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Nothing's tough enough to bind her ;
Then agog, when once you find her,
Let her go, and never mind her;
Heart alive, you're

fairly quit.

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SCENE IV.

FANNY.

“ I wish I had a draught of water. I don't know “ what's come over me; I have no more strength “ than a babe ; a straw would Aing me down.” He has a heart as hard as any parish-officer ; I don't doubt now but he would stand by and see me himself; and we shall all be whipt, and all through my means. The devil run away with the gentleman, and his twenty guineas too, for leading me astray: if I had known Ralph would have taken it so, I would have hanged myself before I would have said a word-but I thought he had no more gall than a pigeon.

AIR.
0! what a simpleton was I,

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To make my bed at such a rate!
Now lay thee down, vain fool, and cry,

Thy true love seeks another mate.

No tears, alack,
Will call him back,

No tender words his heart allure ;

I could bite

My tongue thro' spite
Some plague bewitch'd me, that's for sure.

SCENE V.

Changes to a Room in the Miller's House. Enter Giles, followed by PATTY and THEODOSIA.

66 AIR.

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“ Giles. Women's tongues are like mill-clappers,

And from thence they learn the knack,

Of for-ever-sounding claçk..

Giles. Why, what the plague's the matter with you, what do you scold at me for? I am sure I did not say un uncivil word, as I do know of: I'll be judged by the young lady if I did.

Pat. 'Tis very well, farmer; all I desire is, that you will leave the house : you see my father is not at home at present; when he is, if you

have

any thing to say, you know where to come.

260 Giles. Enough said, I don't want to stay in the house, not I; and I don't much care if I had never come into it,

The. For shame, farmer, down on your knees and beg Miss Fairfield's pardon for the outrage you have been guilty of.

Giles. Beg pardon, miss, for what? Icod that's well enough ; why I am my own master, be’nt I?If I have no mind to marry, there's no harm in that, I hope : 'tis only changing hands. This morning she would not have me ; and, now I won't have she.

272 Pat. Have you !-Heavens and earth! do you think then 'tis the missing of you that gives me concern ?-No: I would prefer a state of beggary a thousand times beyond any thing I could enjoy with you: and be assured, if ever I was seemingly consenting to such a sacrifice, nothing should have compelled me to it, but the cruelty of my situation.

Giles. Oh, as for that, I believes you ; but you see the gudgeon would not bite as I told you a bit agone you know: we farmers never love to reap what we don't sow.

283 Pat. You brutish fellow, how dare you talk

Giles. So, now she's in her tantrums again, and all for no manner of yearthly thing.

Pat. But be assured my lord will punish you se. verely for daring to make free with his name.

Giles. Who made free with it; did I ever mention my lord ? 'Tis a cursed lie. Theo. Bless me! farmer!

291 Giles. Why it is, miss—and I'll make her prove

her words -Then what does she mean by being punished ? I am not afraid of nobody, nor beholding to nobody, that I know of; while I pays my rent, my money, I believe, is as good as another's: egad, if it goes there, I think there be those deserve to be punished more than I.

Pat. Was ever unfortunate creature pursued as I am, by distresses and vexations!

300 The. My dear Patty-See, farmer, you have thrown lier into tears---Pray be comforted.

AIR.
Patty. Oh leave me, in pity! The falshood I scorn ;

For slander the bosom untainted defies :
But rudeness and insult are not to be borne,

Tho' offer'd by wretches we've sense to despise.

Of woman defenceless, how cruel the fate!

Pass ever so cautious, so blameless her way,
Nature, and envy, lurk always in wait,
And innocence falls to their fury a prey.

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SCENE VI.

Mervin, THEODOSIA. The. You are a pretty gentlemany are not you, to suffer a lady to be at a rendezvous before you?

Mer. Difficulties, my dear, and dangers-None of the company had two suits of apparel ; so I was

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obliged to purchase a rag of one, and a tatter from
another, at the expence of ten times the sum they
would fetch at the paper-mill.

The. Well, where are they?
Mer. Here, in this bundle

and tho' I say it, a very decent habiliment, if you have art enough to stick the parts together: I've been watching till the coast was clear to bring them to you.

The. Let me see -I'll slip into this closet and equip myself -All here is in such confusion, there will no notice be taken.

Mer. Do so; I'll take care nobody shall interrupt you in the progress of your metamorphosis (she goes in]-and if you are not tedious, we may walk off without being seen by any one.

329 The. Ha! ha! ha! -What a concourse of atoms are here ? tho', as I live, they are a great deal better than I expected.

Mer. Well, pray make haste; and don't imagine yourself at your toilette now, where mode prescribes two hours, for what reason would scarce allow three minutes.

The. Have patience; the outward garment is on already ; and I'll assure you a very good stuff, only a little the worse for the mending.

339 Mer. Imagine it embroidery, and consider it is your wedding-suit...Conie, how far are you got?

The. Stay, you don't consider there's some contrivance necessary.

the and furbelow'd with a witness Alas! alas! it has no

Here goes

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