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THE

BRITISH DRAMA:

A COLLECTION OF THE MOST ESTEEMED

TRAGEDIES, COMEDIES, OPERAS, AND FARCES,

IN THE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

VOLUME II.

PHILADELPHIA:
J. J. WOODWARD, No. 7 MINOR STREET.

STEREOTYPED BY L. JOHNSON.

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM
THE BEQUEST OF
EVERT JANSEN WENDELL

1918

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• The City Wives' Confederacy, · 465 Lionel and Clarissa,

LIONEL AND CLARISSA:

OR,

A SCHOOL FOR FATHERS:

A DOMIC OPERA,

IN THREE ACTS.

BY ISAAC BICKERSTAFF, Esq.

REMARKS

1 The opera was first performed at Covent Garden, in 1768; and afterwards altered and revived at Drury Lane, with the new title of the School for Fathers, which is now usually added to its original name. The Author asserted the entire originality of his production, having borrowed neither character, language, nor incident, from any other writer. Be this as it may, the piece has considerable claims, not merely as a medium for vocal ability, but from its good sense.

Lionel and his Clarissa, whose delicacy of love is well portrayed, are sure to gain the sympathy of their younger auditors and readers.—Colonel Oldboy supports the old Engli h strength of character, in admirable contrast with the effeminate Mr. Jessamy, who is a good caricature of the modern breed of useless triflers, neither male nor female in their ideas or pursuits, but a nauseous compound of the worst parts of both.-Diana, Sir John Flower dale, Lady Mary Oldboy, and the other characters, are in good keeping with the general tone of this agreeable drama.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

COVENT GARDEN, 1768.
LIONEL,..

Mr. Vernon. ........
SiR JOHN FLOWERDALE,.... ...Mr. Aickin..
COLONEL OLDBOY,..

Mr. Parsons........
MR. JESSAMY,

.Mr. Dodd...
HARMAN,....

. Mr. Fawcett.
JENKINS,

Mr. Bannister...
CLARISSA,.........

Mrs. Baddeley..
LADY MARY OLDBOY,..... Mrs. Hopkins..
DIANA,..................... . Mrs. Wrighten.....
JENNY,.....................

DRURY LANE, 1814.

Mr. Phillips.
Mr. Powell.
Mr. Dowton.
. Mr. Decamp.
.Mr. Pyne.
..Mr. Smith.
.Mrs. Dickons
Mrs. Sparks.
..Miss Kelly.
. Mrs. Bland.

ACT I.

Be grateful to the season,

Its pleasures let's employ;
SCENE I.-A Chamber in COLONEL OLDBOY'S

Kind nature gives, and reason
House.

Permits us to enjoy.
COLONEL OLDBOY is discovered at breakfast, read-

Col. O. Well said, Dy, thank you, Dy.-This, ing a newspaper ; at a little distance from the tea-table sits JENKINS; and on the opposite side Master Jenkins, is the way I make my daughter Diana, who appears playing on a harpsichord ; here and kiss me, you slut; come here and kiss

entertain me every morning at breakfast. Eome a Girl attending.

me, you baggage. Diana. Ah, how delightful the morning, Diana. Lord, papa, you call one such names

How sweet are the prospects it yields ! Col. 0. A fine girl, Master Jenkins, a devilish Summer luxuriant adorning

fine girl! she has got my eye to a twinkle. There's The gardens, the groves, and the fields. fire for you-spirit !- I design to marry her to a

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