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I cannot possibly agree to abridge my sister of her natural rights and privileges. Bol. What! is cuckolding her husband a natural right?

Frip. Lord, brother, how coarsely you talk-Besides, you know it can't be, it can't he; for did not Gulliver tell us, when we talk'd to him about the customs of his country, that it was a maxim with the English, never to lie with another man's wife.

Bol. No matter for that-Though he's monster among us, he may be as fine a gentleman as you are in his own country; and then I wou'd not take his word for a farthing.

Frip. Brother, I have no time to quarrel with you now; for Gulliver, you know, is to make his entrance immediately he is to be created a Nardac of this kingdom, and we have all orders from the king to assist at the ceremony. -So, brother Flim nap, better spirits to you; and better manners to you, my dear bully broadside, Ha! ha! ha!

Exit. Bol. A pretty counsellor, truly, to consult with in cases of honour. What is the meaning of bringing this manmountain into the metropolis, and setting him at liberty? zounds, if the whim should take him to be frolicsome, ke'd make as much mischief in the city, as a monkey a

mong China.

Flim. He has sign'd the treaty of alliance with us, and is brought here to receive honours, and be ready to assist

US.

Bol. I wish he was out of the kingdom ; for should he prove an ungrateful monster, like some other of our allies, and join our enemies, we shall consume our meat, and drain our drink to a fine purpose !

Flim. 'Tis my interest in particular to get him hence, If I can; and therefore I will join vou most cordially, in any scheme to send him out of the kingdom.

Bol. We'l think of it (Trumpets sound.) What's that noise for?

Flim. To ca'l the guards together, to attend the procession: I will put on my robes, and call upon you to attend the ceremony.

Bol. I'l wait for you--( going ) -But do you hear, Brother, talk to your wife roundly; don't fight hier at a dis}

tance

tance, but grapple with her; and if she won't strike, sink her.

E.rit Bolgulam. Flim. Grapple with her, if she won't strike, sink-her! _'Tis easily said, but not so easily done- These batchelors are always great heroes 'till they marry and then they meet with their match-Let me see-why shou'd I disturb myself about my lady's conduct, when I have not the least regard for my lady herself?-However, by diecovering her indiscretions, I shall have an excise for mine; and people of quality shou'd purchase their ease at

any rate,

Let jealousy torment the lower life,
Where the fond busband loves the fonder wife :
Ladies and lords should their affections smotber,
Be always easy and despise each other :
With us no vulgar passions should abide ;
For none become a nobleman but-Pride. [Erit.
Enter Lady FlimnAp and FRIPPEREL, (peeping

and laug bing.) L. Flim. Come, brother, the owls are flown. Ha! ha! ha ! This is the most lucky accident !. --but how came the letter into your hands?

Frip. The moment I left your poor husband and my wise brother, consulting how to punish you for your unnatural love of this Gulliver

Both. Ha! ha! ha!

Frip. And was hast’ning to the place, to prepare for the procession, an elderly lady (who tho' past love-matters herself,' seemed willing to forward 'em) pulls me gently by the sleeve, and with an insinuating curtsey, and an eye that spoke as wantonly as it cou'd, whispered me-My Lordmy lord Flimnapam commissioned to deliver this ine to your hands, and hope to have the honour of being better known to you

then curtesying again, mumbled something, look'd roguishly, and left me.

L. Flim. Ha ! ha! ha! I am glad I have caught åt last my most virtuous lord and master- o these modest mer-hey are very devils—however I can ballance accounts with him--but

pray

read the billet-doux to me. I am impatient to hear what his slut says.

Frip. 'Tis a most exquisite composition, and a discharge

in full to you for all kinds of inclinations that you may have now, or conceive hereafter either for man or monster. Ha! ha! ha!

L. Flim. Thou art the best of brothers, positively.

Frip. There's a bob for your ladyship too, I can tell you that.

L. Flim. O! pray let me have it.

Frip. Reads on Wby did not I see my dearest lord Flimnap last night? did public affuirs, or your lady, keep you from my wishes ? L. Flim. Not his lady, I can assure her. Ha ! ha!

Frip. Reads on, Time was when affairs of state could be postpon'd for my company.

L. Flim. Cou'd they so? then the nation had a fine time of it!

Frip. Reads on. And if yon sacrific'd the last night to your lady, which by all the bonds of love shou'd bave been mine, you injur'd both of us; for I was panting for you, wbile sbe was wishing berself with ber adorable Man-mountainlet me conjure you to leave ber to ber giants, and fly this evening to the arms of your ever tender languishing

MORETTA. L. Flim. Upon my word, the languishing Moretta makes verv free with nie- - but this is a precious letter, and will settle all our family-quarrels for the future.

Frip. Boit come, let us to a little consultation of mis. chief-hall we send for the adiniral and shew it him?. We shall have fine bouncing.“

L. Flint No, no, let us make the most of it-l'll fit him for calling in relations to assist him. If this hubbub is to be inade every time I follow my inclinations, one might as well have married a tradesman as a man of quality.

Frip. I wonder that he does not insist upon your looking after his family, and paying his bills.

L. Flim. And taking care of my children. Ha! ha! ha!

poor wretch. Frip. Poor devil! but what shall we do with the letter?

L. Flim. Send it directly to my good lord—but first copy it, lest he should forswear it at the proper time.

Frip. Or suprose, when at our next consultation :pon your indiscretions, that we send the letter to him before us all, to see how he will behave upon it let me alone for that,

L Flim, L. Flim. Thou genius of mischief, and best of brothers ! what can I do to thank you for your goodness to your poor Sissy?

Frip. I'll tell you what you shall do Confess to me sincerely whether you really like this Gulliver.

L. Flim. Why then sincerely, I do think him a prodi. gious fine animal-And when he is dress'd in his Nardac's Tobes, I am sure there will not be a female heart, but will pit-a-pat as he passes by.

Frip. Egad, he ought to make a fine figure I'm sure; for a hundred and fifty taylors have been working night and day these six weeks to adorn this pretty creature of yours—But, my dear sister, do you like him as a fine man, or a fine monster.

L. Flim. Partly one, partly t'other.

Frip. Well, you have eertainly a great soul, sister. I don't quite understand your taste; but so much the bet, ter, for I would have a woman of quality always a little incomprehensible.

Frip. For heaven's sake, let us make haste to join the ceremony ; and be sure, brother, to prevent all conspiracies against my dear Gulliver-great men will always be envied What an honour will he be to Liliput !-had we but a few more such lords, how happy it would be for the nation, as well as the ladies!

Frip. You are certainly mad,
L. Flim, Or I should not be thy sister.
Frip. Farewel, giddy-head.
L. Flim. Brother, I am yours.

[Exeunt severally. Enter a Mob of LILLIPUTIANS, buzzaing. ist Mob. What is the man mountain to be made a lord ?

ad Mob. To be sure, neighbour, he is.

ist Mob. I suppose he is to be made a iord, because he is of So much service to the nation.

2d Mob. We shall pay dear for it tho'! for he eats more, and drinks more ai a male, than would serve my wife and nine children for a month. I wish his lordsliip was out of the kingdom, for he'll certainly make free with us, should there be a scaicity of beef and mutton.

3:1 Mob. What countryman is this Gulliver, pray? 1st Mob. Why, they say he comes from a strange coun.

try!

we

try! the women there are very near as tall as the men, aye, and as bold too, and the children are as big as are-All the people, they say, are brave, free, and happy ; and for fear of being too happy, they are always quarrelling one among another.

ad Mob. Quarrel! what do they quarrel for?

Ist Mob. Because they are brave and free; and if you are brave and free, why you may quarrel whenever, or with whom ever you please,

2d Mob. What! have they no laws to keep them quiet ?

ist Mob. L.ws! ay, laws enough; but they never mind laws, if they are brave and free.

20 Mob. La! what a slaughter an army of such menmou tains wou'd make ?

ist Mob. And so they wou'd, whilst they are brave and free, to be sure, or else they run away as well as lesser people. (Trumpets souud.) Hark! Neighbours, they are coming; now for a sight you never saw before, nor may-hap will ever see again, SCEN E, changes to MILDENDO, the Capital City of

LILLIPUT.

Then follows

The PROCESSION.
SCENE, GULLIVER's Room.

Lalcon, the Keeper, speaks witbout,
Clear the way there for the Nardac Gulliver.
Enter LALCON and GULLIVER,

LALCON.'
PLEA

LEASE your lordship to stoop a little Mosť noble

and tremendous Nardac, behold the place alloted by his majesty for thy 'residence-It has employed all the workmen belonging to the public works, these three months; and the będ here is the joint labours 'of all the upholsterers in this great metropolis.

Gul. I am bound to his majesty, for the honours he has dore me and to you, Sir, for your friendship and atten

tion to me,

Lal.

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