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me now.

Flo. Friends! I scorn his friendship; and, who minds her not.] What's the matter with him, since he does not know how to use a gentleman, sir? he won't speak to me. (To D. MAN. I'll do a public picce of justice, and use him like D. Man. A-speak !-a-go to him again

try what fair words will do, and sce if you can Hyp. Let me go

pick out the meaning of all this. D. Man. Better words, sir. [To FLORA. Ros. Dear sir! what's the matter? (To Hyp.

Flo. Why, sir, d'ye take this fellow for Don D. Man. Ay, sir, pray what's the matter? Philip?

Hyp. I am a little vexed at my servant's being D. Man. What do you mean, sir ?

out of the way, and the insolence of this other Flo. That he has cheated me as well as you— rascal. but I'll have my revenge immediately.

D. Man. But what occasion have you for

[Exit FLORA. post-horses, sir ? (HYPOLITA walks about, and Don MANUEL Hyp. Something happens a little cross, sir. stares.

D. Man. Pray, what is it? D. Man. Hey! what's all this? what is it? Hyp. I'll tell you another time, sir. my heart misgives me.

D. Man. Another time, sir ! _pray, satisfy Hyp. Hey! who waits there ? Here you !(To a servant.) bid my servant run, and hire me Hyp. Lord, sir ! when you see a man out of a coach and four horses immediately.

humour. Sero. Yes, sir.

[Exit Servant. D. Man. Sir, it may be I'm as much out of D. Man. A coach!

humour as you: and I must tell ye, I don't like Enter VILETTA.

your behaviour, and I'm resolved to be satisfied.

Hyp. Sir, what is it you'd have? (Peevishly. Vil. Sir, sir! bless me! what's the matter, D. Mun. Look ye, sir in short-1-I have sir? are you not well?

received a letter. D. Man. Yes, yes I am—that is—ha!

Hyp. Well, sir. Vil. I have brought you a letter, sir.

D. Man. I wish it may be well, sir. D. Man. What business can he have for a Hyp. Bless me, sir! what's the matter with coach ?

you? Vil. I have brought you a letter, sir, from Oc D. Nlan. Matter, sir ! In troth, I'm almost tavio.

afraid and ashamed to tell ye-but, if you must D. Man. To me?

needs know-there's the matter, sir. Vil. No, sir, to niy mistress --he charged

[Gives the letter. me to deliver it immediately, for he said it concerned her life and fortune.

Enter Don Louis. D. Man. How ! let's sec it-There's what I D. Lou. Uncle, I am your humble servant. promised thee-begone. What can this be now! D. Man. I am glad to see you, nephew. (Reads.] “ The person whom your

father igno D). Lou. I received your invitation, and am rantly designs you to marry, is a known cheat, come to pay my duty : but here I met with the and an impostor; the truc Don Philip, who is most surprising news. my intimate friend, will immediately appear D. Man. Pray, what is it? with the corrigidore, and fresh evidence against D. Lou. Why, first your servant told me my him. I thought this advice, though from one young cousin was to be married to-day to Don you hate, would be well received, if it came Philip de las Torres : and, just as I was entertime enough to prevent your ruin. Octavio." ing your doors, who should I meet but Don Phi. Oh, my heart ! this letter was not designed to lip, with the corrigidore and several witnesses, fall into my hands I am affrighted—I dare not to prove, it seems, that the person whom you think on't.

were just going to marry my cousin to, has usurp

ed his name, betrayed you, robbed him, and is, Re-enter Servant.

in short, a rank impostor ! Serv. Sir, your man is not within.

Hyp. So, now, it's come home to him. Hyp. Careless rascal ! to be out of the way D. Man. Dear nephew! don't torture me. when my life's at stake-Pr’ythee, do thou go | Are you sure you know Don Philip when you and see if thou canst get me any post-horses.

see him ? · D. Man. Post horses !

D. Lou. Know him, sir! were we not school

fellows, fellow-collegians, and fellow-travellers ? Enter ROSARA.

D. Man. But are you sure you may not have Ros. Oh, dear sir, what was the matter? forgot him, neither? D. Man. Hey !

D. Lou. You might as well ask me if I had Ros. What made them quarrel, sir?

not forgot you, sir. D. Man. Child !

D. Man. But one question more, and I am Ros. What was it about, sir? You look con- dumb for ever -is that he ? cerned.

D. Lou. That, sir ! no, nor in the least like D. Man. Concerned !

him--But, pray, why this concern ? I hope we Ros. I hope you are not húrt, sir ? (To Hyp. I are not come too late to prevent the marriage ?

D. Man. Oh, oh, oh, oh ! my poor child ! D. Man. Oh, that I were buried! will my Ros. Oh!

(Seems to faint. cares never be over ?

Hyp. They are pretty near it, sir ; you cann't Enter VILETTA.

have much more to trouble you. Vil. What's the matter, sir?

Cor. Come, sir, if you please, I must desire to D. Mar Ah! look to my child.

take your affidavit in writing. D. Lou. Is this the villain, then, that has im

[Goes to the table with FLORA. posed on you?

D. Phil. Now, sir, you see what your own Hyp. Sir, I'm this lady's husband, and, while rashness has brought you to. How shall I be I'm sure that name cann't be taken from me, I stared at when I give an account of this to my shall be contented with laughing at any other you father, or your friends in Seville! you'll be the or your party dare give me.

public jest; your understanding, or your folly, V. Man. Oh!

will be the mirth of every table. D. Lou. Nay, then, within there--such a vil D. Man. Pray forbear, sir. lain ought to be made an example.

Hyp. Keep it up, madam. (Aside to Rosara.

Ros. Oh, sir! bow wretched have you made Enter Corrigidore und Officers, with Don Phi- me! Is this the care you have taken of me, for LIP, OCTAVIO, Flora, and TRAPPANTI.

my blind obedience to your commands ? this my Oh, gentlemen, we're undone! all comes too reward for filial duty ? late! my poor cousin's married to the impostor! D. Man. Ah, my poor child! D. Pu. How !

Ros. But I deserve it all for ever listening to Oct. Confusion !

your barbarous proposal, when my conscience D. Man. Oh, oh!

inight have told me my vows and person, in jusD. Phi. That's the person, sir, and I demand tice and honour, were the wronged Octavio's. your justice.

D. Mun. Oh, oh! Oct. And I.

Oct. Can she repent her falsehood then, at Flo. And all of us:

last! Is't possible ! then I'm wounded, too! Oh, D. Mun. Will my cares never be over? my poor, undone Rosara! (Gues to her.] Un

Cor. Well, gentlemen, let me rightly under grateful, cruel, perjured man! how canst thou stand what 'tis you charge him with, and I'll com bear to see the light, after this heap of ruin thou mit him immediately–First, sir, you say these last raised, by tearing thus asunder the most gentlemen all know you to be the true Don Philip? solemn vows of plighted love !

D. Lou. That, sir, I presume, my oath will D. Man. Oh, don't insult me; I deserve the prove.

worst you can say—I'm a miserable wretch, and Oct. Or mine.

I repent me. Flo. And mine.

Oct. Repent! can'st thou believe whole years Trap. Ay, and mine, too, sir.

of sorrow will atone thy crime? No; groan on; D. Man. Where shall í hide this shameful sigh and weep away thy life to come, and, when head?

the stings and horrors of thy conscience have Flo. And for the robbery, that I can prove laid thy tortured body in the grave-then, then upon him ; he confessed to me at Toledo he as thou dost me, when it is too late, I'll pity thee. stole this gentleman's pormanteau there to carry Vil. So! here's the lady in tears, the lover in on his design upon this lady, and agreed to give rage, the old gentleman out of his senses, most me a third part of her fortune, for my assistance, of the company distracted, and the bridegroom which he refusing to pay as soon as the marriage in a fair way to be hanged-the merriest wedwas over, I thought myself obliged, in honour, to uing that ever I saw in my life! discover him.

Cor. Well, sir, have you any thing to say, beHyp. Well, gentlemen, you may insult me if fore I make your warrant? (To HYPOLITA. you please; but, I presume, you'll hardly be able Hyp. A word or two, and I obey ye, sirto prove that I'm not married to the lady, or Gentlemen, I have reflected on the folly of my have not the best part of her fortune in my action, and foresee the disquiets I am like to unipocket; so do your worst; I own my ingenuity, dergo, in being tliis lady's husband; therefore, as and am proud on't.

I own myself the author of all this seeming ruin D. Mun. Ingenuity, abandoned villain-But, and confusion, so I am willing (desiring first the sir, before you send him to gaol, I desire he may officers may withdraw), to offer something to tho return the jewels I gave him as part of my general quiet. daughter's portion.

Oct. What can this mean? Cor. That cann't be, sir-since he has married D. Phi. Psha! some new contrivance Let's the lady, her fortune is lawfully his. All we can do, is to prosecute him for robbing this gentle D. Lou. Stay a moment; it can be no harm to

hear him-Sir, will you oblige us ? D. Man. Oh, that ever I was born!

Cor. Wait without

(Exeunt Officers. Hyp. Return the jewels, sir ! If you don't pay Vil. What's to be done now, trow ? me the rest of her fortune to-morrow morning, Trup. Some smart thing, I warrant ye; the you may chance to go to gaol before me. little gentleman hath a notable head, faith!

be gone.

man.

give a villain.

Flo. Nay, gentlemen, thus much I know of sembled penitence have deceived meonce already, him, that, if you can but persuade him to be which makes me, I confess, a little slow in my honest, 'tis still in his power to make you all belief; therefore, take heed! expect no second amends, and, in my opinion, 'tis high time he mercy; for, be assured of this, I never can for. should propose it.

D. Mun. Ay, 'tis time he were hanged, indeed, Hyp. If I am proved one, spare me not I for I know no other amends he can make us. ask but this–Use me as you find me.

Hyp. Then, I must tell you, sir, I owe you no D. Phi. That you may depend on. reparation ; the injuries which you complain of, D. Mun. There, sir. your sordid avarice, and breach of promise here,

[Gives HYPOLITA the writing signed. have justly brought upon you-Had you, as you Ros. Now, I tremble for her. (Aside. were obliged in conscience and in nature, first Hyp. And now, Don Philip, I confess you are given your daughter with her heart, she had the only injured person here. now been honourably happy; and, if any, I the D. Phi. I know not that-do my friend right, only miserable person here.

and I shall easily forgive thee. D. Lou. He talks reason.

Hyp. His pardon, with his thanks, I am sure I D. Fhi. I don't think him in the wrong there, shail deserve; but how shall I forgive myself? indeed.

Is there, in nature, left a means that can repair Hup. Therefore, sir, if you are injured, you the shameful slights, the insults, and the long may thank yourself for it.

disquiets you have known from love? D. Man. Nay, dear sir-I do confess my D. Phi. Let me understand thee! blindness, and could heartily wish your eyes, or Hyp. Examine well your heart ; and, if the mine, had dropped out of our heads before ever fierce resentment of its wrongs has not extinwe saw one another.

guished quite the usual soft compassion there, Hyp. Well, sir, (however little you have de revive at least one spark, in pity of my woman's served it,) yet, for your daughter's sake, if you'll weakness. oblige yourself, by signing this paper, to keep

D. Mun. How! a woman ! your first promise, and give her, with her full D. Phi. Whither wouldst thou carry me? fortune, to this gentleman, I'm still content, on Hyp. Not but I know you generous as the that condition, to disannul my own pretences, heart of love; yet let me doubt if even this low and resign her.

submission can deserve your pardon-don't look Oct. Ha! what

says
he?

on me; I cannot bear that you should know me D. Lou. This is strange!

yet. The extravagant attempt I have this day D. Mlun. Sir, I don't know how to answer run througli, to meet you thus, justly may subyou ; for I can never believe you'll have good-ject me to your contempt and scorn, unless the nature enough to hang yourself out of the way, same forgiving goodness that used to overlook to make room for him.

the failings of Hypolita prove still my friend, and Hyp. Then, sir, to let you see I have not only soften all with the excuse of love. an bonest meaning, but an immediate power to Oct. My sister! Oh, Rosara ! Philip! make good my word, I first renounce all title to

(All seem amazed. her fortune: these jewels, which I received from D. Phi. Oh, stop, this vast effusion of my you, I give him free possession of'; and now, sir, transported thoughts ! ere my offending wishes the rest of her fortune you owe him with her break their prison through my eyes, and surfeit person.

on forbidden hopes again: or, if my tears are Oct. I am all amazement !

false, if your relenting heart is touched at last in D. Lou. What can this end in ?

pity of my enduring love, be kind at once, speak D. Fhi. I am surprised, indeed!

on, and awake me to the joy, while I have sense D. Man. This is unaccountable, I must confess—But still, sir, if you disannul your pre Hyp. Nay, then I am subdued indeed! Is it tences, how you'll persuade that gentleman, to possible, spite of my follies, still your generous whom I am obliged by contract, to part with heart can love? 'Tis so! Your eyes confess it, his

and my fears are dead. Why, then, should I D. Phi. Tliat, sir, shall be no let; I am too blush, to let at once the honest fulness of my well acquainted with the virtue of my friend's ti-heart gush forth? Oh, Philip! Hypolita is-yours tle, to entertain a thought that can disturb it. for ever! Hyp. Then my fears are over.-[Aside.]

[They advance slowly, and at lust rush into Now, sir, it only stops at you.

one another's arms.) D. Mun. Well, sir, I see the paper is only D. Phi. Oh, ecstacy! Distracting joy! Do I conditional, and, since the general welfare is con then live to call you mine? Is there an end, at cerned, I won't refuse to lend you my helping last, of my repcated pangs, my sighs, my torhand to it; but, if you should not make your ments, and my rejected vows? Is it possible—is words good, sir, I hope you won't take it ill if a it she? Oh, let me view thee thus with aching man should poison you.

eyes, and feed my eager sense upon the transD. Phi. And, sir, let me, too, warn you how port of thy love confessed! What, kind ! and you execute tliis promise ; your Hattery and dis. ' yet-it is, it is Hypolita! and yet 'tis she! I

to hear you.

for ever.

know her by the busy pulses at my heart, which had many a battle with my lady upon your aconly love like mine can feel, and she alone can count; but I always told her we should do her give.

[Eugerly embracing her. business at last. Hyp. Now, Philip, you may insult our sex's D. Mun. Another metamorphosis ! Brave girls, pride, for I confess you have subdued it all in faith! Odzooks, we shall have them make camine; ! plead no merit but my knowing yours; I paigns shortly! own the weakness of my boasted power, and now D. Phi. Take this as an earnest of my thanks; am only proud of my humility.

in Seville, I'll provide for thee. D. Phi. Oh, never! never shall thy empire Hyp. Nay, here's another accomplice, toocease! 'Tis not in thy power to give thy power confederate I cannat say; for honest Trappanti away: this last surprise of generous love has did not know but that I was as great a rogue as bound me to thy heart, a poor indebted wretch, himself.

Trap. 'Tis a folly to lie; I did not indeed, Hyp. No more: the rest the priest should say madam-But the world cannot say I have been a —but now our joys grow rude-here are our rogue to your ladyship-and, if you had not partfriends, that must be happy, too.

ed with your moneyD. Phi. Louis ! Octavio! my brother now! Hyp. Thou hadst not parted with thy honesty. oh forgive the hurry of a transported heart! Trap. Right, madam ; but how should a poor

D. Man. A woman ! and Octavio's sister! naked fellow resist, when he had so many pistoles Oct. That heart that does not feel, as 'twere held against him?

(Shews money. its

own, a joy like this, ne'er yet confessed the D. Man. Ay, ay; well said, lad. power of friendship nor of love. (Embrucing him. Vil. La! a tempting bait, indeed! let him of

D. Mun. Have I then been pleased, and fer to marry me again, if he dares. (Aside. plagued, and frighted out of my wits by a wo D. Phi. Well, Trappanti, thou hast been serman all this while! Odsbud, she is a notable viceable, however, and I'll think of thee. contriver! Stand clear, ho, for if I have not a fair Oct. Nay, I am his debtor, too. brush at her lips-nay, if she does not give me Trap. Ah, there's a very easy way, gentlemen, the hearty smack, too, odswinds and thunder! to reward me; and, since you partly owe your she's not the good-humoured girl I took her for. happiness to my roguery, I should be very proud

Hyp. Come, sir, I won't baulk your good hu to owe mine only to your generosity. mour.- (He kisse's her.)–And now I have a fa

Oct. As how, pray? vour to beg of you : you remember your promise; Trap. Why, sir, I find, by my constitution, that only your blessing here, sir.

it is as natural to be in love as an hungry, and (Octavio and Rosara kneel. that I ha'n't a jot less stomach than the best of D. Man. Ah! I can deny thee nothing; and, my betters; and, though I have often thought a since I find thou art not fit for my girls business wife but dining every day, upon the same dish, thyself, odzooks! it shall never be done out of yet, methinks, it's better than no dinner at all: the family—and so, children, Heaven bless you and, for my part, I had rather have no stomach together! Come, I'll give you her hand myself, to my meat, than no meat to my stomach: upon you know the way to her heart; and, as soon as which consideration, gentlemen and ladies, 1 dethe priest has said grace, he shall toss you the sire you'll use your interest with Madona hererest of her body into the bargain. And now my to let me dine at her ordinary. cares are over again.

D. Mun. A pleasant rogue, faith! Odzooks ! Oct. We'll study to deserve your love, sir. the jade shall have him. Come, hussy, he's an Oh, Rosara !

ingenious person, Ros. Now, Octavio, do you believe I loved Vil. Sir, I don't understand his stuff; when he you better than the person I was to marry? speaks plain, I know what to say to him.

Oct. Kind creature ! you were in her secret, Trap. Why then, in plain terms, let me a lease then ?

of your tenement-marry me. Ros. I was, and she in mine.

l'il. Ay, now you say something I was Oct. Sister! what words can thank you? afraid, by what you said in the garden, you had Hyp. Any that tell me of Octavio's happi only a inind to be a wicked tenant at will.

Trap. No, no, child; I have no mind to be D. My friend successful too! Then, my turned out at a quarter's warning. joys are double. But how this generous attempt Vil. Well, there's my hand--and now meet was started first; how it has been pursued, and me as soon as you will with a canonical lawyer, carried with this kind surprise at last, gives me and I'll give you possession of the rest of the wonder equal to my joy.

premises. Hyp. Here is one, that, at more leisure, shall D. Man. Odzooks! and well thought of! I'll inform you all: she was ever a friend to your send for one presently. Hear you, sirrah! run love, has had a hearty share in the fatigue, and to Father Benedict again, tell him his work don't now I am bound in honour to give her part of hold here; his last marriage is broke to pieces ; the garland, too.

but now we have got better tackle, he must come ]). Phi. flow! she?

and stitch iwo or three fresh couple together, as Flo. Trusty Flora, sir, at your service. I have fast as he can.

ness.

Enter Servant, Ser. Sir, the music's come.

D. Man. Ab, they could never take us in a better time–let them enter-Ladies, and sons and daughters, for I think you are all akin to me now, will you be pleased to sit ?

(After the entertainment. D. Man. Come, gentlemen, now our collation waits.

Enter Servant. Serv. Sir, the priest's come.

D. Man. That's well; we'll dispatch him presently.

D. Phi. Now, my Hypolita,
Let our example teach mankind to love,
From thine the fair their favours may improve';
To the quick pains you give our joys we owe,
Till those we feel, these we can never know.
But warned with honest hope from my success,
Even in the height of all its miseries,
Oh, never let a virtuous mind despair,
For constant hearts are love's peculiar care.

(Exeunt omnes.

EPILOGUE.

Mongst all the rules the ancients had in vogue,

Shall we not say We find no mention of an epilogue,

Old English honour now revives again, Whiclı plainly shows they're innovations, brought Memorably fatal to the pride of Spain; Since rules, design, and nature, were forgot ; But hold The custom therefore our next play shall break, While Anne repeats the vengeance of Eliza's But now a joyful motive bids us speak;

reign! For while our arms return with conquest home, For to the glorious conduct sure that drew While children prattle Vigo and the boom, A senate's grateful vote our adoration's due; Is't fit the mouth of ail mankind, the stage, be From that alone all other thanks are poor, dumb?

The old triumphing Romans ask'd no more, While the proud Spaniards read old annals o'er, And Rome indeed gave all within its power. And on the leaves in lazy safety pore,

But your superior stars, that knew too well Essex and Raleigh thunder on their shore; You English heroes should old Rome's excel, Again their donships start and mend their speed, To crown your arms beyond the bribes of spoil, With the same fear of their forefathers dead. Raised English beauty to reward your toil : While Amadis de Gaul laments in vain,

Though seized of all the rifled world had lost, And wishes his young Quixote out of Spain: So fair a circle (To the bores.] Rome could never While foreign forts are but beheld and seized,

boast. While English hearts tumultuously are pleased, Proceed, auspicious Chiefs! inflame the war, Shall we, whose sole subsistence purely flows Pursue your conquest, and possess the fair, From minds in joy, or undisturbed repose, That ages may record of them and you, Shall we behold each face with pleasure glow, They only could inspire what you alone could do. Unthankful to the arms that made them so?

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