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A COMIC OPERA,
IN THREE Acts;
By RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN, Esq. As PERFort MED AT THE THEATREs Roy AL,
DRURY LANE AND COVENT GARDEN.
PRINTED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE MANAGERS
FROM THE PROMPT-B00K
BY MRS INCHBALD.
PRINTED FOR Long MAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BItown Patroit Noster-Rowe
This drama has a charm for the public beyond its own intrinsic worth—it was written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. If that name has no power over the reader's imagination, so as to give to every sentence a degree of interest, let him throw aside the book, and forbear to seek after literary pleasures, for he has not the taste to enjoy them. Although “The Duenna’s” highest claim to notice depends, now, upon the reputation of its author, yet the author was first indebted to “The Duenna” for the honour of ranking among poets, and of receiving from the fashionable world all those animating caresses, so dear to a poet's heart. This opera was brought upon the stage in 1775, and during that, and many following years, delighted the dramatic world; still the author did not receive undivided praise for its success:—Musicians had their share, and certain singers of the most forcible attraction. Divested of all adventitious aid, the value of the opera consists in the beautiful poetry of many of the songs; for though it is a production of much ingenuity and skill, it does not give a presage, either in wit,