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A. You'll find the Undertaking difficult;
The Surgeon, who already has attempted it,
Has much tormented me.'

W. I'll aid him with a gentler Hand,
If you will give me leave.

A. How soft Coe'er the Hand may be,
There still is Terror in the Operation:

W. Some few Preparatives would make it ealy, could I persuade you to apply: ’em. ...Make hoine reflections, Madam, on your flighted love; weigh well the strength and beauty of your charms; rouze up the {pirit, women onght to bear, and slight your God, if he neglects his Angel. With arms of ice receive his cold embraces, and keep your fire from those who come in flames. Behold a burning lover at your feet, his fever raging in his veins. See how he trembles, how he pants! See how he glows, how he consumes! Extend the arms of mercy to his aid; his zeal may give him Title to your pity, altho' his Merit cannot claim your love.

A. Of all my feeble Sex, since I must be the weakest, thou'd I again presume to think on love? — (lighing) Alas! my heart has been too roughly treated!

W. 'Twill find the greater Blifs in softer Usage.

A. But where's that Usage to be found? " W. Tis here, within this faithful breast; which, if you doubt, I'll rip it up before your eyes, lay all its Secrets open to your view; and then, you'll see 'twas found.

A. With just such honest words as these, the worst of Men deceiv'd me.

W. He therefore merits all, Revenge can do ; his fault is such, the extent and stretch of Vengeance cannot reach it. O make me but your Instrument of



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justice; you'll find me execute it with such zeal, as shall convince you, I abhor the crime.

A. The rigour of an Executioner has more the face of cruelty than justice; and he who puts the Cord about the Wretch's neck, is seldoin known to exceed him in his mórals.

W. What proof then can I give you of my Truth?

Å. There is on earth but one.
W: And is that in my power?

A. It is; and one that wou'd so thoroughly cost vince me, I shou'd be apt to rate your heart fo high, I posibly might purchase it with a part of mine.

W. Then Heav'n, thou art my friend, and I am bleft; for if 'tis in my power, my Will, I'm sure, wilt reach it. No matter, what the Terms may be, when such a Recompence is offer’d. O tell me quickly, what this Proof must be! What is it, will convince you of my love?

A. I shall believe you love me as you ought, if from this moment you forbear to ask whatever is unht for me to grant You pause upon it, Sir? — I doubt, on such hard terms, a Woman's heart is scarcely worth the having

W. A Heart, like yours, at any Terms is worth it; 'twas not on that I paus'd: but I was thinking (drawing nearer to her) whether some things there may not be, which Women cannot grant without a Blush, and yet which Men may take without offence, (Taking

. her hand) Your Hand, I fancy, may be of the number, O pardon me, if I commit a Rape upon it, (killing it eagerly) and thus devour it with my kisles.

A. 0. Heavens! let me go


HD. Never, whilst I have Strength to hold you here. (Forcing her to sit down on a Couch:) My Live, my Soul, my Goddess – O forgive me.

A. O whither am I going? Help, Heaven, or I am lost.

W. Stand neuter, Gods, this' once, I do in voke you!

A. Then save me, Virtue, and the Glory in thine,

W. Nay, never strive.

A. I will; and conquer too. My forces rally bravely to iny Aid; (breaking from him), and thus I gain

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the Day,

W. Then mine as bravely double their Attack; (seizing her again.) And thus I wrest it from you. Nay, struggle not; for all's in vain. Or Death or Victory; I'm determin'd.

A. And so, am 1. (rushing from hin.) Now keep your distance, or we part for ever.

W. (offering again.) For Heaven's fake --
A. (going.) Nay, then farewell.

W. (kneeling and holding her by her clothes.) O stay, and see the magick force of love. Behold this raging Lion at your feet, struck dead with fear, and tame as Charms can make him. What must I do "to be forgiven by you?

A. Repent, and never more offend.

W. Repentance for past crimes is just and easy; but fin no more 's a Task too hard for Mortals.

A. "Yet those who hope for Heaven, must use their best endeavours to perform it.

W. Endeavours we may use; but Flesh and Blood are got in th'other Scale; and they are pond'rous things.

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4. Whate'er they are, there is a weight in Relo. luțion fufficient for their Ballance. The Soul, I do confess, is usually so careless of its Charge, so fost, and so indulgent to Defire, it leaves the Reins in the wild Hand of Nature, who like a Phaeton, drives the fiery Chariot, and sets the World on flame. Yet ltill the Sovereignty is in the Mind, whene'er it pleases to exert its force, Perḥaps you may not think it worth your while, to take such mighty pains for my Esteemi but that I leave to you.

You see the Price I set upon my Heart;
Perhaps 'tis dear; buț spite of all your Art,
You'll find, on cheaper terms we ne'er shall part,

(Exit Amanda.)


Ei ob er. Sehr ausgezeichnete Berdienste um die englische Bühne, nicht bloß als dauspieldichter, sondern auch als Unternehs mer, Schauspieler und Geschichtschreiber derselben, hatte Colley Cibber. Er durchlebte eine lange Periode pon 1671 bis 1757, und war råhrend derse[ben nicht bloß Zeuge, fons dern thdtiger Theilnehmer an mancherlei Veränderungen und Verbesterungen des brittischen Theaters. Er selbst hat sein Leben umståndlich beschrieben in der Apology for his Life, with an historical View of the Stage during his own Time; Lond. 1740. 8. Schon im I. 1689 ward er Schauspieler, und 1711 Theilhaber an der Direktion des Theatero in Drurylane. Mis Schriftsteller war er zwar nur allzu oft ein Gegenstand des bittersten Tadels; vornehmlich suchte thn pope auf ale Reise herabzuwürdigen, und stellte thn in seiner Dancinde an die Spike der Dunse. Unstrets tig aber waren diese Ausfälle rider ihn sehr übertrieben uud


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parcheilfel; denn weder fein moralischer . Hoch fein Thrift: ftellerischer Charatter war solch einer Verrufung werth. Cibs ber war freilich tein Fehr hervorleuchtendes Originalgente; aber doch gewiß ein Mann von Salenten; und seine Schaus spiele verdienten den Beifall, den ihnen das Publitum ers theilte, und so lange zu ertheilen fortfuhr. Aus der Ber nugung fremder Erfindungen machte man ihm ein zu großes Berbrechen; und in einigen seiner Stúde, vorzüglich in seinem Foel in Fashion und Gareless Husband gehört ihin doch auch vieles ganz eigen. Manche &ltere Stücke wurden von ihm umgeåndert, und aberarbeitet; aber auch hier ver: fuhr er nicht ohne Geschmack, wenn er gleich manche Schöna heiten der Rücficht auf Regelmäßigkeit und Theatermirtüng aufopferte. Auch dadurch unterschied er sich von vieken reis ner Mitwerber, daß er Sittlichteit und Belehrung nicht teidjt aus den Augen verlor, und von dieser Seite einen eben so großen Vorzug vor Congreve und Vanbrugb behauptete, als er ihnen, im Ganzen genommen, an Wit und lebhafs tigteit nadstand. Auch sind die Erfindungen und Verwidei lungen nicht immer neu und glücklich genug. Er war ein fruchtbarer Schriftsteller, und in Luftspielen weit Sorzüglta cher , als in der tragischen Gattung. Jene heiffen: Love's. Last Shift - Woman's Wit - Love make a Man She wou'd and. She wou'd not. The Carelefs Husband. The School - Boy The Comical Lovers. The Double Gallant. -- Lady's last Stake — The Rival Fools - The Non: Juror The Refusal The Provoked Husband (gemeinschaftlich mit Vanbrugb) Love in a Riddle - Nuch fein Sohn, Theophilus Cibber, war Schauspieler und dramatischer Bchriftsteller ; beides aber mit geringerm Glü

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