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Jerome. Gadsbud, and a great fortune.-Ferdinand, you are a prudent young rogue, and I forgive you; and, ifecks, you are a pretty little damsel. Give your father-in-law a kiss, you smiling rogue.'

Clara. There, old gentleman; and now mind you behave well to us.

Jerome. Ifecks, those lips ha'n't been chilled by kissing beads'Egad, I believe I shall grow the best humoured fellow in Spain--Lewis ! Sancho! Carlos ! d'ye hear? are all my doors thrown open ? Our children's weddings are the only holidays our age can boast ; and then we drain, with pleasure, the little stock of spirits time has left us. (Music within.] But see, here come our friends and neighbours !

Enter MASQUERADERS.

And, 'ifaith, we'll make a night on't, with wine, and dance, and catches then old and young shall join us.

FINALE.

Jerome. Come now for jest and smiling,

Both old and young beguiling,

Let us laugh and play, so blythe and gay,

Till we banish care away.
Louisa. Thus crown'd with dance and song,

The hours shall glide along,

With a heart at ease, merry, merry glees,
Can never fail to please.

Ferd.

Each bride with blushes glowing,
Our wine as rosy flowing,

Let us laugh and play, so blythe and gay,
T'ill we banish care away.

DUENNA

Ant. Then healths to every friend,

The night's repast shall end,

With a heart at ease, merry, merry Glees,

Can never fail to please. Clara. Nor, while we are so joyous,

Shall anxious fear annoy us,

Let us laugh and play, so blythe and gay,

Till we banish care away. Jerome. For generous guests like these,

Accept the wish to please,

So we'll laugh and play, so blythe and gay,
Your smiles drive care away.

(Exeunt.

THE END.

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AN OPERA,

IN THREE ACTS;

BY GEORGE COLMAN, THE YOUNGER.

AS PERFORMED AT THE THEATRES-ROYAL,

COVENT-GARDEN AND HAY-MARKET.

· PRINTED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE MANAGERS

FROM THE PROMPT BOOK..

WITH REMARKS

BY MRS INCHBALD.

LONDON:

FRINTED POR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND DROWN,

• PATERNOSTIR-ROW.

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