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the lady he had recommended him to, went up to her with great ease and freedom. Black Dominos are much alike ; the hat was the only remarkable thing about CHARLES; and this stranger's impudence, added to that token, left no room to the Lixly to doubt his being the same who had affronted her in it before. She did not wait his speaking, but, as his lips open'd, pullid off her own mask to give him a sight of her face with one hand, while she gave him a blow with the other that laid him on the ground.
CHARLES was so eager to reap the advantage of this quar rel, that the Lady's mask was scarce adjusted, when he ftept over the vanquish'd rival, and address’d her in his new shape with all the tenderness imaginable ; swore an inviolable affection to her, and begg’d her, as she faw he was no ftranger to her, to accept of him for the remainder of the evening as her guardian (a poft he would maintain at the hazard of his life) against that fellow, whom, he added, he had seen affront her several times that evening before.
The Lady was strangely confounded with the freedom and warmth of this attack, till she perceiv'd the trick, and found out her old lover in his new form. She was not a little mortify'd at having punish'd somebody else in his stead 3 but the determin'd from this moment a more certain revenge upon him. She let him believe he perfectly impos’d upon her, never gave him the least ground to suspect her knowing him, and listen’d to the soft things he said to her with great “pretended pleasure.
He prais’d her wit and sprightliness; told her how doubly charming good-natur'd things were, when deliver'd in such imperfect English as she spoke: he prais'd her eyes, and almost devoured her hand with kisses. She fuffer'd all the violence of his love with an unwilling coyness, and at length pretended a passion for him that rais'd his vanity to the clouds. The Lady's whole business was now to get her lover out of the room; but there was some difficulty in this. A woman's modesty could not propose so gross a thing; and CHARLES
bad scen so much of her resentment against too great liberties, that he as much fear'd as wish'd to propose it. At length the Lady seem'd so perfectly enamoured with him, that he thought there could be no danger in saying any thing to her; and with a faultering voice proposed their seeing what weather it was. The Lady drew back, and after a filence of a few moments told him with a figh, she understood him very well; but that he had ask'd her the only thing she could have refused him.
An acknowledgment like this gave the lover courage to redouble bis attacks ; the Lady told him, she dar'd not,me for the fear'd, he would not like her face when he favk it.-CHARLES thought it was now pretty plainly all overs he told her, he should continue to think her the charmingelt creature in the world, tho' she had no face at all; and with a thousand squeezes by the hand and gentle preffings of her bofom, he at length carried her off, just as the gentleman, who had received the favour of a blow by proxy, had brought up the officer, who attended upon duty, to seize the lady who
gave it him.
The rapture of our eager lover, as he conducted his mistress to the door, is not to be described to you. She lifped a thousand endearments to him, as they came toward the head of the stairs; but very unluckily, as she was ogling him with great tenderness in that dangerous situation, she missed the first step, came down the flight at once, and hurt her leg at the bottom against the pole of a chair. The lover flew down almost as fast to help her: he was reaching his hand with great tenderness to take her up, when he heard her utter herself in a very different tone of voice from the piping treble he had till then been entertain’d with, and in very plain English declare with a tremendous oath that The had broke her shins.
CHARLES was ftrangely confounded at this metamorphosis: he would have left his mistress, but in vain : she seiz'd him by the arm, and leading him to the next lamp pulled
off her mask, and fhewed him the face, not of Madame Brilliant, but of HIS FATHER.
CHARLES fell upon his knees, and with eyes swoln with tears, striking his breast with great contrition, implored his pardon for the first fault he had committed, and that but an intentional one. He pleaded however in vain : the old gentleman aflur'd him he would disinherit him, turn him out of doors, and write to Oxford to have him expell’d the college.
This is his history; and he is now with me. I don't pretend to justify him in an ill intent; but I think the circumstances of the story ought to plead his pardon, as they will leave no room for fufpicion of his falling into the fame fault again. If you can make his peace at college, he is ready to return; as to his father, he never did any thing he ought in his life; so that I expect nothing from him: but if you can get this little flip overlook'd, I will fupport him as he ought to be among you.
EADERS too long, with specious tales deceiv’d,
Whate'er the garret-wit invents, believ'd.
With these too long the world has been amus’d,
This coming too late for our fuft number, we are obliged to omit several lines.
An HYMN to the CREATOR.
First gave me pow'r to move,
Duft of my parent earth,
And call'd me into birth.
And e'er my life begun,
Were written one by one,
The yet unfinish'd plan;
And form’d the future man.
O may this frame, that rising grew
Beneath thy plastick hands, Be studious ever to pursue
Whate'er thy will commands:
Thy image let it bear,
Who stamp'd his image there,
N. B. The two other Hymns by the fame AUTHOR will be inserted in our next numbers,