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tear him from her ; but I would move you to a Jac. Madam, never doubt me; I'm charged to female softness, by telling you her death would the mouth with fury; and if ever I meet that fat wait your conquest. What I have more to plead traitor of mine, such a volley will I pour about his is as a brother; I hope that gives me some small ears—Now Heaven prevent all hasty vows; interest in you; whatever it is, you see how I'd but, in the humour I am, methinks I'd carry my employ it.
maidenhead to my cold grave with me, before I'd Leo. You never could put it to a harder ser- let it simper at the rascal. But soft, here comes vice; I beg a little time to think : pray leave me to myself a wbile.
Enter ALVAREZ. Cum. I shall; I only ask that you would think, and then you won't refuse me. (Exit Cam. Alo. Leonora, I'd have you retire a little, and
Jac. Indeed, madam, I'm of your brother's send your brother's tutor to me, Metaphrastus. mind, though for another cause; but sure 'tis (Exeunt LEO, and Jac.] I'll try if I can disworth thinking twice on for your own sake: you cover, by his tutor, what it is that seems so much are too violent.
to work his brain of late; for something more than L€0. A slighted woman knows no bounds. common there plainly does appear, yet nothing Vengeance is all the cordial she can have, so sure that can disturb his soul like what I have to snatches at the nearest. Ungrateful wretch ! to torture mine upon his account. Sure nothing in use me with such insolence.
this world is worth a troubled mind! What racks Jac. You see me as much enraged at it, as you has avarice stretched me on! I wanted nothing; are yourself, yet my brain is roving after the kind Heaven had given me a plenteous lot, and cause, for something there must be; never letter seated me in great abundance ; why then approve was received by man with more passion and I of this imposture? What have I gained by it? transport ; I was almost as charming a goddess Wealth and misery. I have bartered peaceful as yourself, only for bringing it. Yet when, in a days for restless nights; a wretched bargain ! and moment after, I come with a message worth a he that merchandizes thus, must be undone at dozen on't, never was witch so handled ; some- last. thing must have passed between one and t'other,
Enter METAPHRASTUS. that's sure. Leo. Nothing could pass worth my enquiring
Mc. Mandatum tuum curo diligenter. after, since nothing could happen that can excuse
Alr. Master, I had a mind to ask youhis usage of me. He had a letter under my hand, Met. The title master, comes from Magis and which owned him master of my heart; and, till I Ter, which is as much as to say, thrice worthy. contradicted it with my mouth, he ought not to Alv. I never heard so much before, but it may doubt the truth on't.
be true, tor aught I know. But, masterJac. Nay, I confess, madam, I ha'n't a word to Met. Go on. say for him; I'm afraid he's but a rogue at bottom, Alv. Why so I will if you'll let me, but don't as well as my shameless that attends him : we interrupt me then. are bit, by my troth, and haply well enough ser- Met. Enough, proceed. ved, for listening to the glib tongues of the ras- Alo. Why then, master, for a third time, my cals. But be comforted, madam; they'll fall into son Camillo gives me much uneasiness of late; the hands of some foul sluts or other before they you know I love him, and have many careful die, that will set our account even with 'em. thoughts about him.
Leo. Well; let him laugh, let him glory in Met. 'Tis true. Filio non potest praferri niwhat he has done, he shall see I have a spirit si filius. can use him as I ought.
Alo. Master, when one has business to talk Jac. And let one thing be your comfort by the on, these scholastic expressions are not of use; way, madam, that, in spite of all your dear affec- I believe you a great Latinist ; possibly you may tions to him, you have had the grace to keep him understand Greek : those who recommend you at arm's length. You ha’n’t thanked me for it; to me said so, and I am willing it should be true; but, good faith, 'twas well I did not stir out of the but the thing I want to discourse you about at chamber that fond night; for there are times the present, does not properly give you an occasion stoutest of us are in danger, the rascals wheedle so. to display your learning. Besides, to tell you
Leo. In short, my very soul is fired with his truth, 'twill at all times be lost upon me; my treatment; and if ever that perfidious monster father was a wise man, but he taught me nothing should relent, though he should crawl like a poor beyond common sense; I know but one tongue worm beneath my feet, nay plunge a dagger in in the world, which luckily being understood by his heart, to bleed for pardon, I charge thee you as well as me, I fancy, whatever thoughts we strictly, charge thee on thy life, thou do not urge have to communicate to one another, may reason. a look to melt me toward him, but strongly buoy ably be conveyed in that, without having recourse me up in brave resentment; and if thou see'st to the language of Julius Cæsar. (which heavens avert) a glance of weakness in me, Met. You are wrong, but may proceed. rouse to my memory the vile wrongs I've borne, Alv. I thank you : what is the matter I do and blazon them with skill in all their glaring not know; but, though it is of the utmost concolours.
sequence to me to marry my son, what match so
ever I propose to him, he still finds some pre- Alo. You will do very well. tence or other to decline it.
Met. You see I do; well, go on. Met. He is, perhaps, of the humour of a bro- Alv. Why then, to begin once again, I say ther of Marcus Tullius, who
my son CamilloAlo. Dear master, leave the Greeks, and the Mlet. Proceed; I sha'n't interrupt you. Latins, and the Scotch, and the Welsh, and let Alo. I say my son Camillome go on in my business ; what have those people Met. What is it you say of your son Cato do with my son's marriage ?
millo? Met. Again you are wrong; but go on. Ald. That he has got a dog of a tutor, whose
Alv. I say then, that I have strong apprehen- brains I'll beat out, if he won't hear me speak. sions, from his refusing all my proposals, that he Met. That dog is a philosopher, contemns may have some secret inclination of his own: passion, and yet will hear you. and, to confirm me in this fear, I yesterday ob- Alv. I don't believe a word on't, but I'll try served bim (without his knowing it) in a corner once again; I have a mind to know from you, of the grove, where nobody comes
whether you have observed any thing in my Met. A place out of the way, you would say ; a place of retreat.
Met. Nothing that is like his father. Go on. Alv. Why, the corner of the grove, where no- Alo. Have a care. body comes, is a place of retreat, is it not ? Met. I do not interrupt you; but you are Met. In Latin, Secessis.
long in coming to a conclusion. Alo. Ha!
Alv. Why, thou hast not let me begin yet. Met. As Virgil has it, Est in secessu locus. Met. And yet ’tis high time to have made an
Alo. How could Virgil have it, when I tellend. you no soul was there but he and I?
Alo. Dost thou know thy danger ? I have not Met. Virgil is a famous author; I quote his -thus much patience left. saying as a phrase more proper to the occasion
(Shewing the end of his finger. than that you use, and not as one who was in Met. Mine is already consumed. I do not the wood with you.
use to be thus treated; my profession is to Alo. And I tell you, I hope to be as famous teach, and not to hear, yet I have hearkened as any Virgil of 'em all, when I have been dead like a school-boy, and am not heard, although a as long, and have no need of a better phrase master. than my own to tell you my ineaning.
Alv. Get out of the room. Met. You ought, however, to make choice of Met. I will not. If the mouth of a wise man the words most used by the best authors. Tu be shut, he is, as it were, a fool; for who shall didendo bonos, as they say, Scribendo sequure know his understanding? therefore a certain peritos.
philosopher said well, Speak, that thou mayest be Alo, Again!
known ; great talkers, without knowledge, are Met. 'Tis Quintilian's own precept.
as the winds that whistle; but they who have Alv. Oons
learning, should speak aloud. If this be not Met. And he hath something very learned up- permitted, we may expect to see the whole on it, that may be of service to you to hear. order of nature overthrown; hens devour foxes,
Air. You son of a whore, will you hear me and lambs destroy wolves, nurses suck childspeak?
ren, and children give suck; generals mend Met. What may be the occasion of this un- stockings, and chambermaids take towns: we manly passion? What is it you would have with may expect, I say
Alo. That, and that, and that, and Alo. What you might have known an hour [Strikes him, and kicks him; and then follous ago, if you had pleased.
him off with a bell at his ear. Met. You would then have me hold my Met. 0 Tempora! O Mores! . peace ?-I shall.
Come! Courage, my dear Lopez! Fire will SCENE I.-The Street.
fetch out fire: Thou hast told one body thy mas.
ter's secret, e'en tell it to half a dozen more, and Enter LOPEZ.
try how that will thrive; go tell it to the two Lop. Sometimes fortune seconds a bold design, old dons, the lovers' fathers. The thing's done, and when folly has brought us into a trap, im- and cann't be retrieved ; perhaps they may lay pudence brings us out on't. I have been caught their two ancient heads together, club a pennyby this hot-headed lover here, and have told like worth of wisdom a-piece, and, with great penea puppy what I shall be beaten for like a dog. Itration, at last find out, that 'tis best to submit,
wliere 'tis not in their power to do otherwise. | Don Felix come: how I am struck with the sight This being resolved, there's no time to be lost. of him ! O the torment of a guilty mind! (Aside.
(Knocks at ALVAREZ's door. Fel. What shall I say to soften him? Aside. Alv. [Within.] Who knocks?
Alo. How shall I look him in the face? Lop. Lopez.
Aside. Alo. (Looking out.) What dost want?
Fel. 'Tis impossible he can forgive it. (Aside. Lop. To bid you good morrow, sir.
Alo. To be sure he'll expose me to the whole slu. Well, good morrow to thee again. world.
(Aside. [Rciires. Fel. I see his countenance change. (Aside. Lop. What a- I think he does not care for Alv. With what contempt he looks upon me! my company. [Knocks again.
Aside. 'Alo. (Within.] Who knocks ?
Fel. I see, Don Alvarez, by the disorder of Lop. Lopez.
your face, you are but too well informed of what Ali. (Looking out.) What would'st have ? brings me here.
Lop. My old master, sir, gives his service to Alo. 'Tis true. you, and desires to know how you do.
Fel. The news may well surprise you ; 'tis what Alo. How I do? Why well: How should I I have been far from apprehending. do ? Service to him again.
(Retires. Ald. Wrong, very wrong, indeed.
Fel. This action is certainly to the last point Alv. [Returning.] What the deuce wouldst to be condemned, and I think nobody should thou have with me, with thy good morrows and pretend to excuse the guilty. thy services?
Ald. They are not to be excused, though HeaLop. This man does not understand good ven may have mercy. breeding, I'find. [Aside.) Why, sir, my master Fel. That's what I hope you will consider. has some very earnest business with you.
Alv. We should act as Christians. Alo. Business! About what? What business Fel. Most certainly. can he have with me?
Alv. Let mercy then prevail. Lop. I don't know, truly; but 'tis some very Fel. It is indeed of heavenly birth. important matter : he has just now (as I hear) Alv. Generous Don Felix ! discovered some great secret, which he must Fel. Too indulgent Alvarez ! needs talk with you about.
Alt. I thank you on my knee. Alo. Ha! A secret, sayest thou ?
Fel. 'Tis I ought to have been there first. Lop. Yes ; and bid me bring him word, if you
(They kneel. were at home, he'd be with you presently. Sir, Alv. Is it then possible we are friends? your humble servant.
Fel. Embrace me to confirm it. (They embrace.
Alo. Thou best of men !
Fel. Unlook’d-for bounty ! A secret: and must speak with me about Alv. Did you know the torment (Rising.) this it! Heavens, how I tremble! What can this unhappy action has given me message mean? I have very little acquaintance tel. 'Tis impossible it could do otherwise; nor with him; what business can he have with me?
has my trouble been less. An important secret 'twas, he said, and that he Alv. But let my misfortune be kept secret. had just discovered it. Alas! I have in the Fel. Most willingly; my advantage is sufficient world but one, if it be that I'm lost; an by it, without the vanity of making it public to eternal blot must fix upon me. How unfortunate the world. am I, that I have not followed the honest coun- Alv. Incomparable goodness! that I should sels of my heart, which have often urged me to thus bave wronged a man so worthy! (Aside.] set my conscience at ease, by rendering to him My honour then is safe? the estate that is bis due, and which, by a foul Fel. For ever, even for ever, let it be a secret ; imposture, I keep from him. But 'tis now too I am content. late; my villainy is out, and I shall not only be Aiv. Noble gentleman! (Aside.) As to what forced with shame to restore him what is his, advantages ought to accrue to you by it, it shall but shall be perhaps condemned to make him re- be all to your entire satisfaction. paration with my own. O terrible view !
Fel. Wonderful bounty! (Aside.] As to that,
Don Alvarez, I leave it entirely to you, and shall Enter Don Felix.
be content with whatever you think reasonable. Fel. My son to go and marry her without her Alo. I thank you, from my soul I must, you father's knowledge! This can never end well. I know I must—This must be an angel, not a don't know what to do; he'll conclude I was pri- man.
(Aside. vy to it, and his power and interest are so great Fel. The thanks lie on my side, Alvarez, for at court, he may, with ease, contrive my ruin: I this unexpected generosity; but may all faults be tremble at his sending to speak with me- forgot, and Heaven ever prosper you! Mercy on me, there be is.
(Aside. Alv. The same prayer İ, with a double fervour, Ali. Ah ! shield mc, kind Heaven! there's offer up for you.
Fel. Let us then once more embrace, and be always scolding, and finding fault for nothing; forgiveness sealed for ever.
complaining that I have got a coxcomb of a son, Alv. Agreed; thou best of men, agreed. that makes me weary of my life; fancying he per
[They embrace verts the order of nature, turning day into night, Fel. This thing then being thus happily termi. and night into day; getting whims in my brain, nated, let me own to you, Don Alvarez, I was in that he consumes his life in idleness, unless he extreme apprehensions of your utmost resent- rouses now and then to do some noblc stroke of ment on this occasion; for I could not doubt but mischief; and having an impertinent dream at you had formeel more happy views in the dispo- this time, that he has been making the fortune sal of so fair a daughter as Leonora, than my of the family, by an under-hand marriage with the poor son's inferior fortune e'er can answer; but daughter of a man who will crush us all to powsince they are joined, and that
der for it. Ah--ungracious wretch, to bring dio. Ha !
an old man into all this trouble! The pain thou Fel. Nay, 'tis very likely to discourse of it may gavest thy mother to bring thee into the world, not be very pleasing to you, though your Christi- and the plague thou hast given me to keep thee anity and natural goodness have prevailed on you here, make the getting thee (though 'twas in our so generously to forgive it. But to do justice to honey-moon) a bitter remembrance to us both. Leonora, and screen her from your too harsh opi
(Erit Don Felix. nion in this unlucky action, 'twas that cuaning wicked creature that attends her, who, by unusu
LORENZO solus. al arts, wrought her to this breach of duty; for So-all's out—Here's a noble storm arising, and her own inclinations were disposed to all the mo- I'm at sea in a cock-boat. But which
could desty and resignation a father could ask from a this business reach him? By this traitor Lopezdaughter. My son I canu't excuse, but since your it must be so; it could be no other way; for onbounty does so, I hope you'll quite forget the ly he, and the priest that married us, knew of it. fault of the less guilty Leonora.
The villain will never confess though. I must Alv. What a mistake have I lain under here? try a little address with him, and conceal my an. and from a groundless apprehension of one mis- ger. O, here he comes. fortune, find myself in the certainty of another.
Enter LOPEZ. Fel. He looks disturb’d; what can this mean? Lor. Lopez!
(Aside. Lop. Do you call, sir? Alu. My daughter married to his son-Con- Lor. I find all's discovered to my father ; the fusion ! But I find myself in such unruly agita- secret's out; he knows my marriage. tion, something wrong may happen if I continue Lop. He knows your marriage? How the pest with him; I'll therefore leave him. [Aside. should that happen? Sir, 'tis impossible, that's Fel. You seem thoughtful, sir, I hope there's all.
Lor. I tell thee 'tis true; he knows every parAlo. A sudden disorder I am seized with ; ticular of it. you'll pardon me; I must retire.
Lop. He does ! Why then, sir, all I can say (Exit ALVAREZ. is, that Satan and he are better acquainted than
the devil and a good Christian ought to be. Don Felix solus.
Lor. Which way he has discovered it, I cann't I don't like this—He went oddly off-I doubt tell, nor am I much concerned to know, since, he finds this bounty difficult to go through with. beyond all my expectations, I find him perfectly His natural resentment is making an attack upon easy at it, and ready to excuse my fault with bethis acquired generosity : pray Heaven it be not ter reasons than I can find to do it myseif. too strong for it. The misfortune is a great one, Lop. Say you so ?- I am very glad to hear and cann't but touch him nearly. It was not na- that ; then all's safe.
[Aside. tural to be so calm : I wish it don't yet drive him Lor. 'Tis unexpected good fortune; but it to my ruin. But here comes this young hot-brain- could never proceed purely from his own temper; ed coscomb, who, with his midnight amours, has there must have been pains taken with him to been the cause of all this mischiet to me. bring him to this calm : I'm sure I owe much to
the Enter LORENZO.
bounty of some friend or other: I wish I
knew where my obligation lay, that I might acSo, sir, you are come to receive my thanks for knowledge it as I ought. your noble exploit? You think you have done Lop. Are you thereabouts, i’faith? Then bravely now. Ungracious offspring, to bring per- sharp's the word. 'Egad, I'll own the thing, and petual troubles on me! Must there never pass a receive his bounty for it. (Aside.) Why, sir day, but I must drink some bitter potion or other not that I pretend to make a merit o' the matter, of your preparation for me?
for, alas ! I am but your poor hireling, and thereLor. I am amazed, sir : Pray what have I done fore bound in duty to render you all the service I to deserve your anger?
can--but-m'uis I have done it. Fel. Nothing; no manner of thing in the world, Lor. What hast thou done? nor never do. I am an old testy fellow, and am Lop. What no man else could have done the VOL III.
job, sir; told him the secret, and then talked him , accost him.I am told, sir, you take upon you into a liking on't.
to scandalize my daughter, and tell idle tales of Lor. 'Tis impossible; thou dost not tell me what can never happen. true.
Lop. Now methinks, sir, if you treated your Lop. Sir, I scorn to reap any thing from ano- son-in-law with a little more civility, things might ther man's labours ; but if this poor piece of ser
go just as well in the main. vice carrics any merit with it, you now know Alo. What means this insolent fellow by my where to reward it.
son-in-law? I suppose 'tis you, villain, are the Lor. Thou art not serious ?
author of this impudent story. Lop. I am, or may hunger be my messmate. Lop. You seem angry, sir-perhaps without
Lr And may famine be mine, if I don't reward thee for't as thou deservest---dead.
Alv. Cause, traitor! Is a cause wanting where Making a pass at him. a daughter's defamed, and a noble family scan. Lop. Have a care there. (Leuping on one side.) dalized ? What do you mean, sir? I bar all surprise. Lop. There he is ; let him answer you.
Lor. Traitor ! Is this the fruit of the trust I Alv. I should be glad he'd answer me, why, placed in thee-villain :
if he had any desires to my daughter, he did not [Alaking unother thrust at him. make his approaches like a man of honour. Lop. Take heed, sir ; you'll do one a mischief Lop. Yes; and so have had the doors bolted before you're aware.
against him, like a house-breaker. (Aside Lor. What recompence can'st thou make me, Lor. Sir, to justify my proceeding, I have little wretch, for this piece of treachery? Thy sordid to say ; but to excuse it, I have much; if any blood cann't expiate the thousandth--But I'll allowance may be made to a passion, which, in have it, however.
[Thrusts again. your youth, you have yourself been sway'd by. I Lop. Look you there again. Pray, sir, be love your daughter to that excessquiet. Is the devil in you ? 'Tis bad jesting with Ald. You would undo her for a night's lodging, edged tools. 'Egad, that last push was within an Lor. Undo her, sir? inch o' me. I don't know what you make all Alv. Yes, that's the word. You knew it was this bustle about, but l'm sure I've done all for against her interest to marry you, therefore you the best, and I believe it will prove for the best endeavoured to win her to’t in private ; you knew too at last, if you'll have but a little patience. her friends would make a better bargain for her, But if gentlemen will be in their airs in a mo- therefore you kept your designs from their knowment-Why, what the deuce--I'm sure I have ledge ; and yet you love her to that excess— been as eloquent as Cicero in your behalf, and I Lor. I'd readily lay down my life to serve don't doubt to good purpose too, if you'll give her. things time to work. But nothing but foul lan- Alv. Could you readily lay down fifty thousand guage and naked swords about the house, sa, sa : pistoles to serve her, your excessive love would run you through, you dog !-why, nobody can do come with better credentials: An offer of life is business at this rate.
very proper for the attack of a counterscarp, but Lor. And suppose your project fails, and I'm a thousand ducats will sooner carry a lady's ruined by it, sir.
heart : You are a young man, but will learn this Lop. Why, 'twill be time enough to kill me when you are older. then, sir, won't it? What should you do it for Lop. But since things have succeeded better now? Besides, I a’n’t ready; I'm not prepared; I this once, sir, and that my master will prove, a might be undone by it.
most incomparable good husband, (for that he'll Lor. But what will Leonora say to her marri- do, I'll answer for him,) and that 'tis too late to age being known, wretch ?
recal what's already done, sirLop. Why, may be she'll draw her sword Alv. What's done, villain? too. (Shewing his tongue.) But all shall be well Lop. Sir, I mean, that since my master and my with you both, if you will but let me alone. lady are married, andLor. Peace: here's her father.
Alo. Thou liest; they are not married. Lop. That's well: we shall see how things go Lup. Sir! I say, that since they are marpresently.
ried, and that they love each other so passing Enter Don ALVAREZ.
dearly, indeed, I fancy that
Alv. Why, this impudence is beyond all bearAlv. The more I recover from the disorder this ing. Sir, do you put your rascal upon this? discourse has put me in, the more strange the Lor. Sir, I am in a wood; I don't know what whole adventure appears to me. Leonora main- it is you mean. tains there is not a word of truth in what I have
Alv. And I am in a plain, sir, and think I may heard ; that she knows nothing of the marriage : be understood. Do you pretend you are married And indeed she tells me this with such a naked to my daughter? air of sincerity, that, for my part, I believe her. Lor. Sir, 'tis my happiness on one side, as it What then must be their project? Some villain is my misfortune on another. ous intention, to be sure, though which way,
Alv. And do you think this idle project can sucam ignorant. But here's the bridegroom ; Vu ceed : Do you believe
your affirming you are mal