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Title: Burlesque Plays and Poems
Author: Villiers, George, Chaucer, Geoffrey, Fielding, Henry, Morley, Henry, Philips, John
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BURLESQUE PLAYS AND POEMS


    CHAUCER'S
      _RIME OF THOPAS_.

    BEAUMONT & FLETCHER'S
      _KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE_.

    GEORGE VILLIERS, DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM'S
      _REHEARSAL_.

    JOHN PHILIPS'S
      _SPLENDID SHILLING_.

    FIELDING'S
      _TOM THUMB THE GREAT_.

    HENRY CAREY'S
      _NAMBY PAMBY_ AND
      _CHRONONHOTONTHOLOGOS_.

    CANNING, FRERE & ELLIS'S
      _ROVERS_.

    W. B. RHODES'S
      _BOMBASTES FURIOSO_.

    HORACE & JAMES SMITH'S
      _REJECTED ADDRESSES_.

     AND SOME OF
    THOMAS HOOD'S
      _ODES AND ADDRESSES TO GREAT PEOPLE_.


    _WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HENRY MORLEY_
    LL.D., PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH LITERATURE AT
    UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LONDON


    LONDON
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    BROADWAY, LUDGATE HILL
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    1885



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VOLUMES ALREADY PUBLISHED.

    _SHERIDAN'S PLAYS._
    _PLAYS FROM MOLIÈRE._ By English Dramatists.
    _MARLOWE'S FAUSTUS & GOETHE'S FAUST._
    _CHRONICLE OF THE CID._
    _RABELAIS' GARGANTUA and the HEROIC DEEDS OF PANTAGRUEL._
    _THE PRINCE._ By MACHIAVELLI.
    _BACON'S ESSAYS._
    _DEFOE'S JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR._
    _LOCKE ON CIVIL GOVERNMENT & FILMER'S "PATRIARCHA."_
    _SCOTT'S DEMONOLOGY and WITCHCRAFT._
    _DRYDEN'S VIRGIL._
    _BUTLER'S ANALOGY OF RELIGION._
    _HERRICK'S HESPERIDES._
    _COLERIDGE'S TABLE-TALK._
    _BOCCACCIO'S DECAMERON._
    _STERNE'S TRISTRAM SHANDY._
    _CHAPMAN'S HOMER'S ILIAD._
    _MEDIÆVAL TALES._
    _VOLTAIRE'S CANDIDE & JOHNSON'S RASSELAS._
    _PLAYS and POEMS by BEN JONSON._
    _LEVIATHAN._ By THOMAS HOBBES.
    _HUDIBRAS._ By SAMUEL BUTLER.
    _IDEAL COMMONWEALTHS._
    _CAVENDISH'S LIFE OF WOLSEY._
    _DON QUIXOTE._ IN TWO VOLUMES.
    _BURLESQUE PLAYS and POEMS._

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INTRODUCTION.


The word Burlesque came to us through the French from the Italian
"burlesco"; "burla" being mockery or raillery, and implying always an
object. Burlesque must, _burlarsi di uno_, mock at somebody or something,
and when intended to give pleasure it is nothing if not good-natured.
One etymologist associates the word with the old English "bourd," a
jest; the Gaelic "burd," he says, means mockery, and "buirleadh," is
language of ridicule. Yes, and "burrail" is the loud romping of children,
and "burrall" is weeping and wailing in a deep-toned howl. Another
etymologist takes the Italian "burla," waggery or banter, as diminutive
from the Latin "burra," which means a rough hair, but is used by Ausonius
in the sense of a jest. That etymology no doubt fits burlesque to a hair,
but, like Launce's sweetheart, it may have more hair than wit.

The first burlesque in this volume--Chaucer's "Rime of Sir Thopas,"
written towards the close of the fourteenth century--is a jest upon
long-winded story-tellers, who expatiate on insignificant detail; for
in his day there were many metrical romances written by the ancestors
of Mrs. Nickleby. Riding to Canterbury with the other pilgrims, Chaucer
good-humouredly takes to himself the part of the companion who jogs along
with even flow of words, luxuriating in all trivial detail until he
brings Sir Thopas face to face with an adventure, for he meets a giant
with three heads. But even then there is the adventure to be waited for.
The story-teller finds that he must trot his knight back home to fetch
his armour, and when he "is comen again to toune," it takes so many
words to get him his supper, get his armour on, and trot him out again,
that the inevitable end comes, with rude intrusion of some faint-hearted
lording who has not courage to listen until the point of the story can
be descried from afar. So the best of the old story-tellers, in a book
full of examples of tales told as they should be, burlesqued misuse of
his art, and the "Rime of Sir Thopas" became a warning buoy over the
shallows. "I cannot," said Sir Thomas Wyatt, in Henry VIII.'s reign,

                        "say that Pan
    Passeth Apollo in music manyfold;
      Praisé Sir Thopas for a noble tale,
    And scorn the story that the Knighté told."

The second burlesque in this volume, Beaumont and Fletcher's "Knight of
the Burning Pestle," written in eight days, appeared in 1611, six years
after the publication of the First Part, and four years earlier than
the Second Part, of Don Quixote. The first English translation of Don
Quixote (Shelton's) appeared in 1612. The Knight of the Burning Pestle
is, like Don Quixote, a burlesque upon the tasteless affectations of the
tales of chivalry. Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher worked together as
playwrights in the reign of James I. All their plays were produced during
that reign. Beaumont died in the same year as Shakespeare, having written
thirteen plays in fellowship with Fletcher. Forty more were written by
Fletcher alone, but the name of Beaumont is, by tradition of a loving
fellowship, associated with them all. "The Knight of the Burning Pestle"
is all the merrier for being the work of men who were themselves true
poets. It should be remembered that this play was written for a theatre
without scenery, in which gentlemen were allowed to hire stools on the
stage itself for a nearer view of the actors; and it is among this select
part of the audience that the citizen intrudes and the citizen's wife
is lifted up, when she cries, "Husband, shall I come up, husband?" "Ay,
cony; Ralph, help your mistress up this way; pray, gentlemen, make her a
little room; I pray you, sir, lend me your hand to help up my wife....
Boy, let my wife and I have a couple of stools, and then begin."

The next burlesque in our collection is "The Rehearsal," which was
produced in 1671 to ridicule the extravagance of the "heroic" plays of
the Restoration. The founder of this school in England was Sir William
Davenant who was living and was Poet Laureate--and wearer of the bays,
therefore, was Bayes--when the jest was begun by George Villiers, Duke
of Buckingham, and other wits of the day. The jest was so long in hand
that, in 1668, when Davenant died, and Dryden succeeded him as Laureate,
the character of Bayes passed on to him. The plaster on the nose pointed
at Davenant, who had lost great part of his nose. The manner of speaking,
and the "hum and buzz," pointed at Dryden, who was also in 1671 the
great master of what was called heroic drama. Bold rhodomontade was,
on the stage, preferred to good sense at a time when the new French
criticism was enforcing above all things "good sense" upon poets, as a
reaction against the strained ingenuities that had come in under Italian
influence. Let us leave to Italy her paste brilliants, said Boileau, in
his _Art Poétique_, produced at the same time as "The Rehearsal," all
should tend to good sense. But Dryden in his plays (not in his other
poems) boldly translated Horace's _serbit humi tutus_, into

    "He who servilely creeps after sense
    Is safe, but ne'er will reach an excellence."

The particular excellence attained by flying out of sight of sense is
burlesqued in the Duke of Buckingham's "Rehearsal."

John Philips, the delicate and gentle son of a vicar of Bampton, read
Milton with delight from his boyhood and knew Virgil almost by heart. At
college he wrote, for the edification of a comrade who did not know how
to keep a shilling in his pocket, "The Splendid Shilling," a poem first
published in 1705--which set forth, in Miltonic style applied to humblest
images, the comfort of possessing such a coin. The Miltonic grandeur of
tone John Philips happily caught from a long and loving study of the
English poet whom he reverenced above others, and "The Splendid Shilling"
has a special charm as a burlesque in which nobody is ridiculed.

The burlesque poem called "Namby Pamby," of which the title has been
added to the English vocabulary, was written by Henry Carey, in ridicule
of the little rhymes inscribed to certain babies of distinguished
persons by Ambrose Philips, or, as he is translated into nursery
language, "Namby Pamby Pilli-pis." Ambrose Philips was a friend and
companion of Addison's, and a gentleman who prospered fairly in Whig
government circles. Pope's annoyance at the praise given to Ambrose
Philips's pastorals which appeared in the same Miscellany with his own,
and Addison's praise in the _Spectator_ of his friend's translation of
Racine's Andromache as "The Distrest Mother," have caused Ambrose Philips
to be better remembered in the history of literature than might otherwise
have been necessary. When he wrote no longer of

              "Mammy
    Andromache and her lammy
    Hanging panging at the breast
    Of a matron most distrest."

and took to nursery lyrics, he gave Henry Carey an opportunity of putting
a last touch to his monument for the instruction of posterity. The two
specimens here given of the original poems that suggested "Namby Pamby"
are addressed severally to two babes in the nursery of Daniel Pulteney,
Esq. Another of the babies who inspired him was an infant Carteret,
whose name Carey translated into "Tartaretta Tartaree." Some lines here
and there, seven in all, which are not the wittier for being coarse,
have been left out of "Namby Pamby." This burlesque was first published
in 1725 or 1726; my copy is of the fifth edition, dated 1726, and was
appended to "A Learned Dissertation on Dumpling; its Dignity, Antiquity,
and Excellence, with a Word upon Pudding, and many other Useful
Discoveries of great Benefit to the Publick. To which is added, Namby
Pamby, A Panegyric on the new Versification address'd to A---- P----,
Esq."

Henry Fielding produced his "Tom Thumb" in 1730, and added the notes of
Scriblerus Secundus in 1731, following the example set by the Dunciad as
published in April 1729, with the "Prolegomena of Scriblerus and Notes
Variorum." Paul Whitehead added notes of a Scriblerus Tertius to his
"Gymnasiad" in 1744. Fielding was twenty-four years old when he added
to his "Tom Thumb" the notes that transmit to us lively examples of the
stilted language of the stage by which, as a gentleman's son left to his
own resources, he was then endeavouring to live. This was four years
before his marriage, and ten years before he revealed his transcendent
powers as a novelist.

Henry Carey's "Chrononhotonthologos," three years later, in 1734, carried
on the war against pretentious dulness on the stage. The manner of
the great actors was, like the plays of their generation, pompous and
rhetorical, full of measured sound and fury signifying nothing. Garrick,
who made his first appearance as an actor in 1741, put an end to this.
"If the young fellow is right," said Quin, "We are all in the wrong;"
little suspecting that they really were all in the wrong. Henry Carey,
a musician by profession, played in the orchestra and also supplied the
stage with ballad and burlesque farces and operas. But also he wrote
"Namby Pamby." It was said of him that "he led a life free from reproach,
and hanged himself October 4th, 1743."

"The Rovers, or the Double Arrangement," was a contribution to "The
Anti-Jacobin," by George Canning, and his friends George Ellis and John
Hookham Frere. Canning had established "The Anti-Jacobin," of which the
first number was published on the 20th of November, 1797. Its poetry,
generally levelled through witty burlesque at the false sentiment of the
day, was collected in 1801 into a handsome quarto. This includes "The
Rovers," which is a lively caricature of the sentimental German drama.
Goethe's "Stella," as read in the translation used by the caricaturists,
is not less comical than the caricature. I have a copy of the "Poetry
of the Anti-Jacobin," in which one of the original writers has, for the
friend to whom he gave the book, marked with his pen and ink details of
authorship. From this it appears that the description of the _dramatis
personæ_ in "The Rovers" was by Frere, the Prologue by Canning and Ellis,
the opening scene by Frere as far as Rogero's famous song, which was by
Canning and Ellis. All that follows to the beginning of the fourth act
was by Canning, except that Frere wrote the scene in the second act on
the delivery of a newspaper to Beefington and Puddingfield. The fourth
act and the final stage directions were by Frere, except the Recitative
and Chorus of Conspirators. These were by George Ellis.

"Bombastes Furioso," first produced in 1810, was by William Barnes
Rhodes, who had published a translation of Juvenal in 1801 and "Epigrams"
in 1803. He formed a considerable dramatic library, of which there was a
catalogue printed in 1825.

Next comes in this collection the series of burlesques of the styles of
poets famous and popular in 1812, published in that year as "Rejected
Addresses," by Horace and James Smith. Of these brothers, sons of
an attorney, one was an attorney, the other a stockbroker, one aged
thirty-seven, the other thirty-three, when the book appeared which made
them famous, and of which the first edition is reprinted in this volume.
The book went through twenty-four editions. James Smith wrote no more,
but Horace to the last amused himself with literature. "Is it not odd,"
Leigh Hunt wrote of him to Shelley, "that the only truly generous person
I ever knew, who had money to be generous with, was a stockbroker! And
he writes poetry too; he writes poetry, and pastoral dramas, and yet
knows how to make money, and does make it, and is still generous." The
Fitzgerald who is subject of the first burlesque used to recite his
laudatory poems at the annual dinners of the Literary Fund, and is the
same who was referred to in the opening lines of Byron's "English Bards
and Scotch Reviewers:"

    "Still must I hear?--shall hoarse Fitzgerald bawl
    His creaking couplets in a tavern hall,
    And I not sing."

This Miscellany closes with some of the "Odes and Addresses to Great
People," with which Thomas Hood, at the age of twenty-six, first made his
mark as a wit. The little book from which these pieces are taken was the
joint work of himself and John Hamilton Reynolds, whose sister he had
married. It marks the rise of the pun in burlesque writing through Thomas
Hood, who, when dying of consumption, suggested for his epitaph, "Here
lies one who spat more blood and made more puns than any other man."

    H. M.

    _June, 1885._



Burlesque Plays and Poems.



THE RIME OF SIR THOPAS.

PROLOGUE TO SIR THOPAS.


    When said was this mirácle, every man
    As sober was, that wonder was to see,
    Till that our host to japen he began,
    And then at erst he lookéd upon me,
    And saidé thus: "What man art thou?" quod he.
    Thou lookest, as thou wouldest find an hare,
    For ever upon the ground I see thee stare.

      "Approché near, and look up merrily.
    Now ware you, sirs, and let this man have place.
    He in the waist is shapen as well as I:
    This were a popet in an arm to embrace
    For any woman, small and fair of face.
    He seemeth elvish by his countenance,
    For unto no wight doth he dalliance.

      "Say now somewhat, sin other folk han said;
    Tell us a tale of mirth, and that anon."
    "Hosté," quod I, "ne be not evil apaid,
    For other talé certes, can I none,
    But of a Rime I learnéd yore agone."
    "Yea, that is good," quod he, "we shullen hear
    Some dainty thing, me thinketh by thy cheere."



THE RIME OF SIR THOPAS.


    Listeneth, lordings, in good entent,
    And I wol tell you _verament_
      Of mirth and of solás,
    All of a knight was fair and gent
    In battle and in tournamént,
      His name was Sir Thopás.

    Yborn he was in far countree,
    In Flanders, all beyond the sea,
      At Popering in the place,
    His father was a man full free,
    And lord he was of that countree,
      As it was Goddés grace.

    Sir Thopas was a doughty swain,
    White was his face as paindemaine
      His lippés red as rose.
    His rudde is like scarlét in grain,
    And I you tell in good certain
      He had a seemly nose.

    His hair, his beard, was like saffroun,
    That to his girdle raught adown,
      His shoon of cordewaine;
    Of Bruges were his hosen brown;
    His robé was of ciclatoun,
      That costé many a jane.

    He could hunt at the wildé dere,
    And ride on hawking for the rivere
      With grey goshawk on hand:
    Thereto he was a good archere,
    Of wrestling was there none his peer,
      Where any ram should stand.

    Full many a maiden bright in bower
    They mournéd for him _par amour_,
      When them were bet to slepe;
    But he was chaste and no lechóur,
    And sweet as is the bramble flower,
      That beareth the red hepe.

    And so it fell upon a day,
    Forsooth, as I you tellen may,
      Sir Thopas would out ride;
    He worth upon his stedé gray,
    And in his hand a launcegay,
      A long sword by his side.

    He pricketh through a fair forést,
    Therein is many a wildé beast,
      Yea bothé buck and hare,
    And as he prickéd North and Est,
    I tell it you, him had almest
      Betid a sorry care.

    There springen herbés great and smale,
    The liquorice and the setewale,
      And many a clove gilofre,
    And nutémeg to put in ale,
    Whether it be moist or stale,
      Or for to lain in cofre.

    The birdés singen, it is no nay,
    The sparhawk and the popingay,
      That joy it was to hear,
    The throstel cock made eke his lay,
    The wodé dove upon the spray
      He sang full loud and clear.

    Sir Thopas fell in love-longíng
    All when he heard the throstel sing,
      And pricked as he were wood;
    His fairé steed in his prícking
    So swatté, that men might him wring,
      His sidés were all blood.

    Sir Thopas eke so weary was
    For pricking on the softé gras,
      So fierce was his couráge,
    That down he laid him in that place
    To maken his stedé som solace,
      And gave him good foráge.

    Ah, Seinte Mary, _benedicite_,
    What aileth this love at me
      To bindé me so sore?
    Me dreaméd all this night pardé,
    An elf-queen shal my leman be,
      And sleep under my gore.

    An elf-queen will I love ywis,
    For in this world no wóman is
      Worthy to be my make
           In town,--
    All other women I forsake,
    And to an elf-queen I me take
      By dale and eke by down.

    Into his saddle he clomb anon,
    And prickéd over stile and stone
      An elf-queen for to espie,
    Till he so long had ridden and gone,
    That he found in a privee wone
      The contree of Faerié.

    Wherein he soughté North and South,
    And oft he spiéd with his mouth
      In many a forest wild,
    For in that contree n'as ther non,
    That to him durst ride or gon,
      Neither wife ne child.

    Till that there came a great geaunt,
    His namé was Sir Oliphaunt,
      A perilous man of deed,
    He saidé, Childe by Termagaunt,
    But if thou prick out of mine haunt,
      Anon I slay thy stede
            With mace.
    Here is the Queen of Faerie,
    With harp, and pipe, and symphonie,
      Dwelling in this place.

    The Childe said, All so mote I thee,
    To morrow wol I meten thee,
      When I have min armóur,
    And yet I hopé _par ma fay_,
    That thou shalt with this launcegay
      Abien it full soure;
            Thy mawe
    Shal I perce, if I may,
    Or it be fully prime of the day,
      For here thou shalt be slawe.

    Sir Thopas drew aback full fast;
    This geaunt at him stonés cast
      Out of a fell staff sling:
    But faire escapéd Childe Thopás,
    And all it was through Goddes grace,
      And through his fair bearíng.

    Yet listeneth, lordings, to my tale,
    Merrier than the nightingale,
      For now I will you roune,
    How Sir Thopás with sidés smale,
    Pricking over hill and dale,
      Is comen again to toune.

    His merry men commandeth he,
    To maken him bothe game and glee,
      For needés must he fight,
    With a geaunt with heades three,
    For paramour and jolitee
      Of one that shone full bright.

    Do come, he said, my minestrales
    And gestours for to tellen tales
      Anon in mine armíng,
    Of romauncés that ben reáles,
    Of popés and of cardináles,
      And eke of love-longíng.

    They fet him first the sweté wine,
    And mead eke in a maseline,
      And regal spicerie,
    Of ginger-bread that was full fine,
    And liquorice and eke cummine,
      With sugar that is trie.

    He diddé next his whité lere
    Of cloth of laké fine and clere
      A breche and eke a sherte,
    And next his shert an haketon,
    And over that an habergeon,
      For piercing of his herte.

    And over that a fine hauberk,
    Was all ywrought of Jewes werk,
      Full strong it was of plate,
    And over that his cote-armoure,
    As white as is the lily floure,
      In which he would debate.

    His shield was all of gold so red,
    And therein was a boarés hed,
      A carbuncle beside;
    And there he swore on ale and bread
    How that the geaunt shuld be dead,
      Betide what so betide.

    His jambeux were of cuirbouly,
    His swordés sheth of ivory,
      His helm of latoun bright,
    His saddle was of rewel bone,
    His bridle as the sonné shone,
      Or as the moné light.

    His speré was of fin cypréss,
    That bodeth war, and nothing peace,
      The head full sharp yground.
    His stedé was all dapple gray,
    It goeth an amble in the way
      Full softély and round
            In londe--
    Lo, Lordes mine, here is a fytte;
    If ye wol ony more of it,
      To tell it wol I fond.

    Now hold your mouth _pour charité_,
    Bothé knight and lady free,
      And herkeneth to my spell,
    Of bataille and of chivalrie,
    Of ladies love and druerie,
      Anon I wol you tell.

    Men speken of romauncés of pris,
    Of Hornchild, and of Ipotis,
      Of Bevis, and Sir Guy,
    Of Sir Libeux, and Pleindamour,
    But Sir Thopás, he bears the flour
      Of reál chivalrie.

    His goodé steed he all bestrode,
    And forth upon his way he glode,
      As sparkle out of brond;
    Upon his crest he bare a tower,
    And therein sticked a lily flower,
      God shield his corps fro shond.

    And for he was a knight auntrous,
    He n'olde slepen in none house,
      But liggen in his hood,
    His brighté helm was his wangér,
    And by him baited his destrér
      Of herbés fine and good.

    Himself drank water of the well,
    As did the knight Sir Percivell
      So worthy under weede,
    Till on a day ---- ----

    "No more of this for Goddés dignitee,"
    Quod ouré hosté, "for thou makest me
    So weary of thy veray lewédnesse,
    That all so wisly God my soulé blesse,
    Min erés aken of thy drafty speche.
    Now swiche a rime the devil I beteche;
    This may wel be rime dogérel," quod he.
      "Why so?" quod I, "why wolt thou letten me
    More of my talé than an other man,
    Sin that it is the besté rime I can?"
    "Thou dost nought ellés but dispendest time.
    Sir, at one word, thou shalt no longer rime."



THE

KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE.



DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

    THE PROLOGUE.
    _Then a Citizen._
    _The Citizen's Wife, and_ RALPH, _her man, sitting below
        amidst the spectators._
    _A rich Merchant._
    JASPER, _his apprentice._
    MASTER HUMPHREY, _a friend to the Merchant._
    LUCE, _the Merchant's daughter._
    MISTRESS MERRY-THOUGHT, JASPER'S _mother._
    MICHAEL, _a second son of_ MISTRESS MERRY-THOUGHT.
    OLD MR. MERRY-THOUGHT.
    _A Squire._
    _A Dwarf._
    _A Tapster._
    _A Boy that danceth and singeth._
    _An Host._
    _A Barber._
    _Two Knights._
    _A Captain._
    _A Sergeant._
    _Soldiers._


_Enter_ PROLOGUE.

    From all that's near the court, from all that's great
    Within the compass of the city walls,
    We now have brought our scene.

_Enter_ CITIZEN.

_Cit._ Hold your peace, good-man boy.

_Pro._ What do you mean, sir?

_Cit._ That you have no good meaning: these seven years there hath
been plays at this house, I have observed it, you have still girds at
citizens; and now you call your play "The London Merchant." Down with
your title, boy, down with your title.

_Pro._ Are you a member of the noble city?

_Cit._ I am.

_Pro._ And a freeman?

_Cit._ Yea, and a grocer.

_Pro._ So, grocer, then by your sweet favour, we intend no abuse to the
city.

_Cit._ No, sir, yes, sir, if you were not resolved to play the jacks,
what need you study for new subjects, purposely to abuse your betters?
Why could not you be contented, as well as others, with the legend of
Whittington, or the Life and Death of Sir Thomas Gresham? with the
building of the Royal Exchange? or the story of Queen Eleanor, with the
rearing of London Bridge upon woolsacks?

_Pro._ You seem to be an understanding man; what would you have us do,
sir?

_Cit._ Why, present something notably in honour of the commons of the
city.

_Pro._ Why, what do you say to the Life and Death of fat Drake, or the
repairing of Fleet privies?

_Cit._ I do not like that; but I will have a citizen, and he shall be of
my own trade.

_Pro._ Oh, you should have told us your mind a month since, our play is
ready to begin now.

_Cit._ 'Tis all one for that, I will have a grocer, and he shall do
admirable things.

_Pro._ What will you have him do?

_Cit._ Marry I will have him----

    _Wife._ Husband, husband!                    [WIFE _below._

    _Ralph._ Peace, mistress.                   [RALPH _below._

_Wife._ Hold thy peace, Ralph, I know what I do, I warrant ye. Husband,
husband!

_Cit._ What sayest thou, cony?

_Wife._ Let him kill a lion with a pestle, husband; let him kill a lion
with a pestle.

_Cit._ So he shall, I'll have him kill a lion with a pestle.

_Wife._ Husband, shall I come up, husband?

_Cit._ Ay, cony. Ralph, help your mistress up this way: pray, gentlemen,
make her a little room; I pray you, sir, lend me your hand to help up my
wife; I thank you, sir, so.

_Wife._ By your leave, gentlemen all, I'm something troublesome, I'm a
stranger here, I was ne'er at one of these plays, as they say, before;
but I should have seen "Jane Shore" once; and my husband hath promised me
anytime this twelvemonth, to carry me to the "Bold Beauchamps," but in
truth he did not; I pray you bear with me.

_Cit._ Boy, let my wife and I have a couple of stools, and then begin,
and let the grocer do rare things.

_Pro._ But, sir, we have never a boy to play him, every one hath a part
already.

_Wife._ Husband, husband, for God's sake let Ralph play him; beshrew me
if I do not think he will go beyond them all.

_Cit._ Well remembered wife; come up, Ralph; I'll tell you, gentlemen,
let them but lend him a suit of reparrel, and necessaries, and by Gad, if
any of them all blow wind in the tail on him, I'll be hanged.

_Wife._ I pray you, youth, let him have a suit of reparrel: I'll be
sworn, gentlemen, my husband tells you true, he will act you sometimes at
our house, that all the neighbours cry out on him: he will fetch you up
a couraging part so in the garret, that we are all as feared I warrant
you, that we quake again. We fear our children with him, if they be never
so unruly, do but cry "Ralph comes, Ralph comes" to them, and they'll be
as quiet as lambs. Hold up thy head, Ralph, show the gentlemen what thou
canst do; speak a huffing part, I warrant you the gentlemen will accept
of it.

_Cit._ Do, Ralph, do.

    _Ralph._ By heaven (methinks) it were an easy leap
    To pluck bright honour from the pale-faced moon,
    Or dive into the bottom of the sea,
    Where never fathom line touched any ground,
    And pluck drowned honour from the lake of hell.

_Cit._ How say you, gentlemen, is it not as I told you?

_Wife._ Nay, gentlemen, he hath played before, my husband says,
"Musidorus," before the wardens of our company.

_Cit._ Ay, and he should have played "Jeronimo" with a shoemaker for a
wager.

_Pro._ He shall have a suit of apparel, if he will go in.

_Cit._ In, Ralph, in, Ralph, and set out the grocers in their kind, if
thou lovest me.

_Wife._ I warrant our Ralph will look finely when he's dressed.

_Pro._ But what will you have it called?

_Cit._ "The Grocer's Honour."

_Pro._ Methinks "The Knight of the Burning Pestle" were better.

_Wife._ I'll be sworn, husband, that's as good a name as can be.

_Cit._ Let it be so, begin, begin; my wife and I will sit down.

_Pro._ I pray you do.

_Cit._ What stately music have you? Have you shawns?

_Pro._ Shawns? No.

_Cit._ No? I'm a thief if my mind did not give me so. Ralph plays a
stately part, and he must needs have shawns: I'll be at the charge of
them myself rather than we'll be without them.

_Pro._ So you are like to be.

_Cit._ Why and so I will be, there's two shillings, let's have the waits
of Southwark, they are as rare fellows as any are in England; and that
will fetch them all o'er the water with a vengeance, as if they were mad.

_Pro._ You shall have them; will you sit down, then?

_Cit._ Ay, come, wife.

_Wife._ Sit you, merry all gentlemen, I'm bold to sit amongst you for my
ease.

    _Pro._ From all that's near the Court, from all that's great
    Within the compass of the city walls,
    We now have brought our scene. Fly far from hence
    All private taxes, all immodest phrases,
    Whatever may but show like vicious,
    For wicked mirth never true pleasure brings,
    But honest minds are pleased with honest things.
    Thus much for that we do. But for Ralph's part you must
    answer for't yourself.

_Cit._ Take you no care for Ralph, he'll discharge himself, I warrant you.

_Wife._ I'faith, gentlemen, I'll give my word for Ralph.

       *       *       *       *       *


ACT I.--SCENE I.

_Enter_ MERCHANT _and_ JASPER _his man_.

    _Merch._ Sirrah, I'll make you know you are my prentice,
    And whom my charitable love redeem'd
    Even from the fall of fortune; gave thee heat
    And growth, to be what now thou art; new cast thee,
    Adding the trust of all I have at home,
    In foreign staples, or upon the sea,
    To thy direction; tied the good opinions
    Both of myself and friends to thy endeavours,--
    So fair were thy beginnings. But with these,
    As I remember, you had never charge
    To love your master's daughter, and even then,
    When I had found a wealthy husband for her,
    I take it, sir, you had not; but, however,
    I'll break the neck of that commission,
    And make you know you're but a merchant's factor.

    _Jasp._ Sir, I do lib'rally confess I'm yours,
    Bound both by love and duty to your service:
    In which my labour hath been all my profit.
    I have not lost in bargain, nor delighted
    To wear your honest gains upon my back,
    Nor have I giv'n a pension to my blood,
    Or lavishly in play consum'd your stock.
    These, and the miseries that do attend them,
    I dare with innocence proclaim are strangers
    To all my temperate actions; for your daughter,
    If there be any love to my deservings
    Borne by her virtuous self, I cannot stop it:
    Nor am I able to refrain her wishes.
    She's private to herself, and best of knowledge
    Whom she will make so happy as to sigh for.
    Besides, I cannot think you mean to match her
    Unto a fellow of so lame a presence,
    One that hath little left of nature in him.

    _Merch._ 'Tis very well, sir, I can tell your wisdom
    How all this shall be cured.

    _Jasp._                     Your care becomes you.

    _Merch._ And thus it shall be, sir; I here discharge you
    My house and service. Take your liberty,
    And when I want a son I'll send for you.           [_Exit._

    _Jasp._ These be the fair rewards of them that love,
    Oh you that live in freedom never prove
    The travail of a mind led by desire.

_Enter_ LUCE.

    _Luce._ Why how now, friend, struck with my father's thunder?

    _Jasp._ Struck, and struck dead, unless the remedy
    Be full of speed and virtue; I am now,
    What I expected long, no more your father's.

    _Luce._ But mine.

    _Jasp._ But yours, and only yours I am,
    That's all I have to keep me from the statute;
    You dare be constant still?

    _Luce._                     O fear me not.
    In this I dare be better than a woman.
    Nor shall his anger nor his offers move me,
    Were they both equal to a prince's power.

    _Jasp._ You know my rival?

    _Luce._                    Yes, and love him dearly,
    E'en as I love an ague, or foul weather;
    I prithee, Jasper, fear him not.

    _Jasp._                          Oh no,
    I do not mean to do him so much kindness.
    But to our own desires: you know the plot
    We both agreed on.

    _Luce._            Yes, and will perform
    My part exactly.

    _Jasp._          I desire no more,
    Farewell, and keep my heart, 'tis yours.

    _Luce._                I take it,
    He must do miracles, makes me forsake it.        [_Exeunt._

_Cit._ Fie upon 'em, little infidels, what a matter's here now? Well,
I'll be hang'd for a half-penny, if there be not some abomination knavery
in this play; well, let 'em look to it, Ralph must come, and if there be
any tricks a-brewing----

_Wife._ Let 'em brew and bake too, husband, a God's name. Ralph will find
all out I warrant you, and they were older than they are. I pray, my
pretty youth, is Ralph ready?

_Boy._ He will be presently.

_Wife._ Now I pray you make my commendations unto him, and withal, carry
him this stick of liquorice; tell him his mistress sent it him, and bid
him bite a piece, 'twill open his pipes the better, say.

_Enter_ MERCHANT _and_ MASTER HUMPHREY.

    _Merch._ Come, sir, she's yours, upon my faith she's yours,
    You have my hand; for other idle lets,
    Between your hopes and her, thus with a wind
    They're scattered, and no more. My wanton prentice,
    That like a bladder blew himself with love,
    I have let out, and sent him to discover
    New masters yet unknown.

    _Hum._                   I thank you, sir,
    Indeed I thank you, sir; and ere I stir,
    It shall be known, however you do deem,
    I am of gentle blood, and gentle seem.

    _Merch._ Oh, sir, I know it certain.

    _Hum._                               Sir, my friend,
    Although, as writers say, all things have end,
    And that we call a pudding, hath his two,
    Oh let it not seem strange, I pray to you,
    If in this bloody simile, I put
    My love, more endless than frail things or gut.

_Wife._ Husband, I prithee, sweet lamb, tell me one thing, but tell me
truly. Stay, youths, I beseech you, till I question my husband.

_Cit._ What is it, mouse?

_Wife._ Sirrah, didst thou ever see a prettier child? how it behaves
itself, I warrant you: and speaks and looks, and perts up the head? I
pray you brother, with your favour, were you never one of Mr. Muncaster's
scholars?

_Cit._ Chicken, I prithee heartily contain thyself, the childer are
pretty childer, but when Ralph comes, lamb!

_Wife._ Ay, when Ralph comes, cony! Well, my youth, you may proceed.

    _Merch._ Well, sir, you know my love, and rest, I hope,
    Assured of my consent; get but my daughter's,
    And wed her when you please; you must be bold,
    And clap in close unto her; come, I know
    You've language good enough to win a wench.

_Wife._ A toity tyrant, hath been an old stringer in his days, I warrant
him.

    _Hum._ I take your gentle offer, and withal
    Yield love again for love reciprocal.

    _Mar._ What, Luce, within there?

_Enter_ LUCE.

    _Luce._                          Called you, sir?

    _Merch._             I did;
    Give entertainment to this gentleman;
    And see you be not froward: to her, sir,           [_Exit._
    My presence will but be an eyesore to you.

    _Hum._ Fair mistress Luce, how do you, are you well?
    Give me your hand, and then I pray you tell,
    How doth your little sister, and your brother,
    And whether you love me or any other?

    _Luce._ Sir, these are quickly answered.

    _Hum._                            So they are,
    Where women are not cruel; but how far
    Is it now distant from the place we are in,
    Unto that blessed place, your father's warren.

    _Luce._ What makes you think of that, sir?

    _Hum._                                  E'en that face,
    For stealing rabbits whilome in that place,
    God Cupid, or the keeper, I know not whether,
    Unto my cost and charges brought you thither,
    And there began----

    _Luce._             Your game, sir.

    _Hum._                            Let no game,
    Or anything that tendeth to the same,
    Be evermore remembered, thou fair killer,
    For whom I sate me down and brake my tiller.

_Wife._ There's a kind gentleman, I warrant you. When will you do as much
for me, George?

    _Luce._ Beshrew me, sir, I'm sorry for your losses,
    But as the proverb says, I cannot cry;
    I would you had not seen me.

    _Hum._                 So would I,
    Unless you had more maw to do me good.

    _Luce._ Why, cannot this strange passion be withstood?
    Send for a constable, and raise the town.

    _Hum._ Oh no, my valiant love will batter down
    Millions of constables, and put to flight
    E'en that great watch of Midsummer Day at night.

    _Luce._ Beshrew me, sir, 'twere good I yielded then,
    Weak women cannot hope, where valiant men
    Have no resistance.

    _Hum._           Yield then, I am full
    Of pity, though I say it, and can pull
    Out of my pocket thus a pair of gloves.
    Look, Luce, look, the dog's tooth, nor the doves
    Are not so white as these; and sweet they be,
    And whipt about with silk, as you may see.
    If you desire the price, shoot from your eye
    A beam to this place, and you shall espy
    F. S., which is to say, my sweetest honey,
    They cost me three-and-twopence, and no money.

    _Luce._ Well, sir, I take them kindly, and I thank you; what
    What would you more?

    _Hum._                Nothing.

    _Luce._                        Why then, farewell.

    _Hum._ Nor so, nor so, for, lady, I must tell,
    Before we part, for what we met together,
    God grant me time, and patience, and fair weather.

    _Luce._ Speak and declare your mind in terms so brief.

    _Hum._ I shall; then first and foremost, for relief
    I call to you, if that you can afford it,
    I care not at what price, for on my word it
    Shall be repaid again, although it cost me
    More than I'll speak of now, for love hath tost me
    In furious blanket like a tennis-ball,
    And now I rise aloft, and now I fall.

    _Luce._ Alas, good gentleman, alas the day.

    _Hum._ I thank you heartily, and as I say,
    Thus do I still continue without rest,
    I' th' morning like a man, at night a beast,
    Roaring and bellowing mine own disquiet,
    That much I fear, forsaking of my diet,
    Will bring me presently to that quandary,
    I shall bid all adieu.

    _Luce._              Now, by St. Mary
    That were great pity.

    _Hum._               So it were, beshrew me,
    Then ease me, lusty Luce, and pity shew me.

    _Luce._ Why, sir, you know my will is nothing worth
    Without my father's grant; get his consent,
    And then you may with full assurance try me.

    _Hum._ The worshipful your sire will not deny me,
    For I have ask'd him, and he hath replied,
    Sweet Master Humphrey, Luce shall be thy bride.

    _Luce._ Sweet Master Humphrey, then I am content.

    _Hum._ And so am I, in truth.

    _Luce._                       Yet take me with you.
    There is another clause must be annext,
    And this it is I swore, and will perform it,
    No man shall ever joy me as his wife,
    But he that stole me hence. If you dare venture,
    I'm yours; you need not fear, my father loves you,
    If not, farewell, for ever.

    _Hum._                      Stay, nymph, stay,
    I have a double gelding, coloured bay,
    Sprung by his father from Barbarian kind,
    Another for myself, though somewhat blind,
    Yet true as trusty tree.

    _Luce._                  I'm satisfied,
    And so I give my hand; our course must lie
    Through Waltham Forest, where I have a friend
    Will entertain us; so farewell, Sir Humphrey,
    And think upon your business.                 [_Exit_ LUCE.

    _Hum._                        Though I die,
    I am resolv'd to venture life and limb,
    For one so young, so fair, so kind, so trim.   [_Exit_ HUM.

_Wife._ By my faith and troth, George, and as I am virtuous, it is e'en
the kindest young man that ever trod on shoe-leather; well, go thy ways,
if thou hast her not, 'tis not thy fault i'faith.

_Cit._ I prithee, mouse, be patient, a shall have her, or I'll make some
of 'em smoke for't.

_Wife._ That's my good lamb, George; fie, this stinking tobacco kills me,
would there were none in England. Now I pray, gentlemen, what good does
this stinking tobacco do you? nothing; I warrant you make chimnies o'
your faces. Oh, husband, husband, now, now there's Ralph, there's Ralph!

_Enter_ RALPH, _like a grocer in his shop, with two prentices, reading
"Palmerin of England."_

_Cit._ Peace, fool, let Ralph alone; hark you, Ralph, do not strain
yourself too much at the first. Peace, begin, Ralph.

_Ralph. Then Palmerin and Trineus, snatching their lances from their
dwarfs, and clasping their helmets, galloped amain after the giant, and
Palmerin having gotten a sight of him, came posting amain, saying, "Stay,
traitorous thief, for thou mayst not so carry away her that is worth the
greatest lord in the world;" and, with these words, gave him a blow on
the shoulder, that he struck him beside his elephant; and Trineus coming
to the knight that had Agricola behind him, set him soon beside his
horse, with his neck broken in the fall, so that the princess, getting
out of the throng, between joy and grief said, "All happy knight, the
mirror of all such as follow arms, now may I be well assured of the
love thou bearest me."_ I wonder why the kings do not raise an army of
fourteen or fifteen hundred thousand men, as big as the army that the
Prince of Portigo brought against Rosicler, and destroy these giants;
they do much hurt to wandering damsels that go in quest of their knights.

_Wife._ Faith, husband, and Ralph says true, for they say the King of
Portugal cannot sit at his meat but the giants and the ettins will come
and snatch it from him.

_Cit._ Hold thy tongue; on, Ralph.

_Ralph._ And certainly those knights are much to be commended who,
neglecting their possessions, wander with a squire and a dwarf through
the deserts to relieve poor ladies.

_Wife._ Ay, by my faith are they, Ralph, let 'em say what they will, they
are indeed; our knights neglect their possessions well enough, but they
do not the rest.

_Ralph._ There are no such courteous and fair well-spoken knights in this
age; they will call one the son of a sea-cook that Palmerin of England
would have called fair sir; and one that Rosicler would have called right
beautiful damsel they will call old witch.

_Wife._ I'll be sworn will they, Ralph; they have called me so an hundred
times about a scurvy pipe of tobacco.

_Ralph._ But what brave spirit could be content to sit in his shop,
with a flapet of wood, and a blue apron before him, selling Methridatam
and Dragons' Water to visited houses, that might pursue feats of arms,
and through his noble achievements procure such a famous history to be
written of his heroic prowess?

_Cit._ Well said, Ralph; some more of those words, Ralph.

_Wife._ They go finely, by my troth.

_Ralph._ Why should I not then pursue this course, both for the credit of
myself and our company? for amongst all the worthy books of achievements,
I do not call to mind that I yet read of a grocer errant: I will be the
said knight. Have you heard of any that hath wandered unfurnished of his
squire and dwarf? My elder prentice Tim shall be my trusty squire, and
little George my dwarf. Hence, my blue apron! Yet, in remembrance of my
former trade, upon my shield shall be portrayed a burning pestle, and I
will be called the Knight of the Burning Pestle.

_Wife._ Nay, I dare swear thou wilt not forget thy old trade, thou wert
ever meek. Ralph! Tim!

_Tim._ Anon.

_Ralph._ My beloved squire, and George my dwarf, I charge you that from
henceforth you never call me by any other name but the Right courteous
and valiant Knight of the Burning Pestle; and that you never call any
female by the name of a woman or wench, but fair lady, if she have her
desires; if not, distressed damsel; that you call all forests and heaths,
deserts; and all horses, palfreys.

_Wife._ This is very fine: faith, do the gentlemen like Ralph, think you,
husband?

_Cit._ Ay, I warrant thee, the players would give all the shoes in their
shop for him.

_Ralph._ My beloved Squire Tim, stand out. Admit this were a desert, and
over it a knight errant pricking, and I should bid you inquire of his
intents, what would you say?

_Tim._ Sir, my master sent me to know whither you are riding?

_Ralph._ No, thus: Fair sir, the Right courteous and valiant Knight of
the Burning Pestle, commanded me to inquire upon what adventure you are
bound, whether to relieve some distressed damsel or otherwise.

_Cit._ Dunder blockhead cannot remember.

_Wife._ I'faith, and Ralph told him on't before; all the gentlemen heard
him; did he not, gentlemen, did not Ralph tell him on't?

_George._ Right courteous and valiant Knight of the Burning Pestle, here
is a distressed damsel to have a halfpenny-worth of pepper.

_Wife._ That's a good boy, see, the little boy can hit it; by my troth
it's a fine child.

_Ralph._ Relieve her with all courteous language; now shut up shop: no
more my prentice, but my trusty squire and dwarf, I must bespeak my
shield, and arming pestle.

_Cit._ Go thy ways, Ralph, as I am a true man, thou art the best on 'em
all.

_Wife._ Ralph! Ralph!

_Ralph._ What say you, mistress?

_Wife._ I prithee come again quickly, sweet Ralph.

    _Ralph._ By-and-by.                          [_Exit_ RALPH.

_Enter_ JASPER _and his mother_ MISTRESS MERRY-THOUGHT.

_Mist. Mer._ Give thee my blessing? No, I'll never give thee my
blessing, I'll see thee hang'd first; it shall ne'er be said I gave
thee my blessing. Thou art thy father's own son, of the blood of the
Merry-thoughts; I may curse the time that e'er I knew thy father, he hath
spent all his own, and mine too, and when I tell him of it, he laughs and
dances and sings, and cries "A merry heart lives long-a." And thou art a
wast-thrift, and art run away from thy master, that lov'd thee well, and
art come to me, and I have laid up a little for my younger son Michael,
and thou thinkest to bezle that, but thou shalt never be able to do it.
Come hither, Michael, come Michael, down on thy knees, thou shalt have my
blessing.

_Enter_ MICHAEL.

_Mich._ I pray you, mother, pray to God to bless me.

_Mist. Mer._ God bless thee; but Jasper shall never have my blessing, he
shall be hang'd first, shall he not, Michael? how sayest thou?

_Mich._ Yes forsooth, mother, and grace of God.

_Mist. Mer._ That's a good boy.

_Wife._ I'faith, it's a fine spoken child.

    _Jasp._ Mother, though you forget a parent's love,
    I must preserve the duty of a child.
    I ran not from my master, nor return
    To have your stock maintain my idleness.

_Wife._ Ungracious child I warrant him, hark how he chops logic with his
mother; thou hadst best tell her she lies, do, tell her she lies.

_Cit._ If he were my son, I would hang him up by the heels, and flea him,
and salt him, humpty halter-sack.

    _Jasp._ My coming only is to beg your love,
    Which I must ever, though I never gain it;
    And howsoever you esteem of me,
    There is no drop of blood hid in these veins,
    But I remember well belongs to you,
    That brought me forth, and would be glad for you
    To rip them all again, and let it out.

_Mist. Mer._ I'faith I had sorrow enough for thee, God knows; but I'll
hamper thee well enough: get thee in, thou vagabond, get thee in, and
learn of thy brother Michael.

    _Old Mer._ [within.] "Nose, nose, jolly red nose,
               And who gave thee this jolly red nose?"

    _Mist. Mer._ Hark, my husband he's singing and hoiting,
    And I'm fain to cark and care, and all little enough.
    Husband, Charles, Charles Merry-thought!

_Enter_ OLD MERRY-THOUGHT.

    _Old Mer._ "Nutmegs and ginger, cinnamon and cloves,
               And they gave me this jolly red nose."

_Mist. Mer._ If you would consider your estate, you would have little
list to sing, I wis.

_Old Mer._ It should never be considered, while it were an estate, if I
thought it would spoil my singing.

_Mist. Mer._ But how wilt thou do, Charles? Thou art an old man, and thou
canst not work, and thou hast not forty shillings left, and thou eatest
good meat, and drinkest good drink, and laughest?

_Old Mer._ And will do.

_Mist. Mer._ But how wilt thou come by it, Charles?

_Old Mer._ How? Why how have I done hitherto these forty years? I never
came into my dining-room, but at eleven and six o'clock I found excellent
meat and drink o' th' table. My clothes were never worn out, but next
morning a tailor brought me a new suit, and without question it will be
so ever! Use makes perfectness; if all should fail, it is but a little
straining myself extraordinary, and laugh myself to death.

_Wife._ It's a foolish old man this: is not he, George?

_Cit._ Yes, honey.

_Wife._ Give me a penny i' th' purse while I live, George.

_Cit._ Ay, by'r lady, honey hold thee there.

_Mist. Mer._ Well, Charles, you promised to provide for Jasper, and I
have laid up for Michael. I pray you pay Jasper his portion, he's come
home, and he shall not consume Michael's stock; he says his master turned
him away, but I promise you truly, I think he ran away.

_Wife._ No indeed, Mistress Merry-thought, though he be a notable
gallows, yet I'll assure you his master did turn him away, even in this
place, 'twas i'faith within this half-hour, about his daughter; my
husband was by.

_Cit._ Hang him, rogue, he served him well enough: love his master's
daughter! By my troth, honey, if there were a thousand boys, thou wouldst
spoil them all, with taking their parts; let his mother alone with him.

_Wife._ Ay, George, but yet truth is truth.

_Old Mer._ Where is Jasper? He's welcome, however, call him in, he shall
have his portion; is he merry?

_Mist. Mer._ Ay, foul chive him, he is too merry. Jasper! Michael!

_Enter_ JASPER _and_ MICHAEL.

_Old Mer._ Welcome, Jasper, though thou runn'st away, welcome! God bless
thee! It is thy mother's mind thou should'st receive thy portion; thou
hast been abroad, and I hope hast learnt experience enough to govern it.
Thou art of sufficient years. Hold thy hand: one, two, three, four, five,
six, seven, eight, nine, there is ten shillings for thee; thrust thyself
into the world with that, and take some settled course. If fortune
cross thee, thou hast a retiring place; come home to me, I have twenty
shillings left. Be a good husband, that is, wear ordinary clothes, eat
the best meat, and drink the best drink; be merry, and give to the poor,
and believe me, thou hast no end of thy goods.

    _Jasp._ Long may you live free from all thought of ill,
    And long have cause to be thus merry still.
    But, father?

_Old Mer._ No more words, Jasper, get thee gone, thou hast my blessing,
thy father's spirit upon thee. Farewell, Jasper.

            "But yet, or e'er you part (oh cruel),
            Kiss me, kiss me, sweeting,
            Mine own dear jewel."

    So, now begone, no words.                   [_Exit_ JASPER.

_Mist. Mer._ So, Michael, now get thee gone too.

_Mich._ Yes forsooth, mother, but I'll have my father's blessing first.

_Mist. Mer._ No, Michael, 'tis no matter for his blessing; thou hast my
blessing. Begone; I'll fetch my money and jewels and follow thee: I'll
stay no longer with him I warrant thee. Truly, Charles, I'll be gone too.

_Old Mer._ What? You will not.

_Mist. Mer._ Yes indeed will I.

    _Old Mer._ "Heyho, farewell, Nan,
          I'll never trust wench more again, if I can."

_Mist. Mer._ You shall not think (when all your own is gone) to spend
that I have been scraping up for Michael.

_Old Mer._ Farewell, good wife, I expect it not, all I have to do in this
world is to be merry; which I shall, if the ground be not taken from me;
and if it be,

    "When earth and seas from me are reft,
    The skies aloft for me are left."                [_Exeunt._
                                          [_Boy dances. Music._

                _Finis Actus Primi._

_Wife._ I'll be sworn he's a merry old gentleman for all that. Hark,
hark, husband, hark, fiddles, fiddles; now surely they go finely. They
say 'tis present death for these fiddlers to tune their rebecks before
the great Turk's grace, is't not, George? But look, look, here's a youth
dances; now, good youth, do a turn o' the toe. Sweetheart, i'faith I'll
have Ralph come and do some of his gambols: he'll ride the wild mare,
gentlemen, 'twould do your hearts good to see him: I thank you, kind
youth, pray bid Ralph come.

_Cit._ Peace, conie. Sirrah, you scurvy boy, bid the players send Ralph,
or an' they do not I'll tear some of their periwigs beside their heads;
this is all riff-raff.

       *       *       *       *       *


ACT II.--SCENE I.

_Enter_ MERCHANT _and_ HUMPHREY.

_Merch._ And how faith? how goes it now, son Humphrey?

    _Hum._ Right worshipful and my beloved friend,
    And father dear, this matter's at an end.

    _Merch._ 'Tis well, it should be so, I'm glad the girl
    Is found so tractable.

    _Hum._            Nay, she must whirl
    From hence (and you must wink: for so I say,
    The story tells), to-morrow before day.

_Wife._ George, dost thou think in thy conscience now 'twill be a
match? tell me but what thou thinkest, sweet rogue, thou seest the poor
gentleman (dear heart) how it labours and throbs I warrant you, to be at
rest: I'll go move the father for't.

_Cit._ No, no, I prithee sit still, honeysuckle, thou'lt spoil all; if
he deny him, I'll bring half a dozen good fellows myself, and in the
shutting of an evening knock it up, and there's an end.

_Wife._ I'll buss thee for that i'faith, boy; well, George, well, you
have been a wag in your days I warrant you; but God forgive you, and I do
with all my heart.

_Merch._ How was it, son? you told me that to-morrow before daybreak, you
must convey her hence.

    _Hum._ I must, I must, and thus it is agreed,
    Your daughter rides upon a brown bay steed,
    I on a sorrel, which I bought of Brian,
    The honest host of the Red Roaring Lion,
    In Waltham situate: then if you may,
    Consent in seemly sort, lest by delay,
    The fatal sisters come, and do the office,
    And then you'll sing another song.

    _Merch._                           Alas,
    Why should you be thus full of grief to me,
    That do as willing as yourself agree
    To anything, so it be good and fair?
    Then steal her when you will, if such a pleasure
    Content you both, I'll sleep and never see it,
    To make your joys more full: but tell me why
    You may not here perform your marriage?

_Wife._ God's blessing o' thy soul, old man, i'faith thou art loath to
part true hearts: I see a has her, George, and I'm glad on't; well, go
thy ways, Humphrey, for a fair-spoken man. I believe thou hast not a
fellow within the walls of London; an' I should say the suburbs too, I
should not lie. Why dost not thou rejoice with me, George?

_Cit._ If I could but see Ralph again, I were as merry as mine host
i'faith.

    _Hum._ The cause you seem to ask, I thus declare;
    Help me, O Muses nine: your daughter sware
    A foolish oath, the more it was the pity:
    Yet no one but myself within this city
    Shall dare to say so, but a bold defiance
    Shall meet him, were he of the noble science.
    And yet she sware, and yet why did she swear?
    Truly I cannot tell, unless it were
    For her own ease; for sure sometimes an oath,
    Being sworn thereafter, is like cordial broth:
    And this it was she swore, never to marry,
    But such a one whose mighty arm could carry
    (As meaning me, for I am such a one)
    Her bodily away through stick and stone,
    Till both of us arrive, at her request,
    Some ten miles off in the wide Waltham Forést.

    _Merch._ If this be all, you shall not need to fear
    Any denial in your love; proceed,
    I'll neither follow nor repent the deed.

    _Hum._ Good night, twenty good nights, and twenty more,
    And twenty more good nights: that makes threescore.   [_Exeunt._

_Enter_ MISTRESS MERRY-THOUGHT _and her son_ MICHAEL.

_Mist. Mer._ Come, Michael, art thou not weary, boy?

_Mich._ No, forsooth, mother, not I.

_Mist. Mer._ Where be we now, child?

_Mich._ Indeed forsooth, mother, I cannot tell, unless we be at Mile End.
Is not all the world Mile End, mother?

_Mist. Mer._ No, Michael, not all the world, boy; but I can assure thee,
Michael, Mile End is a goodly matter. There has been a pitched field, my
child, between the naughty Spaniels and the Englishmen; and the Spaniels
ran away, Michael, and the Englishmen followed. My neighbour Coxstone was
there, boy, and killed them all with a birding-piece.

_Mich._ Mother, forsooth.

_Mist. Mer._ What says my white boy?

_Mich._ Shall not my father go with us too?

_Mist. Mer._ No, Michael, let thy father go snick-up, he shall never come
between a pair of sheets with me again while he lives: let him stay at
home and sing for his supper, boy. Come, child, sit down, and I'll show
my boy fine knacks indeed; look here, Michael, here's a ring, and here's
a brooch, and here's a bracelet, and here's two rings more, and here's
money, and gold by th' eye, my boy.

_Mich._ Shall I have all this, mother?

_Mist. Mer._ Ay, Michael, thou shalt have all, Michael.

_Cit._ How lik'st thou this, wench?

_Wife._ I cannot tell, I would have Ralph, George; I'll see no more else
indeed la: and I pray you let the youths understand so much by word of
mouth, for I will tell you truly, I'm afraid o' my boy. Come, come,
George, let's be merry and wise, the child's a fatherless child, and say
they should put him into a strait pair of gaskins, 'twere worse than
knot-grass, he would never grow after it.

_Enter_ RALPH, SQUIRE, _and_ DWARF.

_Cit._ Here's Ralph, here's Ralph.

_Wife._ How do you, Ralph? You are welcome, Ralph, as I may say, it's a
good boy, hold up thy head, and be not afraid, we are thy friends, Ralph.
The gentlemen will praise thee, Ralph, if thou play'st thy part with
audacity; begin, Ralph a God's name.

_Ralph._ My trusty squire, unlace my helm, give me my hat; where are we,
or what desert might this be?

_Dwarf._ Mirror of knighthood, this is, as I take it, the perilous
Waltham down, in whose bottom stands the enchanted valley.

_Mist. Mer._ Oh, Michael, we are betrayed, we are betrayed, here be
giants; fly, boy; fly, boy; fly!

                                [_Exeunt_ MOTHER _and_ MICHAEL.

    _Ralph._ Lace on my helm again; what noise is this?
    A gentle lady flying the embrace
    Of some uncourteous knight: I will relieve her.
    Go, squire, and say, the knight that wears this pestle
    In honour of all ladies, swears revenge
    Upon that recreant coward that pursues her;
    Go, comfort her, and that same gentle squire
    That bears her company.

    _Squire._               I go, brave knight.

    _Ralph._ My trusty dwarf and friend, reach me my shield,
    And hold it while I swear, first by my knighthood,
    Then by the soul of Amadis de Gaul,
    My famous ancestor, then by my sword,
    The beauteous Brionella girt about me,
    By this bright burning pestle, of mine honour
    The living trophy, and by all respect
    Due to distressed damsels, here I vow
    Never to end the quest of this fair lady,
    And that forsaken squire, till by my valour
    I gain their liberty.

    _Dwarf._              Heaven bless the knight
    That thus relieves poor errant gentlewomen.        [_Exit._

_Wife._ Ay marry, Ralph, this has some savour in it, I would see the
proudest of them all offer to carry his books after him. But, George, I
will not have him go away so soon, I shall be sick if he go away, that I
shall; call Ralph again, George, call Ralph again: I prithee, sweetheart,
let him come fight before me, and let's have some drums and trumpets, and
let him kill all that comes near him, an' thou lov'st me, George.

_Cit._ Peace a little, bird, he shall kill them all, an' they were twenty
more on 'em than there are.

_Enter_ JASPER.

    _Jasp._ Now, Fortune (if thou be'st not only ill),
    Show me thy better face, and bring about
    Thy desperate wheel, that I may climb at length
    And stand; this is our place of meeting,
    If love have any constancy. Oh age
    Where only wealthy men are counted happy:
    How shall I please thee? how deserve thy smiles,
    When I am only rich in misery?
    My father's blessing, and this little coin
    Is my inheritance. A strong revenue!
    From earth thou art, and unto earth I give thee.
    There grow and multiply, whilst fresher air
    Breeds me a fresher fortune. How, illusion!   [_Spies the casket._
    What, hath the devil coined himself before me?
    'Tis metal good, it rings well, I am waking,
    And taking too I hope; now God's dear blessing
    Upon his heart that left it here, 'tis mine;
    These pearls, I take it, were not left for swine.         [_Exit._

_Wife._ I do not like this unthrifty youth should embezzle away the
money; the poor gentlewoman his mother will have a heavy heart for it,
God knows.

_Cit._ And reason good, sweetheart.

_Wife._ But let him go, I'll tell Ralph a tale in's ear, shall fetch him
again with a wanion, I warrant him, if he be above ground; and besides,
George, here be a number of sufficient gentlemen can witness, and myself,
and yourself, and the musicians, if we be called in question; but here
comes Ralph, George; thou shalt hear him speak, as he were an Emperal.

_Enter_ RALPH _and_ DWARF.

    _Ralph._ Comes not Sir Squire again?

    _Dwarf._ Right courteous knight,
    Your squire doth come, and with him comes the lady
    Fair, and the squire of damsels, as I take it.

_Enter_ MISTRESS MERRY-THOUGHT, MICHAEL, _and_ SQUIRE.

    _Ralph._ Madam, if any service or devoir
    Of a poor errant knight may right your wrongs,
    Command it. I am prest to give you succour,
    For to that holy end I bear my armour.

_Mist. Mer._ Alas, sir, I am a poor gentlewoman, and I have lost my money
in this forest.

    _Ralph._ Desert, you would say, lady, and not lost
    Whilst I have sword and lance; dry up your tears,
    Which ill befit the beauty of that face,
    And tell the story, if I may request it,
    Of your disastrous fortune.

_Mist. Mer._ Out alas, I left a thousand pound, a thousand pound,
e'en all the money I had laid up for this youth, upon the sight of
your mastership. You looked so grim, and as I may say it, saving your
presence, more like a giant than a mortal man.

    _Ralph._ I am as you are, lady, so are they
    All mortal; but why weeps this gentle squire?

_Mist. Mer._ Has he not cause to weep do you think, when he has lost his
inheritance?

    _Ralph._ Young hope of valour, weep not, I am here
    That will confound thy foe, and pay it dear
    Upon his coward head, that dare deny
    Distresséd squires and ladies equity.
    I have but one horse, upon which shall ride
    This lady fair behind me, and before
    This courteous squire, fortune will give us more
    Upon our next adventure; fairly speed
    Beside us squire and dwarf, to do us need.       [_Exeunt._

_Cit._ Did not I tell you, Nell, what your man would do? by the faith of
my body, wench, for clean action and good delivery, they may all cast
their caps at him.

_Wife._ And so they may i'faith, for I dare speak it boldly, the twelve
companies of London cannot match him, timber for timber. Well, George,
an' he be not inveigled by some of these paltry players, I ha' much
marvel; but, George, we ha' done our parts, if the boy have any grace to
be thankful.

_Cit._ Yes, I warrant you, duckling.

_Enter_ HUMPHREY _and_ LUCE.

    _Hum._ Good Mistress Luce, however I in fault am
    For your lame horse, you're welcome unto Waltham!
    But which way now to go, or what to say
    I know not truly, till it be broad day.

    _Luce._ O fear not, Master Humphrey, I am guide
    For this place good enough.

    _Hum._                      Then up and ride,
    Or if it please you, walk for your repose,
    Or sit, or if you will, go pluck a rose:
    Either of which shall be indifferent
    To your good friend and Humphrey, whose consent
    Is so entangled ever to your will,
    As the poor harmless horse is to the mill.

    _Luce._ Faith and you say the word, we'll e'en sit down,
    And take a nap.

    _Hum._          'Tis better in the town,
    Where we may nap together; for believe me,
    To sleep without a match would mickle grieve me.

    _Luce._ You're merry, Master Humphrey.

    _Hum._                                 So I am,
    And have been ever merry from my dam.

    _Luce._ Your nurse had the less labour.

    _Hum._                                  Faith it may be,
    Unless it were by chance I did bewray me.

_Enter_ JASPER.

    _Jasp._ Luce, dear friend Luce.

    _Luce._                         Here, Jasper.

    _Jasp._                                       You are mine.

    _Hum._ If it be so, my friend, you use me fine:
    What do you think I am?

    _Jasp._                 An arrant noddy.

    _Hum._ A word of obloquy; now by my body,
    I'll tell thy master, for I know thee well.

    _Jasp._ Nay, an' you be so forward for to tell,
    Take that, and that, and tell him, sir, I gave it:  [_Beats him._
    And say I paid you well.

    _Hum._                   O, sir, I have it,
    And do confess the payment, pray be quiet.

    _Jasp._ Go, get you to your night-cap and the diet,
    To cure your beaten bones.

    _Luce._                    Alas, poor Humphrey,
    Get thee some wholesome broth with sage and cumfry:
    A little oil of roses, and a feather
    To 'noint thy back withal.

    _Hum._                     When I came hither,
    Would I had gone to Paris with John Dory.

    _Luce._ Farewell, my pretty numps, I'm very sorry
    I cannot bear thee company.

    _Hum._                      Farewell,
    The devil's dam was ne'er so bang'd in hell.     [_Exeunt._

_Manet_ HUMPHREY.

_Wife._ This young Jasper will prove me another things, a my conscience,
and he may be suffered; George, dost not see, George, how a swaggers, and
flies at the very heads a folks as he were a dragon; well, if I do not
do his lesson for wronging the poor gentleman, I am no true woman; his
friends that brought him up might have been better occupied, I wis, than
have taught him these fegaries: he's e'en in the highway to the gallows,
God bless him.

_Cit._ You're too bitter, cony, the young man may do well enough for all
this.

_Wife._ Come hither, Master Humphrey, has he hurt you? Now beshrew his
fingers for't; here, sweetheart, here's some green ginger for thee, now
beshrew my heart, but a has peppernel in's head, as big as a pullet's
egg; alas, sweet lamb, how thy temples beat; take the peace on him,
sweetheart, take the peace on him.

_Enter a_ BOY.

_Cit._ No, no, you talk like a foolish woman; I'll ha' Ralph fight with
him, and swinge him up well-favour'dly. Sirrah boy, come hither, let
Ralph come in and fight with Jasper.

_Wife._ Ay, and beat him well, he's an unhappy boy.

_Boy._ Sir, you must pardon us, the plot of our play lies contrary, and
'twill hazard the spoiling of our play.

_Cit._ Plot me no plots, I'll ha' Ralph come out; I'll make your house
too hot for you else.

_Boy._ Why, sir, he shall; but if anything fall out of order, the
gentlemen must pardon us.

_Cit._ Go your ways, goodman boy, I'll hold him a penny he shall have his
belly full of fighting now. Ho, here comes Ralph; no more.

_Enter_ RALPH, MISTRESS MERRY-THOUGHT, MICHAEL, SQUIRE, _and_ DWARF.

    _Ralph._ What knight is that, squire? Ask him if he keep
    The passage bound by love of lady fair,
    Or else but prickant.

    _Hum._           Sir, I am no knight,
    But a poor gentleman, that this same night,
    Had stolen from me, upon yonder green,
    My lovely wife, and suffered (to be seen
    Yet extant on my shoulders) such a greeting,
    That whilst I live, I shall think of that meeting.

_Wife._ Ay, Ralph, he beat him unmercifully, Ralph, an' thou spar'st him,
Ralph, I would thou wert hang'd.

_Cit._ No more, wife, no more.

    _Ralph._ Where is the caitiff wretch hath done this deed?
    Lady, your pardon, that I may proceed
    Upon the quest of this injurious knight.
    And thou, fair squire, repute me not the worse,
    In leaving the great 'venture of the purse
    And the rich casket, till some better leisure.

_Enter_ JASPER _and_ LUCE.

    _Hum._ Here comes the broker hath purloined my treasure.

    _Ralph._ Go, squire, and tell him I am here,
    An errant knight at arms, to crave delivery
    Of that fair lady to her own knight's arms.
    If he deny, bid him take choice of ground,
    And so defy him.

    _Squire._   From the knight that bears
    The golden pestle, I defy thee, knight,
    Unless thou make fair restitution
    Of that bright lady.

    _Jasp._         Tell the knight that sent thee
    He is an ass, and I will keep the wench,
    And knock his head-piece.

    _Ralph._ Knight, thou art but dead,
    If thou recall not thy uncourteous terms.

_Wife._ Break his pate, Ralph; break his pate, Ralph, soundly.

    _Jasp._ Come, knight, I'm ready for you, now your pestle
                                   [_Snatches away his pestle._
    Shall try what temper, sir, your mortar's of;
    With that he stood upright in his stirrups,
    And gave the knight of the calves-skin such a knock,
    That he forsook his horse, and down he fell,
    And then he leaped upon him, and plucking off his helmet----

    _Hum._ Nay, an' my noble knight be down so soon,
    Though I can scarcely go, I needs must run----
                                  [_Exit_ HUMPHREY _and_ RALPH.

_Wife._ Run, Ralph; run, Ralph; run for thy life, boy; Jasper comes,
Jasper comes!

    _Jasp._ Come, Luce, we must have other arms for you.
    Humphrey and Golden Pestle, both adieu.          [_Exeunt._

_Wife._ Sure the devil, God bless us, is in this springald; why, George,
didst ever see such a fire-drake? I am afraid my boy's miscarried; if he
be, though he were Master Merry-thought's son a thousand times, if there
be any law in England, I'll make some of them smart for't.

_Cit._ No, no, I have found out the matter, sweetheart. Jasper is
enchanted as sure as we are here, he is enchanted; he could no more have
stood in Ralph's hands than I can stand in my Lord Mayor's; I'll have a
ring to discover all enchantments, and Ralph shall beat him yet. Be no
more vexed, for it shall be so.

_Enter_ RALPH, SQUIRE, DWARF, MISTRESS MERRY-THOUGHT, _and_ MICHAEL.

_Wife._ Oh, husband, here's Ralph again; stay, Ralph, let me speak with
thee; how dost thou, Ralph? Art thou not shrewdly hurt? The foul great
lunges laid unmercifully on thee! There's some sugar-candy for thee;
proceed, thou shalt have another bout with him.

_Cit._ If Ralph had him at the fencing-school, if he did not make a puppy
of him, and drive him up and down the school, he should ne'er come in my
shop more.

_Mist. Mer._ Truly, Master Knight of the Burning Pestle, I am weary.

_Mich._ Indeed la mother, and I'm very hungry.

    _Ralph._ Take comfort, gentle dame, and your fair squire.
    For in this desert there must needs be placed
    Many strong castles, held by courteous knights,
    And till I bring you safe to one of those
    I swear by this my order ne'er to leave you.

_Wife._ Well said, Ralph: George, Ralph was ever comfortable, was he not?

_Cit._ Yes, duck.

_Wife._ I shall ne'er forget him. When we had lost our child, you know it
was strayed almost alone to Puddle Wharf, and the criers were abroad for
it, and there it had drowned itself but for a sculler, Ralph was the most
comfortablest to me: "Peace mistress," says he, "let it go, I'll get you
another as good." Did he not, George? Did he not say so?

_Cit._ Yes indeed did he, mouse.

_Dwarf._ I would we had a mess of pottage and a pot of drink, squire, and
were going to bed.

_Squire._ Why, we are at Waltham town's end, and that's the Bell Inn.

    _Dwarf._ Take courage, valiant knight, damsel, and squire,
    I have discovered, not a stone's cast off,
    An ancient castle held by the old knight
    Of the most holy order of the Bell,
    Who gives to all knights errant entertain;
    There plenty is of food, and all prepar'd
    By the white hands of his own lady dear.
    He hath three squires that welcome all his guests:
    The first, high Chamberlino, who will see
    Our beds prepared, and bring us snowy sheets;
    The second hight Tapstero, who will see
    Our pots full filléd, and no froth therein;
    The third, a gentle squire Ostlero hight,
    Who will our palfries slick with wisps of straw,
    And in the manger put them oats enough,
    And never grease their teeth with candle-snuff.

_Wife._ That same dwarf's a pretty boy, but the squire's a grout-nold.

_Ralph._ Knock at the gates, my squire, with stately lance.

_Enter_ TAPSTER.

_Tap._ Who's there, you're welcome, gentlemen; will you see a room?

_Dwarf._ Right courteous and valiant Knight of the Burning Pestle, this
is the squire Tapstero.

    _Ralph._ Fair squire Tapstero, I a wandering knight,
    Hight of the Burning Pestle, in the quest
    Of this fair lady's casket and wrought purse,
    Losing myself in this vast wilderness,
    Am to this castle well by fortune brought,
    Where hearing of the goodly entertain
    Your knight of holy order of the Bell,
    Gives to all damsels, and all errant knights,
    I thought to knock, and now am bold to enter.

    _Tapst._ An't please you see a chamber, you are very welcome.
                                                     [_Exeunt._

_Wife._ George, I would have something done, and I cannot tell what it is.

_Cit._ What is it, Nell?

_Wife._ Why, George, shall Ralph beat nobody again? Prithee, sweetheart,
let him.

_Cit._ So he shall, Nell, and if I join with him, we'll knock them all.

_Enter_ HUMPHREY _and_ MERCHANT.

_Wife._ O George, here's Master Humphrey again now, that lost Mistress
Luce, and Mistress Luce's father. Master Humphrey will do somebody's
errand I warrant him.

    _Hum._ Father, it's true in arms I ne'er shall clasp her,
    For she is stol'n away by your man Jasper.

    _Wife._ I thought he would tell him.

    _Mer._ Unhappy that I am to lose my child:
    Now I begin to think on Jasper's words,
    Who oft hath urg'd to me thy foolishness;
    Why didst thou let her go? thou lov'st her not,
    That wouldst bring home thy life, and not bring her.

    _Hum._ Father, forgive me, I shall tell you true,
    Look on my shoulders, they are black and blue,
    Whilst to and fro fair Luce and I were winding,
    He came and basted me with a hedge binding.

    _Mer._ Get men and horses straight, we will be there
    Within this hour; you know the place again?

    _Hum._ I know the place where he my loins did swaddle,
    I'll get six horses, and to each a saddle.

    _Mer._ Mean time I will go talk with Jasper's father.
                                                     [_Exeunt._

_Wife._ George, what wilt thou lay with me now, that Master Humphrey has
not Mistress Luce yet; speak, George, what wilt thou lay with me?

_Cit._ No, Nell, I warrant thee, Jasper is at Puckeridge with her by this.

_Wife._ Nay, George, you must consider Mistress Luce's feet are tender,
and besides, 'tis dark, and I promise you truly, I do not see how he
should get out of Waltham Forest with her yet.

_Cit._ Nay, honey, what wilt thou lay with me that Ralph has her not yet?

_Wife._ I will not lay against Ralph, honny, because I have not spoken
with him: but look, George, peace, here comes the merry old gentleman
again.

_Enter_ OLD MERRY-THOUGHT.

    _Old Mer._ "When it was grown to dark midnight,
            And all were fast asleep,
            In came Margaret's grimly ghost,
            And stood at William's feet."

I have money, and meat, and drink beforehand, till to-morrow at noon,
why should I be sad? Methinks I have half a dozen jovial spirits within
me, "I am three merry men, and three merry men." To what end should any
man be sad in this world? Give me a man that when he goes to hanging
cries "Troul the black bowl to me;" and a woman that will sing a catch
in her travail. I have seen a man come by my door with a serious face,
in a black cloak, without a hatband, carrying his head as if he look'd
for pins in the street. I have look'd out of my window half a year after,
and have spied that man's head upon London Bridge. 'Tis vile! Never trust
a tailor that does not sing at his work, his mind is of nothing but
filching.

_Wife._ Mark this, George, 'tis worth noting: Godfrey, my tailor, you
know, never sings, and he had fourteen yards to make this gown: and I'll
be sworn, Mistress Penistone, the draper's wife, had one made with twelve.

    _Old Mer._ "'Tis mirth that fills the veins with blood,
            More than wine, or sleep, or food,
            Let each man keep his heart at ease,
            No man dies of that disease!
            He that would his body keep
            From diseases, must not weep,
            But whoever laughs and sings,
            Never he his body brings
            Into fevers, gouts, or rhumes,
            Or lingringly his lungs consumes;
            Or meets with achés in the bone,
            Or catarrhs, or griping stone:
            But contented lives by aye,
            The more he laughs, the more he may."

_Wife._ Look, George. How say'st thou by this, George? Is't not a fine
old man? Now God's blessing a thy sweet lips. When wilt thou be so merry,
George? Faith, thou art the frowningst little thing, when thou art angry,
in a country.

_Enter_ MERCHANT.

_Cit._ Peace, coney; thou shalt see him took down too, I warrant thee.
Here's Luce's father come now.

    _Old Mer._ "As you came from Walsingham,
            From the Holy Land,
            There met you not with my true love
            By the way as you came?"

    _Merch._ Oh, Master Merry-thought! my daughter's gone!
    This mirth becomes you not, my daughter's gone!

    _Old Mer._ "Why an' if she be, what care I?
            Or let her come, or go, or tarry."

    _Merch._ Mock not my misery, it is your son
    (Whom I have made my own, when all forsook him),
    Has stol'n my only joy, my child, away.

    _Old Mer._ "He set her on a milk-white steed,
            And himself upon a gray,
            He never turned his face again,
            But he bore her quite away."

    _Merch._ Unworthy of the kindness I have shown
    To thee and thine; too late, I well perceive
    Thou art consenting to my daughter's loss.

_Old Mer._ Your daughter? what a stir's here wi' y'r daughter? Let her
go, think no more on her, but sing loud. If both my sons were on the
gallows I would sing,

            "Down, down, down: they fall
            Down, and arise they never shall."

    _Merch._ Oh, might but I behold her once again,
    And she once more embrace her aged sire.

    _Old Mer._ Fie, how scurvily this goes:
    "And she once more embrace her aged sire?"
    You'll make a dog on her, will ye; she cares much for her aged
    sire, I warrant you.
            "She cares not for her daddy, nor
            She cares not for her mammy,
            For she is, she is, she is my
            Lord of Low-gaves lassie."

    _Merch._ For this thy scorn I will pursue
    That son of thine to death.

    _Old Merch._ Do, and when you ha' killed him,
        "Give him flowers enow, Palmer, give him flowers enow,
        Give him red and white, blue, green, and yellow."

_Merch._ I'll fetch my daughter.

_Old Mer._ I'll hear no more o' your daughter, it spoils my mirth.

_Merch._ I say I'll fetch my daughter.

    _Old Mer._ "Was never man for lady's sake, down, down,
            Tormented as I, Sir Guy? de derry down,
            For Lucy's sake, that lady bright, down, down,
            As ever man beheld with eye? de derry down."

    _Merch._ I'll be revenged, by heaven!            [_Exeunt._

    _Finis Actus Secundi._                            [_Music._

_Wife._ How dost thou like this, George?

_Cit._ Why this is well, dovey; but if Ralph were hot once, thou shouldst
see more.

_Wife._ The fiddlers go again, husband.

_Cit._ Ay, Nell, but this is scurvy music; I gave the young gallows
money, and I think he has not got me the waits of Southwark. If I hear
'em not anon, I'll twing him by the ears. You musicians, play Baloo.

_Wife._ No, good George, let's have Lachrymæ.

_Cit._ Why this is it, bird.

_Wife._ Is't? All the better, George; now, sweet lamb, what story is that
painted upon the cloth? the Confutation of Saint Paul?

_Cit._ No, lamb, that's Ralph and Lucrece.

_Wife._ Ralph and Lucrece? Which Ralph? our Ralph?

_Cit._ No, mouse, that was a Tartarian.

_Wife._ A Tartarian? well, I would the fiddlers had done, that we might
see our Ralph again.

       *       *       *       *       *


ACT III.--SCENE I.

_Enter_ JASPER _and_ LUCE.

    _Jasp._ Come, my dear dear, though we have lost our way
    We have not lost ourselves. Are you not weary
    With this night's wand'ring, broken from your rest?
    And frighted with the terror that attends
    The darkness of this wild unpeopled place?

    _Luce._ No, my best friend, I cannot either fear
    Or entertain a weary thought, whilst you
    (The end of all my full desires) stand by me.
    Let them that lose their hopes, and live to languish
    Amongst the number of forsaken lovers,
    Tell the long weary steps and number Time,
    Start at a shadow, and shrink up their blood,
    Whilst I (possessed with all content and quiet)
    Thus take my pretty love, and thus embrace him.

    _Jasp._ You've caught me, Luce, so fast, that whilst I live
    I shall become your faithful prisoner,
    And wear these chains for ever. Come, sit down,
    And rest your body, too too delicate
    For these disturbances; so, will you sleep?
    Come, do not be more able than you are,
    I know you are not skilful in these watches,
    For women are no soldiers; be not nice,
    But take it, sleep, I say.

    _Luce._                I cannot sleep,
    Indeed I cannot, friend.

    _Jasp._                Why then we'll sing,
    And try how that will work upon our senses.

    _Luce._ I'll sing, or say, or anything but sleep.

    _Jasp._ Come, little mermaid, rob me of my heart
    With that enchanting voice.

    _Luce._ You mock me, Jasper.

        SONG.

        _Jasp._ Tell me, dearest, what is love?

        _Luce._ 'Tis a lightning from above,
                  'Tis an arrow, 'tis a fire,
                  'Tis a boy they call Desire.
                      'Tis a smile
                      Doth beguile

        _Jasp._ The poor hearts of men that prove.
                Tell me more, are women true?

        _Luce._ Some love change, and so do you.

        _Jasp._   Are they fair, and never kind?

        _Luce._   Yes, when men turn with the wind.

        _Jasp._ Are they froward?

        _Luce._ Ever toward
                Those that love, to love anew.

    _Jasp._ Dissemble it no more, I see the god
    Of heavy sleep, lays on his heavy mace
    Upon your eyelids.

    _Luce._            I am very heavy.

    _Jasp._ Sleep, sleep, and quiet rest crown thy sweet thoughts:
    Keep from her fair blood all distempers, startings,
    Horrors and fearful shapes: let all her dreams
    Be joys and chaste delights, embraces, wishes,
    And such new pleasures as the ravish'd soul
    Gives to the senses.    So, my charms have took.
    Keep her, ye Powers Divine, whilst I contemplate
    Upon the wealth and beauty of her mind.
    She's only fair, and constant, only kind,
    And only to thee, Jasper.    O my joys!
    Whither will you transport me? let not fulness
    Of my poor buried hopes come up together,
    And over-charge my spirits; I am weak.
    Some say (however ill) the sea and women
    Are govern'd by the moon, both ebb and flow,
    Both full of changes: yet to them that know,
    And truly judge, these but opinions are,
    And heresies to bring on pleasing war
    Between our tempers, that without these were
    Both void of after-love, and present fear;
    Which are the best of Cupid. O thou child!
    Bred from despair, I dare not entertain thee,
    Having a love without the faults of women,
    And greater in her perfect goods than men;
    Which to make good, and please myself the stronger,
    Though certainly I'm certain of her love,
    I'll try her, that the world and memory
    May sing to after-times her constancy.
    Luce, Luce, awake!

    _Luce._             Why do you fright me, friend,
    With those distempered looks? what makes your sword
    Drawn in your hand? who hath offended you?
    I prithee, Jasper, sleep, thou'rt wild with watching.

    _Jasp._ Come, make your way to Heav'n, and bid the world,
    With all the villanies that stick upon it,
    Farewell; you're for another life.

    _Luce._                             Oh, Jasper,
    How have my tender years committed evil,
    Especially against the man I love,
    Thus to be cropt untimely?

    _Jasp._                     Foolish girl,
    Canst thou imagine I could love his daughter
    That flung me from my fortune into nothing?
    Dischargéd me his service, shut the doors
    Upon my poverty, and scorn'd my prayers,
    Sending me, like a boat without a mast,
    To sink or swim? Come, by this hand you die,
    I must have life and blood, to satisfy
    Your father's wrongs.

_Wife._ Away, George, away, raise the watch at Ludgate, and bring a
mittimus from the justice for this desperate villain. Now, I charge you,
gentlemen, see the King's peace kept. O my heart, what a varlet's this,
to offer manslaughter upon the harmless gentlewoman?

_Cit._ I warrant thee, sweetheart, we'll have him hampered.

    _Luce._ Oh, Jasper! be not cruel,
    If thou wilt kill me, smile, and do it quickly,
    And let not many deaths appear before me.
    I am a woman made of fear and love,
    A weak, weak woman, kill not with thy eyes,
    They shoot me through and through.    Strike, I am ready,
    And dying, still I love thee.

_Enter_ MERCHANT, HUMPHREY, _and his_ MEN.

    _Merch._ Where abouts?

    _Jasp._ No more of this, now to myself again.

    _Hum._ There, there he stands with sword, like martial knight,
    Drawn in his hand, therefore beware the fight
    You that are wise; for were I good Sir Bevis,
    I would not stay his coming, by your leaves.

    _Merch._ Sirrah, restore my daughter.

    _Jasp._ Sirrah, no.

    _Merch._ Upon him then.

    _Wife._ So, down with him, down with him, down with him!
     Cut him i'the leg, boys, cut him i'the leg!

_Merch._ Come your ways, minion, I'll provide a cage for you, you're
grown so tame. Horse her away.

    _Hum._ Truly I am glad your forces have the day. [_Exeunt._

    _Manet_ JASPER.

    _Jasp._ They're gone, and I am hurt; my love is lost,
    Never to get again. Oh, me unhappy!
    Bleed, bleed and die----I cannot; oh, my folly!
    Thou hast betrayed me; hope, where art thou fled?
    Tell me, if thou be'st anywhere remaining.
    Shall I but see my love again? Oh, no!
    She will not deign to look upon her butcher,
    Nor is it fit she should; yet I must venture.
    Oh chance, or fortune, or whate'er thou art
    That men adore for powerful, hear my cry,
    And let me loving live, or losing die.             [_Exit._

_Wife._ Is he gone, George?

_Cit._ Ay, coney.

_Wife._ Marry, and let him go, sweetheart, by the faith a my body, a
has put me into such a fright, that I tremble (as they say) as 'twere
an aspin leaf. Look a my little finger, George, how it shakes: now, in
truth, every member of my body is the worse for't.

_Cit._ Come, hug in mine arms, sweet mouse, he shall not fright thee any
more; alas, mine own dear heart, how it quivers.

_Enter_ MISTRESS MERRY-THOUGHT, RALPH, MICHAEL, SQUIRE, DWARF, HOST, _and
a_ TAPSTER.

_Wife._ O Ralph, how dost thou, Ralph? How hast thou slept to-night? Has
the knight used thee well?

    _Cit._ Peace, Nell, let Ralph alone.

    _Tap._ Master, the reckoning is not paid.

    _Ralph._ Right courteous Knight, who for the orders' sake
    Which thou hast ta'en, hang'st out the holy Bell,
    As I this flaming pestle bear about,
    We render thanks to your puissant self,
    Your beauteous lady, and your gentle squires,
    For thus refreshing of our wearied limbs,
    Stiffened with hard achievements in wild desert.

    _Tap._ Sir, there is twelve shillings to pay.

    _Ralph._ Thou merry squire Tapstero, thanks to thee
    For comforting our souls with double jug,
    And if adventurous fortune prick thee forth,
    Thou jovial squire, to follow feats of arms,
    Take heed thou tender ev'ry lady's cause,
    Ev'ry true knight, and ev'ry damsel fair,
    But spill the blood of treacherous Saracens,
    And false enchanters, that with magic spells
    Have done to death full many a noble knight.

_Host._ Thou valiant Knight of the Burning Pestle, give ear to me: there
is twelve shillings to pay, and as I am a true knight, I will not bate a
penny.

_Wife._ George, I prithee tell me, must Ralph pay twelve shillings now?

_Cit._ No, Nell, no, nothing; but the old knight is merry with Ralph.

_Wife._ O, is't nothing else? Ralph will be as merry as he.

    _Ralph._ Sir Knight, this mirth of yours becomes you well,
    But to requite this liberal courtesy,
    If any of your squires will follow arms,
    He shall receive from my heroic hand
    A knighthood, by the virtue of this pestle.

_Host._ Fair knight, I thank you for your noble offer; therefore, gentle
knight, twelve shillings you must pay, or I must cap you.

_Wife._ Look, George, did not I tell thee as much? The knight of the Bell
is in earnest. Ralph shall not be beholding to him; give him his money,
George, and let him go snick-up.

_Cit._ Cap Ralph? No; hold your hand, Sir Knight of the Bell, there's
your money. Have you anything to say to Ralph now? Cap Ralph?

_Wife._ I would you should know it, Ralph has friends that will not
suffer him to be capt for ten times so much, and ten times to the end of
that. Now take thy course, Ralph.

_Mist. Mer._ Come, Michael, thou and I will go home to thy father, he
hath enough left to keep us a day or two, and we'll set fellows abroad to
cry our purse and casket. Shall we, Michael?

_Mich._ Ay, I pray mother, in truth my feet are full of chilblains with
travelling.

_Wife._ Faith and those chilblains are a foul trouble. Mistress
Merry-thought, when your youth comes home let him rub all the soles of
his feet and his heels and his ankles with a mouse-skin; or if none of
you can catch a mouse, when he goes to bed let him roll his feet in the
warm embers, and I warrant you he shall be well, and you may make him put
his fingers between his toes and smell to them, it's very sovereign for
his head if he be costive.

_Mist. Mer._ Master Knight of the Burning Pestle, my son Michael and I
bid you farewell; I thank your worship heartily for your kindness.

    _Ralph._ Farewell, fair lady, and your tender squire.
    If pricking through these deserts, I do hear
    Of any trait'rous knight, who, through his guile
    Hath light upon your casket and your purse,
    I will despoil him of them and restore them.

    _Mist. Mer._ I thank your worship.    [_Exit with_ MICHAEL.

    _Ralph._ Dwarf, bear my shield; squire, elevate my lance,
    And now farewell, you knight of holy Bell.

    _Cit._ Ay, ay, Ralph, all is paid.

    _Ralph._ But yet before I go, speak, worthy knight,
    If aught you do of sad adventures know,
    Where errant knight may through his prowess win
    Eternal fame, and free some gentle souls
    From endless bonds of steel and lingring pain.

_Host._ Sirrah, go to Nick the Barber, and bid him prepare himself, as I
told you before, quickly.

    _Tap._ I am gone, sir.                     [_Exit_ TAPSTER.

    _Host._ Sir Knight, this wilderness affordeth none
    But the great venture, where full many a knight
    Hath tried his prowess, and come off with shame,
    And where I would not have you lose your life,
    Against no man, but furious fiend of hell.

    _Ralph._ Speak on, Sir Knight, tell what he is, and where:
    For here I vow upon my blazing badge,
    Never to lose a day in quietness;
    But bread and water will I only eat,
    And the green herb and rock shall be my couch,
    Till I have quell'd that man, or beast, or fiend,
    That works such damage to all errant knights.

    _Host._ Not far from hence, near to a craggy cliff
    At the north end of this distresséd town,
    There doth stand a lowly house
    Ruggedly builded, and in it a cave,
    In which an ugly giant now doth dwell,
    Yclepéd Barbaroso: in his hand
    He shakes a naked lance of purest steel,
    With sleeves turned up, and he before him wears
    A motley garment, to preserve his clothes
    From blood of those knights which he massacres,
    And ladies gent: without his door doth hang
    A copper bason, on a prickant spear;
    At which, no sooner gentle knights can knock,
    But the shrill sound fierce Barbaroso hears,
    And rushing forth, brings in the errant knight,
    And sets him down in an enchanted chair:
    Then with an engine, which he hath prepar'd
    With forty teeth, he claws his courtly crown,
    Next makes him wink, and underneath his chin
    He plants a brazen piece of mighty bore,
    And knocks his bullets round about his cheeks,
    Whilst with his fingers, and an instrument
    With which he snaps his hair off, he doth fill
    The wretch's ears with a most hideous noise.
    Thus every knight adventurer he doth trim,
    And now no creature dares encounter him.

    _Ralph._ In God's name, I will fight with him, kind sir.
    Go but before me to this dismal cave
    Where this huge giant Barbaroso dwells,
    And by that virtue that brave Rosiclere,
    That wicked brood of ugly giants slew,
    And Palmerin Frannarco overthrew:
    I doubt not but to curb this traitor foul,
    And to the devil send his guilty soul.

    _Host._ Brave sprighted knight, thus far I will perform
    This your request, I'll bring you within sight
    Of this most loathsome place, inhabited
    By a more loathsome man: but dare not stay,
    For his main force swoops all he sees away.

    _Ralph._ Saint George! set on, before march squire and page.
                                                     [_Exeunt._

_Wife._ George, dost think Ralph will confound the giant?

_Cit._ I hold my cap to a farthing he does. Why, Nell, I saw him wrestle
with the great Dutchman, and hurl him.

_Wife._ Faith and that Dutchman was a goodly man, if all things were
answerable to his bigness. And yet they say there was a Scottishman
higher than he, and that they two on a night met, and saw one another for
nothing.

_Cit._ Nay, by your leave, Nell, Ninivie was better.

_Wife._ Ninivie, O that was the story of Joan and the Wall, was it not,
George?

_Cit._ Yes, lamb.

_Enter_ MISTRESS MERRY-THOUGHT.

_Wife._ Look, George, here comes Mistress Merry-thought again, and I
would have Ralph come and fight with the giant. I tell you true, I long
to see't.

_Cit._ Good Mistress Merry-thought, be gone, I pray you for my sake; I
pray you forbear a little, you shall have audience presently: I have a
little business.

_Wife._ Mistress Merry-thought, if it please you to refrain your passion
a little, till Ralph have dispatched the giant out of the way, we shall
think ourselves much bound to thank you. I thank you, good Mistress
Merry-thought.

                                [_Exit_ MISTRESS MERRY-THOUGHT.

_Enter a_ BOY.

_Cit._ Boy, come hither, send away Ralph and this master giant quickly.

_Boy._ In good faith, sir, we cannot; you'll utterly spoil our play, and
make it to be hissed, and it cost money; you will not suffer us to go on
with our plots. I pray, gentlemen, rule him.

_Cit._ Let him come now and dispatch this, and I'll trouble you no more.

_Boy._ Will you give me your hand of that?

_Wife._ Give him thy hand, George, do, and I'll kiss him; I warrant thee
the youth means plainly.

    _Boy._ I'll send him to you presently.         [_Exit_ BOY.

_Wife._ I thank you, little youth; faith the child hath a sweet breath.
George, but I think it be troubled with the worms; Carduus Benedictus and
mare's milk were the only thing in the world for it. Oh, Ralph's here,
George! God send thee good luck, Ralph!

_Enter_ RALPH, HOST, SQUIRE _and_ DWARF.

    _Host._ Puissant knight, yonder his mansion is,
    Lo, where the spear and copper bason are,
    Behold the string on which hangs many a tooth,
    Drawn from the gentle jaw of wandering knights;
    I dare not stay to sound, he will appear.     [_Exit_ HOST.

    _Ralph._ O faint not, heart: Susan, my lady dear,
    The cobbler's maid in Milk Street, for whose sake
    I take these arms, O let the thought of thee
    Carry thy knight through all adventurous deed,
    And in the honour of thy beauteous self,
    May I destroy this monster Barbaroso.
    Knock, squire, upon the bason till it break
    With the shrill strokes, or till the giant speak.

_Enter_ BARBAROSO.

_Wife._ O George, the giant, the giant! Now, Ralph, for thy life!

    _Bar._ What fond unknowing wight is this, that dares
    So rudely knock at Barbaroso's cell,
    Where no man comes, but leaves his fleece behind?

    _Ralph._ I, traitorous caitiff, who am sent by fate
    To punish all the sad enormities
    Thou hast committed against ladies gent,
    And errant knights, traitor to God and men.
    Prepare thyself, this is the dismal hour
    Appointed for thee to give strict account
    Of all thy beastly treacherous villanies.

    _Bar._ Foolhardy knight, full soon thou shalt aby
    This fond reproach, thy body will I bang,
                                     [_He takes down his pole._
    And lo, upon that string thy teeth shall hang;
    Prepare thyself, for dead soon shalt thou be.

    _Ralph._ Saint George for me!                [_They fight._

_Bar._ Gargantua for me!

_Wife._ To him, Ralph, to him: hold up the giant, set out thy leg before,
Ralph!

_Cit._ Falsify a blow, Ralph, falsify a blow; the giant lies open on the
left side.

_Wife._ Bear't off, bear't off still; there, boy. Oh, Ralph's almost
down, Ralph's almost down!

_Ralph._ Susan, inspire me, now have up again.

_Wife._ Up, up, up, up, up, so, Ralph; down with him, down with him,
Ralph!

_Cit._ Fetch him over the hip, boy.

_Wife._ There, boy; kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, Ralph!

_Cit._ No, Ralph, get all out of him first.

    _Ralph._ Presumptuous man, see to what desperate end
    Thy treachery hath brought thee; the just gods,
    Who never prosper those that do despise them,
    For all the villanies which thou hast done
    To knights and ladies, now have paid thee home
    By my stiff arm, a knight adventurous.
    But say, vile wretch, before I send thy soul
    To sad Avernus, whither it must go,
    What captives hold'st thou in thy sable cave?

    _Bar._ Go in and free them all, thou hast the day.

    _Ralph._ Go, squire and dwarf, search in this dreadful cave,
    And free the wretched prisoners from their bonds.
                                  [_Exeunt_ SQUIRE _and_ DWARF.

    _Bar._ I crave for mercy as thou art a knight,
    And scorn'st to spill the blood of those that beg.

    _Ralph._ Thou showest no mercy, nor shalt thou have any;
    Prepare thyself, for thou shalt surely die.

_Enter_ SQUIRE, _leading one winking, with a bason under his chin_.

    _Squire._ Behold, brave knight, here is one prisoner,
    Whom this wild man hath used as you see.

    _Wife._ This is the wisest word I hear the squire speak.

    _Ralph._ Speak what thou art, and how thou hast been us'd,
    That I may give him condign punishment.

    _1st Knight._ I am a knight that took my journey post
    Northward from London, and in courteous wise,
    This giant train'd me to his loathsome den,
    Under pretence of killing of the itch,
    And all my body with a powder strew'd,
    That smarts and stings; and cut away my beard,
    And my curl'd locks wherein were ribands ty'd,
    And with a water washt my tender eyes
    (Whilst up and down about me still he skipt),
    Whose virtue is, that till my eyes be wip'd
    With a dry cloth, for this my foul disgrace,
    I shall not dare to look a dog i' th' face.

_Wife._ Alas, poor knight. Relieve him, Ralph; relieve poor knights
whilst you live.

    _Ralph._ My trusty squire, convey him to the town,
    Where he may find relief; adieu, fair knight.
                                                [_Exit_ KNIGHT.

_Enter_ DWARF, _leading one with a patch over his nose_.

    _Dwarf._ Puissant Knight of the Burning Pestle hight,
    See here another wretch, whom this foul beast
    Hath scotch'd and scor'd in this inhuman wise.

    _Ralph._ Speak me thy name, and eke thy place of birth,
    And what hath been thy usage in this cave.

    _2nd Knight._ I am a knight, Sir Partle is my name,
    And by my birth I am a Londoner,
    Free by my copy, but my ancestors
    Were Frenchmen all; and riding hard this way,
    Upon a trotting horse, my bones did ache,
    And I, faint knight, to ease my weary limbs,
    Light at this cave, when straight this furious fiend,
    With sharpest instrument of purest steel,
    Did cut the gristle of my nose away,
    And in the place this velvet plaster stands.
    Relieve me, gentle knight, out of his hands.

_Wife._ Good Ralph, relieve Sir Partle, and send him away, for in truth
his breath stinks.

_Ralph._ Convey him straight after the other knight. Sir Partle, fare you
well.

    _3rd Knight._ Kind sir, good night.                [_Exit._
                                               [_Cries within._

_Man._ Deliver us!

_Wom._ Deliver us!

_Wife._ Hark, George, what a woful cry there is. I think some one is ill
there.

_Man._ Deliver us!

_Wom._ Deliver us!

    _Ralph._ What ghastly noise is this?   Speak, Barbaroso,
    Or by this blazing steel thy head goes off.

    _Bar._ Prisoners of mine, whom I in diet keep.
    Send lower down into the cave,
    And in a tub that's heated smoking hot,
    There may they find them, and deliver them.


    _Ralph._ Run, squire and dwarf, deliver them with speed.
                                  [_Exeunt_ SQUIRE _and_ DWARF.

_Wife._ But will not Ralph kill this giant? Surely I am afraid if he let
him go he will do as much hurt as ever he did.

_Cit._ Not so, mouse, neither, if he could convert him.

_Wife._ Ay, George, if he could convert him; but a giant is not so soon
converted as one of us ordinary people. There's a pretty tale of a witch,
that had the devil's mark about her, God bless us, that had a giant to
her son, that was call'd Lob-lie-by-the-fire. Didst never hear it, George?

_Enter_ SQUIRE _leading a man with a glass of lotion in his hand, and
the_ DWARF _leading a woman, with diet bread and drink_.

_Cit._ Peace, Nell, here come the prisoners.

    _Dwarf._ Here be these pined wretches, manful knight,
    That for these six weeks have not seen a wight.

    _Ralph._ Deliver what you are, and how you came
    To this sad cave, and what your usage was?

    _Man._ I am an errant knight that followed arms,
    With spear and shield, and in my tender years
    I strucken was with Cupid's fiery shaft,
    And fell in love with this my lady dear,
    And stole her from her friends in Turnball Street,
    And bore her up and down from town to town,
    Where we did eat and drink, and music hear;
    Till at the length at this unhappy town
    We did arrive, and coming to this cave,
    This beast us caught, and put us in a tub,
    Where we this two months sweat, and should have done
    Another month if you had not relieved us.

    _Wom._ This bread and water hath our diet been,
    Together with a rib cut from a neck
    Of burned mutton; hard hath been our fare.
    Release us from this ugly giant's snare.

    _Man._ This hath been all the food we have receiv'd;
    But only twice a day, for novelty,
    He gave a spoonful of this hearty broth
                                        [_Pulls out a syringe._
    To each of us, through this same slender quill.

    _Ralph._ From this infernal monster you shall go,
    That useth knights and gentle ladies so.
    Convey them hence.                 [_Exeunt Man and Woman._

_Cit._ Mouse, I can tell thee, the gentlemen like Ralph.

_Wife._ Ay, George, I see it well enough. Gentlemen, I thank you all
heartily for gracing my man Ralph, and I promise you, you shall see him
oftener.

    _Bar._ Mercy, great knight, I do recant my ill,
    And henceforth never gentle blood will spill.

    _Ralph._ I give thee mercy, but yet thou shalt swear
    Upon my burning pestle to perform
    Thy promise utter'd.

    _Bar._ I swear and kiss.

    _Ralph._ Depart then, and amend.
    Come, squire and dwarf, the sun grows towards his set,
    And we have many more adventures yet.            [_Exeunt._

_Cit._ Now Ralph is in this humour, I know he would ha' beaten all the
boys in the house, if they had been set on him.

_Wife._ Ay, George, but it is well as it is. I warrant you the gentlemen
do consider what it is to overthrow a giant. But look, George, here
comes Mistress Merry-thought, and her son Michael. Now you are welcome,
Mistress Merry-thought; now Ralph has done, you may go on.

_Enter_ MISTRESS MERRY-THOUGHT _and_ MICHAEL.

_Mist. Mer._ Mick, my boy.

_Mick._ Ay forsooth, mother.

_Mist. Mer._ Be merry, Mick, we are at home now, where I warrant you, you
shall find the house flung out of the windows. Hark! hey dogs, hey, this
is the old world i'faith with my husband. I'll get in among them, I'll
play them such lesson, that they shall have little list to come scraping
hither again. Why, Master Merry-thought, husband, Charles Merry-thought!

    _Old Mer._ [within.] "If you will sing and dance and laugh,
          And holloa, and laugh again;
          And then cry, there boys, there; why then,
          One, two, three, and four,
          We shall be merry within this hour."

_Mist. Mer._ Why, Charles, do you not know your own natural wife? I
say, open the door, and turn me out those mangy companions; 'tis more
than time that they were fellow like with you. You are a gentleman,
Charles, and an old man, and father of two children; and I myself, though
I say it, by my mother's side, niece to a worshipful gentleman, and a
conductor; he has been three times in his Majesty's service at Chester,
and is now the fourth time, God bless him, and his charge upon his
journey.

    _Old Mer._ "Go from my window, love, go;
          Go from my window, my dear,
        The wind and the rain will drive you back again,
          You cannot be lodgéd here."

Hark you, Mistress Merry-thought, you that walk upon adventures, and
forsake your husband because he sings with never a penny in his purse;
what, shall I think myself the worse? Faith no, I'll be merry. You come
not here, here's none but lads of mettle, lives of a hundred years and
upwards; care never drunk their bloods, nor want made them warble,

    "Heigh-ho, my heart is heavy."

_Mist. Mer._ Why, Master Merry-thought, what am I that you should laugh
me to scorn thus abruptly? Am I not your fellow-feeler, as we may say,
in all our miseries? your comforter in health and sickness? Have I not
brought you children? Are they not like you, Charles? Look upon thine own
image, hard-hearted man; and yet for all this----

    _Old Mer._ [within.] "Begone, begone, my juggy, my puggy,
          Begone, my love, my dear;
          The weather is warm,
          'Twill do thee no harm,
          Thou canst not be lodged here."

Be merry, boys, some light music, and more wine.

_Wife._ He's not in earnest, I hope, George, is he?

_Cit._ What if he be, sweetheart?

_Wife._ Marry if he be, George, I'll make bold to tell him he's an
ingrant old man to use his wife so scurvily.

_Cit._ What, how does he use her, honey?

_Wife._ Marry come up, Sir Sauce-box; I think you'll take his part, will
you not? Lord, how hot are you grown; you are a fine man, an' you had a
fine dog, it becomes you sweetly.

_Cit._ Nay, prithee Nell, chide not; for as I am an honest man, and a
true Christian grocer, I do not like his doings.

_Wife._ I cry you mercy then, George; you know we are all frail, and full
of infirmities. D'ye hear, Master Merry-thought, may I crave a word with
you?

_Old Mer._ [within.] Strike up lively, lads.

_Wife._ I had not thought in truth, Master Merry-thought, that a man of
your age and discretion, as I may say, being a gentleman, and therefore
known by your gentle conditions, could have used so little respect to the
weakness of his wife; for your wife is your own flesh, the staff of your
age, your yoke-fellow, with whose help you draw through the mire of this
transitory world. Nay, she is your own rib. And again----

    _Old Mer._ "I come not hither for thee to teach,
          I have no pulpit for thee to preach,
          As thou art a lady gay."

_Wife._ Marry with a vengeance! I am heartily sorry for the poor
gentlewoman; but if I were thy wife, i'faith, gray beard, i'faith----

_Cit._ I prithee, sweet honeysuckle, be content.

_Wife._ Give me such words that am a gentlewoman born, hang him, hoary
rascal! Get me some drink, George, I am almost molten with fretting. Now
beshrew his knave's heart for it.

_Old Mer._ Play me a light lavalto. Come, be frolic, fill the good
fellows wine.

_Mist. Mer._ Why, Master Merry-thought, are you disposed to make me wait
here. You'll open, I hope; I'll fetch them that shall open else.

_Old Mer._ Good woman, if you will sing, I'll give you something, if
not----

    SONG.

    You are no love for me, Marget,
    I am no love for you.
    Come aloft, boys, aloft.

_Mist. Mer._ Now a churl's fist in your teeth, sir. Come, Mick, we'll
not trouble him, a shall not ding us i' th' teeth with his bread and his
broth, that he shall not. Come, boy, I'll provide for thee, I warrant
thee. We'll go to Master Venterwels the merchant; I'll get his letter to
mine host of the Bell in Waltham, there I'll place thee with the tapster;
will not that do well for thee, Mick? And let me alone for that old
rascally knave, your father; I'll use him in his kind, I warrant ye.

_Wife._ Come, George, where's the beer?

_Cit._ Here, love.

_Wife._ This old fumigating fellow will not out of my mind yet.
Gentlemen, I'll begin to you all, I desire more of your acquaintance,
with all my heart. Fill the gentlemen some beer, George.

       *       *       *       *       *


ACT IV.--SCENE I.

_Boy danceth._

_Wife._ Look, George, the little boy's come again; methinks he looks
something like the Prince of Orange, in his long stocking, if he had a
little harness about his neck. George, I will have him dance Fading;
Fading is a fine jig, I'll assure you, gentlemen. Begin, brother; now a
capers, sweetheart; now a turn a th' toe, and then tumble. Cannot you
tumble, youth?

_Boy._ No, indeed, forsooth.

_Wife._ Nor eat fire?

_Boy._ Neither.

_Wife._ Why, then I thank you heartily; there's two pence to buy you
points withal.

_Enter_ JASPER _and_ BOY.

    _Jasp._ There, boy, deliver this. But do it well.
    Hast thou provided me four lusty fellows,
    Able to carry me? And art thou perfect
    In all thy business?

    _Boy._ Sir, you need not fear,
    I have my lesson here, and cannot miss it:
    The men are ready for you, and what else
    Pertains to this employment.

    _Jasp._ There, my boy,
    Take it, but buy no land.

    _Boy._ Faith, sir, 'twere rare
    To see so young a purchaser. I fly,
    And on my wings carry your destiny.                [_Exit._

    _Jasp._ Go, and be happy. Now my latest hope
    Forsake me not, but fling thy anchor out,
    And let it hold. Stand fixt, thou rolling stone,
    Till I possess my dearest. Hear me, all
    You Powers, that rule in men, celestial.           [_Exit._

_Wife._ Go thy ways, thou art as crooked a sprig as ever grew in London.
I warrant him he'll come to some naughty end or other; for his looks say
no less. Besides, his father (you know, George) is none of the best; you
heard him take me up like a gill flirt, and sing bad songs upon me. But
i'faith, if I live, George----

_Cit._ Let me alone, sweetheart, I have a trick in my head shall lodge
him in the Arches for one year, and make him sing Peccavi, ere I leave
him, and yet he shall never know who hurt him neither.

_Wife._ Do, my good George, do.

_Cit._ What shall we have Ralph do now, boy?

_Boy._ You shall have what you will, sir.

_Cit._ Why so, sir, go and fetch me him then, and let the Sophy of Persia
come and christen him a child.

_Boy._ Believe me, sir, that will not do so well; 'tis stale, it has been
had before at the Red Bull.

_Wife._ George, let Ralph travel over great hills, and let him be weary,
and come to the King of Cracovia's house, covered with black velvet, and
there let the king's daughter stand in her window all in beaten gold,
combing her golden locks with a comb of ivory, and let her spy Ralph,
and fall in love with him, and come down to him, and carry him into her
father's house, and then let Ralph talk with her.

_Cit._ Well said, Nell, it shall be so. Boy, let's ha't done quickly.

_Boy._ Sir, if you will imagine all this to be done already, you shall
hear them talk together. But we cannot present a house covered with black
velvet, and a lady in beaten gold.

_Cit._ Sir Boy, let's ha't as you can then.

_Boy._ Besides, it will show ill-favouredly to have a grocer's prentice
to court a king's daughter.

_Cit._ Will it so, sir? You are well read in histories: I pray you what
was Sir Dagonet? Was not he prentice to a grocer in London? Read the play
of the "Four Prentices of London," where they toss their pikes so. I pray
you fetch him in, sir; fetch him in.

    _Boy._ It shall be done, it is not our fault, gentlemen.
                                                       [_Exit._

_Wife._ Now we shall see fine doings, I warrant thee, George. Oh, here
they come; how prettily the King of Cracovia's daughter is drest.

_Enter_ RALPH _and the_ LADY, SQUIRE _and_ DWARF.

_Cit._ Ay, Nell, it is the fashion of that country, I warrant thee.

    _Lady._ Welcome, Sir Knight, unto my father's court,
    King of Moldavia, unto me Pompiona,
    His daughter dear. But sure you do not like
    Your entertainment, that will stay with us
    No longer but a night.

    _Ralph._               Damsel right fair,
    I am on many sad adventures bound,
    That call me forth into the wilderness.
    Besides, my horse's back is something gall'd,
    Which will enforce me ride a sober pace.
    But many thanks, fair lady, be to you,
    For using errant knight with courtesy.

    _Lady._ But say, brave knight, what is your name and birth?

    _Ralph._ My name is Ralph. I am an Englishman,
    As true as steel, a hearty Englishman,
    And prentice to a grocer in the Strand,
    By deed indent, of which I have one part:
    But fortune calling me to follow arms,
    On me this holy order I did take,
    Of Burning Pestle, which in all men's eyes
    I bear, confounding ladies' enemies.

    _Lady._ Oft have I heard of your brave countrymen,
    And fertile soil, and store of wholesome food;
    My father oft will tell me of a drink
    In England found, and Nipitato call'd,
    Which driveth all the sorrow from your hearts.

    _Ralph._ Lady, 'tis true, you need not lay your lips
    To better Nipitato than there is.

    _Lady._ And of a wildfowl he will often speak,
    Which powdered beef and mustard called is:
    For there have been great wars 'twixt us and you;
    But truly, Ralph, it was not long of me.
    Tell me then, Ralph, could you contented be
    To wear a lady's favour in your shield?

    _Ralph._ I am a knight of a religious order,
    And will not wear a favour of a lady
    That trusts in Antichrist, and false traditions.

    _Cit._ Well said, Ralph, convert her if thou canst.

    _Ralph._ Besides, I have a lady of my own
    In merry England; for whose virtuous sake
    I took these arms, and Susan is her name,
    A cobbler's maid in Milk Street, whom I vow
    Ne'er to forsake, whilst life and pestle last.

    _Lady._ Happy that cobbling dame, whoe'er she be,
    That for her own (dear Ralph) hath gotten thee.
    Unhappy I, that ne'er shall see the day
    To see thee more, that bear'st my heart away.

    _Ralph._ Lady, farewell; I must needs take my leave.

    _Lady._ Hard-hearted Ralph, that ladies dost deceive.

_Cit._ Hark thee, Ralph, there's money for thee; give something in the
King of Cracovia's house; be not beholding to him.

    _Ralph._ Lady, before I go, I must remember
    Your father's officers, who, truth to tell,
    Have been about me very diligent:
    Hold up thy snowy hand, thou princely maid.
    There's twelve pence for your father's chamberlain,
    And there's another shilling for his cook,
    For, by my troth, the goose was roasted well.
    And twelve pence for your father's horse-keeper,
    For 'nointing my horse back; and for his butter,
    There is another shilling; to the maid
    That wash'd my boot-hose, there's an English groat,
    And two pence to the boy that wip'd my boots.
    And last, fair lady, there is for your self
    Three pence to buy you pins at Bumbo Fair.

    _Lady._ Full many thanks, and I will keep them safe
    Till all the heads be off, for thy sake, Ralph.

    _Ralph._ Advance, my squire and dwarf, I cannot stay.

    _Lady._ Thou kill'st my heart in parting thus away.
                                                     [_Exeunt._

_Wife._ I commend Ralph yet, that he will not stoop to a Cracovian;
there's properer women in London than any are there, I wis. But here
comes Master Humphrey and his love again; now, George.

_Cit._ Ay, bird, peace.

_Enter_ MERCHANT, HUMPHREY, LUCE, _and_ BOY.

    _Merch._ Go, get you up, I will not be entreated.
    And, gossip mine, I'll keep you sure hereafter
    From gadding out again with boys and unthrifts;
    Come, they are women's tears, I know your fashion.
    Go, sirrah, lock her in, and keep the key
                                      [_Exeunt_ LUCE _and_ BOY.
    Safe as your life. Now, my son Humphrey,
    You may both rest assuréd of my love
    In this, and reap your own desire.

    _Humph._ I see this love you speak of, through your daughter,
    Although the hole be little, and hereafter
    Will yield the like in all I may or can,
    Fitting a Christian and a gentleman.

    _Merch._ I do believe you, my good son, and thank you,
    For 'twere an impudence to think you flattered.

    _Humph._ It were indeed, but shall I tell you why,
    I have been beaten twice about the lie.

    _Merch._ Well, son, no more of compliment; my daughter
    Is yours again: appoint the time and take her.
    We'll have no stealing for it, I myself
    And some few of our friends will see you married.

    _Humph._ I would you would i'faith, for be it known
    I ever was afraid to lie alone.

    _Merch._ Some three days hence, then.

    _Humph._ Three days, let me see,
    'Tis somewhat of the most, yet I agree,
    Because I mean against the 'pointed day,
    To visit all my friends in new array.

_Enter_ SERVANT.

_Serv._ Sir, there's a gentlewoman without would speak with your worship.

_Merch._ What is she?

_Serv._ Sir, I asked her not.

_Merch._ Bid her come in.

_Enter_ MISTRESS MERRY-THOUGHT _and_ MICHAEL.

_Mist. Mer._ Peace be to your worship, I come as a poor suitor to you,
sir, in the behalf of this child.

_Merch._ Are you not wife to Merry-thought?

_Mist. Mer._ Yes truly, would I had ne'er seen his eyes, he has undone me
and himself, and his children, and there he lives at home and sings and
hoits, and revels among his drunken companions; but I warrant you, where
to get a penny to put bread in his mouth, he knows not. And therefore if
it like your worship, I would entreat your letter to the honest host of
the Bell in Waltham, that I may place my child under the protection of
his tapster, in some settled course of life.

    _Merch._ I'm glad the Heav'ns have heard my prayers. Thy husband,
    When I was ripe in sorrows, laughed at me;
    Thy son, like an unthankful wretch, I having
    Redeem'd him from his fall, and made him mine,
    To show his love again, first stole my daughter:
    Then wrong'd this gentleman, and last of all
    Gave me that grief, had almost brought me down
    Unto my grave, had not a stronger hand
    Reliev'd my sorrows. Go, and weep as I did,
    And be unpitied, for here I profess
    An everlasting hate to all thy name.

_Mist. Mer._ Will you so, sir, how say you by that? Come, Mick, let him
keep his wind to cool his pottage; we'll go to thy nurse's, Mick, she
knits silk stockings, boy; and we'll knit too, boy, and be beholding to
none of them all.

                               [_Exeunt_ MICHAEL _and_ MOTHER.

_Enter a_ BOY _with a letter_.

_Boy._ Sir, I take it you are the master of this house.

_Merch._ How then, boy?

_Boy._ Then to yourself, sir, comes this letter.

_Merch._ From whom, my pretty boy?

    _Boy._ From him that was your servant, but no more
    Shall that name ever be, for he is dead.
    Grief of your purchas'd anger broke his heart;
    I saw him die, and from his hand receiv'd
    This paper, with a charge to bring it hither;
    Read it, and satisfy yourself in all.

LETTER.

_Merch._ _Sir, that I have wronged your love I must confess, in which I
have purchas'd to myself, besides mine own undoing, the ill opinion of my
friends; let not your anger, good sir, outlive me, but suffer me to rest
in peace with your forgiveness; let my body (if a dying man may so much
prevail with you) be brought to your daughter, that she may know my hot
flames are now buried, and withal receive a testimony of the zeal I bore
her virtue. Farewell for ever, and be ever happy._--JASPER.

    God's hand is great in this. I do forgive him,
    Yet am I glad he's quiet, where I hope
    He will not bite again.   Boy, bring the body,
    And let him have his will, if that be all.

    _Boy._ 'Tis here without, sir.

    _Merch._ So, sir, if you please
    You may conduct it in, I do not fear it.

    _Humph._ I'll be your usher, boy, for though I say it,
    He ow'd me something once, and well did pay it.  [_Exeunt._

_Enter_ LUCE _alone_.

    _Luce._ If there be any punishment inflicted
    Upon the miserable, more than yet I feel,
    Let it together seize me, and at once
    Press down my soul; I cannot bear the pain
    Of these delaying tortures. Thou that art
    The end of all, and the sweet rest of all,
    Come, come, O Death, and bring me to thy peace,
    And blot out all the memory I nourish
    Both of my father and my cruel friend.
    O wretched maid, still living to be wretched,
    To be a say to Fortune in her changes,
    And grow to number times and woes together.
    How happy had I been, if being born
    My grave had been my cradle?

_Enter_ SERVANT.

    _Serv._ By your leave,
    Young mistress, here's a boy hath brought a coffin,
    What a would say I know not; but your father
    Charg'd me to give you notice. Here they come.

_Enter two bearing a coffin_, JASPER _in it_.

    _Luce._ For me I hope 'tis come, and 'tis most welcome.

    _Boy._ Fair mistress, let me not add greater grief
    To that great store you have already; Jasper
    (That whilst he liv'd was yours, now's dead,
    And here inclos'd) commanded me to bring
    His body hither, and to crave a tear
    From those fair eyes, though he deserv'd not pity,
    To deck his funeral, for so he bid me
    Tell her for whom he died.

    _Luce._ He shall have many.

                            [_Exeunt_ COFFIN-CARRIER _and_ BOY.

    Good friends, depart a little, whilst I take
    My leave of this dead man, that once I lov'd:
    Hold, yet a little, life, and then I give thee
    To thy first Heav'nly Being. O my friend!
    Hast thou deceiv'd me thus, and got before me?
    I shall not long be after, but believe me,
    Thou wert too cruel, Jasper, 'gainst thyself,
    In punishing the fault I could have pardon'd,
    With so untimely death; thou didst not wrong me,
    But ever wert most kind, most true, most loving:
    And I the most unkind, most false, most cruel.
    Didst thou but ask a tear? I'll give thee all,
    Even all my eyes can pour down, all my sighs,
    And all myself, before thou goest from me.
    These are but sparing rites; but if thy soul
    Be yet about this place, and can behold
    And see what I prepare to deck thee with,
    It shall go up, borne on the wings of peace,
    And satisfied. First will I sing thy dirge,
    Then kiss thy pale lips, and then die, myself,
    And fill one coffin, and one grave together.

                   SONG.

            Come you whose loves are dead,
                 And whilst I sing,
                 Weep and wring
            Every hand, and every head
            Bind with cypress and sad yew;
            Ribbons black and candles blue,
            For him that was of men most true.

            Come with heavy moaning,
                 And on his grave
                 Let him have
            Sacrifice of sighs and groaning;
            Let him have fair flowers enow,
            White and purple, green and yellow,
            For him that was of men most true.

    Thou sable cloth, sad cover of my joys,
    I lift thee up, and thus I meet with death.

    _Jasp._ And thus you meet the living.

    _Luce._ Save me, Heav'n!

    _Jasp._ Nay, do not fly me, fair, I am no spirit;
    Look better on me, do you know me yet?

    _Luce._ O thou dear shadow of my friend!

    _Jasp._ Dear substance,
    I swear I am no shadow; feel my hand,
    It is the same it was: I am your Jasper,
    Your Jasper that's yet living, and yet loving;
    Pardon my rash attempt, my foolish proof
    I put in practice of your constancy.
    For sooner should my sword have drunk my blood,
    And set my soul at liberty, than drawn
    The least drop from that body, for which boldness
    Doom me to anything; if death, I take it
    And willingly.

    _Luce._        This death I'll give you for it:
    So, now I'm satisfied; you are no spirit;
    But my own truest, truest, truest friend,
    Why do you come thus to me?

    _Jasp._                     First, to see you,
    Then to convey you hence.

    _Luce._                   It cannot be,
    For I am lock'd up here, and watch'd at all hours,
    That 'tis impossible for me to 'scape.

    _Jasp._ Nothing more possible: within this coffin
    Do you convey yourself; let me alone,
    I have the wits of twenty men about me,
    Only I crave the shelter of your closet
    A little, and then fear me not; creep in
    That they may presently convey you hence.
    Fear nothing, dearest love, I'll be your second;
    Lie close, so, all goes well yet. Boy!

    _Boy._ At hand, sir.

    _Jasp._ Convey away the coffin, and be wary.

    _Boy._ 'Tis done already.

    _Jasp._ Now must I go conjure.                     [_Exit._

_Enter_ MERCHANT.

_Merch._ Boy, boy!

_Boy._ Your servant, sir.

_Merch._ Do me this kindness, boy; hold, here's a crown: before thou bury
the body of this fellow, carry it to his old merry father, and salute him
from me, and bid him sing: he hath cause.

    _Boy._ I will, sir.

    _Merch._ And then bring me word what tune he is in,
    And have another crown; but do it truly.
    I've fitted him a bargain, now, will vex him.

    _Boy._ God bless your worship's health, sir.

    _Merch._ Farewell, boy.                          [_Exeunt._

_Enter_ MASTER MERRY-THOUGHT.

_Wife._ Ah, Old Merry-thought, art thou there again? Let's hear some of
thy songs.

    _Old Mer._ "Who can sing a merrier note
               Than he that cannot change a groat?"

Not a denier left, and yet my heart leaps; I do wonder yet, as old as I
am, that any man will follow a trade, or serve, that may sing and laugh,
and walk the streets. My wife and both my sons are I know not where; I
have nothing left, nor know I how to come by meat to supper, yet am I
merry still; for I know I shall find it upon the table at six o'clock;
therefore, hang thought.

    "I would not be a serving-man
    To carry the cloak-bag still,
    Nor would I be a falconer
    The greedy hawks to fill;
    But I would be in a good house,
    And have a good master too;
    But I would eat and drink of the best,
    And no work would I do."

This is it that keeps life and soul together, mirth. This is the
philosopher's stone that they write so much on, that keeps a man ever
young.

_Enter a_ BOY.

_Boy._ Sir, they say they know all your money is gone, and they will
trust you for no more drink.

_Old Mer._ Will they not? Let 'em choose. The best is, I have mirth at
home, and need not send abroad for that. Let them keep their drink to
themselves.

    "For Jillian of Berry, she dwells on a hill,
    And she hath good beer and ale to sell,
    And of good fellows she thinks no ill,
      And thither will we go now, now, now, and
          thither will we go now.
    And when you have made a little stay,
    You need not know what is to pay,
    But kiss your hostess and go your way.
      And thither, &c."

_Enter another_ BOY.

_2nd Boy._ Sir, I can get no bread for supper.

_Old Mer._ Hang bread and supper, let's preserve our mirth, and we shall
never feel hunger, I'll warrant you; let's have a catch. Boy, follow me;
come sing this catch:

    "Ho, ho, nobody at home,
    Meat, nor drink, nor money ha' we none;
      Fill the pot, Eedy,
      Never more need I."

So, boys, enough, follow me; let's change our place, and we shall laugh
afresh.

                                                     [_Exeunt._

_Wife._ Let him go, George, a shall not have any countenance from us,
not a good word from any i' th' company, if I may strike stroke in't.

_Cit._ No more a sha'not, love; but, Nell, I will have Ralph do a very
notable matter now, to the eternal honour and glory of all grocers.
Sirrah, you there, boy, can none of you hear?

_Boy._ Sir, your pleasure.

_Cit._ Let Ralph come out on May-day in the morning, and speak upon a
conduit with all his scarfs about him, and his feathers, and his rings,
and his knacks.

_Boy._ Why, sir, you do not think of our plot, what will become of that,
then?

_Cit._ Why, sir, I care not what become on't. I'll have him come out,
or I'll fetch him out myself, I'll have something done in honour of the
city; besides, he hath been long enough upon adventures. Bring him out
quickly, for I come amongst you----

_Boy._ Well, sir, he shall come out; but if our play miscarry, sir, you
are like to pay for't.

                                                       [_Exit._

_Cit._ Bring him away, then.

_Wife._ This will be brave, i'faith. George, shall not he dance the
morrice, too, for the credit of the Strand?

_Cit._ No, sweetheart, it will be too much for the boy. Oh, there he is,
Nell; he's reasonable well in reparel, but he has not rings enough.

_Enter_ RALPH.

    _Ralph._ "London, to thee I do present the merry month of May",
    Let each true subject be content to hear me what I say:
    For from the top of conduit head, as plainly may appear,
    I will both tell my name to you, and wherefore I came here.
    My name is Ralph, by due descent, though not ignoble I,
    Yet far inferior to the flock of gracious grocery.
    And by the common counsel of my fellows in the Strand,
    With gilded staff, and crossed scarf, the May lord here I stand.
    Rejoice, O English hearts, rejoice; rejoice, O lovers dear;
    Rejoice, O city, town, and country; rejoice eke every shire;
    For now the fragrant flowers do spring and sprout in seemly sort,
    The little birds do sit and sing, the lambs do make fine sport;
    And now the birchin tree doth bud that makes the schoolboy cry,
    The morrice rings while hobby-horse doth foot it featuously:
    The lords and ladies now abroad, for their disport and play,
    Do kiss sometimes upon the grass, and sometimes in the hay.
    Now butter with a leaf of sage is good to purge the blood,
    Fly Venus and Phlebotomy, for they are neither good.
    Now little fish on tender stone begin to cast their bellies,
    And sluggish snail, that erst were mew'd, do creep out of their
      shellies.
    The rumbling rivers now do warm, for little boys to paddle,
    The sturdy steed now goes to grass, and up they hang his saddle.
    The heavy hart, the blowing buck, the rascal and the pricket,
    Are now among the yeoman's pease, and leave the fearful thicket.
    And be like them, O you, I say, of this same noble town,
    And lift aloft your velvet heads, and slipping of your gown,
    With bells on legs, and napkins clean unto your shoulders ty'd,
    With scarfs and garters as you please, and Hey for our town! cry'd.
    March out and show your willing minds, by twenty and by twenty,
    To Hogsdon, or to Newington, where ale and cakes are plenty.
    And let it ne'er be said for shame, that we the youths of London,
    Lay thrumming of our caps at home, and left our custom undone.
    Up then I say, both young and old, both man and maid a-maying,
    With drums and guns that bounce aloud, and merry tabor playing.
    Which to prolong, God save our king, and send his country peace,
    And root out treason from the land; and so, my friends, I cease.

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ACT V.--SCENE I.

_Enter_ MERCHANT, _solus_.

_Merch._ I will have no great store of company at the wedding: a couple
of neighbours and their wives; and we will have a capon in stewed broth,
with marrow, and a good piece of beef, stuck with rosemary.

_Enter_ JASPER, _with his face mealed_.

_Jasp._ Forbear thy pains, fond man, it is too late.

_Merch._ Heav'n bless me! Jasper!

    _Jasp._ Ay, I am his ghost,
    Whom thou hast injur'd for his constant love:
    Fond worldly wretch, who dost not understand
    In death that true hearts cannot parted be.
    First know, thy daughter is quite borne away
    On wings of angels, through the liquid air
    Too far out of thy reach, and never more
    Shalt thou behold her face: but she and I
    Will in another world enjoy our loves,
    Where neither father's anger, poverty,
    Nor any cross that troubles earthly men,
    Shall make us sever our united hearts.
    And never shalt thou sit, or be alone
    In any place, but I will visit thee
    With ghastly looks, and put into thy mind
    The great offences which thou didst to me.
    When thou art at thy table with thy friends,
    Merry in heart, and fill'd with swelling wine,
    I'll come in midst of all thy pride and mirth,
    Invisible to all men but thyself,
    And whisper such a sad tale in thine ear,
    Shall make thee let the cup fall from thy hand,
    And stand as mute and pale as death itself.

    _Merch._ Forgive me, Jasper! Oh! what might I do,
    Tell me, to satisfy thy troubled ghost?

    _Jasp._ There is no means, too late thou think'st on this.

    _Merch._ But tell me what were best for me to do?

    _Jasp._ Repent thy deed, and satisfy my father,
    And beat fond Humphrey out of thy doors.    [_Exit_ JASPER.

_Enter_ HUMPHREY.

    _Wife._ Look, George, his very ghost would have folks beaten.

    _Humph._ Father, my bride is gone, fair Mistress Luce.
    My soul's the font of vengeance, mischief's sluice.

    _Merch._ Hence, fool, out of my sight, with thy fond passion
    Thou hast undone me.

    _Humph._             Hold, my father dear,
    For Luce thy daughter's sake, that had no peer.

    _Merch._ Thy father, fool? There's some blows more, begone.
                                                  [_Beats him._

    Jasper, I hope thy ghost be well appeased
    To see thy will perform'd; now will I go
    To satisfy thy father for thy wrongs.              [_Exit._

    _Humph._ What shall I do? I have been beaten twice,
    And Mistress Luce is gone. Help me, device:
    Since my true love is gone, I never more,
    Whilst I do live, upon the sky will pore;
    But in the dark will wear out my shoe-soles
    In passion, in Saint Faith's Church under Paul's.  [_Exit._

_Wife._ George, call Ralph hither; if you love me, call Ralph hither. I
have the bravest thing for him to do, George; prithee call him quickly.

_Cit._ Ralph, why Ralph, boy!

_Enter_ RALPH.

_Ralph._ Here, sir.

_Cit._ Come hither, Ralph, come to thy mistress, boy.

_Wife._ Ralph, I would have thee call all the youths together in
battle-ray, with drums, and guns, and flags, and march to Mile End in
pompous fashion, and there exhort your soldiers to be merry and wise,
and to keep their beards from burning, Ralph; and then skirmish, and let
your flags fly, and cry, Kill, kill, kill! My husband shall lend you his
jerkin, Ralph, and there's a scarf; for the rest, the house shall furnish
you, and we'll pay for't: do it bravely, Ralph, and think before whom you
perform, and what person you represent.

_Ralph._ I warrant you, mistress, if I do it not, for the honour of the
city, and the credit of my master, let me never hope for freedom.

_Wife._ 'Tis well spoken i'faith; go thy ways, thou art a spark indeed.

_Cit._ Ralph, double your files bravely, Ralph.

    _Ralph._ I warrant you, sir.                 [_Exit_ RALPH.

_Cit._ Let him look narrowly to his service, I shall take him else; I was
there myself a pike-man once, in the hottest of the day, wench; had my
feather shot sheer away, the fringe of my pike burnt off with powder, my
pate broken with a scouring-stick, and yet I thank God I am here. [_Drum
within._

_Wife._ Hark, George, the drums!

_Cit._ Ran, tan, tan, tan, ran tan. Oh, wench, an' thou hadst but seen
little Ned of Aldgate, drum Ned, how he made it roar again, and laid on
like a tyrant, and then struck softly till the Ward came up, and then
thundered again, and together we go: "Sa, sa, sa," bounce quoth the guns;
"Courage, my hearts," quoth the captains; "Saint George," quoth the
pike-men; and withal here they lay, and there they lay; and yet for all
this I am here, wench.

_Wife._ Be thankful for it, George, for indeed 'tis wonderful.

_Enter_ RALPH _and his Company, with drums and colours_.

_Ralph._ March fair, my hearts; lieutenant, beat the rear up; ancient,
let your colours fly; but have a great care of the butchers' hooks at
Whitechapel, they have been the death of many a fair ancient. Open
your files, that I may take a view both of your persons and munition.
Sergeant, call a muster.

_Serg._ A stand. William Hamerton, pewterer.

_Ham._ Here, Captain.

_Ralph._ A croslet and a Spanish pike; 'tis well, can you shake it with
a terror?

_Ham._ I hope so, captain.

_Ralph._ Charge upon me--'tis with the weakest. Put more strength,
William Hamerton, more strength. As you were again; proceed, sergeant.

_Serg._ George Green-goose, poulterer.

_Green._ Here.

_Ralph._ Let me see your piece, neighbour Green-goose. When was she shot
in?

_Green._ An' like you, master captain, I made a shot even now, partly to
scour her, and partly for audacity.

_Ralph._ It should seem so, certainly, for her breath is yet inflamed;
besides, there is a main fault in the touch-hole, it stinketh. And I
tell you, moreover, and believe it, ten such touch-holes would poison
the army; get you a feather, neighbour, get you a feather, sweet oil and
paper, and your piece may do well enough yet. Where's your powder?

_Green._ Here.

_Ralph._ What, in a paper? As I am a soldier and a gentleman, it craves
a martial court: you ought to die for't. Where's your horn? Answer me to
that.

_Green._ An't like you, sir, I was oblivious.

_Ralph._ It likes me not it should be so; 'tis a shame for you, and a
scandal to all our neighbours, being a man of worth and estimation, to
leave your horn behind you: I am afraid 'twill breed example. But let me
tell you no more on't; stand till I view you all. What's become o' th'
nose of your flask?

_1st Sold._ Indeed, la' captain, 'twas blown away with powder.

_Ralph._ Put on a new one at the city's charge. Where's the flint of this
piece?

_2nd Sold._ The drummer took it out to light tobacco.

_Ralph._ 'Tis a fault, my friend; put it in again. You want a nose, and
you a flint; sergeant, take a note on't, for I mean to stop it in their
pay. Remove and march; soft and fair, gentlemen, soft and fair: double
your files; as you were; faces about. Now you with the sodden face, keep
in there: look to your match, sirrah, it will be in your fellow's flask
anon. So make a crescent now, advance your pikes, stand and give ear.
Gentlemen, countrymen, friends, and my fellow-soldiers, I have brought
you this day from the shop of security and the counters of content, to
measure out in these furious fields honour by the ell and prowess by the
pound. Let it not, O let it not, I say, be told hereafter, the noble
issue of this city fainted; but bear yourselves in this fair action like
men, valiant men, and free men. Fear not the face of the enemy, nor
the noise of the guns; for believe me, brethren, the rude rumbling of
a brewer's car is more terrible, of which you have a daily experience:
neither let the stink of powder offend you, since a more valiant stink is
always with you. To a resolved mind his home is everywhere. I speak not
this to take away the hope of your return; for you shall see (I do not
doubt it), and that very shortly, your loving wives again, and your sweet
children, whose care doth bear you company in baskets. Remember, then,
whose cause you have in hand, and like a sort of true-born scavengers,
scour me this famous realm of enemies. I have no more to say but this:
Stand to your tacklings, lads, and show to the world you can as well
brandish a sword as shake an apron. Saint George, and on, my hearts!

    _Omnes._ Saint George, Saint George!             [_Exeunt._

_Wife._ 'Twas well done, Ralph; I'll send thee a cold capon a field, and
a bottle of March beer; and, it may be, come myself to see thee.

_Cit._ Nell, the boy hath deceived me much; I did not think it had been
in him. He has perform'd such a matter, wench, that, if I live, next year
I'll have him Captain of the Gallifoist, or I'll want my will.

_Enter_ OLD MERRY-THOUGHT.

_Old Mer._ Yet, I thank God, I break not a wrinkle more than I had; not a
stoop, boys. Care, live with cats, I defy thee! My heart is as sound as
an oak; and tho' I want drink to wet my whistle, I can sing,

    "Come no more there, boys; come no more there:
    For we shall never, whilst we live, come any more there."

_Enter a_ BOY _with a coffin_.

_Boy._ God save you, sir.

_Old Mer._ It's a brave boy. Canst thou sing?

_Boy._ Yes, sir, I can sing, but 'tis not so necessary at this time.

    _Old Mer._ "Sing we, and chaunt it,
    Whilst love doth grant it."

_Boy._ Sir, sir, if you knew what I have brought you, you would have
little list to sing.

    _Old Mer._ "Oh, the Mimon round,
    Full long I have thee sought,
    And now I have thee found,
    And what hast thou here brought?"

    _Boy._ A coffin, sir, and your dead son Jasper in it.

    _Old Mer._ Dead!

    "Why farewell he:
    Thou wast a bonny boy,
    And I did love thee."

_Enter_ JASPER.

_Jasp._ Then I pray you, sir, do so still.

    _Old Mer._ Jasper's ghost!

    "Thou art welcome from Stygian-lake so soon,
    Declare to me what wondrous things
    In Pluto's Court are done."

_Jasp._ By my troth, sir, I ne'er came there, 'tis too hot for me, sir.

_Old Mer._ A merry ghost, a very merry ghost.

"And where is your true love? Oh, where is yours?"

    _Jasp._ Marry look you, sir.       [_Heaves up the coffin._

    _Old Mer._ Ah ha! Art thou good at that i'faith?
        "With hey trixie terlerie-whiskin,
        The world it runs on wheels;
        When the young man's frisking
        Up goes the maiden's heels."

    MISTRESS MERRY-THOUGHT _and_ MICHAEL _within_.

    _Mist. Mer._ What, Mr. Merry-thought, will you not let's in?
    What do you think shall become of us?

_Old Mer._ What voice is that that calleth at our door?

_Mist. Mer._ You know me well enough, I am sure I have not been such a
stranger to you.

    _Old Mer._ "And some they whistled, and some they sung,
                Hey down, down:
             And some did loudly say,
             Ever as the Lord Barnet's horn blew,
             Away, Musgrave, away."

_Mist. Mer._ You will not have us starve here, will you, Master
Merry-thought?

_Jasp._ Nay, good sir, be persuaded, she is my mother. If her offences
have been great against you, let your own love remember she is yours, and
so forgive her.

_Luce._ Good Master Merry-thought, let me entreat you, I will not be
denied.

_Mist. Mer._ Why, Master Merry-thought, will you be a vext thing still?

_Old Mer._ Woman, I take you to my love again, but you shall sing before
you enter; therefore despatch your song, and so come in.

_Mist. Mer._ Well, you must have your will when all's done. Michael, what
song canst thou sing, boy?

_Mich._ I can sing none forsooth but "A Lady's Daughter of Paris,"
properly.

    _Mist. Mer._ [song.]   "It was a lady's daughter," &c.

    _Old Mer._ Come, you're welcome home again.
             "If such danger be in playing,
             And jest must to earnest turn,
             You shall go no more a-maying"----

_Merch._ [within.] Are you within, Sir Master Merry-thought?

_Jasp._ It is my master's voice, good sir; go hold him in talk whilst we
convey ourselves into some inward room.

_Old Mer._ What are you? Are you merry? You must be very merry if you
enter.

_Merch._ I am, sir.

_Old Mer._ Sing, then.

_Merch._ Nay, good sir, open to me.

_Old Mer._ Sing, I say, or by the merry heart you come not in.

    _Merch._ Well, sir, I'll sing.
          "Fortune my foe," &c.

_Old Mer._ You are welcome, sir, you are welcome: you see your
entertainment, pray you be merry.

    _Merch._ Oh, Master Merry-thought, I'm come to ask you
    Forgiveness for the wrongs I offered you,
    And your most virtuous son; they're infinite,
    Yet my contrition shall be more than they.
    I do confess my hardness broke his heart,
    For which just Heav'n hath given me punishment
    More than my age can carry; his wand'ring sprite,
    Not yet at rest, pursues me everywhere,
    Crying, I'll haunt thee for thy cruelty.
    My daughter she is gone, I know not how.
    Taken invisible, and whether living,
    Or in grave, 'tis yet uncertain to me.
    Oh, Master Merry-thought, these are the weights
    Will sink me to my grave. Forgive me, sir.

    _Old Mer._ Why, sir, I do forgive you, and be merry.
    And if the wag in's lifetime play'd the knave,
    Can you forgive him too?

    _Merch._             With all my heart, sir.

    _Old Mer._ Speak it again, and heartily.

    _Merch._                                 I do, sir.
    Now by my soul I do.

    _Old Mer._ "With that came out his paramour,
             She was as white as the lily flower,
                 Hey troul, troly loly.
             With that came out her own dear knight,
             He was as true as ever did fight," &c.

_Enter_ LUCE _and_ JASPER.

Sir, if you will forgive 'em, clap their hands together, there's no more
to be said i' th' matter.

_Merch._ I do, I do!

_Cit._ I do not like this. Peace, boys, hear me one of you, everybody's
part is come to an end but Ralph's, and he's left out.

_Boy._ 'Tis long of yourself, sir, we have nothing to do with his part.

_Cit._ Ralph, come away, make on him as you have done of the rest, boys,
come.

_Wife_. Now, good husband, let him come out and die.

_Cit._ He shall, Nell; Ralph, come away quickly and die, boy.

_Boy._ 'Twill be very unfit he should die, sir, upon no occasion, and in
a comedy too.

_Cit._ Take you no care for that, Sir Boy; is not his part at an end,
think you, when he's dead? Come away, Ralph.

_Enter_ RALPH _with a forked arrow through his head._

    _Ralph._ When I was mortal, this my costive corps
    Did lap up figs and raisins in the Strand,
    Where sitting, I espy'd a lovely dame,
    Whose master wrought with lingel and with awl,
    And underground he vampéd many a boot.
    Straight did her love prick forth me, tender sprig,
    To follow feats of arms in warlike wise,
    Through Waltham Desert; where I did perform
    Many achievements, and did lay on ground
    Huge Barbaroso, that insulting giant,
    And all his captives soon set at liberty.
    Then honour prick'd me from my native soil
    Into Moldavia, where I gain'd the love
    Of Pompiana, his beloved daughter;
    But yet prov'd constant to the black-thumbed maid
    Susan, and scornéd Pompiana's love.
    Yet liberal I was, and gave her pins,
    And money for her father's officers.
    I then returnéd home, and thrust myself
    In action, and by all men chosen was
    The Lord of May, where I did flourish it,
    With scarfs and rings, and posie in my hand.
    After this action I preferréd was,
    And chosen City Captain at Mile End,
    With hat and feather, and with leading staff,
    And train'd my men, and brought them all off clean,
    Save one man that berayed him with the noise.
    But all these things I, Ralph, did undertake,
    Only for my belovéd Susan's sake.
    Then coming home, and sitting in my shop
    With apron blue, Death came unto my stall
    To cheapen aquavitæ, but ere I
    Could take the bottle down, and fill a taste,
    Death caught a pound of pepper in his hand,
    And sprinkled all my face and body o'er,
    And in an instant vanishéd away.

    _Cit._ 'Tis a pretty fiction, i'faith.

    _Ralph._ Then took I up my bow and shaft in hand,
    And walkéd in Moorfields to cool myself,
    But there grim cruel Death met me again,
    And shot his forkéd arrow through my head.
    And now I faint; therefore be warn'd by me,
    My fellows every one, of forkéd heads.
    Farewell, all you good boys in merry London,
    Ne'er shall we more upon Shrove Tuesday meet,
    And pluck down houses of iniquity.
    My pain increaseth: I shall never more
    When clubs are cried be brisk upon my legs,
    Nor daub a satin gown with rotten eggs.
    Set up a stake, oh never more I shall;
    I die! Fly, fly, my soul, to Grocers Hall! Oh, oh, oh, &c.

_Wife._ Well said, Ralph, do your obeisance to the gentlemen, and go your
ways. Well said, Ralph.

                                                 [_Exit_ RALPH.

_Old Mer._ Methinks all we, thus kindly and unexpectedly reconciled,
should not part without a song.

_Merch._ A good motion.

_Old Mer._ Strike up, then.

SONG.

    Better music ne'er was known,
    Than a quire of hearts in one.
    Let each other, that hath been
    Troubled with the gall or spleen,
    Learn of us to keep his brow
    Smooth and plain, as yours are now.
    Sing though before the hour of dying,
    He shall rise, and then be crying
    Heyho, 'tis nought but mirth
    That keeps the body from the earth.        [_Exeunt omnes._


EPILOGUS.

_Cit._ Come, Nell, shall we go? The play's done.

_Wife._ Nay, by my faith, George, I have more manners than so, I'll speak
to these gentlemen first. I thank you all, gentlemen, for your patience
and countenance to Ralph, a poor fatherless child, and if I may see you
at my house, it should go hard but I would have a pottle of wine, and a
pipe of tobacco for you, for truly I hope you like the youth, but I would
be glad to know the truth. I refer it to your own discretions, whether
you will applaud him or no, for I will wink, and whilst, you shall do
what you will.--I thank you with all my heart: God give you good night.
Come, George.



THE REHEARSAL.


DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

    BAYES.
    JOHNSON.
    SMITH.
    _Two Kings of Brentford_.
    PRINCE PRETTYMAN.
    PRINCE VOLSCIUS.
    _Gentleman-Usher_.
    _Physician_.
    DRAWCANSIR.
    _General_.
    _Lieutenant-General_.
    CORDELIO.
    TOM THIMBLE.
    _Fisherman_.
    _Sun_.
    _Thunder_.
    _Players_.
    _Soldiers_.
    _Two Heralds_.
    _Four Cardinals_.        }
    _Mayor_.                 } Mutes
    _Judges_                 }
    _Serjeant-at-Arms_.      }
    AMARYLLIS.
    CLORIS.
    PARTHENOPE.
    PALLAS.
    _Lightning_.
    _Moon_.
    _Earth_.
    Attendants of Men and Women.

    SCENE.--BRENTFORD.


PROLOGUE.

    We might well call this short mock-play of ours,
    A posy made of weeds instead of flowers;
    Yet such have been presented to your noses,
    And there are such, I fear, who thought 'em roses.
    Would some of 'em were here, to see, this night,
    What stuff it is in which they took delight.
    Here brisk insipid rogues, for wit, let fall
    Sometimes dull sense; but oft'ner none at all.
    There, strutting heroes, with a grim-fac'd train,
    Shall brave the gods, in King Cambyses' vein.
    For (changing rules, of late, as if man writ
    In spite of reason, nature, art and wit)
    Our poets make us laugh at tragedy,
    And with their comedies they make us cry.
    Now critics, do your worst, that here are met;
    For, like a rook, I have hedg'd in my bet.
    If you approve, I shall assume the state
    Of those high-flyers whom I imitate:
    And justly too, for I will teach you more
    Than ever they would let you know before.
    I will not only show the feats they do,
    But give you all their reasons for 'em too.
    Some honour may to me from hence arise;
    But if, by my endeavours you grow wise,
    And what you once so prais'd, shall now despise;
    Then I'll cry out, swell'd with poetic rage,
    'Tis I, John Lacy, have reform'd your stage.

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ACT I.--SCENE I.

JOHNSON _and_ SMITH.

_Johns._ Honest Frank! I am glad to see thee with all my heart: how long
hast thou been in town?

_Smith._ Faith, not above an hour: and, if I had not met you here, I
had gone to look you out; for I long to talk with you freely of all the
strange new things we have heard in the country.

_Johns._ And, by my troth, I have long'd as much to laugh with you at all
the impertinent, dull, fantastical things, we are tired out with here.

_Smith._ Dull and fantastical! that's an excellent composition. Pray,
what are our men of business doing?

_Johns._ I ne'er inquire after 'em. Thou knowest my humour lies another
way. I love to please myself as much, and to trouble others as little as
I can; and therefore do naturally avoid the company of those solemn fops,
who, being incapable of reason, and insensible of wit and pleasure, are
always looking grave, and troubling one another, in hopes to be thought
men of business.

_Smith._ Indeed, I have ever observed, that your grave lookers are the
dullest of men.

_Johns._ Ay, and of birds and beasts too: your gravest bird is an owl,
and your gravest beast is an ass.

_Smith._ Well: but how dost thou pass thy time?

_Johns._ Why, as I used to do; eat, drink as well as I can, have a friend
to chat with in the afternoon, and sometimes see a play; where there are
such things, Frank, such hideous, monstrous things, that it has almost
made me forswear the stage, and resolve to apply myself to the solid
nonsense of your men of business, as the more ingenious pastime.

_Smith._ I have heard, indeed, you have had lately many new plays; and
our country wits commend 'em.

_Johns._ Ay, so do some of our city wits too; but they are of the new
kind of wits.

_Smith._ New kind! what kind is that?

_Johns._ Why, your virtuousi; your civil persons, your drolls; fellows
that scorn to imitate nature; but are given altogether to elevate and
surprise.

_Smith._ Elevate and surprise! prithee, make me understand the meaning of
that.

_Johns._ Nay, by my troth, that's a hard matter: I don't understand
that myself. 'Tis a phrase they have got among them, to express their
no-meaning by. I'll tell you, as near as I can, what it is. Let me see;
'tis fighting, loving, sleeping, rhyming, dying, dancing, singing,
crying; and everything, but thinking and sense.

MR. BAYES _passes over the stage_.

_Bayes._ Your most obsequious, and most observant, very servant, sir.

_Johns._ Odso, this is an author. I'll go fetch him to you.

_Smith._ No, prithee let him alone.

_Johns._ Nay, by the Lord, I'll have him. [_Goes after him._ Here he is;
I have caught him. Pray, sir, now for my sake, will you do a favour to
this friend of mine?

_Bayes._ Sir, it is not within my small capacity to do favours, but
receive 'em; especially from a person that does wear the honourable title
you are pleased to impose, sir, upon this--sweet sir, your servant.

_Smith._ Your humble servant, sir.

_Johns._ But wilt thou do me a favour, now?

_Bayes._ Ay, sir, what is't?

_Johns._ Why, to tell him the meaning of thy last play.

_Bayes._ How, sir, the meaning? Do you mean the plot?

_Johns._ Ay, ay; anything.

_Bayes._ Faith, sir, the intrigo's now quite out of my head; but I have
a new one in my pocket that I may say is a virgin; it has never yet been
blown upon. I must tell you one thing: 'tis all new wit, and, though I
say it, a better than my last; and you know well enough how that took.
In fine, it shall read, and write, and act, and plot, and show, ay, and
pit, box, and gallery, egad, with any play in Europe.[1] This morning is
its last rehearsal, in their habits, and all that, as it is to be acted;
and if you and your friend will do it but the honour to see it in its
virgin attire; though, perhaps, it may blush, I shall not be ashamed to
discover its nakedness unto you. I think it is in this pocket. [_Puts his
hand in his pocket._

_Johns._ Sir, I confess I am not able to answer you in this new way;
but if you please to lead, I shall be glad to follow you, and I hope my
friend will do so too.

_Smith._ Sir, I have no business so considerable as should keep me from
your company.

_Bayes._ Yes, here it is. No, cry you mercy: this is my book of Drama
Commonplaces, the mother of many other plays.

_Johns._ Drama Commonplaces! pray what's that?

_Bayes._ Why, sir, some certain helps that we men of art have found it
convenient to make use of.

_Smith._ How, sir, helps for wit?

_Bayes._ Ay, sir, that's my position. And I do here aver that no man yet
the sun e'er shone upon has parts sufficient to furnish out a stage,
except it were by the help of these my rules.[2]

_Johns._ What are those rules, I pray?

_Bayes._ Why, sir, my first rule is the rule of transversion, or Regula
Duplex; changing verse into prose, or prose into verse, _alternativè_ as
you please.

_Smith._ Well; but how is this done by a rule, sir?

_Bayes._ Why thus, sir; nothing so easy when understood. I take a book in
my hand, either at home or elsewhere, for that's all one; if there be any
wit in't, as there is no book but has some, I transverse it; that is, if
it be prose, put it into verse (but that takes up some time), and if it
be verse, put it into prose.

_Johns._ Methinks, Mr. Bayes, that putting verse into prose should be
called transprosing.

_Bayes._ By my troth, sir, 'tis a very good notion; and hereafter it
shall be so.

_Smith._ Well, sir, and what d'ye do with it then?

_Bayes._ Make it my own. 'Tis so changed that no man can know it. My next
rule is the rule of record, by way of table-book. Pray observe.

_Johns._ We hear you, sir; go on.

_Bayes._ As thus. I come into a coffee-house, or some other place where
witty men resort, I make as if I minded nothing; do you mark? but as soon
as any one speaks, pop I slap it down, and make that too my own.

_Johns._ But, Mr. Bayes, are you not sometimes in danger of their making
you restore, by force, what you have gotten thus by art?

_Bayes._ No, sir; the world's unmindful: they never take notice of these
things.

_Smith._ But pray, Mr. Bayes, among all your other rules, have you no one
rule for invention?

_Bayes._ Yes, sir, that's my third rule that I have here in my pocket.

_Smith._ What rule can that be, I wonder?

_Bayes._ Why, sir, when I have anything to invent, I never trouble my
head about it, as other men do; but presently turn over this book,
and there I have, at one view, all that Persius, Montaigne, Seneca's
Tragedies, Horace, Juvenal, Claudian, Pliny, Plutarch's Lives, and the
rest, have ever thought upon this subject: and so, in a trice, by leaving
out a few words, or putting in others of my own, the business is done.

_Johns._ Indeed, Mr. Bayes, this is as sure and compendious a way of wit
as ever I heard of.

_Bayes._ Sir, if you make the least scruples of the efficacy of these my
rules, do but come to the playhouse, and you shall judge of 'em by the
effects.

_Smith._ We'll follow you, sir. [_Exeunt._

_Enter three_ PLAYERS _on the stage_.

_1st Play._ Have you your part perfect?

_2nd Play._ Yes, I have it without book; but I don't understand how it is
to be spoken.

_3rd Play._ And mine is such a one, as I can't guess for my life what
humour I'm to be in; whether angry, melancholy, merry, or in love. I
don't know what to make on't.

_1st Play._ Phoo! the author will be here presently, and he'll tell us
all. You must know, this is the new way of writing, and these hard things
please forty times better than the old plain way. For, look you, sir,
the grand design upon the stage is to keep the auditors in suspense; for
to guess presently at the plot, and the sense, tires them before the end
of the first act: now here, every line surprises you, and brings in new
matter. And then, for scenes, clothes, and dances, we put quite down all
that ever went before us; and those are the things, you know, that are
essential to a play.

_2nd Play._ Well, I am not of thy mind; but, so it gets us money, 'tis no
great matter.

_Enter_ BAYES, JOHNSON, _and_ SMITH.

_Bayes._ Come, come in, gentlemen. You're very welcome, Mr.--a--. Ha' you
your part ready?

_1st Play._ Yes, sir.

_Bayes._ But do you understand the true humour of it?

_1st Play._ Ay, sir, pretty well.

_Bayes._ And Amaryllis, how does she do? does not her armour become her?

_3rd Play._ Oh, admirably!

_Bayes._ I'll tell you now a pretty conceit. What do you think I'll make
'em call her anon, in this play?

_Smith._ What, I pray?

_Bayes._ Why, I make 'em call her Armaryllis, because of her armour: ha,
ha, ha!

_Johns._ That will be very well indeed.

_Bayes._ Ay, 'tis a pretty little rogue; but--a--come, let's sit down.
Look you, sirs, the chief hinge of this play, upon which the whole
plot moves and turns, and that causes the variety of all the several
accidents, which, you know, are the things in nature that make up the
grand refinement of a play, is, that I suppose two kings of the same
place; as for example, at Brentford, for I love to write familiarly. Now
the people having the same relations to 'em both, the same affections,
the same duty, the same obedience, and all that, are divided among
themselves in point of devoir and interest, how to behave themselves
equally between 'em: these kings differing sometimes in particular;
though, in the main, they agree. (I know not whether I make myself well
understood.)

_Johns._ I did not observe you, sir: pray say that again.

_Bayes._ Why, look you, sir (nay, I beseech you be a little curious in
taking notice of this, or else you'll never understand my notion of
the thing), the people being embarrass'd by their equal ties to both,
and the sovereigns concern'd in a reciprocal regard, as well to their
own interest, as the good of the people, make a certain kind of a--you
understand me--upon which, there do arise several disputes, turmoils,
heart-burnings, and all that--in fine, you'll apprehend it better when
you see it.

                                  [_Exit, to call the Players._

_Smith._ I find the author will be very much obliged to the players, if
they can make any sense out of this.

_Enter_ BAYES.

_Bayes._ Now, gentlemen, I would fain ask your opinion of one thing.
I have made a prologue and an epilogue, which may both serve for
either; that is, the prologue for the epilogue, or the epilogue for the
prologue;[3] (do you mark?) nay, they may both serve too, egad, for any
other play as well as this.

_Smith._ Very well; that's indeed artificial.

_Bayes._ And I would fain ask your judgments, now, which of them would
do best for the prologue? for, you must know there is, in nature, but
two ways of making very good prologues: the one is by civility, by
insinuation, good language, and all that, to--a--in a manner, steal your
plaudit from the courtesy of the auditors: the other, by making use of
some certain personal things, which may keep a hank upon such censuring
persons, as cannot otherways, egad, in nature, be hindered from being
too free with their tongues. To which end, my first prologue is, that I
come out in a long black veil, and a great huge hangman behind me, with a
furr'd cap, and his sword drawn; and there tell 'em plainly, that if out
of good-nature, they will not like my play, egad, I'll e'en kneel down,
and he shall cut my head off. Whereupon they all clapping--a--

_Smith._ Ay, but suppose they don't.

_Bayes._ Suppose! sir, you may suppose what you please; I have nothing
to do with your suppose, sir; nor am at all mortified at it; not at all,
sir; egad, not one jot, sir. Suppose, quoth-a!--ha, ha, ha! [_Walks away._

_Johns._ Phoo! prithee, Bayes, don't mind what he says; he is a fellow
newly come out of the country, he knows nothing of what's the relish,
here, of the town.

_Bayes._ If I writ, sir, to please the country, I should have follow'd
the old plain way; but I write for some persons of quality, and peculiar
friends of mine, that understand what flame and power in writing is; and
they do me the right, sir, to approve of what I do.

_Johns._ Ay, ay, they will clap, I warrant you; never fear it.

_Bayes._ I'm sure the design's good; that cannot be denied. And then,
for language, egad, I defy 'em all, in nature, to mend it. Besides, sir,
I have printed above a hundred sheets of paper to insinuate the plot
into the boxes;[4] and, withal, have appointed two or three dozen of my
friends to be ready in the pit, who, I'm sure, will clap, and so the
rest, you know, must follow; and then, pray, sir, what becomes of your
suppose? Ha, ha, ha!

_Johns._ Nay, if the business be so well laid, it cannot miss.

_Bayes._ I think so, sir; and therefore would choose this to be the
prologue. For, if I could engage 'em to clap, before they see the play,
you know it would be so much the better; because then they were engag'd;
for let a man write ever so well, there are, now-a-days, a sort of
persons they call critics, that, egad, have no more wit in them than so
many hobby-horses; but they'll laugh at you, sir, and find fault, and
censure things that, egad, I'm sure, they are not able to do themselves.
A sort of envious persons that emulate the glories of persons of parts,
and think to build their fame by calumniating of persons[5] that, egad,
to my knowledge, of all persons in the world, are, in nature, the persons
that do as much despise all that as--a-- In fine, I'll say no more of 'em.

_Johns._ Nay, you have said enough of 'em, in all conscience; I'm sure
more than they'll e'er be able to answer.

_Bayes._ Why, I'll tell you, sir, sincerely and _bonâ fide_, were it not
for the sake of some ingenious persons and choice female spirits, that
have a value for me, I would see 'em all hang'd, egad, before I would
e'er more set pen to paper, but let 'em live in ignorance like ingrates.

_Johns._ Ay, marry! that were a way to be reveng'd of 'em indeed; and, if
I were in your place, now, I would do so.

_Bayes._ No, sir; there are certain ties upon me that I cannot be
disengag'd from;[6] otherwise, I would. But pray, sir, how do you like my
hangman?

_Smith._ By my troth, sir, I should like him very well.

_Bayes._ By how do you like it, sir? (for, I see, you can judge) would
you have it for a prologue, or the epilogue?

_Johns._ Faith, sir, 'tis so good, let it e'en serve for both.

_Bayes._ No, no; that won't do. Besides, I have made another.

_Johns._ What other, sir?

_Bayes._ Why, sir, my other is Thunder and Lightning.

_Johns._ That's greater; I'd rather stick to that.

_Bayes._ Do you think so? I'll tell you then; tho' there have been many
witty prologues written of late, yet, I think, you'll say this is a _non
pareillo_: I'm sure nobody has hit upon it yet. For here, sir, I make
my prologue to be a dialogue; and as, in my first, you see, I strive to
oblige the auditors by civility, by good nature, good language, and all
that; so, in this, by the other way, _in terrorem_, I choose for the
persons Thunder and Lightning. Do you apprehend the conceit?

_Johns._ Phoo, phoo! then you have it cock-sure. They'll be hang'd before
they'll dare affront an author that has 'em at that lock.

_Bayes._ I have made, too, one of the most delicate dainty similes in the
whole world, egad, if I knew but how to apply it.

_Smith._ Let's hear it, I pray you.

    _Bayes._ 'Tis an allusion to love.
             [7]"So boar and sow, when any storm is nigh,
              Snuff up, and smell it gath'ring in the sky;
              Boar beckons sow to trot in chestnut-groves,
              And there consummate their unfinish'd loves:
              Pensive in mud they wallow all alone,
              And snore and gruntle to each other's moan."

    How do you like it now, ha?

_Johns._ Faith, 'tis extraordinary fine; and very applicable to Thunder
and Lightning, methinks, because it speaks of a storm.

_Bayes._ Egad, and so it does, now I think on't: Mr. Johnson, I thank
you; and I'll put it in _profecto_. Come out, Thunder and Lightning.

_Enter_ THUNDER _and_ LIGHTNING.

_Thun._ I am the bold Thunder.

_Bayes._ Mr. Cartwright, prithee speak that a little louder, and with a
hoarse voice. I am the bold _Thunder_: pshaw! speak it me in a voice that
thunders it out indeed: I am the bold _Thunder_.

    _Thun._ I am the bold _Thunder_.[8]

    _Light._ The brisk Lightning, I.

    _Bayes._ Nay, you must be quick and nimble.
    The brisk _Lightning_, I. That's my meaning.

    _Thun._ I am the bravest Hector of the sky.

    _Light._ And I fair Helen, that made Hector die.

    _Thun._ I strike men down.

    _Light._ I fire the town.

    _Thun._ Let critics take heed how they grumble,
    For then begin I for to rumble.

    _Light._ Let the ladies allow us their graces,
    Or I'll blast all the paint on their faces,
    And dry up their petre to soot.

    _Thun._ Let the critics look to't.

    _Light._ Let the ladies look to't.[9]

    _Thun._ For Thunder will do't.

    _Light._ For Lightning will shoot.

    _Thun._ I'll give you dash for dash.

    _Light._ I'll give you flash for flash.
    Gallants, I'll singe your feather.

    _Thun._ I'll thunder you together.

_Both._ Look to't, look to't; we'll do't, we'll do't. Look to't, we'll
do't.

                                   [_Twice or thrice repeated._
                                                [_Exeunt ambo._

_Bayes._ There's no more. 'Tis but a flash of a prologue: a droll.

_Smith._ Yes, 'tis short indeed; but very terrible.

_Bayes._ Ay, when the simile's in, it will do to a miracle, egad. Come,
come, begin the play.

_Enter_ FIRST PLAYER.

_1st Play._ Sir, Mr. Ivory is not come yet; but he'll be here presently,
he's but two doors off.[10]

_Bayes._ Come then, gentlemen, let's go out and take a pipe of tobacco.

                                                     [_Exeunt._

       *       *       *       *       *


ACT II.--SCENE I.

BAYES, JOHNSON, _and_ SMITH.

_Bayes._ Now, sir, because I'll do nothing here that ever was done
before, instead of beginning with a scene that discovers something of the
plot, I begin this play with a whisper.[11]

_Smith._ Umph! very new indeed.

_Bayes._ Come, take your seats. Begin, sirs.

_Enter_ GENTLEMAN-USHER _and_ PHYSICIAN.

_Phys._ Sir, by your habit, I should guess you to be the Gentleman-usher
of this sumptuous place.

_Ush._ And by your gait and fashion, I should almost suspect you rule
the healths of both our noble kings, under the notion of Physician.

_Phys._ You hit my function right.

_Ush._ And you mine.

_Phys._ Then let's embrace.

_Ush._ Come.

_Phys._ Come.

_Johns._ Pray, sir, who are those so very civil persons?

_Bayes._ Why, sir, the gentleman-usher and physician of the two kings of
Brentford.

_Johns._ But, pray then, how comes it to pass, that they know one another
no better?

_Bayes._ Phoo! that's for the better carrying on of the plot.

_Johns._ Very well.

_Phys._ Sir, to conclude.

_Smith._ What, before he begins?

_Bayes._ No, sir, you must know they had been talking of this a pretty
while without.

_Smith._ Where? in the tyring-room?

_Bayes._ Why, ay, sir. He's so dull! come, speak again.

_Phys._ Sir, to conclude, the place you fill has more than amply exacted
the talents of a wary pilot; and all these threat'ning storms, which,
like impregnate clouds, hover o'er our heads, will (when they once are
grasped but by the eye of reason) melt into fruitful showers of blessings
on the people.

_Bayes._ Pray mark that allegory. Is not that good?

_Johns._ Yes, that grasping of a storm with the eye is admirable.

    _Phys._ But yet some rumours great are stirring; and if Lorenzo
    should prove false (which none but the great gods can tell), you
    then perhaps would find that----               [_Whispers._

    _Bayes._ Now he whispers.

    _Ush._ Alone do you say?

    _Phys._ No, attended with the noble----        [_Whispers._

    _Bayes._ Again.

    _Ush._ Who, he in grey?

    _Phys._ Yes, and at the head of----            [_Whispers._

    _Bayes._ Pray mark.

    _Ush._ Then, sir, most certain 'twill in time appear,
    These are the reasons that have mov'd him to't;
    First, he----                                  [_Whispers._

    _Bayes._ Now the other whispers.

    _Ush._ Secondly, they----                      [_Whispers._

    _Bayes._ At it still.

    _Ush._ Thirdly, and lastly, both he and they---- [_Whispers._

_Bayes._ Now they both whisper. [_Exeunt whispering._ Now, gentlemen,
pray tell me true, and without flattery, is not this a very odd beginning
of a play?

_Johns._ In troth, I think it is, sir. But why two kings of the same
place?

_Bayes._ Why, because it's new, and that's it I aim at. I despise your
Jonson and Beaumont, that borrowed all they writ from nature: I am for
fetching it purely out of my own fancy, I.

_Smith._ But what think you of Sir John Suckling?

_Bayes._ By gad, I am a better poet than he.

_Smith._ Well, sir, but pray why all this whispering?

_Bayes._ Why, sir (besides that it is new, as I told you before), because
they are supposed to be politicians, and matters of state ought not to be
divulg'd.

_Smith._ But then, sir, why----

_Bayes._ Sir, if you'll but respite your curiosity till the end of the
fifth act, you'll find it a piece of patience not ill recompensed.

[_Goes to the door._

_Johns._ How dost thou like this, Frank? Is it not just as I told thee?

_Smith._ Why, I never did before this see anything in nature, and all
that (as Mr. Bayes says) so foolish, but I could give some guess at what
moved the fop to do it; but this, I confess, does go beyond my reach.

_Johns._ It is all alike; Mr. Wintershull[12] has informed me of this
play already. And I'll tell thee, Frank, thou shalt not see one scene
here worth one farthing, or like anything thou canst imagine has ever
been the practice of the world. And then, when he comes to what he calls
good language, it is, as I told thee, very fantastical, most abominably
dull, and not one word to the purpose.

_Smith._ It does surprise me, I'm sure, very much.

_Johns._ Ay, but it won't do so long: by that time thou hast seen a play
or two, that I'll show thee, thou wilt be pretty well acquainted with
this new kind of foppery.

_Smith._ Plague on't, but there's no pleasure in him: he's too gross a
fool to be laugh'd at.

_Enter_ BAYES.

_Johns._ I'll swear, Mr. Bayes, you have done this scene most admirably;
tho' I must tell you, sir, it is a very difficult matter to pen a whisper
well.

_Bayes._ Ay, gentlemen, when you come to write yourselves, on my word,
you'll find it so.

_Johns._ Have a care of what you say, Mr. Bayes; for Mr. Smith there, I
assure you, has written a great many fine things already.

_Bayes._ Has he, i'fackins? why then pray, sir, how do you do when you
write?

_Smith._ Faith, sir, for the most part, I am in pretty good health.

_Bayes._ Ay, but I mean, what do you do when you write?

_Smith._ I take pen, ink, and paper, and sit down.

_Bayes._ Now I write standing; that's one thing; and then another thing
is, with what do you prepare yourself?

_Smith._ Prepare myself! what the devil does the fool mean?

_Bayes._ Why, I'll tell you, now, what I do. If I am to write familiar
things, as sonnets to Armida, and the like, I make use of stew'd prunes
only: but, when I have a grand design in hand, I ever take physic, and
let blood; for, when you would have pure swiftness of thought, and fiery
flights of fancy, you must have a care of the pensive part. In fine, you
must purge the stomach.

_Smith._ By my troth, sir, this is a most admirable receipt for writing.

_Bayes._ Ay, 'tis my secret; and, in good earnest, I think one of the
best I have.

_Smith._ In good faith, sir, and that may very well be.

_Bayes._ May be, sir? Egad, I'm sure on't: _Experto crede Roberto._ But I
must give you this caution by the way, be sure you never take snuff,[13]
when you write.

_Smith._ Why so, sir?

_Bayes._ Why, it spoil'd me once, egad, one of the sparkishest plays in
all England. But a friend of mine, at Gresham College, has promised to
help me to some spirit of brains, and, egad, that shall do my business.


SCENE II.

_Enter the two_ KINGS, _hand in hand_.

_Bayes._ Oh, these are now the two kings of Brentford; take notice of
their style, 'twas never yet upon the stage: but if you like it, I could
make a shift perhaps to show you a whole play, writ all just so.

_1st King._ Did you observe their whispers, brother king?

    _2nd King._ I did, and heard, besides, a grave bird sing,
    That they intend, sweetheart, to play us pranks.

_Bayes._ This is now familiar, because they are both persons of the same
quality.

_Smith._ S'death, this would make a man sick.

    _1st King._ If that design appears,
              I'll lug them by the ears,
              Until I make 'em crack.

_2nd King._ And so will I, i'fack.

_1st King._ You must begin, _Ma foy_.

_2nd King._ Sweet sir, _Pardonnez moy_.

_Bayes._ Mark that; I make 'em both speak French, to show their breeding.

_Johns._ Oh, 'tis extraordinary fine!

    _2nd King._ Then spite of fate, we'll thus combined stand,
                     And, like two brothers, walk still hand in hand.
                                               [_Exeunt Reges._

_Johns._ This is a majestic scene indeed.

_Bayes._ Ay, 'tis a crust, a lasting crust for your rogue-critics, egad:
I would fain see the proudest of 'em all but dare to nibble at this;
egad, if they do, this shall rub their gums for 'em, I promise you. It
was I, you must know, that have written a whole play just in this very
same style; it was never acted yet.

_Johns._ How so?

_Bayes._ Egad, I can hardly tell you for laughing: ha, ha, ha! it is so
pleasant a story: ha, ha, ha!

_Smith._ What is't?

_Bayes._ Egad, the players refuse to act it. Ha, ha, ha!

_Smith._ That's impossible!

_Bayes._ Egad, they did it, sir; point-blank refus'd it, egad, ha, ha, ha!

_Johns._ Fie, that was rude.

_Bayes._ Rude! ay, egad, they are the rudest, uncivillest persons, and
all that, in the whole world, egad. Egad, there's no living with 'em.
I have written, Mr. Johnson, I do verily believe, a whole cartload of
things, every whit as good as this; and yet, I vow to gad, these insolent
rascals have turn'd 'em all back upon my hands again.

_Johns._ Strange fellows indeed!

_Smith._ But pray, Mr. Bayes, how came these two kings to know of this
whisper? for, as I remember, they were not present at it.

_Bayes._ No, but that's the actors' fault, and not mine; for the two
kings should (a plague take 'em) have popp'd both their heads in at the
door, just as the other went off.

_Smith._ That indeed would have done it.

_Bayes._ Done it! ay, egad, these fellows are able to spoil the best
things in Christendom. I'll tell you, Mr. Johnson, I vow to gad, I have
been so highly disoblig'd by the peremptoriness of these fellows, that
I'm resolved hereafter to bend my thoughts wholly for the service of the
nursery, and mump your proud players, egad. So, now Prince Prettyman
comes in, and falls asleep, making love to his mistress; which you know
was a grand intrigue in a late play, written by a very honest gentleman,
a knight.[14]


SCENE III.

_Enter_ PRINCE PRETTYMAN.

    _Pret._ How strange a captive am I grown of late!
    Shall I accuse my love, or blame my fate!
    My love, I cannot; that is too divine:
    And against fate what mortal dares repine?[15]

_Enter_ CHLORIS.

    But here she comes.
    Sure 'tis some blazing comet! is it not!      [_Lies down._

    _Bayes._ Blazing comet! mark that, egad, very fine!

    _Pret._ But I am so surpris'd with sleep, I cannot speak the
    rest.                                            [_Sleeps._

_Bayes._ Does not that, now, surprise you, to fall asleep in the nick?
his spirits exhale with the heat of his passion, and all that, and swop
he falls asleep, as you see. Now here she must make a simile.

_Smith._ Where's the necessity of that, Mr. Bayes?

_Bayes._ Because she's surpris'd. That's a general rule; you must ever
make a simile when you are surpris'd; 'tis the new way of writing.

    _Cloris._[16] As some tall pine, which we on Ætna find
    T' have stood the rage of many a boist'rous wind,
    Feeling without that flames within do play,
    Which would consume his root and sap away;
    He spreads his worsted arms unto the skies,
    Silently grieves, all pale, repines and dies:
    So shrouded up, your bright eye disappears.
    Break forth, bright scorching sun, and dry my tears.
                                                       [_Exit._

_Johns._ Mr. Bayes, methinks this simile wants a little application too.

_Bayes._ No, faith; for it alludes to passion, to consuming, to dying,
and all that; which, you know, are the natural effects of an amour. But
I'm afraid this scene has made you sad; for, I must confess, when I writ
it, I wept myself.

_Smith._ No truly, sir, my spirits are almost exhal'd too, and I am
likelier to fall asleep.

PRINCE PRETTYMAN _starts up, and says_--

    _Pret._ It is resolved!                            [_Exit._

_Bayes._ That's all.

_Smith._ Mr. Bayes, may one be so bold as to ask you one question, now,
and you not be angry?

_Bayes._ O Lord, sir, you may ask me anything; what you please; I vow to
gad, you do me a great deal of honour: you do not know me, if you say
that, sir.

_Smith._ Then pray, sir, what is it that this prince here has resolved in
his sleep?

_Bayes._ Why, I must confess, that question is well enough asked, for one
that is not acquainted with this new way of writing. But you must know,
sir, that to outdo all my fellow-writers, whereas they keep their intrigo
secret, till the very last scene before the dance; I now, sir (do you
mark me?)--a--

_Smith._ Begin the play, and end it, without ever opening the plot at all?

_Bayes._ I do so, that's the very plain truth on't: ha, ha, ha! I do,
egad. If they cannot find it out themselves, e'en let 'em alone for
Bayes, I warrant you. But here, now, is a scene of business: pray observe
it; for I dare say you'll think it no unwise discourse this, nor ill
argued. To tell you true, 'tis a discourse I overheard once betwixt two
grand, sober, governing persons.


SCENE IV.

_Enter_ GENTLEMAN-USHER _and_ PHYSICIAN.

_Ush._ Come, sir; let's state the matter of fact, and lay our heads
together.

_Phys._ Right; lay our heads together. I love to be merry sometimes; but
when a knotty point comes, I lay my head close to it, with a snuff-box in
my hand; and then I fegue it away, i'faith.

_Bayes._ I do just so, egad, always.

_Ush._ The grand question is, whether they heard us whisper? which I
divide thus.

_Phys._ Yes, it must be divided so indeed.

_Smith._ That's very complaisant, I swear, Mr. Bayes, to be of another
man's opinion, before he knows what it is.

_Bayes._ Nay, I bring in none here but well-bred persons, I assure you.

_Ush._ I divide the question into when they heard, what they heard, and
whether they heard or no.

_Johns._ Most admirably divided, I swear!

_Ush._ As to the when; you say, just now: so that is answer'd. Then, as
for what; why, that answers itself; for what could they hear, but what
we talk'd of? so that, naturally, and of necessity, we come to the last
question, _videlicet_, whether they heard or no.

_Smith._ This is a very wise scene, Mr. Bayes.

_Bayes._ Ay, you have it right; they are both politicians.

_Ush._ Pray, then, to proceed in method, let me ask you that question.

_Phys._ No, you'll answer better; pray let me ask it you.

_Ush._ Your will must be a law.

_Phys._ Come, then, what is't I must ask?

_Smith._ This politician, I perceive, Mr. Bayes, has somewhat a short
memory.

_Bayes._ Why, sir, you must know, that t'other is the main politician,
and this is but his pupil.

_Ush._ You must ask me whether they heard us whisper.

_Phys._ Well, I do so.

_Ush._ Say it then.

_Smith._ Heyday! here's the bravest work that ever I saw.

_Johns._ This is mighty methodical.

_Bayes._ Ay, sir; that's the way; 'tis the way of art; there is no other
way, egad, in business.

_Phys._ Did they hear us whisper?

_Ush._ Why, truly, I can't tell; there's much to be said upon the word
whisper: to whisper in Latin is _susurrare_, which is as much as to
say, to speak softly; now, if they heard us speak softly, they heard us
whisper; but then comes in the _quomodo_, the _how_; how did they hear
us whisper? why as to that, there are two ways: the one, by chance or
accident; the other, on purpose; that is, with design to hear us whisper.

_Phys._ Nay, if they heard us that way, I'll never give them physic more.

_Ush._ Nor I e'er more will walk abroad before 'em.

_Bayes._ Pray mark this, for a great deal depends upon it, towards the
latter end of the play.

_Smith._ I suppose that's the reason why you brought in this scene, Mr.
Bayes.

_Bayes._ Partly, it was, sir; but I confess I was not unwilling, besides,
to show the world a pattern, here, how men should talk of business.

_Johns._ You have done it exceeding well indeed.

_Bayes._ Yes, I think this will do.

_Phys._ Well, if they heard us whisper, they will turn us out, and nobody
else will take us.

_Smith._ Not for politicians, I dare answer for it.

    _Phys._ Let's then no more ourselves in vain bemoan:
    We are not safe until we them unthrone.

    _Ush._ 'Tis right:
    And, since occasion now seems debonair,
    I'll seize on this, and you shall take that chair.

[_They draw their swords, and sit in the two great chairs upon the stage._

_Bayes._ There's now an odd surprise; the whole state's turned quite
topsy-turvy, without any pother or stir in the whole world, egad.[17]

_Johns._ A very silent change of government, truly, as ever I heard of.

_Bayes._ It is so. And yet you shall see me bring 'em in again,
by-and-by, in as odd a way every jot.

[_The Usurpers march out, flourishing their swords._

_Enter_ SHIRLY.

    _Shir._ Heyho! heyho! what a change is here! heyday, heyday!
    I know not what to do, nor what to say.[18]        [_Exit._

_Johns._ Mr. Bayes, in my opinion, now, that gentleman might have said
a little more upon this occasion.

_Bayes._ No, sir, not at all; for I underwrit his part on purpose to set
off the rest.

_Johns._ Cry you mercy, sir.

_Smith._ But pray, sir, how came they to depose the kings so easily?

_Bayes._ Why, sir, you must know, they long had a design to do it before;
but never could put it in practice till now: and to tell you true, that's
one reason why I made 'em whisper so at first.

_Smith._ Oh, very well; now I'm fully satisfied.

_Bayes._ And then to show you, sir, it was not done so very easily
neither, in the next scene you shall see some fighting.

_Smith._ Oh, oh; so then you make the struggle to be after the business
is done?

_Bayes._ Ay.

_Smith._ Oh, I conceive you: that, I swear, is very natural.


SCENE V.

_Enter four Men at one door, and four at another, with their swords
drawn._

_1st Sold._ Stand. Who goes there?

_2nd Sold._ A friend.

_1st Sold._ What friend?

_2nd Sold._ A friend to the house.

    _1st Sold._ Fall on!          [_They all kill one another._
                                              [_Music strikes._

    _Bayes._ Hold, hold.            [_To the music. It ceases._
    Now, here's an odd surprise: all these dead men you shall see
    rise up presently, at a certain note that I have, in _effaut flat_,
    and fall a-dancing. Do you hear, dead men? remember your
    note in _effaut flat_.
    Play on.                                   [_To the music._
    Now, now, now!    [_The music plays his note, and the dead men
                                rise; but cannot get in order._
    O Lord! O Lord! Out, out, out! did ever men spoil a good
    thing so! no figure, no ear, no time, nothing. Udzookers, you
    dance worse than the angels in "Harry the Eighth," or the fat
    spirits in the "Tempest," egad.

_1st Sold._ Why, sir, 'tis impossible to do anything in time, to this
tune.

_Bayes._ O Lord, O Lord! impossible! Why, gentlemen, if there be any
faith in a person that's a Christian, I sat up two whole nights in
composing this air, and apting it for the business; for, if you observe,
there are two several designs in this tune: it begins swift, and ends
slow. You talk of time, and time; you shall see me do it. Look you, now:
here I am dead.

                               [_Lies down flat upon his face._

    Now mark my note _effaut flat_. Strike up, music.
    Now.        [_As he rises up hastily, he falls down again._
    Ah, gadzookers! I have broke my nose.

_Johns._ By my troth, Mr. Bayes, this is a very unfortunate note of
yours, in _effaut_.

_Bayes._ A plague on this old stage, with your nails, and your
tenter-hooks, that a gentleman can't come to teach you to act, but he
must break his nose, and his face, and the devil and all. Pray, sir, can
you help me to a wet piece of brown paper?

_Smith._ No, indeed, sir, I don't usually carry any about me.

_2nd Sold._ Sir, I'll go get you some within presently.

_Bayes._ Go, go, then; I follow you. Pray dance out the dance, and I'll
be with you in a moment. Remember you dance like horse-men.

                                                 [_Exit_ BAYES.

    _Smith._ Like horse-men! what a plague can that be?

    _They dance the dance, but can make nothing of it._

    _1st Sold._ A devil! let's try this no longer. Play my dance
    that Mr. Bayes found fault with so.   [_Dance, and Exeunt._

    _Smith._ What can this fool be doing all this while about his
    nose?

    _Johns._ Prithee let's go see.                   [_Exeunt._


       *       *       *       *       *


ACT III.--SCENE I.

BAYES _with a paper on his nose_, _and the two Gentlemen_.

_Bayes._ Now, sirs, this I do, because my fancy, in this play, is, to end
every act with a dance.

_Smith._ Faith, that fancy is very good; but I should hardly have broke
my nose for it, tho'.

_Johns._ That fancy I suppose is new too.

_Bayes._ Sir, all my fancies are so. I tread upon no man's heels; but
make my flight upon my own wings, I assure you. Now, here comes in a
scene of sheer wit, without any mixture in the whole world, egad! between
Prince Prettyman and his tailor: it might properly enough be call'd a
prize of wit; for you shall see them come in one upon another snip-snap,
hit for hit, as fast as can be. First, one speaks, then presently
t'other's upon him, slap, with a repartee; then he at him again, dash
with a new conceit; and so eternally, eternally, egad, till they go quite
off the stage. [_Goes to call the Players._

_Smith._ What a plague does this fop mean, by his snip snap, hit for hit,
and dash!

_Johns._ Mean! why, he never meant anything in's life; what dost talk of
meaning for?

_Enter_ BAYES.

_Bayes._ Why don't you come in?

_Enter_ PRINCE PRETTYMAN _and_ TOM THIMBLE.[19]

This scene will make you die with laughing, if it be well acted, for 'tis
as full of drollery as ever it can hold. 'Tis like an orange stuff'd with
cloves, as for conceit.

_Pret._ But prithee, Tom Thimble, why wilt thou needs marry? if nine
tailors make but one man, what work art thou cutting out here for
thyself, trow?

_Bayes._ Good.

_Thim._ Why, an't please your highness, if I can't make up all the work
I cut out, I shan't want journeymen enow to help me, I warrant you.

_Bayes._ Good again.

_Pret._ I am afraid thy journeymen, tho', Tom, won't work by the day.

_Bayes._ Good still.

_Thim._ However, if my wife sits but as I do, there will be no
great danger: not half so much as when I trusted you, sir, for your
coronation-suit.

_Bayes._ Very good, i'faith.

_Pret._ Why the times then liv'd upon trust; it was the fashion. You
would not be out of time, at such a time as that, sure: a tailor, you
know, must never be out of fashion.

_Bayes._ Right.

_Thim._ I'm sure, sir, I made your clothes in the court-fashion, for you
never paid me yet.

_Bayes._ There's a bob for the court.[20]

_Pret._ Why, Tom, thou art a sharp rogue when thou art angry, I see: thou
pay'st me now, methinks.

_Bayes._ There's pay upon pay! as good as ever was written, egad!

_Thim._ Ay, sir, in your own coin; you give me nothing but words.[21]

_Bayes._ Admirable!

_Pret._ Well, Tom, I hope shortly I shall have another coin for thee; for
now the wars are coming on, I shall grow to be a man of metal.

_Bayes._ Oh, you did not do that half enough.

_Johns._ Methinks he does it admirably.

_Bayes._ Ay, pretty well; but he does not hit me in't: he does not top
his part.[22]

_Thim._ That's the way to be stamp'd yourself, sir. I shall see you come
home, like an angel for the king's evil, with a hole bor'd thro' you.

                                                     [_Exeunt._

_Bayes._ Ha, there he has hit it up to the hilts, egad! How do you like
it now, gentlemen? is not this pure wit?

_Smith._ 'Tis snip-snap, sir, as you say; but methinks not pleasant, nor
to the purpose; for the play does not go on.

_Bayes._ Play does not go on! I don't know what you mean: why, is not
this part of the play?

_Smith._ Yes; but the plot stands still.

_Bayes._ Plot stand still! why, what a devil is the plot good for, but to
bring in fine things?

_Smith._ Oh, I did not know that before.

_Bayes._ No, I think you did not, nor many things more, that I am master
of. Now, sir, egad, this is the bane of all us writers; let us soar
but never so little above the common pitch, egad, all's spoil'd, for
the vulgar never understand it; they can never conceive you, sir, the
excellency of these things.

_Johns._ 'Tis a sad fate, I must confess; but you write on still for all
that!

_Bayes._ Write on? Ay, egad, I warrant you. 'Tis not their talk shall
stop me; if they catch me at that lock, I'll give them leave to hang me.
As long as I know my things are good, what care I what they say? What,
are they gone without singing my last new song? 'sbud would it were in
their bellies. I'll tell you, Mr. Johnson, if I have any skill in these
matters, I vow to gad this song is peremptorily the very best that ever
yet was written: you must know it was made by Tom Thimble's first wife
after she was dead.

_Smith._ How, sir, after she was dead?

_Bayes._ Ay, sir, after she was dead. Why, what have you to say to that?

_Johns._ Say? why nothing. He were a devil that had anything to say to
that.

_Bayes._ Right.

_Smith._ How did she come to die, pray, sir?

_Bayes._ Phoo! that's no matter; by a fall: but here's the conceit, that
upon his knowing she was kill'd by an accident, he supposes, with a sigh,
that she died for love of him.

_Johns._ Ay, ay, that's well enough; let's hear it, Mr. Bayes.

_Bayes._ 'Tis to the tune of "Farewell, fair Armida;" on seas, and in
battles, in bullets, and all that.


SONG.[23]

    In swords, pikes, and bullets, 'tis safer to be,
    Than in a strong castle, remoted from thee:
    My death's bruise pray think you gave me, tho' a fall
    Did give it me more from the top of a wall:
    For then if the moat on her mud would first lay,
    And after before you my body convey:
    The blue on my breast when you happen to see,
    You'll say with a sigh, there's a true blue for me.

Ha, rogues! when I am merry, I write these things as fast as hops, egad;
for, you must know, I am as pleasant a cavalier as ever you saw; I am,
i'faith.

_Smith._ But, Mr. Bayes, how comes this song in here? for methinks there
is no great occasion for it.

_Bayes._ Alack, sir, you know nothing; you must ever interlard your plays
with songs, ghosts, and dances, if you mean to--a--

_Johns._ Pit, box, and gallery,[24] Mr. Bayes.

_Bayes._ Egad, and you have nick'd it. Hark you, Mr. Johnson, you know
I don't flatter; egad, you have a great deal of wit.

_Johns._ O Lord, sir, you do me too much honour.

_Bayes._ Nay, nay, come, come, Mr. Johnson, i'faith this must not be said
amongst us that have it. I know you have wit, by the judgment you make
of this play; for that's the measure we go by: my play is my touchstone.
When a man tells me such a one is a person of parts: is he so? say I;
what do I do, but bring him presently to see this play: if he likes it,
I know what to think of him; if not, your most humble servant, sir; I'll
no more of him, upon my word, I thank you. I am _Clara voyant_, egad. Now
here we go on to our business.


SCENE II.

_Enter the two_ USURPERS,[25] _hand in hand_.

    _Ush._ But what's become of Volscius the Great;
    His presence has not grac'd our court of late.

    _Phys._ I fear some ill, from emulation sprung,
    Has from us that illustrious hero wrung.

_Bayes._ Is not that majestical?

_Smith._ Yes, but who the devil is that Volscius?

_Bayes._ Why, that's a prince I make in love with Parthenope.

_Smith._ I thank you, sir.

_Enter_ CORDELIO.

_Cor._ My lieges, news from Volscius the prince.

_Ush._ His news is welcome, whatsoe'er it be.[26]

_Smith._ How, sir, do you mean whether it be good or bad?

_Bayes._ Nay, pray, sir, have a little patience: gadzookers, you'll
spoil all my play. Why, sir, 'tis impossible to answer every impertinent
question you ask.

_Smith._ Cry you mercy, sir.

    _Cor._ His highness, sirs, commanded me to tell you,
    That the fair person whom you both do know,
    Despairing of forgiveness for her fault,
    In a deep sorrow, twice she did attempt
    Upon her precious life; but, by the care
    Of standers-by, prevented was.

    _Smith._ Why, what stuff's here?

    _Cor._ At last,
    Volscius the Great this dire resolve embrac'd:
    His servants he into the country sent,
    And he himself to Piccadilly went;
    Where he's inform'd by letters that she's dead.

    _Ush._ Dead! is that possible? dead!

    _Phys._ O ye gods!                               [_Exeunt._

_Bayes._ There's a smart expression of a passion: O ye gods! that's one
of my bold strokes, egad.

_Smith._ Yes; but who's the fair person that's dead?

_Bayes._ That you shall know anon, sir.

_Smith._ Nay, if we know at all, 'tis well enough.

_Bayes._ Perhaps you may find, too, by-and-by, for all this, that she's
not dead neither.

_Smith._ Marry, that's good news indeed. I am glad of that with all my
heart.

_Bayes._ Now here's the man brought in that is supposed to have kill'd
her. [_A great shout within._


SCENE III.

_Enter_ AMARYLLIS, _with a book in her hand, and attendants._

_Ama._ What shout triumphant's that?

_Enter a_ SOLDIER.

_Sold._ Shy maid, upon the river brink, near Twic'nam town, the false
assassinate is ta'en.

_Ama._ Thanks to the powers above for this deliverance. I hope,

    Its slow beginning will portend
    A forward exit to all future end.

_Bayes._ Pish! there you are out; to all future end! no, no; to all
future END! You must lay the accent upon "end," or else you lose the
conceit.

_Smith._ I see you are very perfect in these matters.

_Bayes._ Ay, sir, I have been long enough at it, one would think, to know
something.

_Enter_ SOLDIERS, _dragging in an old_ FISHERMAN.

    _Ama._ Villain, what monster did corrupt thy mind
    T' attack the noblest soul of human kind?

Tell me who set thee on.

_Fish._ Prince Prettyman.

_Ama._ To kill whom?

_Fish._ Prince Prettyman.

_Ama._ What! did Prince Prettyman hire you to kill Prince Prettyman?

_Fish._ No; Prince Volscius.

_Ama._ To kill whom?

_Fish._ Prince Volscius.

_Ama._ What! did Prince Volscius hire you to kill Prince Volscius?

_Fish._ No, Prince Prettyman.

    _Ama._ So drag him hence,
    Till torture of the rack produce his sense.      [_Exeunt._

_Bayes._ Mark how I make the horror of his guilt confound his intellects;
for he's out at one and t'other: and that's the design of this scene.

_Smith._ I see, sir, you have a several design for every scene.

_Bayes._ Ay, that's my way of writing; and so, sir, I can dispatch you a
whole play, before another man, egad, can make an end of his plot.


SCENE IV.

So now enter Prince Prettyman in a rage. Where the devil is he? why,
Prettyman? why, where I say? O fie, fie, fie, fie! all's marr'd, I vow to
gad, quite marr'd.

_Enter_ PRETTYMAN.

Phoo, phoo! you are come too late, sir; now you may go out again, if you
please. I vow to gad, Mr.--a--I would not give a button for my play, now
you have done this.

_Pret._ What, sir?

_Bayes._ What, sir! why, sir, you should have come out in choler, rouse
upon the stage, just as the other went off. Must a man be eternally
telling you of these things?

_Johns._ Sure this must be some very notable matter that he's so angry at.

_Smith._ I am not of your opinion.

_Bayes._ Pish! come let's hear your part, sir.

    _Pret._[27]Bring in my father: why d'ye keep him from me?
    Altho' a fisherman, he is my father:
    Was ever son yet brought to this distress,
    To be, for being a son, made fatherless!
    Ah! you just gods, rob me not of a father:
    The being of a son take from me rather.            [_Exit._

_Smith._ Well, Ned, what think you now?

_Johns._ A devil, this is worst of all: Mr. Bayes, pray what's the
meaning of this scene?

_Bayes._ O cry you mercy, sir: I protest I had forgot to tell you. Why,
sir, you must know, that long before the beginning of this play, this
prince was taken by a fisherman.

_Smith._ How, sir, taken prisoner?

_Bayes._ Taken prisoner! O Lord, what a question's there! did ever any
man ask such a questions? Plague on him, he has put the plot quite out of
my head with this--this--question! what was I going to say?

_Johns._ Nay, Heaven knows: I cannot imagine.

_Bayes._ Stay, let me see: taken! O 'tis true. Why, sir, as I was going
to say, his highness here, the prince, was taken in a cradle by a
fisherman, and brought up as his child!

_Smith._ Indeed!

_Bayes._ Nay, prithee, hold thy peace. And so, sir, this murder being
committed by the river-side, the fisherman, upon suspicion, was seiz'd,
and thereupon the prince grew angry.

_Smith._ So, so; now 'tis very plain.

_Johns._ But, Mr. Bayes, is not this some disparagement to a prince, to
pass for a fisherman's son? Have a care of that, I pray.

_Bayes._ No, no, not at all; for 'tis but for a while: I shall fetch him
off again presently, you shall see.

_Enter_ PRETTYMAN _and_ THIMBLE.

    _Pret._ By all the gods, I'll set the world on fire,
    Rather than let 'em ravish hence my sire.

    _Thim._ Brave Prettyman, it is at length reveal'd,
    That he is not thy sire who thee conceal'd.

_Bayes._ Lo, you now; there, he's off again.

_Johns._ Admirably done, i'faith!

_Bayes._ Ay, now the plot thickens very much upon us.

    _Pret._ What oracle this darkness can evince!
    Sometimes a fisher's son, sometimes a prince.
    It is a secret, great as is the world;
    In which I, like the soul, am toss'd and hurl'd,
    The blackest ink of Fate sure was my lot,
    And when she writ my name, she made a blot.        [_Exit._

_Bayes._ There's a blustering verse for you now.

_Smith._ Yes, sir; but why is he so mightily troubled to find he is not
a fisherman's son?

_Bayes._ Phoo! that is not because he has a mind to be his son, but for
fear he should be thought to be nobody's son at all.

_Smith._ Nay, that would trouble a man, indeed.

_Bayes._ So, let me see.


SCENE V.

_Enter_ PRINCE VOLSCIUS, _going out of town._

_Smith._ I thought he had been gone to Piccadilly.

_Bayes._ Yes, he gave it out so; but that was only to cover his design.

_Johns._ What design?

_Bayes._ Why, to head the army that lies conceal'd for him at
Knightsbridge.

_Johns._ I see here's a great deal of plot, Mr. Bayes.

_Bayes._ Yes, now it begins to break: but we shall have a world of more
business anon.

_Enter_ PRINCE VOLSCIUS, CLORIS, AMARYLLIS, _and_ HARRY, _with a
riding-cloak and boots._

    _Ama._ Sir, you are cruel thus to leave the town,
    And to retire to country solitude.

    _Clo._ We hop'd this summer that we should at least
    Have held the honour of your company.

_Bayes._ Held the honour of your company; prettily express'd: held the
honour of your company! gadzookers, these fellows will never take notice
of anything.

_Johns._ I assure you, sir, I admire it extremely; I don't know what he
does.

_Bayes._ Ay, ay, he's a little envious; but 'tis no great matter. Come.

    _Ama._ Pray let us two this single boon obtain!
    That you will here, with poor us, still remain!
    Before your horses come, pronounce our fate,
    For then, alas, I fear 'twill be too late.

    _Bayes._ Sad!
    Harry, my boots; for I'll go range among!

_Vols._ My blades encamp'd, and quit this urban throng.[28]

_Smith._ But pray, Mr. Bayes, is not this a little difficult, that you
were saying e'en now, to keep an army thus conceal'd in Knightsbridge?

_Bayes._ In Knightsbridge? stay.

_Johns._ No, not if the inn-keepers be his friends.

_Bayes._ His friends! ay, sir, his intimate acquaintance; or else indeed
I grant it could not be.

_Smith._ Yes, faith, so it might be very easy.

_Bayes._ Nay, if I do not make all things easy, egad, I'll give you leave
to hang me. Now you would think that he's going out of town: but you
shall see how prettily I have contriv'd to stop him presently.

_Smith._ By my troth, sir, you have so amaz'd me, that I know not what to
think.

_Enter_ PARTHENOPE.

    _Vols._ Bless me! how frail are all my best resolves!
    How, in a moment, is my purpose chang'd!
    Too soon I thought myself secure from love.
    Fair madam, give me leave to ask her name,[29]
    Who does so gently rob me of my fame:
    For I should meet the army out of town,
    And if I fail, must hazard my renown.

    _Par._ My mother, sir, sells ale by the town-walls;
    And me her dear Parthenope she calls.

_Bayes._ Now that's the Parthenope I told you of.

_Johns._ Ay, ay, egad, you are very right.

    _Vols._ Can vulgar vestments high-born beauty shroud?
    Thou bring'st the morning pictur'd in a cloud.[30]

_Bayes._ The morning pictur'd in a cloud! ah, gadzookers, what a conceit
is there!

_Par._ Give you good even, sir. [_Exit._

_Vols._ O inauspicious stars! that I was born To sudden love, and to more
sudden scorn!

_Ama._ } How! Prince Volscius in love? ha, ha, ha![31] _Clo._ } [_Exeunt
laughing._

_Smith._ Sure, Mr. Bayes, we have lost some jest here, that they laugh at
so.

_Bayes._ Why, did you not observe? he first resolves to go out of town,
and then as he's pulling on his boots, falls in love with her; ha, ha, ha!

_Smith._ Well, and where lies the jest of that?

_Bayes._ Ha? [_Turns to_ JOHNS.

_Johns._ Why, in the boots: where should the jest lie?

    _Bayes._ Egad, you are in the right: it does lie in the boots----
     [_Turns to_ SMITH.
    Your friend and I know where a good jest lies, though you don't, sir.

_Smith._ Much good do't you, sir.

_Bayes._ Here now, Mr. Johnson, you shall see a combat betwixt love and
honour. An ancient author has made a whole play on't;[32] but I have
dispatch'd it all in this scene.

VOLSCIUS _sits down to pull on his boots:_ BAYES _stands by, and
over-acts the part as he speaks it._

    _Vols._ How has my passion made me Cupid's scoff!
    This hasty boot is on, the other off,
    And sullen lies, with amorous design,
    To quit loud fame, and make that beauty mine.

_Smith._ Prithee, mark what pains Mr. Bayes takes to act this speech
himself!

_Johns._ Yes, the fool, I see, is mightily transported with it.

    _Vols._ My legs the emblem of my various thought
    Show to what sad distraction I am brought.
    Sometimes with stubborn honour, like this boot,
    My mind is guarded, and resolv'd to do't:
    Sometimes again, that very mind, by love
    Disarméd, like this other leg does prove.
    Shall I to honour or to love give way?
    Go on, cries honour;[33] tender love says, nay;
    Honour aloud commands, pluck both boots on;
    But softer love does whisper, put on none.
    What shall I do! what conduct shall I find,
    To lead me thro' this twilight of my mind?
    For as bright day, with black approach of night
    Contending, makes a doubtful puzzling light;
    So does my honour and my love together
    Puzzle me so, I can resolve for neither.
        [_Goes out hopping, with one boot on, and t'other off._

_Johns._ By my troth, sir, this is as difficult a combat as ever I saw,
and as equal; for 'tis determin'd on neither side.

_Bayes._ Ay, is't not now egad, ha? for to go off hip-hop, hip-hop, upon
this occasion, is a thousand times better than any conclusion in the
world, egad.

_Johns._ Indeed, Mr. Bayes, that hip-hop, in this place, as you say, does
a very great deal.

_Bayes._ Oh, all in all, sir! they are these little things that mar,
or set you off a play; as I remember once in a play of mine, I set
off a scene, egad, beyond expectation, only with a petticoat, and the
gripes.[34]

_Smith._ Pray how was that, sir?

_Bayes._ Why, sir, I contriv'd a petticoat to be brought in upon a chair
(nobody knew how) into a prince's chamber, whose father was not to see
it, that came in by chance.

_Johns._ By-my-life, that was a notable contrivance indeed.

_Smith._ Ay, but Mr. Bayes, how could you contrive the stomach-ache?

_Bayes._ The easiest i' th' world, egad: I'll tell you how. I made the
prince sit down upon the petticoat, no more than so, and pretended to his
father that he had just then got the gripes: whereupon his father went
out to call a physician, and his man ran away with the petticoat.

_Smith._ Well, and what follow'd upon that?

_Bayes._ Nothing, no earthly thing, I vow to gad.

_Johns._ On my word, Mr. Bayes, there you hit it.

_Bayes._ Yes, it gave a world of content. And then I paid 'em away
besides; for it made them all talk beastly: ha, ha, ha, beastly!
downright beastly upon the stage, egad, ha, ha, ha! but with an infinite
deal of wit, that I must say.

_Johns._ That, ay, that, we know well enough, can never fail you.

_Bayes._ No, egad, can't it. Come, bring in the dance.

                                   [_Exit to call the Players._

_Smith._ Now, the plague take thee for a silly, confident, unnatural,
fulsome rogue.

_Enter_ BAYES _and_ PLAYERS.

_Bayes._ Pray dance well before these gentlemen; you are commonly so
lazy, but you should be light and easy, tah, tah, tah.

              [_All the while they dance_, BAYES _puts them out
                with teaching them._

Well, gentlemen, you'll see this dance, if I am not deceiv'd, take very
well upon the stage, when they are perfect in their motions, and all that.

_Smith._ I don't know how 'twill take, sir; but I am sure you sweat hard
for't.

_Bayes._ Ay, sir, it costs me more pains and trouble to do these things
than almost the things are worth.

_Smith._ By my troth, I think so, sir.

_Bayes._ Not for the things themselves; for I could write you, sir, forty
of 'em in a day: but, egad, these players are such dull persons, that if
a man be not by 'em upon every point, and at every turn, egad, they'll
mistake you, sir, and spoil all.

_Enter a_ PLAYER.

What, is the funeral ready?

_Play._ Yes, sir.

_Bayes._ And is the lance fill'd with wine?

_Play._ Sir, 'tis just now a-doing.

_Bayes._ Stay, then, I'll do it myself.

_Smith._ Come, let's go with him.

_Bayes._ A match. But, Mr. Johnson, egad, I am not like other persons;
they care not what becomes of their things, so they can but get money
for 'em: now, egad, when I write, if it be not just as it should be in
every circumstance, to every particular, egad, I am no more able to
endure it, I am not myself, I'm out of my wits, and all that; I'm the
strangest person in the whole world: for what care I for money? I write
for reputation.

                                                     [_Exeunt._

       *       *       *       *       *


ACT IV.--SCENE I.

BAYES, _and the two Gentlemen_.

_Bayes._ Gentlemen, because I would not have any two things alike in this
play, the last act beginning with a witty scene of mirth, I make this to
begin with a funeral.

_Smith._ And is that all your reason for it, Mr. Bayes?

_Bayes._ No, sir, I have a precedent for it besides. A person of honour,
and a scholar, brought in his funeral just so;[35] and he was one, let
me tell you, that knew as well what belong'd to a funeral as any man in
England, egad.

_Johns._ Nay, if that be so, you are safe.

_Bayes._ Egad, but I have another device, a frolic, which I think yet
better than all this; not for the plot or characters (for, in my heroic
plays, I make no difference as to those matters), but for another
contrivance.

_Smith._ What is that, I pray?

_Bayes._ Why, I have design'd a conquest that cannot possibly, egad, be
acted in less than a whole week; and I'll speak a bold word, it shall
drum, trumpet, shout, and battle, egad, with any the most warlike tragedy
we have, either ancient or modern.[36]

_Johns._ Ay, marry, sir, there you say something.

_Smith._ And pray, sir, how have you order'd this same frolic of yours?

_Bayes._ Faith, sir, by the rule of romance; for example, they divide
their things into three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or as many tomes
as they please. Now I would very fain know what should hinder me from
doing the same with my things, if I please?

_Johns._ Nay, if you should not be master of your own works, 'tis very
hard.

_Bayes._ That is my sense. And then, sir, this contrivance of mine has
something of the reason of a play in it too; for as every one makes you
five acts to one play, what do I, but make five plays to one plot: by
which means the auditors have every day a new thing.

_Johns._ Most admirably good, i'faith! and must certainly take, because
it is not tedious.

_Bayes._ Ay, sir, I know that; there's the main point. And then upon
Saturday to make a close of all (for I ever begin upon a Monday), I make
you, sir, a sixth play that sums up the whole matter to 'em, and all
that, for fear they should have forgot it.

_Johns._ That consideration, Mr. Bayes, indeed I think will be very
necessary.

_Smith._ And when comes in your share, pray, sir?

_Bayes._ The third week.

_Johns._ I vow you'll get a world of money.

_Bayes._ Why, faith, a man must live; and if you don't thus pitch upon
some new device, egad, you'll never do't; for this age (take it o' my
word) is somewhat hard to please. But there is one pretty odd passage in
the last of these plays, which may be executed two several ways, wherein
I'd have your opinion, gentlemen.

_Johns._ What is't, sir.

_Bayes._ Why, sir, I make a male person to be in love with a female.

_Smith._ Do you mean that, Mr. Bayes, for a new thing?

_Bayes._ Yes, sir, as I have order'd it. You shall hear: he having
passionately lov'd her through my five whole plays, finding at last that
she consents to his love, just after that his mother had appear'd to him
like a ghost, he kills himself: that's one way. The other is, that she
coming at last to love him, with as violent a passion as he lov'd her,
she kills herself. Now my question is, which of these two persons should
suffer upon this occasion?

_Johns._ By my troth, it is a very hard case to decide.

_Bayes._ The hardest in the world, egad, and has puzzled this pate very
much. What say you, Mr. Smith?

_Smith._ Why truly, Mr. Bayes, if it might stand with your justice now,
I would spare 'em both.

_Bayes._ Egad, and I think--ha--why then, I'll make him hinder her from
killing herself. Ay, it shall be so. Come, come, bring in the funeral.

_Enter a Funeral, with the two_ USURPERS _and Attendants_.

Lay it down there; no, no, here, sir. So now speak.

    _K. Ush._    Set down the funeral pile, and let our grief
    Receive from its embraces some relief.

    _K. Phys._ Was't not unjust to ravish hence her breath,
    And in life's stead, to leave us nought but death?
    The world discovers now its emptiness,
    And by her loss demonstrates we have less.

_Bayes._ Is not this good language now? is not that elevate? 'tis my
_non ultra_, egad; you must know they were both in love with her.

_Smith._ With her! with whom?

_Bayes._ Why, this is Lardella's funeral.

_Smith._ Lardella! ay, who is she?

_Bayes._ Why, sir, the sister of Drawcansir; a lady that was drown'd at
sea, and had a wave for her winding-sheet.[37]

    _K. Ush._ Lardella, O Lardella, from above
    Behold the tragic issues of our love:
    Pity us, sinking under grief and pain,
    For thy being cast away upon the main.

_Bayes._ Look you now, you see I told you true.

_Smith._ Ay, sir, and I thank you for it very kindly.

_Bayes._ Ay, egad, but you will not have patience; honest Mr.--a--you
will not have patience.

_Johns._ Pray, Mr. Bayes, who is that Drawcansir?

_Bayes._ Why, sir, a fierce hero, that frights his mistress, snubs up
kings, baffles armies, and does what he will, without regard to numbers,
good manners, or justice.[38]

_Johns._ A very pretty character!

_Smith._ But, Mr. Bayes, I thought your heroes had ever been men of great
humanity and justice.

_Bayes._ Yes, they have been so; but for my part, I prefer that one
quality of singly beating of whole armies, above all your moral virtues
put together, egad. You shall see him come in presently. Zookers, why
don't you read the paper?

                                             [_To the Players._

    _K. Phys._ O, cry you mercy.     [_Goes to take the paper._

_Bayes._ Pish! nay you are such a fumbler. Come, I'll read it myself.
[_Takes the paper from off the coffin._ Stay, it's an ill hand, I must
use my spectacles. This now is a copy of verses, which I make Lardella
compose just as she is dying, with design to have it pinn'd upon her
coffin, and so read by one of the usurpers, who is her cousin.

_Smith._ A very shrewd design that, upon my word, Mr. Bayes.

_Bayes._ And what do you think now, I fancy her to make love like, here,
in this paper?

_Smith._ Like a woman: what should she make love like?

_Bayes._ O' my word you are out tho', sir; egad you are.

_Smith._ What then, like a man?

_Bayes._ No, sir; like a humble-bee.

_Smith._ I confess, that I should not have fancy'd.

_Bayes._ It may be so, sir; but it is tho', in order to the opinion of
some of our ancient philosophers, who held the transmigration of the soul.

_Smith._ Very fine.

_Bayes._ I'll read the title: "To my dear Couz, King Physician."

_Smith._ That's a little too familiar with a king, tho', sir, by your
favour, for a humble-bee.

_Bayes._ Mr. Smith, in other things, I grant your knowledge may be above
me; but as for poetry, give me leave to say I understand that better: it
has been longer my practice; it has indeed, sir.

    _Smith._ Your servant, sir.

    _Bayes._ Pray mark it.                            [_Reads._

        "Since death my earthly part will thus remove,
        I'll come a humble-bee to your chaste love:
        With silent wings I'll follow you, dear couz;
        Or else, before you, in the sunbeams, buz.
        And when to melancholy groves you come,
        An airy ghost, you'll know me by my hum;
        For sound, being air, a ghost does well become."[39]

    _Smith_ (after a pause). Admirable!

    _Bayes._ "At night, into your bosom I will creep,
    And buz but softly if you chance to sleep:
    Yet in your dreams, I will pass sweeping by,
    And then both hum and buz before your eye."

_Johns._ By my troth, that's a very great promise.

_Smith._ Yes, and a most extraordinary comfort to boot.

    _Bayes._ "Your bed of love from dangers I will free;
    But most from love of any future bee.
    And when with pity your heart-strings shall crack,
    With empty arms I'll bear you on my back."

_Smith._ A pick-a-pack, a pick-a-pack.

_Bayes._ Ay, egad, but is not that _tuant_ now, ha? is it not _tuant_?
Here's the end.

    "Then at your birth of immortality,
    Like any wingéd archer hence I'll fly,
    And teach you your first fluttering in the sky."

_Johns._ Oh, rare! this is the most natural, refined fancy that ever I
heard, I'll swear.

_Bayes._ Yes, I think, for a dead person, it is a good way enough of
making love; for, being divested of her terrestrial part, and all that,
she is only capable of these little, pretty, amorous designs that are
innocent, and yet passionate. Come, draw your swords.

    _K. Phys._ Come, sword, come sheath thyself within this breast,
    Which only in Lardella's tomb can rest.

    _K. Ush._ Come, dagger, come and penetrate this heart,
    Which cannot from Lardella's love depart.

_Enter_ PALLAS.

    _Pal._ Hold, stop your murd'ring hands
    At Pallas's commands:
    For the supposéd dead, O kings,
    Forbear to act such deadly things.
    Lardella lives; I did but try
    If princes for their loves could die.
    Such celestial constancy
    Shall, by the gods, rewarded be:
    And from these funeral obsequies,
    A nuptial banquet shall arise.
              [_The coffin opens, and a banquet is discovered._

_Bayes._ So, take away the coffin. Now 'tis out. This is the very funeral
of the fair person which Volscius sent word was dead; and Pallas, you
see, has turned it into a banquet.

_Smith._ Well, but where is this banquet?

_Bayes._ Nay, look you, sir; we must first have a dance, for joy that
Lardella is not dead. Pray, sir, give me leave to bring in my things
properly at least.

_Smith._ That, indeed, I had forgot; I ask your pardon.

_Bayes._ Oh, d'ye so, sir? I am glad you will confess yourself once in an
error, Mr. Smith.

                          [_Dance._]

    _K. Ush._ Resplendent Pallas, we in thee do find
    The fiercest beauty, and a fiercer mind:
    And since to thee Lardella's life we owe,
    We'll supple statues in thy temple grow.

    _K. Phys._ Well, since alive Lardella's found,
    Let in full bowls her health go round.
                           [_The two Usurpers take each of them
                                          a bowl in their hands._

    _K. Ush._ But where's the wine?

    _Pal._ That shall be mine.
    Lo, from this conquering lance
    Does flow the purest wine of France:
                           [_Fills the bowls out of her lance._
    And to appease your hunger, I
    Have in my helmet brought a pie:
    Lastly, to bear a part with these,
    Behold a buckler made of cheese.[40]      [_Vanish_ PALLAS.

_Bayes._ That's the banquet. Are you satisfied now, sir?

_Johns._ By my troth now, that is new, and more than I expected.

_Bayes._ Yes, I knew this would please you; for the chief art in poetry
is to elevate your expectation, and then bring you off some extraordinary
way.

_Enter_ DRAWCANSIR.

_K. Phys._ What man is this that dares disturb our feast?

    _Draw._ He that dares drink, and for that drink dares die;
    And knowing this, dares yet drink on, am I.[41]

_Johns._ That is, Mr. Bayes, as much as to say, that though he would
rather die than not drink, yet he would fain drink for all that too.

_Bayes._ Right; that's the conceit on't.

_Johns._ 'Tis a marvellous good one, I swear.

_Bayes._ Now, there are some critics that have advis'd me to put out the
second _dare_, and print _must_ in the place on't;[42] but, egad, I think
'tis better thus a great deal.

_Johns._ Whoo! a thousand times.

_Bayes._ Go on then.

    _K. Ush._ Sir, if you please, we should be glad to know,
    How long you here will stay, how soon you'll go?

_Bayes._ Is not that now like a well-bred person, egad? so modest, so
gent!

_Smith._ O very like.

    _Draw._ You shall not know how long I here will stay;
    But you shall know I'll take your bowls away.[43]

    [_Snatches the bowls out of the kings' hands and drinks them off._

    _Smith._ But, Mr. Bayes, is that, too, modest and gent?

    _Bayes._ No, egad, sir, but 'tis great.

    _K. Ush._ Tho', brother, this grum stranger be a clown,
    He'll leave us sure a little to gulp down.

    _Draw._ Whoe'er to gulp one drop of this dare think,
    I'll stare away his very power to drink,[44]

                       [_The two Kings sneak off the stage with
                         their attendants._

    I drink, I huff, I strut, look big and stare;
    And all this I can do because I dare.[45]          [_Exit._

_Smith._ I suppose, Mr. Bayes, this is the fierce hero you spoke of?

_Bayes._ Yes; but this is nothing. You shall see him in the last act
win above a dozen battles, one after another, egad, as fast as they can
possibly come upon the stage.

_Johns._ That will be a fight worth the seeing, indeed.

_Smith._ But pray, Mr. Bayes, why do you make the kings let him use them
so scurvily?

_Bayes._ Phoo! that's to raise the character of Drawcansir.

_Johns._ O' my word, that was well thought on.

_Bayes._ Now, sirs, I'll show you a scene indeed; or rather, indeed, the
scene of scenes. 'Tis an heroic scene.

_Smith._ And pray, what's your design in this scene?

_Bayes._ Why, sir, my design is gilded truncheons, forc'd conceit, smooth
verse and a rant; in fine, if this scene don't take, egad, I'll write no
more. Come, come in, Mr.--a--nay, come in as many as you can. Gentlemen,
I must desire you to remove a little, for I must fill the stage.

_Smith._ Why fill the stage?

_Bayes._ Oh, sir, because your heroic verse never sounds well but when
the stage is full.


SCENE II.

_Enter_ PRINCE PRETTYMAN _and_ PRINCE VOLSCIUS.

Nay, hold, hold; pray by your leave a little. Look you, sir, the drift of
this scene is somewhat more than ordinary; for I make 'em both fall out
because they are not in love with the same woman.

_Smith._ Not in love? You mean, I suppose, because they are in love, Mr.
Bayes?

_Bayes._ No, sir; I say not in love; there's a new conceit for you. Now
speak.

    _Pret._ Since fate, Prince Volscius, now has found the way
    For our so long'd-for meeting here this day,
    Lend thy attention to my grand concern.

    _Vols._ I gladly would that story from thee learn;
    But thou to love dost, Prettyman, incline;
    Yet love in thy breast is not love in mine.

    _Bayes._ Antithesis! thine and mine.

    _Pret._ Since love itself's the same, why should it be
    Diff'ring in you from what it is in me?

    _Bayes._ Reasoning! egad, I love reasoning in verse.

    _Vols._ Love takes, caméleon-like, a various dye
    From every plant on which itself doth lie.

    _Bayes._ Simile!

    _Pret._ Let not thy love the course of nature fright:
    Nature does most in harmony delight.

    _Vols._ How weak a deity would nature prove,
    Contending with the powerful god of love!

    _Bayes._ There's a great verse!

    _Vols._ If incense thou wilt offer at the shrine
    Of mighty Love, burn it to none but mine.
    Her rosy lips eternal sweets exhale;
    And her bright flames make all flames else look pale.

    _Bayes._ Egad, that is right.

    _Pret._ Perhaps dull incense may thy love suffice;
    But mine must be ador'd with sacrifice.
    All hearts turn ashes, which her eyes control:
    The body they consume, as well as soul.

    _Vols._ My love has yet a power more divine;
    Victims her altars burn not, but refine;
    Amidst the flames they ne'er give up the ghost,
    But, with her looks, revive still as they roast.
    In spite of pain and death they're kept alive;
    Her fiery eyes make 'em in fire survive.

    _Bayes._ That is as well, egad, as I can do.

    _Vols._ Let my Parthenope at length prevail.

    _Bayes._ Civil, egad.

    _Pret._ I'll sooner have a passion for a whale;
    In whose vast bulk, tho' store of oil doth lie,
    We find more shape, more beauty in a fly.

_Smith._ That's uncivil, egad.

_Bayes._ Yes; but as far-fetched a fancy, tho', egad, as e'er you saw.

    _Vols._ Soft, Prettyman, let not thy vain pretence
    Of perfect love defame love's excellence:
    Parthenope is, sure, as far above
    All other loves, as above all is Love.

    _Bayes._ Ah! egad, that strikes me.

    _Pret._ To blame my Cloris, gods would not pretend--

    _Bayes._ Now mark--

    _Vols._ Were all gods join'd, they could not hope to mend
    My better choice: for fair Parthenope
    Gods would themselves un-god themselves to see.[46]

    _Bayes._ Now the rant's a-coming.

    _Pret._ Durst any of the gods be so uncivil,
    I'd make that god subscribe himself a devil.[47]

    _Bayes._ Ay, gadzookers, that's well writ!
                  [_Scratching his head, his peruke falls off._

    _Vols._ Could'st thou that god from heaven to earth translate,
    He could not fear to want a heav'nly state;
    Parthenope, on earth, can heav'n create.

    _Pret._ Cloris does heav'n itself so far excel,
    She can transcend the joys of heav'n in hell.

_Bayes._ There's a bold flight for you now! 'sdeath, I have lost my
peruke. Well, gentlemen, this is what I never yet saw any one could
write, but myself. Here's true spirit and flame all through, egad. So,
so, pray clear the stage.

                                  [_He puts 'em off the stage._

_Johns._ I wonder how the coxcomb has got the knack of writing smooth
verse thus.

_Smith._ Why, there's no need of brain for this: 'tis but scanning the
labours on the finger; but where's the sense of it?

_Johns._ Oh! for that he desires to be excus'd: he is too proud a man to
creep servilely after sense, I assure you.[48] But pray, Mr. Bayes, why
is this scene all in verse? _Bayes._ Oh, sir, the subject is too great
for prose.

_Smith._ Well said, i'faith; I'll give thee a pot of ale for that answer;
'tis well worth it.

    _Bayes._ Come, with all my heart.
    I'll make that god subscribe himself a devil;
    That single line, egad, is worth all that my brother poets ever writ.
    Let down the curtain.                            [_Exeunt._

       *       *       *       *       *


ACT. V.--SCENE I.

BAYES, _and the two Gentlemen_.

_Bayes._ Now, gentlemen, I will be bold to say, I'll show you the
greatest scene that ever England saw: I mean not for words, for those I
don't value; but for state, show and magnificence. In fine, I'll justify
it to be as grand to the eye every whit, egad, as that great scene in
"Harry the Eighth," and grander too, egad; for instead of two bishops, I
bring in here four cardinals.

     [_The curtain is drawn up_, _the two usurping Kings appear in
     state with the four Cardinals,_ PRINCE PRETTYMAN, PRINCE VOLSCIUS,
     AMARYLLIS, CLORIS, PARTHENOPE. _&c._, _before them_, _Heralds and
     Sergeants-at-arms_, _with maces_.

_Smith._ Mr. Bayes, pray what is the reason that two of the cardinals are
in hats, and the other in caps?

_Bayes._ Why, sir, because---- By gad I won't tell you. Your country
friend, sir, grows so troublesome--

_K. Ush._ Now, sir, to the business of the day.

_K. Phys._ Speak, Volscius.

_Vols._ Dread sovereign lords, my zeal to you must not invade my duty
to your son; let me entreat that great Prince Prettyman first to speak;
whose high pre-eminence in all things, that do bear the name of good, may
justly claim that privilege.

_Bayes._ Here it begins to unfold; you may perceive, now, that he is his
son.

_Johns._ Yes, sir, and we are very much beholden to you for that
discovery.

    _Pret._ Royal father, upon my knees I beg,
    That the illustrious Volscius first be heard.

_Vols._ That preference is only due to Amaryllis, sir.

_Bayes._ I'll make her speak very well, by-and-by, you shall see.

    _Ama._ Invincible sovereigns----             [_Soft music._

    _K. Ush._ But stay, what sound is this invades our ears?[49]

    _K. Phys._ Sure 'tis the music of the moving spheres.

    _Pret._ Behold, with wonder, yonder comes from far
    A god-like cloud, and a triumphant car;
    In which our two right kings sit one by one,
    With virgins' vests, and laurel garlands on.

    _K. Ush._ Then, brother Phys., 'tis time we should be gone.
        [_The two Usurpers steal out of the throne, and go away._

_Bayes._ Look you now, did not I tell you, that this would be as easy a
change as the other?

_Smith._ Yes, faith, you did so; tho' I confess I could not believe you:
but you have brought it about, I see.

     [_The two right kings of Brentford descend in the clouds, singing,
     in white garments; and three fiddlers sitting before them, in
     green._

    _Bayes._ Now, because the two right kings descend from above,
    I make 'em sing to the tune and style of our modern spirits.

    _1st King._ Haste, brother king, we are sent from above.

    _2nd King._ Let us move, let us move;
    Move to remove the fate
    Of Brentford's long united state.[50]

    _1st King._ Tarra, ran, tarra, full east and by south.

    _2nd King._ We sail with thunder in our mouth,
    In scorching noon-day, whilst the traveller stays;
    Busy, busy, busy, busy, we bustle along,
    Mounted upon warm Phoebus's rays,
    Through the heavenly throng,
         Hasting to those
    Who will feast us at night with a pig's petty-toes.

    _1st King._ And we'll fall with our plate
    In an _ollio_ of hate.

    _2nd King._ But now supper's done, the servitors try,
    Like soldiers, to storm a whole half-moon pie.

    _1st King._ They gather, they gather hot custards in spoons:
                     But alas, I must leave these half-moons,
                     And repair to my trusty dragoons.

    _2nd King._ Oh, stay, for you need not as yet go astray:
    The tide, like a friend, has brought ships in our way,
    And on their high ropes we will play
    Like maggots in filberts we'll snug in our shell,
         We'll frisk in our shell,
         We'll frisk in our shell,
           And farewell.

    _1st King._ But the ladies have all inclination to dance,
    And the green frogs croak out a coranto of France.

_Bayes._ Is not that pretty, now? The fiddlers are all in green.

_Smith._ Ay, but they play no coranto.

_Johns._ No, but they play a tune that's a great deal better.

_Bayes._ No coranto, quoth-a! that's a good one, with all my heart. Come,
sing on.

    _2nd King._ Now mortals that hear
                     How we tilt and career,
                     With wonder will fear
    The event of such things as shall never appear.

    _1st King._ Stay you to fulfil what the gods have decreed.

    _2nd King._ Then call me to help you, if there shall be need.

    _1st King._ So firmly resolv'd is a true Brentford king,
                     To save the distress'd, and help to 'em to bring,
                     That ere a full pot of good ale you can swallow,
                     He's here with a whoop, and gone with a holla.
             [BAYES _fillips his finger, and sings after them._

_Bayes._ "He's here with a whoop, and gone with a holla." This, sir, you
must know, I thought once to have brought in with a conjuror.[51]

_Johns._ Ay, that would have been better.

_Bayes._ No, faith, not when you consider it; for thus it is more
compendious, and does the thing every whit as well.

_Smith._ Thing! what thing?

_Bayes._ Why, bring 'em down again into the throne, sir. What thing would
you have?

_Smith._ Well, but methinks the sense of this song is not very plain!

_Bayes._ Plain! why, did you ever hear any people in clouds speak plain?
They must be all for flight of fancy at its full range, without the least
check or control upon it. When once you tie up spirits and people in
clouds, to speak plain, you spoil all.

_Smith._ Bless me, what a monster's this!

                   [_The two Kings light out of the clouds, and
                                          step into the throne._

_1st King._ Come, now to serious counsel we'll advance.

_2nd King._ I do agree; but first, let's have a dance.

_Bayes._ Right. You did that very well, Mr. Cartwright. But first, let's
have a dance. Pray remember that; be sure you do it always just so: for
it must be done as if it were the effect of thought and premeditation.
But first, let's have a dance; pray remember that.

_Smith._ Well, I can hold no longer, I must gag this rogue, there's no
enduring of him.

_Johns._ No, prithee make use of thy patience a little longer, let's see
the end of him now. [_Dance a grand dance._

_Bayes._ This, now, is an ancient dance, of right belonging to the Kings
of Brentford; but since derived, with a little alteration, to the Inns of
Court.

_An Alarm. Enter two Heralds._

    _1st King._ What saucy groom molests our privacies?

    _1st Her._ The army's at the door, and in disguise,
    Desires a word with both your majesties.


_2nd King._ Bid 'em attend awhile, and drink our health.

_Smith._ How, Mr. Bayes, the army in disguise!

_Bayes._ Ay, sir, for fear the usurpers might discover them, that went
out but just now.

_Smith._ Why, what if they had discover'd them?

_Bayes._ Why, then they had broke the design.

_1st King._ Here take five guineas for those warlike men.

_2nd King._ And here's five more, that makes the sum just ten.

    _1st Her._ We have not seen so much, the Lord knows when.

                                             [_Exeunt Heralds._

    _1st King._ Speak on, brave Amaryllis.

    _Ama._ Invincible sovereigns, blame not my modesty, if at this
    grand conjuncture----      [_Drum beats behind the stage._

_1st King._ What dreadful noise is this that comes and goes?

_Enter a Soldier with his sword drawn._

    _Sold._ Haste hence, great sirs, your royal persons save,
    For the event of war no mortal knows:[52]
    The army, wrangling for the gold you gave,
    First fell to words, and then to handy-blows.      [_Exit._

_Bayes._ Is not that now a pretty kind of a stanza, and a handsome
come-off?

    _2nd King._ O dangerous estate of sovereign power!
    Obnoxious to the change of every hour.

    _1st King._ Let us for shelter in our cabinet stay;
    Perhaps these threatning storms may pass away.   [_Exeunt._

_Johns._ But, Mr. Bayes, did not you promise us just now, to make
Amaryllis speak very well?

_Bayes._ Ay, and so she would have done, but that they hinder'd her.

_Smith._ How, sir, whether you would or no?

_Bayes._ Ay, sir, the plot lay so, that I vow to gad, it was not to be
avoided.

_Smith._ Marry, that was hard.

_Johns._ But, pray, who hinder'd her?

_Bayes._ Why, the battle, sir, that's just coming in at the door: and
I'll tell you now a strange thing; tho' I don't pretend to do more than
other men, egad, I'll give you both a whole week to guess how I'll
represent this battle.

_Smith._ I had rather be bound to fight your battle, I assure you, sir.

_Bayes._ Whoo! there's it now: fight a battle! there's the common error.
I knew presently where I should have you. Why, pray, sir, do but tell
me this one thing: can you think it a decent thing, in a battle before
ladies, to have men run their swords thro' one another, and all that?

_Johns._ No, faith, 'tis not civil.

_Bayes._ Right; on the other side, to have a long relation of squadrons
here, and squadrons there: what is it, but dull prolixity?

_Johns._ Excellently reason'd, by my troth!

_Bayes._ Wherefore, sir, to avoid both those indecorums, I sum up the
whole battle in the representation of two persons only, no more: and yet
so lively, that, I vow to gad, you would swear ten thousand men were at
it really engag'd. Do you mark me?

_Smith._ Yes, sir: but I think I should hardly swear tho', for all that.

_Bayes._ By my troth, sir, but you would tho', when you see it: for
I make 'em both come out in armour _cap-a-pie_, with their swords
drawn, and hung with a scarlet ribbon at their wrist; which, you know,
represents fighting enough.

_Johns._ Ay, ay; so much, that if I were in your place, I would make 'em
go out again, without ever speaking one word.

_Bayes._ No, there you are out; for I make each of 'em hold a lute in his
hand.

_Smith._ How, sir, instead of a buckler?

_Bayes._ O Lord, O Lord! instead of a buckler? pray, sir, do you ask
no more questions. I make 'em, sirs, play the battle _in recitativo_.
And here's the conceit just at the very same instant that one sings,
the other, sir, recovers you his sword, and puts himself into a warlike
posture: so that you have at once your ear entertain'd with music and
good language, and your eye satisfied with the garb and accoutrements of
war.

_Smith._ I confess, sir, you stupefy me.

_Bayes._ You shall see.

_Johns._ But, Mr. Bayes, might not we have a little fighting? for I love
those plays where they cut and slash one another upon the stage for a
whole hour together.

_Bayes._ Why, then, to tell you true, I have contriv'd it both ways: but
you shall have my _recitativo_ first.

_Johns._ Ay, now you are right: there is nothing that can be objected
against it.

_Bayes._ True: and so, egad, I'll make it too a tragedy in a trice.[53]

_Enter at several doors the_ GENERAL _and_ LIEUTENANT-GENERAL, _arm'd
cap-a-pie_, _with each of them a lute in his hand_, _and a sword drawn_,
_and hung with a scarlet ribbon at his wrist_.[54]

    _Lieut.-Gen._ Villain, thou liest!

    _Gen._ Arm, arm, Gonsalvo,[55] arm, what, ho!
    The lie no flesh can brook, I trow.

    _Lieut.-Gen._ Advance from Acton with the musqueteers.

    _Gen._ Draw down the Chelsea cuirassiers.[56]

    _Lieut.-Gen._ The band you boast of Chelsea cuirassiers,
    Shall, in my Putney pikes, now meet their peers.[57]

    _Gen._ Chiswickians, aged and renown'd in fight,
    Join with the Hammersmith brigade.

    _Lieut.-Gen._ You'll find my Mortlake boys will do them right,
    Unless by Fulham numbers over-laid.

    _Gen._ Let the left wing of Twick'nam foot advance,
    And line that eastern hedge.

    _Lieut.-Gen._ The horse I rais'd in Petty-France
    Shall try their chance,
    And scour the meadows, overgrown with sedge.

    _Gen._ Stand: give the word.

    _Lieut.-Gen._ Bright sword.

    _Gen._ That may be thine.
    But 'tis not mine.

    _Lieut.-Gen._ Give fire, give fire, at once give fire,
    And let those recreant troops perceive mine ire.[58]

    _Gen._ Pursue, pursue; they fly
    That first did give the lie.                     [_Exeunt._

_Bayes._ This now is not improper, I think; because the spectators know
all these towns, and may easily conceive them to be within the dominions
of the two Kings of Brentford.

_Johns._ Most exceeding well design'd!

_Bayes._ How do you think I have contriv'd to give a stop to this battle?

_Smith._ How?

_Bayes._ By an eclipse; which, let me tell you, is a kind of fancy that
was yet never so much as thought of, but by myself, and one person more,
that shall be nameless.

_Enter_ LIEUTENANT-GENERAL.

    _Lieut.-Gen._ What midnight darkness does invade the day,
    And snatch the victor from his conquer'd prey?
    Is the sun weary of this bloody fight,
    And winks upon us with the eye of light!
    'Tis an eclipse! this was unkind, O moon,
    To clap between me and the sun so soon.
    Foolish eclipse! thou this in vain hast done;
    My brighter honour had eclips'd the sun:
    But now behold eclipses two in one.                [_Exit._

_Johns._ This is an admirable representation of a battle as ever I saw.

_Bayes._ Ay, sir; but how would you fancy now to represent an eclipse?

_Smith._ Why, that's to be suppos'd.

_Bayes._ Suppos'd! ay, you are ever at your suppose: ha, ha, ha! why, you
may as well suppose the whole play. No, it must come in upon the stage,
that's certain; but in some odd way, that may delight, amuse, and all
that. I have a conceit for't, that I am sure is new, and I believe to the
purpose.

_Johns._ How's that?

_Bayes._ Why, the truth is, I took the first hint of this out of a
dialogue between Phoebus and Aurora, in the "Slighted Maid," which, by
my troth, was very pretty; but I think you'd confess this is a little
better.

_Johns._ No doubt on't, Mr. Bayes, a great deal better.

                  [BAYES _hugs_ JOHNSON, _then turns to_ SMITH.

_Bayes._ Ah, dear rogue! But--a--sir, you have heard, I suppose, that
your eclipse of the moon is nothing else but an interposition of the
earth between the sun and moon; as likewise your eclipse of the sun is
caus'd by an interlocation of the moon betwixt the earth and the sun.

_Smith._ I have heard some such thing indeed.

_Bayes._ Well, sir, then what do I but make the earth, sun, and moon come
out upon the stage, and dance the hey. Hum! and of necessity, by the very
nature of this dance, the earth must be sometimes between the sun and the
moon, and the moon between the earth and sun: and there you have both
eclipses by demonstration.

_Johns._ That must needs be very fine, truly.

_Bayes._ Yes, it has fancy in't. And then, sir, that there may be
something in't, too, of a joke, I bring 'em in all singing; and make the
moon sell the earth a bargain. Come, come out, eclipse, to the tune of
"Tom Tyler."

_Enter_ LUNA.

    _Luna._ Orbis, O Orbis!
    Come to me, thou little rogue, Orbis.

_Enter the_ EARTH.

    _Orb._     Who calls Terra-firma, pray?[59]

    _Luna._    Luna, that ne'er shines by day.

    _Orb._     What means Luna in a veil?

    _Luna._    Luna means to show her tail.

    _Bayes._ There's the bargain.

_Enter_ SOL, _to the tune of_ "Robin Hood."

    _Sol._ Fie, sister, fie; thou makest me muse,
           Derry down, derry down,
    To see thee Orb abuse.

    _Luna._ I hope his anger 'twill not move;
    Since I show'd it out of love.
                        Hey down, derry down.

    _Orb._ Where shall I thy true love know,
    Thou pretty, pretty moon?

    _Luna._ To-morrow soon, ere it be noon,
    On Mount Vesuvio.[60]

    _Sol._ Then I will shine [_To the tune of_ "Trenchmore." _Bis._

    _Orb._ And I will be fine.

    _Luna._ And I will drink nothing but Lippara wine.[61]

    _Omnes._ And we, &c. [_As they dance the hey_, BAYES _speaks_.

_Bayes._ Now the earth's before the moon: now the moon's before the sun:
there's the eclipse again.

_Smith._ He's mightily taken with this, I see.

_Johns._ Ay, 'tis so extraordinary, how can he choose?

_Bayes._ So, now, vanish eclipse, and enter t'other battle, and fight.
Here now, if I am not mistaken, you will see fighting enough.

[_A battle is fought between foot and great hobby-horses. At last_,
DRAWCANSIR _comes in and kills them all on both sides. All the while the
battle is fighting_, BAYES _is telling them when to shout_, _and shouts
with 'em_.

    _Draw._ Others may boast a single man to kill;
    But I the blood of thousands daily spill.
    Let petty kings the names of parties know:
    Where'er I come, I slay both friend and foe.
    The swiftest horse-men my swift rage controls,
    And from their bodies drives their trembling souls.
    If they had wings, and to the gods could fly,
    I would pursue and beat 'em through the sky;
    And make proud Jove, with all his thunder, see
    This single arm more dreadful is than he.          [_Exit._

_Bayes._ There's a brave fellow for you now, sirs. You may talk of
your Hectors, and Achilles's, and I know not who; but I defy all your
histories, and your romances too, to show me one such conqueror, as this
Drawcansir.

_Johns._ I swear, I think you may.

_Smith._ But, Mr. Bayes, how shall all these dead men go off? for I see
none alive to help 'em.

_Bayes._ Go off! why, as they came on, upon their legs: how should they
go off? Why, do you think the people here don't know they are not dead?
he is mighty ignorant, poor man: your friend here is very silly, Mr.
Johnson; egad, he is. Ha, ha, ha! Come, sir, I'll show you how they shall
go off. Rise, rise, sirs, and go about your business.[62] There's go off
for you now; ha, ha, ha! Mr. Ivory, a word. Gentlemen, I'll be with you
presently.

                                                       [_Exit._

    _Johns._ Will you so? Then we'll be gone.

    _Smith._ Ay, prithee let's go, that we may preserve our hearing.
    One battle more will take mine quite away.       [_Exeunt._

    _Enter_ BAYES _and_ PLAYERS.

    _Bayes._ Where are the gentlemen?

    _1st Play._ They are gone, sir.

    _Bayes._ Gone! 'sdeath, this act is best of all. I'll go fetch
    'em again.                                         [_Exit._

    _1st Play._ What shall we do, now he is gone away?

    _2nd Play._ Why, so much the better; then let's go to dinner.

    _3rd Play._ Stay, here's a foul piece of paper. Let's see what
                     'tis.

    _3rd or 4th Play._ Ay, ay, come, let's hear it.
                       [_Reads. The argument of the fifth act._

_3rd Play._ "Cloris, at length, being sensible of Prince Prettyman's
passion, consents to marry him; but just as they are going to church,
Prince Prettyman meeting, by chance, with old Joan, the chandler's widow,
and remembering it was she that first brought him acquainted with Cloris;
out of a high point of honour, breaks off his match with Cloris, and
marries old Joan. Upon which, Cloris, in despair, drowns herself; and
Prince Prettyman, discontentedly, walks by the river-side."----This will
never do: 'tis just like the rest. Come, let's be gone.

_Most of the Players._ Ay, plague on't, let's go away.

                                                     [_Exeunt._

_Enter_ BAYES.

_Bayes._ A plague on 'em both for me! they have made me sweat, to run
after 'em. A couple of senseless rascals, that had rather go to dinner,
than see this play out, with a plague to 'em. What comfort has a man to
write for such dull rogues! Come, Mr.--a--where are you, sir? Come away,
quick, quick.

_Enter_ STAGE-KEEPER.

_Stage-keep._ Sir: they are gone to dinner.

_Bayes._ Yes, I know the gentlemen are gone; but I ask for the players.

_Stage-keep._ Why, an't please your worship, sir, the players are gone to
dinner too.

_Bayes._ How! are the players gone to dinner? 'tis impossible: the
players gone to dinner! egad, if they are, I'll make 'em know what it is
to injure a person that does them the honour to write for 'em, and all
that. A company of proud, conceited, humorous, cross-grain'd persons,
and all that. Egad, I'll make 'em the most contemptible, despicable,
inconsiderable persons, and all that, in the whole world, for this trick.
Egad, I'll be revenged on 'em; I'll sell this play to the other house.

_Stage-keep._ Nay, good sir, don't take away the book; you'll disappoint
the company that comes to see it acted here this afternoon.

_Bayes._ That's all one, I must reserve this comfort to myself, my play
and I shall go together; we will not part, indeed, sir.

_Stage-keep._ But what will the town say, sir?

_Bayes._ The town! why, what care I for the town? Egad, the town has us'd
me as scurvily as the players have done: but I'll be reveng'd on them
too; for I'll lampoon 'em all. And since they will not admit of my plays,
they shall know what a satirist I am. And so farewell to this stage,
egad, for ever.

                                                 [_Exit_ BAYES.

_Enter_ PLAYERS.

_1st Play._ Come, then, let's set up bills for another play.

_2nd Play._ Ay, ay; we shall lose nothing by this, I warrant you.

_1st Play._ I am of your opinion. But before we go, let's see Haynes and
Shirley practise the last dance; for that may serve us another time.

_2nd Play._ I'll call 'em in: I think they are but in the tyring-room.

                 [_The dance done._]

_1st Play._ Come, come; let's go away to dinner.

                                               [_Exeunt omnes._


EPILOGUE.

    The play is at an end, but where's the plot?
    That circumstance our poet Bayes forgot.
    And we can boast, tho' 'tis a plotting age,
    No place is freer from it than the stage.
    The ancients plotted, tho', and strove to please
    With sense that might be understood with ease;
    They every scene with so much wit did store,
    That who brought any in, went out with more.
    But this new way of wit does so surprise,
    Men lose their wits in wond'ring where it lies.
    If it be true, that monstrous births presage
    The following mischiefs that afflict the age,
    And sad disasters to the state proclaim;
    Plays without head or tail may do the same.
    Wherefore for ours, and for the kingdom's peace,
    May this prodigious way of writing cease.
    Let's have at least, once in our lives, a time
    When we may hear some reason, not all rhyme.
    We have this ten years felt its influence;
    Pray let this prove a year of prose and sense.


FOOTNOTES:

[Footnote 1: The usual language of the Honourable Edward Howard, Esq., at
the rehearsal of his plays.]

[Footnote 2:

    He who writ this, not without pain and thought,
    From French and English theatres has brought
    Th' exactest rules, by which a play is wrought.
    The unity of action, place, and time;
    The scenes unbroken; and a mingled chime,
    Of Johnson's humour, with Corneille's rhyme.
    _Prologue to the Maiden Queen._
]

[Footnote 3: See the two prologues to the "Maiden Queen."]

[Footnote 4: There were printed papers given the audience before the
acting the "Indian Emperor;" telling them that it was the sequel of the
"Indian Queen," part of which play was written by Mr. Bayes, &c.]

[Footnote 5: "Persons, egad, I vow to Gad, and all that," is the constant
style of Failer in the "Wild Gallant:" for which, take this short speech,
instead of many:

"_Failer._ Really, madam, I look upon you, as a person of such worth, and
all that, that I vow to Gad, I honour you of all persons in the world;
and tho' I am a person that am inconsiderable in the world, and all that,
madam, yet for a person of your worth and excellency I would," &c.--"Wild
Gallant," p. 8.]

[Footnote 6: He contracted with the King's company of actors, in the year
1668, for a whole share, to write them four plays a year.]

[Footnote 7: In ridicule of this:

    "So two kind turtles, when a storm is nigh,
    Look up, and see it gathering in the sky;
    Each calls his mate to shelter in the groves,
    Leaving, in murmurs, their unfinish'd loves;
    Perch'd on some dropping branch, they sit alone,
    And coo, and hearken to each other's moan."
                            "Conquest of Granada," Part ii. p. 48.
]

[Footnote 8: "I am the evening dark as night."--"Slighted Maid," p. 49.]

[Footnote 9:

    "Let the men 'ware the ditches.
    Maids look to their breeches,
    We'll scratch them with briars and thistles."--"Slighted Maid," p. 49.
]

[Footnote 10: Abraham Ivory had formerly been a considerable actor of
women's parts; but afterwards stupefied himself so far, with drinking
strong waters, that, before the first acting of this farce, he was fit
for nothing but to go of errands; for which, and mere charity, the
company allowed him a weekly salary.]

[Footnote 11:

    _Drake, Sen._ "Draw up our men;
    And in low whispers give our orders out."
                           "Play House to be Let," p. 100.

See the "Amorous Prince," pp. 20, 22, 39, 69, where all the chief
commands, and directions, are given in whispers.]

[Footnote 12: Mr. William Wintershull was a most excellent, judicious
actor; and the best instructor of others; he died in July, 1679.]

[Footnote 13: He was a great taker of snuff; and made most of it himself.]

[Footnote 14: "The Lost Lady," by Sir Robert Stapleton.]

[Footnote 15: Compare this with Prince Leonidas in "Marriage A-la-mode."]

[Footnote 16: In imitation of this passage:--

    "As some fair tulip, by a storm opprest,
    Shrinks up, and folds its silken arms to rest;
    And, bending to the blast, all pale, and dead,
    Hears from within the wind sing round its head:
    So shrouded up your beauty disappears;
    Unveil, my love, and lay aside your fears:
    The storm, that caus'd your fright, is past and gone."

"Conquest of Granada," Part i. p. 55.]

[Footnote 17: Such easy turns of state are frequent in our modern plays;
where we see princes dethroned, and governments changed, by very feeble
means, and on slight occasions: particularly in "Marriage A-la-mode;"
a play writ since the first publication of this farce. Where (to pass
by the dulness of the state-part, the obscurity of the comic, the near
resemblance Leonidas bears to our Prince Prettyman, being sometimes a
king's son, sometimes a shepherd's; and not to question how Amalthea
comes to be a princess, her brother, the king's great favourite, being
but a lord) it is worth our while to observe, how easily the fierce and
jealous usurper is deposed, and the right heir placed on the throne; and
it is thus related by the said imaginary princess:--

    "_Amalth._ Oh, gentlemen! if you have loyalty,
              Or courage, show it now. Leonidas,
              Broke on a sudden from his guards, and snatching
              A sword from one, his back against the scaffold,
              Bravely defends himself; and owns aloud
              He is our long lost king, found for this moment;
              But, if your valours help not, lost for ever.
              Two of his guards mov'd by the sense of virtue,
              Are turn'd for him; and there they stand at bay,
              Against a host of foes."--"Marriage A-la-mode," p. 61.

This shows Mr. Bayes to be a man of constancy, and firm to his
resolution, and not to be laughed out of his own method; agreeable to
what he says in the next act: "As long as I know my things are good, what
care I what they say?"]

[Footnote 18:

    "I know not what to say, or what to think!
    I know not when I sleep, or when I wake!"--
                                        "Love and Friendship," p. 46.

    "My doubts and fears my reason do dismay:
    I know not what to do, or what to say."--"Pandora," p. 46.
]

[Footnote 19: Prince Prettyman and Tom Thimble; Failer, and Bibber his
tailor, in the "Wild Gallant," pp. 5, 6.]

[Footnote 20: "Nay, if that be all, there's no such haste. The courtiers
are not so forward to pay their debts."--"Wild Gallant," p. 9.]

[Footnote 21:

    "Take a little Bibber,
    And throw him in the river;
    And if he will trust never,
    Then there let him lie ever.

    _Bibber._ Then say I,
    Take a little Failer,
    And throw him to the jailer,
    And there let him lie
    Till he has paid his tailor."--"Wild Gallant," p. 12.
]

[Footnote 22: A great word with Mr. Edward Howard.]

[Footnote 23: In imitation of this:--

    "On seas, and in battles, through bullets and fire,
    The danger is less, than in hopeless desire;
    My death's wound you gave me, tho' far off I bear
    My fall from your sight, not to cost you a tear:
    But if the kind flood on a wave would convey,
    And under your window my body would lay;
    When the wound on my breast you happen to see,
    You'll say with a sigh, it was given by me."

This is the latter part of a song, made by Mr. Bayes on the death of
Captain Digby, son of George, Earl of Bristol, who was a passionate
admirer of the Duchess Dowager of Richmond, called by the author Armida.
He lost his life in a sea-fight against the Dutch, the 28th of May, 1672.]

[Footnote 24: Mr. Edward Howard's words.]

[Footnote 25: See the two kings in "The Conquest of Granada."]

[Footnote 26: "_Albert._ Curtius. I've something to deliver to your ear.

_Cur._ Anything from Alberto is welcome."--"Amorous Prince," p. 39.]

[Footnote 27: See the Prince in "Marriage A-la-mode."]

[Footnote 28: "Let my horses be brought ready to the door, for I'll go
out of town this evening.

    Into the country I'll with speed,
    With hounds and hawks my fancy feed, &c.
    Now I'll away, a country life
    Shall be my mistress, and my wife."

            "English Monsieur," pp. 36, 38, 39.
]

[Footnote 29: "And what's this maid's name?"--"English Monsieur," p. 40.]

[Footnote 30: "I bring the morning pictur'd in a cloud."--"Siege of
Rhodes," part i. p. 10.]

[Footnote 31: "Mr. Comely in love."--"English Monsieur," p. 49.]

[Footnote 32: Sir William D'Avenant's play of "Love and Honour."]

[Footnote 33: "But honours says not so."--"Siege of Rhodes," part i. p.
19.]

[Footnote 34: "Love in a Nunnery," p. 34.]

[Footnote 35: Col. Henry Howard, son of Thomas, Earl of Berkshire, made
a play called the "United Kingdoms," which began with a funeral; and
had also two kings in it. This gave the duke a just occasion to set up
two kings in Brentford, as it is generally believed; tho' others are of
opinion, that his grace had our two brothers, King Charles and the Duke
of York, in his thoughts. It was acted at the Cockpit, in Drury Lane,
soon after the Restoration; but miscarrying on the stage, the author had
the modesty not to print it; and therefore, the reader cannot reasonably
expect any particular passages of it. Others say, that they are Boabdelin
and Abdalla, the two contending kings of Granada; and Mr. Dryden has, in
most of his serious plays, two contending kings of the same place.]

[Footnote 36: "Conquest of Granada," in two parts.]

[Footnote 37:

    "On seas I bore thee, and on seas I died,
    I died: and for a winding-sheet, a wave
    I had; and all the ocean for my grave."

    "Conquest of Granada," part ii. p. 113.
]

[Footnote 38: Almanzor in the "Conquest of Granada."]

[Footnote 39: In ridicule of this:--

    "My earthly part,
    Which is my tyrant's right, death will remove;
    I'll come all soul and spirit to your love.
    With silent steps I'll follow you all day;
    Or else before you in the sunbeams play.
    I'll lead you hence to melancholy groves,
    And there repeat the scenes of our past loves;
    At night, I will within your curtains peep,
    With empty arms embrace you, while you sleep.
    In gentle dreams I often will be by,
    And sweep along before your closing eye.
    All dangers from your bed I will remove;
    But guard it most from any future love.
    And when at last in pity you will die,
    I'll watch your birth of immortality:
    Then, turtle like, I'll to my mate repair,
    And teach you your first flight in open air."--"Tyrannic Love," p. 25.
]

[Footnote 40: See the scene in the "Villain." Where the host furnishes
his guests with a collation out of his clothes; a capon from his helmet,
a tansey out of the lining of his cap, cream out of his scabbard, &c.]

[Footnote 41: In ridicule of this:--

    "_Almah._ Who dares to interrupt my private walk?

    _Alman._ He who dares love, and for that love must die;
    And, knowing this, dares yet love on, am I."

    "Granada," part ii. pp. 114, 115.
]

[Footnote 42: It was at first, "dares die."--_Ibid._]

[Footnote 43:

    "_Alman._ I would not now, if thou wouldst beg me, stay;
    But I will take my Almahide away."--"Conquest of Granada," p. 32.
]

[Footnote 44: In ridicule of this:--

    "_Alman._ Thou dar'st not marry her, while I'm in sight;
    With a bent brow, thy priest and thee I'll fright:
    And, in that scene, which all thy hopes and wishes should content,
    The thoughts of me shall make thee impotent."--_Ibid._ p. 5.
]

[Footnote 45:

    "Spite of myself, I'll stay, fight, love, despair;
    And all this I can do, because I dare."--"Tyrannic Love," part ii.
      p. 89.
]

[Footnote 46: In ridicule of this:--

    "_Max._ Thou liest. There's not a god inhabits there,
    But, for this Christian, would all heaven forswear:
    Even Jove would try new shapes her love to win,
    And in new birds, and unknown beasts would sin;
    At least, if Jove could love like Maximin."--

"Tyrannic Love," p. 17.]

[Footnote 47:

    "Some god now, if he dare relate what pass'd;
    Say, but he's dead, that god shall mortal be."--_Ibid._ p. 7.

    "Provoke my rage no farther, lest I be
    Reveng'd at once upon the gods, and thee."--_Ibid._ p. 8.

    "What had the gods to do with me, or mine."--_Ibid._ p. 57.
]

[Footnote 48:

    "Poets, like lovers, should be bold, and dare;
    They spoil their business with an over-care:
    And he, who servilely creeps after sense,
    Is safe; but ne'er can reach to excellence."--

    "Prologue to Tyrannic Love."
]

[Footnote 49:

    "What various noises do my ears invade;
    And have a concert of confusion made?"--"Siege of Rhodes," p. 4.
]

[Footnote 50: In ridicule of this:--

    "_Naker._ Hark, my Damilcar, we are call'd below.

    _Dam._ Let us go, let us go:
    Go to relieve the care,
    Of longing lovers in despair.

    _Naker._ Merry, merry, merry, we sail from the east,
    Half tippled at a rainbow feast.

    _Dam._ In the bright moonshine, while winds whistle loud,
    Tivy, tivy, tivy, we mount and we fly,
    All racking along in a downy white cloud;
    And lest our leap from the sky should prove too far,
    We slide on the back of a new-falling star.

    _Naker._ And drop from above,
    In a jelly of love.

    _Dam._ But now the sun's down, and the element's red,
    The spirits of fire against us make head.

    _Naker._ They muster, they muster, like gnats in the air:
    Alas! I must leave thee, my fair;
    And to my light-horsemen repair.

    _Dam._ O stay! for you need not to fear 'em to-night;
    The wind is for us, and blows full in their sight:
    And o'er the wide ocean we fight.
    Like leaves in the autumn, our foes will fall down,
    And hiss in the water....

    _Both._ And hiss in the water, and drown.

    _Naker._ But their men lie securely intrench'd in a cloud,
    And a trumpeter-hornet to battle sounds loud.

    _Dam._ Now mortals that spy
    How we tilt in the sky,
    With wonder will gaze;
    And fear such events as will ne'er come to pass.

    _Naker._ Stay you to perform what the man will have done.

    _Dam._ Then call me again when the battle is won.

    _Both._ So ready and quick is a spirit of air,
    To pity the lover, and succour the fair,
    That silent and swift, that little soft god,
    Is here with a wish, and is gone with a nod."--

            "Tyrannic Love," pp. 24, 25.
]

[Footnote 51: See "Tyrannic Love," act iv. sc. 1.]

[Footnote 52: In ridicule of this:--

    "What new misfortunes do these cries presage?

    _1st Mess._ Haste all you can, their fury to assuage:
    You are not safe from their rebellious rage.

    _2nd Mess._ This minute, if you grant not their desire,
    They'll seize your person, and your palace fire."--
                                        "Granada," part ii. p. 71.
]

[Footnote 53: "Aglaura," and the "Vestal Virgin," are so contrived by a
little alteration towards the latter end of them, that they have been
acted both ways, either as tragedies or comedies.]

[Footnote 54: There needs nothing more to explain the meaning of this
battle, than the perusal of the first part of the "Siege of Rhodes,"
which was performed in recitative music, by seven persons only: and the
passage out of the "Playhouse to be Let."]

[Footnote 55: The "Siege of Rhodes" begins thus:--

    "_Admiral._ Arm, arm, Valerius, arm."
]

[Footnote 56: The third entry thus:--

    "_Solym._ Pyrrhus, draw down our army wide;
    Then, from the gross, two strong reserves divide,
    And spread the wings,
    As if we were to fight,
    In the lost Rhodians' sight,
    With all the western kings.
    Each with Janizaries line;
    The right and left to Haly's sons assign;
    The gross, to Zangiban;
    The main artillery
    To Mustapha shall be:
    Bring thou the rear, we lead the van."
]

[Footnote 57:

    "More pikes! more pikes! to reinforce
    That squadron, and repulse the horse."--"Playhouse to be Let," p. 72.
]

[Footnote 58:

    "Point all the cannon, and play fast;
    Their fury is too hot to last.
    That rampire shakes; they fly into the town.

    _Pyr._ March up with those reserves to that redoubt;
    Faint slaves, the Janizaries reel!
    They bend! they bend! and seem to feel
    The terrors of a rout.

    _Must._ Old Zanger halts, and reinforcement lacks.

    _Pyr._ March on!

    _Must._ Advance those pikes, and charge their backs."--"Siege of
       Rhodes."
]

[Footnote 59: In ridicule of this:--

    "_Phoeb._ Who calls the world's great light!

    _Aur._    Aurora, that abhors the night.

    _Phoeb._ Why does Aurora, from her cloud,
             To drowsy Phoebus cry so loud?"--
                                     "Slighted Maid," p. 8.
]

[Footnote 60: "The burning mount Vesuvio."--"Slighted Maid," p. 81.]

[Footnote 61: "Drink, drink wine, Lippara wine."--_Ibid._]

[Footnote 62: Valeria, daughter to Maximin, having killed herself for
the love of Porphyrius; when she was to be carried off by the bearers,
strikes one of them a box on the ear, and speaks to him thus:--

    "Hold, are you mad, confounded dog?
    I am to rise, and speak the epilogue."--"Tyrannic Love."
]



THE SPLENDID SHILLING.

                         "Sing, heavenly Muse,
    Things unattempted yet, in prose or rhyme,
    A shilling, breeches, and chimeras dire."


    Happy the man, who void of cares and strife,
    In silken, or in leathern purse retains
    A Splendid Shilling. He nor hears with pain
    New oysters cry'd, nor sighs for cheerful ale;
    But with his friends when nightly mists arise,
    To Juniper's Magpye, or Town Hall[63] repairs:
    Where, mindful of the nymph, whose wanton eye
    Transfix'd his soul, and kindled amorous flames,
    Cloe, or Philips, he each circling glass
    Wisheth her health, and joy, and equal love.
    Meanwhile, he smokes, and laughs at merry tale,
    Or pun ambiguous, or conundrum quaint.
    But I, whom griping penury surrounds,
    And hunger, sure attendant upon want,
    With scanty offals, and small acid tiff,
    Wretched repast! my meagre corps sustain:
    Then solitary walk, or doze at home
    In garret vile, and with a warming puff
    Regale chill'd fingers; or from tube as black
    As winter-chimney, or well polish'd jet,
    Exhale Mundungus, ill perfuming scent:
    Not blacker tube, nor of a shorter size
    Smokes Cambro-Briton, vers'd in pedigree,
    Sprung from Cadwalador and Arthur, kings
    Full famous in romantic tale, when he
    O'er many a craggy hill and barren cliff,
    Upon a cargo of fam'd Cestrian cheese,
    High over-shadowing rides, with a design
    To vend his wares, or at th' Arvonian mart,
    Or Maridunum, or the ancient town
    Ycleped Brechinia, or where Vaga's stream
    Encircles Ariconium, fruitful soil!
    Whence flows nectareous wine, that well may vie
    With Massic, Setin, or renown'd Falern.
      Thus, while my joyless minutes tedious flow
    With looks demure, and silent pace, a Dun,
    Horrible monster! hated by gods and men,
    To my aërial citadel ascends.
    With vocal heel, thrice thund'ring at my gate,
    With hideous accent thrice he calls; I know
    The voice ill-boding, and the solemn sound.
    What should I do? or whither turn? Amaz'd,
    Confounded to the dark recess I fly
    Of woodhole; straight my bristling hairs erect
    Thro' sudden fear; a chilly sweat bedews
    My shudd'ring limbs, and, wonderful to tell!
    My tongue forgets her faculty of speech;
    So horrible he seems! his faded brow
    Entrench'd with many a frown, and conic beard,
    And spreading band, admir'd by modern saints,
    Disastrous acts forebode. In his right hand
    Long scrolls of paper solemnly he waves,
    With characters and figures dire inscrib'd,
    Grievous to mortal eyes; ye gods avert
    Such plagues from righteous men! Behind him stalks
    Another monster not unlike himself,
    Sullen of aspect, by the vulgar call'd
    A Catchpole, whose polluted hands the gods
    With force incredible and magic charms
    First have endu'd: if he his ample palm
    Should haply on ill-fated shoulder lay
    Of debtor, straight his body, to the touch
    Obsequious as whilom knights were wont,
    To some enchanted castle is convey'd,
    Where gates impregnable, and coercive chains
    In durance strict detain him till, in form
    Of money, Pallas sets the captive free.
      Beware, ye debtors, when ye walk, beware!
    Be circumspect; oft with insidious ken
    This caitiff eyes your steps aloof, and oft
    Lies perdue in a nook or gloomy cave,
    Prompt to enchant some inadvertent wretch
    With his unhallow'd touch. So, poets sing,
    Grimalkin to domestic vermin sworn
    An everlasting foe, with watchful eye
    Lies nightly brooding o'er a chinky gap,
    Protending her fell claws, to thoughtless mice
    Sure ruin. So her disembowell'd web
    Arachne in a hall, or kitchen, spreads,
    Obvious to vagrant flies: she secret stands
    Within her woven cell; the humming prey,
    Regardless of their fate, rush on the toils
    Inextricable, nor will aught avail
    Their arts, or arms, or shapes of lovely hue;
    The wasp insidious, and the buzzing drone,
    And butterfly proud of expanded wings
    Distinct with gold, entangled in her snares,
    Useless resistance make: with eager strides,
    She tow'ring flies to her expected spoils;
    Then, with envenom'd jaws the vital blood
    Drinks of reluctant foes, and to her cave
    Their bulky carcasses triumphant drags.
      So pass my days. But when nocturnal shades
    This world envelop, and th' inclement air
    Persuades men to repel benumbing frosts
    With pleasant wines, and crackling blaze of wood;
    Me, lonely sitting, nor the glimmering light
    Of make-weight candle, nor the joyous talk
    Of loving friend delights; distress'd, forlorn,
    Amidst the horrors of the tedious night,
    Darkling I sigh, and feed with dismal thoughts
    My anxious mind, or sometimes mournful verse
    Indite, and sing of groves and myrtle shades,
    Or desp'rate lady near a purling stream,
    Or lover pendant on a willow-tree.
    Meanwhile I labour with eternal drought,
    And restless wish, and rave, my parchéd throat
    Finds no relief, nor heavy eyes repose:
    But if a slumber haply does invade
    My weary limbs, my fancy's still awake,
    Thoughtful of drink, and eager, in a dream,
    Tipples imaginary pots of ale,
    In vain; awake I find the settled thirst
    Still gnawing, and the pleasant phantom curse.
      Thus do I live, from pleasure quite debarr'd,
    Nor taste the fruits that the sun's genial rays
    Mature, John Apple, nor the downy Peach,
    Nor Walnut in rough-furrow'd coat secure,
    Nor Medlar fruit delicious in decay:
    Afflictions great! yet greater still remains.
    My Galligaskins that have long withstood
    The winter's fury, and encroaching frosts,
    By time subdu'd, what will not time subdue!
    An horrid chasm disclos'd with orifice
    Wide, discontinuous; at which the winds
    Eurus and Auster, and the dreadful force
    Of Boreas, that congeals the Cronian waves,
    Tumultuous enter with dire chilling blasts,
    Portending agues. Thus a well-fraught ship,
    Long sail'd secure, or thro' th' Ægean deep,
    Or the Ionian, till cruising near
    The Lilybean shore, with hideous crush
    On Scylla, or Charybdis, dang'rous rocks!
    She strikes rebounding, whence the shatter'd oak,
    So fierce a shock unable to withstand,
    Admits the sea; in at the gaping side
    The crowding waves gush with impetuous rage,
    Resistless, overwhelming; horrors seize
    The mariners, death in their eyes appears,
    They stare, they lave, they pump, they swear, they pray;
    Vain efforts! still the batt'ring waves rush in,
    Implacable, till delug'd by the foam,
    The ship sinks found'ring in the vast abyss.


FOOTNOTES:

[Footnote 63: Two noted alehouses in Oxford, 1700.]



TWO "ODES."

BY AMBROSE PHILIPS, ESQ.,

_From among those which suggested the next following Burlesque._


TO MISS MARGARET PULTENEY, DAUGHTER OF DANIEL PULTENEY, ESQ., IN THE
NURSERY.

    _April_ 27, 1727.

    Dimply damsel, sweetly smiling,
    All caressing, none beguiling,
    Bud of beauty, fairly blowing,
    Every charm to nature owing,
    This and that new thing admiring,
    Much of this and that enquiring,
    Knowledge by degrees attaining,
    Day by day some virtue gaining,
    Ten years hence, when I leave chiming,
    Beardless poets, fondly rhyming
    (Fescu'd now, perhaps, in spelling),
    On thy riper beauties dwelling,
    Shall accuse each killing feature
    Of the cruel, charming creature,
    Whom I knew complying, willing,
    Tender, and averse to killing.


TO MISS CHARLOTTE PULTENEY, IN HER MOTHER'S ARMS.

    _May_ 1, 1724.

    Timely blossom, infant fair,
    Fondling of a happy pair,
    Every morn, and every night,
    Their solicitous delight,
    Sleeping, waking, still at ease,
    Pleasing, without skill to please,
    Little gossip, blithe and hale,
    Tatling many a broken tale,
    Singing many a tuneless song,
    Lavish of a heedless tongue,
    Simple maiden, void of art,
    Babbling out the very heart,
    Yet abandon'd to thy will,
    Yet imagining no ill,
    Yet too innocent to blush,
    Like the linlet in the bush,
    To the mother-linnet's note
    Moduling her slender throat,
    Chirping forth thy petty joys,
    Wanton in the change of toys,
    Like the linnet green, in May,
    Flitting to each bloomy spray,
    Wearied then, and glad of rest,
    Like the linlet in the nest.
    This thy present happy lot,
    This, in time, will be forgot.
    Other pleasures, other cares,
    Ever-busy time prepares;
    And thou shalt in thy daughter see,
    This picture, once, resembled thee.



NAMBY PAMBY:

OR, A PANEGYRIC ON THE NEW VERSIFICATION ADDRESSED TO A---- P----, ESQ.

    "Nauty Pauty Jack-a-dandy
    Stole a piece of sugar-candy
    From the Grocer's shoppy-shop,
    And away did hoppy-hop."


    All ye poets of the age,
    All ye witlings of the stage,
    Learn your jingles to reform:
    Crop your numbers, and conform:
    Let your little verses flow
    Gently, sweetly, row by row.
    Let the verse the subject fit,
    Little subject, little wit.
    Namby Pamby is your guide,
    Albion's joy, Hibernia's pride.
    Namby Pamby Pilli-pis,
    Rhimy pim'd on missy-mis;
    Tartaretta Tartaree
    From the navel to the knee;
    That her father's gracy-grace
    Might give him a placy-place.
    He no longer writes of mammy
    Andromache and her lammy,
    Hanging panging at the breast
    Of a matron most distrest.
    Now the venal poet sings
    Baby clouts, and baby things,
    Baby dolls and baby houses,
    Little misses, little spouses;
    Little playthings, little toys,
    Little girls, and little boys.
    As an actor does his part,
    So the nurses get by heart
    Namby Pamby's little rhymes,
    Little jingle, little chimes.
    Namby Pamby ne'er will die
    While the nurse sings lullaby.
    Namby Pamby's doubly mild,
    Once a man, and twice a child;
    To his hanging-sleeves restor'd,
    Now he foots it like a lord;
    Now he pumps his little wits,
    All by little tiny bits.
    Now methinks I hear him say,
    Boys and girls, come out to play,
    Moon does shine as bright as day.
    Now my Namby Pamby's found
    Sitting on the Friar's ground,
    Picking silver, picking gold,
    Namby Pamby's never old.
    Bally-cally they begin,
    Namby Pamby still keeps in.
    Namby Pamby is no clown,
    London Bridge is broken down:
    Now he courts the gay ladee,
    Dancing o'er the Lady-lee:
    Now he sings of lick-spit liar
    Burning in the brimstone fire;
    Liar, liar, lick-spit, lick,
    Turn about the candle-stick.
    Now he sings of Jacky Horner
    Sitting in the chimney corner,
    Eating of a Christmas pie,
    Putting in his thumb, oh, fie!
    Putting in, oh, fie! his thumb,
    Pulling out, oh, strange! a plum.
    Now he acts the Grenadier,
    Calling for a pot of beer.
    Where's his money? he's forgot,
    Get him gone, a drunken sot.
    Now on cock-horse does he ride;
    And anon on timber stride,
    See-and-saw and Sacch'ry down,
    London is a gallant town.
    Now he gathers riches in
    Thicker, faster, pin by pin.
    Pins apiece to see his show,
    Boys and girls flock row by row;
    From their clothes the pins they take,
    Risk a whipping for his sake;
    From their frocks the pins they pull,
    To fill Namby's cushion full.
    So much wit at such an age,
    Does a genius great presage.
    Second childhood gone and past,
    Should he prove a man at last,
    What must second manhood be,
    In a child so bright as he!
      Guard him, ye poetic powers,
    Watch his minutes, watch his hours:
    Let your tuneful Nine inspire him,
    Let poetic fury fire him:
    Let the poets one and all
    To his genius victims fall.



A WORD UPON PUDDING.

     _From_ "A LEARNED DISSERTATION UPON DUMPLING," _to which the
     preceding Poem was appended_.


What is a tart, a pie, or a pasty, but meat or fruit enclos'd in a
wall or covering of pudding? What is a cake, but a bak'd pudding; or a
Christmas pie, but a minc'd-meat pudding? As for cheese-cakes, custards,
tansies, &c., they are manifest puddings, and all of Sir John's own
contrivance; custard being as old, if not older, than Magna Charta. In
short, pudding is of the greatest dignity and antiquity; bread itself,
which is the very staff of life, being, properly speaking, a bak'd wheat
pudding.

To the satchel, which is the pudding-bag of ingenuity, we are indebted
for the greatest men in church and state. All arts and sciences owe
their original to pudding or dumpling. What is a bagpipe, the mother of
all music, but a pudding of harmony? Or what is music itself, but a
palatable cookery of sounds? To little puddings or bladders of colours we
owe all the choice originals of the greatest painters. And indeed, what
is painting, but a well-spread pudding, or cookery of colours?

The head of man is like a pudding. And whence have all rhymes, poems,
plots, and inventions sprang, but from that same pudding? What is
poetry, but a pudding of words? The physicians, tho' they cry out so
much against cooks and cookery, yet are but cooks themselves; with this
difference only, the cooks' pudding lengthens life, the physicians'
shortens it. So that we live and die by pudding. For what is a clyster,
but a bag-pudding? a pill, but a dumpling? or a bolus, but a tansy, tho'
not altogether so toothsome? In a word: physic is only a puddingizing or
cookery of drugs.

                                              The law is but a
    cookery of quibbles and contentions,[64]   *      *      *
    *      *      *      *      *      *       *      *      *
    *      *      *      * is but a pudding of *      *      *
    *      *      *      *      *      *       *      *      *
    *      *      *    Some swallow everything whole and unmix'd;

so that it may rather be call'd a heap than a pudding. Others are so
squeamish, the greatest mastership in cookery is requir'd to make the
pudding palatable. The suet which others gape and swallow by gobs, must
for these puny stomachs be minced to atoms; the plums must be pick'd
with the utmost care, and every ingredient proportion'd to the greatest
nicety, or it will never go down.

The universe itself is but a pudding of elements. Empires, kingdoms,
states and republics, are but puddings of people differently made up. The
celestial and terrestrial orbs are decipher'd to us by a pair of globes
or mathematical puddings.

The success of war and fate of monarchies are entirely dependent on
puddings and dumplings. For what else are cannonballs but military
puddings? or bullets, but dumplings; with this difference only, they do
not sit so well on the stomach as a good marrow pudding or bread pudding.

In short, there is nothing valuable in art or nature, but what, more
or less, has an allusion to pudding or dumpling. Why, then, should
they be held in disesteem? Why should dumpling-eating be ridiculed,
or dumpling-eaters derided? Is it not pleasant and profitable? Is it
not ancient and honourable? Kings, princes, and potentates have in all
ages been lovers of pudding. Is it not, therefore, of royal authority?
Popes, cardinals, bishops, priests and deacons, have, time out of mind,
been great pudding-eaters. Is it not, therefore, a holy and religious
institution? Philosophers, poets, and learned men in all faculties,
judges, privy councillors, and members of both houses, have, by their
great regard to pudding, given a sanction to it that nothing can efface.
Is it not, therefore, ancient, honourable, and commendable?

    Quare itaque fremuerunt Auctores?

Why do, therefore, the enemies of good eating, the starveling
authors of Grub Street, employ their impotent pens against pudding
and pudding-headed, _alias_ honest men? Why do they inveigh against
dumpling-eating, which is the life and soul of good-fellowship; and
dumpling-eaters, who are the ornaments of civil society?

But, alas! their malice is their own punishment. The hireling author
of a late scandalous libel, intituled, "The Dumpling-Eaters Downfall,"
may, if he has any eyes, now see his error, in attacking so numerous, so
august, a body of people. His books remain unsold, unread, unregarded;
while this treatise of mine shall be bought by all who love pudding or
dumpling; to my bookseller's great joy, and my no small consolation. How
shall I triumph, and how will that mercenary scribbler be mortified,
when I have sold more editions of my books than he has copies of his?
I, therefore, exhort all people, gentle and simple, men, women, and
children, to buy, to read, to extol these labours of mine, for the honour
of dumpling-eating. Let them not fear to defend every article; for I will
bear them harmless. I have arguments good store, and can easily confute,
either logically, theologically, or metaphysically, all those who dare
oppose me.

Let not Englishmen, therefore, be ashamed of the name of Pudding-eaters;
but, on the contrary, let it be their glory. For let foreigners cry out
ne'er so much against good eating, they come easily into it when they
have been a little while in our land of Canaan; and there are very few
foreigners among us who have not learn'd to make as great a hole in a
good pudding, or sirloin of beef, as the best Englishman of us all.

Why should we then be laughed out of pudding and dumpling? or why
ridicul'd out of good living? Plots and politics may hurt us, but pudding
cannot. Let us, therefore, adhere to pudding, and keep ourselves out
of harm's way; according to the golden rule laid down by a celebrated
dumpling-eater now defunct:

    "Be of your patron's mind, whate'er he says:
    Sleep very much; think little, and talk less:
    Mind neither good nor bad, nor right nor wrong;
    But eat your pudding, fool, and hold your tongue."--PRIOR.


FOOTNOTES:

[Footnote 64: The cat ran away with this part of the copy, on which the
Author had unfortunately laid some of Mother Crump's sausages.]



THE TRAGEDY OF TRAGEDIES: OR, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF

TOM THUMB THE GREAT.

WITH THE ANNOTATIONS OF H. SCRIBLERUS SECUNDUS.

FIRST ACTED IN 1730, AND ALTERED IN 1731.


H. SCRIBLERUS SECUNDUS, HIS PREFACE.

The town hath seldom been more divided in its opinion than concerning the
merit of the following scenes. Whilst some publicly affirm that no author
could produce so fine a piece but Mr. P----, others have with as much
vehemence insisted that no one could write anything so bad but Mr. F----.

Nor can we wonder at this dissension about its merit, when the learned
world have not unanimously decided even the very nature of this tragedy.
For though most of the universities in Europe have honoured it with the
name of "Egregium et maximi pretii opus, tragoediis tam antiquis quàm
novis longè anteponendum;" nay, Dr. B---- hath pronounced, "Citiùs Mævii
Æneadem quàm Scribleri istius tragoediam hanc crediderim, cujus autorem
Senecam ipsum tradidisse haud dubitârim:" and the great Professor Burman
hath styled Tom Thumb "Heroum omnium tragicorum facilè principem;" nay,
though it hath, among other languages, been translated into Dutch, and
celebrated with great applause at Amsterdam (where burlesque never came)
by the title of Mynheer Vander Thumb, the burgomasters received it with
that reverent and silent attention which becometh an audience at a deep
tragedy. Notwithstanding all this, there have not been wanting some who
have represented these scenes in a ludicrous light; and Mr. D---- hath
been heard to say, with some concern, that he wondered a tragical and
Christian nation would permit a representation on its theatre so visibly
designed to ridicule and extirpate everything that is great and solemn
among us.

This learned critic and his followers were led into so great an error
by that surreptitious and piratical copy which stole last year into
the world; with what injustice and prejudice to our author will be
acknowledged, I hope, by every one who shall happily peruse this genuine
and original copy. Nor can I help remarking, to the great praise of
our author, that, however imperfect the former was, even that faint
resemblance of the true Tom Thumb contained sufficient beauties to
give it a run of upwards of forty nights to the politest audiences.
But, notwithstanding that applause which it received from all the best
judges, it was as severely censured by some few bad ones, and, I believe
rather maliciously than ignorantly, reported to have been intended a
burlesque on the loftiest parts of tragedy, and designed to banish what
we generally call fine things from the stage.

Now, if I can set my country right in an affair of this importance, I
shall lightly esteem any labour which it may cost. And this I the rather
undertake, first, as it is indeed in some measure incumbent on me to
vindicate myself from that surreptitious copy before mentioned, published
by some ill-meaning people under my name; secondly, as knowing myself
more capable of doing justice to our author than any other man, as I
have given myself more pains to arrive at a thorough understanding of
this little piece, having for ten years together read nothing else; in
which time, I think, I may modestly presume, with the help of my English
dictionary, to comprehend all the meanings of every word in it.

But should any error of my pen awaken Clariss. Bentleium to enlighten
the world with his annotations on our author, I shall not think that the
least reward or happiness arising to me from these my endeavours.

I shall waive at present what hath caused such feuds in the learned
world, whether this piece was originally written by Shakespeare, though
certainly that, were it true, must add a considerable share to its merit,
especially with such who are so generous as to buy and commend what they
never read, from an implicit faith in the author only: a faith which our
age abounds in as much as it can be called deficient in any other.

Let it suffice, that "The Tragedy of Tragedies; or, The Life and Death
of Tom Thumb," was written in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Nor can
the objection made by Mr. D----, that the tragedy must then have been
antecedent to the history, have any weight, when we consider that,
though "The History of Tom Thumb" printed by and for Edward M--r, at the
Looking-glass on London Bridge, be of a later date, still must we suppose
this history to have been transcribed from some other, unless we suppose
the writer thereof to be inspired: a gift very faintly contended for by
the writers of our age. As to this history's not bearing the stamp of
second, third, or fourth edition, I see but little in that objection;
editions being very uncertain lights to judge of books by: and perhaps
Mr. M--r may have joined twenty editions in one, as Mr. C--l hath ere now
divided one into twenty.

Nor doth the other argument, drawn from the little care our author hath
taken to keep up to the letter of this history, carry any greater force.
Are there not instances of plays wherein the history is so perverted,
that we can know the heroes whom they celebrate by no other marks than
their names? nay, do we not find the same character placed by different
poets in such different lights, that we can discover not the least
sameness, or even likeness, in the features? The Sophonisba of Mairet and
of Lee is a tender, passionate, amorous mistress of Massinissa: Corneille
and Mr. Thomson give her no other passion but the love of her country,
and make her as cool in her affection to Massinissa as to Syphax. In the
two latter she resembles the character of Queen Elizabeth; in the two
former she is the picture of Mary Queen of Scotland. In short, the one
Sophonisba is as different from the other as the Brutus of Voltaire is
from the Marius, jun., of Otway, or as the Minerva is from the Venus of
the ancients.

Let us now proceed to a regular examination of the tragedy before us, in
which I shall treat separately of the Fable, the Moral, the Characters,
the Sentiments, and the Diction. And first of the Fable; which I take
to be the most simple imaginable; and, to use the words of an eminent
author, "one, regular, and uniform, not charged with a multiplicity of
incidents, and yet affording several revolutions of fortune, by which
the passions may be excited, varied, and driven to their full tumult of
emotion." Nor is the action of this tragedy less great than uniform. The
spring of all is the love of Tom Thumb for Huncamunca; which caused the
quarrel between their majesties in the first act; the passion of Lord
Grizzle in the second; the rebellion, fall of Lord Grizzle and Glumdalca,
devouring of Tom Thumb by the cow, and that bloody catastrophe, in the
third.

Nor is the Moral of this excellent tragedy less noble than the Fable;
it teaches these two instructive lessons, viz., that human happiness is
exceeding transient, and that death is the certain end of all men: the
former whereof is inculcated by the fatal end of Tom Thumb; the latter,
by that of all the other personages.

The Characters are, I think, sufficiently described in the _dramatis
personæ_; and I believe we shall find few plays where greater care is
taken to maintain them throughout, and to preserve in every speech that
characteristical mark which distinguishes them from each other. "But,"
says Mr. D----, "how well doth the character of Tom Thumb (whom we
must call the hero of this tragedy, if it hath any hero) agree with
the precepts of Aristotle, who defineth, 'tragedy to be the imitation
of a short but perfect action, containing a just greatness in itself?'
&c. What greatness can be in a fellow whom history related to have been
no higher than a span?" This gentleman seemeth to think, with Serjeant
Kite, that the greatness of a man's soul is in proportion to that of his
body, the contrary of which is affirmed by our English physiognominical
writers. Besides, if I understand Aristotle right, he speaketh only of
the greatness of the action, and not of the person.

As for the Sentiments and the Diction, which now only remain to be
spoken to, I thought I could afford them no stronger justification than
by producing parallel passages out of the best of our English writers.
Whether this sameness of thought and expression which I have quoted from
them proceeded from an agreement in their way of thinking, or whether
they have borrowed from our author, I leave the reader to determine. I
shall adventure to affirm this of the Sentiments of our author, that
they are generally the most familiar which I have ever met with, and
at the same time delivered with the highest dignity of phrase; which
brings me to speak of his diction. Here I shall only beg one postulatum,
viz., that the greatest perfection of the language of a tragedy is, that
it is not to be understood; which granted (as I think it must be), it
will necessarily follow that the only way to avoid this is by being too
high or too low for the understanding, which will comprehend everything
within its reach. Those two extremities of style Mr. Dryden illustrates
by the familiar image of two inns, which I shall term the aërial and the
subterrestrial.

Horace goes further, and showeth when it is proper to call at one of
these inns, and when at the other:--

    Telephus et Peleus, cùm pauper et exul uterque,
    Projicit ampullas et sesquipedalia verba.

That he approveth of the _sesquipedalia verba_ is plain; for, had not
Telephus and Peleus used this sort of diction in prosperity, they could
not have dropped it in adversity. The aërial inn, therefore (says
Horace), is proper only to be frequented by princes and other great men
in the highest affluence of fortune; the subterrestrial is appointed for
the entertainment of the poorer sort of people only, whom Horace advises,

    --dolere sermone pedestri.

The true meaning of both which citations is, that bombast is the proper
language for joy, and doggrel for grief; the latter of which is literally
implied in the _sermo pedestris_, as the former is in the _sesquipedalia
verba_.

Cicero recommendeth the former of these: "Quid est tam furiosum vel
tragicum quàm verborum sonitus inanis, nullâ subjectâ sententiâ neque
scientiâ." What can be so proper for tragedy as a set of big sounding
words, so contrived together as to convey no meaning? which I shall
one day or other prove to be the sublime of Longinus. Ovid declareth
absolutely for the latter inn:

    Omne genus scripti gravitate tragoedia vincit.

Tragedy hath, of all writings, the greatest share in the bathos; which is
the profound of Scriblerus.

I shall not presume to determine which of these two styles be properer
for tragedy. It sufficeth that our author excelleth in both. He is
very rarely within sight through the whole play, either rising higher
than the eye of your understanding can soar, or sinking lower than it
careth to stoop. But here it may perhaps be observed that I have given
more frequent instances of authors who have imitated him in the sublime
than in the contrary. To which I answer, first, bombast being properly
a redundancy of genius, instances of this nature occur in poets whose
names do more honour to our author than the writers in the doggrel,
which proceeds from a cool, calm, weighty way of thinking. Instances
whereof are most frequently to be found in authors of a lower class.
Secondly, that the works of such authors are difficultly found at all.
Thirdly, that it is a very hard task to read them, in order to extract
these flowers from them. And lastly, it is very difficult to transplant
them at all; they being like some flowers of a very nice nature, which
will flourish in no soil but their own: for it is easy to transcribe a
thought, but not the want of one. The "Earl of Essex," for instance, is
a little garden of choice rarities, whence you can scarce transplant one
line so as to preserve its original beauty. This must account to the
reader for his missing the names of several of his acquaintance, which
he had certainly found here, had I ever read their works; for which,
if I have not a just esteem, I can at least say with Cicero, "Quæ non
contemno, quippè quæ nunquam legerim." However, that the reader may meet
with due satisfaction in this point, I have a young commentator from
the university, who is reading over all the modern tragedies, at five
shillings a dozen, and collecting all that they have stole from our
author, which shall be shortly added as an appendix to this work.



DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.


KING ARTHUR, _a passionate sort of king, husband to_ QUEEN DOLLALLOLLA,
_of whom he stands a little in fear: father to_ HUNCAMUNCA, _whom he is
very fond of and in love with_ GLUMDALCA.

TOM THUMB THE GREAT, _a little hero with a great soul, something violent
in his temper, which is a little abated by his love for_ HUNCAMUNCA.

GHOST OF GAFFER THUMB, _a whimsical sort of ghost_.

LORD GRIZZLE, _extremely zealous for the liberty of the subject, very
choleric in his temper, and in love with_ HUNCAMUNCA.

MERLIN, _a conjuror, and in some sort father to_ TOM THUMB.

NOODLE, DOODLE, _courtiers in place, and consequently of that party that
is uppermost_.

FOODLE, _a courtier that is out of place, and consequently of that party
that is undermost_.

BAILIFF, AND FOLLOWER, _of the party of the plaintiff_.

PARSON, _of the side of the church_.

QUEEN DOLLALLOLLA, _wife to_ KING ARTHUR, _and mother to_ HUNCAMUNCA, _a
woman entirely faultless, saving that she is a little given to drink, a
little too much a virago towards her husband, and in love with_ TOM THUMB.

THE PRINCESS HUNCAMUNCA, _daughter to their_ MAJESTIES KING ARTHUR _and_
QUEEN DOLLALLOLLA, _of a very sweet, gentle, and amorous disposition,
equally in love with_ LORD GRIZZLE _and_ TOM THUMB, _and desirous to be
married to them both_.

GLUMDALCA, _of the giants, a captive queen, beloved by the king, but in
love with_ TOM THUMB.

CLEORA, MUSTACHA, _maids of honour in love with_ NOODLE _and_ DOODLE.

Courtiers, Guards, Rebels, Drums, Trumpets, Thunder and Lightning.


SCENE.--THE COURT OF KING ARTHUR, AND A PLAIN THEREABOUTS.

       *       *       *       *       *


ACT I.

SCENE I.--_The Palace._

DOODLE, NOODLE.

    _Doodle._ Sure such a day[65] as this was never seen!
    The sun himself, on this auspicious day,
    Shines like a beau in a new birthday suit:
    This down the seams embroidered, that the beams.
    All nature wears one universal grin.

    _Nood._ This day, O Mr. Doodle, is a day.
    Indeed!--a day, we never saw before.[66]
    The mighty Thomas Thumb victorious comes;[67]
    Millions of giants crowd his chariot wheels,
    Giants! to whom the giants in Guildhall[68]
    Are infant dwarfs. They frown, and foam, and roar,
    While Thumb, regardless of their noise, rides on.
    So some cock-sparrow in a farmer's yard,
    Hops at the head of an huge flock of turkeys.

    _Dood._ When Goody Thumb first brought this Thomas forth,
    The Genius of our land triumphant reign'd;
    Then, then, O Arthur! did thy Genius reign.

    _Nood._ They tell me it is whisper'd[69] in the books
    Of all our sages, that this mighty hero,
    By Merlin's art begot, hath not a bone
    Within his skin, but is a lump of gristle.

    _Dood._ Then 'tis a gristle of no mortal kind;
    Some god, my Noodle, stept into the place
    Of Gaffer Thumb, and more than half begot[70]
    This mighty Tom.

    _Nood._ Sure he was sent express[71]
    From Heaven to be the pillar of our state.
    Though small his body be, so very small
    A chairman's leg is more than twice as large,
    Yet is his soul like any mountain big;
    And as a mountain once brought forth a mouse,
    So doth this mouse contain a mighty mountain.[72]

    _Dood._ Mountain indeed! So terrible his name,
    The giant nurses frighten children with it,[73]
    And cry Tom Thumb is come, and if you are
    Naughty, will surely take the child away.

    _Nood._ But hark! these trumpets speak the king's approach.[74]

    _Dood._ He comes most luckily for my petition.
                                                   [_Flourish._


SCENE II.

KING, QUEEN, GRIZZLE, NOODLE, DOODLE, FOODLE.

    _King._ Let nothing but a face of joy appear;[75]
    The man who frowns this day shall lose his head,
    That he may have no face to frown withal.
    Smile Dollallolla--Ha! what wrinkled sorrow
    Hangs, sits, lies, frowns upon thy knitted brow?[76]
    Whence flow those tears fast down thy blubber'd cheeks,
    Like a swoln gutter, gushing through the streets?

    _Queen._ Excess of joy, my lord, I've heard folks say,[77]
    Gives tears as certain as excess of grief.

    _King._ If it be so, let all men cry for joy,
    Till my whole court be drowned with their tears;[78]
    Nay, till they overflow my utmost land,
    And leave me nothing but the sea to rule.

    _Dood._ My liege, I a petition have here got.

    _King._ Petition me no petitions, sir, to-day:
    Let other hours be set apart for business.
    To-day it is our pleasure to be drunk.[79]
    And this our queen shall be as drunk as we.

    _Queen._ (Though I already[80] half-seas over am)
    If the capacious goblet overflow
    With arrack punch----'fore George! I'll see it out:
    Of rum and brandy I'll not taste a drop.

    _King._ Though rack, in punch, eight shillings be a quart,
    And rum and brandy be no more than six,
    Rather than quarrel you shall have your will.  [_Trumpets._
    But, ha! the warrior comes--the great Tom Thumb,
    The little hero, giant-killing boy,
    Preserver of my kingdom, is arrived.


SCENE III.

TOM THUMB _to them, with_ OFFICERS, PRISONERS, _and_ ATTENDANTS.

    _King._ Oh! welcome most, most welcome to my arms.[81]
    What gratitude can thank away the debt
    Your valour lays upon me?

    _Queen._                  Oh! ye gods![82]        [_Aside._

    _Thumb._ When I'm not thank'd at all, I'm thank'd enough.[83]
    I've done my duty, and I've done no more.

    _Queen._ Was ever such a godlike creature seen?   [_Aside._

    _King._ Thy modesty's a candle[84] to thy merit,
    It shines itself, and shows thy merit too.
    But say, my boy, where didst thou leave the giants?

    _Thumb._ My liege, without the castle gates they stand,
    The castle gates too low for their admittance.

    _King._ What look they like?

    _Thumb._ Like nothing but themselves.

    _Queen._ And sure thou art like nothing but thyself.[85]
                                                      [_Aside._

    _King._ Enough! the vast idea fills my soul.
    I see them--yes, I see them now before me:
    The monstrous, ugly, barb'rous sons of clods.
    But ha! what form majestic strikes our eyes?
    So perfect, that it seems to have been drawn[86]
    By all the gods in council: so fair she is,
    That surely at her birth the council paused,
    And then at length cry'd out, This is a woman!

    _Thumb._ Then were the gods mistaken--she is not
    A woman, but a giantess----whom we,
    With much ado, have made a shift to haul[87]
    Within the town: for she is by a foot[88]
    Shorter than all her subject giants were.

    _Glum._ We yesterday were both a queen and wife,
    One hundred thousand giants own'd our sway.
    Twenty whereof were married to ourself.

    _Queen._ Oh! happy state of giantism where husbands
    Like mushrooms grow, whilst hapless we are forced
    To be content, nay, happy thought, with one.

    _Glum._ But then to lose them all in one black day,
    That the same sun which, rising, saw me wife
    To twenty giants, setting should behold
    Me widow'd of them all.----My worn-out heart,[89]
    That ship, leaks fast, and the great heavy lading,
    My soul, will quickly sink.

    _Queen._                    Madam, believe
    I view your sorrows with a woman's eye:
    But learn to bear them with what strength you may,
    To-morrow we will have our grenadiers
    Drawn out before you, and you then shall choose
    What husbands you think fit.

    _Glum._                      Madam, I am[90]
    Your most obedient and most humble servant.

    _King._ Think, mighty princess, think this court your own,
    Nor think the landlord me, this house my inn;
    Call for whate'er you will, you'll nothing pay.
    I feel a sudden pain within my breast,[91]
    Nor know I whether it arise from love
    Or only the wind-cholic. Time must show.
    O Thumb! what do we to thy valour owe!
    Ask some reward, great as we can bestow.

    _Thumb._ I ask not kingdoms, I can conquer those;[92]
    I ask not money, money I've enough;
    For what I've done, and what I mean to do,
    For giants slain, and giants yet unborn
    Which I will slay----if this be call'd a debt,
    Take my receipt in full: I ask but this,--
    To sun myself in Huncamunca's eyes.[93]

    _King._ Prodigious bold request.

    _Queen._             Be still, my soul.[94]       [_Aside._

    _Thumb._ My heart is at the threshold of your mouth,[95]
    And waits its answer there.----Oh! do not frown.
    I've try'd to reason's tune to tune my soul,
    But love did overwind and crack the string.
    Though Jove in thunder had cry'd out, YOU SHAN'T,
    I should have loved her still----for oh, strange fate,
    Then when I loved her least I loved her most!

    _King._ It is resolv'd--the princess is your own.

    _Thumb._ Oh! happy, happy, happy, happy Thumb.[96]

    _Queen._ Consider, sir; reward your soldier's merit,
    But give not Huncamunca to Tom Thumb.

    _King._ Tom Thumb! Odzooks! my wide-extended realm
    Knows not a name so glorious as Tom Thumb.
    Let Macedonia Alexander boast,
    Let Rome her Cæsars and her Scipios show,
    Her Messieurs France, let Holland boast Mynheers,
    Ireland her O's, her Macs let Scotland boast,
    Let England boast no other than Tom Thumb.

    _Queen._ Though greater yet his boasted merit was,
    He shall not have my daughter, that is pos'.

    _King._ Ha! sayst thou, Dollallolla?

    _Queen._                            I say he shan't.

    _King._ Then by our royal self we swear you lie.[97]

    _Queen._ Who but a dog, who but a dog[98]
    Would use me as thou dost? Me, who have lain
    These twenty years so loving by thy side![99]
    But I will be revenged. I'll hang myself.
    Then tremble all who did this match persuade,
    For, riding on a cat, from high I'll fall,[100]
    And squirt down royal vengeance on you all.

    _Food._ Her majesty the queen is in a passion.[101]

    _King._ Be she, or be she not, I'll to the girl[102]
    And pave thy way, O Thumb. Now by ourself,
    We were indeed a pretty king of clouts
    To truckle to her will--for when by force
    Or art the wife her husband overreaches,
    Give him the petticoat, and her the breeches.

    _Thumb._ Whisper, ye winds, that Huncamunca's mine![103]
    Echoes repeat, that Huncamunca's mine!
    The dreadful bus'ness of the war is o'er,
    And beauty, heav'nly beauty! crowns my toils!
    I've thrown the bloody garment now aside
    And hymeneal sweets invite my bride.
      So when some chimney-sweeper all the day
    Hath through dark paths pursued the sooty way,
    At night to wash his hands and face he flies,
    And in his t'other shirt with his Brickdusta lies.


SCENE IV.

    _Grizzle (solus)._ Where art thou, Grizzle?[104] where are now thy
      glories?
    Where are the drums that waken thee to honour?
    Greatness is a laced coat from Monmouth Street,
    Which fortune lends us for a day to wear,
    To-morrow puts it on another's back.
    The spiteful sun but yesterday survey'd
    His rival high as Saint Paul's cupola;
    Now may he see me as Fleet Ditch laid low.


SCENE V.

QUEEN, GRIZZLE.

    _Queen._ Teach me to scold, prodigious-minded Grizzle,[105]
    Mountain of treason, ugly as the devil,
    Teach this confounded hateful mouth of mine
    To spout forth words malicious as thyself,
    Words which might shame all Billingsgate to speak.

    _Griz._ Far be it from my pride to think my tongue
    Your royal lips can in that art instruct,
    Wherein you so excel. But may I ask,
    Without offence, wherefore my queen would scold?

    _Queen._ Wherefore? Oh! blood and thunder! han't you heard
    (What ev'ry corner of the court resounds)
    That little Thumb will be a great man made?

    _Griz._ I heard it, I confess--for who, alas!
    Can[106] always stop his ears?--But would my teeth,
    By grinding knives, had first been set on edge!

    _Queen._ Would I had heard, at the still noon of night,
    The hallalloo of fire in every street!
    Odsbobs! I have a mind to hang myself,
    To think I should a grandmother be made
    By such a rascal!--Sure the king forgets
    When in a pudding, by his mother put,
    The bastard, by a tinker, on a stile
    Was dropp'd.--Oh, good lord Grizzle! can I bear
    To see him from a pudding mount the throne?
    Or can, oh can, my Huncamunca bear
    To take a pudding's offspring to her arms?

    _Griz._ Oh, horror! horror! horror! cease, my queen.
    Thy voice, like twenty screech-owls, wracks my brain.[107]

    _Queen._ Then rouse thy spirit--we may yet prevent
    This hated match.

    _Griz._      We will; nor fate itself,[108]
    Should it conspire with Thomas Thumb, should cause it.
    I'll swim through seas; I'll ride upon the clouds:
    I'll dig the earth; I'll blow out every fire;
    I'll rave; I'll rant; I'll rise; I'll rush; I'll roar;
    Fierce as the man whom smiling[109] dolphins bore
    From the prosaic to poetic shore.
    I'll tear the scoundrel into twenty pieces.

    _Queen._ Oh, no! prevent the match, but hurt him not;
    For, though I would not have him have my daughter,
    Yet can we kill the man that killed the giants?

    _Griz._ I tell you, madam, it was all a trick;
    He made the giants first, and then he killed them;
    As fox-hunters bring foxes to the wood,
    And then with hounds they drive them out again.

    _Queen._ How! have you seen no giants? Are there not
    Now in the yard ten thousand proper giants?

    _Griz._ Indeed I cannot positively tell,[110]
    But firmly do believe there is not one.

    _Queen._ Hence! from my sight! thou traitor, hie away;
    By all my stars! thou enviest Tom Thumb.
    Go, sirrah! go, hie[111] away! hie!----thou art
    A setting-dog: begone.

    _Griz._                 Madam, I go.
    Tom Thumb shall feel the vengeance you have raised.
    So, when two dogs are fighting in the streets,
    With a third dog one of the two dogs meets,
    With angry teeth he bites him to the bone,
    And this dog smarts for what that dog has done.


SCENE VI.

    _Queen_ [_sola._] And whither shall I go?--Alack a day!
    I love Tom Thumb--but must not tell him so;
    For what's a woman when her virtue's gone?
    A coat without its lace; wig out of buckle;
    A stocking with a hole in't--I can't live
    Without my virtue, or without Tom Thumb.
    Then let me weigh them in two equal scales;[112]
    In this scale put my virtue, that Tom Thumb.
    Alas! Tom Thumb is heavier than my virtue.
    But hold!--perhaps I may be left a widow:
    This match prevented, then Tom Thumb is mine:
    In that dear hope I will forget my pain.
      So, when some wench to Tothill Bridewell's sent,
    With beating hemp and flogging she's content;
    She hopes in time to ease her present pain,
    At length is free, and walks the streets again.

       *       *       *       *       *


ACT II.

SCENE I.--_The street._

BAILIFF, FOLLOWER.

    _Bail._ Come on, my trusty fellow, come on;
    This day discharge thy duty, and at night
    A double mug of beer, and beer shall glad thee.
    Stand here by me, this way must Noodle pass.

    _Fol._ No more, no more, O Bailiff! every word
    Inspires my soul with virtue. Oh! I long
    To meet the enemy in the street, and nab him:
    To lay arresting hands upon his back,
    And drag him trembling to the sponging-house.

    _Bail._ There when I have him, I will sponge upon him.
    Oh! glorious thought! by the sun, moon, and stars,
    I will enjoy it, though it be in thought!
    Yes, yes, my follower, I will enjoy it.

    _Fol._ Enjoy it then some other time, for now
    Our prey approaches.

    _Bail._ Let us retire.


SCENE II.

TOM THUMB, NOODLE, BAILIFF, FOLLOWER.

    _Thumb._ Trust me, my Noodle, I am wondrous sick;[113]
    For, though I love the gentle Huncamunca,
    Yet at the thought of marriage I grow pale:
    For, oh!--but swear thou'lt keep it ever secret,[114]
    I will unfold a tale will make thee stare.

    _Nood._ I swear by lovely Huncamunca's charms.

    _Thumb._ Then know--my grandmamma[115] hath often said.
    Tom Thumb, beware of marriage.

    _Nood._                             Sir, I blush
    To think a warrior, great in arms as you,
    Should be affrighted by his grandmamma.
    Can an old woman's empty dreams deter
    The blooming hero from the virgin's arms?
    Think of the joy that will your soul alarm,
    When in her fond embraces clasp'd you lie,
    While on her panting breast, dissolved in bliss,
    You pour out all Tom Thumb in every kiss.

    _Thumb._ Oh! Noodle, thou hast fired my eager soul;
    Spite of my grandmother she shall be mine;
    I'll hug, caress, I'll eat her up with love:
    Whole days, and nights, and years shall be too short
    For our enjoyment; every sun shall rise
    Blushing to see us both alone together.[116]

    _Nood._ Oh, sir! this purpose of your soul pursue.

    _Bail._ Oh, sir! I have an action against you.

    _Nood._ At whose suit is it?

    _Bail._ At your tailor's, sir.
    Your tailor put this warrant in my hands,
    And I arrest you, sir, at his commands.

    _Thumb._ Ha! dogs! Arrest my friend before my face!
    Think you Tom Thumb will suffer this disgrace?
    But let vain cowards threaten by their word,
    Tom Thumb shall show his anger by his sword.

    [_Kills_ BAILIFF _and_ FOLLOWER.

    _Bail._ Oh, I am slain!

    _Fol._                   I am murdered also,
    And to the shades, the dismal shades below,
    My bailiff's faithful follower I go.

    _Nood._ Go then to hell,[117] like rascals as you are,
    And give our service to the bailiffs there.

    _Thumb._ Thus perish all the bailiffs in the land,
    Till debtors at noon-day shall walk the streets,
    And no one fear a bailiff or his writ.


SCENE III.--_The Princess_ HUNCAMUNCA'S _Apartment_.

HUNCAMUNCA, CLEORA, MUSTACHA.

    _Hunc._ Give me some music--see that it be sad.[118]

CLEORA _sings_.

    Cupid, ease a love-sick maid,
    Bring thy quiver to her aid;
    With equal ardour wound the swain;
    Beauty should never sigh in vain.

    Let him feel the pleasing smart,
    Drive the arrow through his heart:
    When one you wound, you then destroy;
    When both you kill, you kill with joy.

    _Hunc._ O Tom Thumb! Tom Thumb! wherefore art thou Tom Thumb?[119]
    Why hadst thou not been born of royal race?
    Why had not mighty Bantam been thy father?
    Or else the King of Brentford, old or new!

_Must._ I am surprised that your highness can give yourself a moment's
uneasiness about that little insignificant fellow, Tom Thumb the
Great[120]--one properer for a plaything than a husband. Were he my
husband his horns should be as long as his body. If you had fallen in
love with a grenadier, I should not have wondered at it. If you had
fallen in love with something; but to fall in love with nothing!

    _Hunc._ Cease, my Mustacha, on thy duty cease.
    The zephyr, when in flowery vales it plays,
    Is not so soft, so sweet as Thummy's breath.
    The dove is not so gentle to its mate.

_Must._ The dove is every bit as proper for a husband.--Alas! madam,
there's not a beau about the court looks so little like a man. He is a
perfect butterfly, a thing without substance, and almost without shadow
too.

    _Hunc._ This rudeness is unseasonable: desist;
    Or I shall think this railing comes from love.
    Tom Thumb's a creature of that charming form,
    That no one can abuse, unless they love him.

_Must._ Madam, the king.


SCENE IV.

KING HUNCAMUNCA.

    _King._ Let all but Huncamunca leave the room.
         [_Exeunt_ CLEORA _and_ MUSTACHA.
    Daughter, I have observed of late some grief
    Unusual in your countenance; your eyes
    That, like two open windows,[121] used to show
    The lovely beauty of the rooms within.
    Have now two blinds before them. What is the cause?
    Say, have you not enough of meat and drink?
    We've given strict orders not to have you stinted.

    _Hunc._ Alas! my lord, I value not myself
    That once I ate two fowls and half a pig;
    Small is that praise![122] but oh! a maid may want
    What she can neither eat nor drink.

    _King._                                 What's that?

    _Hunc._ O spare my blushes;[123] but I mean a husband.

    _King._ If that be all, I have provided one,
    A husband great in arms, whose warlike sword
    Streams with the yellow blood of slaughter'd giants,
    Whose name in Terrâ Incognitâ is known,
    Whose valour, wisdom, virtue, make a noise
    Great as the kettledrums of twenty armies.

    _Hunc._ Whom does my royal father mean?

    _King._                                 Tom Thumb.

    _Hunc._ Is it possible?

    _King._                 Ha! the window-blinds are gone;
    A country-dance of joy is in your face.[124]
    Your eyes spit fire, your cheeks grow red as beef.

    _Hunc._ Oh, there's a magic-music in that sound,
    Enough to turn me into beef indeed!
    Yes, I will own, since licensed by your word,
    I'll own Tom Thumb the cause of all my grief.
    For him I've sigh'd, I've wept, I've gnaw'd my sheets.

    _King._ Oh! thou shalt gnaw thy tender sheets no more.
    A husband thou shalt have to mumble now.

    _Hunc._ Oh! happy sound! henceforth let no one tell
    That Huncamunca shall lead apes in hell.
    Oh! I am overjoy'd!

    _King._             I see thou art.
    Joy lightens, in thy eyes, and thunders from thy brows;[125]
    Transports, like lightning, dart along thy soul,
    As small-shot through a hedge.

    _Hunc._                        Oh! say not small.

    _King._ This happy news shall on our tongue ride post,
    Ourself we bear the happy news to Thumb.
    Yet think not, daughter, that your powerful charms
    Must still detain the hero from his arms;
    Various his duty, various his delight;
    Now in his turn to kiss, and now to fight,
    And now to kiss again. So, mighty Jove,[126]
    When with excessive thund'ring tired above,
    Comes down to earth, and takes a bit--and then
    Flies to his trade of thund'ring back again.


SCENE V.

GRIZZLE, HUNCAMUNCA.

    _Griz._ Oh! Huncamunca, Huncamunca, oh![127]
    Thy pouting breasts, like kettledrums of brass,
    Beat everlasting loud alarms of joy;
    As bright as brass they are, and oh, as hard.
    Oh! Huncamunca, Huncamunca, oh!

    _Hunc._ Ha! dost thou know me, princess as I am,
    That thus of me you dare to make your game?[128]

    _Griz._ Oh! Huncamunca, well I know that you
    A princess are, and a king's daughter, too;
    But love no meanness scorns, no grandeur fears;
    Love often lords into the cellar bears,
    And bids the sturdy porter come up stairs.
    For what's too high for love, or what's too low?
    Oh! Huncamunca, Huncamunca, oh!

    _Hunc._ But, granting all you say of love were true,
    My love, alas! is to another due.
    In vain to me a suitoring you come,
    For I'm already promised to Tom Thumb.

    _Griz._ And can my princess such a durgen wed?
    One fitter for your pocket than your bed!
    Advised by me, the worthless baby shun,
    Or you will ne'er be brought to bed of one.
    Oh, take me to thy arms, and never-flinch,
    Who am a man, by Jupiter! every inch.
    Then, while in joys together lost we lie,[129]
    I'll press thy soul while gods stand wishing by.

    _Hunc._ If, sir, what you insinuate you prove,
    All obstacles of promise you remove;
    For all engagements to a man must fall,
    Whene'er that man is proved no man at all.

    _Griz._ Oh! let him seek some dwarf, some fairy miss,
    Where no joint-stool must lift him to the kiss!
    But, by the stars and glory! you appear
    Much fitter for a Prussian grenadier;
    One globe alone on Atlas' shoulders rests,
    Two globes are less than Huncamunca's breasts;
    The milky way is not so white, that's flat,
    And sure thy breasts are full as large as that.

    _Hunc._ Oh, sir, so strong your eloquence I find,
    It is impossible to be unkind.

    _Griz._ Ah! speak that o'er again, and let the sound[130]
    From one pole to another pole rebound;
    The earth and sky each be a battledore,
    And keep the sound, that shuttlecock, up an hour:
    To Doctors Commons for a licence I
    Swift as an arrow from a bow will fly.

    _Hunc._ Oh, no! lest some disaster we should meet,
    'Twere better to be married at the Fleet.

    _Griz._ Forbid it, all ye powers, a princess should
    By that vile place contaminate her blood;
    My quick return shall to my charmer prove
    I travel on the post-horses of love.[131]

    _Hunc._ Those post-horses to me will seem too slow
    Though they should fly swift as the gods, when they
    Ride on behind that post-boy, Opportunity.


SCENE VI.

TOM THUMB, HUNCAMUNCA.

    _Thumb._ Where is my princess? where's my Huncamunca?
    Where are those eyes, those cardmatches of love,
    That light up all with love my waxen soul?[132]
    Where is that face which artful nature made
    In the same moulds where Venus' self was cast?[133]

    _Hunc._ Oh! what is music to the ear that's deaf,[134]
    Or a goose-pie to him that has no taste?
    What are these praises now to me, since I
    Am promised to another?

    _Thumb._            Ha! promised?

    _Hunc._ Too sure; 'tis written in the book of fate.

    _Thumb._ Then I will tear away the leaf[135]
    Wherein it's writ; or, if fate won't allow
    So large a gap within its journal-book,
    I'll blot it out at least.


SCENE VII.

GLUMDALCA, TOM THUMB, HUNCAMUNCA.

    _Glum._ I need not ask if you are Huncamunca,[136]
    Your brandy-nose proclaims----

    _Hunc._                        I am a princess;
    Nor need I ask who you are.

    _Glum._                    A giantess;
    The queen of those who made and unmade queens.

    _Hunc._ The man whose chief ambition is to be
    My sweetheart, hath destroy'd these mighty giants.

    _Glum._ Your sweetheart? Dost thou think the man who once
    Hath worn my easy chains will e'er wear thine?

    _Hunc._ Well may your chains be easy, since, if fame
    Says true, they have been tried on twenty husbands.
    The glove or boot, so many times pull'd on,[137]
    May well sit easy on the hand or foot.

    _Glum._ I glory in the number, and when I
    Sit poorly down, like thee, content with one,
    Heaven change this face for one as bad as thine.

    _Hunc._ Let me see nearer what this beauty is
    That captivates the heart of men by scores.
                                 [_Holds a candle to her face._
    Oh! Heaven, thou art as ugly as the devil.

    _Glum._ You'd give the best of shoes within your shop
    To be but half so handsome.

    _Hunc._                    Since you come
    To that, I'll put my beauty to the test:[138]
    Tom Thumb, I'm yours, if you with me will go.

    _Glum._ Oh! stay Tom Thumb, and you alone shall fill
    That bed where twenty giants used to lie.

    _Thumb._ In the balcóny that o'erhangs the stage,
    I've seen a puss two 'prentices engage;
    One half-a-crown does in his fingers hold,
    The other shows a little piece of gold;
    She the half-guinea wisely does purloin,
    And leaves the larger and the baser coin.

    _Glum._ Left, scorn'd, and loath'd for such a chit as this;
    I feel the storm that's rising in my mind,[139]
    Tempests and whirlwinds rise, and roll, and roar.
    I'm all within a hurricane, as if
    The world's four winds were pent within my carcase.[140]
    Confusion,[141] horror, murder, gripes, and death!


SCENE VIII.

KING, GLUMDALCA.

    _King._ Sure never was so sad a king as I![142]
    My life is worn as ragged as a coat[143]
    A beggar wears; a prince should put it off.
    To love a captive and a giantess![144]
    Oh love! oh love! how great a king art thou!
    My tongue's thy trumpet, and thou trumpetest,
    Unknown to me, within me. Oh, Glumdalca![145]
    Heaven thee design'd a giantess to make,
    But an angelic soul was shuffled in.
    I am a multitude of walking griefs,[146]
    And only on her lips the balm is found
    To spread a plaster that might cure them all.[147]

    _Glum._ What do I hear?

    _King._                 What do I see?

    _Glum._                                Oh!

    _King._                                    Ah!

    _Glum._ Ah! wretched queen![148]

    _King._                     Oh! wretched king!

    _Glum._                                        Ah![149]

    _King._                                            Oh!


SCENE IX.

TOM THUMB, HUNCAMUNCA, PARSON.

    _Par._ Happy's the wooing that's not long a-doing;
    For, if I guess right, Tom Thumb this night
    Shall give a being to a new Tom Thumb.

    _Thumb._ It shall be my endeavour so to do.

    _Hunc._ Oh! fie upon you, sir, you make me blush.

    _Thumb._ It is the virgin's sign, and suits you well:
    I know not where, nor how, nor what I am;[150]
    I'm so transported, I have lost myself.[151]

    _Hunc._ Forbid it, all ye stars, for you're so small,
    That were you lost, you'd find yourself no more.
    So the unhappy sempstress once, they say,
    Her needle in a pottle, lost, of hay;
    In vain she look'd, and look'd, and made her moan.
    For ah, the needle was for ever gone.

    _Par._ Long may they live, and love, and propagate,
    Till the whole land be peopled with Tom Thumbs!
    So, when the Cheshire cheese a maggot breeds,[152]
    Another and another still succeeds:
    By thousands and ten thousands they increase,
    Till one continued maggot fills the rotten cheese.


SCENE X.

NOODLE, _and then_ GRIZZLE.

    _Nood._ Sure, Nature means to break her solid chain,[153]
    Or else unfix the world, and in a rage
    To hurl it from its axletree and hinges;
    All things are so confused, the king's in love,
    The queen is drunk, the princess married is.

    _Griz._ Oh, Noodle! Hast thou Huncamunca seen?

    _Nood._ I've seen a thousand sights this day, where none
    Are by the Wonderful Pig himself outdone.
    The king, the queen, and all the court, are sights.

    _Griz._ D--n your delay, you trifler! are you drunk, ha?[154]
    I will not hear one word but Huncamunca.

    _Nood._ By this time she is married to Tom Thumb.

    _Griz._ My Huncamunca![155]

    _Nood._ Your Huncamunca,
    Tom Thumb's Huncamunca, every man's Huncamunca.

    _Griz._ If this be true, all womankind are curst.

    _Nood._ If it be not, may I be so myself.

    _Griz._ See where she comes! I'll not believe a word
    Against that face, upon whose ample brow[156]
    Sits innocence with majesty enthroned.


GRIZZLE, HUNCAMUNCA.

    _Griz._ Where has my Huncamunca been? See here.
    The licence in my hand!

    _Hunc._           Alas! Tom Thumb.

    _Griz._ Why dost thou mention him?

    _Hunc._                          Ah, me! Tom Thumb.

    _Griz._ What means my lovely Huncamunca?

    _Hunc._                                     Hum?

    _Griz._ Oh! speak.

    _Hunc._           Hum!

    _Griz._                 Ha! your every word is hum:
    You force me still to answer you, Tom Thumb.[157]
    Tom Thumb--I'm on the rack--I'm in a flame.
    Tom Thumb, Tom Thumb, Tom Thumb--you love the name;[158]
    So pleasing is that sound, that, were you dumb,
    You still would find a voice to cry Tom Thumb.

    _Hunc._ Oh! be not hasty to proclaim my doom!
    My ample heart for more than one has room:
    A maid like me Heaven form'd at least for two.
    I married him, and now I'll marry you.[159]

    _Griz._ Ha! dost thou own thy falsehood to my face?
    Think'st thou that I will share thy husband's place?
    Since to that office one cannot suffice,
    And since you scorn to dine one single dish on,
    Go, get your husband put into commission.
    Commissioners to discharge (ye gods! it fine is)
    The duty of a husband to your highness.
    Yet think not long I will my rival bear,
    Or unrevenged the slighted willow wear;
    The gloomy, brooding tempest, now confined
    Within the hollow caverns of my mind,
    In dreadful whirl shall roll along the coasts,
    Shall thin the land of all the men it boasts,
    And cram up ev'ry chink of hell with ghosts.[160]
    So have I seen, in some dark winter's day,[161]
    A sudden storm rush down the sky's highway,
    Sweep through the streets with terrible ding-dong,
    Gush through the spouts, and wash whole clouds along.
    The crowded shops the thronging vermin screen,
    Together cram the dirty and the clean,
    And not one shoe-boy in the street is seen.

    _Hunc._ Oh, fatal rashness! should his fury slay
    My hapless bridegroom on his wedding-day,
    I, who this morn of two chose which to wed,
    May go again this night alone to bed.
    So have I seen some wild unsettled fool,[162]
    Who had her choice of this and that joint-stool,
    To give the preference to either loth,
    And fondly coveting to sit on both,
    While the two stools her sitting-part confound,
    Between 'em both fall squat upon the ground.

       *       *       *       *       *


ACT III.

SCENE I.--KING ARTHUR'S _Palace._

_Ghost_[163] (_solus_). Hail! ye black horrors of midnight's midnoon!

    Ye fairies, goblins, bats, and screech-owls, hail!
    And, oh! ye mortal watchmen, whose hoarse throats
    Th' immortal ghosts dread croakings counterfeit,
    All hail!--Ye dancing phantoms, who, by day,
    Are some condemn'd to fast, some feast in fire,
    Now play in churchyards, skipping o'er the graves,
    To the loud music of the silent bell,[164]
    All hail!


SCENE II.

KING, GHOST.

    _King_. What noise is this? What villain dares,
    At this dread hour, with feet and voice profane,
    Disturb our royal walls?

    _Ghost_.            One who defies
    Thy empty power to hurt him; one who dares[165]
    Walk in thy bedchamber.

    _King_.            Presumptuous slave!
    Thou diest.

    _Ghost_.   Threaten others with that word:
    I am a ghost, and am already dead.[166]

    _King_. Ye stars! 'tis well. Were thy last hour to come,
    This moment had been it; yet by thy shroud[167]
    I'll pull thee backward, squeeze thee to a bladder,
    Till thou dost groan thy nothingness away.
    Thou fly'st! 'Tis well.                   [GHOST _retires_.
    I thought what was the courage of a ghost![168]
    Yet, dare not, on thy life--Why say I that,
    Since life thou hast not?--Dare not walk again
    Within these walls, on pain of the Red Sea.
    For, if henceforth I ever find thee here,
    As sure, sure as a gun, I'll have thee laid----

    _Ghost._ Were the Red Sea a sea of Hollands gin,
    The liquor (when alive) whose very smell
    I did detest, did loathe--yet, for the sake
    Of Thomas Thumb, I would be laid therein.

    _King._ Ha! said you?

    _Ghost._               Yes, my liege, I said Tom Thumb,
    Whose father's ghost I am--once not unknown
    To mighty Arthur. But, I see, 'tis true,
    The dearest friend, when dead, we all forget.

    _King._ 'Tis he--it is the honest Gaffer Thumb.
    Oh! let me press thee in my eager arms,
    Thou best of ghosts! thou something more than ghost!

    _Ghost._ Would I were something more, that we again
    Might feel each other in the warm embrace.
    But now I have th' advantage of my king,
    For I feel thee, whilst thou dost not feel me.[169]

    _King._ But say, thou dearest air,[170] oh! say what dread,
    Important business sends thee back to earth?

    _Ghost._ Oh! then prepare to hear--which but to hear
    Is full enough to send thy spirit hence.
    Thy subjects up in arms, by Grizzle led,
    Will, ere the rosy-finger'd morn shall ope
    The shutters of the sky, before the gate
    Of this thy royal palace, swarming spread.
    So have I seen the bees in clusters swarm,[171]
    So have I seen the stars in frosty nights,
    So have I seen the sand in windy days,
    So have I seen the ghosts on Pluto's shore,
    So have I seen the flowers in spring arise,
    So have I seen the leaves in autumn fall,
    So have I seen the fruits in summer smile,
    So have I seen the snow in winter frown.

    _King._ D--n all thou hast seen!--dost thou, beneath the shape
    Of Gaffer Thumb, come hither to abuse me
    With similes, to keep me on the rack?
    Hence--or, by all the torments of thy hell,
    I'll run thee through the body, though thou'st none.[172]

    _Ghost._ Arthur, beware! I must this moment hence,
    Not frighted by your voice, but by the cocks!
    Arthur, beware, beware, beware, beware!
    Strive to avert thy yet impending fate;
    For, if thou'rt kill'd to-day,
    To-morrow all thy care will come too late.


SCENE III.

KING, _solus_.

    _King._ Oh! stay, and leave me not uncertain thus!
    And, whilst thou tellest me what's like my fate,
    Oh! teach me how I may avert it too!
    Curs'd be the man who first a simile made!
    Curs'd ev'ry bard who writes--So have I seen!
    Those whose comparisons are just and true,
    And those who liken things not like at all.
    The devil is happy that the whole creation
    Can furnish out no simile to his fortune.


SCENE IV.

KING, QUEEN.

    _Queen._ What is the cause, my Arthur, that you steal
    Thus silently from Dollallolla's breast?
    Why dost thou leave me in the dark alone,[173]
    When well thou know'st I am afraid of sprites?

    _King._ Oh, Dollallolla! do not blame my love!
    I hoped the fumes of last night's punch had laid
    Thy lovely eyelids fast; but, oh! I find
    There is no power in drams to quiet wives;
    Each morn, as the returning sun, they wake,
    And shine upon their husbands.

    _Queen._                          Think, oh, think!
    What a surprise it must be to the sun,
    Rising, to find the vanish'd world away.
    What less can be the wretched wife's surprise
    When, stretching out her arms to fold thee fast,
    She found her useless bolster in her arms.
    Think, think, on that.--Oh! think, think well on that![174]
    I do remember also to have read
    In Dryden's Ovid's Metamorphoses,[175]
    That Jove in form inanimate did lie
    With beauteous Danaë: and, trust me, love,
    I fear'd the bolster might have been a Jove.[176]

    _King._ Come to my arms, most virtuous of thy sex!
    Oh, Dollallolla! were all wives like thee,
    So many husbands never had worn horns.
    Should Huncamunca of thy worth partake,
    Tom Thumb indeed were blest.--Oh, fatal name
    For didst thou know one quarter what I know,
    Then wouldst thou know--alas! what thou wouldst know!

    _Queen._ What can I gather hence? Why dost thou speak
    Like men who carry rareeshows about?
    "Now you shall see, gentlemen, what you shall see."
    O, tell me more, or thou hast told too much.


SCENE V.

KING, QUEEN, NOODLE.

    _Nood._ Long life attend your majesties serene,
    Great Arthur, king, and Dollallolla, queen!
    Lord Grizzle, with a bold rebellious crowd,
    Advances to the palace, threat'ning loud,
    Unless the princess be deliver'd straight,
    And the victorious Thumb, without his pate,
    They are resolv'd to batter down the gate.


SCENE VI.

KING, QUEEN, HUNCAMUNCA, NOODLE.

    _King._ See where the princess comes! Where is Tom Thumb?

    _Hunc._ Oh! sir, about an hour and half ago
    He sallied out t' encounter with the foe,
    And swore, unless his fate had him misled,
    From Grizzle's shoulders to cut off his head,
    And serve't up with your chocolate in bed.

    _King._ 'Tis well, I found one devil told us both.
    Come, Dollallolla, Huncamunca, come;
    Within we'll wait for the victorious Thumb:
    In peace and safety we secure may stay,
    While to his arm we trust the bloody fray;
    Though men and giants should conspire with gods,
    He is alone equal to all these odds.[177]

    _Queen._ He is, indeed, a helmet to us all;[178]
    While he supports we need not fear to fall;
    His arm despatches all things to our wish,
    And serves up ev'ry foe's head in a dish.
    Void is the mistress of the house of care,
    While the good cook presents the bill of fare;
    Whether the cod, that northern king of fish,
    Or duck, or goose, or pig, adorn the dish,
    No fears the number of her guests afford,
    But at her hour she sees the dinner on the board.


SCENE VII.--_Plain._

GRIZZLE, FOODLE, REBELS.

    _Griz._ Thus far our arms with victory are crown'd;
    For, though we have not fought, yet we have found
    No enemy to fight withal.[179]

    _Food._                       Yet I,
    Methinks, would willingly avoid this day,
    This first of April to engage our foes.[180]

    _Griz._ This day, of all the days of the year, I'd choose,
    For on this day my grandmother was born.
    Gods! I will make Tom Thumb an April-fool;
    Will teach his wit an errand it ne'er knew,[181]
    And send it post to the Elysian shades.

    _Food._ I'm glad to find our army is so stout,
    Nor does it move my wonder less than joy.

    _Griz._ What friends we have, and how we came so strong,[182]
    I'll softly tell you as we march along.


SCENE VIII.--_Thunder and Lightning._

TOM THUMB, GLUMDALCA, _cum suis._

    _Thumb._ Oh, Noodle! hast thou seen a day like this?
    The unborn thunder rumbles o'er our heads,[183]
    As if the gods meant to unhinge the world,[184]
    And heaven and earth in wild confusion hurl;
    Yet will I boldly tread the tott'ring ball.

    _Merl._ Tom Thumb!

    _Thumb._          What voice is this I hear?

    _Merl._                                     Tom Thumb!

    _Thumb._ Again it calls.

    _Merl._                 Tom Thumb!

    _Glum._                           It calls again.

    _Thumb._ Appear, whoe'er thou art; I fear thee not.

    _Merl._ Thou hast no cause to fear--I am thy friend,
    Merlin by name, a conjuror by trade,
    And to my art thou dost thy being owe.

    _Thumb._ How?

    _Merl._ Hear, then, the mystic getting of Tom Thumb.

    His father was a ploughman plain,
      His mother milk'd the cow;
    And yet the way to get a son
      This couple knew not how,
    Until such time the good old man
      To learned Merlin goes,
    And there to him, in great distress,
      In secret manner shows
    How in his heart he wish'd to have
      A child, in time to come,
    To be his heir, though it may be
      No bigger than his thumb:
    Of which old Merlin was foretold
      That he his wish should have;
    And so a son of stature small
      The charmer to him gave.[185]

    Thou'st heard the past--look up and see the future.

    _Thumb._ Lost in amazement's gulf, my senses sink;[186]
    See there, Glumdalca, see another me![187]

    _Glum._ O, sight of horror! see, you are devour'd
    By the expanded jaws of a red cow.

    _Merl._ Let not these sights deter thy noble mind,
    For, lo! a sight more glorious courts thy eyes.[188]
    See from afar a theatre arise;
    There ages, yet unborn, shall tribute pay
    To the heroic actions of this day;
    Then buskin tragedy at length shall choose
    Thy name the best supporter of her muse.

    _Thumb._ Enough: let every warlike music sound.
    We fall contented, if we fall renown'd.


SCENE IX.

LORD GRIZZLE, FOODLE, REBELS, _on one side_; TOM THUMB, GLUMDALCA, _on
the other._

    _Food._ At length the enemy advances nigh,
    I hear them with my ear, and see them with my eye.[189]

    _Griz._ Draw all your swords: for liberty we fight,
    And liberty the mustard is of life.[190]

    _Thumb._ Are you the man whom men famed Grizzle name?

    _Griz._ Are you the much more famed Tom Thumb?[191]

    _Thumb._ The same.

    _Griz._ Come on, our worth upon ourselves we'll prove;
    For liberty I fight.

    _Thumb._ And I for love.

     [_A bloody engagement between the two armies; drums beating,
     trumpets sounding, thunder, lightning, They fight off and on
     several times. Some fall._ GRIZZLE _and_ GLUMDALCA _remain._

    _Glum._ Turn, coward, turn; nor from a woman fly.

    _Griz._ Away--thou art too ignoble for my arm.

    _Glum._ Have at thy heart.

    _Griz._                    Nay, then I thrust at thine.

    _Glum._ You push too well; you've run me through the body,
    And I am dead.

    _Griz._ Then there's an end of one.

    _Thumb._ When thou art dead, then there's an end of two.
    Villain.[192]

    _Griz._ Tom Thumb!

    _Thumb._ Rebel!

    _Griz._ Tom Thumb!

    _Thumb._ Hell!

    _Griz._ Huncamunca!

    _Thumb._ Thou hast it there.

    _Griz._ Too sure I feel it.

    _Thumb._ To hell then, like a rebel as you are,
    And give my service to the rebels there.

    _Griz._ Triumph not, Thumb, nor think thou shalt enjoy
    Thy Huncamunca undisturb'd; I'll send
    My ghost to fetch her to the other world;[193]
    It shall but bait at heaven, and then return.[194]
    But, ha! I feel death rumbling in my brains:[195]
    Some kinder sprite knocks softly at my soul,[196]
    And gently whispers it to haste away.
    I come, I come, most willingly I come.
    So when some city wife, for country air,
    To Hampstead or to Highgate does repair,
    Her to make haste her husband does implore,
    And cries, "My dear, the coach is at the door:"
    With equal wish, desirous to be gone,
    She gets into the coach, and then she cries--"Drive on!"

    _Thumb._ With those last words he vomited his soul,[197]
    Which, like whipt cream, the devil will swallow down.[198]
    Bear off the body, and cut off the head,
    Which I will to the king in triumph lug.
    Rebellion's dead, and now I'll go to breakfast.


SCENE X.

KING, QUEEN, HUNCAMUNCA, COURTIERS.

    _King._ Open the prisons, set the wretched free,
    And bid our treasurer disburse six pounds
    To pay their debts. Let no one weep to-day.
    Come, Dollallolla; curse that odious name![199]
    It is so long, it asks an hour to speak it.
    By heavens! I'll change it into Doll, or Loll,
    Or any other civil monosyllable,
    That will not tire my tongue. Come, sit thee down.
    Here seated let us view the dancers' sports;
    Bid 'em advance. This is the wedding-day
    Of Princess Huncamunca and Tom Thumb;
    Tom Thumb! who wins two victories to-day,[200]
    And this way marches, bearing Grizzle's head.  [_A dance here._

    _Nood._ Oh! monstrous, dreadful, terrible--Oh! oh!
    Deaf be my ears, for ever blind my eyes!
    Dumb be my tongue! feet lame! all senses lost!
    Howl wolves; grunt, bears; hiss, snakes; shriek, all ye ghosts![201]

    _King._ What does the blockhead mean?

    _Nood._                               I mean, my liege,
    Only to grace my tale with decent horror.[202]
    Whilst from my garret, twice two stories high,
    I look'd abroad into the streets below,
    I saw Tom Thumb attended by the mob;
    Twice twenty shoe-boys, twice two dozen links,
    Chairmen and porters, hackney-coachmen, drabs;
    Aloft he bore the grizly head of Grizzle;
    When of a sudden through the streets there came
    A cow, of larger than the usual size,
    And in a moment--guess, oh! guess the rest!--
    And in a moment swallow'd up Tom Thumb.

    _King._ Shut up again the prisons, bid my treasurer
    Not give three farthings out--hang all the culprits,
    Guilty or not--no matter. Kill my cows!
    Go bid the schoolmasters whip all their boys!
    Let lawyers, parsons, and physicians loose,
    To rob, impose on, and to kill the world.

    _Nood._ Her majesty the queen is in a swoon.

    _Queen._ Not so much in a swoon but I have still
    Strength to reward the messenger of ill news.
                                               [_Kills_ NOODLE.

    _Nood._ Oh! I am slain.

    _Cle._ My lover's kill'd, I will revenge him so.
                                            [_Kills the_ QUEEN.

    _Hunc._ My mamma kill'd! vile murderess, beware.
                                               [_Kills_ CLEORA.

    _Dood._ This for an old grudge to thy heart.
                                           [_Kills_ HUNCAMUNCA.

    _Must._ And this
    I drive to thine, O Doodle! for a new one. [_Kills_ DOODLE.

    _King._ Ha! murderess vile, take that.       [_Kills_ MUST.
    And take thou this.[203]       [_Kills himself, and falls._
    So when the child, whom nurse from danger guards,
    Sends Jack for mustard with a pack of cards,
    Kings, queens, and knaves, throw one another down,
    Till the whole pack lies scatter'd and o'erthrown;
    So all our pack upon the floor is cast,
    And all I boast is--that I fall the last.          [_Dies._


FOOTNOTES:

[Footnote 65: Corneille recommends some very remarkable day wherein to
fix the action of a tragedy. This the best of our tragical writers have
understood to mean a day remarkable for the serenity of the sky, or what
we generally call a fine summer's day: so that, according to this their
exposition, the same months are proper for tragedy which are proper for
pastoral. Most of our celebrated English tragedies, as Cato, Mariamne,
Tamerlane, &c., begin with their observations on the morning. Lee seems
to have come the nearest to this beautiful description of our author's:--

    "The morning dawns with an unwonted crimson,
    The flowers all odorous seem, the garden birds
    Sing louder, and the laughing sun ascends
    The gaudy earth with an unusual brightness:
    All nature smiles."--"Cæs. Borg."

Massinissa, in the new Sophonisba, is also a favourite of the sun:--

                        "The sun too seems
    As conscious of my joy, with broader eye
    To look abroad the world, and all things smile
    Like Sophonisba."

Memnon, in the Persian Princess, makes the sun decline rising, that he
may not peep on objects which would profane his brightness:--

              "The morning rises slow,
    And all those ruddy streaks that used to paint
    The day's approach are lost in clouds, as if
    The horrors of the night had sent 'em back,
    To warn the sun he should not leave the sea,
    To peep," &c.
]

[Footnote 66: This line is highly conformable to the beautiful simplicity
of the ancients. It hath been copied by almost every modern:--

     "Not to be is not to be in woe."--"State of Innocence."

     "Love is not sin but where 'tis sinful love."--"Don Sebastian."

     "Nature is nature, Lælius."--"Sophonisba."

     "Men are but men, we did not make ourselves."--"Revenge."
]

[Footnote 67: Dr. B--y reads. The mighty Tall-mast Thumb. Mr. D--s, The
mighty Thumbing Thumb. Mr. T--d reads, Thundering. I think Thomas more
agreeable to the great simplicity so apparent in our author.]

[Footnote 68: That learned historian Mr. S--n, in the third number of his
criticism on our author, takes great pains to explode this passage. "It
is," says he, "difficult to guess what giants are here meant, unless the
giant Despair in the 'Pilgrim's Progress,' or the giant Greatness in the
'Royal Villain;' for I have heard of no other sort of giants in the reign
of king Arthur." Petrus Burmannus makes three Tom Thumbs, one whereof
he supposes to have been the same person whom the Greeks call Hercules;
and that by these giants are to be understood the Centaurs slain by that
hero. Another Tom Thumb he contends to have been no other than the Hermes
Trismegistus of the ancients. The third Tom Thumb he places under the
reign of king Arthur; to which third Tom Thumb, says he, the actions of
the other two were attributed. Now, though I know that this opinion is
supported by an assertion of Justus Lipsius, "Thomam illum Thumbum non
alium quam Herculem fuisse satis constat," yet shall I venture to oppose
one line of Mr. Midwinter against them all:

    "In Arthur's court Tom Thumb did live."

"But then," says Dr. B--y, "if we place Tom Thumb in the court of king
Arthur, it will be proper to place that court out of Britain, where no
giants were ever heard of." Spenser, in his "Fairy Queen," is of another
opinion, where, describing Albion, he says:--

        "Far within a savage nation dwelt
    Of hideous gants."

And in the same canto:--

    "Then Elfar, with two brethren giants had
    The one of which had two heads--
                     The other three."

Risum teneatis, amici.]

[Footnote 69: "To whisper in books," says Mr. D--s, "is arrant nonsense."
I am afraid this learned man does not sufficiently understand the
extensive meaning of the word whisper. If he had rightly understood what
is meant by the "senses whisp'ring the soul," in the Persian Princess, or
what "whisp'ring like winds" is in Aurengzebe, or like thunder in another
author, he would have understood this. Emmeline in Dryden sees a voice,
but she was born blind, which is an excuse Panthea cannot plead in Cyrus,
who hears a sight:

          "Your description will surpass
    All fiction, painting, or dumb show of horror,
    That ever ears yet heard, or eyes beheld."

When Mr. D--s understands these, he will understand whispering in books.]

[Footnote 70:

    "Some ruffian stept into his father's place,
    And more than half begot him."--"Mary Queen of Scots."
]

[Footnote 71:

    "For Ulamar seems sent express from Heaven,
    To civilize this rugged Indian clime."--"Lib. Asserted."
]

[Footnote 72: "Omne majus continet in se minus, sed minus non in se majus
continere potest," says Scaliger in Thumbo. I suppose he would have
cavilled at these beautiful lines in the "Earl of Essex:"

              "Thy most inveterate soul,
    That looks through the foul prison of thy body."

And at those of Dryden:

    "The palace is without too well design'd;
    Conduct me in, for I will view thy mind."--"Aurengzebe."
]

[Footnote 73: Mr. Banks hath copied this almost verbatim:

    "It was enough to say, here's Essex come,
    And nurses still'd their children with the fright."--"Earl of Essex."
]

[Footnote 74: The trumpet in a tragedy is generally as much as to say:
Enter king, which makes Mr. Banks, in one of his plays, call it the
trumpet's formal sound.]

[Footnote 75: Phraortes, in the Captives, seems to have been acquainted
with king Arthur:

    "Proclaim a festival for seven days' space,
    Let the court shine in all its pomp and lustre,
    Let all our streets resound with shouts of joy;
    Let music's care-dispelling voice be heard;
    The sumptuous banquet and the flowing goblet
    Shall warm the cheek and fill the heart with gladness.
    Astarbe shall sit mistress of the feast."
]

[Footnote 76:

    "Repentance frowns on thy contracted brow."--"Sophonisba."

    "Hung on his clouded brow, I mark'd despair."--_Ibid._

                          "A sullen gloom
           Scowls on his brow."--"Busiris."
]

[Footnote 77: Plato is of this opinion, and so is Mr. Banks:--

    "Behold these tears sprung from fresh pain and joy."--"Earl of Essex."
]

[Footnote 78: These floods are very frequent in the tragic authors:--

    "Near to some murmuring brook I'll lay me down,
    Whose waters, if they should too shallow flow,
    My tears shall swell them up till I will drown."--Lee's "Soph."

    "Pouring forth tears at such a lavish rate,
    That were the world on fire they might have drown'd
    The wrath of heaven, and quench'd the mighty ruin."--"Mithridates."

One author changes the waters of grief to those of joy:

        "These tears, that sprung from tides of grief,
    Are now augmented to a flood of joy."--"Cyrus the Great."

Another:

    "Turns all the streams of heat, and makes them flow
    In pity's channel."--"Royal Villain."

One drowns himself:

          "Pity like a torrent pours me down,
    Now I am drowning all within a deluge."--"Anna Bullen."

Cyrus drowns the whole world:

    "Our swelling grief
    Shall melt into a deluge, and the world
    Shall drown in tears."--"Cyrus the Great."
]

[Footnote 79: An expression vastly beneath the dignity of tragedy, says
Mr. D--s, yet we find the word he cavils at in the mouth of Mithridates
less properly used, and applied to a more terrible idea:

    "I would be drunk with death."--"Mithridates."

The author of the new Sophonisba taketh hold of this monosyllable, and
uses it pretty much to the same purpose:--

    "The Carthaginian sword with Roman blood
    Was drunk."

I would ask Mr. D--s which gives him the best idea, a drunken king, or a
drunken sword?

Mr. Tate dresses up king Arthur's resolution in heroic:

    "Merry, my lord, o' th' captain's humour right,
    I am resolved to be dead drunk to-night."

Lee also uses this charming word:

    "Love's the drunkenness of the mind."--"Gloriana."
]

[Footnote 80: Dryden hath borrowed this, and applied it improperly:

    "I'm half-seas o'er in death."--"Cleom."
]

[Footnote 81: This figure is in great use among the tragedians:

    "'Tis therefore, therefore 'tis."--"Victim."

    "I long, repent, repent, and long again."--"Busiris."
]

[Footnote 82: A tragical exclamation.]

[Footnote 83: This line is copied verbatim in the Captives.]

[Footnote 84: We find a candlestick for this candle in two celebrated
authors:

                    "Each star withdraws
    His golden head, and burns within the socket."--"Nero."

    "A soul grown old and sunk into the socket."--"Sebastian."
]

[Footnote 85: This simile occurs very frequently among the dramatic
writers of both kinds.]

[Footnote 86: Mr. Lee hath stolen this thought from our author:

        "This perfect face, drawn by the gods in council,
    Which they were long in making."--"Luc. Jun. Brut."

        "At his birth the heavenly council paused,
    And then at last cried out, This is a man!"

Dryden hath improved this hint to the utmost perfection:

    "So perfect, that the very gods who form'd you wonder'd
    At their own skill, and cried, A lucky hit
    Has mended our design! Their envy hinder'd,
    Or you had been immortal, and a pattern,
    When Heaven would work for ostentation sake,
    To copy out again."--"All for Love."

Banks prefers the works of Michael Angelo to that of the gods:

    "A pattern for the gods to make a man by,
    Or Michael Angelo to form a statue."
]

[Footnote 87: It is impossible, says Mr. W----, sufficiently to admire
this natural easy line.]

[Footnote 88: This tragedy, which in most points resembles the ancients,
differs from them in this--that it assigns the same honour to lowness
of stature which they did to height. The gods and heroes in Homer and
Virgil are continually described higher by the head than their followers,
the contrary of which is observed by our author. In short, to exceed on
either side is equally admirable; and a man of three foot is as wonderful
a sight as a man of nine.]

[Footnote 89:

    "My blood leaks fast, and the great heavy lading
    My soul will quickly sink."--"Mithridates."

    "My soul is like a ship."--"Injured Love."
]

[Footnote 90: This well-bred line seems to be copied in the Persian
Princess:

    "To be your humblest and most faithful slave."
]

[Footnote 91: This doubt of the king puts me in mind of a passage in
the "Captives," where the noise of feet is mistaken for the rustling of
leaves:--

               "Methinks I hear
    The sound of feet:
    No; 'twas the wind that shook yon cypress boughs."
]

[Footnote 92: Mr. Dryden seems to have had this passage in his eye in the
first page of Love Triumphant.]

[Footnote 93: Don Carlos, in the Revenge, suns himself in the charms of
his mistress:

    "While in the lustre of her charms I lay."
]

[Footnote 94: A tragical phrase much in use.]

[Footnote 95: This speech hath been taken to pieces by several tragical
authors, who seem to have rifled it, and share its beauties among them:

    "My soul waits at the portal of thy breast,
    To ravish from thy lips the welcome news."--"Anna Bullen."

    "My soul stands list'ning at my ears."--"Cyrus the Great."

    "Love to his tune my jarring heart would bring,
    But reason overwinds, and cracks the string."--"D. of Guise."

                            "I should have loved
    Though Jove, in muttering thunder, had forbid it."--"New Sophonisba."

    "And when it (_my heart_) wild resolves to love no more,
    Then is the triumph of excessive love."--_Ibid._
]

[Footnote 96: Massinissa is one-fourth less happy than Tom Thumb.

    "Oh! happy, happy, happy!"--_Ibid._
]

[Footnote 97:

    "No by myseif."--"Anna Bullen."
]

[Footnote 98:

                            "Who caused
    This dreadful revolution in my fate,
    Ulamar. Who but a dog--who but a dog?"--"Liberty As."
]

[Footnote 99:

                             "A bride,
    Who twenty years lay loving by your side."--Banks.
]

[Footnote 100:

    "For, borne upon a cloud, from high I'll fall,
    And rain down royal vengeance on you all."--"Alb. Queens."
]

[Footnote 101: An information very like this we have in the tragedy of
Love, where Cyrus, having stormed in the most violent manner, Cyaxares
observes very calmly, "Why, nephew Cyrus, you are moved?"]

[Footnote 102:

          "'Tis in your choice.
    Love me, or love me not."--"Conquest of Granada."
]

[Footnote 103: There is not one beauty in this charming speech but what
hath been borrow'd by almost every tragic writer.]

[Footnote 104: Mr. Banks has (I wish I could not say too servilely)
imitated this of Grizzle in his Earl of Essex:

    "Where art thou, Essex," &c.
]

[Footnote 105: The Countess of Nottingham, in the Earl of Essex, is
apparently acquainted with Dollallolla.]

[Footnote 106: Grizzle was not probably possessed of that glue of which
Mr. Banks speaks in his Cyrus:

    "I'll glue my ears to every word."
]

[Footnote 107:

    "Screech-owls, dark ravens, and amphibious monsters,
    Are screaming in that voice."--"Mary Queen of Scots."
]

[Footnote 108: The reader may see all the beauties of this speech in a
late ode, called the "Naval Lyrick."]

[Footnote 109: This epithet to a dolphin doth not give one so clear an
idea as were to be wished; a smiling fish seeming a little more difficult
to be imagined than a flying fish. Mr. Dryden is of opinion that smiling
is the property of reason, and that no irrational creature can smile:

    "Smiles not allow'd to beasts from reason move."--"State of Innocence."
]

[Footnote 110: These lines are written in the same key with those in the
Earl of Essex:

    "Why, say'st thou so? I love thee well, indeed
    I do, and thou shalt find by this 'tis true."

Or with this in Cyrus:

    "The most heroic mind that ever was."

And with above half of the modern tragedies.]

[Footnote 111: Aristotle, in that excellent work of his, which is very
justly styled his masterpiece, earnestly recommends using the terms of
art, however coarse or even indecent they may be. Mr. Tate is of the same
opinion.

    "_Bru._ Do not, like young hawks, fetch a course about.
    Your game flies fair.

    _Fra._ Do not fear it.
    He answers you in your hawking phrase."--"In Love."

I think these two great authorities are sufficient to justify Dollallolla
in the use of the phrase, "Hie away, hie!" when in the same line she says
she is speaking to a setting-dog.]

[Footnote 112: We meet with such another pair of scales in Dryden's King
Arthur:

    "Arthur and Oswald, and their different fates,
    Are weighing now within the scales of heaven."

Also in Sebastian:--

    "This hour my lot is weighing in the scales."
]

[Footnote 113: Mr. Rowe is generally imagined to have taken some hints
from this scene in his character of Bajazet; but as he, of all the tragic
writers, bears the least resemblance to our author in his diction, I am
unwilling to imagine he would condescend to copy him in this particular.]

[Footnote 114: This method of surprising an audience, by raising their
expectation to the highest pitch, and then baulking it, hath been
practised with great success by most of our tragical authors.]

[Footnote 115: Almeyda, in Sebastian, is in the same distress:--

    "Sometimes methinks I hear the groan of ghosts,
    Thin hollow sounds and lamentable screams;
    Then like a dying echo from afar,
    My mother's voice that cries, Wed not, Almeyda;
    Forewarn'd, Almeyda, marriage is thy crime."
]

[Footnote 116: "As very well he may, if he hath any modesty in him," says
Mr. D--s. The author of Busiris is extremely zealous to prevent the sun's
blushing at any indecent object; and therefore on all such occasions he
addresses himself to the sun, and desires him to keep out of the way.

    "Rise never more, O sun! let night prevail.
    Eternal darkness close the world's wide scene."--"Busiris."

    "Sun, hide thy face, and put the world in mourning."--_Ibid._

Mr. Banks makes the sun perform the office of Hymen, and therefore not
likely to be disgusted at such a sight:

    "The sun sets forth like a gay brideman with you."--"Mary Queen of
       Scots."
]

[Footnote 117: Neurmahal sends the same message to heaven:

    "For I would have you, when you upwards move,
    Speak kindly of us to our friends above."--"Aurengzebe."

We find another to hell in the Persian Princess:

    "Villain, get thee down
    To hell, and tell them that the fray's begun."
]

[Footnote 118: Anthony gives the same command in the same words.]

[Footnote 119:

    "Oh! Marius, Marius, wherefore art thou, Marius?"--Otway's "Marius."
]

[Footnote 120: Nothing is more common than these seeming contradictions;
such as--

    "Haughty weakness."--"Victim."

    "Great small world."--"Noah's Flood."
]

[Footnote 121: Lee hath improved this metaphor:

    "Dost thou not view joy peeping from my eyes,
       The casements open'd wide to gaze on thee?
    So Rome's glad citizens to windows rise,
       When they some young triumpher fain would see."--"Gloriana."
]

[Footnote 122: Almahide hath the same contempt for these appetities:

    "To eat and drink can no perfection be.--"Conquest of Granada."

The Earl of Essex is of a different opinion, and seems to place the chief
happiness of a general therein:

    "Were but commanders half so well rewarded,
    Then they might eat."--Banks's "Earl of Essex."

But, if we may believe one who knows more than either, the devil himself,
we shall find eating to be an affair of more moment than is generally
imagined:

    "Gods are immortal only by their food."--

"Lucifer, in the State of Innocence."]

[Footnote 123: "This expression is enough of itself," says Mr. D.,
"utterly to destroy the character of Huncamunca!" Yet we find a woman of
no abandoned character in Dryden adventuring farther, and thus excusing
herself:

    "To speak our wishes first, forbid it pride,
    Forbid it modesty; true, they forbid it,
    But Nature does not. When we are athirst,
    Or hungry, will imperious Nature stay,
    Nor eat, nor drink, before 'tis bid fall on?"--
                                                 "Cleomenes."

Cassandra speaks before she is asked: Huncamunca afterwards. Cassandra
speaks her wishes to her lover: Huncamunca only to her father.]

[Footnote 124:

    "Her eyes resistless magic bear:
    Angels, I see, and gods, are dancing there,"--Lee's "Sophonisba."
]

[Footnote 125: Mr. Dennis, in that excellent tragedy called Liberty
Asserted, which is thought to have given so great a stroke to the late
French king, hath frequent imitations of this beautiful speech of king
Arthur:

    "Conquest light'ning in his eyes, and thund'ring in his arm."
    "Joy lighten'd in her eyes."
    "Joys like light'ning dart along my soul."
]

[Footnote 126:

    "Jove, with excessive thund'ring tired above,
    Comes down for ease, enjoys a nymph, and then
    Mounts dreadful, and to thund'ring goes again."--"Gloriana."
]

[Footnote 127: This beautiful line, which ought, says Mr. W----, to be
written in gold, is imitated in the New Sophonisba:

    "Oh! Sophonisba; Sophonisba, oh!
    Oh! Narva; Narva, oh!"

The author of a song called Duke upon Duke hath improved it:

    "Alas! O Nick! O Nick, alas!"

Where, by the help of a little false spelling, you have two meanings in
the repeated words.]

[Footnote 128: Edith, in the Bloody Brother, speaks to her lover in the
same familiar language:

    "Your grace is full of game."
]

[Footnote 129:

    "Traverse the glitt'ring chambers of the sky,
    Borne on a cloud in view of fate I'll lie,
    And press her soul while gods stand wishing by."--"Hannibal."
]

[Footnote 130:

    "Let the four winds from distant corners meet,
    And on their wings first bear it into France;
    Then back again to Edina's proud walls,
    Till victim to the sound th' aspiring city falls."--"Albion Queens."
]

[Footnote 131: I do not remember any metaphors so frequent in the tragic
poets as those borrowed from riding post.

    "The gods and opportunity ride post."--"Hannibal."

            "Let's rush together,
    For death rides post."--"Duke of Guise."

    "Destruction gallops to thy murder post."--"Gloriana."
]

[Footnote 132: This image, too, very often occurs:

            "Bright as when thy eye
    First lighted up our loves."--"Aurengzebe."

    "'Tis not a crown alone lights up my name."--"Busiris."
]

[Footnote 133: There is great dissension among the poets concerning the
method of making man. One tells his mistress that the mould she was made
in being lost, Heaven cannot form such another. Lucifer, in Dryden, gives
a merry description of his own formation:

    "Whom heaven, neglecting, made and scarce design'd,
    But threw me in for number to the rest."--"State of Innocence."

In one place the same poet supposes man to be made of metal:

                        "I was form'd
    Of that coarse metal which, when she was made,
    The gods threw by for rubbish."--"All for Love."

In another of dough:

    "When the gods moulded up the paste of man,
    Some of their clay was left upon their hands.
    And so they made Egyptians."--"Cleomenes."

In another of clay:

    "Rubbish of remaining clay."--Sebastian."

One makes the soul of wax:

    "Her waxen soul begins to melt apace."--"Anna Bullen."

Another of flint:

    "Sure our souls have somewhere been acquainted
    In former beings, or, struck out together,
    One spark to Afric flew, and one to Portugal."--"Sebastian."

To omit the great quantities of iron, brazen, and leaden souls which are
so plenty in modern authors--I cannot omit the dress of a soul as we find
it in Dryden:

    "Souls shirted but with air."--"King Arthur."

Nor can I pass by a particular sort of soul in a particular sort of
description in the New Sophonisba.

    "Ye mysterious powers,
         Whether thro' your gloomy depths I wander,
    Or on the mountains walk, give me the calm,
    The steady smiling soul, where wisdom sheds
    Eternal sunshine, and eternal joy."
]

[Footnote 134: This line Mr. Banks has plunder'd entire in his Anna
Bullen.]

[Footnote 135:

    "Good Heaven! the book of fate before me lay,
    But to tear out the journal of that day.
    Or, if the order of the world below
    Will not the gap of one whole day allow,
    Give me that minute when she made her vow."--

                             "Conquest of Granada."
]

[Footnote 136: I know some of the commentators have imagined that Mr.
Dryden, in the altercative scene between Cleopatra and Octavia, a scene
which Mr. Addison inveighs against with great bitterness, is much
beholden to our author. How just this their observation is I will not
presume to determine.]

[Footnote 137: "A cobbling poet indeed," says Mr. D.; and yet I believe
we may find as monstrous images in the tragic authors. I'll put down
one: "Untie your folded thoughts, and let them dangle loose as a bride's
hair."--"Injured Love."

Which line seems to have as much title to a milliner's shop as our
author's to a shoemaker's.]

[Footnote 138: Mr. L---- takes occasion in this place to commend the
great care of our author to preserve the metre of blank verse, in which
Shakespeare, Jonson, and Fletcher, were so notoriously negligent; and the
moderns, in imitation of our author, so laudably observant:

                           "Then does
    Your majesty believe that he can be
    A traitor?"--"Earl of Essex."

Every page of Sophonisba gives us instances of this excellence.]

[Footnote 139:

    "Love mounts and rolls about my stormy mind."--"Aurengzebe."

    "Tempests and whirlwinds thro' my bosom move."--"Cleom."
]

[Footnote 140:

    "With such a furious tempest on his brow,
    As if the world's four winds were pent within
    His blustering carcase."--"Anna Bullen."
]

[Footnote 141: Verba Tragica.]

[Footnote 142: This speech has been terribly mauled by the poet.]

[Footnote 143:

                "My life is worn to rags,
    Not worth a prince's wearing"--"Love Triumphant."
]

[Footnote 144:

    "Must I beg the pity of my slave?
    Must a king beg? But love's a greater king,
    A tryant, nay, a devil, that possesses me.
    He tunes the organ of my voice and speaks,
    Unknown to me, within me."--"Sebastian."
]

[Footnote 145:

    "When thou wert form'd heaven did a man begin;
    But a brute soul by chance was shuffled in."--"Aurengzebe."
]

[Footnote 146:

    "I am a multitude
    Of walking griefs."--"New Sophonisba."
]

[Footnote 147:

    "I will take thy scorpion blood,
    And lay it to my grief till I have ease."--"Anna Bullen."
]

[Footnote 148: Our author, who everywhere shows his great penetration
into human nature, here outdoes himself: where a less judicious poet
would have raised a long scene of whining love, he, who understood the
passions better, and that so violent an affection as this must be too big
for utterance, chooses rather to send his characters off in this sullen
and doleful manner, in which admirable conduct he is imitated by the
author of the justly celebrated Eurydice. Dr. Young seems to point at
this violence of passion:

                                "Passion chokes
    Their words, and they're the statues of despair."

And Seneca tells us, "Curæ leves loquuntur, ingentes stupent." The
story of the Egyptian king in Herodotus is too well known to need to be
inserted; I refer the more curious reader to the excellent Montaigne, who
hath written an essay on this subject.]

[Footnote 149:

    "To part is death.
                       'Tis death to part.
                                           Ah!
                                               Oh!"--"Don Carlos."
]

[Footnote 150:

    "Nor know I whether
    What am I, who, or where."--"Busiris."

    "I was I know not what, and am I know not how."--"Gloriana."
]

[Footnote 151: To understand sufficiently the beauty of this passage, it
will be necessary that we comprehend every man to contain two selfs. I
shall not attempt to prove this from philosophy, which the poets make so
plainly evident.

One runs away from the other:

        "Let me demand your majesty,
    Why fly you from yourself?"--"Duke of Guise."

In a second, one self is a guardian to the other:

    "Leave me the care of me."--"Conquest of Granada."

Again:

    "Myself am to myself less near."--_Ibid._

In the same, the first self is proud of the second:

    "I myself am proud of me."--"State of Innocence."

In a third, distrustful of him:

    "Fain I would tell, but whisper it in my ear.
    That none besides might hear, nay, not myself."--"Earl of Essex."

In a fourth, honours him:

    "I honour Rome,
    And honour too myself."--"Sophonisba."

In a fifth, at variance with him:

    "Leave me not thus at variance with myself."--"Busiris."

Again, in a sixth:

    "I find myself divided from myself."--"Medea."

    "She seemed the sad effigies of herself."--Banks.

    "Assist me, Zulema, if thou would'st be
    The friend thou seem'st, assist me against me."--"Alb. Q."

From all which it appears that there are two selfs; and therefore Tom
Thumb's losing himself is no such solecism as it hath been represented by
men rather ambitious of criticising than qualified to criticise.]

[Footnote 152: Mr. F. imagines this parson to have been a Welsh one, from
his simile.]

[Footnote 153: Our author hath been plundered here, according to custom:

    "Great nature, break thy chain that links together
    The fabric of the world, and make a chaos
    Like that within my soul."--"Love Triumphant."
          "Startle Nature, unfix the globe,
    And hurl it from its axletree and hinges."--"Albion Queens."

    "The tott'ring earth seems sliding off its props."
]

[Footnote 154:

    "D--n your delay, ye torturers, proceed:
    I will not hear one word but Almahide."--"Conq. of Gran."
]

[Footnote 155: Mr. Dryden hath imitated this in All for Love.]

[Footnote 156: This Miltonic style abounds in the New Sophonisba.

        "And on her ample brow
    Sat majesty."
]

[Footnote 157:

    "Your ev'ry answer still so ends in that,
    You force me still to answer you, Morat."--"Aurengzebe.
]

[Footnote 158:

    "Morat, Morat, Morat! you love the name."--_Ibid._
]

[Footnote 159: "Here is a sentiment for the virtuous Huncamunca!" says
Mr. D--s. And yet, with the leave of this great man, the virtuous
Panthea, in Cyrus, hath a heart every whit as ample:

    "For two I must confess are gods to me,
    Which is my Abradatus first, and thee."--"Cyrus the Great."

Nor is the lady in Love Triumphant more reserved, though not so
intelligible:

                          "I am so divided,
    That I grieve most for both, and love both most."
]

[Footnote 160: A ridiculous supposition to any one who considers the
great and extensive largeness of hell, says a commentator; but not so to
those who consider the great expansion of immaterial substance. Mr. Banks
makes one soul to be so expanded, that heaven could not contain it.

    "The heavens are all too narrow for her soul."--"Virtue Betrayed."

The Persian Princess hath a passage not unlike the author of this:

    "We will send such shoals of murder'd slaves,
    Shall glut hell's empty regions."

This threatens to fill hell, even though it was empty; Lord Grizzle, only
to fill up the chinks, supposing the rest already full.]

[Footnote 161: Mr. Addison is generally thought to have had this simile
in his eye when he wrote that beautiful one at the end of the third act
of his Cato.]

[Footnote 162: This beautiful simile is founded on a proverb which does
honour to the English language:

    "Between two stools the breech falls to the ground."

I am not so well pleased with any written remains of the ancients as
with those little aphorisms which verbal tradition hath delivered down
to us under the title of proverbs. It were to be wished that, instead of
filling their pages with the fabulous theology of the pagans, our modern
poets would think it worth their while to enrich their works with the
proverbial sayings of their ancestors. Mr. Dryden hath chronicled one in
heroic:

    "Two ifs scarce make one possibility."--"Conq. of Granada."

My Lord Bacon is of opinion that whatever is known of arts and sciences
might be proved to have lurked in the Proverbs of Solomon. I am of
the same opinion in relation to those above-mentioned; at least I am
confident that a more perfect system of ethics, as well as economy, might
be compiled out of them than is at present extant, either in the works of
the ancient philosophers, or those more valuable, as more voluminous ones
of the modern divines.]

[Footnote 163: Of all the particulars in which the modern stage falls
short of the ancients, there is none so much to be lamented as the great
scarcity of ghosts. Whence this proceeds I will not presume to determine.
Some are of opinion that the moderns are unequal to that sublime language
which a ghost ought to speak. One says, ludicrously, that ghosts are
out of fashion; another, that they are properer for comedy; forgetting,
I suppose, that Aristotle hath told us that a ghost is the soul of
tragedy; for so I render the [Greek: psychê ho mythos tês tragôdias],
which M. Dacier, amongst others, hath mistaken; I suppose misled by not
understanding the Fabula of the Latins, which signifies a ghost as well
as fable.

    "Te premet nox, fabulæque manes."--Horace.

Of all the ghosts that have ever appeared on the stage, a very learned
and judicious foreign critic gives the preference to this of our author.
These are his words, speaking of this tragedy:--"Nec quidquam in illâ
admirabilius quàm phasma quoddam horrendum, quod omnibus aliis spectris,
quibuscum scatet Angelorum tragoedia, longè (pace D--ysii V. Doctiss.
dixerim) prætulerim."]

[Footnote 164: We have already given instances of this figure.]

[Footnote 165: Almanzor reasons in the same manner:

                                "A ghost I'll be;
     And from a ghost, you know, no place is free."--"Conq. of Gran."]

[Footnote 166: "The man who writ this wretched pun," says Mr. D.,
"would have picked your pocket:" which he proceeds to show not only
bad in itself, but doubly so on so solemn an occasion. And yet, in
that excellent play of Liberty Asserted, we find something very much
resembling a pun in the mouth of a mistress, who is parting with the
lover she is fond of:

    "_Ul._ Oh, mortal woe! one kiss, and then farewell.

    _Irene._ The gods have given to others to fare well,
    O! miserably must Irene fare."

Agamemnon, in the Victim, is full as facetious on the most solemn
occasion--that of sacrificing his daughter:

    "Yes, daughter, yes; you will assist the priest;
     Yes, you must offer up your--vows for Greece."
]

[Footnote 167:

    "I'll pull thee backwards by thy shroud to light,
    Or else I'll squeeze thee, like a bladder, there.
    And make thee groan thyself away to air."--"Conq. of Gran."

    "Snatch me, ye gods, this moment into nothing."--"Cyrus the Great."
]

[Footnote 168:

    "So, art thou gone? Thou canst no conquest boast,
    I thought what was the courage of a ghost."--"Conq. of Gran."

King Arthur seems to be as brave a fellow as Almanzor, who says most
heroically: "In spite of ghosts I'll on."]

[Footnote 169: The ghost of Lausaria, in Cyrus, is a plain copy of this,
and is therefore worth reading:

                                    "Ah, Cyrus!
    Thou may'st as well grasp water, or fleet air,
    As think of touching my immortal shade."--"Cyrus the Great."
]

[Footnote 170:

    "Thou better part of heavenly air."--"Conquest of Granada."
]

[Footnote 171: "A string of similes," says one, "proper to be hung up in
the cabinet of a prince."]

[Footnote 172: This passage hath been understood several different ways
by the commentators. For my part I find it difficult to understand it at
all. Mr. Dryden says--

    "I've heard something how two bodies meet,
    But how two souls join I know not."

So that, till the body of a spirit be better understood, it will be
difficult to understand how it is possible to run him through it.]

[Footnote 173: Cydaria is of the same fearful temper with Dollalolla:

    "I never durst in darkness be alone."--"Ind. Emp."
]

[Footnote 174:

    "Think well of this, think that, think every way."--"Sophon."
]

[Footnote 175: These quotations are more usual in the comic than in the
tragic writers.]

[Footnote 176: "This distress," says Mr. D--, "I must allow to be
extremely beautiful, and tends to heighten the virtuous character of
Dollallolla, who is so exceeding delicate, that she is in the highest
apprehension from the inanimate embrace of a bolster. An example worthy
of imitation for all our writers of tragedy."]

[Footnote 177:

    "Credat Judæus Appella,
    Non ego,"

says Mr. D. "For, passing over the absurdity of being equal to odds, can
we possibly suppose a little insignificant fellow--I say again a little
insignificant fellow--able to vie with a strength which all the Samsons
and Herculeses of antiquity would be unable to encounter?" I shall refer
this incredulous critic to Mr. Dryden's defence of his Almanzor; and,
lest that should not satisfy him, I shall quote a few lines from the
speech of a much braver fellow than Almanzor, Mr. Johnson's Achilles:

    "Though human race rise in embattled hosts,
    To force her from my arms--Oh! son of Atreus!
    By that immortal pow'r, whose deathless spirit
    Informs this earth, I will oppose them all."--"Victim."
]

[Footnote 178: "I have heard of being supported by a staff," says Mr. D.,
"but never of being supported by a helmet." I believe he never heard of
sailing with wings, which he may read in no less a poet than Mr. Dryden:

    "Unless we borrow wings and sail through air."--"Love Triumphant.

What will he say to a kneeling valley?

                           "I'll stand
    Like a safe valley, that low bends the knee
    To some aspiring mountain."--"Injured Love."

I am ashamed of so ignorant a carper, who doth not know that an epithet
in tragedy is very often no other than an expletive. Do not we read in
the New Sophonisba of "grinding chains, blue plagues, white occasions,
and blue serenity?" Nay, it is not the adjective only, but sometimes
half a sentence is put by way of expletive, as "Beauty pointed high
with spirit," in the same play; and "In the lap of blessing, to be most
curst," in the Revenge.]

[Footnote 179: A victory like that of Almanzor:

"Almanzor is victorious without fight."--"Conquest of Granada."]

[Footnote 180:

    "Well have we chose an happy day for fight;
    For every man, in course of time, has found
    Some days are lucky, some unfortunate."--"King Arthur."
]

[Footnote 181: We read of such another in Lee:

    "Teach his rude wit a flight she never made,
    And send her post to the Elysian shade."--"Gloriana."
]

[Footnote 182: These lines are copied verbatim in the Indian Emperor.]

[Footnote 183: "Unborn thunder rolling in a cloud."--"Conquest of
Granada."]

[Footnote 184:

    "Were heaven and earth in wild confusion hurl'd,
    Should the rash gods unhinge the rolling world,
    Undaunted would I tread the tott'ring ball,
    Crush'd, but unconquer'd, in the dreadful fall."--"Female Warrior."
]

[Footnote 185: See the History of Tom Thumb, p. 141.]

[Footnote 186:

    "Amazement swallows up my sense,
    And in the impetuous whirl of circling fate
    Drinks down my reason."--"Persian Princess."
]

[Footnote 187:

    "I have outfaced myself.
    What! am I two? Is there another me?"--"King Arthur."
]

[Footnote 188: The character of Merlin is wonderful throughout; but most
so in this prophetic part. We find several of these prophecies in the
tragic authors, who frequently take this opportunity to pay a compliment
to their country, and sometimes to their prince. None but our author
(who seems to have detested the least appearance of flattery) would have
passed by such an opportunity of being a political prophet.]

[Footnote 189: "I saw the villain, Myron; with these eyes I saw
him."--"Busiris." In both which places it is intimated that it is
sometimes possible to see with other eyes than your own.]

[Footnote 190: "This mustard," says Mr. D., "is enough to turn one's
stomach. I would be glad to know what idea the author had in his head
when he wrote it." This will be, I believe, best explained by a line of
Mr. Dennis:

    "And gave him liberty, the salt of life."--"Liberty Asserted."

The understanding that can digest the one will not rise at the other.]

[Footnote 191:

   "_Han_, Are you the chief whom men famed Scipio call?

    _Scip._ Are you the much more famous Hannibal?"--"Hannibal."
]

[Footnote 192: Dr Young seems to have copied this engagement in his
Busiris:

    _Myr._ Villain!

    _Mem._ Myron!

    _Myr._ Rebel!

    _Mem._ Myron!

    _Myr._ Hell!

    _Mem._ Mandane!
]

[Footnote 193: This last speech of my Lord Grizzle hath been of great
service to our poets:

                             "I'll hold it fast
    As life, and when life's gone I'll hold this last;
    And if thou tak'st it from me when I'm slain,
    I'll send my ghost and fetch it back again."--"Conq. of Gran."
]

[Footnote 194:

    "My soul should with such speed obey,
    It should not bait at heaven to stop its way."
]

[Footnote 195: Lee seems to have had this last in his eye:

    "'Twas not my purpose, sir, to tarry there:
    I would but go to heaven to take the air."--"Gloriana."

    "A rising vapour rumbling in my brains."--"Cleomenes."
]

[Footnote 196:

    "Some kind sprite knocks softly at my soul,
    To tell me fate's at hand."
]

[Footnote 197: Mr. Dryden seems to have had this simile in his eye, when
he says:

    "My soul is packing up, and just on wing."--"Conq. of Gran."
    "And in a purple vomit pour'd his soul."--"Cleomenes."
]

[Footnote 198:

    "The devil swallows vulgar souls
    Like whipt cream."--"Sebastian."
]

[Footnote 199:

    "How I could curse my name of Ptolemy!
    It is so long, it asks an hour to write it.
    By heaven! I'll change it into Jove or Mars!
    Or any other civil monosyllable,
    That will not tire my hand."--"Cleomenes."
]

[Footnote 200: Here is a visible conjunction of two days in one, by
which our author may have either intended an emblem of a wedding, or
to insinuate that men in the honeymoon are apt to imagine time shorter
than it is. It brings into my mind a passage in the comedy called the
Coffee-House Politician:

    "We will celebrate this day at my house to-morrow."
]

[Footnote 201: These beautiful phrases are all to be found in one single
speech of King Arthur, or the British Worthy.]

[Footnote 202:

    "I was but teaching him to grace his tale
    With decent horror."--"Cleomenes."
]

[Footnote 203: We may say with Dryden:

    "Death did at length so many slain forget,
    And left the tale, and took them by the great."

I know of no tragedy which comes nearer to this charming and bloody
catastrophe than Cleomenes, where the curtain covers five principal
characters dead on the stage. These lines too--

    "I ask'd no questions then, of who kill'd who?
    The bodies tell the story as they lie--"

seem to have belonged more properly to this scene of our author; nor can
I help imagining they were originally his. The Rival Ladies, too, seem
beholden to this scene:

    "We're now a chain of lovers link'd in death;
    Julia goes first, Gonsalvo hangs on her,
    And Angelina hangs upon Gonsalvo,
    As I on Angelina."

No scene, I believe, ever received greater honours than this. It was
applauded by several encores, a word very unusual in tragedy. And it was
very difficult for the actors to escape without a second slaughter. This
I take to be a lively assurance of that fierce spirit of liberty which
remains among us, and which Mr. Dryden, in his essay on Dramatic Poetry,
hath observed. "Whether custom," says he, "hath so insinuated itself
into our countrymen, or nature hath so formed them to fierceness, I know
not; but they will scarcely suffer combats and other objects of horror
to be taken from them." And indeed I am for having them encouraged in
this martial disposition; nor do I believe our victories over the French
have been owing to anything more than to those bloody spectacles daily
exhibited in our tragedies, of which the French stage is so entirely
clear.]



CHRONONHOTONTHOLOGOS:

THE MOST TRAGICAL TRAGEDY, THAT EVER WAS TRAGEDIZ'D BY ANY COMPANY OF
TRAGEDIANS.


DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

    CHRONONHOTONTHOLOGOS, _King of Queerummania_.
    BOMBARDINIAN, _his General_.
    ALDIBORONTIPHOSCOPHORNIO,
    RIGDUM-FUNNIDOS,      [_Courtiers_.
    _Captain of the Guards._
    _Herald._
    _Cook._
    _Doctor._
    _King of the Fiddlers._
    _King of the Antipodes._
    FADLADINIDA, _Queen of Queerummania_.
    TATLANTHE, _her favourite_.
    _Two Ladies of the Court._
    _Two Ladies of Pleasure._
    VENUS.
    CUPID.
    Guards and Attendants, &c.

    SCENE.--QUEERUMMANIA.


PROLOGUE.

    To night our comic muse the buskin wears,
    And gives herself no small romantic airs;
    Struts in heroics, and in pompous verse
    Does the minutest incidents rehearse;
    In ridicule's strict retrospect displays
    The poetasters of these modern days:
    Who with big bellowing bombast rend our ears,
    Which, stript of sound, quite void of sense appears;
    Or else their fiddle-faddle numbers flow,
    Serenely dull, elaborately low.
    Either extreme, when vain pretenders take,
    The actor suffers for the author's sake.
    The quite-tir'd audience lose whole hours; yet pay
    To go unpleas'd and unimprov'd away.
    This being our scheme, we hope you will excuse
    The wild excursion of the wanton muse
    Who out of frolic wears a mimic mask,
    And sets herself so whimsical a task:
    'Tis meant to please, but if should offend,
    It's very short, and soon will have an end.


SCENE.--_An Anti-Chamber in the Palace._

_Enter_ RIGDUM-FUNNIDOS _and_ ALDIBORONTIPHOSCOPHORNIO.

    _Rig-Fun._ Aldiborontiphoscophornio!
    Where left you Chrononhotonthologos?

    _Aldi._ Fatigu'd with the tremendous toils of war,
    Within his tent, on downy couch succumbent,
    Himself he unfatigues with gentle slumbers,
    Lull'd by the cheerful trumpets gladsome clangour,
    The noise of drums, and thunder of artillery,
    He sleeps supine amidst the din of war.
    And yet 'tis not definitively sleep;
    Rather a kind of doze, a waking slumber,
    That sheds a stupefaction o'er his senses;
    For now he nods and snores; anon he starts;
    Then nods and snores again. If this be sleep,
    Tell me, ye gods! what mortal man's awake!
    What says my friend to this?

    _Rig.-Fun._ Say! I say he sleeps dog-sleep: What a plague
    would you have me say?

    _Aldi._ O impious thought! O curst insinuation!
    As if great Chrononhotonthologos
    To animals detestable and vile
    Had aught the least similitude!

    _Rig._ My dear friend! you entirely misapprehend me: I
    did not call the king dog by craft; I was only going to tell you
    that the soldiers have just now receiv'd their pay, and are all as
    drunk as so many swabbers.

    _Aldi._ Give orders instantly that no more money
    Be issued to the troops. Meantime, my friend,
    Let the baths be filled with seas of coffee,
    To stupefy their souls into sobriety.

    _Rig._ I fancy you had better banish the sutlers, and blow the
    Geneva casks to the devil.

    _Aldi._ Thou counsel'st well, my Rigdum-Funnidos,
    And reason seems to father thy advice.
    But soft!--The king in pensive contemplation
    Seems to resolve on some important doubt;
    His soul, too copious for his earthly fabric,
    Starts forth, spontaneous, in soliloquy,
    And makes his tongue the midwife of his mind.
    Let us retire, lest we disturb his solitude.
                                                [_They retire._

_Enter_ KING.

    _King._ This god of sleep is watchful to torment me,
    And rest is grown a stranger to my eyes:
    Sport not with Chrononhotonthologos,
    Thou idle slumb'rer, thou detested Somnus:
    For if thou dost, by all the waking pow'rs,
    I'll tear thine eyeballs from their leaden sockets,
    And force thee to outstare eternity.     [_Exit in a huff._

_Re-enter_ RIGDUM _and_ ALDIBORONTI.

    _Rig._ The king is in a most vile passion! Pray who is this
    Mr. Somnus he's so angry withal?

    _Aldi._ The son of Chaos and of Erebus.
    Incestuous pair! brother of Mors relentless,
    Whose speckled robe, and wings of blackest hue,
    Astonish all mankind with hideous glare;
    Himself with sable plumes, to men benevolent,
    Brings downy slumbers and refreshing sleep.

    _Rig-Fun._ This gentleman may come of a very good family,
    for aught I know; but I would not be in his place for the world.

    _Aldi._ But, lo! the king his footsteps this way bending,
    His cogitative faculties immers'd
    In cogibundity of cogitation:
    Let silence close our folding-doors of speech,
    Till apt attention tell our heart the purport
    Of this profound profundity of thought.

_Re-enter_ KING, NOBLES, _and_ ATTENDANTS, _&c._

    _King._ It is resolv'd. Now, Somnus, I defy thee,
    And from mankind ampute thy curs'd dominion.
    These royal eyes thou never more shalt close.
    Henceforth let no man sleep, on pain of death:
    Instead of sleep, let pompous pageantry
    Keep all mankind eternally awake.
    Bid Harlequino decorate the stage
    With all magnificence of decoration:
    Giants and giantesses, dwarfs and pigmies,
    Songs, dances, music in its amplest order,
    Mimes, pantomimes, and all the magic motion
    Of scene deceptiosive and sublime. [_The flat scene draws._

[_The_ KING _is seated, and a grand pantomime entertainment is performed,
in the midst of which enters a_ CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD.

    _Capt._ To arms! to arms! great Chrononhotonthologos!
    Th' antipodean pow'rs from realms below
    Have burst the solid entrails of the earth;
    Gushing such cataracts of forces forth,
    This world is too incopious to contain 'em:
    Armies on armies, march in form stupendous;
    Not like our earthly regions, rank by rank,
    But tier o'er tier, high pil'd from earth to heaven;
    A blazing bullet, bigger than the sun,
    Shot from a huge and monstrous culverin,
    Has laid your royal citadel in ashes.

    _King._ Peace, coward! were they wedg'd like golden ingots,
    Or pent so close, as to admit no vacuum;
    One look from Crononhotonthologos
    Shall scare them into nothing. Rigdum-Funnidos,
    Bid Bombardinion draw his legions forth,
    And meet us in the plains of Queerummania.
    This very now ourselves shall there conjoin him;
    Meantime, bid all the priests prepare their temples
    For rites of triumph: let the singing singers,
    With vocal voices, most vociferous,
    In sweet vociferation, outvociferize
    Ev'n sound itself. So be it as we have order'd.
                                               [_Exeunt omnes._


SCENE.--_A magnificent Apartment._

_Enter_ QUEEN, TATLANTHE, _and two_ LADIES.

    _Queen._ Day's curtain drawn, the morn begins to rise,
    And waking nature rubs her sleepy eyes:
    The pretty little fleecy bleating flocks,
    In baas harmonious warble thro' the rocks:
    Night gathers up her shades in sable shrouds,
    And whispering osiers tattle to the clouds.
    What think you, ladies, if an hour we kill,
    At basset, ombre, picquet, or quadrille?

    _Tat._ Your majesty was pleas'd to order tea.

    _Queen._ My mind is alter'd; bring some ratifia.
                          [_They are served round with a dram._
    I have a famous fiddler sent from France.
    Bid him come in. What think ye of a dance?

    _Enter_ FIDDLER.

    _Fid._ Thus to your majesty, says the suppliant muse,
    Would you a solo or sonata choose;
    Or bold concerto or soft Sicilinia,
    Alla Francese overo in Gusto Romano?
    When you command, 'tis done as soon as spoke.

    _Queen._ A civil fellow! Play us the "Black Joak."
                                                [_Music plays._
            [QUEEN _and_ LADIES _dance the_
                 "Black Joak."

    So much for dancing; now let's rest a while.
    Bring in the tea-things. Does the kettle boil?

    _Tat._ The water bubbles and the tea-cups skip,
    Through eager hope to kiss your royal lip.
                                             [_Tea brought in._

    _Queen._ Come, ladies, will you please to choose your tea;
    Or green imperial, or Pekoe Bohea?

    _1st Lady._ Never, no, never sure on earth was seen,
    So gracious sweet and affable a queen.

    _2nd Lady._ She is an angel.

    _1st Lady._ She's a goddess rather.

    _Tat._ She's angel, queen, and goddess, altogether.

    _Queen._ Away! you flatter me.

    _1st Lady._ We don't indeed:
    Your merit does our praise by far exceed.

    _Queen._ You make me blush; pray help me to a fan.

    _1st Lady._ That blush becomes you.

    _Tat._ Would I were a man.

    _Queen._ I'll hear no more of these fantastic airs.
                                                 [_Bell rings._
    The bell rings in. Come, ladies, let's to pray'rs.
                                             [_They dance off._


SCENE.--_An Anti-Chamber._

_Enter_ RIGDUM-FUNNIDOS _and_ ALDIBORONTIPHOSCOPHORNIO.

_Rig._ Egad, we're in the wrong box! Who the devil would have thought
that Chrononhotonthologos should beat that mortal sight of Tippodeans?
Why, there's not a mother's child of them to be seen, egad, they footed
it away as fast as their hands could carry 'em; but they have left their
king behind 'em. We have him safe, that's one comfort.

    _Aldi._ Would he were still at amplest liberty.
    For, oh! my dearest Rigdum-Funnidos;
    I have a riddle to unriddle to thee,
    Shall make thee stare thyself into a statue.
    Our queen's in love with this Antipodean.

    _Rigdum._ The devil she is? Well, I see mischief is going
    forward with a vengeance.

    _Aldi._ But, lo! the conq'ror comes all crown'd with conquest!
    A solemn triumph graces his return.
    Let's grasp the forelock of this apt occasion,
    To greet the victor, in his flow of glory.

                       [_A grand triumph._]

_Enter_ CHRONONHOTONTHOLOGOS, GUARDS _and_ ATTENDANTS, _&c., met by_
RIGDUM-FUNNIDOS _and_ ALDIBORONTIPHOSCOPHORNIO.

    _Aldi._ All hail to Chrononhotonthologos!
    Thrice trebly welcome to your royal subjects.
    Myself, and faithful Rigdum-Funnidos,
    Lost in a labyrinth of love and loyalty,
    Entreat you to inspect our inmost souls,
    And read in them what tongue can never utter.

    _Chro._ Aldiborontiphoscophornio,
    To thee, and gentle Rigdum-Funnidos,
    Our gratulations flow in streams unbounded:
    Our bounty's debtor to your loyalty,
    Which shall with inter'st be repaid ere long.
    But where's our queen? where's Fadladinida?
    She should be foremost in the gladsome train,
    To grace our triumph; but I see she slights me.
    This haughty queen shall be no longer mine,
    I'll have a sweet and gentle concubine.

_Rig._ Now, my dear little Phoscophorny, for a swinging lie to bring the
queen off, and I'll run with it to her this minute, that we may be all in
a story. Say she has got the thorough-go-nimble.

                                   [_Whispers, and steals off._

    _Aldi._ Speak not, great Chrononhotonthologos,
    In accents so injuriously severe
    Of Fadladinida, your faithful queen:
    By me she sends an embassy of love,
    Sweet blandishments and kind congratulations,
    But cannot, oh! she cannot, come herself.

    _King._ Our rage is turn'd to fear: what ails the queen?

    _Aldi._ A sudden diarrhoea's rapid force,
    So stimulates the peristaltic motion,
    That she by far out-does her late out-doing,
    And all conclude her royal life in danger.

    _King._ Bid the physicians of the world assemble
    In consultation, solemn and sedate:
    More, to corroborate their sage resolves,
    Call from their graves the learned men of old:
    Galen, Hippocrates, and Paracelsus;
    Doctors, apothecaries, surgeons, chemists,
    All! all! attend; and see they bring their med'cines,
    Whole magazines of galli-potted nostrums,
    Materializ'd in pharmaceutic order.
    The man that cures our queen shall have our empire.
                                               [_Exeunt omnes._


SCENE.--_A Garden._

_Enter_ TATLANTHE _and_ QUEEN.

    _Queen._ Heigh ho! my heart!

    _Tat._                        What ails my gracious queen?

    _Queen._ Oh, would to Venus I had never seen!

    _Tat._ Seen what, my royal mistress?

    _Queen._                             Too, too much!

    _Tat._ Did it affright you?

    _Queen._                    No, 'tis nothing such.

    _Tat._ What was it, madam?

    _Queen._                     Really I don't know.

    _Tat._ It must be something!

    _Queen._                      No!

    _Tat._                            Or nothing!

    _Queen._                                      No.

    _Tat._ Then I conclude, of course, since it was neither,
    Nothing and something jumbled well together.

    _Queen._ Oh! my Tatlanthe, have you never seen!

    _Tat._ Can I guess what, unless you tell, my queen?

    _Queen._ The king I mean.

    _Tat._                   Just now return'd from war:
    He rides like Mars in his triumphal car.
    Conquest precedes with laurels in his hand;
    Behind him Fame does on her tripos stand;
    Her golden trump shrill thro' the air she sounds,
    Which rends the earth, and then to heaven rebounds;
    Trophies and spoils innumerable grace
    This triumph, which all triumphs does deface:
    Haste then, great queen! your hero thus to meet,
    Who longs to lay his laurels at your feet.

    _Queen._ Art mad, Tatlanthe? I meant no such thing.
    Your talk's distasteful.

    _Tat._                 Didn't you name the king?

    _Queen._ I did, Tatlanthe, but it was not thine;
    The charming king I mean is only mine.

    _Tat._ Who else, who else, but such a charming fair,
    In Chrononhotonthologos should share?
    The queen of beauty, and the god of arms,
    In him and you united blend their charms.
    Oh! had you seen him, how he dealt out death,
    And at one stroke robb'd thousands of their breath:
    While on the slaughter'd heaps himself did rise,
    In pyramids of conquest to the skies.
    The gods all hail'd, and fain would have him stay;
    But your bright charms have call'd him thence away.

    _Queen._ This does my utmost indignation raise:
    You are too pertly lavish in his praise.
    Leave me for ever!                   [TATLANTHE _kneeling._

    _Tat._            Oh! what shall I say?
    Do not, great queen, your anger thus display!
    Oh, frown me dead! let me not live to hear
    My gracious queen and mistress so severe!
    I've made some horrible mistake, no doubt;
    Oh! tell me what it is!

    _Queen._               No, find it out.

    _Tat._ No, I will never leave you; here I'll grow
    Till you some token of forgiveness show.
    Oh! all ye powers above, come down, come down!
    And from her brow dispel that angry frown.

    _Queen._ Tatlanthe, rise, you have prevail'd at last;
    Offend no more, and I'll excuse what's past.
                                    [TATLANTHE _aside, rising._

_Tat._ Why, what a fool was I, not to perceive her passion for the
topsy-turvy king--the gentleman that carries his head where his heels
should be! But I must tack about, I see.

_To the_ QUEEN.

    Excuse me, gracious madam, if my heart
    Bears sympathy with yours in every part;
    With you alike, I sorrow and rejoice,
    Approve your passion, and commend your choice;
    The captive king.

    _Queen._         That's he! that's he! that's he!
    I'd die ten thousand deaths to set him free.
    Oh! my Tatlanthe! have you seen his face,
    His air, his shape, his mien, his ev'ry grace?
    In what a charming attitude he stands,
    How prettily he foots it with his hands!
    Well, to his arms, no to his legs I fly,
    For I must have him, if I live or die.           [_Exeunt._


SCENE.--_A Bedchamber._

CHRONONHOTONTHOLOGOS _asleep._

     [_Rough music, viz., salt-boxes and rolling-pins, gridirons and
     tongs; sow-gelders' horns, marrowbones and cleavers, &c. &c. He
     wakes._

    _Chro._ What heav'nly sounds are these that charm my ears!
    Sure 'tis the music of the tuneful spheres.

_Enter_ CAPTAIN OF THE GUARDS.

    _Cap._ A messenger from Gen'ral Bombardinion
    Craves instant audience of your majesty.

    _Chro._ Give him admittance.

_Enter_ HERALD.

    _Her._ Long life to Chrononhotonthologos!
    Your faithful Gen'ral Bombardinion
    Sends you his tongue, transplanted in my mouth,
    To pour his soul out in your royal ears.

    _Chro._ Then use thy master's tongue with reverence.
    Nor waste it in thine own loquacity,
    But briefly and at large declare thy message.

    _Her._ Suspend awhile, great Chrononhotonthologos,
    The fate of empires and the toils of war;
    And in my tent let's quaff Falernian wine
    Till our souls mount and emulate the gods.
    Two captive females, beauteous as the morn,
    Submissive to your wishes, court your option.
    Haste then, great king, to bless us with your presence.
    Our scouts already watch the wish'd approach,
    Which shall be welcom'd by the drums' dread rattle,
    The cannons' thunder, and the trumpets' blast;
    While I, in front of mighty myrmidons,
    Receive my king in all the pomp of war.

    _Chro._ Tell him I come; my flying steed prepare;
    Ere thou art half on horseback I'll be there.    [_Exeunt._


SCENE.--_A Prison._

_The King of the Antipodes discover'd sleeping on a couch. Enter_ QUEEN.

    _Queen._ Is this a place, oh! all ye gods above,
    This a reception for the man I love?
    See in what sweet tranquillity he sleeps,
    While Nature's self at his confinement weeps.
    Rise, lovely monarch! see your friend appear,
    No Chrononhotonthologos is here;
    Command your freedom, by this sacred ring;
    Then command me. What says my charming king?

    [_She puts the ring in his mouth, he bends the
    sea-crab, and makes a roaring noise._

    _Queen._ What can this mean! he lays his feet at mine:
    Is this of love or hate, his country's sign?
    Ah! wretched queen! how hapless is thy lot,
    To love a man that understands thee not!
    Oh! lovely Venus, goddess all divine!
    And gentle Cupid, that sweet son of thine,
    Assist, assist me, with your sacred art,
    And teach me to obtain this stranger's heart.

VENUS _descends in her chariot, and sings._

AIR.

    _Ven._ See Venus does attend thee,
                                     My dilding, my dolding.
    Love's goddess will befriend thee,
                                      Lily bright and shiny.
    With pity and compassion.
                                     My dilding, my dolding,
    She sees thy tender passion,
                                       Lily, &c. _Da capo._

    _Air changes._

    To thee I yield my pow'r divine,
                                    Dance over the Lady Lee,
    Demand whate'er thou wilt, 'tis thine,
                                                My gay lady.
    Take this magic wand in hand,
                                                  Dance, &c.
    All the world's at thy command,
                                 My gay, &c. _Da capo_.

CUPID _descends and sings._

AIR.

    Are you a widow, or are you a wife?
                                  Gilly-flow'r, gentle rosemary.
        Or are you a maiden, so fair and so bright?
                   As the dew that flies over the mulberry-tree.

        _Queen._ Would I were a widow, as I am a wife,
                                               Gilly-flow'r, &c.
        But I'm to my sorrow, a maiden as bright,
                                                 As the dew, &c.

        _Cupid._ You shall be a widow before it is night,
                                               Gilly-flow'r, &c.
        No longer a maiden so fair and so bright,
                                                 As the dew, &c.
        Two jolly young husbands your favour shall share,
                                               Gilly-flow'r, &c.
        And twenty fine babies all lovely and fair,
                                                 As the dew, &c.

        _Queen._ O thanks, Mr. Cupid! for this your good news,
                                               Gilly-flow'r, &c.
        What woman alive would such favours refuse?
                                              While the dew, &c.

     [VENUS _and_ CUPID _re-ascend; the_ QUEEN _goes off, and the King
     of the Antipodes follows, walking on his hands. Scene closes._


SCENE.--BOMBARDINION'S _Tent._

KING _and_ BOMBARDINION, _at a table, with two Ladies._

    _Bomb._ This honour, royal sir! so royalizes
    The royalty of your most royal actions,
    The dumb can only utter forth your praise;
    For we, who speak, want words to tell our meaning.
    Here! fill the goblet with Falernian wine,
    And, while our monarch drinks, bid the shrill trumpet
    Tell all the gods, that we propine their healths.

    _King._ Hold, Bombardinion, I esteem it fit,
    With so much wine, to eat a little bit.

    _Bomb._ See that the table instantly be spread,
    With all that art and nature can produce.
    Traverse from pole to pole; sail round the globe,
    Bring every eatable that can be eat:
    The king shall eat; tho' all mankind be starv'd.

    _Cook._ I am afraid his majesty will be starv'd, before I can
    run round the world, for a dinner; besides, where's the money?

    _King._ Ha! dost thou prattle, contumacious slave?
    Guards, seize the villain? broil him, fry him, stew him;
    Ourselves shall eat him out of mere revenge.

    _Cook._ O pray, your majesty, spare my life; there's some nice
    cold pork in the pantry: I'll hash it for your majesty in a
    minute.

    _King._ Be thou first hash'd in hell, audacious slave.

    [_Kills him, and turns to_ BOMBARDINION.

    Hash'd pork! shall Chrononhotonthologos
    Be fed with swine's flesh, and at second-hand?
    Now, by the gods! thou dost insult us, general!

    _Bomb._ The gods can witness, that I little thought
    Your majesty to other flesh than this
    Had aught the least propensity.        [_Points to the ladies._

    _King._ Is this a dinner for a hungry monarch?

    _Bomb._ Monarchs, as great as Chrononhotonthologos,
    Have made a very hearty meal of worse.

    _King_ Ha! traitor! dost thou brave me to my teeth?
    Take this reward, and learn to mock thy master.
                                                [_Strikes him._

    _Bomb._ A blow! shall Bombardinion take a blow?
    Blush! blush, thou sun! start back thou rapid ocean!
    Hills! vales! seas! mountains! all commixing crumble,
    And into chaos pulverize the world;
    For Bombardinion has receiv'd a blow,
    And Chrononhotonthologos shall die.               [_Draws._

              [_The women run off, crying, "Help! Murder!" &c._

    _King._ What means the traitor?

    _Bomb._                         Traitor in thy teeth,
    Thus I defy thee!
                              [_They fight, he kills the King._

                      Ha! what have I done?
    Go, call a coach, and let a coach be call'd;
    And let the man that calls it be the caller;
    And, in his calling, let him nothing call,
    But coach! coach! coach! Oh! for a coach, ye gods!
                                                [_Exit raving._

    _Returns with a_ DOCTOR.

    _Bomb._ How fares your majesty?

    _Doct._                          My lord, he's dead.

    _Bomb._ Ha! dead! impossible! it cannot be!
    I'd not believe it, tho' himself should swear it.
    Go join his body to his soul again,
    Or, by this light, thy soul shall quit thy body.

    _Doct._ My lord, he's far beyond the power of physic,
    His soul has left his body and this world.

    _Bomb._ Then go to t'other world and fetch it back.
                                                  [_Kills him._

    And, if I find thou triflest with me there,
    I'll chase thy shade through myriads of orbs,
    And drive thee far beyond the verge of Nature.
    Ha!--Call'st thou, Chrononhotonthologos?
    I come! your faithful Bombardinion comes!
    He comes in worlds unknown to make new wars,
    And gain thee empires num'rous as the stars.

    [_Kills himself._

    _Enter_ QUEEN _and others._

    _Aldi._ O horrid! horrible, and horrid'st horror!
    Our king! our general! our cook! our doctor!
    All dead! stone dead! irrevocably dead!
    O----h!----                    [_All groan, a tragedy groan._

    _Queen._ My husband dead! ye gods! what is't you mean,
    To make a widow of a virgin queen?
    For, to my great misfortune, he, poor king,
    Has left me so; aint that a wretched thing?

    _Tat._ Why then, dear madam, make me no farther pother,
    Were I your majesty, I'd try another.

    _Queen._ I think 'tis best to follow thy advice.

    _Tat._ I'll fit you with a husband in a trice:
    Here's Rigdum-Funnidos, a proper man;
    If any one can please a queen, he can.

    _Rig-Fun._ Ay, that I can, and please your majesty.
    So, ceremonies apart, let's proceed to business.

    _Queen_. Oh! but the mourning takes up all my care,
    I'm at a loss what kind of weeds to wear.

    _Rig-Fun_. Never talk of mourning, madam,
    One ounce of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow,
    Take me at once, and let us wed to-morrow.
    I'll make thee a great man, my little Phoscophorny.
                                           [_To_ ALDI, _aside_.

    _Aldi_. I scorn your bounty; I'll be king, or nothing.
    Draw, miscreant! draw!

    _Rig_.               No, sir, I'll take the law.
                                      [_Runs behind the_ QUEEN.

    _Queen_. Well, gentlemen, to make the matter easy,
    I'll have you both; and that, I hope, will please ye.
    And now, Tatlanthe, thou art all my care:
    Where shall I find thee such another pair?
    Pity that you, who've serv'd so long, so well,
    Should die a virgin, and lead apes in hell.
    Choose for yourself, dear girl, our empire round,
    Your portion is twelve hundred thousand pound.

    _Aldi_. Here! take these dead and bloody corps away;
    Make preparation for our wedding day.
    Instead of sad solemnity, and black,
    Our hearts shall swim in claret, and in sack.



     _The next piece is taken from successive numbers of_ THE
     ANTI-JACOBIN, _which was planned by_ Canning, _and of which the
     first number appeared on the_ 20_th of November_, 1797_. "_The
     Rovers, or the Double Arrangement_," _was the joint work of_ George
     Canning, George Ellis, _and_ John Hookham Frere.



THE ROVERS;

OR, THE DOUBLE ARRANGEMENT.


DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

    PRIOR _of the_ ABBEY _of_ QUEDLINBURGH,
    _very corpulent and cruel_.

    ROGERO, _a Prisoner in the Abbey,
    in love with_ MATILDA POTTINGEN.

    CASIMERE, _a Polish Emigrant, in
    Dembrowsky's Legion, married
    to_ CECILIA, _but having several
    children by_ MATILDA.

    PUDDINGFIELD _and_ BEEFINGTON,
    _English Noblemen exiled by the
    Tyranny of King John, previous
    to the signature of Magna
    Charta_.

    RODERIC, _Count of Saxe Weimar,
    a bloody Tyrant, with red hair,
    and an amorous complexion_.

    GASPAR, _the Minister of the Count;
    Author of_ ROGERO'S _confinement_.

    _Young_ POTTINGEN, _brother to_ MATILDA.

    MATILDA POTTINGEN, _in love with_
    ROGERO, _and mother to_ CASIMERE'S
    _children_.

    CECILIA MÜCKENFELD, _wife to_
    CASIMERE.

    _Landlady, Waiter, Grenadiers,
    Troubadours, &c._

    PANTALOWSKY, _and_ BRITCHINDA,
    _children of_ MATILDA, _by_ CASIMERE.

    JOACHIM, JABEL, _and_ AMARANTHA,
    _children of_ MATILDA, _by_
    ROGERO.

    _Children of_ CASIMERE _and_ CECILIA,
    _with their respective Nurses_.

    Several Children; Fathers and
    Mothers unknown.

THE SCENE LIES IN THE TOWN OF WEIMAR, AND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD OF THE ABBEY
OF QUEDLINBURGH.

_Time, from the Twelfth to the present Century._


PROLOGUE.

(_In character._)

    Too long the triumphs of our early times,
    With civil discord, and with regal crimes,
    Have stain'd these boards; while Shakespeare's pen has shown
    Thoughts, manners, men, to modern days unknown.
    Too long have Rome and Athens been the rage;   [_Applause._
    And classic buskins soil'd a British stage.
    To-night our bard, who scorns pedantic rules,
    His plot has borrow'd from the German schools;
    --The German schools--where no dull maxims bind
    The bold expansion of the electric mind.
    Fix'd to no period, circled by no space,
    He leaps the flaming bounds of time and place:
    Round the dark confines of the forest raves,
    With _gentle_ robbers[204] stocks his gloomy caves;
    Tells how prime ministers[205] are shocking things,
    And _reigning dukes_ as bad as tyrant kings;
    How to _two_ swains[206] _one_ nymph her vows may give,
    And how _two_ damsels with _one_ lover live!
    Delicious scenes!--such scenes _our_ bard displays,
    Which, crown'd with German, sue for British, praise.
    Slow are the steeds, that through Germania's roads
    With hempen rein the slumbering post-boy goads;
    Slow is the slumbering post-boy, who proceeds
    Through deep sands floundering, on those tardy steeds;
    More slow, more tedious, from his husky throat
    Twangs through the twisted horn the struggling note.
    These truths confess'd--Oh! yet, ye travell'd few,
    Germania's _plays_ with eyes unjaundiced view!
    View and approve!--though in each passage fine
    The faint translation[207] mock the genuine line;
    Though the nice ear the erring sight belie,
    For _U twice dotted_ is pronounced like _I_;
                                                   [_Applause._
    Yet oft the scene shall Nature's fire impart,
    Warm _from_ the breast, and glowing _to_ the heart!
    Ye travell'd few, attend! On _you_ our bard
    Builds his fond hope! Do you his genius guard! [_Applause._
    Nor let succeeding generations say--
    A British audience _damn'd_ a German play.
                               [_Loud and continued applauses._

     [_Flash of lightning_.--_The ghost of_ PROLOGUE'S GRANDMOTHER,
     _by the father's side, appears to soft music, in a white tiffany
     riding-hood_. PROLOGUE _kneels to receive her blessing, which she
     gives in a solemn and affecting manner, the audience clapping and
     crying all the while_.--_Flash of lightning_.--PROLOGUE _and his_
     GRANDMOTHER _sink through the trap-door_.

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ACT I.--SCENE I.

    _Represents a room at an Inn, at Weimar--On one side
    of the stage the bar-room, with jellies, lemons in nets,
    syllabubs, and part of a cold roast fowl._ &c.--_On the opposite
    side a window looking into the street, through which
    persons (inhabitants of Weimar) are seen passing to and fro
    in apparent agitation_.--MATILDA _appears in a great-coat
    and riding habit, seated at the corner of the dinner-table,
    which is covered with a clean huckaback cloth_.--_Plates and
    napkins, with buck's-horn-handled knives and forks, are
    laid as if for four persons_.

MATILDA.

    _Mat._ Is it impossible for me to have dinner sooner?

    _Land._ Madam, the Brunswick post-waggon is not yet come in,
    and the ordinary is never before two o'clock.

    _Mat._ [_with a look expressive of disappointment, but immediately
    recomposing herself._] Well, then, I must have patience.
    [_Exit Landlady._] Oh Casimere! How often have the thoughts
    of thee served to amuse these moments of expectation! What
    a difference, alas! Dinner--it is taken away as soon as over,
    and we regret it not! It returns again with the return of
    appetite. The beef of to-morrow will succeed to the mutton of
    to-day, as the mutton of to-day succeeded to the veal of yesterday.
    But when once the heart has been occupied by a beloved
    object, in vain would we attempt to supply the chasm by
    another. How easily are our desires transferred from dish to
    dish! Love only, dear, delusive, delightful love, restrains our
    wandering appetites, and confines them to a particular
    gratification!...

_Post-horn blows._--_Re-enter_ LANDLADY.

_Land._ Madam, the post-waggon is come in with only a single gentlewoman.

_Mat._ Then show her up--and let us have dinner instantly; [_Landlady
going_] and remember--[_after a moment's recollection, and with great
eagerness_]--remember the toasted cheese.

    [_Exit_ LANDLADY.

CECILIA _enters, in a brown cloth riding-dress, as if just alighted from
the post-waggon._

_Mat._ Madam, you seem to have had an unpleasant journey, if I may judge
from the dust on your riding-habit.

_Cec._ The way was dusty, madam, but the weather was delightful. It
recall'd to me those blissful moments when the rays of desire first
vibrated through my soul.

_Mat._ [_aside_.] Thank Heaven! I have at last found a heart which is
in unison with my own [_to Cecilia_.] Yes, I understand you--the first
pulsation of sentiment--the silver tones upon the yet unsounded harp....

_Cec._ The dawn of life--when this blossom [_putting her hand upon her
heart_] first expanded its petals to the penetrating dart of love!

_Mat._ Yes--the time--the golden time, when the first beams of the
morning meet and embrace one another! The blooming blue upon the yet
unplucked plum!...

_Cec._ Your countenance grows animated, my dear madam.

_Mat._ And yours too is glowing with illumination.

_Cec._ I had long been looking out for a congenial spirit! My heart was
withered, but the beams of yours have rekindled it.

_Mat._ A sudden thought strikes me: let us swear an eternal friendship.

_Cec._ Let us agree to live together!

    _Mat._ Willingly.         [_With rapidity and earnestness._

    _Cec._ Let us embrace.                     [_They embrace._

    _Mat._ Yes; I too have loved!--you, too, like me, have been forsaken!
          [_Doubtingly and as if with a desire to be informed._

_Cec._ Too true!

_Both._ Ah, these men! these men!

LANDLADY _enters, and places a leg of mut'on on the table, with sour
krout and prune sauce_--_then a small dish of black puddings._ CECILIA
_and_ MATILDA _appear to take no notice of her._

_Mat._ Oh, Casimere!

_Cec._ [_aside_.] Casimere! that name! Oh, my heart, how it is distracted
with anxiety.

_Mat._ Heavens! Madam, you turn pale.

_Cec._ Nothing--a slight megrim--with your leave, I will retire.

_Mat._ I will attend you.

     [_Exeunt_ MATILDA _and_ CECILIA. _Manent_ LANDLADY _and_ WAITER
     _with the dinner on the table_.

_Land._ Have you carried the dinner to the prisoner in the vaults of the
abbey!

_Waiter._ Yes. Pease-soup, as usual--with the scrag-end of a neck of
mutton--the emissary of the Count was here again this morning, and
offered me a large sum of money if I would consent to poison him.

    _Land._ Which you refused?  [_With hesitation and anxiety._

    _Waiter._ Can you doubt it?            [_With indignation._

_Land._ [_recovering herself, and drawing up with an expression of
dignity_.] The conscience of a poor man is as valuable to him as that of
a prince.

_Waiter._ It ought to be still more so, in proportion as it is generally
more pure.

_Land._ Thou say'st truly, Job.

_Waiter_ [_with enthusiasm_.] He who can spurn at wealth when proffer'd
as the price of crime, is greater than a prince.

_Post-horn blows. Enter_ CASIMERE, _in a travelling dress--a light blue
great-coat with large metal buttons--his hair in a long queue, but
twisted at the end; a large Kevenhuller hat; a cane in his hand._

_Cas._ Here, waiter, pull of my boots, and bring me a pair of slippers
[_Exit_ WAITER.] And heark'ye, my lad, a bason of water [_rubbing his
hands_] and a bit of soap--I have not washed since I began my journey.

_Waiter_ [_answering from behind the door_.] Yes, sir.

_Cas._ Well, landlady, what company are we to have?

_Land._ Only two gentlewomen, sir. They are just stepp'd into the next
room--they will be back again in a minute.

_Cas._ Where do they come from?

     [_All this while the_ WAITER _re-enters with the bason and water_,
     CASIMERE _pulls off his boots, takes a napkin from the table, and
     washes his face and hands_.

_Land._ There is one of them, I think, comes from Nuremburgh.

_Cas._ [_aside_.] From Nuremburgh; [_with eagerness_] her name?

_Land._ Matilda.

_Cas._ [_aside_.] How does this idiot woman torment me! What else?

_Land._ I can't recollect.

    _Cas._ Oh agony!             [_In a paroxysm of agitation._

_Waiter._ See here, her name upon the travelling trunk--Matilda Pottingen.

    _Cas._ Ecstasy! ecstasy!           [_Embracing the_ WAITER.

_Land._ You seem to be acquainted with the lady--shall I call her?

_Cas._ Instantly--instantly--tell her, her loved, her, long lost--tell
her----

_Land._ Shall I tell her dinner is ready?

_Cas._ Do so--and in the meanwhile I will look after my portmanteau.

                                           [_Exeunt severally._

     _Scene changes to a subterraneous vault in the Abbey of
     Quedlinburgh, with coffins, 'scutcheous, Death's heads and
     cross-bones._--_Toads, and other loathsome reptiles are seen
     traversing the obscurer parts of the Stage._--ROGERO _appears
     in chains, in a suit of rusty armour, with his beard grown,
     and a cap of a grotesque form upon his head._--_Beside him a
     crock, or pitcher, supposed to contain his daily allowance of
     sustenance._--_A long silence, during which the wind is heard to
     whistle through the caverns._--ROGERO _rises, and comes slowly
     forward, with his arms folded._

_Rog._ Eleven years! it is now eleven years since I was first
immured in this living sepulchre--the cruelty of a minister--the
perfidy of a monk--yes, Matilda! for thy sake--alive amidst the
dead--chained--coffined--confined--cut off from the converse of my
fellow-men. Soft! what have we here? [_stumbles over a bundle of
sticks_.] This cavern is so dark, that I can scarcely distinguish the
objects under my feet. Oh! the register of my captivity. Let me see,
how stands the account? [_takes up the sticks and turns them over with
a melancholy air; then stands silent for a few moments, as if absorbed
in calculation_.] Eleven years and fifteen days! Hah! the twenty-eighth
of August! How does the recollection of it vibrate on my heart! It was
on this day that I took my last leave of my Matilda. It was a summer
evening--her melting hand seemed to dissolve in mine, as I press'd it to
my bosom. Some demon whispered me that I should never see her more. I
stood gazing on the hated vehicle which was conveying her away for ever.
The tears were petrified under my eyelids. My heart was crystallized with
agony. Anon, I looked along the road. The diligence seemed to diminish
every instant. I felt my heart beat against its prison, as if anxious
to leap out and overtake it. My soul whirled round as I watched the
rotation of the hinder wheels. A long trail of glory followed after her,
and mingled with the dust--it was the emanation of Divinity, luminous
with love and beauty, like the splendour of the setting sun; but it told
me that the sun of my joys was sunk for ever. Yes, here in the depths
of an eternal dungeon--in the nursing cradle of hell--the suburbs of
perdition --in a nest of demons, where despair, in vain, sits brooding
over the putrid eggs of hope; where agony woos the embrace of death;
where patience, beside the bottomless pool of despondency, sits angling
for impossibilities. Yet even _here_, to behold her, to embrace her--yes,
Matilda, whether in this dark abode, amidst toads and spiders, or in a
royal palace, amidst the more loathsome reptiles of a Court, would be
indifferent to me. Angels would shower down their hymns of gratulation
upon our heads--while fiends would envy the eternity of suffering
love.... Soft, what air was that? it seemed a sound of more than human
warblings. Again [_listens attentively for some minutes_]--only the wind.
It is well, however; it reminds me of that melancholy air which has so
often solaced the hours of my captivity. Let me see whether the damps of
this dungeon have not yet injured my guitar. [_Takes his guitar, tunes
it, and begins the following air, with a full accompaniment of violins
from the orchestra._]

    [AIR, _Lanterna Magica._]


SONG.

BY ROGERO.

I.

    Whene'er with haggard eyes I view
      This dungeon that I'm rotting in,
    I think of those companions true
      Who studied with me at the U--
              --niversity of Gottingen,--
              --niversity of Gottingen.

     [_Weeps, and pulls out a blue kerchief, with which he wipes his
     eyes; gazing tenderly at it, he proceeds_--

II.

    Sweet kerchief, check'd with heavenly blue,
      Which once my love sat knotting in!--
    Alas! Matilda _then_ was true!--
      At least I thought so at the U--
              --niversity of Gottingen--
              --niversity of Gottingen.

     [_At the repetition of this line,_ ROGERO _clanks his chains in
     cadence._

III.

    Barbs! barbs! alas! how swift you flew,
      Her neat post-waggon trotting in!
    Ye bore Matilda from my view;
      Forlorn I languish'd at the U--
              --niversity of Gottingen--
              --niversity of Gottingen.

IV.

    This faded form! this pallid hue!
      This blood my veins is clotting in,
    My years are many--they were few
      When first I entered at the U--
              --niversity of Gottingon--
              --niversity of Gottingen.

V.

    There first for thee my passion grew,
      Sweet! sweet Matilda Pottingen!
    Thou wast the daughter of my tu--
      --tor, Law Professor at the U--
              --niversity of Gottingen--
              --niversity of Gottingen.

VI.

    Sun, moon, and thou, vain world, adieu,
      That kings and priests are plotting in:
    Here doom'd to starve on water gru--
      --el, never shall I see the U--
              --niversity of Gottingen--
              --niversity of Gottingen.

     [_During the last stanza_, ROGERO _dashes his head repeatedly
     against the walls of his prison; and, finally, so hard as to
     produce a visible contusion. He then throws himself on the floor
     in an agony. The curtain drops--the music still continuing to play
     till it is wholly fallen._

       *       *       *       *       *

We have received, in the course of the last week, several long, and to
say the truth, dull letters, from unknown hands, reflecting, in very
severe terms, on Mr. Higgins, for having, as it is affirmed, attempted
to pass upon the world, as a faithful sample of the productions of the
German Theatre, a performance no way resembling any of those pieces,
which have of late excited, and which bid fair to engross the admiration
of the British public.

As we cannot but consider ourselves as the guardians of Mr. Higgins's
literary reputation, in respect to every work of his which is conveyed
to the world through the medium of our paper (though, what we think of
the danger of his principles, we have already sufficiently explained for
ourselves, and have, we trust, succeeded in putting our readers upon
their guard against them)--we hold ourselves bound not only to justify
the fidelity of the imitation, but (contrary to our original intention)
to give a further specimen of it in our present number, in order to bring
the question more fairly to issue between our author and his calumniators.

In the first place, we are to observe that Mr. Higgins professes to
have taken his notion of German plays wholly from the translations which
have appeared in our language. If _they_ are totally dissimilar from
the originals, Mr. H. may undoubtedly have been led into error; but the
fault is in the translators, not in him. That he does not differ widely
from the models which he proposed to himself, we have it in our power
to prove satisfactorily; and might have done so in our last number, by
subjoining to each particular passage of his play, the scene in some one
or other of the German plays, which he had in view when he wrote it.
These parallel passages were faithfully pointed out to us by Mr. H. with
that candour which marks his character; and if they were suppressed by
us (as in truth they were), on our heads be the blame, whatever it may
be. Little, indeed, did we think of the imputation which the omission
would bring upon Mr. H., as, in fact, our principal reason for it was the
apprehension that, from the extreme closeness of the imitation in most
instances, he would lose in praise for invention more than he would gain
in credit for fidelity.

The meeting between Matilda and Cecilia, for example, in the first
act of the "Rovers," and their sudden intimacy, has been censured as
unnatural. Be it so. It is taken _almost word for word_ from "Stella,"
a German (or professedly a German) piece now much in vogue; from which
also the catastrophe of Mr. Higgins's play is in part borrowed, so far as
relates to the agreement to which the ladies come, as the reader will see
by-and-by, to share Casimere between them.

The dinner scene is copied partly from the published translation of the
"Stranger," and partly from the first scene of "Stella." The song of
Rogero, with which the first act concludes, is admitted on all hands to
be in the very first taste; and if no German original is to be found for
it, so much the worse for the credit of German literature.

An objection has been made by one anonymous letter-writer, to the names
of Puddingfield and Beefington, as little likely to have been assigned
to English characters by any author of taste or discernment. In answer
to this objection, we have, in the first place, to admit that a small,
and we hope not an unwarrantable alteration has been made by us since
the MS. has been in our hands. These names stood originally Puddincrantz
and Beefinstern, which sounded to our ears as being liable, especially
the latter, to a ridiculous inflection--a difficulty that could only be
removed by furnishing them with English terminations. With regard to the
more substantial syllables of the names, our author proceeded in all
probability on the authority of Goldoni, who, though not a German, is an
Italian writer of considerable reputation; and who, having heard that
the English were distinguished for their love of liberty and beef, has
judiciously compounded the two words _Runnymede_ and _beef_, and thereby
produced an English nobleman, whom he styles _Lord Runnybeef_.

To dwell no longer on particular passages--the best way perhaps of
explaining the whole scope and view of Mr. H.'s imitation, will be to
transcribe the short sketch of the plot, which that gentleman transmitted
to us, together with his drama; and which it is perhaps the more
necessary to give at length, as the limits of our paper not allowing of
the publication of the whole piece, some general knowledge of its main
design may be acceptable to our readers, in order to enable them to judge
of the several extracts which we lay before them.


PLOT.

Rogero, son of the late Minister of the Count of Saxe Weimar, having,
while he was at college, fallen desperately in love with Matilda
Pottingen, daughter of his tutor, Doctor Engelbertus Pottingen, Professor
of Civil Law; and Matilda evidently returning his passion, the doctor, to
prevent ill consequences, sends his daughter on a visit to her aunt in
Wetteravia, where she becomes acquainted with Casimere, a Polish officer,
who happens to be quartered near her aunt's, and has several children by
him.

Roderic, Count of Saxe Weimar, a prince of tyrannical and licentious
disposition, has for his Prime Minister and favourite, Gaspar, a crafty
villain, who had risen to his post by first ruining, and then putting to
death, Rogero's father. Gaspar, apprehensive of the power and popularity
which the young Rogero may enjoy at his return to Court, seizes the
occasion of his intrigue with Matilda (of which he is apprised officially
by Doctor Pottingen) to procure from his master an order for the recall
of Rogero from college, and for committing him to the care of the prior
of the Abbey of Quedlinburgh, a priest, rapacious, savage, and sensual,
and devoted to Gaspar's interests--sending at the same time private
orders to the prior to confine him in a dungeon.

Here Rogero languishes many years. His daily sustenance is administered
to him through a grated opening at the top of a cavern, by the
landlady of the Golden Eagle at Weimar, with whom Gaspar contracts,
in the Prince's name, for his support; intending, and more than once
endeavouring, to corrupt the waiter to mingle poison with the food, in
order that he may get rid of Rogero for ever.

In the meantime Casimere, having been called away from the neighbourhood
of Matilda's residence to other quarters, becomes enamoured of, and
marries Cecilia, by whom he has a family; and whom he likewise deserts
after a few years' cohabitation, on pretence of business which calls him
to Kamtschatka.

Doctor Pottingen, now grown old and infirm, and feeling the want of his
daughter's society, sends young Pottingen in search of her, with strict
injunctions not to return without her; and to bring with her either her
present lover Casimere, or, should that not be possible, Rogero himself,
if he can find him; the doctor having set his heart upon seeing his
children comfortably settled before his death. Matilda, about the same
period, quits her aunt's in search of Casimere; and Cecilia having been
advertised (by an anonymous letter) of the falsehood of his Kamtschatka
journey, sets out in the post-waggon on a similar pursuit.

It is at this point of time the play opens--with the accidental meeting
of Cecilia and Matilda at the inn at Weimar. Casimere arrives there soon
after, and falls in first with Matilda, and then with Cecilia. Successive
_éclaircissements_ take place, and an arrangement is finally made, by
which the two ladies are to live jointly with Casimere.

Young Pottingen, wearied with a few weeks' search, during which he has
not been able to find either of the objects of it, resolves to stop
at Weimar, and wait events there. It so happens, that he takes up his
lodging in the same house with Puddincrantz and Beefinstern, two English
noblemen, whom the tyranny of King John has obliged to fly from their
country; and who, after wandering about the Continent for some time, have
fixed their residence at Weimar.

The news of the signature of Magna Charta arriving, determines
Puddincrantz and Beefinstern to return to England. Young Pottingen opens
his case to them, and entreats them to stay to assist him in the object
of his search. This they refuse; but coming to the inn where they are
to set off for Hamburgh, they meet Casimere, from whom they have both
received many civilities in Poland.

Casimere, by this time tired of his "Double Arrangement," and having
learned from the waiter that Rogero is confined in the vaults of the
neighbouring Abbey _for love_, resolves to attempt his rescue, and to
make over Matilda to him as the price of his deliverance. He communicates
his scheme to Puddingfield and Beefington, who agree to assist him; as
also does young Pottingen. The waiter of the inn proving to be a _Knight
Templar_ in disguise, is appointed leader of the expedition. A band of
troubadours, who happen to be returning from the Crusades, and a company
of Austrian and Prussian Grenadiers returning from the Seven Years' War,
are engaged as troops.

The attack on the Abbey is made with success. The Count of Weimar and
Gaspar, who are feasting with the prior, are seized and beheaded in the
refectory. The prior is thrown into the dungeon, from which Rogero is
rescued. Matilda and Cecilia rush in. The former recognizes Rogero, and
agrees to live with him. The children are produced on all sides; and
young Pottingen is commissioned to write to his father, the doctor, to
detail the joyful events which have taken place, and to invite him to
Weimar, to partake of the general felicity.

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ACT II.

     SCENE.--_A Room in an ordinary Lodging-house at
     Weimar._--PUDDINGFIELD _and_ BEEFINGTON _discovered, sitting at
     a small deal table, and playing at All-fours.--Young_ POTTINGEN,
     _at another table in the corner of the room, with a pipe in his
     mouth, and a Saxon mug of a singular shape beside him, which he
     repeatedly applies to his lips, turning back his head, and casting
     his eyes towards the firmament. At the last trial he holds the mug
     for some moments in a directly inverted position; then replaces it
     on the table, with an air of dejection, and gradually sinks into
     a profound slumber. The pipe falls from his hand, and is broken._

_Beef._ I beg.

_Pudd._ [_deals three cards to_ BEEFINGTON.] Are you satisfied?

_Beef._ Enough. What have you?

_Pudd._ High--low--and the game.

    _Beef._ Ah! 'tis my deal [_deals--turns up a knave_.] One
    for his heels!                             [_Triumphantly._

    _Pudd._ Is king highest?

    _Beef._ No [_sternly._] The game is mine. The knave gives it me.

    _Pudd._ Are knaves so prosperous?
    Ay, marry are they in this world. They have the game in their
    hands. Your kings are but _noddies_[208] to them.

_Pudd._ Ha! ha! ha!--still the same proud spirit, Beefington, which
procured thee thine exile from England.

_Beef._ England! my native land!--when shall I revisit thee?

     [_During this time_ PUDDINGFIELD _deals, and begins to arrange his
     hand_.

_Beef._ [_continues._] Phoo--hang all-fours; what are they to a mind
ill at ease? Can they cure the heart-ache? Can they sooth banishment?
Can they lighten ignominy? Can all-fours do this? Oh! my Puddingfield,
thy limber and lightsome spirit bounds up against affliction--with the
elasticity of a well-bent bow; but mine--O! mine--

     [_Falls into an agony, and sinks back in his chair._ YOUNG
     POTTINGEN _awakened by the noise, rises, and advances with a grave
     demeanour towards_ BEEFINGTON _and_ PUDDINGFIELD. _The former
     begins to recover_.

_Y. Pot._ What is the matter, comrades?[209]--you seem agitated. Have you
lost or won?

_Beef._ Lost. I have lost my country.

_Y. Pot._ And I my sister. I came hither in search of her.

_Beef._ O England!

_Y. Pot._ O Matilda!

_Beef._ Exiled by the tyranny of an usurper, I seek the means of revenge,
and of restoration to my country.

_Y. Pot._ Oppressed by the tyranny of an abbot, persecuted by the
jealousy of a count, the betrothed husband of my sister languishes in
a loathsome captivity. Her lover is fled no one knows whither--and I,
her brother, am torn from my paternal roof, and from my studies in
chirurgery, to seek him and her, I know not where--to rescue Rogero,
I know not how. Comrades, your counsel--my search fruitless--my money
gone--my baggage stolen! What am I to do? In yonder abbey--in these
dark, dank vaults, there, my friends--there lies Rogero--there Matilda's
heart----


SCENE II.

_Enter_ WAITER.

_Waiter._ Sir, here is a person who desires to speak with you.

_Beef._ [_goes to the door, and returns with a letter, which he
opens--on perusing it his countenance becomes illuminated, and expands
prodigiously_.] Hah, my friend, what joy!

                                    [_Turning to_ PUDDINGFIELD.

_Pudd._ What? tell me--let your Puddingfield partake it.

_Beef._ See here-- [_Produces a printed paper._

    _Pudd._ What?                           [_With impatience._

_Beef._ [_in a significant tone_.] A newspaper!

_Pudd._ Hah, what sayst thou! A newspaper!

_Beef._ Yes, Puddingfield, and see here [_shows it partially_], from
England.

_Pudd._ [_with extreme earnestness._] Its name!

_Beef._ The "Daily Advertiser"--

_Pudd._ Oh, ecstasy!

_Beef._ [_with a dignified severity._] Puddingfield, calm
yourself--repress those transports--remember that you are a man.

_Pudd._ [_after a pause with suppressed emotion._] Well, I will be--I am
calm--yet tell me, Beefington, does it contain any news?

_Beef._ Glorious news, my dear Puddingfield--the Barons are
victorious--King John has been defeated--Magna Charta, that venerable,
immemorial inheritance of Britons, was signed last Friday was three
weeks, the third of July Old Style.

_Pudd._ I can scarce believe my ears--but let me satisfy my eyes--show me
the paragraph.

_Beef._ Here it is, just above the advertisements.

_Pudd._ [_reads._] "The great demand for Packwood's razor straps."----

_Beef._ 'Pshaw! what, ever blundering--you drive me from my patience--see
here, at the head of the column.

    _Pudd._ [_reads._] "A hireling print, devoted to the Court,
    Has dared to question our veracity
    Respecting the events of yesterday;
    But by to-day's accounts, our information
    Appears to have been perfectly correct.
    The charter of our liberties received
    The royal signature at five o'clock,
    When messengers were instantly dispatch'd
    To Cardinal Pandulfo; and their majesties,
    After partaking of a cold collation,
    Return'd to Windsor."--I am satisfied.

_Beef._ Yet here again--there are some further particulars [_turns to
another part of the paper_], "Extract of a letter from Egham--My dear
friend, we are all here in high spirits--the interesting event which took
place this morning at Runnymede, in the neighbourhood of this town"----

_Pudd._ Hah! Runnymede, enough--no more--my doubts are vanished--then are
we free indeed!

_Beef._ I have, besides, a letter in my pocket from our friend, the
immortal Bacon, who has been appointed Chancellor. Our outlawry is
reversed! What says my friend--shall we return by the next packet?

_Pudd._ Instantly, instantly!

_Both._ Liberty! Adelaide!--Revenge!

     [_Exeunt. Young_ POTTINGEN _following_, _and waving his hat, but
     obviously without much consciousness of the meaning of what has
     passed_.

_Scene changes to the outside of the Abbey. A summer's
evening_--_moonlight. Companies of Austrian and Prussian Grenadiers march
across the stage, confusedly, as if returning from the Seven Years' War.
Shouts, and martial music. The Abbey gates are opened. The monks are
seen passing in procession, with the Prior at their head. The choir is
heard chanting vespers. After which a pause. Then a bell is heard, as if
ringing for supper. Soon after, a noise of singing and jollity._

     _Enter from the Abbey, pushed out of the gates by the Porter, a
     Troubadour, with a bundle under his cloak, and a Lady under his
     arm. Troubadour seems much in liquor, but caresses the female
     minstrel._

_Fem. Min._ Trust me, Gieronymo, thou seemest melancholy. What hast thou
got under thy cloak?

_Trou._ 'Pshaw, women will be inquiring. Melancholy! not I. I will sing
thee a song, and the subject of it shall be thy question--"What have
I got under my cloak?" It is a riddle, Margaret--I learnt it of an
almanac-maker at Gotha--if thou guessest it after the first stanza, thou
shalt have never a drop for thy pains. Hear me--and, d'ye mark! twirl thy
thingumbob while I sing.

    _Fem. Min._ 'Tis a pretty tune, and hums dolefully.
             [_Plays on the balalaika_.[210] _Troubadour sings._

               I bear a secret comfort here,
         [_putting his hand on the bundle, but without showing it._
                 A joy I'll ne'er impart;
               It is not wine, it is not beer,
                 But it consoles my heart.

_Fem. Min._ [_interrupting him._] I'll be hang'd if you don't mean the
bottle of cherry-brandy that you stole out of the vaults in the Abbey
cellar.

_Trou._ I mean!--Peace, wench, thou disturbest the current of my feelings.

     [_Fem. Min. attempts to lay hold of the bottle. Troubadour pushes
     her aside, and continues singing without interruption._

        This cherry-bounce, this lov'd noyau,
          My drink for ever be;
        But, sweet my love, thy wish forego,
          I'll give no drop to thee!

                  (_Both together_.)

    _Trou._ {This} cherry-bounce  {This} lov'd noyau,
    _F. M._ {That}                {that}
    _Trou._ {My  } drink for ever be;
    _F. M._ {Thy }
    _Trou._ } But, sweet my love, {thy wish forego!
    _F. M._ }                     {one drop bestow,
    _Trou._ {I  } keep it all for {me!
    _F. M._ {Nor}                 {thee!

     [_Exeunt struggling for the bottle, but without anger or
     animosity, the Fem. Min. appearing, by degrees, to obtain a
     superiority in the contest._

Act the Third contains the _eclaircissements_ and final arrangement
between Casimere, Matilda, and Cecilia: which so nearly resemble the
concluding act of "Stella," that we forbear to lay it before our readers.

       *       *       *       *       *


ACT IV.

     SCENE--_The Inn door--Diligence drawn up._ CASIMERE _appears
     superintending the package of his portmanteaus, and giving
     directions to the Porters._

_Enter_ BEEFINGTON _and_ PUDDINGFIELD.

_Pudd._ Well, Coachey, have you got two inside places?

_Coach._ Yes, your honour.

_Pudd._ [_seems to be struck with_ CASIMERE'S _appearance. He surveys him
earnestly, without paying any attention to the coachman, then doubtingly
pronounces_] Casimere!

_Cas._ [_turning round rapidly, recognises_ PUDDINGFIELD, _and embraces
him_.] My Puddingfield!

_Pudd._ My Casimere!

_Cas._ What, Beefington too! [_discovering him_.] Then is my joy complete.

_Beef._ Our fellow-traveller, as it seems.

_Cas._ Yes, Beefington--but wherefore to Hamburgh?

_Beef._ Oh, Casimere[211]--to fly--to fly--to return--England--our
country--Magna Charta--it is liberated--a new era--House of
Commons--Crown and Anchor--Opposition----

_Cas._ What a contrast! you are flying to liberty and your home--I,
driven from my home by tyranny--am exposed to domestic slavery in a
foreign country.

_Beef._ How domestic slavery?

_Cas._ Too true--two wives [_slowly, and with a dejected air--then after
a pause_]--you knew my Cecilia?

_Pudd._ Yes, five years ago.

_Cas._ Soon after that period I went upon a visit to a lady in
Wetteravia--my Matilda was under her protection--alighting at a peasant's
cabin, I saw her on a charitable visit, spreading bread-and-butter
for the children, in a light-blue riding habit. The simplicity of her
appearance--the fineness of the weather--all conspired to interest me--my
heart moved to hers--as if by a magnetic sympathy--we wept, embraced,
and went home together--she became the mother of my Pantalowsky. But five
years of enjoyment have not stifled the reproaches of my conscience--her
Rogero is languishing in captivity--if I could restore her to _him!_

_Beef._ Let us rescue him.

_Cas._ Will without power[212] is like children playing at soldiers.

_Beef._ Courage without power[213] is like a consumptive running footman.

_Cas._ Courage without power is a contradiction.[214] Ten brave men might
set all Quedlinburgh at defiance.

_Beef._ Ten brave men--but where are they to be found?

_Cas._ I will tell you--marked you the waiter?

    _Beef._ The waiter?                          [_Doubtingly._

_Cas._ [_in a confidential tone_.] No waiter, but a Knight Templar.
Returning from the crusade, he found his Order dissolved, and his
person proscribed. He dissembled his rank, and embraced the profession
of a waiter. I have made sure of him already. There are, besides, an
Austrian and a Prussian grenadier. I have made them abjure their national
enmity, and they have sworn to fight henceforth in the cause of freedom.
These, with Young Pottingen, the waiter, and ourselves, make seven--the
troubadour, with his two attendant minstrels, will complete the ten.

    _Beef._ Now then for the execution.     [_With enthusiasm._

    _Pudd._ Yes, my boys--for the execution.
                                  [_Clapping them on the back._

_Waiter._ But hist! we are observed.

_Trou._ Let us by a song conceal our purposes.

RECITATIVE ACCOMPANIED.[215]

    _Cas._     Hist! hist! nor let the airs that blow
                    From Night's cold lungs, our purpose know!

    _Pudd._    Let Silence, mother of the dumb,

    _Beef._    Press on each lip her palsied thumb!

    _Wait._    Let privacy, allied to sin,
                    That loves to haunt the tranquil inn--

    _Gren._ }  And Conscience start, when she shall view,
    _Trou._ }  The mighty deed we mean to do!

GENERAL CHORUS--_Con spirito._

    Then friendship swear, ye faithful bands,
      Swear to save a shackled hero!
    See where yon Abbey frowning stands!
      Rescue, rescue, brave Rogero!

    _Cas._ Thrall'd in a Monkish tyrant's fetters,
      Shall great Rogero hopeless lie?

    _Y. Pot._ In my pocket I have letters,
      Saying, "help me, or I die!"

             _Allegro Allegretto._

    _Cas. Beef. Pudd. Gren. Trou._     } Let us fly, let us fly,
    _Waiter, and Pot. with enthusiasm_ } Let us help, ere he die!
                            [_Exeunt omnes, waving their hats._

     SCENE.--_The Abbey gate, with ditches, drawbridges, and spikes.
     Time--about an hour before sunrise. The conspirators appear
     as if in ambuscade, whispering, and consulting together, in
     expectation of the signal for attack. The_ WAITER _is habited
     as a Knight Templar, in the dress of his Order, with the cross
     on his breast, and the scallop on his shoulder_; PUDDINGFIELD
     _and_ BEEFINGTON _armed with blunderbusses and pocket pistols;
     the Grenadiers in their proper uniforms. The Troubadour, with
     his attendant Minstrels, bring up the rear--martial music--the
     conspirators come forward, and present themselves before the
     gate of the Abbey.--Alarum--firing of pistols--the Convent
     appear in arms upon the walls--the drawbridge is let down--a
     body of choristers and lay-brothers attempt a sally, but are
     beaten back, and the verger killed. The besieged attempt to
     raise the drawbridge_--PUDDINGFIELD _and_ BEEFINGTON _press
     forward with alacrity, throw themselves upon the drawbridge,
     and by the exertion of their weight, preserve it in a state of
     depression--the other besiegers join them, and attempt to force
     the entrance, but without effect._ PUDDINGFIELD _makes the signal
     for the battering ram. Enter_ QUINTUS CURTIUS _and_ MARCUS CURIUS
     DENTATUS, _in their proper military habits, preceded by the Roman
     Eagle--the rest of their legion are employed in bringing forward
     a battering ram, which plays for a few minutes to slow time, till
     the entrance is forced. After a short resistance, the besiegers
     rush in with shouts of victory._

     _Scene changes to the interior of the Abbey. The inhabitants of
     the Convent are seen flying in all directions._

     _The_ COUNT OF WEIMAR _and_ PRIOR, _who had been feasting in
     the refectory, are brought in manacled. The_ COUNT _appears
     transported with rage, and gnaws his chains. The_ PRIOR _remains
     insensible, as if stupefied with grief._ BEEFINGTON _takes
     the keys of the dungeon, which are hanging at the_ PRIOR'S
     _girdle, and makes a sign for them both to be led away into
     confinement.--Exeunt_ PRIOR _and_ COUNT _properly guarded. The
     rest of the conspirators disperse in search of the dungeon where_
     ROGERO _is confined._


FOOTNOTES:

[Footnote 204: A See the "Robbers." a German tragedy, in which robbery is
put in so fascinating a light, that the whole of a German University went
upon the highway in consequence of it.]

[Footnote 205: See "Cabal and Love," a German tragedy, very severe
against Prime Ministers and reigning Dukes of Brunswick. This admirable
performance very judiciously reprobates the hire of German troops for the
_American war_ in the reign of Queen Elizabeth--a practice which would
undoubtedly have been highly discreditable to that wise and patriotic
princess, not to say wholly unnecessary, there being no American war at
that particular time.]

[Footnote 206: See the "Stranger; or, Reform'd Housekeeper," in which
the former of these morals is beautifully illustrated; and "Stella," a
genteel German comedy, which ends with placing a man _bodkin_ between
_two wives_, like _Thames_ between his _two banks_, in the "Critic."
Nothing can be more edifying than these two dramas. I am shocked to hear
that there are some people who think them ridiculous.]

[Footnote 207: These are the warnings very properly given to readers,
to beware how they judge of what they cannot understand. Thus, if the
translation runs "lightning of my soul, fulguration of angels, sulphur
of hell;" we should recollect that this is not coarse or strange in the
German language, when applied by a lover to his mistress; but the English
has nothing precisely parallel to the original Mulychause Archangelichen,
which means rather "emanation of the archangelican nature"--or to
Smellmynkern Vankelfer, which, if literally rendered, would signify
"made of stuff of the same odour whereof the devil makes flambeaux." See
Schüttenbrüch on the German Idiom.]

[Footnote 208: This is an excellent joke in German; the point and
spirit of which is but ill-rendered in a translation. A Noddy, the
reader will observe, has two significations--the one a "knave at
all-fours;" the other a "fool or booby." See the translation by Mr.
Render of "Count Benyowsky; or, the Conspiracy of Kamtschatka," a German
tragi-comi-comi-tragedy: where the play opens with a scene of a game at
chess (from which the whole of this scene is copied), and a joke of the
same point and merriment about pawns--_i.e._, boors being _a match_ for
kings.]

[Footnote 209: This word in the original is strictly
"fellow-lodgers"--"co-occupants of the same room, in a house let out
at a small rent by the week." There is no single word in English which
expresses so complicated a relation, except, perhaps, the cant term of
"chum," formerly in use at our universities.]

[Footnote 210: The balalaika is a Russian instrument, resembling the
guitar.--See the play of "Count Benyowsky," rendered into English.]

[Footnote 211: See "Count Benyowsky; or, the Conspiracy of Kamschatka,"
where Crustiew, an old gentleman of much sagacity, talks the following
nonsense:

_Crustiew_ [_with youthful energy and an air of secrecy and confidence_.]
"To fly, to fly, to the Isles of Marian--the island of Tinian--a
terrestrial paradise. Free--free--a mild climate--a new created
sun--wholesome fruits--harmless inhabitants--and Liberty--tranquillity."]

[Footnote 212: See "Count Benyowsky." as before.]

[Footnote 213: See "Count Benyowsky."]

[Footnote 214: See "Count Benyowsky" again; from which play this and the
preceding references are taken word for word. We acquit the Germans of
such reprobate silly stuff. It must be the translator's.]

[Footnote 215: We believe this song to be copied, with a small variation
in metre and meaning, from a song in "Count Benyowsky; or, the Conspiracy
of Kamtschatka,"--where the conspirators join in a chorus, _for fear of
being overheard_.]



BOMBASTES FURIOSO.

FIRST PERFORMED AT THE THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET, AUGUST 7, 1810.


DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

    ARTAXOMINOUS, _King of Utopia._

    FUSBOS, _Minister of State._

    GENERAL BOMBASTES.

    _Attendants or Courtiers._

    _Army_--a long Drummer, a short
    Fifer, and two (sometimes three)
    Soldiers of different dimensions.

    DISTAFFINA.

SCENE I.--_Interior of the Palace._

     _The_ KING _in his chair of state.--A table set out with
     punchbowl, glasses, pipes, &c._--ATTENDANTS _on each side._

TRIO.--"_Tekeli._"

    _1st Atten._ What will your majesty please to wear?
                        Or blue, green, red, black, white, or brown?

    _2nd Atten._ D'ye choose to look at the bill of fare?
                                          [_Showing long bill._

    _King._           Get out of my sight, or I'll knock you down.

    _2nd Atten._ Here is soup, fish, or goose, or duck, or fowl,
       or pigeons, pig, or hare!

    _1st Atten._ Or blue, or green, or red, or black, or white, or brown,
                      What will your Majesty, &c.

    _King._      Get out of my sight, &c. [_Exeunt_ ATTENDANTS.

_Enter_ FUSBOS, _and kneels to the_ KING.

    _Fusbos._ Hail, Artaxominous! yclep'd the Great!
    I come, an humble pillar of thy state,
    Pregnant with news--but ere that news I tell,
    First let me hope your Majesty is well.

    _King._ Rise, learned Fusbos! rise, my friend, and know
    We are but middling--that is, _so so!_

    _Fusbos._ Only _so so!_ Oh, monstrous, doleful thing!
    Is it the mulligrubs affects the king?
    Or, dropping poisons in the cup of joy,
    Do the blue devils your repose annoy?

    _King._ Nor mulligrubs nor devils blue are here,
    But yet we feel ourselves a little queer.

    _Fusbos._ Yes, I perceive it in that vacant eye,
    The vest unbutton'd, and the wig awry;
    So sickly cats neglect their fur-attire,
    And sit and mope beside the kitchen fire.

    _King._ Last night, when undisturb'd by state affairs,
    Moist'ning our clay, and puffing off our cares,
    Oft the replenish'd goblet did we drain,
    And drank and smok'd, and smok'd and drank again!
    Such was the case, our very actions such,
    Until at length we got a drop too much.

    _Fusbos._ So when some donkey on the Blackheath Road,
    Falls, overpower'd, beneath his sandy load;
    The driver's curse unheeded swells the air,
    Since none can carry more than they can bear.

    _King._ The sapient Doctor Muggins came in haste,
    Who suits his physic to his patient's taste;
    He, knowing well on what our heart is set,
    Hath just prescrib'd, "To take a morning whet;"
    The very sight each sick'ning pain subdues.
    Then sit, my Fusbos, sit and tell thy news.

    _Fusbos_ [_sits._] Gen'ral Bombastes, whose resistless force
    Alone exceeds by far a brewer's horse,
    Returns victorious, bringing mines of wealth!

    _King._ Does he, by jingo? then we'll drink his health!
                                              [_Drum and Fife._

    _Fusbos._ But hark! with loud acclaim, the fife and drum
    Announce your army near; behold, they come!

     _Enter_ BOMBASTES, _attended by one_ DRUMMER, _one_ FIFER, _and
     two_ SOLDIERS, _all very materially differing in size.--They march
     round the stage and back_.

    _Bombas._ Meet me this ev'ning at the Barley Mow;
    I'll bring your pay--you see I'm busy now:
    Begone, brave army, and don't kick up a row.
                                            [_Exeunt_ SOLDIERS.
    [_To the_ KING.] Thrash'd are your foes--this watch and
        silken string,
    Worn by their chief, I as a trophy bring;
    I knock'd him down, then snatch'd it from his fob;
    "Watch, watch," he cried, when I had done the job.
    "My watch is gone," says he--says I, "Just so;
    Stop where you are--watches were made to go."

    _King._ For which we make you Duke of Strombelo.
                                  [BOMBASTES _kneels; the_ KING
            _dubs him with a pipe, and then presents the bowl_.
    From our own bowl here drink, my soldier true,
    And if you'd like to take a whiff or two,
    He whose brave arm hath made our foes to crouch,
    Shall have a pipe from this our royal pouch.

    _Bombas._ [_rises._] Honours so great have all my toils repaid!
    My liege, and Fusbos, here's "Success to trade".

    _Fusbos._ Well said, Bombastes! Since thy mighty blows,
    Have given a quietus to our foes,
    Now shall our farmers gather in their crops,
    And busy tradesmen mind their crowded shops
    The deadly havoc of war's hatchet cease;
    Now shall we smoke the calumet of peace.

    _King._ I shall smoke short-cut, you smoke what you please.

    _Bombas._ Whate'er your Majesty shall deign to name,
    Short cut or long to me is all the same.

    _Bombas._ }  In short, so long, as we your favours claim,
        and         } Short cut or long, to us is all the same.
    _Fusbos._ }

    _King._ Thanks, gen'rous friends! now list whilst I impart
    How firm you're lock'd and bolted in my heart;
    So long as this here pouch a pipe contains,
    Or a full glass in that there bowl remains,
    To you an equal portion shall belong;
    This do I swear, and now--let's have a song.

    _Fusbos._ My liege shall be obeyed.

    [_Advances and attempts to sing._

    _Bombas._                         Fusbos, give place,
    You know you haven't got a singing face;
    Here nature, smiling, gave the winning grace.

    SONG.--"_Hope told a flatt'ring Tale_."

    Hope told a flattering tale,
      Much longer than my arm,
    That love and pots of ale
      In peace would keep me warm:
    The flatt'rer is not gone,
    She visits number one:
    In love I'm monstrous deep.
    Love! odsbobs, destroys my sleep,
    Hope told a flattering tale,
      Lest love should soon grow cool;
    A tub thrown to a whale,
      To make the fish a fool:
    Should Distaffina frown,
      Then love's gone out of town;
    And when love's dream is o'er,
      Then we wake and dream no more.
                                                       [_Exit._

     [_The_ KING _evinces strong emotions during the song, and at the
     conclusion starts up._

    _Fusbos._ What ails my liege? ah! why that look so sad?

    _King_ [_coming forward._] I am in love! I scorch, I freeze, I'm mad!
    Oh, tell me, Fusbos, first and best of friends,
    You, who have wisdom at your fingers' ends,
    Shall it be so, or shall it not be so?
    Shall I my Griskinissa's charms forego,
    Compel her to give up the regal chair,
    And place the rosy Distaffina there?
    In such a case, what course can I pursue?
    I love my queen, and Distaffina too.

    _Fusbos._ And would a king his general supplant?
    I can't advise, upon my soul I can't.

    _King._ So when two feasts, whereat there's nought to pay,
    Fall unpropitious on the self-same day,
    The anxious Cit each invitation views,
    And ponders which to take or which refuse:
    From this or that to keep away is loth,
    And sighs to think he cannot dine at both.         [_Exit._

    _Fusbos._ So when some school-boy, on a rainy day,
    Finds all his playmates will no longer stay,
    He takes the hint himself--and walks away.         [_Exit._


SCENE II.--_An Avenue of Trees._

_Enter the_ KING.

    _King._ I'll seek the maid I love, though in my way
    A dozen gen'rals stood in fierce array!
    Such rosy beauties nature meant for kings;
    Subjects have treat enough to see such things.


SCENE III.--_Inside of a Cottage._

_Enter_ DISTAFFINA.

    _Distaf._ This morn, as sleeping in my bed I lay,
    I dreamt (and morning dreams come true they say),
    I dreamt a cunning man my fortune told,
    And soon the pots and pans were turned to gold!
    Then I resolv'd to cut a mighty dash;
    But, lo! ere I could turn them into cash,
    Another cunning man my heart betray'd,
    Stole all away, and left my debts unpaid.

_Enter the_ KING.

    And pray, sir, who are you, I'd wish to know?

    _King._ Perfection's self, oh, smooth that angry brow!
    For love of thee, I've wander'd thro' the town,
    And here have come to offer half a crown.

    _Distaf._ Fellow! your paltry offer I despise;
    The great Bombastes' love alone I prize.

    _King._ He's but a general--damsel, I'm a king;

    _Distaf._ Oh, sir, that makes it quite another thing.

    _King._ And think not, maiden, I could e'er design
    A sum so trifling for such charms as thine.
    No! the half crown that ting'd thy cheeks with red,
    And bade fierce anger o'er thy beauties spread,
    Was meant that thou should'st share my throne and bed.

    _Distaf._ [_aside._] My dream is out, and I shall soon behold
    The pots and pans all turn to shining gold.

    _King_ [_puts his hat down to kneel on._] Here, on my knees
              (those knees which ne'er till now
    To man or maid in suppliance bent) I vow
    Still to remain, till you my hopes fulfil,
    Fixt as the Monument on Fish Street Hill.

    _Distaf._ [_kneels._] And thus I swear, as I bestow my hand,
    As long as e'er the Monument shall stand,
    So long I'm yours----

    _King._ Are then my wishes crown'd?

    _Distaf._ La, sir! I'd not say no for twenty pound;
    Let silly maids for love their favours yield,
    Rich ones for me--a king against the field.

SONG.--"_Paddy's Wedding._"

          Queen Dido at
          Her palace gate
    Sat darning of her stocking O;
          She sung and drew
          The worsted through,
    Whilst her foot was the cradle rocking O;
          (For a babe she had
          By a soldier lad,
    Though hist'ry passes it over O);
          "You tell-tale brat,
          I've been a flat,
    Your daddy has proved a rover O.
          What a fool was I
          To be cozen'd by
    A fellow without a penny O;
          When rich ones came,
          And ask'd the same,
    For I'd offers from never so many O;
          But I'll darn my hose,
          Look out for beaux,
    And quickly get a new lover O;
          Then come, lads, come,
          Love beats the drum,
    And a fig for Æneas the rover O."

    _King._ So Orpheus sang of old, or poets lie,
    And as the brutes were charmed, e'en so am I.
    Rosy-cheek'd maid, henceforth my only queen,
    Full soon shalt thou in royal robes be seen;
    And through my realm I'll issue this decree,
    None shall appear of taller growth than thee:
    Painters no other face portray--each sign
    O'er alehouse hung shall change its head for thine.
    Poets shall cancel their unpublish'd lays,
    And none presume to write but in thy praise.

    _Distaf._ [_fetches a bottle and glass._] And may I then,
                      without offending, crave
    My love to taste of this, the best I have?

    _King._ Were it the vilest liquor upon earth,
    Thy touch would render it of matchless worth;
    Dear shall the gift be held that comes from you;
    Best proof of love [_drinks_],'tis full-proof Hodges' too;
    Through all my veins I feel a genial glow,
    It fires my soul----

    _Bombastes_ [_within._] Ho, Distaffina, ho!

    _King._ Heard you that voice?

    _Distaf._                    O yes, 'tis what's his name,
    The General; send him packing as he came.

    _King._ And is it he? and doth he hither come?
    Ah me! my guilty conscience strikes me dumb:
    Where shall I go? say, whither shall I fly?
    Hide me, oh hide me from his injur'd eye!

    _Distaf._ Why, sure you're not alarm'd at such a thing?
    He's but a general, and you're a king.
             [KING _conceals himself in a closet in flat_.

_Enter_ BOMBASTES.

    _Bombas._ Lov'd Distaffina! now by my scars I vow,
    Scars got--I haven't time to tell you how;
    By all the risks my fearless heart hath run,
    Risks of all shapes from bludgeon, sword, and gun.
    Steel traps, the patrole, bailiff shrewd, and dun;
    By the great bunch of laurel on my brow,
    Ne'er did thy charms exceed their present glow!
    Oh! let me greet thee with a loving kiss----   [_Sees the hat._
    Why, what the devil!--say, whose hat is this?

    _Distaf._ Why, help your silly brains, that's not a hat.

    _Bombas._ No hat?

    _Distaf._ Suppose it is, why, what of that?
    A hat can do no harm without a head!

    _Bombas._ Whoe'er it fits, this hour I doom him dead;
    Alive from hence the caitiff shall not stir----
                                         [_Discovers the_ KING.
    Your most obedient, humble servant; sir.

    _King._ Oh, general, oh!

    _Bombas._                My much-loved master, oh!
    What means all this?

    _King._         Indeed I hardly know----

    _Distaf._ You hardly know?--a very pretty joke,
    If kingly promises so soon are broke!
    Arn't I to be a queen, and dress so fine?

    _King._ I do repent me of the foul design:
    To thee, my brave Bombastes, I restore
    Pure Distaffina, and will never more
    Through lane or street with lawless passion rove,
    But give to Griskinissa all my love.

    _Bombas._ No, no, I'll love no more; let him who can
    Fancy the maid who fancies ev'ry man.
    In some lone place I'll find a gloomy cave,
    There my own hands shall dig a spacious grave.
    Then all unseen I'll lay me down and die,
    Since woman's constancy is--all my eye.

TRIO.--"_O Lady Fair!_"

    _Dislaf._ O, cruel man! where are you going?
    Sad are my wants, my rent is owing.

    _Bombas._ I go, I go, all comfort scorning;
    Some death I'll die before the morning.

    _Distaf._ Heigho, heigho! sad is that warning--
    Oh, do not die before the morning!

    _King._ I'll follow him, all danger scorning;
    He shall not die before the morning.

    _Bombas._ I go, I go, &c.

    _Distaf._ Heigho, heigho, &c.

    _King._ I'll follow him, &c.

     [_They hold him by the coat-tails, but he gradually tugs them off._


SCENE IV.--_A Wood._

_Enter_ FUSBOS.

    _Fusbos._ This day is big with fate: just as I set
    My foot across the threshold, lo! I met
    A man whose squint terrific struck my view;
    Another came, and lo! he squinted too;
    And ere I'd reach'd the corner of the street,
    Some ten short paces, 'twas my lot to meet
    A third who squinted more--a fourth, and he
    Squinted more vilely than the other three.
    Such omens met the eye when Cæsar fell,
    But cautioned him in vain; and who can tell
    Whether those awful notices of fate
    Are meant for kings or ministers of state;
    For rich or poor, old, young, or short or tall,
    The wrestler Love trips up the heels of all.

SONG.--"_My Lodging is on the Cold Ground._"

    My lodging is in Leather Lane,
      A parlour that's next to the sky;
    'Tis exposed to the wind and the rain,
      But the wind and the rain I defy:
    Such love warms the coldest of spots,
      As I feel for Scrubinda the fair;
    Oh, she lives by the scouring of pots,
      In Dyot Street, Bloomsbury Square.

    Oh, were I a quart, pint, or gill,
      To be scrubb'd by her delicate hands,
    Let others possess what they will
      Of learning, and houses, and lands;
    My parlour that's next to the sky
      I'd quit, her blest mansion to share;
    So happy to live and to die
      In Dyot Street, Bloomsbury Square.

    And oh, would this damsel be mine,
      No other provision I'd seek;
    On a look I could breakfast and dine,
      And feast on a smile for a week.
    But ah! should she false-hearted prove,
      Suspended, I'll dangle in air;
    A victim to delicate love,
      In Dyot Street, Bloomsbury Square.               [_Exit._

     _Enter_ BOMBASTES, preceded by a Fifer, playing "Michael Wiggins."_

    _Bombas._ Gentle musician, let thy dulcet strain
    Proceed--play "Michael Wiggins" once again [_he does so_.]
    Music's the food of love; give o'er, give o'er,
    For I must batten on that food no more.      [_Exit_ FIFER.
    My happiness is chang'd to doleful dumps,
    Whilst, merry Michael, all thy cards were trumps.
    So, should some youth by fortune's blest decrees,
    Possess at least a pound of Cheshire cheese,
    And bent some favour'd party to regale,
    Lay in a kilderkin, or so, of ale;
    Lo, angry fate! In one unlucky hour
    Some hungry rats may all the cheese devour,
    And the loud thunder turn the liquor sour [_forms his sash into
      a noose_.]
    Alas! alack! alack! and well-a-day,
    That ever man should make himself away!
    That ever man for woman false should die,
    As many have, and so, and so [_prepares to hang himself, tries
       the sensation, but disapproves of the result_] won't I!
    No, I'll go mad! 'gainst all I'll vent my rage,
    And with this wicked wanton world a woeful war I'll wage!

     [_Hangs his boots to the arm of a tree, and taking a scrap of
     paper, with a pencil writes the following couplet, which he
     attaches to them, repeating the words_:--

    "Who dares this pair of boots displace,
      Must meet Bombastes face to face."
    Thus do I challenge all the human race.
         [_Draws his sword, and retires up the stage, and off._

_Enter the_ KING.

    _King._ Scorning my proffer'd hand, he frowning fled,
    Curs'd the fair maid, and shook his angry head [_perceives the boots
      and label._.]
    "Who dares this pair of boots displace,
      Must meet Bombastes face to face."
    Ha! dost thou dare me, vile obnoxious elf?
    I'll make thy threats as bootless as thyself:
    Where'er thou art, with speed prepare to go
    Where I shall send thee--to the shades below [_knocks down the
      boots_.]

    _Bombas._ [_coming forward_.] So have I heard on Afric's burning
       shore,
    A hungry lion give a grievous roar;
    The grievous roar echo'd along the shore.

    _King._ So have I heard on Afric's burning shore
    Another lion give a grievous roar,
    And the first lion thought the last a bore.

    _Bombas._ Am I then mocked? Now by my fame I swear
    You soon shall have it--There!               [_They fight._

    _King._                      Where?

    _Bombas._                          There and there!

    _King._ I have it sure enough--Oh! I am slain!
    I'd give a pot of beer to live again [_falls on his back_];
    Yet ere I die I something have to say:
    My once-lov'd gen'ral, pri'thee come this way!
    Oh! oh! my Bom----                                 [_Dies._

    _Bombas._          --Bastes he would have said;
    But ere the word was out, his breath was fled.
    Well, peace be with him, his untimely doom
    Shall thus be mark'd upon his costly tomb:--
    "Fate cropt him short--for be it understood.
    He would have liv'd much longer--if he could."
                                 [_Retires again up the stage._

_Enter_ FUSBOS.

    _Fusbos._ This was the way they came, and much I fear
    There's mischief in the wind. What have we here?
    King Artaxominous bereft of life!
    Here'll be a pretty tale to tell his wife.

    _Bombas._ A pretty tale, but not for thee to tell,
    For thou shalt quickly follow him to hell;
    There say I sent thee, and I hope he's well.

    _Fusbos._ No, thou thyself shalt thy own message bear;
    Short is the journey, thou wilt soon be there.

[_They fight_--BOMBASTES _is wounded_.

    _Bombas._ Oh, Fusbos, Fusbos! I am diddled quite,
    Dark clouds come o'er my eyes--farewell, good night!
    Good night! my mighty soul's inclined to roam,
    So make my compliments to all at home.
                                      [_Lies down by the_ KING.

    _Fusbos._ And o'er thy grave a monument shall rise,
    Where heroes yet unborn shall feast their eyes;
    And this short epitaph that speaks thy fame,
    Shall also there immortalize my name:--
    "Here lies Bombastes, stout of heart and limb,
      Who conquered all but Fusbos--Fusbos him."

_Enter_ DISTAFFINA.

    _Distaf._ Ah, wretched maid! Oh, miserable fate!
    I've just arrived in time to be too late;
    What now shall hapless Distaffina do?
    Curse on all morning dreams, they come so true!

    _Fusbos._ Go, beauty go, thou source of woe to man,
    And get another lover where you can:
    The crown now sits on Griskinissa's head,
    To her I'll go----

    _Distaf._         But are you sure they're dead?

    _Fusbos._ Yes, dead as herrings--herrings that are red.


FINALE.

    _Distaf._ Briny tears I'll shed,

    _King._     I for joy shall cry, too;            [_Rising._

    _Fusbos._ Zounds! the King's alive!

    _Bombas._   Yes, and so am I, too!               [_Rising._

    _Distaf._ It was better far,

    _King._     Thus to check all sorrow;

    _Fusbos._ But, if some folks please,

    _Bombas._   We'll die again to-morrow!

       *       *       *       *       *

    _Distaf._ Tu ral, lu ral, la,

    _King._     Tu ral, lu ral, laddi;

    _Fusbos._ Tu ral, lu ral, la,

    _Bombas._   Tu ral, lu ral, laddi!

_They take hands and dance round, repeating Chorus._



REJECTED ADDRESSES.

PREFACE.


On the 14th of August, 1812, the following advertisement appeared in most
of the daily papers:

"_Rebuilding of Drury Lane Theatre._

"The Committee are desirous of promoting a free and fair competition
for an Address to be spoken upon the opening of the Theatre, which will
take place, on the 10th of October next. They have therefore thought
fit to announce to the public, that they will be glad to receive any
such compositions, addressed to their Secretary, at the Treasury Office,
in Drury Lane, on or before the 10th of September, sealed up, with a
distinguishing word, number, or motto, on the cover, corresponding with
the inscription on a separate sealed paper containing the name of the
author, which will not be opened, unless containing the name of the
successful candidate."

Upon the propriety of this plan, men's minds were, as they usually are
upon matters of moment, much divided. Some thought it a fair promise of
the future intention of the Committee to abolish that phalanx of authors
who usurp the stage, to the exclusion of a large assortment of dramatic
talent blushing unseen in the background; while others contended, that
the scheme would prevent men of real eminence from descending into an
amphitheatre in which all Grub Street (that is to say, all London and
Westminster) would be arrayed against them. The event has proved both
parties to be in a degree right, and in a degree wrong. One hundred and
twelve Addresses have been sent in, each sealed and signed, and mottoed,
"as per order," some written by men of great, some by men of little, and
some by men of no talent.

Many of the public prints have censured the taste of the Committee, in
thus contracting for Addresses as they would for nails--by the gross; but
it is surprising that none should have censured their _temerity_. One
hundred and eleven of the Addresses must, of course, be unsuccessful:
to each of the authors, thus infallibly classed with the _genus
irritabile_, it would be very hard to deny six staunch friends, who
consider his the best of all possible Addresses, and whose tongues will
be as ready to laud him as to hiss his adversary. These, with the potent
aid of the bard himself, make seven foes per Address, and thus will be
created seven hundred and seventy-seven implacable auditors, prepared to
condemn the strains of Apollo himself; a band of adversaries which no
prudent manager would think of exasperating.

But leaving the Committee to encounter the responsibility they have
incurred, the public have at least to thank them for ascertaining
and establishing one point, which might otherwise have admitted of
controversy. When it is considered that many amateur writers have been
discouraged from becoming competitors, and that few, if any, of the
professional authors can afford to write for nothing, and of course
have not been candidates for the honorary prize at Drury Lane, we may
confidently pronounce, that, as far as regards _number_, the present
is undoubtedly the Augustan age of English poetry. Whether or not this
distinction will be extended to the _quality_ of its productions, must
be decided at the tribunal of posterity, though the natural anxiety of
our authors on this score ought to be considerably diminished, when they
reflect how few will, in all probability, be had up for judgment.

It is not necessary for the Editor to mention the manner in which he
became possessed of this "fair sample of the present state of poetry in
Great Britain." It was his first intention to publish the whole; but a
little reflection convinced him that, by so doing, he might depress the
good, without elevating the bad. He has therefore culled what had the
appearance of flowers, from what possessed the reality of weeds, and
is extremely sorry that, in so doing, he has diminished his collection
to twenty-one. Those which he has rejected may possibly make their
appearance in a separate volume, or they may be admitted as volunteers
in the files of some of the newspapers; or, at all events, they are sure
of being received among the awkward squad of the Magazines. In general,
they bear a close resemblance to each other: thirty of them contain
extravagant compliments to the immortal Wellington, and the indefatigable
Whitbread; and, as the last-mentioned gentleman is said to dislike praise
in the exact proportion in which he deserves it, these laudatory writers
have probably been only building a wall, against which they might run
their own heads.

The Editor here begs leave to advance a few words in behalf of that
useful and much-abused bird, the Phoenix, and in so doing he is biassed
by no partiality, as he assures the reader he not only never saw one,
but (_mirabile dictu!_) never caged one in a simile in the whole course
of his life. Not less than sixty-nine of the competitors have invoked
the aid of this native of Arabia; but as from their manner of using him,
after they had caught him, he does not by any means appear to have been
a native of Arabia _Felix_, the Editor has left the proprietors to treat
with Mr. Polito, and refused to receive this _rara avis_, or black swan,
into the present collection. One exception occurs, in which the admirable
treatment of this feathered incombustible entitles the author to great
praise. That Address has been preserved, and in the ensuing pages takes
the lead, to which its dignity entitles it.

Perhaps the reason why several of the subjoined productions of the MUSÆ
LONDINENSES have failed of selection, may be discovered in their being
penned in a metre unusual upon occasions of this sort, and in their not
being written with that attention to stage effect, the want of which,
like want of manners in the concerns of life, is more prejudicial than
a deficiency of talent. There is an art in writing for the Theatre,
technically called _touch and go_, which is indispensable when we
consider the small quantum of patience which so motley an assemblage as
a London audience can be expected to afford. All the contributors have
been very exact in sending their initials and mottoes. Those belonging
to the present collection have been carefully preserved, and each has
been affixed to its respective poem. The letters that accompanied the
Addresses having been honourably destroyed unopened, it is impossible
to state the real authors with any certainty, but the ingenious reader,
after comparing the initials with the motto, and both with the poem, may
form his own conclusions.

The Editor does not anticipate any disapprobation from thus giving
publicity to a small portion of the REJECTED ADDRESSES; for, unless he
is widely mistaken in assigning the respective authors, the fame of each
individual is established on much too firm a basis to be shaken by so
trifling and evanescent a publication as the present:

                neque ego illi detrahere ausim
    Hærentem capiti multâ cum laude coronam.

Of the numerous pieces already sent to the Committee for performance,
he has only availed himself of three vocal Travesties, which he has
selected, not for their merit, but simply for their brevity. Above
one hundred spectacles, melodramas, operas, and pantomimes have been
transmitted, besides the two first acts of one legitimate comedy. Some
of these evince considerable smartness of manual dialogue, and several
brilliant repartees of chairs, tables, and other inanimate wits; but the
authors seem to have forgotten that in the new Drury Lane the audience
can hear as well as see. Of late our theatres have been so constructed
that John Bull has been compelled to have very long ears, or none at
all; to keep them dangling about his skull like discarded servants,
while his eyes were gazing at piebalds and elephants, or else to stretch
them out to an asinine length to catch the congenial sound of braying
trumpets. An auricular revolution is, we trust, about to take place; and,
as many people have been much puzzled to define the meaning of the new
era, of which we have heard so much, we venture to pronounce, that as
far as regards Drury Lane Theatre, the new era means the reign of ears.
If the past affords any pledge for the future, we may confidently expect
from the Committee of that House, everything that can be accomplished by
the union of taste and assiduity.



LOYAL EFFUSION.

BY W. T. F.

    Quiequid dicunt, laudo: id rursum si negant
    Laudo id quoque.--TERENCE.


    Hail, glorious edifice, stupendous work!
    God bless the Regent and the Duke of York!
      Ye Muses! by whose aid I cried down Fox,
    Grant me in Drury Lane a private box,
    Where I may loll, cry bravo, and profess
    The boundless powers of England's glorious press;
    While Afric's sons exclaim, from shore to shore,
    "Quashee ma boo!" the slave-trade is no more.
      In fair Arabia (happy once, now stony,
    Since ruined by that arch apostate, Boney),
    A phoenix late was caught: the Arab host
    Long ponder'd, part would boil it, part would roast:
    But while they ponder, up the pot-lid flies,
    Fledged, beak'd, and claw'd, alive, they see him rise
    To heaven, and caw defiance in the skies.
    So Drury, first in roasting flames consumed,
    Then by old renters to hot water doom'd,
    By Wyatt's trowel patted, plump and sleek,
    Soars without wings, and caws without a beak.
    Gallia's stern despot shall in vain advance
    From Paris, the metropolis of France;
    By this day month the monster shall not gain
    A foot of land in Portugal or Spain.
    See Wellington in Salamanca's field
    Forces his favourite general to yield,
    Breaks thro' his lines, and leaves his boasted Marmont
    Expiring on the plain without his arm on:
    Madrid he enters at the cannon's mouth,
    And then the villages still further south.
    Base Buonaparté, fill'd with deadly ire,
    Sets, one by one, our playhouses on fire;
    Some years ago he pounced with deadly glee on
    The Opera House, then burnt down the Pantheon;
    Nay, still unsated, in a coat of flames,
    Next at Millbank he crossed the river Thames:
    Thy hatch, O halfpenny! pass'd in a trice,
    Boil'd some black pitch, and burnt down Astley's twice;
    Then buzzing on thro' ether with a vile hum,
    Turn'd to the left hand, fronting the asylum,
    And burnt the Royal Circus in a hurry,--
    ('Twas call'd the Circus then, but now the Surrey).
      Who burnt (confound his soul!) the houses twain
    Of Covent Garden and of Drury Lane?
    Who, while the British squadron lay off Cork
    (God bless the Regent and the Duke of York),
    With a foul earthquake ravaged the Caraccas,
    And raised the price of dry goods and tobaccos?
    Who makes the quartern loaf and Luddites rise?
    Who fills the butchers' shops with large blue flies?
    Who thought in flames St. James's Court to pinch?
    Who burnt the wardrobe of poor Lady Finch?
    Why he, who, forging for this isle a yoke,
    Reminds me of a line I lately spoke,
    "The tree of freedom is the British oak."
      Bless every man possessed of aught to give;
    Long may Long Tilney Wellesley Long Pole live;
    God bless the army, bless their coats of scarlet,
    God bless the navy, bless the Princess Charlotte,
    God bless the guards, though worsted Gallia scoff,
    And bless their pigtails, tho' they're now cut off;
    And oh, in Downing Street should Old Nick revel,
    England's prime minister, then bless the Devil!



THE BABY'S DEBUT.

BY W. W.

    Thy lisping prattle and thy mincing gait,
    All thy false mimic fooleries I hate,
    For thou art Folly's counterfeit, and she
    Who is right foolish hath the better plea;
    Nature's true Idiot I prefer to thee.--CUMBERLAND.

     [_Spoken in the character of_ NANCY LAKE, _a girl eight years of
     age, who is drawn upon the stage in a child's chaise, by_ SAMUEL
     HUGHES, _her uncle's porter_.]


    My brother Jack was nine in May,
    And I was eight on New-year's-day;
        So in Kate Wilson's shop
    Papa (he's my papa and Jack's)
    Bought me, last week, a doll of wax,
        And brother Jack a top.

    Jack's in the pouts, and this it is,
    He thinks mine came to more than his,
        So to my drawer he goes,
    Takes out the doll, and, oh, my stars!
    He pokes her head between the bars,
        And melts off half her nose!

    Quite cross, a bit of string I beg,
    And tie it to his peg-top's peg,
        And bang, with might and main,
    Its head against the parlour door:
    Off flies the head, and hits the floor,
        And breaks a window-pane.

    This made him cry with rage and spite:
    Well, let him cry, it serves him right.
        A pretty thing, forsooth!
    If he's to melt, all scalding hot,
    Half my doll's nose, and I am not
        To draw his peg-top's tooth!

    Aunt Hannah heard the window break,
    And cried, "O naughty Nancy Lake,
        Thus to distress your aunt:
    No Drury Lane for you to-day!"
    And while papa said, "Pooh, she may!"
        Mamma said, "No, she shan't!"

    Well, after many a sad reproach,
    They got into a hackney coach,
        And trotted down the street.
    I saw them go: one horse was blind,
    The tails of both hung down behind,
        Their shoes were on their feet.

    The chaise in which poor brother Bill
    Used to be drawn to Pentonville,
        Stood in the lumber-room:
    I wiped the dust from off the top,
    While Molly mopp'd it with a mop,
        And brush'd it with a broom.

    My uncle's porter, Samuel Hughes,
    Came in at six to black the shoes
        (I always talk to Sam):
    So what does he, but takes, and drags
    Me in the chaise along the flags,
        And leaves me where I am.

    My father's walls are made of brick,
    But not so tall, and not so thick,
        As these; and, goodness me!
    My father's beams are made of wood,
    But never, never half so good,
        As these that now I see.

    What a large floor! 'tis like a town!
    The carpet, when they lay it down,
        Won't hide it, I'll be bound.
    And there's a row of lamps! my eye!
    How they do blaze! I wonder why
        They keep them on the ground.

    At first I caught hold of the wing,
    And kept away; but Mr. Thing-
        umbob, the prompter man,
    Gave with his hand my chaise a shove,
    And said, "Go on, my pretty love,
        Speak to 'em, little Nan.

    "You've only got to curtsey, whisp-
    er, hold your chin up, laugh and lisp,
        And then you're sure to take:
    I've known the day when brats not quite
    Thirteen got fifty pounds a night;
        Then why not Nancy Lake?"

    But while I'm speaking, where's papa?
    And where's my aunt? and where's mamma?
        Where's Jack? Oh, there they sit!
    They smile, they nod, I'll go my ways,
    And order round poor Billy's chaise,
        To join them in the pit.

    And now, good gentlefolks, I go
    To join mamma, and see the show;
        So, bidding you adieu,
    I curtsey, like a pretty miss,
    And if you'll blow to me a kiss,
        I'll blow a kiss to you.
                                       [_Blows kiss, and exit._



AN ADDRESS WITHOUT A PHOENIX.

BY S. T. P.

    This was look'd for at your hand, and this was baulk'd.--
                                                 WHAT YOU WILL.


    What stately vision mocks my waking sense?
    Hence, dear delusion, sweet enchantment, hence!
    Ha! is it real?--can my doubts be vain?
    It is, it is, and Drury lives again!
    Around each grateful veteran attends,
    Eager to rush and gratulate his friends,
    Friends whose kind looks, retraced with proud delight,
    Endear the past, and make the future bright.
    Yes, generous patrons, your returning smile
    Blesses our toils, and consecrates our pile.

      When last we met, Fate's unrelenting hand
    Already grasp'd the devastating brand;
    Slow crept the silent flame, ensnared its prize,
    Then burst resistless to the astonish'd skies.
    The glowing walls, disrobed of scenic pride,
    In trembling conflict stemm'd the burning tide,
    Till crackling, blazing, rocking to its fall,
    Down rush'd the thundering roof, and buried all!

      Where late the sister Muses sweetly sung,
    And raptur'd thousands on their music hung,
    Where Wit and Wisdom shone by Beauty graced,
    Sate lonely Silence, empress of the waste;
    And still had reign'd--but he whose voice can raise
    More magic wonders than Amphion's lays,
    Bade jarring bands with friendly zeal engage,
    To rear the prostrate glories of the stage.
    Up leap'd the Muses at the potent spell,
    And Drury's genius saw his temple swell,
    Worthy, we hope, the British Drama's cause,
    Worthy of British arts, and your applause.

      Guided by you, our earnest aims presume
    To renovate the Drama with the dome;
    The scenes of Shakespeare and our bards of old,
    With due observance splendidly unfold,
    Yet raise and foster with parental hand
    The living talent of our native land.
    O! may we still, to sense and nature true,
    Delight the many, nor offend the few.
    Tho' varying tastes our changeful drama claim,
    Still be its moral tendency the same,
    To win by precept, by example warn,
    To brand the front of vice with pointed scorn,
    And Virtue's smiling brows with votive wreaths adorn.



CUI BONO?

BY LORD B.


I.

    Sated with home, of wife, of children tired,
    The restless soul is driven abroad to roam;
    Sated abroad, all seen, yet nought admired,
    The restless soul is driven to ramble home;
    Sated with both, beneath new Drury's dome
    The fiend Ennui awhile consents to pine,
    There growls, and curses, like a deadly gnome,
    Scorning to view fantastic columbine,
    Viewing with scorn and hate the nonsense of the Nine.


II.

    Ye reckless dupes, who hither wend your way,
    To gaze on puppets in a painted dome,
    Pursuing pastimes glittering to betray,
    Like falling stars in life's eternal gloom,
    What seek ye here? Joy's evanescent bloom?
    Woe's me! the brightest wreaths she ever gave
    Are but as flowers that decorate a tomb.
    Man's heart the mournful urn o'er which they wave,
    Is sacred to despair, its pedestal the grave.


III.

    Has life so little store of real woes,
    That here ye wend to taste fictitious grief?
    Or is it that from truth such anguish flows,
    Ye court the lying drama for relief?
    Long shall ye find the pang, the respite brief,
    Or if one tolerable page appears
    In folly's volume, 'tis the actor's leaf,
    Who dries his own by drawing others' tears,
    And, raising present mirth, makes glad his future years.


IV.

    Albeit how like young Betty doth he flee!
    Light as the mote that danceth in the beam,
    He liveth only in man's present e'e,
    His life a flash, his memory a dream,
    Oblivious down he drops in Lethe's stream;
    Yet what are they, the learned and the great?
    Awhile of longer wonderment the theme!
    Who shall presume to prophesy their date,
    Where nought is certain, save the uncertainty of fate?


V.

    This goodly pile, upheav'd by Wyatt's toil,
    Perchance than Holland's edifice more fleet,
    Again red Lemnos' artisan may spoil;
    The fire alarm, and midnight drum may beat,
    And all be strew'd ysmoking at your feet.
    Start ye? Perchance Death's angel may be sent
    Ere from the flaming temple ye retreat,
    And ye who met on revel idlesse bent
    May find in pleasure's fane your grave and monument,


VI.

    Your debts mount high--ye plunge in deeper waste,
    The tradesman calls--no warning voice ye hear;
    The plaintiff sues--to public shows ye haste;
    The bailiff threats--ye feel no idle fear.
    Who can arrest your prodigal career?
    Who can keep down the levity of youth?
    What sound can startle age's stubborn ear?
    Who can redeem from wretchedness and ruth
    Men true to falshood's voice, false to the voice of truth?


VII.

    To thee, blest saint! who doff'd thy skin to make
    The Smithfield rabble leap from theirs with joy,
    We dedicate the pile--arise! awake!--
    Knock down the Muses, wit and sense destroy,
    Clear our new stage from reason's dull alloy,
    Charm hobbling age, and tickle capering youth
    With cleaver, marrow-bone, and Tunbridge toy;
    While, vibrating in unbelieving tooth,
    Harps twang in Drury's walls, and make her boards a booth.


VIII.

    For what is Hamlet, but a hare in March?
    And what is Brutus, but a croaking owl?
    And what is Rolla? Cupid steep'd in starch,
    Orlando's helmet in Augustine's cowl.
    Shakespeare, how true thine adage, "fair is foul;"
    To him whose soul is with fruition fraught
    The song of Braham is an Irish howl,
    Thinking is but an idle waste of thought,
    And nought is everything, and everything is nought.


IX.

    Sons of Parnassus? whom I view above,
    Not laurel-crown'd but clad in rusty black,
    Not spurring Pegasus through Tempé's grove,
    But pacing Grub Street on a jaded hack,
    What reams of foolscap, while your brains ye rack,
    Ye mar to make again! for sure, ere long,
    Condemn'd to tread the bard's time-sanctioned track,
    Ye all shall join the bailiff-haunted throng,
    And reproduce in rags the rags ye blot in song.


X.

    So fares the follower in the Muses' train,
    He toils to starve, and only lives in death;
    We slight him till our patronage is vain,
    Then round his skeleton a garland wreathe,
    And o'er his bones an empty requiem breathe--
    Oh! with what tragic horror would he start
    (Could he be conjured from the grave beneath),
    To find the stage again a Thespian cart,
    And elephants and colts down trampling Shakespeare's art.


XI.

    Hence, pedant Nature! with thy Grecian rules!
    Centaurs (not fabulous) those rules efface;
    Back, sister Muses, to your native schools;
    Here booted grooms usurp Apollo's place,
    Hoofs shame the boards that Garrick used to grace,
    The play of limbs succeeds the play of wit;
    Man yields the drama to the Houynim race,
    His prompter spurs, his licencer the bit,
    The stage a stable-yard, a jockey-club the pit.


XII.

    Is it for these ye rear this proud abode?
    Is it for these your superstition seeks
    To build a temple worthy of a god,
    To laud a monkey, or to worship leeks?
    Then be the stage, to recompense your freaks,
    A motley chaos, jumbling age and ranks,
    Where Punch, the lignum vitæ Roscius, squeaks,
    And Wisdom weeps, and Folly plays his pranks,
    And moody Madness laughs, and hugs the chain he clanks.



_To the Secretary of the Managing Committee of Drury Lane Playhouse._


SIR,

To the gewgaw fetters of rhyme (invented by the monks to enslave the
people) I have a rooted objection. I have therefore written an address
for your theatre in plain, homespun, yeoman's prose; in the doing
whereof I hope I am swayed by nothing but an independent wish to open
the eyes of this gulled people, to prevent a repetition of the dramatic
bamboozling they have hitherto laboured under. If you like what I have
done, and mean to make use of it, I don't want any such aristocratic
reward as a piece of plate with two griffins sprawling upon it, or a dog
and a jackass fighting for a ha'p'worth of gilt gingerbread, or any such
Bartholomew Fair nonsense. All I ask is, that the door-keepers of your
playhouse may take all the sets of my Register, now on hand, and force
everybody who enters your door to buy one, giving afterwards a debtor and
creditor account of what they have received, post-paid, and in due course
remitting me the money and unsold Registers, carriage-paid.

    I am, &c.,
    W. C.



IN THE CHARACTER OF A HAMPSHIRE FARMER.

                    Rabidâ qui concitus irâ
    Implevit pariter ternis latratibus auras
    Et sparsit virides spumis albentibus agros.--OVID.


MOST THINKING PEOPLE,

When persons address an audience from the stage, it is usual, either in
words or gesture, to say, "Ladies and Gentlemen, your servant." If I
were base enough, mean enough, paltry enough, and brute beast enough,
to follow that fashion, I should tell two lies in a breath. In the
first place, you are not ladies and gentlemen, but I hope something
better--that is to say, honest men and women; and in the next place,
if you were ever so much ladies, and ever so much gentlemen, I am not,
nor ever will be, your humble servant. You see me here, most thinking
people, by mere chance. I have not been within the doors of a playhouse
before for these ten years, nor till that abominable custom of taking
money at the doors is discontinued, will I ever sanction a theatre with
my presence. The stage-door is the only gate of freedom in the whole
edifice, and through that I made my way from Bagshaw's in Brydges Street,
to accost you. Look about you. Are you not all comfortable? Nay, never
slink, mun; speak out, if you are dissatisfied, and tell me so before
I leave town. You are now (thanks to Mr. Whitbread) got into a large,
comfortable house. Not into a gimcrack palace; not into a Solomon's
temple; not into a frost-work of Brobdingnag filagree; but into a plain,
honest, homely, industrious, wholesome, brown, brick playhouse. You have
been struggling for independence and elbow-room these three years; and
who gave it you? Who helped you out of Lilliput? Who routed you from a
rat-hole, five inches by four, to perch you in a palace? Again and again
I answer, Mr. Whitbread. You might have sweltered in that place with the
Greek name till Doomsday, and neither Lord Castlereagh, Mr. Canning,
no, nor the Marquis Wellesley, would have turned a trowel to help you
out! Remember that. Never forget that. Read it to your children, and to
your children's children! And now, most thinking people, cast your eyes
over my head to what the builder (I beg his pardon, the architect) calls
the proscenium. No motto, no slang, no Popish Latin to keep the people
in the dark. No _Veluti in speculum_. Nothing in the dead languages,
properly so called, for they ought to die, ay, and be damned to boot!
The Covent Garden manager tried that, and a pretty business he made of
it! When a man says _Veluti in speculum_, he is called a man of letters.
Very well, and is not a man who cries O.P. a man of letters too? You
ran your O.P. against his _Veluti in speculum_, and pray which beat? I
prophesied that, though I never told anybody. I take it for granted,
that every intelligent man, woman, and child, to whom I address myself,
has stood severally and respectively in Little Russell Street, and cast
their, his, her, and its eyes on the outside of this building before they
paid their money to view the inside. Look at the brick-work, English
audience! Look at the brick-work! All plain and smooth like a quaker's
meeting. None of your Egyptian pyramids, to entomb subscribers' capitals.
No overgrown colonnades of stone, like an alderman's gouty legs in white
cotton stockings, fit only to use as rammers for paving Tottenham Court
Road. This house is neither after the model of a temple in Athens, no,
nor a temple in Moorfields, but it is built to act English plays in, and
provided you have good scenery, dresses, and decorations, I dare say you
wouldn't break your hearts if the outside were as plain as the pikestaff
I used to carry when I was a sergeant. _Apropos_, as the French valets
say, who cut their masters' throats--_apropos_, a word about dresses. You
must, many of you, have seen what I have read a description of--Kemble
and Mrs. Siddons in "Macbeth," with more gold and silver plastered on
their doublets than would have kept an honest family in butchers' meat
and flannel from year's end to year's end! I am informed (now mind, I
do not vouch for the fact), but I am informed that all such extravagant
idleness is to be done away with here. Lady Macbeth is to have a plain
quilted petticoat, a cotton gown, and a mob cap (as the court parasites
call it; it will be well for them if, one of these days, they don't
wear a mob cap--I mean a white cap, with a mob to look at them), and
Macbeth is to appear in an honest yeoman's drab coat, and a pair of black
calamanco breeches. Not _Sal_amanca; no, nor Talavera neither, my most
noble Marquis, but plain, honest, black calamanco, stuff breeches. This
is right; this is as it should be. Most thinking people, I have heard
you much abused. There is not a compound in the language but is strung
fifty in a rope, like onions, by the _Morning Post_, and hurled in your
teeth. You are called the mob, and when they have made you out to be the
mob, you are called the scum of the people, and the dregs of the people.
I should like to know how you can be both. Take a basin of broth--not
cheap soup, Mr. Wilberforce, not soup for the poor at a penny a quart, as
your mixture of horses' legs, brick-dust, and old shoes was denominated,
but plain, wholesome, patriotic beef or mutton broth; take this, examine
it, and you will find--mind, I don't vouch for the fact, but I am told
you will find the dregs at the bottom, and the scum at the top. I will
endeavour to explain this to you: England is a large earthenware pipkin.
John Bull is the beef thrown into it. Taxes are the hot water he boils
in. Rotten boroughs are the fuel that blazes under this same pipkin.
Parliament is the ladle that stirs the hodge-podge, and sometimes--but
hold, I don't wish to pay Mr. Newman a second visit. I leave you better
off than you have been this many a day. You have a good house over your
head; you have beat the French in Spain; the harvest has turned out
well; the comet keeps its distance; and red slippers are hawked about in
Constantinople for next to nothing, and for all this, again and again I
tell you, you are indebted to Mr. Whitbread!



THE LIVING LUSTRES.

BY T. M.

    Jam te juvaverit
    Viros relinquere,
    Doctæque conjugis
    Sinu quiescere.--SIR T. MORE.


I.

    O why should our dull retrospective Addresses
      Fall damp as wet blankets on Drury Lane fire?
    Away with blue devils, away with distresses,
      And give the gay spirit to sparkling desire!


II.

    Let artists decide on the beauties of Drury,
      The richest to me is when woman is there:
    The question of houses I leave to the jury;
      The fairest to me is the house of the fair.


III.

    When woman's soft smile all our senses bewilders,
      And gilds while it carves her dear form on the heart,
    What need has New Drury of carvers and gilders,
      With Nature so bounteous, why call upon Art?


IV.

    How well would our actors attend to their duties,
      Our house save in oil, and our authors in wit,
    In lieu of yon lamps, if a row of young beauties
      Glanced light from their eyes between us and the pit.


V.

    The apples that grew on the fruit-tree of knowledge
      By woman were pluck'd, and she still wears the prize,
    To tempt us in Theatre, Senate, or College;
      I mean the love-apples that bloom in the eyes.


VI.

    There too is the lash which, all statutes controlling,
      Still governs the slaves that are made by the fair,
    For man is the pupil, who, while her eye's rolling,
      Is lifted to rapture or sunk in despair.


VII.

    Bloom, Theatre, bloom, in the roseate blushes
      Of beauty illumed by a love-breathing smile;
    And flourish, ye pillars, as green as the rushes
      That pillow the nymphs of the Emerald Isle.


VIII.

    For dear is the Emerald Isle of the Ocean,
      Whose daughters are fair as the foam of the wave,
    Whose sons, unaccustomed to rebel commotion,
      Tho' joyous are sober, tho' peaceful are brave.


IX.

    The shamrock their olive, sworn foe to a quarrel,
      Protects from the thunder and lightning of rows;
    Their sprig of shillelagh is nothing but laurel,
      Which flourishes rapidly over their brows.


X.

    Oh! soon shall they burst the tyrannical shackles,
      Which each panting bosom indignantly names,
    Until not one goose at the capital cackles,
      Against the grand question of Catholic claims.


XI.

    And then shall each Paddy, who once on the Liffy
      Perchance held the helm of some mack'rel hoy,
    Hold the helm of the state, and dispense in a jiffy
      More fishes than ever he caught when a boy.


XII.

    And those who now quit their hods, shovels, and barrows,
      In crowds to the bar of some ale-house to flock,
    When bred to _our_ bar shall be Gibbs's and Garrows,
      Assume the silk gown and discard the smock-frock.


XIII.

    For Erin surpasses the daughters of Neptune,
      As Dian outshines each encircling star,
    And the spheres of the Heavens could never have kept tune
      Till set to the music of Erin-go-bra!



THE REBUILDING.

BY R. S.

          --per audaces nova dithyrambos
    Verba devolvit, numerisque fertur
    Lege solutis.--HORAT.


_Spoken by a_ GLENDOVEER.

    I am a blessed Glendoveer;
    'Tis mine to speak, and yours to hear.

           MIDNIGHT, yet not a nose
        From Tower Hill to Piccadilly snored!
           Midnight, yet not a nose
        From Indra drew the essence of repose!
           See with what crimson fury,
    By Indra fann'd, the god of fire ascends the walls of Drury;
        The tops of houses, blue with lead,
        Bend beneath the landlord's tread.

     Master and 'prentice, serving man and lord,
                Nailer and tailor,
                Grazier and brazier,
          Thro' streets and alleys pour'd,
            All, all abroad to gaze,
            And wonder at the blaze.
          Thick calf, fat foot, and slim knee,
          Mounted on roof and chimney,
          The mighty roast, the mighty stew
                     To see;
              As if the dismal view
        Were but to them a Brentford jubilee.

      Vainly, all radiant Surya, sire of Phaeton,
          (By the Greeks called Apollo)
                     Hollow
          Sounds from thy harp proceed;
              Combustible as reed,
      The tongue of Vulcan licks thy wooden legs:
      From Drury's top, dissever'd from thy pegs,
                   Thou tumblest,
                   Humblest,
      Where late thy bright effulgence shone on high:
          While, by thy somerset excited, fly
                   Ten million,
                   Billion
       Sparks from the pit, to gem the sable sky.
      Now come the men of fire to quench the fires,
        To Russell Street see Globe and Atlas run,
           Hope gallops first, and second Sun;
                     On flying heel,
                     See Hand-in-Hand
                     O'ertake the band;
                View with what glowing wheel
                        He nicks
                        Phoenix;
    While Albion scampers from Bridge Street, Blackfriars,
                Drury Lane! Drury Lane!
                Drury Lane! Drury Lane!
        They shout and they bellow again and again.
                    All, all in vain!
                    Water turns steam;
                    Each blazing beam
           Hisses defiance to the eddying spout,
      It seems but too plain that nothing can put it out!
                Drury Lane! Drury Lane!
                See, Drury Lane expires!

    Pent in by smoke-dried beams, twelve moons or more,
                    Shorn of his ray,
                  Surya in durance lay:
              The workmen heard him shout,
                But thought it would not pay
                    To dig him out.
            When lo! terrific Yamen, lord of hell,
                    Solemn as lead,
                   Judge of the dead,
                  Sworn foe to witticism,
                 By men called criticism,
                Came passing by that way:
    "Rise!" cried the fiend, "behold a sight of gladness!
                 Behold the rival theatre,
                  I've set O.P. at her,
                Who, like a bull-dog bold,
              Growls and fastens on his hold;
          The many-headed rabble roar in madness:
            Thy rival staggers; come and spy her
          Deep in the mud as thou art in the mire."

      So saying, in his arms he caught the beaming one,
                 And crossing Russell Street,
                 He placed him on his feet,
        'Neath Covent Garden dome. Sudden a sound
             As of the bricklayers of Babel rose:
    Horns, rattles, drums, tin trumpets, sheets of copper,
      Punches and slaps, thwacks of all sorts and sizes,
        From the knobb'd bludgeon to the taper switch,
          Ran echoing round the walls; paper placards
    Blotted the lamps, boots brown with mud the benches:
            A sea of heads roll'd roaring in the pit;
                    On paper wings O.P.'s
                  Reclin'd in lettered ease;
                    While shout and scoff,
                     "Ya! ya! off! off!"
            Like thunderbolt on Surya's ear-drum fell,
                    And seem'd to paint
                 The savage oddities of Saint
                    Bartholomew in hell.

               Tears dimm'd the god of light;
         "Bear me back, Yamen, from this hideous sight,
              Bear me back, Yamen, I grow sick,
                Oh! bury me again in brick;
               Shall I on New Drury tremble,
                To be O.P.'d like Kemble?
                          No,
              Better remain by rubbish guarded,
            Than thus hubbubish groan placarded;
             Bear me back, Yamen, bear me quick,
                And bury me again in brick."
                      Obedient Yamen
                      Answer'd, Amen,
                        And did
                      As he was bid.

            There lay the buried god, and Time
             Seem'd to decree eternity of lime;
           But pity, like a dewdrop, gently prest
           Almighty Veeshnoo's adamantine breast:
              He, the preserver, ardent still
              To do whate'er he says he will,
              From South-hill urg'd his way,
            To raise the drooping lord of day.
        All earthly spells the busy one o'erpower'd;
           He treats with men of all conditions,
        Poets and players, tradesmen, and musicians;
                     Nay, even ventures
                   To attack the renters,
                      Old and new:
                      A list he gets
                   Of claims and debts,
      And deems nought done while aught remains to do
         Yamen beheld and wither'd at the sight;
        Long had he aim'd the sunbeam to control,
           For light was hateful to his soul:
    "Go on," cried the hellish one, yellow with spite,
    "Go on," cried the hellish one, yellow with spleen,
     "Thy toils of the morning, like Ithaca's queen,
             I'll toil to undo every night."

                Ye sons of song, rejoice!
       Veeshnoo has still'd the jarring elements,
                The spheres hymn music;
                 Again the god of day
            Peeps forth with trembling ray,
         And pours at intervals a strain divine.
      "I have an iron yet in the fire," cried Yamen;
         "The vollied flame rides in my breath,
             My blast is elemental death;
    This hand shall tear their paper bonds to pieces;
      Ingross your deeds, assignments, leases,
         My breath shall every line erase,
            Soon as I blow the blaze."

    The lawyers are met at the Crown and Anchor,
    And Yamen's visage grows blanker and blanker,
    The lawyers are met at the Anchor and Crown,
        And Yamen's cheek is a russety brown,
          Veshnoo, now thy work proceeds;
                The solicitor reads,
               And, merit of merit!
             Red wax and green ferret,
         Are fix'd at the foot of the deeds!

           Yamen beheld and shiver'd;
        His finger and thumb were cramp'd;
         His ear by the flea in't was bitten,
     When he saw by the lawyer's clerk written,
              "Sealed and delivered,"
              Being first duly stamped.

    "Now for my turn," the demon cries, and blows
     A blast of sulphur from his mouth and nose;
         Ah! bootless aim! the critic fiend,
           Sagacious Yamen, judge of hell,
                Is judged in his turn;
               Parchment won't burn!
    His schemes of vengeance are dissolv'd in air,
               Parchment won't tear!

        Is it not written in the Himakoot book
         (That mighty Baly from Kehama took),
               "Who blows on pounce
             Must the Swerga renounce?"
        It is! it is! Yamen, thine hour is nigh;
            Like as an eagle claws an asp,
       Veeshnoo has caught him in his mighty grasp,
    And hurl'd him in spite of his shrieks and his squalls,
        Whizzing aloft like the Temple fountain,
        Three times as high as Meru mountain,
                     Which is
          Ninety-nine times as high as St. Paul's.
         Descending, he twisted like Levy the Jew,
              Who a durable grave meant
               To dig in the pavement
                 Of Monument Yard;
         To earth by the laws of attraction he flew,
                 And he fell, and he fell,
                 To the regions of hell;
       Nine centuries bounced he from cavern to rock,
       And his head, as he tumbled, went nickety-nock,
              Like a pebble in Carisbrooke well.

       Now Veeshnoo turn'd round to a capering varlet,
          Array'd in blue and white and scarlet,
        And cried, "Oh! brown of slipper as of hat!
                Lend me, harlequin, thy bat!"
      He seiz'd the wooden sword, and smote the earth,
              When lo! upstarting into birth,
              A fabric, gorgeous to behold,
              Outshone in elegance the old,
    And Veeshnoo saw, and cried, "Hail, playhouse mine!"
         Then, bending his head, to Surya he said,
               "Go, mount yon edifice,
               And show thy steady face
                 In renovated pride,
          More bright, more glorious than before!"
           But ah! coy Surya still felt a twinge,
           Still smarted from his former singe,
               And to Veeshnoo replied,
                In a tone rather gruff,
          "No, thank you! one tumble's enough!"



DRURY'S DIRGE.

BY LAURA MATILDA.

    You praise our sires: but though they wrote with force,
    Their rhymes were vicious, and their diction coarse:
    We want their strength, agreed; but we atone
    For that and more, by sweetness all our own.--GIFFORD.


I.

    Balmy Zephyrs lightly flitting,
      Shade me with your azure wing;
    On Parnassus' summit sitting,
      Aid me, Clio, while I sing.


II.

    Softly slept the dome of Drury,
      O'er the empyreal crest,
    When Alecto's sister-fury,
      Softly slumb'ring sunk to rest.


III.

    Lo! from Lemnos limping lamely,
      Lags the lowly Lord of Fire,
    Cytherea yielding tamely,
      To the Cyclops dark and dire.


IV.

    Clouds of amber, dreams of gladness,
      Dulcet joys and sports of youth,
    Soon must yield to haughty sadness,
      Mercy holds the veil to Truth.


V.

    See Erostratus the second,
      Fires again Diana's fane;
    By the Fates from Orcus beckon'd,
      Clouds envelop Drury Lane.


VI.

    Lurid smoke and frank suspicion,
      Hand in hand reluctant dance;
    While the god fulfils his mission,
      Chivalry, resign thy lance.


VII.

    Hark! the engines blandly thunder,
      Fleecy clouds dishevell'd lie,
    And the firemen, mute with wonder,
      On the son of Saturn cry.


VIII.

    See the bird of Ammon sailing,
      Perches on the engine's peak,
    And the Eagle firemen hailing,
      Soothes them with its bickering beak.


IX.

    Juno saw, and mad with malice,
      Lost the prize that Paris gave.
    Jealousy's ensanguin'd chalice,
      Mantling pours the orient wave.


X.

    Pan beheld Patroclus dying,
      Nox to Niobe was turn'd;
    From Busiris Bacchus flying,
      Saw his Semele inurn'd.


XI.

    Thus fell Drury's lofty glory,
      Levell'd with the shuddering stones,
    Mars with tresses black and gory,
      Drinks the dew of pearly groans.


XII.

    Hark! what soft Eolian numbers,
      Gem the blushes of the morn;
    Break, Amphion, break your slumbers,
      Nature's ringlets deck the thorn.


XIII.

    Ha! I hear the strain erratic,
      Dimly glance from pole to pole,
    Raptures sweet and dreams ecstatic
      Fire my everlasting soul.


XIV.

    Where is Cupid's crimson motion?
      Billowy ecstasy of woe,
    Bear me straight, meandering ocean,
      Where the stagnant torrents flow.


XV.

    Blood in every vein is gushing,
      Vixen vengeance lulls my heart,
    See, the Gorgon gang is rushing!
      Never, never let us part.



A TALE OF DRURY LANE.

BY W. S.

     Thus he went on, stringing one extravagance upon another, in the
     style his books of chivalry had taught him, and imitating as near
     as he could their very phrase.--DON QUIXOTE.


_To be spoken by_ MR. KEMBLE _in a Suit of the Black Prince's Armour,
borrowed from the Tower_.

    Survey this shield all bossy bright;
    These cuisses twain behold;
    Look on my form in armour dight
    Of steel inlaid with gold.
    My knees are stiff in iron buckles,
    Stiff spikes of steel protect my knuckles.
    These once belong'd to sable prince,
    Who never did in battle wince;
    With valour tart as pungent quince,
      He slew the vaunting Gaul:
    Rest there awhile, my bearded lance,
    While from green curtain I advance
    To yon footlights, no trivial dance,
    And tell the town what sad mischance
      Did Drury Lane befall.


The Night.

    On fair Augusta's towers and trees
    Flitted the silent midnight breeze,
    Curling the foliage as it past,
    Which from the moon-tipp'd plumage cast
    A spangled light like dancing spray.
    Then reassumed its still array:
    Whenas night's lamp unclouded hung,
    And down its full effulgence flung,
    It shed such soft and balmy power,
    That cot and castle, hall and bower,
    And spire and dome, and turret height,
    Appear'd to slumber in the light.
    From Henry's chapel, Rufus' hall,
    To Savoy, Temple, and St. Paul,
    From Knightsbridge, Pancras, Camden Town,
    To Redriff, Shadwell, Horsleydown,
    No voice was heard, no eye unclosed,
    But all in deepest sleep reposed.
    They might have thought, who gazed around
    Amid a silence so profound,
        It made the senses thrill,
    That 'twas no place inhabited,
    But some vast city of the dead,
        was so hush'd and still.


The Burning.

    As Chaos which, by heavenly doom,
    Had slept in everlasting gloom,
    Started with terror and surprise,
    When light first flash'd upon her eyes;
    So London's sons in night-cap woke,
        In bed-gown woke her dames,
    For shouts were heard 'mid fire and smoke,
    And twice ten hundred voices spoke,
        "The Playhouse is in flames."
    And lo! where Catherine Street extends,
    A fiery tale its lustre lends
        To every window-pane;
    Blushes each spout in Martlet Court,
    And Barbican, moth-eaten fort,
    And Govent Garden kennels sport,
        A bright ensanguin'd drain;
    Meux's new brewhouse shows the light,
    Rowland Hill's chapel, and the height
        Where patent shot they sell:
    The Tennis Court, so fair and tall,
    Partakes the ray, with Surgeons' Hall,
    The ticket porter's house of call,
    Old Bedlam, close by London Wall,
    Wright's shrimp and oyster shop withal,
        And Richardson's Hotel.

    Nor these alone, but far and wide
    Across the Thames's gleaming tide,
    To distant fields the blaze was borne,
    And daisy white and hoary thorn
    In borrow'd lustre seem'd to sham
    The rose or red sweet Wil-li-am.
      To those who on the hills around
      Beheld the flames from Drury's mound,
    As from a lofty altar rise;
      It seem'd that nations did conspire,
      To offer to the god of fire
    Some vast stupendous sacrifice!
    The summon'd firemen woke at call,
    And hied them to their stations all.
    Starting from short and broken snooze,
    Each sought his pond'rous hobnail'd shoes,
    But first his worsted hosen plied,
    Plush breeches next in crimson dyed,
        His nether bulk embraced;
    Then jacket thick of red or blue,
    Whose massy shoulder gave to view
    The badge of each respective crew,
        In tin or copper traced.
    The engines thunder'd thro' the street,
    Fire-hook, pipe, bucket, all complete,
    And torches glared, and clattering feet
        Along the pavement paced.

    And one, the leader of the band,
    From Charing Cross along the Strand,
    Like stag by beagles hunted hard,
    Ran till he stopp'd at Vin'gar Yard.
    The burning badge his shoulder bore,
    The belt and oilskin hat he wore,
    The cane he had his men to bang,
    Show'd foreman of the British gang.
    His name was Higginbottom; now
    'Tis meet that I should tell you how
         The others came in view:
    The Hand-in-Hand the race begun,
    Then came the Phoenix and the Sun,
    Th' Exchange, where old insurers run,
      The Eagle, where the new;
    With these came Rumford, Bumford, Cole,
    Robins from Hockley-in-the-Hole,
    Lawson and Dawson, cheek by jowl,
        Crump from St. Giles's Pound:
    Whitford and Mitford join'd the train,
    Huggins and Muggins from Chick Lane,
    And Clutterbuck, who got a sprain
         Before the plug was found.
    Hobson and Jobson did not sleep,
    But ah! no trophy could they reap,
    For both were in the Donjon Keep
        Of Bridewell's gloomy mound!

    E'en Higginbottom now was posed,
    For sadder scene was ne'er disclosed;
    Without, within, in hideous show,
    Devouring flames resistless glow,
    And blazing rafters downward go,
    And never halloo "heads below!"
        Nor notice give at all:
    The firemen, terrified, are slow
    To bid the pumping torrent flow,
        For fear the roof should fall.
    Back, Robins, back! Crump, stand aloof!
    Whitford, keep near the walls!
    Huggins, regard your own behoof,
    For lo! the blazing rocking roof
    Down, down in thunder falls!

    An awful pause succeeds the stroke,
    And o'er the ruins volumed smoke,
    Rolling around its pitchy shroud,
    Conceal'd them from th' astonish'd crowd.
    At length the mist awhile was clear'd,
    When lo! amid the wreck uprear'd,
    Gradual a moving head appear'd,
        And Eagle firemen knew:
    'Twas Joseph Muggins, name revered,
        The foreman of their crew.
    Loud shouted all in signs of woe,
    "A Muggins to the rescue, ho!"
        And pour'd the hissing tide:
    Meanwhile the Muggins fought amain,
    And strove and struggled all in vain,
    For rallying but to fall again.
        He totter'd, sunk, and died!

    Did none attempt, before he fell,
    To succour one they loved so well?
    Yes, Higginbottom did aspire
    (His fireman's soul was all on fire)
        His brother chief to save;
    But ah! his reckless generous ire
        Served but to share his grave!
    'Mid blazing beams and scalding streams,
    Thro' fire and smoke he dauntless broke,
        Where Muggins broke before.
    But sulphury stench and boiling drench,
    Destroying sight, o'erwhelm'd him quite,
        He sunk to rise no more.
    Still o'er his head, while fate he braved,
    His whizzing water-pipe he waved;
    "Whitford and Mitford, ply your pumps,
    You, Clutterbuck, come, stir your stumps,
    Why are you in such doleful dumps?
    A fireman and afraid of bumps!
    What are they fear'd on? fools! 'od rot 'em!"
    Were the last words of Higginbottom.


The Revival.

    Peace to his soul! new prospects bloom,
    And toil rebuilds what fires consume!
    Eat we and drink we, be our ditty,
    "Joy to the managing committee."
    Eat we and drink we, join to rum
    Roast beef and pudding of the plum;
    Forth from thy nook, John Horner, come,
    With bread of ginger brown thy thumb,
      For this is Drury's gay day:
    Roll, roll thy hoop, and twirl thy tops,
    And buy, to glad thy smiling chops,
    Crisp parliament with lollipops,
      And fingers of the lady.

    Didst mark, how toil'd the busy train
    From morn to eve, till Drury Lane
    Leap'd like a roebuck from the plain?
    Ropes rose and sunk, and rose again,
      And nimble workmen trod;
    To realize bold Wyatt's plan
    Rush'd many a howling Irishman,
    Loud clatter'd many a porter can,
    And many a ragamuffin clan,
      With trowel and with hod.

    Drury revives! her rounded pate
    Is blue, is heavenly blue with slate;
    She "wings the midway air" elate,
      As magpie, crow, or chough;
    White paint her modish visage smears,
    Yellow and pointed are her ears,
    No pendant portico appears
    Dangling beneath, for Whitbread's shears
      Have cut the bauble off.

    Yes, she exalts her stately head,
    And, but that solid bulk outspread,
    Opposed you on your onward tread,
    And posts and pillars warranted
    That all was true that Wyatt said,
    You might have deem'd her walls so thick,
    Were not composed of stone or brick,
    But all a phantom, all a trick,
    Of brain disturb'd and fancy-sick,
    So high she soars, so vast, so quick.



JOHNSON'S GHOST.

_Ghost of_ DR. JOHNSON _rises from trap-door P.S. and Ghost of_ BOSWELL,
_from trap-door O.P. The latter bows respectfully to the House, and
obsequiously to the Doctor's Ghost, and retires_.


_Doctor's Ghost loquitur._

That which was organized by the moral ability of one, has been executed
by the physical efforts of many, and Drury Lane Theatre is now complete.
Of that part behind the curtain, which has not yet been destined to
glow beneath the brush of the varnisher, or vibrate to the hammer of
the carpenter, little is thought by the public, and little need be
said by the committee. Truth, however, is not to be sacrificed for the
accommodation of either, and he who should pronounce that our edifice
has received its final embellishment, would be disseminating falsehood
without incurring favour, and risking the disgrace of detection without
participating the advantage of success.

Professions lavishly effused and parsimoniously verified are alike
inconsistent with the precepts of innate rectitude and the practice
of external policy: let it not then be conjectured, that because we
are unassuming, we are imbecile; that forbearance is any indication of
despondency, or humility of demerit. He that is the most assured of
success will make the fewest appeals to favour, and where nothing is
claimed that is undue, nothing that is due will be withheld. A swelling
opening is too often succeeded by an insignificant conclusion. Parturient
mountains have ere now produced muscipular abortions, and the auditor
who compares incipient grandeur with final vulgarity, is reminded of the
pious hawkers of Constantinople, who solemnly perambulate her streets,
exclaiming, "In the name of the Prophet--figs!"

Of many who think themselves wise, and of some who are thought wise
by others, the exertions are directed to the revival of mouldering
and obscure dramas; to endeavours to exalt that which is now rare
only because it was always worthless, and whose deterioration, while
it condemned it to living obscurity, by a strange obliquity of moral
perception constitutes its title to posthumous renown. To embody the
flying colours of folly, to arrest evanescence, to give to bubbles the
globular consistency as well as form, to exhibit on the stage the piebald
denizen of the stable, and the half-reasoning parent of combs, to display
the brisk locomotion of Columbine, or the tortuous attitudinizing of
Punch; these are the occupations of others, whose ambition, limited
to the applause of unintellectual fatuity, is too innocuous for the
application of satire, and too humble for the incitement of jealousy.

Our refectory will be found to contain every species of fruit, from
the cooling nectarine and luscious peach, to the puny pippin and the
noxious nut. There indolence may repose, and inebriety revel; and the
spruce apprentice, rushing in at second account, may there chatter with
impunity, debarred by a barrier of brick and mortar from marring that
scenic interest in others, which nature and education have disqualified
him from comprehending himself.

Permanent stage-doors we have none. That which is permanent cannot be
removed, for if removed it soon ceases to be permanent. What stationary
absurdity can vie with that ligneous barricado, which, decorated with
frappant and tintinabulant appendages, now serves, as the entrance of
the lowly cottage, and now as the exit of a lady's bed-chamber; at one
time insinuating plastic Harlequin into a butcher's shop, and at another,
yawning as the flood-gate to precipitate the Cyprians of St. Giles's into
the embraces of Macheath. To elude this glaring absurdity, to give to
each respective mansion the door which the carpenter would doubtless have
given, we vary our portal with the varying scene, passing from deal to
mahogany, and from mahogany to oak, as the opposite claims of cottage,
palace, or castle may appear to require.

Amid the general hum of gratulation which flatters us in front, it is
fit that some regard should be paid to the murmurs of despondence that
assail us in the rear. They, as I have elsewhere expressed it, "who live
to please," should not have their own pleasures entirely overlooked.
The children of Thespis are general in their censures of the architect
in having placed the locality of exit at such a distance from the oily
irradiators which now dazzle the eyes of him who addresses you. I am,
cries the Queen of Terrors, robbed of my fair proportions. When the
king-killing Thane hints to the breathless auditory the murders he means
to perpetrate in the castle of Macduff "ere his purpose cool," so vast
is the interval he has to travel before he can escape from the stage,
that his purpose has even time to freeze. Your condition, cries the Muse
of Smiles, is hard, but it is cygnet's down in comparison with mine. The
peerless peer of capers and congees has laid it down as a rule, that the
best good thing uttered by the morning visitor should conduct him rapidly
to the doorway, last impressions vieing in durability with first. But
when on this boarded elongation it falls to my lot to say a good thing,
to ejaculate "keep moving," or to chaunt "hic hoc horum genetivo," many
are the moments that must elapse ere I can hide myself from public vision
in the recesses of O.P. or P.S.

To objections like these, captiously urged and querulously maintained,
it is time that equity should conclusively reply. Deviation from
scenic propriety has only to vituperate itself for the consequences
it generates. Let the actor consider the line of exit as that line
beyond which he should not soar in quest of spurious applause: let him
reflect that in proportion as he advances to the lamps, he recedes from
nature; that the truncheon of Hotspur acquires no additional charm from
encountering the cheek of beauty in the stage-box, and that the bravura
of Mandane may produce effect, although the throat of her who warbles
it should not overhang the orchestra. The Jove of the modern critical
Olympus, Lord Mayor of the theatric sky, has, _ex cathedrâ_, asserted
that a natural actor looks upon the audience part of the theatre as the
third side of the chamber he inhabits. Surely of the third wall thus
fancifully erected, our actors should by ridicule or reason be withheld
from knocking their heads against the stucco.

Time forcibly reminds me that all things which have a limit must be
brought to a conclusion. Let me, ere that conclusion arrives, recall
to your recollection that the pillars which rise on either side of
me, blooming in varied antiquity, like two massy evergreens, had yet
slumbered in their native quarry, but for the ardent exertions of the
individual who called them into life: to his never-slumbering talents you
are indebted for whatever pleasure this haunt of the Muses is calculated
to afford. If, in defiance of chaotic malevolence, the destroyer of the
temple of Diana yet survives in the name of Erostratus, surely we may
confidently predict, that the rebuilder of the temple of Apollo will
stand recorded to distant posterity in that of--SAMUEL WHITBREAD.



THE BEAUTIFUL INCENDIARY.

BY THE HON. W. S.

    Formosam resonare doces Amaryllida silvas.--VIRGIL.

_Scene draws, and discovers a Lady asleep on a couch. Enter_ PHILANDER.


PHILANDER.


I.

    Sobriety, cease to be sober,
      Cease, Labour, to dig and to delve,
    And hail to this tenth of October,
      One thousand eight hundred and twelve.
    Hah! whom do my peepers remark?
      'Tis Hebe with Jupiter's jug;
    Oh no, 'tis the pride of the Park,
      Fair Lady Elizabeth Mugg.


II.

    Why, beautiful nymph, do you close
      The curtain that fringes your eye?
    Why veil in the clouds of repose
      The sun that should brighten our sky?
    Perhaps jealous Venus has oil'd
      Thy hair with some opiate drug,
    Not choosing her charms should be foil'd
      By Lady Elizabeth Mugg.


III.

    But ah! why awaken the blaze
      The bright burning-glasses contain,
    Whose lens with concentrated rays
      Proved fatal to old Drury Lane.
    'Twas all accidental they cry,--
      Away with the flimsy humbug!
    'Twas tired by a flash from the eye
      Of Lady Elizabeth Mugg.


IV.

    Thy glance can in us raise a flame,
      Then why should old Drury be free?
    Our doom and its doom are the same,
      Both subject to beauty's decree.
    No candles the workmen consum'd,
      When deep in the ruins they dug,
    Thy flash still their progress illum'd,
      Sweet Lady Elizabeth Mugg.


V.

    Thy face a rich fireplace displays;
      The mantel-piece marble--thy brows;
    Thine eyes are the bright beaming blaze,
      Thy bib which no trespass allows,
    The fender's tall barrier marks;
      Thy tippet's the fire-quelling rug,
    Which serves to extinguish the sparks
      Of Lady Elizabeth Mugg.


VI.

    The Countess a lily appears,
      Whose tresses the dewdrops emboss;
    The Marchioness blooming in years,
      A rosebud envelop'd in moss;
    But thou art the sweet passion-flower,
      For who would not slavery hug,
    To pass but one exquisite hour
      In the arms of Elizabeth Mugg?


VII.

    When at Court, or some dowager's rout,
      Her diamond aigrette meets our view,
    She looks like a glow-worm dress'd out,
      Or tulips bespangled with dew.
    Her two lips denied to man's suit,
      Are shared with her favourite Pug;
    What lord would not change with the brute,
      To live with Elizabeth Mugg?


VIII.

    Could the stage be a large _vis-à-vis_,
      Reserv'd for the polish'd and great,
    Where each happy lover might see
      The nymph he adores _tête-à-tête_;
    No longer I'd gaze on the ground,
      And the load of despondency lug,
    For I'd book myself all the year round,
      To ride with the sweet Lady Mugg.


IX.

    Yes, she in herself is a host,
      And if she were here all alone,
    Our house might nocturnally boast
      A bumper of fashion and ton.
    Again should it burst in a blaze,
      In vain would they ply Congreve's plug,
    For nought could extinguish the rays
      From the glance of divine Lady Mugg.


X.

    O could I as Harlequin frisk,
      And thou be my Columbine fair,
    My wand should with one magic whisk
      Transport us to Hanover Square;
    St. George should lend us his shrine,
      The parson his shoulders might shrug,
    But a licence should force him to join
      My hand in the hand of my Mugg.


XI.

    Court-plaister the weapons should tip,
      By Cupid shot down from above,
    Which cut into spots for thy lip,
      Should still barb the arrows of love.
    The god who from others flies quick,
      With us should be slow as a slug,
    As close as a leech he should stick
      To me and Elizabeth Mugg.


XII.

    For Time would, like us, 'stead of sand,
      Put filings of steel in his glass,
    To dry up the blots of his hand,
      And spangle life's page as they pass.
    Since all flesh is grass ere 'tis hay,
      O may I in clover live snug,
    And when old Time mows me away,
      Be stack'd with defunct Lady Mugg.



FIRE AND ALE.

BY M. G. L.

Omnia transformat sese in miracula rerum.--VIRGIL.


    My palate is parch'd with Pierian thirst,
        Away to Parnassus I'm beckon'd;
    List, warriors and dames, while my lay is rehears'd,
    I sing of the singe of Miss Drury the first,
        And the birth of Miss Drury the second.

    The Fire King one day rather amorous felt;
        He mounted his hot copper filly;
    His breeches and boots were of tin, and the belt
    Was made of cast iron, for fear it should melt
        With the heat of the copper colt's belly.

    Sure never was skin half so scalding as his!
        When an infant, 'twas equally horrid,
    For the water when he was baptized gave a fizz,
    And bubbled and simmer'd and started off, whizz!
        As soon as it sprinkled his forehead.

    Oh! then there was glitter and fire in each eye,
        For two living coals were the symbols;
    His teeth were calcined, and his tongue was so dry,
    It rattled against them as though you should try
        To play the piano in thimbles.

    From his nostrils a lava sulphureous flows,
        Which scorches wherever it lingers,
    A snivelling fellow he's call'd by his foes,
    For he can't raise his paw up to blow his red nose,
        For fear it should blister his fingers.

    His wig is of flames curling over his head,
        Well powder'd with white smoking ashes;
    He drinks gunpowder tea, melted sugar of lead,
    Cream of tartar, and dines on hot spice gingerbread,
        Which black from the oven he gnashes.

    Each fire nymph his kiss from her countenance shields,
        'Twould soon set her cheekbone a-frying
    He spit in the tenter-ground near Spitalfields,
    And the hole that it burnt and the chalk that it yields
        Make a capital limekiln for drying.

    When he open'd his mouth out there issued a blast,
        (_Nota bene_, I do not mean swearing,)
    But the noise that it made and the heat that it cast,
    I've heard it from those who have seen it, surpass'd
        A shot manufactory flaring.

    He blaz'd and he blaz'd as he gallop'd to snatch
        His bride, little dreaming of danger;
    His whip was a torch, and his spur was a match,
    And over the horse's left eye was a patch,
        To keep it from burning the manger.

    And who is the housemaid he means to enthral
        In his cinder-producing alliance?
    'Tis Drury Lane Playhouse, so wide, and so tall,
    Who, like other combustible ladies, must fall,
        If she cannot set sparks at defiance.

    On his warming-pan knee-pan he clattering roll'd,
        And the housemaid his hand would have taken,
    But his hand, like his passion, was too hot to hold,
    And she soon let it go, but her new ring of gold
        All melted, like butter or bacon!

    Oh! then she look'd sour, and indeed well she might,
        For Vinegar Yard was before her,
    But, spite of her shrieks, the ignipotent knight,
    Enrobing the maid in a flame of gas-light,
        To the skies in a sky-rocket bore her.

    Look! look! 'tis the Ale King, so stately and starch,
        Whose votaries scorn to be sober;
    He pops from his vat, like a cedar or larch:
    Brown stout is his doublet, he hops in his march,
        And froths at the mouth in October.

    His spear is a spigot, his shield is a bung;
        He taps where the housemaid no more is,
    When lo! at his magical bidding, upsprung
    A second Miss Drury, tall, tidy, and young,
        And sported _in loco sororis_.

    Back, lurid in air, for a second regale,
        The Cinder King, hot with desire,
    To Brydges Street hied; but the Monarch of Ale,
    With uplifted spigot and faucet, and pail,
        Thus chided the Monarch of Fire:

    "Vile tyrant, beware of the ferment I brew,
        I rule the roast here, dash the wig o' me!
    If, spite of your marriage with Old Drury, you
    Come here with your tinderbox, courting the New,
        I'll have you indicted for bigamy!"



PLAYHOUSE MUSINGS.

BY S. T. C.


    Ille velut fidis aroana sodalibus olim
    Credebat libris; neque si male cesserat, usquam
    Decurrens alio, neque si bene.--HORAT.


    My pensive public, wherefore look you sad?
    I had a grandmother, she kept a donkey
    To carry to the mart her crockery ware,
    And when that donkey look'd me in the face,
    His face was sad! and you are sad, my public!

      Joy should be yours: this tenth day of October
    Again assembles us in Drury Lane.
    Long wept my eye to see the timber planks
    That hid our ruins; many a day I cried,
    "Ah me! I fear they never will rebuild it!"
    Till on one eve, one joyful Monday eve,
    As along Charles Street I prepared to walk,
    Just at the corner, by the pastry-cook's,
    I heard a trowel tick against a brick.
    I look'd me up, and straight a parapet
    Uprose at least seven inches o'er the planks.
    "Joy to thee, Drury!" to myself I said:
    "He of Blackfriars Road who hymn'd thy downfall
    In loud hosannahs, and who prophesied
    That flames, like those from prostrate Solyma,
    Would scorch the hand that ventured to rebuild thee,
    Has proved a lying prophet." From that hour,
    As leisure offer'd, close to Mr. Spring's
    Box-office door, I've stood and eyed the builders.
    They had a plan to render less their labours;
    Workmen in elder times would mount a ladder
    With hodded heads, but these stretch'd forth a pole
    From the wall's pinnacle, they placed a pulley
    Athwart the pole, a rope athwart the pulley;
    To this a basket dangled; mortar and bricks
    Thus freighted, swung securely to the top,
    And in the empty basket workmen twain
    Precipitate, unhurt, accosted earth.

      Oh! 'twas a goodly sound to hear the people
    Who watch'd the work, express their various thoughts!
    While some believ'd it never would be finish'd,
    Some on the contrary believ'd it would.

      I've heard our front that faces Drury Lane
    Much criticis'd; they say 'tis vulgar brick-work,
    A mimic manufactory of floor-cloth.
    One of the morning papers wish'd that front
    Cemented like the front in Brydges Street;
    As it now looks they call it Wyatt's Mermaid,
    A handsome woman with a fish's tail.

      White is the steeple of St. Bride's in Fleet Street,
    The Albion (as its name denotes) is white;
    Morgan and Saunders' shop for chairs and tables
    Gleams like a snowball in the setting sun;
    White is Whitehall. But not St. Bride's in Fleet Street,
    The spotless Albion, Morgan, no, nor Saunders,
    Nor white Whitehall is white as Drury's face.

      Oh, Mr. Whitbread! fie upon you, sir!
    I think you should have built a colonnade;
    When tender Beauty, looking for her coach,
    Protrudes her gloveless hand, perceives the shower,
    And draws the tippet closer round her throat.
    Perchance her coach stands half a dozen off,
    And, ere she mounts the step, the oozing mud
    Soaks thro' her pale kid slipper. On the morrow
    She coughs at breakfast, and her gruff papa
    Cries, "There you go! this comes of playhouses!"
    To build no portico is penny wise:
    Heaven grant it prove not in the end pound foolish!

      Hail to thee, Drury! Queen of Theatres!
    What is the Regency in Tottenham Street,
    The Royal Amphitheatre of Arts,
    Astley's Olympic, or the Sans Pareil,
    Compar'd with thee? Yet when I view thee push'd
    Back from the narrow street that christen'd thee,
    I know not why they call thee Drury Lane.

      Amid the freaks that modern fashion sanctions,
    It grieves me much to see live animals
    Brought on the stage. Grimaldi has his rabbit,
    Laurent his cat, and Bradbury his pig;
    Fie on such tricks! Johnson, the machinist
    Of former Drury, imitated life
    Quite to the life. The elephant in Blue Beard,
    Stuff'd by his hand, wound round his lithe proboscis,
    As spruce as he who roar'd in Padmanaba.
    Nought born on earth should die. On hackney stands
    I reverence the coachman who cries "Gee,"
    And spares the lash. When I behold a spider
    Prey on a fly, a magpie on a worm,
    Or view a butcher with horn-handle knife
    Slaughter a tender lamb as dead as mutton,
    Indeed, indeed, I'm very, very sick!       [_Exit hastily._



DRURY LANE HUSTINGS.

A NEW HALFPENNY BALLAD.

BY A PIC-NIC POET.

     This is the very age of promise. To promise is most courtly and
     fashionable. Performance is a kind of will or testament, which
     argues a great sickness in his judgment that makes it.--TIMON OF
     ATHENS.


    _To be sung by_ MR. JOHNSTONE _in the character of_
    LOONEY M'TWOLTER.


I.

    "Mr. Jack, your address," says the prompter to me,
    So I gave him my card--"No, that a'nt it," says he,
    "'Tis your public address." "Oh!" says I, "never fear,
    If address you are bother'd for, only look here."
                                     [_Puts on hat affectedly._
                                           Tol de rol lol, &c.


II.

    With Drurys for sartain we'll never have done,
    We've built up another, and yet there's but one;
    The old one was best, yet I'd say, if I durst,
    The new one is better--the last is the first.
                                               Tol de rol, &c.


III.

    These pillars are called by a Frenchified word,
    A something that's jumbled of antique and verd,
    The boxes may show us some verdant antiques,
    Some bold harridans who beplaster their cheeks.
                                               Tol de rol, &c.


IV.

    Only look how high Tragedy, Comedy, stick,
    Lest their rivals, the horses, should give them a kick!
    If you will not descend when our authors beseech ye,
    You'll stop there for life, for I'm sure they can't reach ye.
                                               Tol de rol, &c.


V.

    Each one shilling god within reach of a nod is,
    And plain are the charms of each gallery goddess,
    You, brandy-faced Moll, don't be looking askew,
    When I talked of a goddess I didn't mean you.
                                               Tol de rol, &c


VI.

    Our stage is so prettily fashion'd for viewing,
    The whole house can see what the whole house is doing.
    'Tis just like the hustings, we kick up a bother,
    But saying is one thing and doing's another.
                                               Tol de rol, &c.


VII.

    We've many new houses, and some of them rum ones,
    But the newest of all is the new House of Commons,
    'Tis a rickety sort of a bantling I'm told,
    It will die of old age when it's seven years old.
                                               Tol de rol, &c.


VIII.

    As I don't know on whom the election will fall,
    I move in return for returning them all;
    But for fear Mr. Speaker my meaning should miss,
    The house that I wish 'em to sit in is this.
                                               Tol de rol, &c.


IX.

    Let us cheer our great Commoner, but for whose aid
    We all should have gone with short commons to bed,
    And since he has saved all the fat from the fire,
    I move that the House be call'd Whitbread's Entire.
                                               Tol de rol, &c.



ARCHITECTURAL ATOMS.

TRANSLATED BY DR. B.

Lege, Dick, Lege!--JOSEPH ANDREWS.


_To be recited by the Translator's Son._

    Away, fond dupes! who smit with sacred lore,
    Mosaic dreams in Genesis explore,
    Dote with Copernicus, or darkling stray
    With Newton, Ptolemy, or Tycho Brahe:
    To you I sing not, for I sing of truth,
    Primæval systems, and creation's youth;
    Such as of old, with magic wisdom fraught,
    Inspired Lucretius to the Latians taught.

      I sing how casual bricks, in airy climb,
    Encounter'd casual horse-hair, casual lime;
    How rafters borne through wondering clouds elate,
    Kiss'd in their slope blue elemental slate,
    Clasp'd solid beams in chance-directed fury,
    And gave to birth our renovated Drury.
      Thee, son of Jove, whose sceptre was confessed,
    Where fair OEolia springs from Tethys' breast:
    Thence on Olympus 'mid Celestials placed,
    God of the winds, and Ether's boundless waste,
    Thee I invoke! Oh, _puff_ my bold design,
    Prompt the bright thought, and swell the harmonious line;
    Uphold my pinions, and my verse inspire
    With Winsor's patent gas, or wind of fire,
    In whose pure blaze thy embryo form enroll'd,
    The dark enlightens, and enchafes the cold.

      But while I court thy gifts, be mine to shun
    The deprecated prize Ulysses won;
    Who sailing homeward from thy breezy shore,
    The prison'd winds in skins of parchment bore:--
    Speeds the fleet bark, till o'er the billowy green
    The azure heights of Ithaca are seen;
    But while with favouring gales her way she wins,
    His curious comrades ope the mystic skins:
    When lo! the rescued winds, with boisterous sweep,
    Roar to the clouds, and lash the rocking deep;
    Heaves the smote vessel in the howling blast,
    Splits the stretch'd sail, and cracks the tottering mast.
    Launch'd on a plank, the buoyant hero rides
    Where ebon Afric stems the sable tides,
    While his duck'd comrades o'er the ocean fly,
    And sleep not in the whole skins they untie.

      So when to raise the wind some lawyer tries,
    Mysterious skins of parchment meet our eyes.
    On speed the smiling suit, "Pleas of our Lord
    The King" shine jetty on the wide record:
    Nods the prunella'd bar, attornies smile,
    And siren jurors flatter to beguile;
    Till stript--nonsuited--he is doom'd to toss
    In legal shipwreck, and redeemless loss;
    Lucky, if, like Ulysses, he can keep
    His head above the waters of the deep.

      Æolian monarch! Emperor of Puffs!
    We modern sailors dread not thy rebuffs;
    See to thy golden shore promiscuous come
    Quacks for the lame, the blind, the deaf, the dumb;
    Fools are their bankers--a prolific line,
    And every mortal malady's a mine.
    Each sly Sangrado, with his poisonous pill,
    Flies to the printer's devil with his bill,
    Whose Midas touch can gild his asses' ears,
    And load a knave with folly's rich arrears.
    And lo! a second miracle is thine,
    For sloe-juiced water stands transform'd to wine.
    Where Day and Martin's patent blacking roll'd,
    Burst from the vase Pactolian streams of gold;
    Laugh the sly wizards glorying in their stealth,
    Quit the black art, and loll in lazy wealth.
    See Britain's Algerines, the Lottery fry,
    Win annual tribute by the annual lie.
    Aided by thee--but whither do I stray?
    Court, city, borough, own thy sovereign sway:
    An age of puffs the age of gold succeeds,
    And windy bubbles are the spawn it breeds.

      If such thy power, O hear the Muse's prayer!
    Swell thy loud lungs, and wave thy wings of air;
    Spread, viewless giant, all thy arms of mist
    Like windmill sails to bring the poet grist;
    As erst thy roaring son with eddying gale
    Whirl'd Orithyia from her native vale--
    So, while Lucretian wonders I rehearse,
    Augusta's sons shall patronize my verse.

      I sing of Atoms, whose creative brain,
    With eddying impulse, built new Drury Lane;
    Not to the labours of subservient man,
    To no young Wyatt appertains the plan;
    We mortals stalk, like horses in a mill,
    Impassive media of Atomic will;
    Ye stare! then truth's broad talisman discern--
    'Tis Demonstration speaks.--Attend and learn!

      From floating elements in chaos hurl'd,
    Self-form'd of atoms, sprang the infant world.
    No great First Cause inspired the happy plot,
    But all was matter, and no matter what.
    Atoms, attracted by some law occult,
    Settling in spheres, the globe was the result;
    Pure child of Chance, which still directs the ball,
    As rotatory atoms rise or fall.
    In ether launch'd, the peopled bubble floats,
    A mass of particles and confluent motes,
    So nicely pois'd, that if one atom flings
    Its weight away, aloft the planet springs,
    And wings its course thro' realms of boundless space,
    Outstripping comets in eccentric race.
    Add but one atom more, it sinks outright
    Down to the realms of Tartarus and night.
    What waters melt or scorching fires consume,
    In different forms their being reassume;
    Hence can no change arise, except in name,
    For weight and substance ever are the same.

      Thus with the flames that from old Drury rise,
    Its elements primæval sought the skies,
    There, pendulous to wait the happy hour,
    When new attractions should restore their power.
    So in this procreant theatre elate,
    Echoes unborn their future life await;
    Here embryo sounds in ether lie conceal'd,
    Like words in northern atmosphere congeal'd.
    Here many a fœtus laugh and half encore
    Clings to the roof, or creeps along the floor.
    By puffs concipient some in ether flit,
    And soar in bravos from the thundering pit;
    Some forth on ticket nights from tradesmen break,
    To mar the actor they design to make;
    While some this mortal life abortive miss,
    Crush'd by a groan, or strangled by a hiss.
    So, when "dog's-meat" re-echoes through the streets,
    Rush sympathetic dogs from their retreats,
    Beam with bright blaze their supplicating eyes,
    Sink their hind-legs, ascend their joyful cries;
    Each, wild with hope, and maddening to prevail,
    Points the pleased ear, and wags the expectant tail.

      Ye fallen bricks! in Drury's fire calcined,
    Since doom'd to slumber, couch'd upon the wind,
    Sweet was the hour, when tempted by your freaks,
    Congenial trowels smooth'd your yellow cheeks.
    Float dulcet serenades upon the ear,
    Bends every atom from its ruddy sphere,
    Twinkles each eye, and, peeping from its veil,
    Marks in the adverse crowd its destined male.
    The oblong beauties clap their hands of grit,
    And brick-dust titterings on the breezes flit;
    Then down they rush in amatory race,
    Their dusty bridegrooms eager to embrace.
    Some choose old lovers, some decide for new,
    But each, when fix'd, is to her station true.
    Thus various bricks are made as tastes invite,
    The red, the grey, the dingy, or the white.

      Perhaps some half-baked rover, frank and free,
    To alien beauty bends the lawless knee,
    But of unhallow'd fascinations sick,
    Soon quits his Cyprian for his married brick;
    The Dido atom calls and scolds in vain,
    No crisp Æneas soothes the widow's pain.

      So in Cheapside, what time Aurora peeps,
    A mingled noise of dustmen, milk, and sweeps,
    Falls on the housemaid's ear; amaz'd she stands,
    Then opes the door with cinder-sabled hands,
    And "matches" calls. The dustman, bubbled flat,
    Thinks 'tis for him, and doffs his fan-tail'd hat;
    The milkman, whom her second cries assail,
    With sudden sink, unyokes the clinking pail;
    Now louder grown, by turns she screams and weeps;
    Alas! her screaming only brings the sweeps.
    Sweeps but put out--she wants to raise a flame,
    And calls for matches, but 'tis still the same.
    Atoms and housemaids! mark the moral true,
    If once ye go astray, no _match_ for you!

      As atoms in one mass united mix,
    So bricks attraction feel for kindred bricks;
    Some in the cellar view, perchance, on high,
    Fair chimney chums on beds of mortar lie;
    Enamour'd of the sympathetic clod,
    Leaps the red bridegroom to the labourer's hod,
    And up the ladder bears the workman, taught
    To think he bears the bricks--mistaken thought!
    A proof behold--if near the top they find
    The nymphs or broken corner'd, or unkind,
    Back to the bottom leaping with a bound,
    They bear their bleeding carriers to the ground.

      So legends tell, along the lofty hill
    Paced the twin heroes, gallant Jack and Jill;
    On trudged the Gemini to reach the rail
    That shields the well's top from the expectant pail,
    When ah! Jack falls; and, rolling in the rear,
    Jill feels the attraction of his kindred sphere;
    Head over heels begins his toppling track,
    Throws sympathetic somersets with Jack,
    And at the mountain's base, bobbs plump against him, whack!

      Ye living atoms, who unconscious sit,
    Jumbled by chance in gallery, box, and pit,
    For you no Peter opes the fabled door,
    No churlish Charon plies the shadowy oar;--
    Breathe but a space, and Boreas' casual sweep
    Shall bear your scatter'd corses o'er the deep,
    To gorge the greedy elements, and mix
    With water, marl, and clay, and stones and sticks;
    While, charged with fancied souls, sticks, stones and clay,
    Shall take your seats, and hiss or clap the play.

      O happy age! when convert Christians read
    No sacred writings but the Pagan creed;
    O happy age! when spurning Newton's dreams,
    Our poet's sons recite Lucretian themes,
    Abjure the idle systems of their youth,
    And turn again to atoms and to truth.
    O happier still! when England's dauntless dames,
    Awed by no chaste alarms, no latent shames,
    The bard's fourth book unblushingly peruse,
    And learn the rampant lessons of the stews!

      All hail, Lucretius, renovated sage!
    Unfold the modest mystics of thy page;
    Return no more to thy sepulchral shelf,
    But live, kind bard,--that I may live myself!



THEATRICAL ALARM BELL.

BY THE EDITOR OF THE M. P.

Bounce, Jupiter, bounce!--O'HARA.


LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

As it is now the universally-admitted, and indeed
pretty-generally-suspected aim of Mr. Whitbread and the infamous,
bloodthirsty, and, in fact, illiberal faction to which he belongs, to
burn to the ground this free and happy Protestant city, and establish
himself in St. James's Palace, his fellow committee-men have thought
it their duty to watch the principles of a theatre built under his
auspices. The information they have received from undoubted authority,
particularly from an old fruit-woman who had turned king's evidence, and
whose name for obvious reasons we forbear to mention, though we have had
it some weeks in our possession, has induced them to introduce various
reforms: not such reforms as the vile faction clamour for, meaning
thereby revolution, but such reforms as are necessary to preserve the
glorious constitution of the only free, happy, and prosperous country
now left upon the face of the earth. From the valuable and authentic
source above alluded to, we have learnt that a sanguinary plot has
been formed by some united Irishmen, combined with a gang of Luddites,
and a special committee sent over by the Pope at the instigation of
the beastly Corsican fiend, for destroying all the loyal part of
the audience on the anniversary of that deeply-to-be-abhorred and
highly-to-be-blamed stratagem, the gunpowder plot, which falls this year
on Thursday, the 5th of November. The whole is under the direction of
a delegated committee of O.P.'s, whose treasonable exploits at Covent
Garden you all recollect, and all of whom would have been hung from the
chandeliers at that time but for the mistaken lenity of government.
At a given signal a well-known O.P. was to cry out from the gallery,
"Nosey! Music!" whereupon all the O.P.'s were to produce from their
inside pockets a long pair of shears, edged with felt to prevent their
making any noise, manufactured expressly by a wretch at Birmingham,
one of Mr. Brougham's evidences, and now in custody. With these they
were to cut off the heads of all the loyal N.P.'s in the house, without
distinction of sex or age. At the signal, similarly given, of "Throw
him over," which it now appears always alluded to the overthrow of our
never-sufficiently-enough-to-be-deeply-and-universally-to-be-venerated
constitution, all the heads of the N.P.'s were to be thrown at the
fiddlers, to prevent their appearing in evidence, or perhaps as a false
and illiberal insinuation that they have no heads of their own. All that
we know of the further designs of these incendiaries is, that they are
by-a-great-deal-too-much too-horrible-to-be-mentioned.

The manager has acted with his usual promptitude on this trying
occasion. He has contracted for 300 tons of gunpowder, which
are at this moment placed in a small barrel under the pit, and
a descendant of Guy Faux, assisted by Colonel Congreve, has
undertaken to blow up the house, when necessary, in so novel and
ingenious a manner, that every O.P. shall be annihilated, while not
a whisker of the N.P.'s shall be singed. This strikingly displays
the advantages of loyalty and attachment to government. Several
other hints have been taken from the theatrical regulations of the
not-a-bit-the-less-on-that-account-to-be-universally-execrated monster
Bonaparte. A park of artillery, provided with chain-shot, is to be
stationed on the stage, and play upon the audience in case of any
indication of misplaced applause or popular discontent (which accounts
for the large space between the curtain and the lamps); and the public
will participate our satisfaction in learning that the indecorous custom
of standing up with the hat on is to be abolished, as the Bow Street
officers are provided with daggers, and have orders to stab all such
persons to the heart, and send their bodies to Surgeons' Hall; gentlemen
who cough are only to be slightly wounded. Fruit-women bawling "Bill of
the Play" are to be forthwith shot, for which purpose soldiers will be
stationed in the slips, and ball-cartridge is to be served out with the
lemonade. If any of the spectators happen to sneeze or spit they are to
be transported for life, and any person who is so tall as to prevent
another seeing, is to be dragged out and sent on board the tender, or, by
an instrument taken out of the pocket of Procrustes, to be forthwith cut
shorter, either at the head or foot, according as his own convenience may
dictate.

Thus, ladies and gentlemen, have the committee, through my medium,
set forth the not-in-a-hurry-to-be-paralleled plan they have
adopted for preserving order and decorum within the walls of their
magnificent edifice. Nor have they, while attentive to their own
concerns, by any means overlooked those of the cities of London
and Westminster. Finding, on enumeration, that they have with a
with-two-hands-and-one-tongue-to-be-applauded liberality, contracted
for more gunpowder than they want, they have parted with the surplus
to the mattock-carrying and hustings-hammering high bailiff of
Westminster, who has, with his own shovel, dug a large hole in
the front of the parish church of St. Paul, Covent Garden, that,
upon the least symptom of ill-breeding in the mob at the general
election, the whole of the market may be blown into the air. This,
ladies and gentlemen, may at first make provisions _rise_, but
we pledge the credit of our theatre that they will soon _fall_
again, and people be supplied as usual with vegetables in the
in-general-strewed-with-cabbage-stalks-but-on-Saturday-night-lighted-up-
with-lamps market of Covent Garden.

I should expatiate more largely on the other advantages of the glorious
constitution of these by-the-whole-of-Europe-envied realms, but I am
called away to take an account of the ladies, and other artificial
flowers, at a fashionable rout, of which a full and particular account
will hereafter appear. For the present, my fashionable intelligence is
scanty, on account of the opening of Drury Lane; and the ladies and
gentlemen who honour me with their attention, will not be surprised if
they find nothing under my usual head!



THE THEATRE.

BY THE REV. G. C.

    Nil intentatum nostri liquôre poetæ,
    Nec minimum meruère decus, vestigia Græca
    Ausi desesere, et celebrare domestica facta.--HORAT.


A PREFACE OF APOLOGIES.

If the following poem should be fortunate enough to be selected for the
opening Address, a few words of explanation may be deemed necessary, on
my part, to avert invidious misrepresentation. The animadversion I have
thought it right to make on the noise created by tuning the orchestra,
will, I hope, give no lasting remorse to any of the gentlemen employed
in the band. It is to be desired that they would keep their instruments
ready tuned, and strike off at once. This would be an accommodation to
many well-meaning persons who frequent the theatre, who not being blest
with the ear of St. Cecilia, mistake the tuning for the overture, and
think the latter concluded before it is begun.

                              "one fiddle will
    Give, half-ashamed, a tiny flourish still--"

was originally written "one hautboy will," but having providentially
been informed, when this poem was upon the point of being sent off, that
there is but one hautboy in the band, I averted the storm of popular and
managerial indignation from the head of its blower; as it now stands,
"one fiddle" among many, the faulty individual will, I hope, escape
detection. The story of the flying playbill is calculated to expose
a practice, much too common, of pinning playbills to the cushions,
insecurely, and frequently, I fear, not pinning them at all. If these
lines save one playbill only from the fate I have recorded, I shall not
deem my labour ill employed. The concluding episode of Patrick Jennings,
glances at the boorish fashion of wearing the hat in the one-shilling
gallery. Had Jennings thrust his between his feet at the commencement of
the play, he might have leaned forward with impunity, and the catastrophe
I relate would not have occurred. The line of handkerchiefs formed to
enable him to recover his loss, is purposely so crossed in texture and
materials, as to mislead the reader in respect of the real owner of any
one of them. For, in the satirical view of life and manners, which I
occasionally present, my clerical profession has taught me how extremely
improper it would be by any allusion, however slight, to give any
uneasiness, however trivial, to any individual, however foolish or wicked.

    G. C.



THE THEATRE.

     Interior of a theatre described.--Pit gradually fills.--The
     check-taker.--Pit full.--The orchestra tuned.--One fiddle
     rather dilatory.--Is reproved--and repents.--Evolutions of a
     playbill.--Its final settlement on the spikes.--The gods taken
     to task--and why.--Motley group of playgoers.--Holywell Street,
     St. Pancras.--Emanuel Jennings binds his son apprentice.--Not in
     London--and why.--Episode of the hat.


    'Tis sweet to view, from half-past five to six,
    Our long wax-candles, with short cotton wicks,
    Touch'd by the lamplighter's Promethean art,
    Start into light and make the lighter start;
    To see red Phoebus through the gallery pane
    Tinge with his beam the beams of Drury Lane,
    While gradual parties fill our widen'd pit,
    And gape, and gaze, and wonder, ere they sit.

      At first, while vacant seats give choice and ease,
    Distant or near, they settle where they please;
    But when the multitude contracts the span,
    And seats are rare, they settle where they can.

      Now the full benches, to late comers, doom
    No room for standing, miscall'd _standing-room_.

      Hark! the check-taker moody silence breaks,
    And bawling "Pit full," gives the check he takes;
    Yet onward still, the gathering numbers cram,
    Contending crowders shout the frequent damn,
    And all is bustle, squeeze, row, jabbering, jam.

      See to their desks Apollo's sons repair;
    Swift rides the rosin o'er the horse's hair;
    In unison their various tones to tune
    Murmurs the hautboy, growls the hoarse bassoon;
    In soft vibration sighs the whispering lute,
    Tang goes the harpsichord, too-too the flute,
    Brays the loud trumpet, squeaks the fiddle sharp,
    Winds the French-horn, and twangs the tingling harp;
    Till, like great Jove, the leader, figuring in,
    Attunes to order the chaotic din.
    Now all seems hush'd--but no, one fiddle will
    Give, half-ashamed, a tiny flourish still;
    Foil'd in his crash, the leader of the clan
    Reproves with frowns the dilatory man;
    Then on his candlestick thrice taps his bow,
    Nods a new signal, and away they go.
    Perchance, while pit and gallery cry, "Hats off,"
    And awed Consumption checks his chided cough,
    Some giggling daughter of the Queen of Love
    Drops, reft of pin, her playbill from above;
    Like Icarus, while laughing galleries clap,
    Soars, ducks, and dives in air the printed scrap;
    But, wiser far than he, combustion fears,
    And, as it flies, eludes the chandeliers;
    Till sinking gradual, with repeated twirl,
    It settles, curling, on a fiddler's curl;
    Who from his powder'd pate the intruder strikes,
    And, for mere malice, sticks it on the spikes.

      Say, why these Babel strains from Babel tongues?
    Who's that calls "Silence" with such leathern lungs?
    He who, in quest of quiet, "silence" hoots,
    Is apt to make the hubbub he imputes.

      What various swains our motley walls contain!
    Fashion from Moorfields, honour from Chick Lane;
    Bankers from Paper Buildings here resort,
    Bankrupts from Golden Square and Riches Court;
    From the Haymarket canting rogues in grain,
    Culls from the Poultry, sots from Water Lane;
    The lottery cormorant, the auction shark,
    The full-price master, and the half-price clerk;
    Boys who long linger at the gallery door,
    With pence twice five, they want but twopence more,
    Till some Samaritan the twopence spares,
    And sends them jumping up the gallery stairs.

      Critics we boast who ne'er their malice baulk,
    But talk their minds, we wish they'd mind their talk;
    Big-worded bullies, who by quarrels live,
    Who give the lie, and tell the lie they give;
    Jews from St. Mary Axe, for jobs so wary,
    That for old clothes they'd even axe St. Mary;
    And bucks with pockets empty as their pate,
    Lax in their gaiters, laxer in their gait,
    Who oft, when we our house lock up, carouse
    With tippling tipstaves in a lock-up house.

      Yet here, as elsewhere, chance can joy bestow,
    Where scowling fortune seem'd to threaten woe.

      John Richard William Alexander Dwyer
    Was footman to Justinian Stubbs, Esquire;
    But when John Dwyer listed in the Blues,
    Emanuel Jennings polish'd Stubbs's shoes.
    Emanuel Jennings brought his youngest boy
    Up as a corn-cutter, a safe employ;
    In Holywell Street, St. Pancras, he was bred
    (At number twenty-seven, it is said),
    Facing the pump, and near the Granby's Head:
    He would have bound him to some shop in town,
    But with a premium he could not come down;
    Pat was the urchin's name, a red-hair'd youth,
    Fonder of purl and skittle-grounds than truth.

      Silence, ye gods! to keep your tongues in awe,
    The Muse shall tell an accident she saw.

      Pat Jennings in the upper gallery sat,
    But, leaning forward, Jennings lost his hat;
    Down from the gallery the beaver flew,
    And spurn'd the one to settle in the two.
    How shall he act? Pay at the gallery door
    Two shillings for what cost, when new, but four?
    Or till half-price, to save his shilling, wait,
    And gain his hat again at half-past eight?
    Now, while his fears anticipate a thief,
    John Mullins whispers, "Take my handkerchief."
    "Thank you," cries Pat, "but one won't make a line;"
    "Take mine," cried Wilson, and cried Stokes, "take mine."
    A motley cable soon Pat Jennings ties,
    Where Spitalfields with real India vies.
    Like Iris' bow, down darts the painted hue,
    Starr'd, striped, and spotted, yellow, red, and blue,
    Old calico, torn silk, and muslin new.
    George Green below, with palpitating hand,
    Loops the last 'kerchief to the beaver's band.
    Up soars the prize; the youth, with joy unfeign'd,
    Regain'd the felt, and felt what he regain'd,
    While to the applauding galleries grateful Pat
    Made a low bow, and touch'd the ransom'd hat.



_To the Managing Committee of the New Drury Lane Theatre._


GENTLEMEN,

Happening to be wool-gathering at the foot of Mount Parnassus, I was
suddenly seized with a violent travestie in the head. The first symptoms
I felt were several triple rhymes floating about my brain, accompanied by
a singing in my throat, which quickly communicated itself to the ears of
everybody about me, and made me a burthen to my friends, and a torment
to Doctor Apollo, three of whose favourite servants, that is to say,
Macbeth, his butcher, Mrs. Haller, his cook, and George Barnwell, his
book-keeper, I waylaid in one of my fits of insanity, and mauled after
a very frightful fashion. In this woeful crisis I accidentally heard
of your invaluable New Patent Hissing Pit, which cures every disorder
incident to Grub Street. I send you enclosed a more detailed specimen of
my case; if you could mould it into the shape of an Address to be said
or sung on the first night of your performance, I have no doubt that I
should feel the immediate effects of your invaluable New Patent Hissing
Pit, of which they tell me one hiss is a dose.

    I am, &c.
    MOMUS MEDLAR.



CASE NO. I.


MACBETH.

     _Enter_ MACBETH _in a red nightcap_. PAGE _following with a torch_.

    Go, boy, and thy good mistress tell
    (She knows that my purpose is cruel),
    I'd thank her to tingle her bell,
    As soon as she's heated my gruel.
    Go, get thee to bed and repose,
    To sit up so late is a scandal;
    But ere you have ta'en off your clothes,
    Be sure that you put out that candle.
                               Ri fol de rol tol de rol lol.

    My stars, in the air here's a knife!
    I'm sure it cannot be a hum;
    I'll catch at the handle, add's life,
    And then I shall not cut my thumb.
    I've got him!--no, at him again,
    Come, come, I'm not fond of these jokes:
    This must be some blade of the brain:
    Those witches are given to hoax.

    I've one in my pocket, I know,
    My wife left on purpose behind her,
    She bought this of Teddy-high-ho,
    The poor Caledonian grinder.
    I see thee again! o'er thy middle
    Large drops of red blood now are spill'd,
    Just as much as to say diddle diddle,
    Good Duncan pray come and be kill'd.

    It leads to his chamber, I swear;
    I tremble and quake every joint;
    No dog at the scent of a hare
    Ever yet made a cleverer point.
    Ah, no! 'twas a dagger of straw--
    Give me blinkers to save me from starting;
    The knife that I thought that I saw,
    Was nought but my eye, Betty Martin.

    Now o'er this terrestrial hive
    A life paralytic is spread,
    For while the one half is alive,
    The other is sleepy and dead.
    King Duncan in grand majesty
    Has got my state bed for a snooze,
    I've lent him my slippers, so I
    May certainly stand in his shoes.

    Blow softly, ye murmuring gales,
    Ye feet rouse no echo in walking,
    For though a dead man tells no tales,
    Dead walls are much given to talking.
    This knife shall be in at the death,
    I'll stick him, then off safely get.
    Cries the world, this could not be Macbeth,
    For he'd ne'er stick at anything yet.

    Hark, hark, 'tis the signal by goles,
    It sounds like a funeral knell:
    O hear it not, Duncan, it tolls
    To call thee to heaven or hell.
    Or if you to heaven won't fly,
    But rather prefer Pluto's ether,
    Only wait a few years till I die,
    And we'll go to the devil together,
                                          Ri fol de rol, &c.



CASE NO. II.


THE STRANGER.

    Who has e'er been at Drury must needs know the Stranger,
    A wailing old Methodist, gloomy and wan,
    A husband suspicious, his wife acted Ranger,
    She took to her heels, and left poor Hypochon.
    Her martial gallant swore that truth was a libel,
    That marriage was thraldom, elopement no sin;
    Quoth she, "I remember the words of my Bible,
    My spouse is a Stranger, and I'll take him in."
      With my sentimentalibus lachrymæ roar'em,
      And pathos and bathos delightful to see;
      And chop and change ribs a-la-mode Germanorum,
      And high diddle ho diddle, pop tweedle dee.

    To keep up her dignity, no longer rich enough,
    Where was her plate? why 'twas laid on the shelf.
    Her land fuller's earth, and her great riches kitchen stuff,
    Dressing the dinner instead of herself.
    No longer permitted in diamonds to sparkle,
    Now plain Mrs. Haller, of servants the dread,
    With a heart full of grief and a pan full of charcoal,
    She lighted the company up to their bed.

    Incensed at her flight, her poor hubby in dudgeon
    Roam'd after his rib in a gig and a pout,
    Till, tired with his journey, the peevish curmudgeon,
    Sat down and blubber'd just like a church spout.
    One day on a bench as dejected and sad he laid,
    Hearing a squash, he cried, "Hullo, what's that?"
    'Twas a child of the Count's, in whose service lived Adelaide,
    Soused in the river and squalled like a cat.

    Having drawn his young excellence up to the bank, it
    Appear'd that himself was all dripping, I swear,
    No wonder he soon became dry as a blanket,
    Exposed as he was to the Count's _son_ and _heir_.
    "Dear sir," quoth the Count, "in reward of your valour,
    To show that my gratitude is not mere talk,
    You shall eat a beefsteak which my cook, Mrs. Haller,
    Cut from the rump with her own knife and fork."

    Behold, now the Count gave the Stranger a dinner,
    With gunpowder tea, which you know brings a ball,
    And, thin as he was, that he might not grow thinner,
    He made of the Stranger no stranger at all;
    At dinner fair Adelaide brought up a chicken,
    A bird that she never had met with before,
    But, seeing him, scream'd, and was carried off, kicking,
    And he bang'd his nob 'gainst the opposite door.

    To finish my tale without roundaboutation,
    Young master and missee besieged their papa,
    They sung a quartetto in grand blubberation;
    The Stranger cried "Oh!" Mrs. Haller cried "Ah!"
    Though pathos and sentiment largely are dealt in,
    I have no good moral to give in exchange,
    For though she as a cook might be given to melting,
    The Stranger's behaviour was certainly strange,
      With his sentimentalibus lachrymæ roar'em,
      And pathos and bathos delightful to see,
      And chop and change ribs a-la-mode Germanorum,
      And high diddle ho diddle, pop tweedle dee.



CASE NO. III.


GEORGE BARNWELL.

    George Barnwell stood at the shop door,
    A customer hoping to find, sir;
    His apron was hanging before,
    But the tail of his coat was behind, sir.
    A lady so painted and smart,
    Cried, "Sir, I've exhausted my stock o' late,
    I've got nothing left but a groat,
    Could you give me four penn'orth of chocolate?
            Rum ti, &c.

    Her face was rouged up to the eyes,
    Which made her look prouder and prouder,
    His hair stood on end with surprise,
    And hers with pomatum and powder.
    The business was soon understood;
    The lady, who wish'd to be more rich,
    Cries, "Sweet sir, my name is Milwood,
    And I lodge at the Gunner's, in Shoreditch."
            Rum ti, &c.

    Now nightly he stole out, good lack,
    And into her lodging would pop, sir,
    And often forgot to come back,
    Leaving master to shut up the shop, sir,
    Her beauty his wits did bereave;
    Determin'd to be quite the crack O,
    He lounged at the Adam and Eve,
    And call'd for his gin and tobacco.
            Rum ti, &c.

    And now (for the truth must be told)
    Though none of a 'prentice should speak ill,
    He stole from the till all the gold,
    And ate the lump sugar and treacle.
    In vain did his master exclaim,
    "Dear George, don't engage with that Dragon,
    She'll lead you to sorrow and shame,
    And leave you the devil a rag on
            Your Rum ti," &c.

    In vain he entreats and implores
    The weak and incurable ninny,
    So kicks him at last out of doors,
    And Georgy soon spends his last guinea.
    His uncle, whose generous purse
    Had often relieved him, as I know,
    Now finding him grow worse and worse,
    Refused to come down with the rhino.
            Rum ti, &c.

    Cried Milwood, whose cruel heart's core,
    Was so flinty that nothing could shock it,
    "If ye mean to come here any more,
    Pray come with more cash in your pocket.
    Make nunky surrender his dibs,
    Rub his pate with a pair of lead towels,
    Or stick a knife into his ribs,
    I'll warrant he'll then show some bowels."
            Rum ti, &c.

    A pistol he got from his love,
    'Twas loaded with powder and bullet,
    He trudged off to Camberwell Grove,
    But wanted the courage to pull it.
    "There's nunky as fat as a hog,
    While I am as lean as a lizard;
    Here's at you! you stingy old dog!"
    And he whips a long knife in his gizzard.
            Rum ti, &c.

    All you who attend to my song,
    A terrible end of the farce shall see,
    If you join the inquisitive throng
    That followed poor George to the Marshalsea.
    "If Milwood were here, dash my wigs!"
    Quoth he, "I would pummel and lam her well!
    Had I stuck to my prunes and my figs,
    I ne'er had stuck nunky at Camberwell."
            Rum ti, &c.

    Their bodies were never cut down,
    For granny relates with amazement,
    A witch bore 'em over the town
    And hung them on Thorowgood's casement.
    The neighbours, I've heard the folks say,
    The miracle noisily brag on,
    And the shop is to this very day,
    The sign of the George and the Dragon.
            Rum ti, &c.



PUNCH'S APOTHEOSIS.

BY T. H.

    Rhymes the rudders are of verses,
    With which, like ships, they steer their courses.--HUDIBRAS.

     _Scene draws, and discovers_ PUNCH _on a throne surrounded by_
     LEAR, LADY MACBETH, MACBETH, OTHELLO, GEORGE BARNWELL, HAMLET,
     GHOST, MACHEATH, JULIET, FRIAR, APOTHECARY, ROMEO, _and_
     FALSTAFF.--PUNCH _descends, and addresses them in the following_


RECITATIVE.

    As manager of horses Mr. Merryman is,
    So I with you am master of the ceremonies,--
    These grand rejoicings, let me see, how name ye 'em?
    Oh, in Greek lingo 'tis E--pi--thalamium.
    October's tenth it is, toss up each hat to-day,
    And celebrate with shouts our opening Saturday.
    On this great night 'tis settled by our manager,
    That we, to please great Johnny Bull, should plan a jeer,
    Dance a bang-up theatrical cotillon,
    And put on tuneful Pegasus a pillion;
    That every soul, whether or not a cough he has,
    May kick like Harlequin, and sing like Orpheus.
    So come, ye pupils of Sir John Gallini,
    Spin up a teetotum like Angiollini;
    That John and Mrs. Bull from ale and teahouses,
    May shout huzza for Punch's Apotheosis!
                                        [_They dance and sing._


AIR--"_Sure such a day._"--TOM THUMB.

    _Lear._ Dance, Regan, dance with Cordelia and Goneril,
    Down the middle, up again, poussette, and cross;
    Stop Cordelia, do not tread upon her heel,
    Regan feeds on coltsfoot, and kicks like a horse.
    See, she twists her mutton fists like Molyneux or Beelzebub,
    And t'other's clack, who pats her back, is louder far than Hell's
      hubbub.
    They tweak my nose, and round it goes, I fear they'll break the ridge
      of it.
    Or leave it all just like Vauxhall, with only half the bridge of it.

    _Omnes._ Round let us bound, for this is Punch's holiday,
    Glory to tomfoolery. Huzza! huzza!

    _Lady Macbeth._ I kill'd the King, my husband is a heavy dunce,
    He left the grooms unmassacred, then massacred the stud,
    One loves long gloves, for mittens, like King's evidence,
    Let truth with the fingers out, and won't hide blood.

    _Macbeth._ When spooneys on two knees implore the aid of sorcery.
    To suit their wicked purposes they quickly put the laws awry,
    With Adam I in wife may vie, for none could tell the use of her,
    Except to cheapen golden pippins hawk'd about by Lucifer.

    _Omnes._ Round let us bound, for this is Punch's holiday,
    Glory to tomfoolery. Huzza! huzza!

    _Othello._ Wife, come to life, forgive what your black lover did,
    Spit the feathers from your mouth and munch roast beef;
    Iago he may go and be toss'd in the coverlid,
    That smother'd you because you pawn'd my handkerchief.

    _Geo. Barnwell._ Why, neger, so eager about your rib immaculate?
    Milwood shows for hanging us they've got an ugly knack o' late;
    If on beauty stead of duty but one peeper bent he sees,
    Satan waits with Dolly baits to hook in us apprentices.

    _Omnes._ Round let us bound, for this is Punch's holiday,
    Glory to tomfoolery. Huzza! huzza!

    _Hamlet._ I'm Hamlet in camlet, my ap and perihelia,
    The moon can fix which lunatics makes sharp or flat.
    I stuck by ill-luck, enamour'd of Ophelia,
    Old Polony like a sausage, and exclaim'd, "Rat! Rat!"

    _Ghost._ Let Gertrude sup the poisoned cup, no more I'll be an
      actor in
    Such sorry food, but drink home-brew'd of Whitbread's manufacturing.

    _Macheath._ I'll Polly it, and folly it, and dance it quite the
      dandy O,
    But as for tunes I have but one, and that is "Drops of Brandy O."

    _Omnes._ Round let us bound, for this is Punch's holiday,
    Glory to tomfoolery. Huzza! huzza!

    _Juliet._ I'm Juliet Capulet, who took a dose of hellebore,
    A Hell-of-a-bore I found it to put on a pall.

    _Friar._ And I am the friar who so corpulent a belly bore.

    _Apothecary._ And that is why poor skinny I have none at all.

    _Romeo._ I'm the resurrection man of buried bodies amorous.

    _Falstaff._ I'm fagg'd to death, and out of breath, and am for
      quiet clamorous,
    For though my paunch is round and staunch, I ne'er begin to fill it
      ere I
    Feel that I have no stomach left for entertainment military.

    _Omnes._ Round let us bound, for this is Punch's holiday,
    Glory to tomfoolery. Huzza! huzza!       [_Exeunt dancing._



ODES AND ADDRESSES TO GREAT PEOPLE.

(1825.)



ODE TO MR. GRAHAM.

THE AERONAUT.

    Up with me!--up with me into the sky!--

        WORDSWORTH--ON A LARK:


I.

    Dear Graham, whilst the busy crowd,
    The vain, the wealthy, and the proud,
      Their meaner flights pursue,
    Let us cast off the foolish ties
    That bind us to the earth, and rise
      And take a bird's-eye view!


II.

    A few more whiffs of my cigar
    And then, in Fancy's airy car,
      Have with thee for the skies:
    How oft this fragrant smoke upcurl'd
    Hath borne me from this little world,
      And all that in it lies!


III.

    Away!--away!--the bubble fills--
    Farewell to earth and all its hills!--
      We seem to cut the wind!--
    So high we mount, so swift we go,
    The chimney-tops are far below,
      The Eagle's left behind!


IV.

    Ah me! my brain begins to swim!--
    The world is growing rather dim;
      The steeples and the trees--
    My wife is getting very small!
    I cannot see my babe at all!--
      The Dollond, if you please!--


V.

    Do, Graham, let me have a quiz,
    Lord! what a Lilliput it is,
      That little world of Mogg's!--
    Are those the London Docks?--that channel,
    The mighty Thames?--a proper kennel
      For that small Isle of Dogs!


VI.

    What is that seeming tea-urn there!
    That fairy dome, St. Paul's!--I swear,
      Wren must have been a wren!--
    And that small stripe?--it cannot be
    The City Road!--Good lack? to see
      The little ways of men!


VII.

    Little, indeed!--my eyeballs ache
    To find a turnpike. I must take
      Their tolls upon my trust!--
    And where is mortal labour gone?
    Look, Graham, for a little stone
      MacAdamized to dust!


VIII.

    Look at the horses!--less than flies!--
    Oh, what a waste it was of sighs
      To wish to be a Mayor!
    What is the honour?--none at all,
    One's honour must be very small
      For such a civic chair!


IX.

    And there's Guildhall!--'tis far aloof--
    Methinks, I fancy thro' the roof
      Its little guardian Gogs,
    Like penny dolls--a tiny show!--
    Well,--I must say they're ruled below.
      By very little logs!


X.

    Oh! Graham, how the upper air
    Alters the standards of compare;
      One of our silken flags
    Would cover London all about--
    Nay, then--let's even empty out
      Another brace of bags!


XI.

    Now for a glass of bright champagne
    Above the clouds!--Come, let us drain
      A bumper as we go!
    But hold!--for God's sake do not cant
    The cork away--unless you want
      To brain your friends below.


XII.

    Think! what a mob of little men
    Are crawling just within our ken,
      Like mites upon a cheese!
    Pshaw!--how the foolish sight rebukes
    Ambitious thoughts!--can there be _Dukes_
      Of _Gloster_ such as these!


XIII.

    Oh! what is glory?--what is fame?
    Hark to the little mob's acclaim,
      'Tis nothing but a hum!
    A few near gnats would trump as loud
    As all the shouting of a crowd
      That has so far to come!


XIV.

    Well--they are wise that choose the near,
    A few small buzzards in the ear,
      To organs ages hence!--
    Ah me, how distance touches all;
    It makes the true look rather small,
      But murders poor pretence.


XV.

    "The world recedes!--it disappears!
    Heav'n open on my eyes--my ears
      With buzzing noises ring!"
    A fig for Southey's Laureate lore!--
    What's Rogers here?--who cares for Moore
      That hears the angels sing!


XVI.

    A fig for earth, and all its minions!--
    We are above the world's opinions,
      Graham! we'll have our own!--
    Look what a vantage height we've got!--
    Now----_do_ you think Sir Walter Scott
      Is such a Great Unknown?


XVII.

    Speak up!--or hath he hid his name
    To crawl thro' "subways" into fame,
      Like Williams of Cornhill?--
    Speak up, my lad!--when men run small
    We'll show what's little in them all,
      Receive it how they will!


XVIII.

    Think now of Irving!--shall he preach
    The princes down--shall he impeach
      The potent and the rich,
    Merely on ethic stilts,--and I
    Not moralize at two miles high
      The true didactic pitch!


XIX.

    Come:--what d'ye think of Jeffrey, sir?
    Is Gifford such a Gulliver
      In Lilliput's Review,
    That like Colossus he should stride
    Certain small brazen inches wide
      For poets to pass through?


XX.

    Look down! the world is but a spot.
    Now say--Is Blackwood's _low_ or not,
      For all the Scottish tone?
    It shall not weigh us here--not where
    The sandy burden's lost in air--
      Our lading--where is't flown!


XXI.

    Now,--like you Croly's verse indeed--
    In heaven--where one cannot read
      The "Warren" on a wall?
    What think you here of that man's fame?
    Tho' Jerdan magnified his name,
      To me 'tis very small!


XXII.

    And, truly, is there such a spell
    In those three letters, L. E. L.,
      To witch a world with song?
    On clouds the Byron did not sit,
    Yet dared on Shakespeare's head to spit,
      And say the world was wrong!


XXIII.

    And shall not we?   Let's think aloud!
    Thus being couch'd upon a cloud,
      Graham, we'll have our eyes!
    We felt the great when we were less,
    But we'll retort on littleness
      Now we are in the skies.


XXIV.

    O Graham, Graham, how I blame
    The bastard blush,--the petty shame,
      That used to fret me quite,--
    The little sores I cover'd then,
    No sores on earth, nor sorrows when
      The world is out of sight!


XXV.

    _My_ name is Tims. I am the man
    That North's unseen diminish'd clan
      So scurvily abused!
    I am the very P. A. Z.
    The London's Lion's small pin's head
      So often hath refused!


XXVI.

    Campbell--(you cannot see him here)--
    Hath scorn'd my _lays_:--do his appear
      Such great eggs from the sky?
    And Longman, and his lengthy Co.
    Long, only, in a little Row,
      Have thrust my poems by!


XXVII.

    What else?--I'm poor, and much beset
    With petty duns--that is--in debt
      Some grains of golden dust!
    But only worth, above, is worth.
    What's all the credit of the earth?
      An inch of cloth on trust!


XXVIII.

    What's Rothschild here, that wealthy man!
    Nay, worlds of wealth?--Oh, if you can
      Spy out,--the _Golden Ball!_
    Sure as we rose, all money sank:
    What's gold or silver now?--the Bank
      Is gone--the 'Change and all!


XXIX.

    What's all the ground-rent of the globe?--
    Oh, Graham, it would worry Job
      To hear its landlords prate!
    But after this survey, I think
    I'll ne'er be bullied more, nor shrink
      From men of large estate!


XXX.

    And less, still less, will I submit
    To poor mean acres' worth of wit--
      I that have Heaven's span--
    I that like Shakespeare's self may dream
    Beyond the very clouds, and seem
      An Universal Man!


XXXI.

    Oh, Graham, mark those gorgeous crowds!
    Like birds of paradise the clouds
      Are winging on the wind!
    But what is grander than their range?
    More lovely than their sunset change?--
      The free creative mind!


XXXII.

    Well! the Adults' School's in the air!
    The greatest men are lesson'd there
      As well as the lessee!
    Oh could earth's Ellistons thus small
    Behold the greatest stage of all,
      How humbled they would be!


XXXIII.

    "Oh would some god the giftie gie 'em,
    To see themselves as others see 'em,"
      'Twould much abate their fuss!
    If they could think that from the skies
    They are as little in our eyes
      As they can think of us!


XXXIV.

    Of us! are _we_ gone out of sight?
    Lessen'd! diminish'd! vanish'd quite!
      Lost to the tiny town!
    Beyond the Eagle's ken--the grope
    Of Dollond's longest telescope!
      Graham! we're going down!


XXXV.

    Ah me! I've touch'd a string that opes
    The airy valve!--the gas elopes--
      Down goes our bright balloon!--
    Farewell the skies! the clouds! I smell
    The lower world! Graham, farewell,
      Man of the silken moon!


XXXVI.

    The earth is close! the City nears--
    Like a burnt paper it appears,
      Studded with tiny sparks!
    Methinks I hear the distant rout
    Of coaches rumbling all about--
      We're close above the Parks!


XXXVII.

    I hear the watchmen on their beats,
    Hawking the hour about the streets.
      Lord! what a cruel jar
    It is upon the earth to light!
    Well--there's the finish of our flight!
      I've smoked my last cigar!



ODE TO MR. M'ADAM.

Let us take to the road!--BEGGAR'S OPERA.


I.

                        M'adam, hail!
    Hail, Roadian! hail, Colossus! who dost stand
    Striding ten thousand turnpikes on the land!
        Oh, universal Leveller! all hail!
    To thee, a good, yet stony-hearted man,
      The kindest one, and yet the flintiest going--
    To thee--how much for thy commodious plan,
      Lanark Reformer of the Ruts, is Owing!
                        The Bristol mail
    Gliding o'er ways, hitherto deem'd invincible,
      When carrying patriots now shall never fail
    Those of the most "_unshaken_ public principle."
          Hail to thee, Scott of Scots!
    Thou northern light, amid those heavy men!
    Foe to Stonehenge, yet friend to all beside,
    Thou scatter'st flints and favours far and wide,
          From palaces to cots;
        Dispenser of coagulated good!
        Distributor of granite and of food!
    Long may thy fame its even path march on,
        E'en when thy sons are dead!
    Best benefactor! though thou giv'st a stone
        To those who ask for bread!


II.

    Thy first great trial in this mighty town
    Was, if I rightly recollect, upon
      That gentle hill which goeth
    Down from "the County" to the Palace gate,
      And, like a river, thanks to thee, now floweth
    Past the Old Horticultural Society,--
    The chemist Cobb's, the house of Howell and James,
    Where ladies play high shawl and satin games--
                    A little _Hell_ of lace!
    And past the Athenæum, made of late,
                    Severs a sweet variety
    Of milliners and booksellers who grace
                    Waterloo Place,
    Making division, the Muse fears and guesses,
    'Twixt Mr. Rivington's and Mr. Hessey's.
    Thou stood'st thy trial, Mac! and shav'd the road
    From Barber Beaumont's to the King's abode
    So well, that paviours threw their rammers by,
    Let down their tuck'd shirt-sleeves, and with a sigh
    Prepar'd themselves, poor souls, to chip or die!


III.

    Next, from the palace to the prison, thou
      Didst go, the highway's watchman, to thy beat,--
      Preventing though the _rattling_ in the street,
                     Yet kicking up a row,
    Upon the stones--ah! truly watchman-like,
    Encouraging thy victims all to strike,
      To further thy own purpose, Adam, daily;--
    Thou hast smooth'd, alas, the path to the Old Bailey!
          And to the stony bowers
    Of Newgate, to encourage the approach,
          By caravan or coach,--
    Hast strew'd the way with flints as soft as flowers.


IV.

          Who shall dispute thy name!
    Insculpt in stone in every street,
          We soon shall greet
      Thy trodden down, yet all unconquer'd fame!
    Where'er we take, even at this time, our way,
    Nought see we, but mankind in open air,
    Hammering thy fame, as Chantrey would not dare;
          And with a patient care,
    Chipping thy immortality all day!
    Demosthenes, of old,--that rare old man,--
    Prophetically, _follow'd_, Mac! thy plan:--
            For he, we know
            (History says so),
    Put _pebbles_ in his mouth when he would speak
            The _smoothest_ Greek!


V.

      It is "impossible, and cannot be,"
        But that thy genius hath,
        Beside the turnpike, many another path
      Trod, to arrive at popularity.
    O'er Pegasus, perchance, thou hast thrown a thigh,
    Nor ridden a roadster only;--mighty Mac!
    And 'faith I'd swear, when on that winged hack,
    Thou hast observ'd the highways in the sky!
    Is the path up Parnassus rough and steep,
      And "hard to climb," as Dr. B. would say?
    Dost think it best for sons of song to keep
      The noiseless _tenor_ of their way? (see Gray).
    What line of road _should_ poets take to bring
      Themselves unto those waters, lov'd the first!--
    Those waters which can wet a man to sing!
      Which, like thy fame, "from _granite_ basins burst,
      Leap into life, and, sparkling, woo the thirst?"


VI.

      That thou'rt a proser, even thy birthplace might
      Vouchsafe;--and Mr. Cadell _may_, God wot,
      Have paid thee many a pound for many a blot,--


            Cadell's a wayward wight!
    Although no Walter, still thou art a Scot,
    And I can throw, I think, a little light
    Upon some works thou hast written for the town,--
    And publish'd, like a Lilliput Unknown!
      "Highways and Byeways" is thy book, no doubt
            (One whole edition's out),
              And next, for it is fair
                  That Fame,
      Seeing her children, should confess she had 'em;--
      "Some _Passages_ from the life of Adam Blair"--
        (Blair is a Scottish name),
      What are they, but thy own good roads, M'Adam?


VII.

                O! indefatigable labourer
    In the paths of men! when thou shalt die, 'twill be
    A mark of thy surpassing industry,
      That of the monument, which men shall rear
    Over thy most inestimable bone,
    Thou didst thy very self lay the first stone!
    Of a right ancient line thou comest,--through
    Each crook and turn we trace the unbroken clue,
    Until we see thy sire before our eyes,
    Rolling his gravel walks in Paradise!
    But he, our great Mac Parent, err'd, and ne'er
          Have our walks since been fair!
    Yet Time, who, like the merchant, lives on 'Change,
    For ever varying, through his varying range,
          Time maketh all things even!
    In this strange world, turning beneath high heaven!
      He hath redeem'd the Adams, and contriv'd--
          (How are Time's wonders hiv'd!)
      In pity to mankind, and to befriend 'em--
          (Time is above all praise)
    That he, who first did make our evil ways,
    Reborn in Scotland, should be first to mend 'em!



ODE TO THE GREAT UNKNOWN.

O breathe not his name!--MOORE.


I.

              Thou Great Unknown!
    I do not mean Eternity nor Death,
              That vast incog!
    For I suppose thou hast a living breath,
    Howbeit we know not from whose lung 'tis blown,
              Thou man of fog!
    Parent of many children--child of none!
              Nobody's son!
    Nobody's daughter--but a parent still!
    Still but an ostrich parent of a batch
    Of orphan eggs,--left to the world to hatch.
              Superlative Nil!
    A vox and nothing more,--yet not Vauxhall;
    A head in papers, yet without a curl!
              Not the Invisible Girl!
    No hand--but a hand-writing on a wall--
              A popular nonentity,
    Still call'd the same,--without identity!
              A lark, heard out of sight,--
    A nothing shin'd upon,--invisibly bright,
              "Dark with excess of light!"
    Constable's literary John-a-nokes--
    The real Scottish wizard--to no which,
              Nobody--in a niche;
              Every one's hoax!
              Maybe Sir Walter Scott--
                  Perhaps not!
    Why dost thou so conceal and puzzle curious folks?


II.

    Thou--whom the second-sighted never saw,
    The Master Fiction of fictitious history!
              Chief Nong tong paw!
    No mister in the world--and yet all mystery!
    The "tricksy spirit" of a Scotch Cock Lane--
    A _novel_ Junius puzzling the world's brain--
    A man of magic--yet no talisman!
    A man of clair obscure--not him o' the moon!
              A star--at noon.
    A non-descriptus in a caravan,
    A private--of no corps--a northern light
      In a dark lantern,--Bogie in a crape--
              A figure--but no shape;
              A vizor--and no knight;
      The real abstract hero of the age;
      The staple Stranger of the stage;
    A Some One made in every man's presumption,
    Frankenstein's monster--but instinct with gumption;
    Another strange state captive in the north,
      Constable-guarded in an iron mask--
                  Still let me ask,
              Hast thou no silver platter,
    No door-plate, or no card--or some such matter,
    To scrawl a name upon, and then cast forth?


III.

    Thou Scottish Barmecide, feeding the hunger
    Of Curiosity with airy gammon?
          Thou mystery-monger,
    Dealing it out like middle cut of salmon,
    That people buy and can't make head or tail of it
    (Howbeit that puzzle never hurts the sale of it);
    Thou chief of authors mystic and abstractical,
    That lay their proper bodies on the shelf--
    Keeping thyself so truly to thyself,
          Thou Zimmerman made practical!
    Thou secret fountain of a Scottish style,
              That, like the Nile,
    Hideth its source wherever it is bred,
          But still keeps disemboguing
          (Not disembroguing)
    Thro' such broad sandy mouths without a head!
    Thou disembodied author--not yet dead,--
    The whole world's literary Absentee!
          Ah! wherefore hast thou fled,
    Thou learned Nemo--wise to a degree,
          Anonymous LL.D.!


IV.

      Thou nameless captain of the nameless gang
    That do--and inquests cannot say who did it!
      Wert thou at Mrs. Donatty's death-pang?
    Hast thou made gravy of Wear's watch--or hid it?
    Hast thou a Blue Beard chamber? Heaven forbid it!
      I should be very loth to see thee hang!
    I hope thou hast an alibi well plann'd,
    An innocent, altho' an ink-black hand.
      Tho' thou hast newly turn'd thy private bolt on
        The curiosity of all invaders--
      I hope thou art merely closeted with Colton,
    Who knows a little of the _Holy Land_,
        Writing thy next new novel--The Crusaders!


V.

            Perhaps thou wert even born
    To be unknown. Perhaps hung, some foggy morn,
    At Captain Coram's charitable wicket,
              Penn'd to a ticket
    That Fate had made illegible, foreseeing
    The future great unmentionable being.
            Perhaps thou hast ridden
    A scholar poor on St. Augustine's back,
    Like Chatterton, and found a dusty pack
      Of Rowley novels in an old chest hidden;
    A little hoard of clever simulation,
      That took the town--and Constable has bidden
    Some hundred pounds for a continuation--
    To keep and clothe thee in genteel starvation.


VI.

    I liked thy Waverley--first of thy breeding;
        I like its modest "sixty years ago,"
    As if it was not meant for ages' reading.
            I don't like Ivanhoe,
    Tho' Dymoke does--it makes him think of clattering
        In iron overalls before the king,
    Secure from battering, to ladies flattering,
      Tuning his challenge to the gauntlets' ring--
    Oh better far than all that anvil clang
      It was to hear thee touch the famous string
    Of Robin Hood's tough bow and make it twang,
      Rousing him up, all verdant, with his clan,
            Like Sagittarian Pan!


VII.

    I like Guy Mannering--but not that sham son
    Of Brown. I like that literary Sampson,
    Nine-tenths a Dyer, with a smack of Porson.
    I like Dirk Hatteraick, that rough sea Orson
            That slew the Gauger;
    And Dandie Dinmont, like old Ursa Major;
    And Merrilies, young Bertram's old defender,
        That Scottish Witch of Endor,
    That doom'd thy fame. She was the Witch, I take it,
    To tell a great man's fortune--or to make it!


VIII.

    I like thy Antiquary. With his fit on,
      He makes me think of Mr. Britton,
    Who has--or had--within his garden wall,
    A _miniature Stone Henge_, so very small
        The sparrows find it difficult to sit on;
    And Dousterswivel, like Poyais' M'Gregor;
    And Edie Ochiltree, that old _Blue Beggar_,
              Painted so cleverly,
    I think thou surely knowest Mrs. Beverly!
    I like thy Barber--him that fir'd the _Beacon_--
    But that's a tender subject now to speak on!


IX.

      I like long-arm'd Rob Roy. His very charms
    Fashion'd him for renown! In sad sincerity,
      The man that robs or writes must have long arms,
    If he's to hand his deeds down to posterity!
    Witness Miss Biffin's posthumous prosperity!
    Her poor brown crumpled mummy (nothing more)
            Bearing the name she bore,
    A thing Time's tooth is tempted to destroy!
    But Roys can never die--why else, in verity,
    Is Paris echoing with "Vive le _Roy!_"
      Ay, Rob shall live again, and deathless Di
    Vernon, of course, shall often live again--
    Whilst there's a stone in Newgate, or a chain,
            Who can pass by
    Nor feel the Thief's in prison and at hand?
    There be Old Bailey Jarveys on the stand!


X.

      I like thy Landlord's Tales!--I like that Idol
    Of love and Lammermoor--the blue-eyed maid
    That led to church the mounted cavalcade,
      And then pull'd up with such a bloody bridal!
    Throwing equestrian Hymen on his haunches--
    I like the family--not silver, branches
            That hold the tapers
      To light the serious legend of Montrose.
    I like M'Aulay's second-sighted vapours,
    As if he could not walk or talk alone.
    Without the devil--or the Great Unknown--
      Dalgetty is the dearest of Ducrows!


XI.

    I like St. Leonard's Lily--drench'd with dew!
    I like thy Vision of the Covenanters,
    That bloody-minded Graham shot and slew.
          I like the battle lost and won,
          The hurly-burly's bravely done,
    The warlike gallops and the warlike _cant_ers!
    I like that girded chieftain of the ranters,
    Ready to preach down heathens, or to grapple,
          With one eye on his sword,
          And one upon the Word--
    How _he_ would cram the Caledonian Chapel!
    I like stern Claverhouse, though he doth dapple
      His raven steed with blood of many a corse--
    I like dear Mrs. Headrigg, that unravels
      Her texts of Scripture on a trotting horse--
    She is so like Rae Wilson when he travels!


XII.

    I like thy Kenilworth--but I'm not going
      To take a Retrospective Re-Review
    Of all thy dainty novels--merely showing
      The old familiar faces of a few,
          The question to renew,
    How thou canst leave such deeds without a name,
    Forego the unclaim'd dividends of fame,
    Forego the smiles of literary houris--
    Mid Lothian's trump, and Fife's shrill note of praise,
          And all the Carse of Gowrie's,
    When thou might'st have thy statue in Cromarty--
      Or see thy image on Italian trays,
    Betwixt Queen Caroline and Buonaparté,
      Be painted by the Titian of R.A.'s,
    Or vie in signboards with the Royal Guelph!
      Perhaps have thy bust set cheek by jowl with Homer's,
    Perhaps send out plaster proxies of thyself
      To other Englands with Australian roamers--
          Mayhap, in literary Owhyhee
          Displace the native wooden gods, or be
    The China-Lar of a Canadian shelf!


XIII.

      It is not modesty that bids thee hide--
    She never wastes her blushes out of sight:
            It is not to invite
    The world's decision, for thy fame is tried,--
    And thy fair deeds are scatter'd far and wide,
    Even royal heads are with thy readers reckon'd,--
      From men in trencher caps to trencher scholars
            In crimson collars,
    And learned serjeants in the forty-second!
    Whither by land or sea art thou not beckon'd?
    Mayhap exported from the Frith of Forth,
    Defying distance and its dim control;
      Perhaps read about Stromness, and reckon'd worth
    A brace of Miltons for capacious soul--
      Perhaps studied in the whalers, further north,
    And set above ten Shakespeares near the pole!


XIV.

    Oh, when thou writest by Aladdin's lamp,
    With such a giant genius at command,
          For ever at thy stamp,
    To fill thy treasury from Fairy Land,
    When haply thou might'st ask the pearly hand
    Of some great British Vizier's eldest daughter,
          Tho' princes sought her,
    And lead her in procession hymeneal,
    Oh, why dost thou remain a Beau Ideal!
    Why stay, a ghost, on the Lethean wharf,
    Envelop'd in Scotch mist and gloomy fogs?
    Why, but because thou art some puny dwarf,
    Some hopeless imp, like Riquet with the Tuft,
    Fearing, for all thy wit, to be rebuff'd,
    Or bullied by our great reviewing Gogs?


XV.

          What in this masquing age
    Maketh Unknowns so many and so shy?
          What but the critic's page?
    One hath a cast, he hides from the world's eye,
    Another hath a wen--he won't show where;
          A third has sandy hair,
    A hunch upon his back, or legs awry,
    Things for a vile reviewer to espy!
    Another hath a mangel-wurzel nose--
          Finally, this is dimpled,
      Like a pale crumpet face, or that is pimpled;
    Things for a monthly critic to expose--
    Nay, what is thy own case--that being small,
    Thou choosest to be nobody at all!


XVI.

    Well, thou art prudent, with such puny bones--
          E'en like Elshender, the mysterious elf,
          That shadowy revelation of thyself--
    To build thee a small hut of haunted stones--
    For certainly the first pernicious man
    That ever saw thee, would quickly draw thee
    In some vile literary caravan--
            Shown for a shilling
            Would be thy killing.
    Think of Crachami's miserable span!
    No tinier frame the tiny spark could dwell in
            Than there it fell in--
    But when she felt herself a show, she tried
    To shrink from the world's eye, poor dwarf! and died!


XVII.

        O since it was thy fortune to be born
    A dwarf on some Scotch _Inch_, and then to flinch
    From all the Gog-like jostle of great men.
          Still with thy small crow pen
    Amuse and charm thy lonely hours forlorn--
    Still Scottish story daintily adorn,
      Be still a shade--and when this age is fled,
    When we poor sons and daughters of reality
      Are in our graves forgotten and quite dead,
    And Time destroys our mottoes of morality,
    The lithographic hand of Old Mortality
    Shall still restore thy emblem on the stone,
          A featureless death's head,
    And rob Oblivion ev'n of the Unknown!



TO SYLVANUS URBAN, ESQUIRE,

EDITOR OF THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE.

    Dost thou not suspect my years?--

      MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.


I.

    Oh! Mr. Urban! never must _thou_ lurch
      A sober age made serious drunk by thee;
    Hop in thy pleasant way from church to church,
      And nurse thy little bald Biography.


II.

    Oh, my Sylvanus! what a heart is thine!
      And what a page attends thee! Long may I
    Hang in demure confusion o'er each line
      That asks thy little questions with a sigh!


III.

    Old tottering years have nodded to their falls,
      Like pensioners that creep about and die;
    But thou, Old Parr of periodicals,
      Livest in monthly immortality!


IV.

    How sweet!--as Byron of _his_ infant said,--
      "Knowledge of objects" in thine eye to trace;
    To see the mild no-meanings of thy head,
      Taking a quiet nap upon thy face!


V.

    How dear through thy Obituary to roam,
      And not a name of any name to catch!
    To meet thy Criticism walking home
      Averse from rows, and never calling "Watch!"


VI.

    Rich is thy page in soporific things,--
      Composing compositions,--lulling men,--
    Faded old posies of unburied rings,--
      Confessions dozing from an opiate pen:--


VII.

    Lives of Right Reverends that have never liv'd,--
      Deaths of good people that have really died,--
    Parishioners,--hatch'd, husbanded, and wiv'd,--
      Bankrupts and Abbots breaking side by side!


VIII.

    The sacred query,--the remote response,--
      The march of serious mind, extremely slow,--
    The graver's cut at some right aged sconce,
      Famous for nothing many years ago!


IX.

    B. asks of C. if Milton e'er did write
      "Comus," obscured beneath some Ludlow lid;--
    And C., next month, an answer doth indite,
      Informing B. that Mr. Milton did!


X.

    X. sends the portrait of a genuine flea,
      Caught upon Martin Luther years agone;
    And Mr. Parkes, of Shrewsbury, draws a bee,
      Long dead, that gather'd honey for King John.


XI.

    There is no end of thee,--there is no end,
      Sylvanus, of thy A, B, C, D-merits!
    Thou dost, with alphabets, old walls attend,
      And poke the letters into holes, like ferrets.


XII.

    Go on, Sylvanus!--Bear a wary eye,
      The churches cannot yet be quite run out!
    Some parishes must yet have been pass'd by,--
      There's Bullock-Smithy has a church no doubt!


XIII.

    Go on--and close the eyes of distant ages!
      Nourish the names of the undoubted dead!
    So epicures shall pick thy lobster-pages,
      Heavy and lively, though but seldom _red_.


XIV.

    Go on! and thrive! Demurest of odd fellows!
      Bottling up dulness in an ancient binn!
    Still live! still prose!--continue still to tell us
      Old truths! no strangers, though we take them in!



AN ADDRESS TO THE STEAM WASHING COMPANY.

    _Archer._ How many are there, Scrub?
    _Scrub._ Five-and-forty, Sir.--BEAUX STRATAGEM.

    For shame--let the linen alone!--M. W. OF WINDSOR.


    Mr. Scrub--Mr. Slop--or whoever you be!
    The Cock of Steam Laundries,--the head Patentee
    Of Associate Cleansers,--chief founder and prime
    Of the firm for the wholesale distilling of grime--
    Co-partners and dealers, in linen's propriety--
    That make washing public--and wash in society--
    O lend me your ear! if that ear can forego,
    For a moment, the music that bubbles below,--
    From your new Surrey Geisers[216] all foaming and hot,--
    That soft "_simmer's_ sang" so endear'd to the Scot--
    If your hands may stand still, or your steam without danger--
    If your suds will not cool, and a mere simple stranger,
    Both to you and to washing, may put in a rub--
    O wipe out your Amazon arms from the tub--
    And lend me your ear,--Let me modestly plead
    For a race that your labours may soon supersede--
    For a race that, now washing no living affords--
    Like Grimaldi must leave their aquatic old boards,
    Not with pence in their pockets to keep them at ease,
    Not with bread in the funds--or investments of cheese--
    But to droop like sad willows that liv'd by a stream,
    Which the sun has suck'd up into vapour and steam.
    Ah, look at the laundress, before you begrudge
    Her hard daily bread to that laudable drudge;
    When chanticleer singeth his earliest matins,
    She slips her amphibious feet in her pattens,
    And beginneth her toil while the morn is still grey,
    As if she was washing the night into day--
    Not with sleeker or rosier fingers Aurora
    Beginneth to scatter the dewdrops before her;
    Not Venus that rose from the billow so early,
    Look'd down on the foam with a forehead more _pearly_[217]--
    Her head is involv'd in an aërial mist,
    And a bright-beaded bracelet encircles her wrist;
    Her visage glows warm with the ardour of duty;
    She's Industry's moral--she's all moral beauty!
    Growing brighter and brighter at every rub--
    Would any man ruin her?    No, Mr. Scrub!
    No man that is manly would work her mishap--
    No man that is manly would covet her cap--
    Nor her apron--her hose--nor her gown made of stuff--
    Nor her gin, nor her tea, nor her wet pinch of snuff!
    Alas! so _she_ thought, but that slippery hope
    Has betrayed her, as tho' she had trod on her soap!
    And she--whose support, like the fishes that fly,
    Was to have her fins wet, must now drop from her sky;
    She whose living it was, and a part of her fare,
    To be damp'd once a day, like the great white sea bear,
    With her hands like a sponge, and her head like a mop--
    Quite a living absorbent that revell'd in slop--
    She that paddled in water, must walk upon sand,
    And sigh for her deeps like a turtle on land!

      Lo, then, the poor laundress, all wretched she stands,
    Instead of a counterpane, wringing her hands!
    All haggard and pinch'd, going down in life's vale,
    With no faggot for burning, like Allan-a-dale!
    No smoke from her flue--and no steam from her pane,
    Where once she watch'd heaven, fearing God and the rain--
    Or gaz'd o'er her bleach-field so fairly engross'd,
    Till the lines wander'd idle from pillar to post!
    Ah, where are the playful young pinners--ah, where
    The harlequin quilts that cut capers in air--
    The brisk waltzing stockings--the white and the black,
    That danc'd on the tight-rope, or swung on the slack--
    The light sylph-like garments, so tenderly pinn'd,
    That blew into shape, and embodied the wind!
    There was white on the grass--there was white on the spray--
    Her garden--it look'd like a garden of May!
    But now all is dark--not a shirt's on a shrub--
    You've ruin'd her prospects in life, Mr. Scrub!
    You've ruin'd her custom--now families drop her--
    From her silver reduc'd--nay, reduc'd from her _copper_!
    The last of her washing is done at her eye,
    One poor little 'kerchief that never gets dry!
    From mere lack of linen she can't lay a cloth,
    And boils neither barley nor alkaline broth;
    But her children come round her as victuals grow scant,
    And recall, with foul faces, the source of their want--
    When she thinks of their poor little mouths to be fed,
    And then thinks of her trade that is utterly dead,
    And even its pearlashes laid in the grave--
    Whilst her tub is a dry rotting, stave after stave,
    And the greatest of coopers, ev'n he that they dub
    Sir Astley, can't bind up her heart or her tub,--
    Need you wonder she curses your bones, Mr. Scrub!
    Need you wonder, when steam has depriv'd her of bread,
    If she prays that the evil may visit _your_ head--
    Nay, scald all the heads of your Washing Committee--
    If she wishes you all the soot blacks of the city--
    In short, not to mention all plagues without number,
    If she wishes you all in the _Wash_ at the Humber!

      Ah, perhaps, in some moment of drowth and despair,
    When her linen got scarce, and her washing grew rare--
    When the sum of her suds might be summ'd in a bowl,
    And the rusty cold iron quite enter'd her soul--
    When, perhaps, the last glance of her wandering eye
    Had caught the "Cock Laundresses' Coach" going by,
    Or her lines that hung idle, to waste the fine weather,
    And she thought of her wrongs and her rights both together,
    In a lather of passion that froth'd as it rose,
    Too angry for grammar, too lofty for prose,
    On her sheet--if a sheet were still left her--to write,
    Some remonstrance like this then, perchance, saw the light--


FOOTNOTES:

[Footnote 216: Geisers, the boiling springs in Iceland.]

[Footnote 217: Query, _purly_?--Printer's Devil.]



LETTER OF REMONSTRANCE

FROM BRIDGET JONES,

TO THE NOBLEMEN AND GENTLEMEN FORMING THE WASHING COMMITTEE.


    It's a shame, so it is,--men can't Let alone
    Jobs as is Woman's right to do--and go about there Own--
    Theirs Reforms enuff Alreddy without your new schools
    For washing to sit Up,--and push the Old Tubs from their stools!
    But your just like the Raddicals,--for upsetting of the Sudds
    When the world wagged well enuff--and Wommen washed your old
      dirty duds,
    I'm Certain sure Enuff your Ann Sisters had no stream Ingins,
      that's Flat,--
    But I Warrant your Four Fathers went as tidy and gentlemanny for
      all that--
    I suppose your the Family as lived in the Great Kittle
    I see on Clapham Commun, some times a very considerable period back
      when I were little,
    And they Said it went with Steem,--But that was a joke!
    For I never see none come of it,--that's out of it--but only
      sum Smoak--
    And for All your Power of Horses about your Ingins you never had
      but Two
    In my time to draw you About to Fairs--and curse you, you know
      that's true!
    And for All your fine Perspectuses,--howsomever you bewhich 'em,
    Theirs as Pretty ones off Primerows Hill, as ever a one at Mitchum,
    Thof I cant sea What Prospectives and washing has with one another
      to Do--
    It aant as if a Bird'seye Hankicher can take a Bird'shigh view!
    But Thats your lookout--I've not much to do with that--But pleas God
      to hold up fine,
    Id show you caps and pinners and small things as lillywhit as Ever
      crosst the Line
    Without going any Father off then Little Parodies Place,
    And Thats more than you Can--and Ill say it behind your face--
    But when Folks talks of washing, it ant for you too Speak,--
    As kept Dockter Pattyson out of his Shirt for a Weak!
    Thinks I, when I heard it--Well thear's a Pretty go!
    That comes o' not marking of things, or washing out the marks, and
      Huddling 'em up so!
    Till Their friends comes and owns them, like drownded corpeses in
      a Vault,
    But may Hap you havint Larn'd to spel--and that ant your Fault.
    Only you ought to leafe the Linnens to them as has larn'd,--
    For if it warnt for Washing,--and whare Bills is concarnd
    What's the Yuse, of all the world, for a Wommans Edication,
    And Their Being maid Schollards of Sundays--fit for any Cityation.

      Well, what I says is This--when every Kittle has its spout,
    Theirs no nead for Companys to puff steam about!
    To be sure its very Well, when Their ant enuff Wind
    For blowing up Boats with,--but not to hurt human kind
    Like that Pearkins with his Blunderbush, that's loaded with hot
      water,
    Thof a Sheriff might know Better, than make things for slaughter,
    As if War warnt Cruel enuff--wherever it befalls,
    Without shooting poor sogers, with sich scalding hot washing balls,--
    But thats not so Bad as a Sett of Bear Faced Scrubbs
    As joins their Sopes together, and sits up Stream rubbing Clubs,
    For washing Dirt Cheap,--and eating other Peple's grubs!
    Which is all verry Fine for you and your Patent Tea,
    But I wonders How Poor Wommen is to get Their Bo-He!
    They must drink Hunt wash (the only wash God nose there will be!)
    And their Little drop of Somethings as they takes for their Goods,
    When you and your Steam has ruined (G--d] forgive mee!) their lively
      Hoods,
    Poor Women as was born to Washing in their youth!
    And now must go and Larn other Buisnesses Four Sooth!
    But if so be They leave their Lines what are they to go at--
    They won't do for Angell's--nor any Trade like That,
    Nor we cant Sow Babby Work,--for that's all Bespoke,--
    For the Queakers in Bridle! and a vast of the confind Folk
    Do their own of Themselves--even the bettermost of em--aye, and even
      them of middling degrees--
    Why God help you Babby Linen ant Bread and Cheese!
    Nor we can't go a hammering the roads into Dust,
    But we must all go and be Bankers,--and that's what we must!
    God nose you oght to have more Concern for our Sects,
    When you nose you have suck'd us and hanged round our Mutherly necks,
    And remembers what you Owes to Wommen Besides washing--
    You ant, curse you, like Men to go a slushing and sloshing
    In mob caps, and pattins, adoing of Females Labers
    And prettily jear'd At you great Horse God Meril things, ant you now
      by you next door neighbours--
    Lawk I thinks I see you with your Sleaves tuckt up
    No more like Washing than is drownding of a Pupp--
    And for all Your Fine Water Works going round and round
    They'll scruntch your Bones some day--I'll be bound
    And no more nor be a gudgement,--for it cant come to good
    To sit up agin Providince, which your a doing,--nor not fit It should,
    For man warnt maid for Wommens starvation,
    Nor to do away Laundrisses as is Links of Creation--
    And can't be dun without in any Country But a Hottinpot Nation.
    Ah, I wish our Minister would take one of your Tubbs
    And preach a Sermon in it, and give you some good rubs--
    But I warrants you reads (for you cant spel we nose) nayther Bybills
      or Good Tracks,
    Or youd know better than Taking the Close off one's Backs--
    And let your neighbours oxin and Asses alone,--
    And every Thing thats hern,--and give every one their Hone!

      Well, its God for us All, and every Washer Wommen for herself,
    And so you might, without shoving any on us off the shelf,
    But if you warnt Noddis youd Let wommen abe
    And pull off Your Pattins,--and leave the washing to we
    That nose what's what--Or mark what I say,
    Youl make a fine Kittle of fish of Your Close some Day--
    When the Aulder men wants Their Bibs and their ant nun at all,
    And Crist mass cum--and never a Cloth to lay in Gild Hall,
    Or send a damp shirt to his Woship the Mare
    Till hes rumatiz Poor Man, and cant set uprite in his Chare--
    Besides Miss-Matching Larned Ladys Hose, as is sent for you not to
      wash (for you dont wash) but to stew
    And make Peples Stockins yeller as oght to be Blew
    With a vast more like That,--and all along of Steam
    Which warnt meand by Nater for any sich skeam--
    But thats your Losses and youl have to make It Good,
    And I cant say I'm Sorry afore God if you shoud,
    For men mought Get their Bread a great many ways
    Without taking ourn,--aye, and Moor to your Prays
    If You Was even to Turn Dust Men a dry sifting Dirt,
    But you oughtint to Hurt Them as never Did You no Hurt!

                            Yourn with Anymocity,

                                          BRIDGET JONES.



ODE TO R. W. ELLISTON, ESQUIRE,

THE GREAT LESSEE!

     _Rover._ Do you know, you villain, that I am this moment the
     greatest man living?--WILD OATS.


I.

    Oh! Great Lessee! Great Manager! Great Man!
    Oh, Lord High Elliston! Immortal Pan
    Of all the pipes that play in Drury Lane!
    Macready's master! Westminster's high _Dane_!
    As Galway Martin, in the House's walls,
    Hamlet and Doctor Ireland justly calls!
    Friend to the sweet and ever-smiling Spring!
    Magician of the lamp and prompter's ring!
    Drury's Aladdin! Whipper-in of Actors,
    Kicker of rebel-preface-malefactors!
    Glass-blowers' corrector! King of the cheque-taker!
    At once Great Leamington and Winston-Maker!
    Dramatic Bolter of plain Bunns and cakes!
    In silken _hose_ the most reform'd of _Rakes_!
    Oh, Lord High Elliston! lend me an ear!
    (Poole is away, and Williams shall keep clear)
    While I, in little slips of prose, not verse,
    Thy splendid course, as pattern-work, rehearse!


II.

    Bright was thy youth--thy manhood brighter still--
    The greatest Romeo upon Holborn Hill--
    Lightest comedian of the pleasant day,
    When Jordan threw her sunshine o'er a play!
    But these, though happy, were but subject times,
    And no man cares for bottom-steps that climbs--
    Far from my wish it is to stifle down
    The hours that saw thee snatch the Surrey crown!
    Tho' now thy hand a mightier sceptre wields,
    Fair was thy reign in sweet St. George's Fields.
    Dibdin was _Premier_--and a golden _age_
    For a short time enrich'd the subject stage.
    Thou hadst, than other Kings, more peace-and-plenty;
    Ours but one Bench could boast, but thou hadst twenty;
    But the times changed--and Booth-acting no more
    Drew Rulers' shillings to the gallery door.
    Thou didst, with bag and baggage, wander thence,
    Repentant, like thy neighbour Magdalens!


III.

    Next, the Olympic Games were tried, each feat
    Practis'd, the most bewitching in Wych Street.
    Charles had his royal ribaldry restor'd,
    And in a downright neighbourhood drank and whor'd;
    Rochester there in dirty ways again
    Revell'd--and liv'd once more in Drury Lane:
    But thou, R. W.! kept thy moral ways,
    Pit-lecturing 'twixt the farces and the plays,
    A lamplight Irving to the butcher boys
    That soil'd the benches and that made a noise:--
    "YOU,--in the back!--can scarcely hear a line!
    Down from those benches--butchers--they are MINE!"


IV.

    Lastly--and thou wert built for it by nature!--
    Crown'd was thy head in Drury Lane Th_ea_tre!
    Gentle George Robins saw that it was good,
    And renters cluck'd around thee in a brood.
    King thou wert made of Drury and of Kean!
    Of many a lady and of many a Quean!
    With Poole and Larpent was thy reign begun--
    But now thou turnest from the Dead and Dun,
    Hook's in thine eye, to write thy plays, no doubt,
    And Colman lives to cut the damnlet's out!
    Oh, worthy of the house! the King's commission!
    Isn't thy condition "a most bless'd condition?"
    Thou reignest over Winston, Kean, and all
    The very lofty and the very small--
    Showest the plumbless Bunn the way to kick--
    Keepest a Williams for thy veriest stick--
    Seest a Vestris in her sweetest moments,
    Without the danger of newspaper comments--
    Tellest Macready, as none dared before,
    Thine open mind from the half-open door!--
    (Alas! I fear he has left Melpomene's crown,
    To be a Boniface in Buxton town!)--
    Thou hold'st the watch, as half-price people know,
    And callest to them, to a moment, "Go!"
    Teachest the sapient Sapio how to sing--
    Hangest a cat most oddly by the wing--
    Hast known the length of a Cubitt-foot--and kiss'd
    The pearly whiteness of a Stephens' wrist--
    Kissing and pitying--tender and humane!
    "By heaven she loves me! Oh, it is too plain!"
    A sigh like this thy trembling passion slips,
    Dimpling the warm Madeira at thy lips!


V.

    Go on, Lessee! Go on, and prosper well!
    Fear not, though forty glass-blowers should rebel--
    Show them how thou hast long befriended them,
    And teach Dubois _their_ treason to condemn!
    Go on! addressing pits in prose and worse!
    Be long, be slow, be anything but terse--
    Kiss to the gallery the hand that's glov'd--
    Make Bunn the Great, and Winston the Belov'd,
    Go on--and but in this reverse the thing,
    Walk backward with wax lights before the King--
    Go on! Spring ever in thine eye! Go on!
    Hope's favourite child! ethereal Elliston!



ODE TO RICHARD MARTIN, ESQUIRE,

M.P. FOR GALWAY.


I.

          How many sing of wars,
          Of Greek and Trojan jars--
          The butcheries of men!
    The Muse hath a "Perpetual Ruby Pen!"
    Dabbling with heroes and the blood they spill;
          But no one sings the man
          That, like a pelican,
    Nourishes Pity with his tender _Bill_!


II.

          Thou Wilberforce of hacks!
          Of whites as well as blacks,
          Piebald and dapple gray,
            Chestnut and bay--
      No poet's eulogy thy name adorns!
          But oxen, from the fens,
          Sheep--in their pens,
    Praise thee, and red cows with their winding horns!
          Thou art sung on brutal pipes!
            Drovers may curse thee,
            Knackers asperse thee,
      And sly M.P.'s bestow their cruel wipes;
            But the old horse neighs thee,
            And zebras praise thee,
      Asses, I mean--that have as many stripes!


III.

    Hast thou not taught the drover to forbear,
    In Smithfield's muddy, murderous, vile environ,--
    Staying his lifted bludgeon in the air!
            Bullocks don't wear
            _Oxide_ of iron!
    The cruel Jarvy thou hast summon'd oft,
    Enforcing mercy on the coarse Yahoo,
    That thought his horse the _courser_ of the two--
      Whilst Swift smiled down aloft!--
    O worthy pair! for this, when ye inhabit
    Bodies of birds--(if so the spirit shifts
    From flesh to feather)--when the clown uplifts
    His hand against the sparrow's nest, to _grab_ it,--
    He shall not harm the MARTINS and the _Swifts_!


IV.

    Ah! when Dean Swift was _quick_, how he enhanc'd
    The horse!--and humbled biped man like Plato!
    But now he's dead, the charger is mischanc'd--
    Gone backward in the world--and not advanc'd,--
            Remember Cato!
    Swift was the horse's champion--not the King's,
            Whom Southey sings,
    Mounted on Pegasus--would he were thrown!
    He'll wear that ancient hackney to the bone,
    Like a mere clothes-horse airing royal things!
    Ah well-a-day! the ancients did not use
    Their steeds so cruelly!--let it debar men
    From wanton rowelling and whip's abuse--
          Look at the ancients' _Muse_!
            Look at their _Carmen_!


V.

          O, Martin! how thine eye--
      That one would think had put aside its lashes,--
            That can't bear gashes
    Thro' any horse's side, must ache to spy
    That horrid window fronting Fetter Lane,--
    For there's a nag the crows have pick'd for victual,
      Or some man painted in a bloody vein--
          Gods! is there no _Horse-spital_!
    That such raw shows must sicken the humane!
            Sure Mr. Whittle
            Loves thee but little,
    To let that poor horse linger in his _pane_!


VI.

      O build a Brookes's Theatre for horses!
    O wipe away the national reproach--
      And find a decent Vulture for their corses!
            And in thy funeral track
    Four sorry steeds shall follow in each coach!
      Steeds that confess "the luxury of _wo_!"
    True mourning steeds, in no extempore black,
            And many a wretched hack
    Shall sorrow for thee,--sore with kick and blow
    And bloody gash--it is the Indian knack--
    (Save that the savage is his own tormentor)--
    Banting shall weep too in his sable scarf--
    The biped woe the quadruped shall enter,
      And Man and Horse go half and half,
    As if their grief's met in a common _Centaur_!



ODE TO W. KITCHENER, M.D.

_Author of the Cook's Oracle--Observations on Vocal Music--the Art of
Invigorating and Prolonging Life--Practical Observations on Telescopes,
Opera Glasses, and Spectacles--the Housekeeper's Ledger--and the Pleasure
of Making a Will._

     I rule the roast, as Milton says!--CALEB QUOTEM.


I.

          Hail! multifarious man!
    Thou Wondrous, Admirable Kitchen Crichton!
            Born to enlighten
    The laws of optics, peptics, music, cooking--
    Master of the piano--and the pan--
    As busy with the kitchen as the skies!
            Now looking
    At some rich stew thro' Galileo's eyes,
    Or boiling eggs--timed to a metronome--
            As much at home
    In spectacles as in mere isinglass--
    In the art of frying brown--as a digression
    On music and poetical expression,--
    Whereas, how few of all our cooks, alas!
    Could tell Calliope from "Calliopee!"
          How few there be
    Could leave the lowest for the highest stories,
            (Observatories,)
    And turn, like thee, Diana's calculator,
    However _cook's_ synonymous with _Kater_![218]
        Alas! still let me say,
        How few could lay
    The carving-knife beside the tuning-fork,
    Like the proverbial _Jack_ ready for any work!


II.

    Oh, to behold thy features in thy book!
    Thy proper head and shoulders in a plate,
          How it would look!
    With one rais'd eye watching the dial's date,
    And one upon the roast, gently cast down--
          Thy chops--done nicely brown--
    The garnish'd brow--with "a few leaves of bay"--
          The hair--"done Wiggy's way!"
    And still one studious finger near thy brains,
          As if thou wert just come
          From editing some
    New soup--or hashing Dibdin's cold remains!
    Or, Orpheus-like--fresh from thy dying strains
    Of music--Epping luxuries of sound,
          As Milton says, "in many a bout
          Of linked sweetness long drawn out,"
    Whilst all thy tame stuff'd leopards listen'd round!


III.

    Oh, rather thy whole proper length reveal,
    Standing like Fortune,--on the jack--thy wheel.
    (Thou art, like Fortune, full of chops and changes,
    Thou hast a fillet too before thine eye!)
    Scanning our kitchen, and our vocal ranges,
    As tho' it were the same to sing or fry--
    Nay, so it is--hear how Miss Paton's throat
            Makes "fritters" of a note!
    And is not reading near akin to feeding,
      Or why should Oxford sausages be fit
            Receptacles for wit?
      Or why should Cambridge put its little, smart,
            Minc'd brains into a tart?
    Nay, then, thou wert but wise to frame receipts,
              Book-treats,
    Equally to instruct the cook and cram her--
        Receipts to be devour'd, as well as read,
            The culinary art in gingerbread--
          The Kitchen's _Eaten_ Grammar!


IV.

    Oh, very pleasant is thy motley page--
      Ay, very pleasant in its chatty vein--
      So--in a kitchen--would have talk'd Montaigne,
    That merry Gascon--humorist, and sage!
    Let slender minds with single themes engage,
      Like Mr. Bowles with his eternal Pope,--
    Or Lovelass upon Wills,--thou goest on
    Plaiting ten topics, like Tate Wilkinson!
      Thy brain is like a rich kaleidoscope,
    Stuff'd with a brilliant medley of odd bits,
      And ever shifting on from change to change,
    Saucepans--old songs--pills--spectacles--and spits!
      Thy range is wider than a Rumford range!
    Thy grasp a miracle!--till I recall
    Th' indubitable cause of thy variety--
    Thou art, of course, th' epitome of all
    That spying--frying--singing--mix'd Society
    Of Scientific Friends, who used to meet
    Welsh Rabbits--and thyself--in Warren Street!


V.

    Oh, hast thou still those conversazioni,
    Where learned visitors discoursed--and fed?
              There came Belzoni,
    Fresh from the ashes of Egyptian dead--
          And gentle Poki--and that royal pair,
          Of whom thou didst declare--
    "Thanks to the greatest _Cooke_ we ever read--
    They were--what _Sandwiches_ should be--half _bred_!"
    There fam'd M'Adam from his manual toil
    Relax'd--and freely own'd he took thy hints
            On "making _broth_ with _flints_"--
    There Parry came, and show'd the polar oil
    For melted butter--Coombe with his medullary
            Notions about the _scullery_,
    And Mr. Poole, too partial to a broil--
    There witty Rogers came, that punning elf!
            Who used to swear thy book
              Would really look
      A _Delphic_ "Oracle," if laid on _Delf_--
    There, once a month, came Campbell and discuss'd
    His own--and thy own--"_Magazine_ of _Taste_"--
          There Wilberforce the Just
    Came, in his old black suit, till once he trac'd
      Thy sly advice to _poachers_ of black folks,
          That "do not break their _yolks_,"--
    Which huff'd him home, in grave disgust and haste!


VI.

      There came John Clare, the poet, nor forbore
    Thy _patties_--thou wert hand-and-glove with Moore,
    Who call'd thee _Kitchen Addison_--for why?
    Thou givest rules for health and peptic pills,
    Forms for made dishes, and receipts for wills,
    "_Teaching us how to live and how to die!_"
    There came thy cousin-cook, good Mrs. Fry--
    There Trench, the Thames projector, first brought on
                His sine _Quay_ non,--
    There Martin would drop in on Monday eves,
    Or Fridays, from the pens, and raise his breath
              'Gainst cattle days and death,--
    Answer'd by Mellish, feeder of fat beeves,
      Who swore that Frenchmen never could be eager
              For fighting on soup meagre--
    "And yet (as thou wouldst add) the French have seen
              A Marshal _Tureen_!"


VII.

    Great was thy evening cluster!--often grac'd
    With Dollond--Burgess--and Sir Humphry Davy!
    'Twas there M'Dermot first inclin'd to taste,--
    There Colburn learn'd the art of making paste
    For puffs--and Accum analysed a gravy.
    Colman, the cutter of Colman Street, 'tis said
    Came there, and Parkins with his Ex-wise-head,
    (His claim to letters)--Kater, too, the Moon's
    Crony,--and Graham, lofty on balloons,
    There Croly stalk'd with holy humour heated,
    (Who wrote a light-horse play, which Yates completed),
        And Lady Morgan, that grinding organ,
    And Brasbridge telling anecdotes of spoons,
    Madame Valbrèque thrice honour'd thee, and came
    With great Rossini, his own bow and fiddle,--
    And even Irving spar'd a night from fame,
    And talk'd--till thou didst stop him in the middle,
          To serve round _Tewah-diddle_![219]


VIII.

    Then all the guests rose up, and sighed good-bye!
    So let them:--thou thyself art still a _Host_!
      Dibdin--Cornaro--Newton--Mrs. Fry!
      Mrs. Glasse--Mr. Spec!--Lovelass--and Weber,
      Mathews in Quotem--Moore's fire-worshipping Gheber--
    Thrice-worthy worthy! seem by thee engross'd!
    Howbeit the peptic cook still rules the roast,
    Potent to hush all ventriloquial snarling,--
    And ease the bosom pangs of indigestion!
              Thou art, sans question,
    The Corporation's love--its Doctor _Darling_!
    Look at the civic palate--nay, the bed
      Which set dear Mrs. Opie on supplying
              "Illustrations of _Lying!"_
    Ninety square feet of down from heel to head
              It measured, and I dread
    Was haunted by a terrible night _Mare_,
    A monstrous burthen on the corporation!--
    Look at the bill of fare, for one day's share,
    Sea-turtles by the score--oxen by droves,
    Geese, turkeys, by the flock--fishes and loaves
      Countless, as when the Lilliputian nation
    Was making up the huge man-mountain's ration!


IX.

    Oh! worthy Doctor! surely thou hast driven
    The squatting demon from great Garratt's breast--
              (His honour seems to rest!--)
    And what is thy reward?--Hath London given
    Thee public thanks for thy important service?
              Alas! not even
    The tokens it bestow'd on Howe and Jervis!--
    Yet could I speak as orators should speak
    Before the worshipful the Common Council
    (Utter my bold bad grammar and pronounce ill),
    Thou shouldst not miss thy freedom, for a week,
    Richly engross'd on vellum:--Reason urges
    That he who rules our cookery--that he
    Who edits soups and gravies, ought to be
    A _Citizen_, where sauce can make a _Burgess_!


THE END.


FOOTNOTES:

[Footnote 218: Captain Kater, the Moon's Surveyor.]

[Footnote 219: The Doctor's composition for a _nightcap_.]



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