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Harry. Then, my dear Rover, since you are so obstinately disinterested, I'll no longer tease my father, whom you here see, and in your strolling friend, his very truant Harry, that ran from Portsmouth school, and joined you and your fellow comedians.

Rover. Indeed !

Harry. Dear cousin, forgive me, if, through my zeal for the happiness of my friend, Iendeavoured to promote yours, by giving you a husband more worthy than myself. [T0 LADY AMARANTH.

Rover. Am I to believe! Madam, is your uncle, Sir George Thunder, in this room?

Lady Am. He is.-— [Looking at Sm GEORGE.

Rover. ’Tis so! You, in reality, what I've had the impudence to assume ! and have perplexed your father with my ridiculous c-l’frontery.—[Turns to Joint Dons’, angry.] I told you, I insisted I wasn’t the person you took me for, but you must bring your damu’d chariot! I am ashamed and mortified. Madam, I beg to take my leave.

Eph. Thou art welcome to go.

Rover. [B0ws.] Sir George, as the father of my friend, I cannot lift my hand against you; but I hope, sir, you'll apologize to me? [Apart.

Sir Geo. Ay, with pleasure, my noble‘ splintcr—~ now tell me from what dock you were launched, my heart of oak. - .

Rover. I've_heard, in England, sir; but from my earliest knowledge, till within a very few years, I've been in the East Indies. '

Sir Gm. Beyond seas? Well, and how ?

Rover. It seems, I was committed an infant to the '

care of a lady, who was herself obliged, by the gentle Hyder Ally, to strike her toilet, and decamp without

beat of drum, leaving me, a chubby little fellow," squatted on a carpet. A serjeant's wife alone re-

turned, and-snatched me off triumphant, through fire, smoke, cannon, cries, and carnage.

Lady Am. Dost thou'mark? [To AMELIA.

Amelia. Sir, can you recollect the name of the town, where-

Rover. Yes, ma'am, the town was Negapatnam.

Amelia. I thank you, sir.

[Gazes with delight and earnestness on Rovznl _ Rwer. An oflicer, who’d much rather act Hotspur on the stage, than in the field, brought me up behind the scenes at the Calcutta theatre—I was rolled on the boards, acted myself into the favour of a colonel —-promised a pair of colours; but, impatient to find my parents, hid myself in the steerage of an home~ ward bound ship; assumed the name of Rover, from the uncertainty of my fate; and having murdered more poets than Rajahs, siept on English ground, unincumbered with rupees or pagodas.—Ha! ha !—Wou'dst thou come home so, little Ephraim ?

Eph. I would bring myself home with some mone . '

iimelia. Excuse my curiosity, sir; what was the lady's name in whose care you were left?

Rover. Oh, ma’am, she was the larly of a Major Linstock: but I heard my mother's name was Seymour.

Sir Geo. Why, Amelia!

Amelia. My son !

Raver. Madam !

Amelia. It is my Charles! [Embraces /rim.

-Sir G60. Eh!

John. [Sings and capers, claps E1>na.u1u on t/e shouldem] Tol, lol, lol ! Though I never heard it before, my heart told me he was a chip of the old block.

Amelia. Your father !—

[To Ro\'ER,p0int‘ing to Sm Geonsz.

Rater. Can it?—Henven! then have Iattcmpted to raise my impious hand against a parent's life!

Sir Geo. My dear brave boy! Then have-.I a son

with spirit to fight me as a stranger, yet defend me as a father.

Lady Am. [Takes him by the hand.] Uncle, you'll recollect 'twas I, who first introduced a son to thee.

Sir Geo. And I hope you will next introduce a grandson to me, young slyboots. Harry, you've lost your fortune.

Harry. Yes, sir, but I've gained a brother, whose friendship (beforel knew him to be such,) I prized above the first fortune in England.

Rover. My generous friend—My dearest Rosalind!

Amelia. Then, will you take our Charles ?

[To LADY AMAa4N'rr1.

Lady Am. Yea; but only on condition thou bestowest thy fortune on his friend and brother; mine is sufficient for us, is it not?

Rover. Angelic creature !—to think of my generous friend—But now for “ As you like it.” Where's Lamp and Trap—-I shall ever love a play—-a spark from Shakspeare's Muse of Fire, was the star that guided me through my desolate and bewildered maze of life, and brought me to these unexpected blessings.

To erit friends so good, so sweet a wife,

T. e Tender Husband be my part for life;

My Wild Oats sown, let candid Thespian laws
Decree that glorious harvest—your applause.

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THE EN D.

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LONGMAN, I-IURST, REES, AND ORME.
BY GEORGE COLMAN, -rue YOUNGER.

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