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Lady Teaz. And I dared say you'd make a very good sort of a husband.
Sir Pet. And you prophesied right; and we shall now be the happiest couple
Lady Teaz. And never differ again?
Sir Pet. No, never! – though at the same time, indeed, my dear Lady Teazle, you must watch your temper very seriously; for in all our little quarrels, my dear, if you recollect, my love, you always began first.
Lady Teaz. I beg your pardon, my dear Sir Peter; indeed, you always gave the provocation.
Sir Pet. Now see, my angel! take care — contradicting isn't the way to keep friends.
Lady Teaz. Then don't you begin it, my love !
You don't perceive, my love, that you are just doing the very thing which you know always makes me angry.
Lady Teaz. Nay, you know if you will be angry without any reason, my dear
Sir Pet. There! now you want to quarrel again.
Lady Teaz. Why, you, to be sure. I said nothing - but there's no bearing your temper.
Sir Pet. No, no, madam; the fault's in your own temper.
Lady Teaz. Ay, you are just what my cousin Sophy said you • would be.
Sir Pet. Your cousin Sophy is a forward, impertinent gypsy.
Sir Pet. Now may all the plagues of marriage be doubled on me, if ever I try to be friends with you any more!
Lady Teaz. So much the better.
Sir Pet. No, no, madam : 'tis evident you never cared a pin for me, and I was a madman to marry you
-a pert, rural coquette, that had refused half the honest squires in the neighborhood.
Lady Teaz. And I am sure I was a fool to marry you dangling bachelor, who was single at fifty, only because he never could meet with any one who would have him.
Sir Pet. Ay, ay, madam; but you were pleased enough to listen to me: you never had such an offer before.
Lady Teaz. No! didn't I refuse Sir Tivy Terrier, who everybody said would have been a better match? for his estate is just as good as yours, and he has broke his neck since we have been married.
Sir Pet. I have done with you, madam. You are an unfeeling, ungrateful — but there's an end of everything. I believe you capable of everything that is bad. Yes, madam, I now believe the reports relative to you and Charles, madam. Yes, madan, you and Charles are, not without grounds
- an old
Lady Teaz. Take care, Sir Peter! you had better not insinuate any such thing! I'll not be suspected without cause, I promise you.
Sir Pet. Very well, madam! very well! A separate maintenance as soon as you please. Yes, madam, or a divorce! I'll make an example of myself for the benefit of all old bachelors. Let us separate, madam.
Lady Teaz. Agreed! agreed! And now, my dear Sir Peter, we are of a mind once more; we may be the happiest couple, and never differ again, you know; ha! ha! ha! Well, you are going to be in a passion, I see, and I shall only interrupt you — so, bye, bye? [Exit.
Sir Pet. Plagues and tortures! can't I make her angry either! O, I am the most miserable fellow! But I'll not bear her presuming to keep her temper: no! she may break my heart, but she shan't keep her temper. [Exit.
1771-1832. (Manual, pp. 376–395.) FROM "THE LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL." 254. DescRIPTION OF MELROSE ABBEY. If thou wouldst view fair Melrose aright, Go visit it by the pale moonlight; For the gay beams of lightsome day Gild but to flout the ruins gray. When the broken arches are black in night, And each shafted oriel glimmers white; When the cold light's uncertain shower Streams on the ruined central tower; When buttress and buttress, alternately, Seem framed of ebon and ivory; When silver edges the imagery, And the scrolls that teach thee to live and die; When distant Tweed is heard to rave, And the owlet to hoot o'er the dead man's grave,
- but go alone the while Then view St. David's ruined pile; And, home returning, soothly swear, Was never scene so sad and fair!
255. LOVE OF COUNTRY. Breathes there a man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land?
From wandering on a foreign strand?
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
O Caledonia! stern and wild,
256. PITT AND Fox.
To mute and to material things
Hadst thou but lived, though stripped of power, A watchman on the lonely tower, : Thy thrilling trump had roused the land, When fraud and danger were at hand; By thee, as by the beacon-light, nur pilots had kept course aright;
As some proud column, though alone,
O! think how to his latest day, When Death, just hovering, claimed his prey, With Palinure's unaltered mood, Firm at his dangerous post he stood; Each call for needful rest repelled, With dying hand the rudder held, Till, in his fall, with fateful sway, The steerage of the helm gave way; Then, while on Britain's thousand plains, One unpolluted church remains, Whose peaceful bells ne'er sent around The bloody tocsin's maddening sound, But still upon the hallowed day, Convoke the swains to praise and pray; While faith and civil peace are dear, Grace this cold marble with a tear, He who preserved them — Pitt, lies here!
Nor yet suppress the generous sigh,