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Enter Miss WALSINGHAM and Lady RACHEL MILDEW.

Miss Wal. My dear Mrs. Belville, I am extremely unhappy to see you so diftrefled.

Lady Rach. Now I am extremely glad to fee her fo ; for if he were not greatly distressed, it would be monstrously update Mrs. Bel. O Matilda.! my husband ! my

children! [ural. Aliss Ha?. Don't weep, my dear, don't weep! pray be comforted, all may end happily. Lady Rachel beg of her not to cry

fo. Lady Rach, Why, you are crying yourself, Miss Walingham, A'd tho I think it out of character to encourage hier tears, I cannot help keeping you company,

Mrs. Bel. O, why is not fome effeétual method contrived to prevent this horrible practice of duelling.

Lady Rach. I'll expose it on the stage, since the law now. a-days kindly leaves the whole cognizance of it io the theatre,

Mtifs wal. And yet, if the laws against it were as well en. forced as the laws against destroying the game, perhaps it would be equally for the benefit of the kingdom. Mrs. Bel

. No law will ever be effe&ual, till the custom is rendered infamous. Wives must hriek ! mothers must ago.. nize ! orphans must be rnultiplied ! unless some blessed hand ftrip the fascinating glare from hororable murder, and bravely espose the idol who is worshipped thus in blood. While it is disreputable to obey the laws, we cannot look for reformation. But if the duellift is once banished from the presence of his sov. ereign ; if he is for life excluded the confidence of his country ; if a mark of indeliable disgrace is itamped upon him, the sword of public justice will be the sole chaftifer of wrongs ; trifies will noc be punished with deatlı, and offences really meriting fuch a pun lliment will be reserved for the only proper revenger, the common executioner,

La Rach. I could not have expressed myself better on this fubject, ray dear ; but till such a hand, as you talk of, is found, the best will fall into the error of the times.

Arifs . Yes, and butcher each other like mådnen, for fear their courage should be fufpected by foois,

Colonel RiverS and Sir Harry, Sir Har, NOLONEL, your molt obedient : I am come

apop the old bufincís ; lor unless I am allowed to entertain hopes of Miss Rivers, I Thall be the nost mifurable of all buman beings.

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Riv. Sir Harry, I have already told you by letter, and I now tell yon per fonally, I cannot listen to your proposals ?

Sir Ale, No Sir..?

Riv. No Sir; I have promised my daughter to Mr. Sid. ney ; do you know that, Şir ? 'Sir Har. I do ; but what then ? Engagements of this kind,

Riv. So then you know I have promised her to Mr, Sidney? · Sir Har, I do ; bui I also know that matters are not finally settled between Mr. Sidney and you ; and I moreover know, that his fortune is by no means equal to mine, therefore,

Riv. Sir Harry, let me ask you one question before you - make your consequence.

Sir Har. Athousand if you please, Sir.

Rir, Why then, Sir, let me ask you, what you have ever observed in me or my conduct, that you desire me lo familiarly to break my word? I thought, Sir, yon considered me as a mm of honor.

Sir Har, And so I de, Sit, ja man of the nicest honor.

Riv. And yet, Sir, you alk me to violate the fanciity of my word : and tell me directly that it is my interest to be a rascal,

Sir Har. I really don't understand you, colonel : I thot I was talking to a man who knew the world"; and as you have not bgned

Riv. Why this is mending matters with a witness : And so

you think because I am not legally bound, I am under no necesity of keeping my word ! Sir Harry laws were never made for men of honor; they want no bond but the rectitude of their own sentiments, and laws are of no use but to bind the villains of society,

Sir Har. Well but my dear Colonel, if you have no re. gard for me, shew forne little regard for your daughter,

Rip. I lhew the greatest regard for my daughter, by give ing her to a man of honor, and I must not be insulted with any further repetition of your proposals.

Sir Har, Insult you, Colonel ! is the offer of my alliance an insult? is my readiness to make what settlements you think proper

Riv, Sir Harry, I thould consider the offer of a kidgdom an - infult

, if it were to be purchased by the violation of my word, Besides, tho my daughter Mall never go a beggar to the arnés of her husband, I would rather fee her happy than rich; and

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if fhir kas enough to provide handsomely for a young family, and something to spare for the exigencies of a worthy friend, I shall think her as affluent as if she was miftress of Mexico.

Sir Har. Well Colonel, I have done ; but I believe Riv. Well, Sir Harry, and as our conference is done, we will, if you please, retire to the ladies ; I: Ahall be always glad of your acquaintance, tho I cannot receive you as a fun.in.law : for a union of interest I. look upon us a union of dishonor, and consider marriage for money, at beft but a legal prostitution.

Scene between SHYLOCK and TUBAL.*
TOW now Tubal ! what news from Genoa ? Harr

you heard any thing of my backsiding daughter ! Tub. I often came where I heard of her, but could not And her.

Shy. Why there, there, there, a diamond gone that cost me two thousand ducats at Frankfort! The curse never fell ugon a nation till now! I never felt it before ! Two thousand du. cats, in that and other precious jewels ! I wish the lay dead at my feet i No news of them ! and I know not what fpent in the fearchi

. Lors upon loss. The thief gone with so much, and fo much to find the thief ; and no satisfaction, no revenge ; no ill luck stirring but what lights on my shoulders.

Tub, O yes, other men have ill luch too-Antonio, as. I heard in Genoa

Shy. (Interrupting him) What, has he had ill luck?
Tub. 'Has had a ship cast away coming from Tripoli..
Shy. Thank fortune ! Is it true? is it true?

Tub. I spoke with some of the failors that efcaped from the wreck.

Shy. I thank you good Tubal. Good news ! Good news ! What, in Genoa, you spoke with them.

Tub. Your daughter, as I heard, spent twenty ducats ir one night.

Shy. You stick a dagger in me, Tubal. I never fall see my gold again. Twenty ducats in one night | Twenty duo cats ! O father Abraham!'

Tub. There came feveral of Antonio's creditors in my. company to Venice, who say hie cannot but break.

Shy. I am glad on't ; I'll plague him ; 1?l torture him ; I am glad on't.

Shylock had fent Tubal-after his daughter, who had clopod from his house, Antonio was a merchan, kated by Shylock,

Tub. One of them thewed me a ring he had of your daughter for a monkey:

· Shy. Out upon her ! You torture me, Tubal. It was my ruby, I would not have given it for as many monkeys as could stand together upon Realto.

Tub. Antonio is certainly undone.

Shy. Ay, ay, there is some comfort in that. Go, Tubal, esgage an officer. Tell hina to be ready ; I'll be revenged on An tonio, I'll wash my hands to the elbows in his leare's bloods.

JUBA and SYPHAX. ub. YPHAX, I joy to meet thee thus alone.

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O'ereast with gloomy cares and discontent ;
Then, tell me, Syphax, I conjure thee, tell me
What are the thoughts that knit thy brow in frowns,
And turn thy eyes thus coldly on thy prince ?

Sypb. 'Tis not my talent to conceal my thoughts,
Or carry (miles or sunshine in my face,
When difcontent fits heavy at my heart ;
I have not so much of the Roman in me.

Jub. Why dost thou cast out such ungeaerous terasy
Again it the lords and sovereigns of the world ?
Doft not thou fee mankind fall down before them
And own the force of their superior virtue?
Is cheir a nation in the wilds of Afric
Amist our barren rocks and burning sands,
That does not tremble at the Roman name?

Syph. Gods ! Where's the worth that felt this people up:
Above your own Numidia's tawny fons ?
Do they with tougher finews bend the bow?
Or flies the javelin (wifter to its mark,
Launch'd with the vigor of a Roman arm?
Who like our active African instructs
The fiery Iteed, and trains him to his hand ?
Or guides in troops the embattled elephant,
Laden with war ? These, these are arts, my prince,
In which your Zama does not stoop to Rome.

Jub. These all are virtues of a meaner rank,
Perfections that are placed in bones and nerves ;
A Roman fout is bent on higher views ;
To civilize the rude uppolifa'd world ;

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To lay it under the restraint of laws ;
To make mar mild, and sociable to man ;
To cultivate the wild licentious savage

BL With wisdom, discipline, and liberal arts ;

La The establishments of life : Virtues like there Make human nature shine, reform the soul,

Gr And break our fierce barbarians into men.

Не Syph. Patience, juft Heavens ! Excuse an old man's wartatb He What are those wond'rous civilizing arts,

Ho "This Roman polish, and this smooth behavior, That renders man thus tractable and tame? Are they not only to disguise our passions,

I t To let our looks at variance with our thoughts,

На To check the ftarts and fallies of the soul,

Of · And break off all its commerce with the tongue ? In Mort to change us into other creatures,

No Than what our natures and the Gods delign’d us ? Jub. To frike thee dumb, turn up thine eyes to Cato

To There may’lt thou see to what a gödlike height, The Roman virtues lift up mortal man.

My While good, and just, and anxious for his friends, He's still feverely bent against himself ; Renouncing sleep, and rest

, and food, and ease, He strives with thirst and hunger, toil and heat ; And when his fortune fets before him all

S The pompard pleasure which his soul could wish, His rigid virtues will accepi of none.

Syph. Believe me, prince, there's not an African That traverses our valt Numidian deserts,

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I've In quest of pray, and lives upon his bow, But better practices these boaited virtues :

And Course are his meals, the fortune of the chale,

Left Amidst the running streams he Oakes his thirit,

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Toils all the day, and at the approach of night,
On the first friendly bank he throws him down,
Or refts his head upon a rock till morn ;
Then rises fresh, pursues the woated game,
And if the following day he chance to find
A new repast, or an untafted spring,
Blesses his ttars and thinks it luxury.

Jub. Thy prejudices, Syphax, won't discern
What virtues grow from ignorance, and what from choice,

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