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THE

BRITISH DRAMA;

A COLLECTION OF THE MOST ESTEEMED

TRAGEDIES, COMEDIES, OPERAS, AND FARCES,

IN THE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

VOLUME SECOND.

LONDON:

PUBLISHED BY JONES & COMPANY,

8, ACTON PLACE, KINGSLAND ROAD.

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Love in a Village, ........ 1027

· 1027 Who's the Dupe, ........ 972
Miss in her Teens, . ....... 928

OPERAS, ETC..
The First Floor, .... .1524 Comus, · .

.... 1380
The Intriguing Chambermaid, ... 1243 Inkle and Yarico, ........ 1448
The Lame Lover, ........ 1299 Lionel and Clarissa, ....... 813

LIONEL AND CLARISSA:

OR,

A SCHOOL FOR FATHERS:

A COMIC OPERA,

IN THREE ACTS.

BY ISAAC BICKERSTAFF, Esq.

REMARKS. THIS Opera was first performed at Covent Garden, in 1768; and afterwards altered and revived at Drury Lane with the new title of the School for Fathers, which is now usually added to its original name. The Author asserted the entire originality of his production, having borrowed neither character, language, nor incident, from any other writer. Be this as it may, the piece has considerable claims, not merely as a medium for vocal ability, but from its good sepse.

Lionel and his Clarissa, whose delicacy of love is well portrayed, are sure to gain the sympathy of their younger aoditors and readers. ---Colonel Oldboy supports the old English strength of character, in admirable contrast with the effeminate Mr. Jessamy, who is a good caricature of the modera breed of useless triflers, neither male nor female in their ideas or pursuits, but a nauseous compound of the worst parts of both.-Diana, Sir John Flowerdale, Lady Mary Odbor, and the other characters, are in good keeping with the general tone of this agreeable drama.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

COVENT GARDEN, 1768. DRURY LANE, 1914.
LIONEL, . . . . . . . Mr. Vernon. . . . . Mr. Phillips.
SIR JOHN FLOWERDALE, Mr. Aickin. ..Mr. Powell.
COLONEL OLDBOY, . . . Mr. Parsons. . . . . Mr. Dowlon.
MR. JESSAMY. . . . . . Mr. Dodd. . . . . . Mr. Decamp.
HARMAN, . . . . . . . Mr. Fawcett. ... Mr. Pyne.
JENKINS, . . . . . .

Mr. Bannister. . . . Mr. Smith.

CLARISSA,

Mrs. Baddeley, ... Mrs. Dickons.
LADY MARY OLDBOY, .. Mrs. Hopkins. ii. Mrs. Sparks.
DIANA, . . . . . .

... Mrs. Wrighten.... Miss Kelly.

. . JENNY, . . . . . . .

. . . .

.. Mrs. Bland.
. .

ACT І.

Col. O. Well said, Dy, thank you, Dy.SCENE 1.-A Chamber in ColoNEL OLDBOY's daughter entertain me every morning at break

| This, Master Jenkins, is the way I make my House.

fast. Come here and kiss me, you slut; come COLONEL OLDBOY is discovered at breakfast, here and kiss me, you baggage.

reading a newspaper; at a little distance from Diana. Lord, papa, you call one such the lea-table sits JENKINS; and on the opposite names— . side DIANA, who appears playing on a harpsi

| Col. O. A fine girl, Master Jenkins, a devilchord; a Girl attending.

ish fine girl! she has got my eye to a twinkle.

There's tire for you-spirit!-I design to marry Diana. Ah, how delightful the morning,

her to a duke: how much money do you think How sweet are the prospects it yields !

a duke would expect with such a wench? Summer luxuriant adorning

Jenk. Why, colonel, with submission, I The gardens, the groves, and the fields.

think there is no occasion to go out of our Be grateful to the season,

own country here; we have never a duke in Its pleasures let's employ;

it, I believe, but we have many an honest genKind natore gives, and reason

tleman, who, in my opinion, might deserve the Permits us to enjoy.

young lady.

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