, I'll sit at home and advise.
[Ereunt Ocr. and Clara. Sca. Í stand not in need of thy courage, but thy impudence; and thou hast enough of that.
Enter THRIFTY. Come, come, thou shalt along: What man, stand out for a beating? That's the worst can happen. Thrifty. Was there ever such a rash action? Shift. Well, well.
Sca. He has been informed of the business, and is now so full of it, that he vents it to himsclf.
Thrifty. I would fain hear what they can say Sca. Very true, indeed, very true; but fye for themselves.
upon you, now! would you have him as wise as Sca. We are not unprovided. [At a distance. yourself? Young men will have their follies Thrifty. Will they be so impudent to deny witness my charge, Leander, who has gone and he thing?
a stranger rate than Sca. We never intend it.
your son. I would fain know, if you were not Thrifty. Or will they endeavour to excuse it once young yourself. Yes, I warrant you, and Sca. That, perbaps, we may do.
had your frailties. Thrifty. But all shall be in vain.
Thrifty. Yes; but they never cost me any Sc«. We'll try that.
thing: a man may be as frail and as wicked as Thritty. I know how to lay that rogue my son he please, if it cost him nothing. fast.
Sca. Alas! he was so in love with the young Sca. That we must prevent.
ivench, that it he had not had her, he must have Thrifty. And for the tatterdemallion, Shift, certainly hanged himself. I'll thresh him to death; I will be three years a Shift. Must! why, he had already done it, but cudgelling bim!
that I came very seasonably, and cut the rope. Shift. I wonder he had forgot me so long. Thrifly. Didst thou eut the rope, dog? I'll
Thrifty. Oh, ho! yonder the rascal is, that inurder thee for that! thou shouldst have let him brave governor! he tutored my son finely! hany!
Sca. Sir, I am overjoyed at your safe return. Scu. Besides, her kindred surprised him with
Thrifty: Good-morrow, Scapin. Indeed her, and forced him to marry her. you have followed my instructions very exactly; Thrifty. Then should he have presently gone, myson has behaved himselivery prudently in my and protested against the violence at a notary's. absence-has be not, rascal, has he not?
Scu, O Lord, sir! he scorned that.
[To Shipt. Thrifty. Then might I casily have disannulled Sca. I hope you are very well.
Thrifty. Lord, sir! a very good voyage Thrifty, Shall not I break it?
Thrifty. What! shall not I claim the privilege Thrifty. Ay, sir, I would be in choler. of a father, and have satisfaction for the violence Sca. Pray, with whom?
done to my son? Thrifty. With that confounded rogue there! Sca. Tis a thing he will never consent to. Sca. Upon what reason?
Thrifty. He will not consent to ! Thrifty. Upon what reason! Hast thou not Sca. No: Would you have him confess he was heard what hath happened in my
absence? hectored into any thing, that is, to declare himSca. I heard a little idle story.
self a coward ? Oh, fye, sir! one that has the hoThrifty. A little idle story, quotha! why, nour of being your son, can never do such a man, my son's undone; my son's undone ! thing.
Sca. Come, come, things have not been well Thrifty. Pish! talk not to me of honour! he carried; but I would advise you to make no shall do it, or be disinherited. more of it.
Sca. Who shall disinherit him? Thrifty. I'm not of your opinion; I'll make Thrifty. That will I, sir. the whole town ring of it!
Sca." You disinherit him! very goodSca. Lord, sir, I have stormed about this bu Thrifty. How, very good ? siness as much as you can do for your heart! Sca. You shall not disinherit him. but what are we both the better? I told him, Thrifty. Shall not I disinherit him? indeed, Mr. Octavian, you do not do well tó Sca. No. wrong so good a father: I preached him three Thrifty. No! or four times asleep; but all would not do; till, Sca. Nc. at last, when I had well examined the business, Thrifty. Sir, you are very merry; I shall not I found you had not so much wrong done you disinherit my son? as you imagine.
Sca. No, I tell you. Thrifty. How! not wrong done, to have my
Thrifty. Pray, who shall hinder me? son married, without my consent, to a beggar?' Sca. Alas, sir! your own self, sir; your own Sca. Alas! he was ordained to it.
self. Thrifty. That's fine, indeed! we shall steal, Thrifty. I myself? cheat, murder, and so be lianged-then say, we Sca. Yes, sir; for you can never have the were ordained to it!
heart to do it. Sca. Truly, I did not think you so subtle a Thrifty. You shall find I can, sir. philosopher! I mean, he was fatally engaged Sca. Come, you deceive yourself; fatherly afin this affair,
fection must shew itself; it must, it must: Da Thrifty. Why did he engage himself? not I know you were ever tender-hearted?