Зображення сторінки
PDF
ePub
[blocks in formation]

PRINTED For W. LOWNDES, 38, BEDFORD STREET.

[blocks in formation]
[ocr errors][merged small][merged small]

TO

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

FRANCIS SEYMOUR CONWAY,

EARL OF HERTFORD,

LORD CHAMBERLAIN OF

HIS MAJESTY'S HOUSHOLD,

TO WHOSE

POLITENESS AND CANDOUR

THE AUTHOR

OWES EVERY ACKNOWLEDGMENT,

THIS COMEDY IS

GRATEFULLY DEDICATED

BY

HIS LORDSHIP's

MOST OBLIGED

AND

MOST OBEDIENT SERVANT,

SAM. FOOTE.

Vorth End.

WRITTEN AND SPOKEN BY

MR. GENTLEM A N.

PROLOGUES, like cards of compliment, we find,
Most as unmeaning as politely kind;
To beg a favour, or to plead excuse,
Of both appears to be the gen’ral use.

Shall my words, tipt with flattery, prepare
A kind exertion of your tend'rest care ?
Shall I present our author to your sight,
All pale and trembling for his fate this night?
Shall I solicit the most pow'rful'arms
To aid his cause, the force of beauty's charms ?
Or teil each critic, his approving taste
Must give the sterling stamp, wherever plac'd ?
This might be done-but so to seek applause
Argues à conscious weakness in the cause.
No-let the Muse in simple truth appear,
Reason and Nature are the judges here:
If by their strict and self-describing laws,
The sev'ral characters to night she draws;
If from the whole a pleasing piece is made,
On the true principles of light and shade;
Struck with the hai mony of just design,
Your eyes-your ears—your hearts, will all combine
To grant applause :—but if an erring hand
Gross disproportion marks in motley band,
If the group'd figures false connexions show,
And glaring colours without meaning glow,
Your wounded feelings, turn'd a diff'rent way,
Will justly damn-th' abortion of a play.

As Farquhar has observ’d, our English law,
Like a fair spreading oak, the Muse shall draw,
By Providence design'd, and wisdom made
For honesty to thrive beneath its shade ;
Yet from iis boughs some insects shelter find,
Dead to each nobler feeling of the mind,
Who thrive, alas ! too well, and never cease
To prey on justice, property, and peace.

« НазадПродовжити »