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GOVERNOR, without. Stop that old man! stop that mad parson ! stop him!
Grey, without. Nothing shall stop me in pursuit of my- [Enters.] Ha! she is—she is here indeed! Providence has at length directed me to her.
(Runs to Cecilia. Cec. My father! covered with shame, let me sink
Lord G. and Capt. Har. Her father!
Enter GOVERNOR. Grey. Rise, my glorious girl! rise, purified and forgiven! Rise to pity, with me, the weak minds that know not all thy, value, and venerate the noble ones that do.
Gov. Hey! is it possible Grey, is this my
Grey. Yes, sir; this is your Cecilia, my Cecilia, the object of your avowed rejection and contempt!
Gov. Rejection and contempt! Stand out of the way -let me embrace my daughter- let me take her once more to my heart.
[Runs and embraces her. Lord G. His daughter !
Gov. Yes, my friend, this is really my daughtermy own Cecilia, as sure as I am an old fool after being a young one. This good girl has a right to call me by the name of father-hasn't she, Grey ? - Why, my lord, this is the very parson I told you of!--[Taking Cecilia's arm under his.] And now, young sir, what do you say to your uncle's freaks?
Wood. Say, sir?--that had you ten thousand such, I would go through a patriarchal servitude, in hopes of Cecilia's hand for
reward. Gov. And, had I ten millions of money, and this only girl, thou should'st have her, and that, too, for thy noble freedom ! And what says my Cecilia to her father's first gift?
Cec. Astonishment and pleasure leave. me hardly power to say, that a disobedience to you, sir, would only double my fault; nor to worship that heaven, which has led me through such a trial to such a reward !—Take all I have left myself to give you, Woodville, in my hand.
[WOODVILLE kisses first her hand, and then herself. Grey. Now let me die, my darling child ! since I have seen thee, once more, innocent and happy.
Goo. And now, kiss me, my Cecilia !-Kiss me!Od! Miss Mortimer shall kiss me too, for loving my poor girl here ! - Kiss me, all of you, old and young ! men, women, and children !--Od, I am so overjoyed, I dread the consequences.-
-D'ye hear, there? Fetch me a surgeon and a bottle of wine!-I must both empty and fill my veins on this occasion !_Zooks, I could find in my heart to frisk it merrily in defiance of the gout, and take that cursed vixen below, whoever she is, for my partner!
Lord G. Methinks all seem rewarded, but my poor Sophia, here! and her protection of Cecilia deserves the highest recompence!--But whenever, my dear, you can present me the husband of your choice, I will present him with a fortune fit for my daughter.
Goo. Protect Cecilia !-Od! she is a good girl, and a charming girl, and I honour the very tip of her feathers now !- If she could but fancy our Charles, I'd throw in something pretty on his side, I promise you.
Miss Mor. Frankness is the fashion. What would you say, sir, and you, my lord, if I had fancied
your Charles so much, as to make him mine already?
Gov. Hey-day ! more discoveries!-How's this, boy?
Goo. Od, brother! who'd have thought you in the right all the while! - We'll never separate again, by the Lord Harry! but knock down our Welch friend's old
house, and raise him one on the ruins, large enough to contain the whole family of us, where he shall reign sole sovereign over all our future little Woodvilles and Cecilias.
Cèc. Oppressed with wonder, pleasure, gratitude, I must endeavour to forgive myself, when heaven thus graciously proves its forgiveness, in allying me to every human being my heart distinguishes.
Grey. Yes, my Cecilia, you may believe him, who never gave you a bad lesson, that you are now most truly entitled to esteem ; since it requires a far greater exertion to stop your course down the hill of vice, than to toil slowly up toward virtue.