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you had the leaft friendship for me-You can't imagine, Sir, the pleasure she takes in talking of you : [He looks pleased.] Ah ! how you will delight her, how your venerable mien will charm her! She will never be able to withstand you But indeed, Sir, this law-suit will be a terrible consequence to me: (He looks grade again.] I am ruined, if I lose it ; which a very small matter might prevent--Ah! Sir, had you but seen the raptures with which she has heard me talk of you. [He refumes his gaiety.] How pleasure sparkled in her eyes at the recital of your good qualities ! In short, to discover a secret to you, which I promised to conceal, I have worked up her imagination, till she is downright impatient of having the match concluded.
Love. Lappet, you have acted a very friendly part ; and I own that I have all the obligations in the world
Lap. I beg you would give me this little assistance, Sir : [He looks serious.] It will set me on my feet, and I Ihall be eternally obliged to you.
Love. Farewel : I'll go and finish my dispatches.
Lap. I assure you, Sir, you could never aflitt me in a greater necessity.
Love. I must go give some orders about a particular affair.
Lap. I would not importune you, Sir; if I was not forced by the last extremity.
Love. I expect the taylor about turning my coat: don't you think this coat will look well enough turned, and with new buttons, for a wedding-fuit?
Lap. For pity's fake, Sir, don't refuse me this small favour; I shall be undone indeed, Sir. If it were but so small a matter as ten pounds, Sir-
Love. I think I hear the tailor's voice.
Lap. If it were but five pound, Sir; but three pound, Sir; nay, Sir, a single guinea would be of service for a day or two. [ As he offers to go out on either side, she in. torcepts him.)
Love. I must go, I can't stay-hark, there ! Somebody calls me. I am very much obliged to you, indeed; I am very much obliged to you.
[Exit. Lap. Go to the devil like a covetous good-for
Rothing villain as you are. Ramilie is in the right: however, shall not quit the affair ; for, though I get nothing out of him, I am sure of iny reward from the other fide.
VI. Cardinal Wolfey and Cromwell. W. FARE.WEL, a long farewel to all my greatness!
This is the state of man: to-day he puts forth The tender leaves of hope ; to-morrow blossoms, And bears his blushing honours thick upon him ; The third day comes a frost, a killing frost, And when he thinks, good ealy man, full surely His greatness is a-ripening, nips bis ThootAnd then he falls, as I do. I have ventur’d, Like little wanton boys that swiin on bladders, These many summers in a sea of glory; But far beyond my depth : my high-blowi pride At length broke under me; and now has left me, Weary and old with service, to the mercy, Of a rude stream, that must for ever hide me. Vain pomp and glory of the world, I hate ye! I feel my heart new open’d. Oh, how wretched Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favours ! There is, betwixt that smile he would aspire to, That sweet regard of princes, and his ruin,
and fears than war or women have; And wlien he falls, he falls like Lucifer, Never to hope again.
[Enter Cromwell Why, how now, Cromwell ?
Cröm. I have no power to speak, Sir.
Wol. What, amaz’d
Crom. How does your Grace?
Wol. Why, well;
and I feel within me
These ruin'd pillars, out of pity taken
Crom. The heaviest and the worst
Wol. God bless him !
Crom. The next is, that Sir Thomas More is chosen Lord Chancellor in your place.
Wol. That's somewhat sudden
Grom. That Cranmer is return’d with welcome ;
Wol. That's news indeed !
Crom. Laft,--that the Lady Anne, Whom the King hath in secrecy long married, This day was view'd in open as his Queen, Going to chapel; and the voice is now Only about her coronation. Wol. There was the weight that pulld me down : 0
Cromwell! The King has gone beyond me : all my glories In that one woman I have lot for ever. No sun shall ever usher forth my honours, Or gild again the noble troops that waited Upon my smiles. Go, get thee from me, Cromwells I am a poor fall’n man, unworthy now To be thy lord and master. Seek the King(That fun I pray may never fet !)-I've told him What and how true thou art : he will advance thee:
Some little memory of me will ftir him
Crom. Oh my Lord !
Wol, Cromwell-I did not think to shed a tear
Crom. Good Sir, have patience.
Wol. So I have. Farewel The hopes of court !-My hopes in heaven do dwell.
VII. Sir Charles and Lady Racket, Lady R. OLA !—I'm quite fatigued- I can hardly
move- -why don't you help me, you barbarous man?
Sir G. There : take my arm
Lady R. But I won't be laugh'd at- I don't love you.
Sir G. Don't you?
Lady R. No. Dear me!-this glove !-why don't you help me off with my glove |--Pshaw! you awkward thing : let it alone : you an't fit to be about me.-Reach me a chair---you have no compassion for me.
alam fo glad to fit down-Why do you drag me to routs !You know I hate 'em.
Sir C. Oh! there's no existing, no breathing, unlefs one does as other people of fashion do.
Lady R. But I'm out of humour I lost all my moзеу. .
Sir G. How much?
Sir G. Never fret for that I don't value three hundred pounds to contribute to your happiness.
Lady R. Don't you !--Not value three hundred pounds to please me?
Sir C. You know I don't.
Lady R. Ah! you fond fool! But I hate gamingIt almost metamorphofes a woman into a fury-Do you know that I was frighted at myself several times to-night I had a huge oath at the very tip of my tongue. Sir G. Had ye
e ? Lady R. I caught myself at itand fo I bit my lips. And then I was.crammed up in a corner of the room with such a strange party at a whist table, looking at black and red spots did you mind 'em !
Sir.C. You know I was busy ellewhere.
Lady R. There was that firange unaccountable woman Mrs NightshadeShe behaved so strangely to her halband-a poor, inoffensive, good-natured, good fort of