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Trel. Top and top-gallant pair-and for his
pains, She will have him or none. He's not the richest I'th' parish; but a wit: I say, amen, Because I cannot help it.
Amor. Tith no matter.
Aur. We'll remedy the penury of fortune;
Fut. You are in all unfellow'd.
Aur. Piero, yes;
Ful. I'll follow
him A-what-d'ye call’t—a setting dog,-a sentinel ; I'll mend his weekly pay.
Guz. He shall deserve it.
Aur. Unfit to lose him.
We must be thrifty in them. None, I trust, Repines at these delights, they are free and harm
less : After distress at sea, the dangers o'er, Safety and welcomes better taste ashore.
This Drama, like Perkin Warbeck, has been somewhat too lightly regarded. The plot, indeed, is simple, and the poet has not availed himself of the interest of which even that simplicity was susceptible; but the characters are well discriminated, and strongly marked. The high-spirited, pure-minded Spinella; the uxorious, sensitive, and noble Auria; and the rash, repentant, and dignified Adurni, do credit to the author's powers of conception : nor is the next trio, the faithful sister, the silent devoted lover, and the suspicious, gloomy, and selfish friend, to be passed without praise. The more serious scenes are beautifully written ; and the situation, if not the language of some of the speakers in them, is well calculated to excite that tender feeling which melts the heart in almost every drama of this pathetic writer.
Either by accident or design, the humbler characters of the Lady's Trial are inoffensive; they are occasionally even amusing, and lead us to wish that Ford had suspected bis want of genuine humour, and recollected, before he closed his theatrical career, (for this was probably his last play,) that a dull medley of extravagance and impurity was poorly calculated to supply the defect.