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The Time that Colley Cibber first came on the
STAGE, to the present Year.
Extrema cum primis ;
DAVID GARRICK, Elo
the Patron, it is presumed to be with peculiar propriety that Master-pieces, of the Art, in which he excels, lay claim to his protection. - A Selection of modern Prologues and Epilogues, cannot, therefore, be more properly fheltered, than under the Patronage of Mr. GARRICK.
THAT Aowing vein of Wit and facetious turn of Humour, which enter into his numerous compositions of this kind, display a fund of most exquisite pleaSantry; which fets him above every competitor in this species of writing.
Not only master of the whole disposition of that little world, the Theatre ; but, possessed of talents, the most distinguished, for observation on men and manners in general, an intimate knowledge of the world at large became early familiar to him.
Hence that admirable facility, with which, he affumed, like a Proteus, the resemblance of others; or, rather, like the Dervis, whose foul could take porseffion of inanimated bodies, he inspired them with life, and exhibited them to the age in their true form and pressure. Hence it is, also, that Mr. GARRICK's excellence, in respect to these appendages to the Drama, constitutes but a part of the merit of his literary character,
A DRAMATIC genius, formed on the same plan as was that of our immortal SHAKESPEARE, could not fail of sharing a considerable portion of the powers of poetical description, as well as of personal a&tion. Congenial faculties evidently directed them both to the same pursuits, urged them in the same career ; and, if both did not equally succeed in the differené walks of their profession, it is doubtless for the rea. Son assigned by the Philosopher.
Two Sciences will no one genius fit;
To the honour of Both, however, it will be remembered, that the Poet as much excelled the Axtar in the one, as the Astor excelled the Poet in the other; in his own excellence each equally inimitable! To say this, of Mr. GARRICK, to himself, may carry with it the appearance of adulation; but, whatever the appearance, Aattery is a meanners, of which, none, who know, will accuse the author of the prefent address.
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