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a School for Fathers.

A COMIC OPERA.
BY ISAAC BICKERSTAFF, ESQ.

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CORRECTLY GIVEN, FROM COPIES USED IN THE THEATRES,

BY
THOMAS DIBDIN,

Author of several Dramatic Pieces: and
PROMPTER OF THE THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY LANE.

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Printed at the Chiswick Press,

BY C. WHITTINGHAM'; FOR WHITTINGHAM AND ARLISS, PATERNOSTER

ROW, LONDON.

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LIONEL AND CLARISSA, FIRST acted at Covent Garden, A. D. 1768, was most favourably received, and has kept possession of the stage in the very first ranks of English opera. The author says of it (and, although it is evidence in his own favour, the public seem to have given him due credit), “It was the general opinion of all my friends, some of whom rank among the best judges, that of all my trifles, LIONEL AND CLARISSA was the most pardonable: a decision in its favour which I was the prouder of, because, to the best of my knowledge, through the whole, I had not borrowed an expression, a sentiment, or a character, from any dramatię work extant."

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

As originally acted. Lionel .

Mr. Vernon. Sir John Flowerdale

Mr. Aickin. Colonel Oldboy

Mr. Parsons. Mr. Jessamy

Mr. Dodd. Harman

Mr. Fawcett. Jenkins

Mr. Bannister,

Clarissa
Lady Mary Oldboy
Diana
Jenny.

Mrs. Baddeley.
Mrs. Hopkins.
Mrs. Wrighten.

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1814.

Drury Lane, Covent Garden. Lionel

Mr. Phillips. Mr. Sinclair. Sir John Flowerdale Mr. Powell,

Mr. Egerton. Colonel Oldboy. Mr. Dowton. Mr. Fawcett. Mr. Jessamy

Mr. Decamp.

Mr. Liston. Harman

Mr. Pyne.

Mr. Broadhurst. Jenkins.

Mr. Smith. Mr. Slader. Clarissa

Mrs. Dickons. Miss Stephens. Lady Mary Oldboy Mrs. Sparks. Mrs. Davenport. Diana

Miss Kelly.

Mrs. Malthews. Jenny

Mrs. Bland. Mrs. Liston.

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SCENE I. A Chamber in COLONEL OLDBOY's House.
COLONEL OLDBOY is discovered at Breakfast, reading

a Newspaper; at a little distance from the Teu-table
sits JENKINS; and on the opposite Side DIANA, who
appears playing upon a Harpsichord; a Girl attend-
ing

AIR.- DIANA.
A., how delightful the morning,

How sweet are the prospects it yields!
Summer luxuriant adorning

The gardens, the groves, and the fields.
Be grateful to the season,

Its pleasures let's employ;
Kind nature gives, and reason

Permits us to enjoy..
Col. O. Well said, Dy, thank you, Dy. This, master
Jenkins, is the way I make my daughter entertain me
every morning at breakfast. Come here and kiss me,
you slut; come here and kiss me, you baggage.

Diana. Lord, papa, you call one such names

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