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Distracting thought ! must happy be,
I will not go.
Mungo. And if de house was a fire, we none of us get out to save ourselves.
Leun. Well, madain, not to disappoint you and the young lady, I know the back of your garden wall, and I'll undertake to get up at the outside of it, if you can let me down on the other.
Ursula. Do you think you could with your lame leg?
Lean. () yes, madam, I'm very sure.
Ursula. Then, by my faith, you shall! for now I am set on't -A padlock ! Mungo, come with me into the garden.
[Ereunt Mungo und URSULA. Leo. Pray let me go with you !
Lean. Stay, charming creature! why will you fly the youth that adores you?
Leo. Oh, Lord ! I'm frighted out of my wits! Lean. Have you not taken notice, beauteous Leonora, of the pilgrim, who has so often met you at church? 'I am that pilgrim; one who would change shapes as often as Proteus, to be blessed with a sight of you.
O thou, whose charms enslade my
heart ! In pity hear a youth complain ; Leo. I must not hear-dear youth, depart
I'm certain I have no desert,
A gentleman like you to gain. Lcan. Then, do I seek
love in doin? Leo. It is another's right; Lea.
Enter URSULA and MUNGO.
I'm sure the wall is not too high.
You'll mount with ease.
Shali it be so?
If you say no,
But whenever we desire,
Make him promise to retire.
By your lip's ambrosial dew;
Your voice, the music of the spheres.
Let's be happy while we muy:
SCENE I.-A Hall in Don Diego's House.
Ursula. Well, as I live, he's a pretty young fellow!
[ Aside. Enter Leander in a rich Habit, URSULA Lean. You, my sweet Ursula, have known following
what it is to be in love; and, I warrant, bare had
admirers often at your feet; your eyes still retain Ursula. Oh, shame! out upon't ! sir, talk to fire enough to tell me that. me no more ; I, that have been famed through Ursula. They tell you no lie; for, to be sure, out all Spain, as I may say, for virtue and dis- when I was a young woman, I was greatly sought cretion; the very flower and quintessence of du- after; nay, it was reported that a youth died for ennas; you have cast a blot upon me; a blot love of me; one Joseph Perez, a tailor by trade, upon my reputation, that was as fair as a piece of the greyhound make, lank; and, if my meof white paper; and now I shall be reviled, mory fail me not, his right shoulder, about the pointed at; nay, men will call me filthy names breadth of my hand, higher than his left: but he upon your account !
was upright as an arrow; and, by all accounts, Lean. What filthy names will they call you? one of the finest workmen at a button-hole ! Ursula. They'll say I'm an old procuress. Lean. But where is Leonora ?
Lean. Fie, fie! men know better things ; be Ursula. Where is she! By my troth, I bare gides, though I have got admittance into your shut her up in her chamber, under three bolts, house, be assured I shall commit no outrage and a double lock. here; and if I have been guilty of any indiscre Lean. And will you not bring us together? tion, let love be my excuse.
Ursula. Who, I! How cau you ask me such
question ? Really, sir, I take it extremely un Lasses, remember, kind.
And while the sun shines make hay; Lean. Well, but you misapprehend
You must not expect in December Ursula. I told you just now, that if you men The flowers you gathered in May. tioned that to me again, it would make me sick;
[Exit Ursula. and so it has turned me upside down as it
do here wid de old woman ? Ursula. And do you feel any compassion for
Lean. Where is your young mistress, Mungo? me?
Mungo. By Gog, she lock her up. But why Lean. I do, I do.
you no tell me before time, you a gentleman? Ursula. Why, truly, you have a great deal to
Lean. Sure I have not given the purse for noanswer for, to bring tears into my eyes at this thing! time o'day. I'in sure they are the first I have Alungo. Purse! What! you giving her moshed, since my poor dear husband's death.
ney den? Curse her impurance, why you no give Lean. Nay, don't think of that now.
it me? you give me something as well as she.Ursula. For you must understand, sir, to play You know, massa, you see me first. a trick upon a grave, discreet matron-And yet, Lean. There, there-are you content ? after all, by my faith, I don't wonder you should Mungo. Me get supper ready, and now me go love the young thing under my care; for it is one to de cellar-But I say, massa, ax de old man withe sweetest conditioned souls that ever I was now, what good him watching do, him bolts, and acquainted with; and, between ourselves, our him bars, bim walls, and him padlock? Donn-ee is too old for such a babe.
Lean. Hist! Leonora comes. Lean. Ursula, take this gold.
Mungo. But, inassa, you say you teach me Ursula. For what, sir?
play? Lean. Oply for the love of me. Ursula. Nay, if that be all, I won't refuse it,
Let me, when my heart a sinking, for I love you, I assure you; you put me so Hear de sweet guitar a clinking; much in mind of my poor dear husband. Ile was When a string speuk, a handsome man! I remember he had a mole
Such moosic he make, between his eye brows, about the bigness of a
Me soon um cured of tinking. hazel nut; but, I must say, you have the advantage in the lower part of the countenance. Wid de toot, toot, toot, Lean. The old beldam grows amorous
Of a merry flute, Ursula. Lord love you, you're a well-looking Ånd cymbalo,
And tymbalo, Lean. But, Leonora.
To boot: Ursula. Ha, ha, ha! but to pretend you were We dance and we sing, lame-] never saw a finer leg in my life.
Till we make a house ring, Lean. Leonora !
And, tied in his garters, old massa may swing. Ursula. Well, sir, I am a-going.
[Exit Mungo. Lean. I shall never get rid of her! Ursula. Sir Lean. How now?
Enter LEONORA and URSULA. Ursula. Would you be so kind, sir, as to indulge me with the favour of a salute?
Lean. Oh, charming Leonora ! how shall I exLean. Ugh!
press the rapture of my heart on this occasion? Ursula. Gad-a-mercy, your cheek! well, well, I alınost doubt the kindness of that chance which I have seen the day—but no matter, my wine's has brought me thus happily to see, to speak to upon the lees now; however, sir, you might have you, without restraint. had the politeness, when a gentlewoman made Ursula. Well, but it must not be without rethe offer---But Heaven bless you !
straint; it can't be without restraint; it can't, by
my faith!-now you are going to make me sick When a woman's front is wrinkled, again. And her hairs are sprinkled
Leo. La, Ursula, I durst to say, the gentleman
doesn't want to do me any harm -Do you, siri Lack-a-day!
I'm sure I would not hurt a hair of his head, nor How her lovers fall aaay!
nobody's else, for the lucre of the whole world.
Ursula. Come, sir, where is your lute? You Like fashions past,
shall see ine dance a saraband; or, if you'd ram Aside she's cast,
ther have a song-or the child and I will move No one respect will pay:
a minuet, if you chuse grace before agility. Remember,
Lean. This fulsome harridan
young man !
Leo. I don't know what's come over her, sir ; | ing for love of you; can you fiud in your heart I never saw the like of her, since I was born. to let him expire? Lean. I wish she was at the devil!
Leo. I'm sure I won't do any thing bad. Leo, Ursula, what's the matter with you? Ursula. Why, that's right; you learned that
Ursula. What's the matter with me! Marry from me; have I not said to you a thousand come up, what's the matter with you? Signior times, never do any thing bad ? Have not I said Diego can't shew such a shape as that; well, it? Answer me that. there is nothing I like better to see than a young Leo. Well, and what then? fellow with a well made leg.
Ursula. Very well, listen to me ; your guardian Lean. Pr'ythee, let us go away from her. is old, and ugly, and jealous; and yet he may Leo. I don't know how to do it, sir.
live longer than a better man. Lean. Nothing more easy; I will go with my Leo. He has been very kind to me, for all guitar into the garden; 'tis noon-light; take an that, Ursula, and I ought to strive to please him. opportunity to follow me there : I sware to you, Ursula: There again ! have not I said to you beautiful and innocent creature, you have no
a thousand times, that he was very kind to you, thing to apprehend.
and you ought to strive to please him? It would Leo. No, sir, I am certain of that, with a gen-be a hard thing to be preaching from morning tleman such as you are ; and that have taken so till night without any profit. much pains to come after me; and I should hold Leo. Well, Ursula, after all, I wish this gert myself very ungrateful, if I did not do any thing tleman had never got into the house ; Heaven to oblige you, in a civil way.
send po ill comes of it! Lean. Then you'll come?
Ursula. Ay, I say so, too; Heaven send it; Leo. I'll do my best endeavours, sir.
but I'm cruelly afraid; for how shall we get rid Lean. And may I hope that you love me? of him? he'll never be able to crawl up the inLeo. I don't know; as to that, I can't say. side of the wall, whatever he did the out.
Ursula. Come, come, what colloguing's here? Leo. O Lord! Won't he? I must see how things are going forward ; be Ursula. No, by my conscience, won't be ; and sides, sir, you ought to know, that it is not man- when your guardian comes in, if we bad fly ners to be getting into corners, and whispering vecks a-piece, he'd twist them every one, if he before company;
finds him here. For my part, the best I expect, Lean. Pshaw!
is to end my old days in a prison. Ursula. Ay, you may say your pleasure, sir, Leo. You don't say so ! but I'm sure what I say is the righit thing; ! Ursula. I do indeed ; and it kills me to think of should hardly chuse to venture in a corner with it; but every one has their evil day, and this has you uiyself: nay, I would not do it, I protest and been mine.
Leo. I have promised to go to him into the Lean. Beautiful Leonora, I find my being de- garden. pends upon the blessing of your good opinion : Ursula. Nay, you may do any thing now, for do you desire to put an end to my days? we are undone; though I think, if you could perI.eo. No, indeed, indeed I don't.
suade him to get up the chimney, and stay on Lean. But then
the roof of the house till to-morrow night, we
might chen steal the keys from your guardian ; In vain you bid your captire lire,
but I'm afraid you won't be able to persuade him. While you the means of life deny ;
Leo. I'll go down upon my knees, Give me your smiles, your wishes give,
Ursula. Find bim out, while I step up stairs. To hini who must without
Leo. Pray for us, dear Ursula.
Ursula. I will, if I possibly can. [Erit. Shut from the sun's enlitening beam,
Bid flowers retain their scent and hue ; Its source dried up, bid flow the stream,
Leo. Oh me, oh me, what shall we do! And me exist, deprived of you,
The fault is all along with you :
You brought him in, why did you so ? [Exit Lean.
"Tous not by my desire, you know. Ursula. Let me sit down a little : come hither,
We have but too much cause to fear, child, I am going to give you good advice; therefore listen to ine, for I have more years over my
My guardian, when he comes to hear head than you.
We've had a man with us, will kill
Me, you, and all; indeed he will.
No penitence will pardon procure, mind what I say to you--as I said before-but,
He'll kill us ev'ry soul, I'm sure. I say, what was I saying?
[Erit Lso. Leo. I'm sure I don't know.
Ursula. You see the young man that is gone out there; he has been telling me, that he's dy
SCENE II.- Inside of Don Diego's House. Don Diego. Go, lie down in your stye and
sleep! Enter Don Diego, groping his way, with the
Munyo. Sleep ! sleep you self; you drunkPadlock in his Hand.
ha, ha, ha ! look, a padlock; you put a padlock
on a door again, will you? --Ha, ha, ha! Don Diego. all dark, all quiet; gone to bed,
Don Diego. Did not I hear music? and fast asleep, I warrant them. However, I am
Mungo. Hic-hicnot sorry that I altered my first intention of stay
Don Diego. Was it not the sound of a guitar? ing out the whole night; and meeting Leonora's Give me band; you're old rascal
Mungo. Yes, he play on de guitar rarelyfather on the road was, at any rate, a lucky in
--an't you? cident. I will not disturb them; but, since I \ I'm in a cold sweat; a mist comes over my eyes;
Don Diego. What dreadful shock affects me ! have let myself in with my master-key, go softly and my knees knock together, as if I had got a to bed; I shall be able to strike a light ; and fit of the shaking palsy. then, I think, I may say my cares are over.Good Heavens! what a wonderful deal of un
Mungo. I tell you a word in your eareasiness
Don Diego. Has any stranger broke into my mortals avoid by a little prudence! house?
may I doubt not now, there are some men who would have gone out in my situation, and trusting to
Mungo. Yes; by—hic—a fine young gentle
man; be now in a next room with missy. the goodness of Fortune, left their house and their honour in the care of an inexperienced girl,
Don Diego. Holy Saint Francis! Is it possi
ble? or the discretion of a mercenary servant. While he is abroad, he is tormented with fears and jea- them togeder.
Mungo. Go you round softly-—--you catch Jousies; and when he returns home, he probably finds disorder, and, perhaps, shame. But what
Don Diego. Confusion ! distraction! I shall
run inad! do I do?-I put a padlock on my door, and all is safe.
O wherefore this terrible flurry! Enter Mungo from the Cellar, with a Flask in My spirits are all in a hurry! one Hand, and a Candle in the other.
and above, and below,
From my top to my toe,
Are running about hurry scurry.
My heart in my bosom a bumping,
And jumping, Mungo. Where are you, young massa,
And thumping : missy? Here wine for supper.
Is't a spectre I see! Don Diego. I'm thunder-struck!
Hence, vunish, ah me! Mungo. My old ma-sa little tink we be 50 My senses deceive me ; merry-hic-hic-What's the matter with me,
Soon reuson will leave me: the room twn round.
What a wretch ann I destined to be. (Exeunt. Don Diego. Wretch! do you know me? Mungo. Know you
-damn you ! Don Diego. Horrid creature ! - what makes SCENE III.-A Room in Don Diego's House. you here at this time of night? is it with a design to surprise the innocents in their beds, and mur
Mungo, Ursula, LEANDER, LEONORA. der them sleeping?
Mungo. Hush, hush-make no noise-hic Ursula. O sbame, monstrous ! you drunken. hic.
swab, you have been in the cellar, with a plague Don Diego. The slave is intoxicated! to you!
Mungo. Make no noise, I say; dere's young Mungo. Let me put my hands about your gentleman wid young lady; he play on guitar, neck--and she like him better dan she like you. Ful, Ursula. Oh, I shall be ruined ! Help, help! lal, lal.
ruin, ruin! Don Diego. Monster, I'll make an example of
Lean. Goodness me, what's the matter? you!
Ursula. O dear child, this black villain has Mungo. What you call me names for, you old frightened me out of my wits; he has wantdog?
ed Don Diego. Does the villain dare to lift bis Mungo. Me! curse a heart, I want noting wid hand against me!
her--wbal she say I want forMungo. Will you fight !
Leo. Ursula, the gentleman says he has some Don Diego. He's mad!
friends waiting for him at the other side of the Mungo. Dere's one in de house you little tink. garden wall, that will throw him over a ladder Gad, he do you business!
made of ropes, which he got up by.
Lean. Then, must I go?
Don Diego. No, child, I only am to blame, Leo. Yes; good sir, yes.
who should have considered, that sixteen and Lean. A parting kiss !
sixty agree ill together. But, though I was too Leo. No; good sir, no.
old to be wise, I am not too old to learn; and Lean. It must be so.
send for a smith directly, beat all the By this, and this,
grates from my windows, take the locks from Here I could for ever grow :
my doors, and let egress and regress be given 'Tis more than mortal bliss.
freely. Leo. Well, now good night ;
Leo. And will
my husband, sir?
Don Diego. No, child, I will give you to one You're cery bold, sir !
that will inake you a better husband: here, young Let loose your hold, sir !
man, take her. If your parents consent, to morI think you want to scare me quite. row shall see you joined in the face of the church; Lean. Oh Fortune's spight!
and the dowry, which I promised her, in case of Leo. Good night, good night.
failure on my side of the contract, shall now go
with her as a marriage portion. Hark! the neighbouring convent's bell Lean. Signior, this is so generousColls, the vesper hour to tell;
Don Diego. No thanks; perhaps I owe acThe clock now chimes ;
knowledgements to you: but you, Ursula, have A thousand times,
no excuse, no passion to plead, and your age A thousand times, farewell !
should have taught you better. I'll give you
five hundred crowns, but never let me see you Enter Don Diego.
Mungo. And what you give me, massa?
Don Diego. Bastinadoes for your drunken. Don Diego. Stay, sir; let nobody go out of the
ness and infidelity. Call in my neighbours and
friends. Oh, nian! man! how short is your Ursula. [Falling down.] Ah, ah ! a ghost, a ghost !
foresight ! how ineffectual your prudence! while Don Diego. Woman, stand up !
the very means you use are destructive of your
ends. Ursula. I won't, I won't: murder ! don't touch
Don Diego. Leonora, what am I to think of Go forge me fetters, that shall bind this?
The rage of the tempestuous wind! Leo. Oh, dear sir, don't kill me!
Sound with a needle full of thread, Don Diego. Young man, who are you, who The depth of ocean's steepy bed ; have thus clandestinely, at an unseasonable hour, Snap, like a twig, the oak's tough tree; broke into my house ? Am I to consider you as Quench Etnu with a cup of tea; a robber, or how?
In these manæuvres shew your skill, Lean. As one, wbom love has made indis Then hold a woman, if you will. crect; one, whom love taught industry and art to compass his designs. I love the beautiful
Urs. Permit me to put in a word: Leonora, and she me ; but, farther than what
My master here is quite absurd; you hear and see, neither one nor the other have
That men should rule our ser is meel, been culpable.
But art, not force, must do the feat. Mungo. Hear him, hear him!
Remember what the fable says; Lean. Don Diego, you know my father well;
Where the sun's warm and melting rays Don Alphonso de Luna. I am a scholar of this
Soon bring about what wind and rain, university, and am willing to submit to whatever
With all their fuss, attempt in vain. punishment he, through your means, shall inHict; but wreak not your vengeance here.
Don Diego. Thus, then, my hopes and cares Mung. And, massa, be not angry, pray, are at once frustrated ! Possessed of what I If neger man a word should say : thought a jewel, I was desirous to keep it for İle have u fable pat as she, myself; I raised up the walls of this house to a
Which wid dis matter will agree: great height; I barred up my windows towards An owl once took it in his head, the street ; I put double bolts on my doors; I Wid some young pretty bird to wed: banished all that had the shadow of man, or
But when his worship came to æ00, male kind; and I stood continually ceutinel over He cold get none but de cuckoo. it myself, to guard my suspicion from surprise: thus secure, I left my watch for one little mo- Leon. Ye youth select, who wish to taste ment, and in that moment
The joys of wedlock pure and chaste ; Leo. Pray, pray, guardian, let me tell you the Ne'er let the mistress and the friend, story, and you'll find I am not to blame.
In abject slave and tyrant end.