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They're lyars and thieves,

And he that believes
Their foolish prediilions,
Willfind them but fiBions,

A bubble that always deceives, 380


Mervin, Theodosia, Fanny, Gipsies.

Fan. Oh! mercy, dear—The gentleman is so bold, 'tis well if he does not bring us into trouble. Who knows but this may be a justice of peace! and see, he's following them into the garden!

1st Gip. Well, 'tis all your seeking, Fan.

Fan. We shall have warrants to take us up, I'll be hang'd else. We had better run away, the servants will come out with sticks to lick us.

Mer. Cursed ill fortune—[Here Mervin returns with gipsies.']—She's gone, and, perhaps, I shall not have another opportunity—And you, ye blundering block

head, I won't give you a halfpenny Why did you

not clap too the garden door, when I called to you, before the young lady got in? The key was on the outside, which would have given me some time for an explanation. 356

sd Gip. An please your honour I was dubus.

Mer. Dubus! plague choak ye However, it is

some satisfaction that I have been able to let her see Fy

me, and know where I am [Turning to the gipsies, xuha go off.]——Go, get you gone, all of you, about your business. 402

Tie. Disappeared, fled! [Theodosia appears in the pavilion.]—Oh, how unlucky this is !—Could he not have patience to wait a moment?

Mer. I know not what to resolve on.

The. Hem!

Mer. I'll go back to the garden-door.
The. Mr. Mervin!

Mer. What do I see !—'Tis she, 'tis she herself!—

Oh, Theodosia! Shall I climb the wall and come

up to you? 412

The. No; speak softly: Sir Harry and my Lady sit below at the end of the walk—How much am I obliged to you for taking this trouble.

Mer. When their happiness is at stake, what is it men will not attempt ?—Say but you love me.

The. What proof would you have me give you ?—I know but of one: if you please I am willing to go off with you. 420

Mer. Are you!—Would to Heaven I had brought a carriage!

The. How did you come ?—Have you not horses?

Mer. No; there's another misfortune. To avoid

suspicion, there being but one little public-house in the village, I dispatched my servant with them, about an hour ago, to wait for me at a town twelve miles distant, whither I pretended to go; but alighting a mile off", I equipt myself, and came back as you see: neither can we, nearer than this town, get a postchaise. 331 The. You say you have made a confidant of the miller's son :—return to your place of rendezvous :—' my father has been asked this moment, by Lord Aimworth, who is in the garden, to take a walk with him down to the mill: they will go before dinner; and it shall be hard if I cannot contrive to be one of the company.

Mcr. And what then 439 The. Why, in the mean time, you may devise some method to carry me from hence: and I'll take care you shall have an opportunity of communicating it to me.

Mer. Well, but dear Theodosia


The. Hist, hist! I hear my mother call

Pr'ythee be gone;

We'll meet anon:

Catch this, and this

Blow me a hiss
In pledge of promis'd truth, that's all.

Farewell! and yet a moment stay;

Something beside I had to say:

Well, 'tis forget;

No matter what

Love grant us grace;

The mill's the place:
She calls again, I must azuay.


Mervin, Fanny.

Fan. Please your honour, you were so kind as to say you would remember my fellow-travellers for their trouble: and they think I have gotten the money. 461

Mer. Oh, here; give them this—[Gives her money..] And for you, my dear little pilot, you have brought me so cleverly through my business, that I must

Fan. Oh, Lord!—your honour—[Mervin hisses her."\ Pray don't kiss me again.

Mcr. Again, and again. There's a thought

come into my head.—Theodosia will certainly have no objection to putting on the dress of a sister of mine. —So, and so only we may escape to-night.—This girl, for a little money, will provide us with necessaries. • 472

Fan. Dear gracious! I warrant you, now, I am as red as my petticoat: why would you royster and touzle one so ?—If Ralph was to see you, he'd be as jealous as the vengeance.

Mer. Hang Ralph 1 Never mind him.—There's a guinea for thee.

Fan. What, a golden guinea? 479

Mer. Yes; and if thou art a good girl, and do as I desire thee, thou shalt have twenty.

Fan. Ay, but not all gold.

Mer. As good as that is.

Fan. Shall I though, if I does as you bids me >
Mer. You shall.

Fan. Precious heart! He's a sweet gentleman I— Icod I have a great mind

Mer. What art thou thinking abci:t?

Fan. Thinking, your honour ?—Ha, ha, ha!

Mer. Indeed, so merry. 490

Fan. I don't know what I am thinking about, not I—Ha, ha, ha !—Twenty guineas!

Mer. I tell thee thou shalt have them.

Fan. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha I

Mer. By Heaven I am serious.

Fan. Ha, ha, ha!—Why then I'll do whatever your honour pleases.

Mer. Stay here a little, to see that all keeps quiet: you'll find me presently at the mill, where we'll talk farther. 500


Yes, 'tis decreed, thou maid divine!
I must, I will possess thee:
Oh, what delight within my arms to press thee!
To hiss, and call thee mine!
Let me this only bliss enjoy;
That ne'er can waste, that ne'er can cloy:
All other pleasures I resign.

Why should we dally;
Stand shilli shally:

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