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Pat. Brother, I shall obey my father.

700 Lye still my heart; oh! fatal stroke,

That kills at once my hopes and me.
Giles. Miss Pat!
Pat.

-What?
Giles,

Nay, I only spoke : Ral. Take

courage, mon, she does but joke,

Come, Suster, somewhat kinder be.
Fan. This is a thing the most oddest,

Some folks are so plaguily modest ;
Were we in the case,

710 Ral. Fan.

To be in their place,

We'd carry it off with a different face. . Giles. Thus I take her by the lily hand,

So soft and white. Ral

-Why now that's right; And kiss her too, mon, never stand.

What words can explain

| My pleasuremy pain ? Pat. Giles. It presses, it rises, My heart it surprises,

720 (I can't keep it down, tho’ld never so fain. Fan.

So here the play ends,

The lovers are friends;
Ral. Hush!
Fan.

-Tush!
Giles,

Nah ! Pat.

--Psha! All. What torment's exceeding, what joys are above,

The pains and the pleasures that wait upon love. ACT II. SCENE 1.

A marble portico, ornamented with statues, which opens

from Lord AIMWORTH's house ; tuo chairs near the front.

Enter Lord AIMWORTH reading. In how contemptible a light would the situation I am now in shew me to most of the fine men of the present age? In love with a country girl; rivalled by a poor fellow, one of my meanest tenants, and uneasy at it! If I had a mind to her, I know they would tell me, I ought to have taken care to make myself easy long ago, when I had her in my power.

But I have the testimony of my own heart in my favour; and I think, was it to do again, I should act as I have done. Let's see, what we have here ? perhaps a book may compose my thoughts; [reads and throws the book away] it's to no purpose, I can't read, I can't think, I can't do any thing.

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AIR.

Ah! hou vainly mortals treasure
Hopes of happiness and pleasure,

Hard and doubtful to obtain ;
By what standards false we measure :

Still pursuing

Ways to ruin,
Seeking bliss, and finding pain.

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SCENE II.

LORD AIMWORTH, PATTY.

vours.

Pat. Now comes the trial : no, my sentence is al. ready pronounc'd, and I will meet my fate with prudence and resolution.

1. Aim. Who's there?
Pat. My lord !
L. Aim. Patty Fairfield !

Pat. I humbly beg pardon, my lord, for pressing so abruptly into your presence; but I was told I might walk this way; and I am come by my father's commands to thank your lordship for all your fa

31 L. Aim. Favours, Patty! what favours ? I have done you none : but why this metamorphosis? I protest, if you had not spoke, I should not have known you; I never saw you wear such clothes as these in my mother's life-time.

Pat. No, my lord, it was her ladyship's pleasure I should wear better, and therefore I obeyed; but it is now my duty to dress in a manner more suitable to my station, and future prospects in life.

40 L. Aim. I am afraid, Patty, you are too humble come, sit down—nay, I will have it so.-What is it I have been told to-day, Patty? It seems you are going to be married.

Pat. Yes, my lord.

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1. Aiz. Well, and don't you think you could have made a better choice than farmer Giles ? I should imagine your person, your accomplishments, might have intitied you to look higher.

49 Pat. Your lordship is pleased to over-rate my

little merit: the education I received in your family does not intitle me to forget my origin; and the farmer is my equal.

1. sim. In what respect? The degrees of rank and fortune, my dear Patty, are arbitrary distinctions, unworthy the regard of those who consider justly; the true standard of equality is seated in the mind : those who think nobly are noble.

Pat. The farmer, my lord, is a very honest man.

L. Aim. So he may: I don't suppose he would break into a house, or commit a robbery on the highway: what do you tell me of his honesty for ?

Pat. I did not mean to offend your lordship.

L. Aim. Offend! I am not offended, Patty; not at all offended But is there any great merit in a man's being honest ?

Pat. I don't say there is, my lord.

L. Aim. The farmer is an ill-bred, illiterate booby; and what happiness can you propose to yourself in such a society? Then, as to his person, I am sure

-But perhaps, Patty, you like him; and if so, I am doing a wrong thing.

79 Pat. Upon my word, my lord

L." Aim. Nay, I see you do : he has had the good fortune to please you ; and in that case, you are cer

you

tainly in the right to follow

your inclinations.-I must tell you one thing, Patty, however I hope you won't think it unfriendly of me --But I am determined farmer Giles shall not stay a moment on my estate, after next quarter-day.

80 Pat. I hope, my lord, he has not incurred your displeasure

L. Aim. That's of no signification.-Could I find as many good qualities in him as you do, perhaps But 'tis enough, he's a fellow I don't like; and as you have a regard for him, I would have advise him to provide himself. Pat. My lord, I am very unfortunate.

88 L. Aim. She loves him, 'tis plain-Come, Patty, don't cry; I would not willingly do any thing to make you uneasy.—Have you seen Miss Sycamore yet ?- I suppose you know she and I are going be married.

Pat. So I hear, my lord. Heaven make you both happy!

L. Aim. Thank you, Patty; I hope we shall be happy.

Pat. Upon my knees, upon my knees I pray it: may every earthly bliss attend you! may your days prove an uninterrupted course of delightful tranquility; and your mutual friendship, confidence and love, end but with your lives!

L. Aim. Rise, Patty, rise; say no more, I suppose you'll wait upon Miss Sycamore before you go awayat present I have a little business As I said, Patty,

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