Page images
PDF

AIR.

Pat. In love to pine and languish,

Yet hnow your passion vain;
To harbour heart-fell anguish, go
Yet fear to tell your pain.

What powers unrelenting,
Severer ills inventing,
Can sharpen pangs lihe these;

Where days and nights tormenting,
Yield not a moment's easel

Fai. Well, Patty, Master Goodman, my lord's steward, has been with me just now, and I find we are like to have great doings; his lordship has brought down Sir Harry Sycamore and his family, and there is more company expected in a few days. 101

Pat. I know Sir Harry very well; he is by marriage a distant relation of my lord's.

Fai. Pray what sort of a young body is the daughter there? I think she used to be with you at the castle, three or four summers ago• when my young lord was out upon his travels.

Pat. Oh! very often; she was a great favourite of my lady's: pray father is she come down? 109

Fai. Why you know the report last night, about my lord's going to be married; by what I can learn she is; and there is likely to be a nearer relationship between the families, ere long. It seems, his lordship was not over willing for the match, but the friends on both sides in London pressed it so hard: then there's a swinging fortune: master Goodman tells me a matter of twenty or thirty thousand pounds. 117

Pat. If it was a million, father, it would not be more than my lord Aimworth deserves; I suppose the wedding will be celebrated here at the mansion-house.

Fai. So it is thought, as soon as things can be properly prepared And now, Patty, if I could but see

thee a little merry—Come, bless thee, pluck up thy spirits—To be sure thou hast sustained, in the death of thy lady, a heavy loss; she was a parent to thee nay, and better, inasmuch as she took thee when thou wert but a babe, and gave thee an education which thy natural parents could not afford to do.

Pat. Ah! dear father, don't mention what, perhaps, has been my greatest misfortune. 130

Fai. Nay then, Patty, what's become of all thy sense, that people talk so much about 1 But I have something to say to thee which I would have thee consider

seriously. I believe I need not tell thee, my child,

that a young maiden, after she is marriageable, especially if she has any thing about her to draw people's notice, is liable to ill tongues, and a many cross accidents; so that the sooner she's out of harm's way the better.

Pat. Undoubtedly, father, there are people enough who watch every opportunity to gratify their own malice; but when a young woman's conduct is unblameable 142

Fai. Why, Patty, there may be something in that; I

but you know slander will leave spots, where malice finds none: I say, then, a young woman's best safeguard is a good husband. Now there is our neighbour, Farmer Giles; he is a sober, honest, industrious young fellow, and one of the wealthiest in these parts; he is greatly taken with thee; and it is not the first time I have told thee I should be glad to have him for a son-in-law. 151

Pat. And I have told you as often, father, I would submit myself entirely to your direction; whatever you think proper for me, is so.

Fai. Why that's spoken like a dutiful, sensible girl;

get thee in, then, and leave me to manage it

Perhaps our neighbour Giles is not a gentleman; but what are the greatest part of our country gentlemen good for? 159

Pat. Very true, father. The sentiments, indeed, have frequently little correspondence with the condition; and it is according to them alone we ought to regulate our esteem.

AIR.

What are outward forms and shews,

To an honest heart compar'd?
Oft the rustic, wanting those,

Has the nobler portion shar'd.

Oft we see the homely flower

Bearing at the hedge's side
Virtues of more sov'reign pow'r 170

Than the garden's gayest pride^

C

SCENE III.

Fairfield, Giles.

Giles. Well, muster Fairfield, you and Miss Pat have had a long discourse together; did you tell her that I was come down?

Fai. No, in truth, friend Giles; but I mentioned eur affair at a distance; and I think there is no fear.

Giles. That's right—and when shall us—You do know I have told you my mind often and often.

Fai. Farmer, give us thy hand; nobody doubts thy good will to me and my girl; and you may take my word, I would rather give her to thee than another; for I am main certain thou wilt make her a good husband. 183

Giles. Thanks to your good opinion, master Fairfield; if such be my hap, I hope there will be no cause of complaint.

Fai. And I promise thee my daughter will make thee a choice wife. But thou know'st, friend Giles, that I, and all belongs to me, have great obligations to lord Aimworth's family; Patty, in particular, would be one of the most ungrateful wretches this day breathing if she was to do the smallest thing contrary to their consent and approbation. 193

Giles. Nay, nay, 'tis well enough known to all the country, she was the old lady's darling.

Fai. Well, master Giles, I'll assure thee she is not one whit less obliged to my lord himself. When his mother was taken off so suddenly, and his affairs called him up to London, if Patty would have remained at the castle, she might have had the command of all; or if she would have gone any where else, he would have paid for her fixing, let the cost be what it would. 202

Giles. Why, for that manner, folks did not spare to say, that my lord had a sort of a sneaking kindness for her himself: and I remember, at one time, it was 'rife all about the neighbourhood, that she was actually to be our lady.

Fat. Pho, pho! a pack of woman's tales.

Giles. Nay, to be sure they'll say any thing. 209

Fat. My lord's a man of a better way of thinking, friend Giles—but this is neither here nor there to our business Have you been at the castle yet? 212

Giles. Who I! Bless your heart I did not hear a syllable of his lordship's being come down, 'till your lad told me.

Fat. No! why then go up to my lord, let him. know you have a mind to make a match with my daughter; hear what he has to say to it; and afterwards we will try if we can't settle matters. 219

Giles. Go up to my lord! I cod if that be all, I'll do it with the biggest pleasure in life.—But where's Miss Pat 1 Might one not ax her how she do 1

Fai. Never spare it; she's within there.

Giles. I sees her—odd rabbit it, this hatch is locked

now Miss Pat Miss Patty—She makes believe

not to hear me.

[ocr errors]
« PreviousContinue »