Bring up this table, and get under it.
One essential is to hide you well.
Why under there?
Oh, dear! Do as I say;
|I know what Im about, as you shall see.|
|Get under, now, I tell you; and once there|
|Be careful no one either sees or hears you.|
Im going a long way to humour you,
|I must say; but Ill see you through your scheme.|| 10|
And then youll have, I think, no more to say.
(To her husband, who is now under the table.)
But mind, Im going to meddle with strange matters;
|Prepare yourself to be in no wise shocked.|
|Whatever I may say must pass, because|
|Tis only to convince you, as I promised.|| 15|
|By wheedling speeches, since Im forced to do it,|
|Ill make this hypocrite put off his mask,|
|Flatter the longings of his shameless passion,|
|And give free play to all his impudence.|
|But, since tis for your sake, to prove to you|| 20|
|His guilt, that I shall feign to share his love,|
|I can leave off as soon as youre convinced,|
|And things shall go no farther than you choose.|
|So, when you think theyve gone quite far enough,|
|It is for you to stop his mad pursuit,|| 25|
|To spare your wife, and not expose me farther|
|Than you shall need, yourself, to undeceive you.|
|It is your own affair, and you must end it|
Here he comes. Keep still, dont show yourself.|