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aught I know; but a little more common sense, I believe, could do you no harm.
King. He is not to be flatter'd, I find; but I'll try what bribery will do. That, I am afraid, is a hard trial. [ Aside.]-Shall I beg one word more with you, Sir? You are a gentleman of the greatest sincerity and honour I ever met with, and, for that reason, I shall always have the highest regard for you in the world, and for all that belong to you. I hear your daughter is going to be married; let me beg leave to present her with this diamond buckle.
Sir John. Sir, you surprise me very much; pray, what may the value of this be ?
King. That's not worth mentioning ; about five hundred pounds, I believe. Sir John. "Why, did not you tell
that you had spent all your fortune?
ing. I did so; but it was for a particular reason; and you
shall find I am not so poor as I represented myself.
Sir John. I am glad of it. But, pray how am I to return this extraordinary generosity?
King. I expect no return, Sir, upon my honour; tho'
you have it in your power to oblige me very much. Sir John. Don't mention the living, for that I have told
you already you are not fit for. King. I will not. But there is a certain place at court of another kind, which I have long had a mind to: 'Tis true, there is a sorry insignificant fellow in possession of it at present; but he's of no service, and I know your power with the King; a word or two from you would soon dispossess him.
Sir John. But what must he be dispossess'd for?
Sir John. Hum-Indeed, it won't do with me here, take it again ; and let me tell you, I am not to be flatter'd into a foolish thing, nor brib’d into a base one.
King. [discovering himself.] Then thou art my friend; and I will keep thee next my heart.
Sir John. And is it your Majesty ?
King. Be not surpriz'd; it is your own maxim, that a King cannot be too cautious in trying those whom he designs to trust. Forgive this disguise; I have try'd thy honesty, and will no longer suspect it.
Enter GREENWOOD. Greenco. Sir, I am come to let Miss Kitty know privately, that my master will be here disguis'd immediately.
Sir John. Will he? Well, go into the next room and tell her so.
If your Majesty will be so good as to retire into this chamber awhile, you will hear something, perhaps, that will divert you.
Sir John. Let her come in. I'll speak to her presently.
[Exit with the King, and Greenwood. Enter Sir TIMOTHY, disguis'd as a Maid Servant.
Sir Timothy. Well, I am obliged to the dear girl for this kind contrivance of getting me into the house with her. Twill be charmingly convenient
Re-enter Sir John. Sir Timothy. Sir, I heard that the young lady, your daughter, wanted a servant, and I should be proud of the honour to serve her.
Sir John. My daughter will be here presently. Pray, what's your name?
Sir Timothy. I never thought of that; what shall I say ? [Aside.)- -Betty, Sir.
Sir John. And pray, Mrs. Betty, whom did you live with last?
Sir. Tim. His impertinence will undo me; he has nonplus’d me again. [ Aside,] Sir, I-I-liv'd with Sir Timothy Flash.
Sir John, Ah! a vile fellow that; a very vile fellow, was not he? Did he pay you your wages ?
Sir Timothy. Yes, Sir.-I shall be even with
for this, by-and-by.
[Aside. Sir John. You were well off, then; for they say it's what he very seldom does. Sad pay
can tell you, one part of your business must be to watch that villain, that he does not debauch my daughter; for I hear he designs it. But I hope we shall prevent him.
Sir Tim. I'll take care of her, Sir, to be sure.-I burst with laughter, to think how charmingly we shall gull the old fellow.
[Aside. Sir John. Kate !
Enter Miss Kittr.
Miss. A maid! why she's a monster! I never saw so ugly a thing in all my life.
Sir Timothy. The cunning jade does this to blind the old fool.
[Aside. Miss. Indeed you won't do.
Sir Timothy. 'I hope I shall, madam, if you please to take me. Miss. No, I durst not take
indeed. Sir Tim. Why, madam? Miss. Methinks you look like a fool; I hate a fool.
Sir John. Nay, my dear, don't abuse the young woman; I think she looks mighty well. Hold up your head, child. Mrs. Betty, you have got a beard, methinks.
(Strokes her under the chin. Miss. What! has Betty got a beard! Ha, ha, ha! Ah, Betty! why did not you share closer ? But I told ye you was a fool!
Sir John. Well and what wages do you expect, Betty ?
Miss. Ay, are you fit to be lady's maid, Betty ?
Sir John. How cleverly you have bit the old fool, ha !
Miss. And how charmingly we shall laugh at him byand-by, ha!
Sir John. Now don't you think you look like a puppy
Miss. Poor Sir Timothy ! are you disappointed, love? Come, don't be angry. Ha, ha, ha.
Sir Tim. Am I to be us'd in this manner? And do you think I will bear it?
Miss. And have you the impudence to think you are not well us'd ?
Sir John. Nay, nay, if he's not satisfied with this entertainment, we have no further occasion for him in this house —you understand me, Sir
Sir Tim. Sir, do you suppose I am to be treated
Sir John. Who's within there? [Enter Joe with three or four Servants.] Sir J. Take this man out of the house.
[Sir Timothy runs off, and the servants after him. Sir John. They'll overtake him; and I don't doubt but they'll give him the discipline he deserves.
Enter King, GREENWOOD, and COURTIERS. King. After what you have told me, Sir Timothy shall be duly marked by me. Madam, I wish you joy of your escape from the ruin which threaten'd you.
Miss. The King! I thank your Majesty.
King. And I am glad to hear that you are reconcil'd to an honest man that deserves you.
Miss. I see my error, and I hope, by my duct, to make amends for the uneasiness I have given to so good a father.
Šir John. My dear child, I am fully satisfied : and I hope thou wilt every day be more and more convinc'd, that the happiness of a wife does not consist in the title, or fine appearance of her husband, but in the worthiness of his sentiments, and the fondness of his heart.
King. And now, my good old man, henceforth be thou my
friend. I will give thee an apartment in my palace, that thou may'st always be near my person. And let me conjure thee ever to preserve this honest, plain sincerity. Speak to me freely, and let me hear the voice of truth. If my people complain, convey their grieya ances faithfully to my ear; for how should Kings rea
dress those ills, which flatterers hide, or wicked men disguise ?
Sir John. I thank your Majesty for the confidence you have in me: my heart, I know, is honest, and my affection to your Majesty sincere: but as to my abili. ties, alas ! they are but small; yet, such as they are, if it clash not with my duty to the public, they shall always be at your Majesty's service. King. I would have you just to both.
But let your country's good be first your aim;