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turning. It is true, I have no absolute studies; but, really, Sir, I shall be obliged to you, if you will give me leave to go.

448 Sir John. Come, come, my dear Lionel, I have for some time observed a more than ordinary gravity growing upon you, and I am not to learn the reason of it: I know, to minds serious, and well inclined, like yours, the sacred functions you are about to embrace

Lion. Dear Sir, your goodness to me, of every kind, is so great, so unmerited ! Your condescension, your friendly attentions-in short, Sir, I want words to ex.. press my sense of obligations

Sir John. Fie, fie, no more of them. By my last letters, I find that my old friend, the rector, still continues in good health, considering his advanced years. You may imagine I am far from desiring the death of so worthy and pious a man; yet, I must own, at this time, I could wish you were in orders, as you might then perform the ceremony of my daughter's marriage ; which would give me a secret satisfaction.

Lion, No doubt, Sir, any office in my power, that could be instrumental to the happiness of any

in

your family, I should perform with pleasure. 469

Sir John. Why, really, Lionel, from the character of her intended husband, I have no room to doubt, but this match will make Clarissa perfectly happy : to be sure, the alliance is the most eligible, for both families.

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Lion. If the gentleman is sensible of his happiness in the alliance, Sir.

Sir John. The fondness of a father is always suspected of partiality ; yet, I believe, I may venture to say, that few young women will be found more unexceptionable than my daughter : her person is agreeable, her temper sweet, her understanding good; and, with the obligations she has to your instruction

Lion. You do my endeavors too much honour, Sir: I have been able to add nothing to Miss Flowerdale's accomplishments, but a little knowledge in matters of small importance to a mind already so well improved.

Sir John. I don't think so; a little knowledge, even in those matters, is necessary for a woman, in whom, I am far from considering ignorance as a desireable characteristic : when intelligence is not attended with impertinent affectation, it teaches them to judge with precision, and gives them a degree of solidity necessary for the companion of a sensible man.

493 Lion. Yonder's Mr. Jenkins : I fancy he's looking for you,

Sir. Sir John. I see him ; he's come back from Colonel Oldboy's; I have a few words to say to him; and will return to you again in a minute.

SCENE VIII.

Lionel: afterwards CLARISSA, and then Jenny,

who enters abruptly, and runs out again. Lion. To be a burthen to one's self, to wage conti. nual war with one's own passions, forced to combat, unable to overcome ! But

see,
she
appears,

whose

presence turns all my sufferings into transport, and makes even misery itself delightful.

503 Perhaps, Madam, you are not at leisure now ; otherwise, if you thought proper, we would resume the subject we were upon yesterday.

Clar. I am sure, Sir, I give you a great deal of trouble.

Lion. Madam, you give me no trouble ; I should

ink every hour of my life happily employed in your service; and as this is probably the last time I shall have the satisfaction of attending you upon the same occasion

Clar. Upon my word, Mr. Lionel, I think myself extremely obliged to you; and shall ever consider the enjoyment of your friendship

Lion. My friendship, Madam, can be of little moment to you ; but if the most perfect adoration, if the warmest wishes for your felicity, though I should never be witness of it: if these, Madam, can have any merit to continue in your remembrance, a man once honoured with a share of your esteem

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Clar. Hold, Sir, I think I hear somebody.

Lion. If you please, Madam, we'll turn over this celestial globe once more-Have you looked at the book I left you yesterday?

Clar. Really, Sir, I have been so much disturbed in my thoughts for these two or three days past, that I have not been able to look at any thing.

529 Lion. I am sorry to hear that, Madam ; I hope there was nothing particular to disturb you. The care Sir John takes to dispose of your hand in a manner suitable to your birth and fortune.

Clar. I don't know, Sir ;-I own I am disturbed; I own I am uneasy; there is something weighs upon my heart, which I would fain disclose.

Lion. Upon your heart, Madam! did you say your heart? Clar. 1-did, Sir, -

539 Jen. Madam! Madam! Here's a coach and six driving up the avenue : It's Colonel Oldboy's family ; and, I believe the gentleman is in it, that's coming to court you.---Lord, I must run and have a peep at him out of the window.

Lion. Madam, I'll take my leave.

Clar. Why so, Sir?-Bless me, Mr. Lionel, what's the matter!-You turn pale.

Lion. Madam!

Clar. Pray speak to me, Sir.—You tremble.-Tell me the cause of this sudden change. -How are you? Where's

your

disorder?
Lion. Oh fortune! fortune!

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AIR.

You ask me in vain,

Of what ills I complain,
Where harbours the torment I find ;
In
my head, in

ту

heart,
It invades ev'ry part,
And subdues both my body and mind.

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Each effort I try,

Ev'ry med'cine apply,
The pangs of my soul to appease ;

But doom'd to endure,

What I mean for a cure,
Turns poison and feeds the disease.

SCENE IX.

CLARISSA, DIANA. Dian. My dear Clarissa—I'm glad I have found you alone. For Heaven's sake, don't let any one break in upon us ;-and give me leave to sit down with you a little :-( am in such a tremour, such a panic

Clar. Mercy on us, what has happened ? 569

Dian. You may remember I told you, that when I was last winter in London, I was followed by an odious fellow, one Harman; I can't say but the

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