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See note on p. 54.
Alm. All hopes of safety and of love are gone:
Boabdel to Almahide. As fome fair tulip, by a storm oppreft, Shrinks
and folds its silken arms to rest; And, bending to the blast, all pale and dead, Hears from within, the wind sing round its head : So, shrowded up your beauty disappears;
Unvail my Love; and lay aside your fears. John DRYDEN. The Conquest of Granada, Part I. Act v. p. 61.
BAYES. Blazing Comet ! mark that. I gad, very fine.
Pret. But I am so surpris’d with sleep, I cannot speak the reft.
[ Reeps. BAYES. Does not that, now, surprise you, to fall asleep just in the nick ? His spirits exhale with the heat of his passion, and all that, and swop falls asleep, as you see. Now, here, she must make a fimile.
SMI. Where's the necessity of that, Mr. Bayes ?
BAYES. Because she's surpris'd. That's a general Rule : you must ever make a fimile when you are surpris'd; 'tis the new way of writing. 3 Cloris. As some tall Pine, which we, on Ætna, find
T'have stood the rage of many a boyst'rous wind,
(Exit. BAYES. I am afraid, Gentlemen, this Scene has made you sad; for I must confess, when I writ it, I wept my self.
Šmi. No, truly, Sir, my spirits are almost exhal'd too, and I am likelier to fall asleep.
Prince Pretty-man starts up, and saysPret. It is resolv'd.
[Exit. Smi. Mr. Bayes, may one be so bold as to ask you a question, now, and you not be angry?
BAYES. O Lord, Sir, you may ask what you please. I vow to gad, you do me a great deal of honour : you do not know me, if you say that, Sir.
Smi. Then, pray, Sir, what is it that this Prince here has resolv'd in his sleep?
BAYES. Why, I must confess, that question is well enough ask'd, for one that is not acquainted with this
new way of writing. But you must know, Sir, that, to out-do all my fellow-Writers, whereas they keep their Intrigo secret till the very last Scene before the Dance; I now, Sir, do you mark me
Smi. Begin the Play, and end it, without ever opening the Plot at all ?
BAYES. I do so, that's the very plain troth on't : ha, ha, ha; I do, I gad. If they cannot find it out themselves, e'en let 'em alone for Bayes, I warrant you. But here, now, is a Scene of business : pray observe it ; for I dare say you'l think it no unwise discourse this, nor ill argu’d. To tell you true, 'tis a Debate I over-heard once betwixt two grand, sober, governing persons.
Enter Gentleman-User and Phisician. Uh.
Ome, Sir; let's state the matter of fact, and lay our heads together.
Phys. Right: lay our heads together. I love to be merry fome
times; but when a knotty point comes, I lay my head close to it, with a pipe of Tobacco in my mouth, and then I whew it away, i' faith.
BAYES. I do juft so, I gad, always.
Uh. The grand question is, whether they heard us whisper? which I divide thus : into when they heard, what they heard, and whether they heard or no.
JOHNs. Most admirably divided, I swear.
UM. As to the when ; you say just now : so that is answer'd. Then, for what; why, what answers it self: for what could they hear, but what we talk'd of? So that, naturally, and of necessity, we come to the last question, Videlicet, whether they heard or no?
Smi. This is a very wise Scene, Mr. Bayes.
Such easy Turns of State are frequent in our Modern Plays ; where we see Princes Dethron'd and Governments Chang'd, by very feeble Means, and on Ilight Occasions : Particularly, in Marriage-a-la-Mode; a Play, writ since the first Publication of this Farce. Where (to pass by the Dulness of the State-part, the Obscurity of the Comic, the near Resemblance Leonidas bears to our Prince Pretty-Man, being sometimes a King's Son, sometimes a Shepherd's; and not to question how Almalthea comes to be a Princess, her Brother, the King's great Favourite, being but a Lord) 'tis worth our While to observe, how easily the Fierce and Jealous Usurper is Depos'd, and the Right Heir plac'd on the Throne ; as it is thus related by the said Imaginary Princess.
Enter Amalthea, running.
Or Courage, show it now: Leonidas
Against a Host of Foes
This shows Mr. Bayes to be a Man of Constancy, and firm to his Resolution, and not to be laugh'd out of his own Method : Agreeable to what he says in the next Act. * •As long as I know my Things are Good, what care Iwhat they say?' .. Key 1704.
(a) Ormafdes. I know not what to say, nor what to
think! I know not when I sleep, or when I wake.
Sir W. KILLIGREW. Ormafdes, or Love and Friendship. Act v. p. 17. (Licensed 22 Aug. 1664). Ed. 1665. 8vo. (6) Pandora. My doubts and fears, my reason does
dismay, I know not what to do nor what to say ; Sir W. KILLIGREW. Pandora, or The Converts.
Act v. p. 46. Ed. 1666.