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Thus, meaning no offence, in language faint,
Long may such Rage inspire the English mind!
They force me out to fight, to make me free. “ Den! vif! alert !-begar we must not tarry,
My Vife, for common good, oblige to marry: “ She labour for the State, tant mieux pour elle, “ She forgot me—I her-c'ett Bagatelle ! “ Allons au Guerre ! L'eau de vie banish sorrow, “ Victoire to-day-La Guillotine to-morrow!"
English Tom Blunt, a dealer in small wares, Who knows a bit what's passing above stairs, Cries—“Why, in that there change of wives so fast “ I think a good one mayhap may come at last; “ But in that gulleting machine, d'ye see “ I've no idea how it makes one free: “ For my part now,
be said, “ I'm for a little meat, and safe warm bed, “ I does not relish freedom—when one's dead! “ So, once for all, my means and resolution “ Go, to stand by the good old Constitution."
Such and so different reign with sovereign power,
THE RA G E:
C O M E DY.
A C T I.
SCENE 1.-DARNLEY's Garden, and view of
bis small Villa.
Exter DARNLEY and Sir GEORGE GAUNTLET.
SIR GEORGE. And fo, Darnley, you prefer this folitary life, to all the joys of London--to be sure you've a nice snug Villa, and a charming wife here but its dull the scene tires-it wants variety, Harry.
Darnley. No, Sir George.-Since I retir'd to this peaceful spot, I have not had a wish beyond it: I've been so happy in that humble cottage, that when I'm doom'd to leave it, che world will be a waste, and life not have a charm!
Sir George. How you are alter'd, Darnley? When we were brother officers you were the greatest rake in the regiment; but from the
time we were quarter'd at Worcester, where you first beheld Miss Dormer
Darnley. I saw the folly of my former life; I own’d the power of her superior charms, and leaving a busy and tumultuous world, retir'd with her to this fequefter'd 'scene'tis now three years since I married. .
Sir George. And from that time to this, have you liv'd in this out-of-the-way place?
Darnley. Yes : and till you yesterday honour'd me with a visit, I have not seen a friend within my doors but isn't it a happy life, Sir George? Our affections have room to shoot-care and distrust are banilh'd from our cottage, and with such a woman as Mrs. Darnley to converse with, what is the world to me? I can defy and scorn its malice.
Sir George. She's an angelic creature indeed, Darnley: and at Worcester, I had myself nearly fallen a victim to her charms ; but about your future life-do you mean to live for ever in these woods and meadows ?
Darnley. No-would to heaven I could !-I fear I must forego my present calm, aod mix in active life again: When I married, I sold my commission, you remember, to purchase this small farm--Mrs. Darnley's portion was but a trifle, and an encreasing family has so enlarg’d my expences, that unless I return to
Sir George. Aḥ-you want to be raking again?
Darnley. No,I want to secure an independence for my family I want to see my children afluent, and to attain this, I have once more applied to my uncle Sir Paul Perpetual,
who was so offended at my selling out, that he has ever since abandon'd me.
Sir George. What-does the old beau still persevere in his resențment ?
Darnley. His anger has encreas'd; for he writes me word, he intends marrying Lady Sarah Savage, on purpose to have heirs more worthy his eftate :-Oh! my friend :-'tis hard that fortune should bestow such treasures, and then compel me to desert them?
Sir George. So it is : but now I think on’t, this Lady Sarah Savage and her brother are my intimate friends, and as you are their neighbours, I'll introduce you and Mrs. Darnley to their notice-When are they expected from town?
Darnley. To day.
Sir George. Then we'll pay them a visit: Lady Sarah Savage shall interfere with your uncle, and if that fails, her brother can easily ensure your promotion in the army--but see ; here's Mrs. Darnley?
Darnley. Look at her, Sir George-do you, can you blame me?Who would not act as I have done ?
Sir George. I would by heav'ns !-!d live with her in a hermitage !die with her on a pilgrimage ! -I'dm-death: if I don't mind, I shall discover all.
Enter Mrs. DaRNLEY.
Darnley advancing to her.] Maria !
Mrs. Darnley. Oh Harry! I have been looking for you every where—I declare you're grown quite a truant-Before your friend came, you
us'd to walk with me over the farm: or ride with me to see our children ; or fit and read to me under our favourite Beach Tree-but now Sir George ! I beg your pardon-I didn't see
Sir George. Madam! [Bowing obsequiously.
Darnley. My friend is all kindness, Maria ; he has promis'd to introduce me to the honourable Mr. Savage :
Mrs. Darnley. What :-take you to Savage house! Darnley. Ay—why not :--you shall go
Mrs. Darnley. No-let me stay here I am not weary of my present life.
Darnley. Nor I—but 'tis a great connexion : and though not absolutely distress’d, I would improve my fortune I would see children have every comfort.
Mrs. Darnley. We have, while you are with US consider we have never liv'd a day apart, and if they lure you into fashionable scenes, you'll be corrupted, Harry-you'll despise the humble roof you once rever'd, and I perhaps Ihall be forgotten and neglected.
Darnley. Never !—I cannot bear the suppo. sition; and while we have hearts to endure, and hands to labour, there is sufficient for our cottage !—I will not go-My friend, who sees my motive, I'm sure, will not condemn me.
Sir George. No—always obey the Ladies ; but Darnley, I see our horses—you recollect we were to ride to see your children: so, Ma. dam, I have the superlative honour