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WORKS

OF

Mr. George Farquhar.

VOL. II.

CONTAINING,

1. The INCONSTANT: Or, The Way

to win him.

II. The TWIN-RIVALS.

III. The RECRUITING-OFFICER.

IV. The BEAUX-STRATAGEM.

The EIGHTH EDITION.

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LONDON:

Printed for J. and P. KNAPTON, G. STRAHAN,

J. CLARK, and H. Lintot. 1742.

INCONSTANT:

OR,

The Way to win him.

А

C O M E D Y.

As it is ACTED at the

THEATRE-ROYAL

IN

DRURI-LANE,

By Her MAJEST Y's Servants.

In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas
Corpora

Ovid. Met.

LONDON:

Printed for J. and P. KNAPTON, G. STRAHAN,

and H. LINTOT. 1742.

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TO

Richard Tighe, Esq;

SIR
Edications are the only Fashions in the World that

are more difik'd for being universal ; and the

Reason is, that they very feldom fit the Persons they cuere made for : But I hope to avoid the common Obliquy in this Address, by laying aside the Poet in every thing but the Dramatick Decorum of fuiting my Character to the Perfon.

From the Part of Mirabel in this Play, and another Character in one of my former, People are willing to complement my Performance in drawing a gay, splendid, generous, easy, fine young Gentleman. My Genius, I mus? confess, has a bent to that kind of Description ; and my Veneration for you, Sir, may pals for unquestionable, since in all these happy Accomplishments you come so near to my darling Character, abating bis Inconftancy.

What an unspeakable Bleding is Youth and Fortune, when a happy Understanding comes 'in, to moderate the Desires of the first, and to refine upon the Advantages of the latter ; when a Gentleman is Master of all Pleasures, but a Slave to none ; who has travelld, not for the Curiosity of the Sight, but for the Improvement of the Mind's Eye; and who returns full of every thing but himself? An Author might say a great deal more, but a Friend, Sir, nay, an Enemy must allow

you

this. I shall bere, Sir, meet with two Obstacles, your ModeRy, and your Sense; the first, as a Censor upon the Subject, the jecond, as a Critick upon the Style : But I am obftinate in my Purpose, and will maintain what I say to the last drop of my Pen; which I may the more boldly under

take,

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