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And the soft, melting, sinking lay
Ye brave, the pillars of the state,
From you, ye glories of mankind,
So when along the eastern skies
END OF THE REVENGE.
LATITAT. I tell you, Lady Tempest
LADY TEMPEST. And I tell you, Mr. Latitat, it shall not be.—I'll have no Society of Antiquaries meet here. None but the honourable Members of the Coterie shall assemble here you shall know.
Suspend your rage, Lady Tempest, and let me open my brief. Have you not this day, moved by the instigation of the devil, and not having the fear of God before your eyes, wilfully and wittingly and maliciously, driven all my friends out of my house? Was it done like a Woman of Quality ?
It was done like a Woman of Spirit : a character, shall ever be my task to maintain.
But upon my soul, Madam, I have one more consideration which should especially move you to bridle your passion : for it spoils your face. When you knocked down Lord Rust with the bust of Marcus Aurelius, you looked the very picture of the Alecto last taken out of the Herculaneum.
LADY TEMPEST. Mr, Latitat, I won't be abused–Did I for this condescend to forget my quality and marry such a tau. tology of nothing ?-I will not be abused.
DISTORT, LATITAT, LADY TEMPEST.
Pray, Madam, what has enraged you? May I have the honour of knowing.
That is, if I please, sir.
Pray, my Lady, let me state the case, and you may afterwards make a reply—you must know, sir.
Yes, sir, you must know, this morning Mr. Latitat had invited all his antiquated friends, Lord Rust, Horatio Trefoil, Col. Tragedus, Professor Vase, and Counterfeit the Jew, to sit upon a brass half-penny, which being a little worn, they agreed, nem. con. to be an Otho.
LATITAT. And it is further necessary to be known, that, while we were all warm in debate upon the premises, my lady made a forcible entry into the parlour, and seizing an antique bust of Marcus Aurelius, of malice prepense and aforethought, did, with three blows of the said bust, knock down Anthony Viscount Rust, and
Silence, Mr. Latitat, -I insist on the privilege of English wife.
Nay, Counsellor, as I am your referee, I command silence : pray what do you lay your damages at ?
My lady has in her cabinet a Jupiter Tonans, which, in spite of all my endeavours to open her eyes, she persists in calling an Indian Pagod, and upon condition of my receiving that, I drop the prosecution.
[Aside to Lady. 'Tis a trifle, Madam, let him have it, it may turn to account.
A very toy : he shall have it instantly, on condition I have the use of my tongue.
favourite joys ? What are our pleasures?