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thers: I never yet disobeyed him; in which I have had little merit; for his commands hitherto have only been to secure my own felicity. 540

Mr. Jes. Apres ma chere— . C(ar. But now, Sir, I am under the shocking necessity of disobeying him, or being wretched for ever. . Mr. Jes. Hem!

. Ciar. Our union is impossible—my present situation —the gloomy prospecf before me—the inquietude of my mind

AIR.

*•■''*

. Poor, panting heart, ah! wilt thou ever

Throb within my troubled breast;

Shall I see the moment never, ,550

That is dctmt'd to give thee rest t

4.

f Cruel stars! that thus torment me,
Still I seeh for ease in vain,
All my efforts but present me
With variety of pain.

SCENE IX.

Jessamy, Jenkins.

Mr. Jes. Who's there 1
Jen. Do you call, Sir i

F

Mr. Jes. Hark you, old gentleman! who are you i Jen. Sir, my name is Jenkins.

Mr. Jes. Oh! you are Sir John Flowerdale's ste* Ward; a servant he purs confidence in. 561 Jen. Sir, I have served Sir John Flowerdale many years: he is the best of masters; and, I believe, he lias some dependance on my attachment and fidelity.

Mr. Jes. Then, Mr. Jenkins, I shall condescend to speak to you. Does your master know who I am f Does he know, Sir, that lam likely to be a Peer of Great Britain? That I have ten thousand pounds a year; that I have passed through all Europe with distinguished eclat; that I refused the daughter of Mynheer Van Slokenfolk, the great Dutch burgomaster; and, that, if I had not had the misfortune of being bred a protestant, I might have married the niece of his present holiness the Pope, with a fortune of two hundred thousand piasters?

Jen. I am sure, Sir, my master has all the respect

Imaginable

Mr. Jes. Then, Sir, how comes he, after my shewing an inclination to be allied to his family; how comes he, I say, to bring me to his house to be affronted? I have let his daughter go; but, I think, I > as in the wrong; for a woman that insults me, is no more safe than a man. I have brought a Lady to reason before now, for giving me saucy language; hnd left her male friends to revenge it* Jen. Pray, good Sir, what's the matter f

Mr. Jes. Why, Sir, this is the matter, Sir—your master's daughter, Sir, has behaved to me with damn'd insolence, and impertinence: and you may tell Sir John Flowerdale, first, with regard to her, that I think she is a silly, ignorant, awkward, ill-bred country puss. •

Jen. Oh! Sir, for Heaven's sake

Mr. Jes. And, that with regard to himself, he is, in my opinion, an old, doating, ridiculous, country 'squire; without the knowledge of either men or things; and, that he is below my notice, if it were not to despise him.

Jen. Good Lord! Good Lord!

Mr. Jes. And, advise him and his daughter to keep out of my way; for, by gad I will affront them, in

the first place I meet them And, if your master

is for carrying things further; tell him, I fence better than any man in Europe.

AIR.

In Italy, Germany, France have I been;
Where princes I've liv'd with, where monarchs I've
seen;

The great have caress'd me,
.■ . The fair have address'd me,
Nay, smiles I have had from a queen.

And, now, shall a pert,
Insignificant Jlirt,

With insolence use me,
Presume to re/use me!
She fancies my pride will be hurt.

But tout au contraire, ,
I'mpleas'd I declare,'
Quite happy, to thinh, I escape from the snare:
Serviteur Mam'selle; my claim I withdraw.
Hey, where are my people i Fal, lal, lal, lal la. 619

SCENE X.

Jenkins.

I must go and inform Sir John of what has happened; but, I will not tell him of the outrageous behaviour of this young spark; for he is a man of spirit, and would resent it. Egad, my own fingers itched to be at him, once or twice; and, as stout as he is, I fancy these old fists would give him a bellyful. , He complains of Miss Clarissa: but she is incapable of treating him in the manner he says. Perhaps, she may have behaved with some coldness towards him; and yet, that is a mystery to me too.

- AIR.

We all say the man was exceedingly hnowing,, . . :63? And hnowing most surely was he,

Who found out the cause of the ebhing andflowing,
The fux and reflux of the sea.

Nor was he in hnowledgefarfrom it,
Who first narh'd the course of a comet;

To what it was owing,

its coming and going,
Its wanderings hither and thither;

But the man that divines

4 Lady's designs,

Their cause or effeS,

In any respeB,
Is wiser than both put together.

SCENE XI.

Changes to Sir John Flower Da it's Garden; with q View of a Canal, by Moon-light: the Side Scenes represent Box-hedges, intermixed with Statues and Flowering Shrubs, Lionel enters, leading Clarissa.

Lion. Hist—methought I heard a noise—should we be surprised together, at a juncture so critical; what might be the consequence—I know not how it is; but, at this the happiest moment of my life, I feel a damp, a tremor, at my heart

Clar. Then, what should I do ? If you tremble, I ought to be terrified indeed, who have discovered

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