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OʻFla. Blessing of St. Patrick upon us all! 'tis a night of wonderful and surprising ups and downs : I wish we were all fairly set down to supper, and there was an end on't.

Stock. Hold for a moment! I have yet one word to interpose-Entitled by my friendship to a voice in your disposal, I have approved your match; there yet remains a father's consent to be obtained.

Bel. Have I a father?

Stock. You have a father.-Compose yourself—you • have a father, who observes, who knows, who loves you.

Bel. Keep me no Ipnger in suspense; my heart is softened for the affecting discovery, and nature fits me to receive his blessing.

Stock. I am your father. Bel. My father !-Do I live? Stock. I am your father. Bel. It is too much my happiness overpowers me -to gain a friend, and find a father, is too much! I blush to think how little I deserve you. [They embrace.

Duit. See, children, how many new relations spring from this night's unforeseen events, to endear us to each other.

O'Fla. O' my conscience, I think we shall be all related by and by

Stock. How happily has this evening concluded, and yet, how threatening was its approach !-Let us repair to the supper room, where I will unfold to you every circumstance of my mysterious story.—Yes, Belcour, I have watched you with a patient, but inquiring, eye, and I have discovered, through the veil of some irregularities, a heart beaming with benevo. lence and animated nature; fallible, indeed, but not incorrigible ; and your election of this excellent young lady, makes me glory in acknowledging you to be my

son.

Bel. I thank you, and in my turn, glory in the father I have gained. Sensibly impressed with gratitude for such extraordinary dispensations, I beseech you, amiable Louisa, for the time to come, whenever you perceive me deviating into error or offence, bring only to my mind the providence of this night, and I will turn to reason, and obey. He'e ,

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ENGLISH COMEDY:

A

COLLECTION

OF THE

MOST CELEBRATED DRAMAS,

SINCE THR

COMMENCEMENT

OF THE

REFORMATION OF THE STAGE

BY

SIR RICHARD STEELE AND COLLEY CIBBER.

VOL. II.

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