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I expt6k it. [Going after him.

Gripe, You expe£^, y.ou rogue, to make your efcapet
4o you ? But 1 have other accounts befidet this, to make
up with you. To be fure the dog has cheated roe of two
hundred and fifty pounds. Comci Tillain, give roe an
aooount of—

Brafs. Account of ! ■ S ir, give me an account of
my necklace, or I'll make £uch a noife in your houfcj
Vi raife the devil in*t.

Gripe, Well iaid, courage.

Br^afs, Blood and thunder give it me, or-

Gripe, Come, hufli, be wife, and I'll make no noife ct
this affair.

Brafs, You'll make no noife ; but Til make a noife^
and a damned noife too. Oh, don't ^hink tO' ' \

' Gripe. 1 tell thee I will not h^ng thee.

Brafs. But I tell yott I. will hang you, if you don*C
give me my necklace. I will, rot me.

Gripe. Speak foftly, be Wife ; how came it thine ?
Who gave u thee ? .

Sr^s, A gentleman, a friend of rniae.

Gripe, What's his name ?

Brafs. His name !^— I'm in fuch a paflion I have'for*
got it.

Gripe. Ah, brazen rogue^thou haft ftole it from my
wife : 'tis .the fame (he loft iax weeks ago.

Brafs. This has not been in England a month. ,

' ^wripe. You are a fon of a whore.

Brafs. Give me my necklace. . • ,

fGripe. Give me my two hundred and fifty pound note*

Brafs. Yet I offer peace : ojie word without paffioo*
The cafe ftands thqs; Either Fm out of my wits, or you
are out of yours : now ^vA plain I am not out, of my
wits, ergo

Gripe. My biU,'^ang-dog, or I'll ftrangle thee.-

iTheyJIrjtggli,

Brafs. Murder, murder !

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neytrap.

jy<>. Wtiat's Che matter? \¥hatV tlie mactcr haeti

'Gfife, VW mutter him«

£W. Who mikef' thee cry out thus, poor Bra(s >

Brmfi. Why, ]jr9ttr lui*aiid, MMfatro, he'«in hisakft
^udei hete*

^i>#. Rohfe«f.

J?r<5^. Here, he has cheated me of a diameBd necklatwl

-C^. Wha^pajNi? Ah » dear me I

dir. Pr'ythee wluic^s the meaniog of thii greatenoofr
tion, my dear-?

Griff. The meaning it Aat-**^!!! quite oat t)f
breat h ■ ■ th is ion of » wfaoce haa got youc ncddacc^
^at's all.

Clar. My necklace ! »

G^pu That birdlime there~»IMe it.

Cktr. ImpoOlble!

Brifs. Madam, yo« (ire maflai^t- a Kttl e* ■ tou ched^
tWs alt. Twenty ottnoet of blood lee I00&, would fee
Alright again*

Q^ife. Here, call a conflabie pideiitly. NeS|^bour
Moncytra^, you will commit him.

Brafi. D'ye hear? d'5Pe bcarf Sae hoar vn\d he lookr
liow his eyes roll in his head : ti« hiaa 4ow«, <Mr ke'ti'da
Ibme mifchtef or othen

Grife. Let me come at him.
^ CAir. Hold— — pr'yfhee, my dcar,¥edttGe thiogrtoa
little temp^nce, and let uacooUyint^the ftaretof tlna
^fagreeable rupture.

&ife. Well^ then, without paffion : whfj yoa muft
know, (but 111 have him han^) yoa mvA know that
ke oame to Mr. Clip, to Mr, Clip^he dog cMd-^ — with
» necklace to fell ; d» Mr. Clip hanring notioe before that
fcao yoa ^ay this, iirrah ?) that- you had loft y<mn^
hriogt it to me. Lookat it hore^ doyouknow it agsiin ?
Ay, you traitor ! [fpBnfu

Brafu He maket mt mad. Hcre^Sranappearsnce'of
ftoiethiog now to the company, aad yet nothing in it in
the bottom.

CU§r^ [Afide to Flippanta^ Jht^ng the nccilscu

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Tlip, 'Pis it, faith ; here*8 fomc myftcry ia thh ; \rc
iTiufi took about us.

C7«r. The fafeft way is point blaak to difown the ntck-
lice.

FUf^ Right, ftrck to that.

Gj'ifte* WtU, Madam, do you knovr youY old acquain-
tance, ha?

. Cy^r, -Why, truly, my dear, though (as you may all
imagine) I lliould be very glad to recover fo Valuable a
thing as my necklace, yet I muft be juft to all the \vorld ;
thisi necklace is not mine.

Bra/s, Huzza — * Here, conftablc, (io jrour duty' — INtr,
Juftice, I demand my necklace, and fatisfa6tion of him.

Gripe, ril die before I part wiih it ; I'll keep it, ani
hav^ him hatiged. . .

Clar^ But be a little calm, my dear ; do, my bird, and'
then thou*Jt be able to jodge rightly of things.

Grife, Oh, good lack ! Oh, good lack !

Clar. No, but don't give way to fury and inlcrcft'
both ; either of them are paiiions flrong enough to lead a
wiie man out of the way. The necklace not being
really mine, give it the man again, and come drink a dim
of tea, '

Brafs, Ay, Madam fays right.

Gripe. 'Oons, if you with your addle head don't know
your own jewels, 1 with ray folid one do : and if I part
with it, may famine be my portion. i

Cldr. But don't fwear and curfe thyfelf at this fearltii
rate-; don't, my dove : be temperate in your words, and
juft in all your anions, 'twill biing a bleifing upon you
and your family. •

Gripe. Bring thunder and lightning upon me and my
famviy, if I part with my necklace.

Clar. Why, you'll have the lightning burn your houfe^
about your eare, my dear, if you goon in thefe pra4ftice8.

Xdon^ A mdft excellent woman this ! {Afide^

Enter Mrs, Am let.

Gripe* rU keep my necklace.

Brqfs. Will you fo? Then here comes one has a

title to it, if I han't ; let Dick bring himfelf off with

ker as he caa* Mrs* Amlet, you are come in a very

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good timtt you loft a necklace t'ochjer diy» aod. wte do
you think h^s got it ?

Ami Marry f that I knoiv. not, I wifhixlid.

Br a/s. Why then here's Mr, Gripe has it, and fweaoi^
'tis his wife's,

Grifit. And fol do, fir rah - ^ look here, mlftrefs, do
you pretend this is yours ?

Am. Not for theround.world I:would notfay it; I
only kept it to do Madam a fmall couriefyy that!s iXU

Clar, Ah, Flippaata, allwilLotttnow*

[Afidetd Ffippama*

Chip^, Cburtefy! what couctefy ?

Am^ A little money only, that Madam hadprefentneei
of : pieafe to pay me that, and I demand no more*

Brafs. So, here's frefti game, I have ftartcd aiocif!
}iare,.Iii4d. [4fJe.

Gr//^. How, forfpoth ] ta this true*? [ToQluiSam.

Clar. You are in a humour at ^refent, love, to belicic
aliy thing, fo I won't take the paina to ooatradid \u

Bra/s. Thii damned neddace will fpoil all our aifiiini!^
this is Dick's luck again. [4fi^*

Gripe, Are you not afhamed jof thcfe ways ? Doyoo:
lee how you are expofed before your beft friends heref
Don't you blufhatit?

Oar. I do blufh, my dear, but 'tis for yotr> that hoe
it fltould appear to the world, you keep ino for brnof*'
money, Vm forced to pawn my jewels*

Grtpc. Impudent houiieMifie !

[Raifiag his hand toftrikeher*

Clar. Softly, chicken ; you. might have prevented all
this by giving rae the two hundred and fifty pounds, ywii
fent to Arammta e'en now.

Brafs. You fee. Sir, I delivered your ttotci: how E
have been abufed to^-day !

Gripe. I am betrayed-— —Jades on/ both; fide% 1 fee
that. {4&r.

Mon,' But, Madajn^ Madam^ is this true that I hear? '
Have you taken a prefent of two hundi^* and fifcy
pounds ? Pray what were you to return for thofe pounds,
Madam » hai

Aram. Nothings my.dcar ; I.only^took4hent».to<feim«
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Grife. How, geatiewoman, did you receive mone^
from him ?

Clar. Oh, my dear, it was oaly !a jefi, I -knew you^d
Igircic 9^n to- his wife.

Am, But amongfl ail this buftle, I don't hear a word
wf my (hundred pounds. Is it Madam will p«y me, or
nader ?

Gripe. I'pay ? The devil fhall pay.

Clar. Look ^^ov, -my dear, nialice apart, pay Mrs.
rAmlether mon^y -and I'll fo^gire you the wpong you in-
tended lAy bed with Araminta. Am notl a good wit'e,
now ?

Gripe* I burft with rage, and will get rid of thislioofe^
thov||ffh I tuckmy&lf vp- in another.

ifcS». Nay, pray, e'en, tack me op wkh yout

f£A'c««/Mon. andOnj^*

Qsr^^^ndAfvm* B'ye, dearies.
Jtfiier jiick.

C^» Look, look, I^lippanta, here^s the Cdoael come
MthBu

Dici* Ladies, I aikyourpsrdou, I hare flayed ib loi^



Am* Ah, rogue's face, have Igot thee ! old &ood*fer-
nought ? Sirrah, firrali, do.you think to tmufe me with
grour 'niarriagea, and .your great fortunes ? Thou haft
l^layed me a rare prank, by my confcience. Why, you
ungracious rafcal, what do you think will be the end of
all this ? Now heaven forgive me, but I have a great
mind to hang thee for'r.

Oir« She talks to him very familiarly, Flippanta.

Fkp* So me thinks, by my faith.

£r0fi. Now the rogue's ilar is making an end of him*

lAJdc^

bick. What (Ull I do wi(h her ?

Am. Do but look at him, my dames ; he has the coun-
tenance of « cherubim, but he's a rogue in his heart.

Cli^r. What is the meaning of all this, Mrs. Amlet?
• 4m. The met^ning.! good lack! Why, this alUto-bC'
powder^ rafcal here, is my ibo, an't pleaie you. Ha^
gratelcfs ? Now 1*11 make you ovjrh your mother, ver«»

Ckr^ What, the Colonel your fon?' .

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Am. *Tis Dick, Madam, that rogue Dick, I have fa
often told you of, with tears trickling down my oU
. cheeks.

Aranf. T*he woman*s mad, it can never be.

Am. Speak, rogue, am I not thy mother, ha ? Did I
not bring thee forth ? Say then.

Die}, Wharwill you nave me fay ? You had a mind
tcf ruin me, and you have done it ; would you do any
more?

Clar. Then, Sir, you arc fon to good Mrs. Amlet ?

Aram. And have had the afTurance to put upon us all
this while?

FUp. And the confidence to think of marrying Co-
'tinna.

Brafs, And the impudence to hire me for your fervant,
who am as well born as yourfelf.
' Clar, Indeed, I think he ihould be corrected.

Aram. Indeed, I think, he deferves to be cudgelled.

Tlip. Indeed, I thtnk he might be pumped*
' Brafs, Indeed, I think he will be hanged.

Am. Good lack-a-day, good lack-a-day ! there's htJ
need to be fo fmart upon him neither : if he is not a

fentleman, he's a gentleman's fellow. Cotne hither,
)ick, they fhan't run thee down neither : cock up thy
hat, Dick, and tell them, though Mrs. Amlet is thy mo
ther, flie can make thee amends, with ten thoufand good
pounds to buy thee feme lands, and build thee a hoiifc
jn the mid'il on'<.

Ontnes. How !

Clar. Ten thoufand pounds, Mrs. Amlet?

Am, Yes^ forfboth ; though I (hould \o{e. the hundred,
you pawned your necklace fon Tell them of that, Dick.
• Cor, Look you, Flippanta, I can hold no longer, and
I hate to fee the yovmg man abufed. And fo, Sir, if
you pleafe, I'm your friend and fervant, and what's
mine is yours \ and when our eflaies are put together, I
don't doubt, but we (hall do as well as the beft oi them. ^

Bick, Sayeft thou fo, my little queen ? Why then, if
dear mother will give us her bleffitig, the parfon ftall
give us a tack ; we'll get her a fcore of grand -children, "d
n merry houfe we'll make her. \^They kjHei tp Mrs. Ainlet*

Am. Ah ha, ha, ha, ha, the pretty pair, the

pretty pair ! Rife, my chickens, rife, rife, and htj^ tfee

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proudeft of them. And if Madam doe$ not deign to'
give her confent, a fig for her, Dick— Why, how now ?

Clar. Pray, Mrs. Amlet, don*t be in a paffion, the girl
is my hufband's girl, and if you can have his confent,
upon my word you (hall have mine, for any thing belongs
to him.

Flip, Then all^s peace again, but we have been more
lucky than wife.

Aram. And I fuppofe, for us, Clarifla, we are to go
OD with our dears, as we ufed to do.

Clar, Juft in the fame tra6^, for this late treaty of
agreement with them, was fo unnatural, you fee it could
not hold. But 'tis jufl as well with us, as if it had.
Well, 'tis a drange fate, good folks. But while you lite,
e?ery thing gets well oat of a broil, but a hufband.

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♦TTJE heard ^ufe men in-fhUtUk^kty^down
•^ What feats Ay /////f England might he done^
Were all agreed^ and all 'vcttfuld oH 'as -one.
Ye ivi*ves^ a ufeful hint from this might taie^ '1

^The heavy ^ bld^ drffoiic kingdomjhah^ >

'And make your matrimonial Mofijfeurs aaake* ' 'j

' Qur heads- arc feeble , and we're Xramp\ihy' lofvot %
Our hands are weak, arfd noftooftroVg our Citdfe :
Tet would thofe heads and hartds^ fuch 'as th^'are^ ' \

Infirm confederacy refolve on wnr^ >

Tou^Afindyour fyrayits^-'^whiit'i^e'found'my^ttf. 7
If'hat only two united can produce^
Tou^vefeen to-night^ a. f ample for, your uft^i
Single^ we found we nothing could obtain ;
We join our force^-'^^andwe fuhdi^d our mett%
Believe me^ nty dear f ex ^ they are not brave ;
Tfy each your man^ you^ll quickly find your JJave%
J know they* II make campaigns, rijk blood and life | ^ '

But this is a more terrifying firife ; - I

They'llfiandajhot^ who'll tremble at a wife. J

Beat then your drums ^ dndyourjbrill trumpets foHH^
Let all your vifits of your feats refoundy
And deeds of voar in cups of tea go round:
Tljefiars are with you, fate is inyotfr hand^ "i

In twelve months time you've vanquijb'd half the land; V
Be wife, and keep tl>em tinder good c^mand* J

7 his year will to your glofy long be known.
And deathlcfs ballads hand your triumphs down ;
Your late achievements ever vjill remain^ 1

For though you cannot boaft of manyflain, >

Tour pri/nenjbew^ you've made a brave campaign. J



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GEORGE, kite Luke of B UCKINGHJM.

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l^ROLOGUE.



W7i migbt thellcall thh Jhori mock-play of ours

'^ Afo^ made of "Mceris iufiead of floiiers ;

Tet fitch bawe leen prefi^ieJ to your no/is ^

Aidtiferearefucb^ I fear ^ 'who thought them rfifeu

Would feme of them were herty to fie this mgbt^

What ftttf it is in tvhich fhey took delight I

Here hrifk^ infifid rogues^ for *ii}ity let fail

Sometimes duUfenfe^ hut oft*tter none at all:

Ther-e firntting heroes^ iKiitb a grim-fac*d train^

Shall have thegods in King Camhyfr/ vein ^

For (changing rules^ of late^ as if men wrii

In fpite of reapany nature^ art and wit)

Our poets make us laugh at tragedy

And with their come^es they make us ay^

J/wv, critics^ do your vserjiy that here an met |

FoTylike a rooky Ibanre hedged in My het.

If you apfrene^ I Jballajfume the \fiaia

Of thofe bigb'fiyers ivbom I imitats\

Andjtiftfy too^ fir I will tracb yom more^,

Than ever they ivould let you know hefmre i

I will not onfy Jhevo the feats they do^

But give you all their rcafins for them too*.

Some honour may to me from hence arife :

^*' if> fy ^y endeavour 5 y you grovj wifiy

And what you once fo prais^dy Jhallnovo dfpift\

Then VUcry outy fwelV d Viith poetic ragey

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DRAMATIS PERSON.®.



ME N.

Drury'Lane.
JBayeSy Mr. Henderfon.

.John/an^ Mr. Palmer.

Smithy Mr. Aickin.

Two Kings of 1 Mr. Waldron.

Brentfm-d. J Mr. Jacobs.

Vrince Prettyman^ Mr. Hurft.
Prince Volfcius^
Cjentleman-Ufher,
Phy fician.



Drawcanfir^

Lieut. General,

Cordelioy

Tom Thimhk^

Filherman,

Sun,

Thunder,

Players,

Soldiers,

Two Heralds,

Lightning,

Moon,

Earth,

Four Cardinals,

Mayor,

Judges,

Serjeant at Arms,



Mr. Packer.
Mr. Baddeley.
Mr. Moody.
Mr. Branlby.
Mr, Farren.
Mr. Burton.
Mr. Wefton.
Mr. Griffith.
Mr. Kear.
Mr. Wrighten.



Mailer Pulley.
Mr. Fawcett.
Mr. Legg.

> 'Mutes.



Covent'Gdrdeni
Mr. Shutcr.
Mr. Dyer.
Mr. Clarke.
Mr. Donftall. :
Mr. Gibfon*
Mr. Perry.
Mr. Davis.
Mr. Dibdin.
Mr. Du-Bellamy.
Mr. Gardner*
Mr. Mor^a.
Mr. Barrington»
Mr. R. Smith.
Mr. Holtom.
Mr. Cufhing.
Mr. Legg.
Mr. Redman.
Mr. WignclU
Mr. Baker.



- W O ME,N.-.^ . ■

Amaryltls^ Mis. Davies. Mrs. Du- Bellamy.

Ooris^ Mils Piatt.' Mifs Pearce.

Partbenope^ Mlfs Collet. Mifs Mills.

Pallas^ Mr. Parfons. Mifs Ford.

Attendance of Men and Women.

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Enter Johnfon tfW Smith. .

Johnson^

HONEST Frank, I am j^lad to fee riiee, wfth air my
heart. How long haft thou been in town ?

Smiths Faith, not above an hour: and if I had not
"net you here, I had gone to look you out j for I long to»
talk with you freely of all the llrangt: new things wc have
heard in the country.

7»A«. And, by my troth, I have longed ag much to-
laugh with you.at all the impertinent, dull,, fantafticai
thiogft we are tired out with here.

^Mith, Dull and fantaftical ! that'»an excellent compo-
fition. * Pray, what are our men of bufinefs doing ?

* John. I ne'er enquire after them. Thou knoiveft*

* my humour lies another way. I love to pleafe myfelf

* as much, and to trouble others as little as I cam; and!

* therefore do naturally avoid the company of thofe ib-

* Icmn fopa, who, being incapable of reafon, and infen-
^ fibleofwitandpleafure, are always looking- grave, and-
^ troubling one another, in hopes to be thought men of
*^ bufinefs..

' Smith. Indeed I have cvarobferved, that your grava*
^ lookers are the dullcft of mem

* J^hn.. Ay, and of birda and beafts too ; your graveifc

* bird is an owl, and your gravcft bcaft is an afs,

' Smiths Well, but how doft thoupafs thy tim^ }

A 3 John..

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yobn. Why, as I ufed to do ; eat, drink as well as I
can, havea ftic^fricnd to be private with in the afternoon^
and fometimcs fee a phy ; where there are fuch things^
Frank, fuch hideous, monilrous things, that it has almoft
made rae forfwcar the ftage, and refolve to apply myfelf
to the folkl nonfenfe of your men of bu6nef8» as the more
ingenious padime.

Smith, I have heard indeed you have had lattely many
new plays ; and our country wits commend them.

John, Ay, fo dofome of our city wits too; but they
are of the new kind of wits.

i>:.'i!th. New kind ! what kind 19 0i*t ?
Jo/jn,. y/hy^ yourvirtuofi* your civil perions, yoar
drolls ; fellows that fcorn to imitstte nature, but are given
altogetlier to elevate and furprife. •

^SV////^. Elevate and furprife I Pr'ytbee, make roe un-
derlland the mesmingof that.

Jo/Mi. Nay, by my troth, that^s a hard matter j I don't
underftand that myfelf. *Tis a phrafe they have gor
amongft them, to exprefs their no-^meaning by. I'll teft
you as near as I can what it is. Let me fee ; 'tis fighting,
loving, ikeping, rhyming, dying, dancing, finging, cry*
ing, and -every thing but thinking and fenfe*
Mr. Bayc9 p^,ffes over tht Stage %
Bayes. Your raoft obfequious, and moil- obfcrvant, very
fcrvant, Sir*

J9bn, Godfo! this is an author: Til go fetch hioi
to you. -

hmith. No, pr*ythce, Iet:him alone.
Johtt^ Nay, by the Lord, Til have him. [Goes offer
him^ and brings him hack,'\ Here he is ; I have caught
him. Pray, Sir, now, for my fake, wiii you do a favour
to this friend of mine ^

Bayes, Sir, it is not within, my fmall capacity to do fa-
vours, but rcceire them ; efpecially from a perfon that
does wear the honourable title you are pleafed to impofei,

Sir, upon this Sweet Sir, yourfervant.

Smith, Your humbie fervaot, Sir.
John. But wilt thou do me a favour now \
Bayes, Ay, Sir : what is it ?

Jof:ni, Why, to tell him the meaning of thy laft play^

Bayes. How. biir, the meaning I Do you mean the plotf

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Jdn, Ay, ay, any thing. ^ • ^ • . .

^£yw. Farth, Sir, the iutrigo's now quite out of my
head; but I have si new one in my pocket, that! may
fay is a virgin ; it has nerer yet been blown upon. I mull
tell you one thing, 'tis all new wir, and, tho' I fay it, a
better than my lail ; and you know well enough how
that took* (i)^ In fine, itiliall read, and write, andadl,
and plot, and ihew ; ay, and pir, box, and gallery, 'egad,
with any play in Europe. This morning is its laft rc-
hearfal, in their habits, and all that, as it is to be aded s
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