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which the Author has combined both Still faunter through Pall-Mall with callous sentiment and humour; though not with. care, out some of those farcical situatious which And joftle Worth and Beauty as they please; are to be found in all his Comedies. The Still, drunk in Theatres, with savage ire incident of the discovery appears to have Bid Sense and Decency abalh'd retire; heen fuggested by that of Square io Or, more to dignify superior life, " Tom Jones," and the drunken com Cheat their belt friend of money and of wife. munication seems to have been borrowed If such the age, in vain may Saure tcil, from Foote's “ Lame Lover."

It was

And her weak Mafts must on herself recoil. received with great applause, and the per As some may wonder why our Author's formers deserved the approbation they inet found with.

Poaching for prey on this unusual groundThe following Prologue and Epilogue, Why thus his old and fav'rite haunt forsake, the forner written by Mr. Taylor, and Familiar to each secret dell and brakethe latter by M. P. Andrews, Elq. were The simple truth at once we fainly ownfpoken by Mr. R. Palmer and Mrs. His subtlest toils were in that covert known; Jordan :

The bushes he had beaten o'er and o'er
PROLOGU E.

For some new quarry, but could start no
NO new offender ventures here to-night;
Dus prekent Culprit is a well known wight,

Hence he resolv'd a vain pursuit to yield, Who, fince his errors with such ease obtain

And abler sportsmen left to range the held. A pardon, has presum'd to fin again.

Besides, so many lenient trials past, We own his faults ; but, ere the cause pro

Well might he fear to suffer there at last. cecu,

At length to this dread Court he trusts his Something in mitigation let us plead.

fate, If he was found on Fashion's broad high. But, fure that Candour will affert her claim,

Where mighty Critics fit in solemn state : way, There Vice and FOLI. Y were his only prey;

He scorns to sculk beneath a borrow'd name : Nor had he in his perilous career

And since no bad intention (way'd his mind,

Whate'er the deed, it must indulgence find; E'er put a single passenger in fear ;

Nor should a rigid sentence drive him hence, All his unskill'd attempts were foon o'er

For bere, least, it is his forf offence,
thrown,
And the rath youth expos'd himself alone.
Let us the objects he attack'd review

EPILOGU E. l'nhurt they all their wonted course pursue. THE World's a Stage-and Man has Seven fr * Bards still to Bards, as waves to waves Ages : fucceed,

So Shakespeare writes I -King of Dramatic “ And most we find are of the + Vapid Sages; breed;

But he forgot to tell you in his plan, " A truth, perchance, 'tis needless to de. That Woman plays her part as well as Man. clare,

First, boru ber infant beart wirb triumpb ** For ah! to-night a luckless proof may fruills, glare."

When ibc red coral shukes irs filwer bells! Still LAWYERş strain their throats with venal She, like young Statesınen, as the rattle rings, fury,

Leaps at the found, and struts in leadingBrew-beat an Evidence, or blind a Jury.

Atrings. Saill the High GAMESTER and obedient Next, little Miss, in pin-a-fore ro trim, Mate

With nurse fo noisy-with mama so primVeil deep-laid schemes in hospitable ftare ; Eager to tell you all the's taught to utter PHAXO, though routed, Itill may Justice Lifps as the grasps the allotted bread and dare,

butter ; Fine a few pounds, and many a thousand Type of her sex-who, though no longer share.

young, Still can gur floods of Fashion arm in arm Hold every thing with ease, except their March fix abreast, and meaner folks alarm;

tongue.

The lines marked thus "i were not spoken. # Vide Tbe Dramatisi.

The idea of this Parody on the Seven Ages of Shakefpeare was fuggested to Mr. Reynolds by his friend Mr. Rogers (Author of The Pleasures of Memory), and the lines printed in Italics were furnished by him,

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ways tender,

" render;

« head,

A School-girl then-She curls ber bair in pa. “ When I was young-my heart was ale

pers, And mimics Farber's gout, and Morber's vapours: " And would, to every spouse I had, surTramples alike on cufiems, and on thes, and whispers all she bears io all phe knows : « Their wishes to refuse I never durit“ Betty!"' me cries, “ it comes into my “ And my fourth died as happy as my firft.**

Truce to such splenetic and ralh de signs, « Old maids grow cross because their cats And let us mingle candour with our lines. are dead;

In all the stages of domestic life, My Coverness has been in such a fuss As child, as fifter, parent, friend, and wife, " About the death of our old tabby puss Woman, the source of every fond employ, “ She wears black stockings-Ha! ha! Softens amict.on, and enlivens joy. 16 What a puther,

What is your boast, male rulers of the land ? “ 'Cause one old cat's in mourning for an How cold and cheerlels all you can com. " other !"

mand! The Child of Nature-free from pride and Vain your ambition- vain your wealth and poinp,

power, And sure to please, though nothing but a Unleis kind woman thare your raptur'd Romp!

hour; Nexo riper Miss, who, nature more dif. Unless, 'midit all the glare of pageant art, closing,

She adds her smile, and triumphs in your Now finds some traits of art are interposing ;

heart. And wirb tłue laugbirig eyes bekird ber fan, 25. THE ITALIAN VILLAGERS, a Firft afts ber pari--- wib obat great actor, Man!

Comic Opera, by Mr. Prince Hoare, was Behold her now an ogling vain Coquette, acted the first time at Covent Garden, Catching male gudgeons in her filver'd net :

The characters as follow : All things revers'd-the neck, ciopt close and bare,

Duke of Urbino

Mr. Murray, Scarce feels th' incumbrance of a single hair;

Nobleman,
Whilst the thick forehead treffes, frizzled full,
Rival the tufted locks that grace the bull.

Lorenzo, his Son, Mr. Incledon,

Valentine, a favourite
Tben comes ibai jeber ebarattera Wifr,
Wirb all the dear, distracting cares of life ;

of the Duke, in love Mr. Fawcett, A thousand cards, a thousand joys extend,

with Isabel, For what may not upon a card depend?

Saveall, a Miser,

Ms. Quick.

Mr.

tor to his Daughter, pounds, Five hundred won at night may heal the Hilary, a Pedias, Mr. Knight.

Premils, a Lawyer,

Mr. Simionds. wounds! Naru she'll snatch balf a glance at Opera, Bali,

Marco, Servant io Va.
lentine,

}Mr. Farley. A meteor trai'd by none, obougb seen by all ;

Moro,

Mr. Abbott. Till Spousy finds, while anxious to immure

Lawyer's Clerks, Mesirs. Gray, Sirect, her,

Linton, &c.
A Parent Coffin only can secure her!

of
Atlas, ibe Dowager in ancient fiounces,
With friuff and spectacles, this age denounces
And thus the moralizes [Speaks like an ,

old woman ]

Saveall, • How bold and forward each young Airt Annetta, a Country appears !

Girl, Daughter of Mrs. Martyr. “ Courtship, in my time, lasted seven years Rodriga, “ Now seven little months suffice of course,

Rodriga,

Mrs. Henley. “ For courting, marrying, scolding, and di- Flora, Servant to Ifa.

Mrs. Castelle. “ vorce !

abel, • What with their truss’d-up Mapes and Valentine, a favourite of the Duke of pantaloons,

Urbino, secretly pays his addresses to Dresscccupies the whole of honey-moons :.. label, the daughter of Octavio, a Noble. " They say we have no souls- but what man banished from Court, and residing in more odd is,

a village where the Duke is expected on 2 “ Ner inen, nor women now, have any hunting party. Valentine, dreading a • bodies !

discovery of his attachment, enjoios label

Octavio nam banished}Mr. Hull.

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not to let the Duke fee her; but, from was written by Mr. Joseph Reed, deanxiety for her brother Lorenzo, Ilabel ceased, and was first acted for the benefit disregards the injunction, and, being made of Mr. Holland, in 1767, and two nights known to the Duke, obtains the pardon afterwards ; when, a difference taking of her family. --The Duke, to punith place between the Author and Manager, Valentine's ditreft of him, in concealing the Tragedy (though approved of) was his attachmeni, determines to make him laid alide. On the present occafion, the jealous; while Valentine, more effectually parts of Æneas, Narbal, Jarbas, and to avoid 8+ cion, profelles a passion for Dido, originally performed by Mettrs, another woman in the village. Being Powell, Holland, Bensley, and Mrs. pressed by the Duke to discover his mil. Yates, were repriented by Mellis. Barrytrefs, he pretends to court Rodriga, an more, Palmer, Caulfield, and Mrs. Sid. old peasant, whom he accidentally meets dons. Candour requires is to say, that on her way to profecute a plot formed to this Piece is not unworthy of repredeliver Lucilla, the daughter of an old fentation; the story, though hackneyed mifer, from a forced marriage. This plot and familiar, is not improper for the is carried on by Lorenzo, Lucilla's lover, stage, and the characters are ably discriand Hilary, a pedlar, with the allistance minated, the language sufficiently distant of Rodriga, her daughter Avnetta, and from familiarity or bombast, and the fituoiher accomplices. Saveall, the old miler, ations interetting. It was, as in its oriis deceived into a beliet, that his intended ginal perforinance, received with aplon-in-law, Jeremy Maythorn (who is a plaute. fily conceited coxcomb) has been guilty After the Play, Mr. Colman's Tales, of theft, feduction, and murder, and is with the title of “ My Night-cap and induced to fire a pistol in the night at a Slippers," were recited and fung; but the águire dressed up to represent Miythorn, reception of the second Tale was by no whom he, by this ineans, suspects of an means gratifying to the speaker Mr. intention to plunder his house. Hilary Palmer. and bis accomplices frighten Saveall froni 29. The TATLERS, a Comedy, by home, and, while he flies to take refuge Di. Benjainin Hvadley, Author of "The in a church, Lucilla escapes with her for. Suspicious Hufband,” was acted the first tune.-The lovers, in iheir figh!, meet

time at Covent Garden. The characters Hayı horn, and thut hiin into Saveall's

as follow: hovie, to answer for the consequences of Sir Thomas Severn, Mr. Murray. their tricks. Saveall returns, and, he.

Froward,

Mr. Munden. lieving he had killed bim, concludes him Allworthy, to be a ghost, ani, during his terror, Shatter,

Mr. Holman. Maythorn leaves the house unmolested.

Woodville,

Mr. Middleton, Lucilla's fortune is restored by the dilin. Cobler,

Mr. Quick. terestedneis of her lover, and his title to Jonathan,

Mr. Thompson. her hand confirmed by the Duke. Ro. driga, Jtabel, and Valentine, meeting in

Fanny Allworthy, Miss Mansel.

Madge Haggard, Saveall's house, Valentine's artifice is ex

Mrs. Davenport. posed, and the Duke reproves and pardons Lady Nestletun,

Miss Severn,

Miss Chapman. bün.

Mrs. Matrocks. Valentine obtains the hand of label; Hilary and Anrietta are admitted The outline of the Fable is briefly this : to the Duke's favour, and Saveall receives Mr. Allworthy, forced by pecuniary into his house again his daughter and his embarrassments abroad, returns to England new Con-in-law.

after having amassed a considerable for· This Piece inay be considered in some tune. At his departure he left his wife respečts as an imitation of Shakespeare's and daughter at a cottage in the country. ** As:you like it :' the general' Ityle of Froward, an old hatchelor, who assumes that Author being to be traced, and that the name of Whimsey, becomes ac. not unsuccessfully, in various parts of it. quainted with their hiltory. After the Litile novelty of character is to be found; death of her mother he takes the daughter but the whole is a pleasing attempt 10 under his protection, brings her up in a unite the serious and comic into one per. state of simplicity, and intends making formance, and the execution has not been her his wile. For this purpose he ima unsuccessful.

mures her with an old attendant, in a 28. THE QUEEN OF CARTHAGE, house, apparently empty; and appoints a Tragedy, was acted at Drury Lane, fo cobier, who follows his vocation in an the benefit of Mr. Palmer. This Piece aujoining tall, to keep a Marp look out.

Not

Mr. Pope.

Notwithstanding all this care, Fanny's But once our Author try'd the public simplicity, like Wycherly's Country Wife, Stage, is an overmatch for the sagacity of her That threat'ning sca, where critic tempests Moordy. Shatter, a volatile young fellow,

rage ; lees her, and makes a favourable im. Yet no wưak fears subdu'd the scenic aim:pression on her heart ; this he imparts to Left forms should matter all his former fame, Froward, ignorant that he assumes the He check'd Imagination's active fire, name of Whimsey, and, even afier her In fond fubmiffion to his Mitred Sire. elopeinent with him, places her under his Our Bard, indeed, this filial oibute paid, care. In the mean time Mr. Allworthy Yet ftill lie toy'd with the Poetic Maid, is distracted at the supposed lots of his Her genial influence h.dden, noe suppreit, daughter ; but onliis fervant's recounting Through lite he cherith'd in his glowing to Sir Thomas Severn all that he could breast learn from the cottage, he immediately for they who love the Muse are still the cuncludes it must be Froward's eleve, and fane, accordingly she is restored to her father, And but with life expires the noble flame. who bestows her on young Shailer, the Long was the Drama we co night display Son of his intimate friend.

By kindred duty ktpt from open day, This long dormant Comedy appeared But Death at length diftulved the sacred tie, with less credit to the Authes from the And Friendship yields it to the public eye. circumitance of several pieces on the fame Sure he, thus favour'd by the gen'rotas Tühjeet having made their appearance since meed, his death. Ti is borrowed from Muliere's May hope that your applause will grace the " L'Ecole des Femmes;" froni which, in deed, 1765, Mr. Lee extracted a Farce called Not that the kindness you so oft have thewn

The Country Wite;" and Mr. Garrick, Prompts the vain thought of merits of his in 1756, the popular performance of Ow), ". The Country Girl." Mr. Murphy But that his grateful feelings rest the claim alfo again mave use of the plot in a Co On the firm base of Hoadley's honour'd medy, in 1767, called, “ The School for + name. Guardians' In the prelent Piece, the Ah! then, what Genius lcst, from Envy spain plot is relieved and enlivenet by a lave, well-directed litire at the folly of fcandal: Nor crush the Flow'r no .v rifing en be granti Lady Netileton, an adept in that favourite So may that Flow'r to latest ages bloom, exercise of wit and talents, being firit And ampier Laurels dignity his Tamb. mortihell, and atterwards toiled by her own weapons. This character was well

EPILOGUE. drawn and coloured.

The following Prologue and Epilogie, THE Rights of Women, in our searching the fift written by Mr, Taylor, wiis

Age, spoken lry Mr. Holmuan, and the latt, Have not yet been afferted on the Stage : written by Mr. Jerningham, was spuken For one great Branch of our defrauded Right, by Mirs. Matiocks :

Where hangs the glowing fruit of honie. PROLOG, L' E.

delight,

I now appear to move a new Decree, THE Niglitest fketches from a Master's

Ard plead the Female Cause without a hand,

Fee. Tho' faintly colour'd, and though rougiily Two Scions on one plant will not now plannd,

bear,The Critic of true talle delighted cyes, A chalte allusion to the wedded Pair : Nor'lets one added touch prolane the prize. Behold! unfeeling Diffipation rends To-night, with equal rev'rence, we regard Wide from each other the connubial Friends : The treasur'd relique of a sprightly Bard, The travlling sprig, by whim's still varying Who, while the passing modes capricious range,

Is seen engrafted on fome diftant (pot, And, ftruck by Fanion's wand, each moment While the poor widow'd spray appears to

change, With Naturc's potent · charm shall always Left to the blaat 'unpitied and alone : please,

But our new Code forbids the Youth to In " boreft Rarger's" wild and sportive ease; roam, That jovial rakt, who, futh'd with wine And calls, with dove-like voice, the Truant

and youth, Yet guards with puren homage female truth,

lot,

moan,

home;

We therefore hope our Mates won't think us MAY I Lillo's affecting Tragedy of rude,

FATAL ('URIOSITY was performed at If from our Plan all grafting we exclude. Drury Lin', for the benefit of Mrs.

Do some now present da' ingly naintain, Siddons. In this Play Mr. Keinbile and That roguish Wives oft snap the married Mrs. Siddons gave energy and effect to chain?

the powerful appeals to the passions in the What! if the Husband will not thare his characters of Old Wilmot and his Wife. life

At the conclusion of the evening's enterWith that domeftic fixture call'd a Wife, tainment, Mrs. Siddons Ipoke the followMust me be styl'd an abdicating Queen, ing Lines, laid to be written by Mrs. If her wild roving man forsakes the scene ? Piozzi : When from their refidence th' Incumbents

AND now,

this idle airy frolic past, Aray,

Comes our grave Idler's borror of ihe last : Can it be said, the Living runs away?

Tho' for a month, a season, or a year, Then let the Wives for residence contend, Each parting moment still is found severe ; To this one point let our exertions bend! Whilst hollow murmurs ring from Pole to And, if deserted, we'll no more endure it,

Polc, But, in their absence we'll appoint a Curate. And black’ning clouds round frighted Europe The Laws of Wedlock are the Laws of roll, Rhime,

One's boding heart fears thunder, fire, and A faithful Couplee in according chime :

rain, If the first Line does not exactly filow

May part us all, ere we thall meet again. In perfect symmetry with that below, Nor need we turn to public care our eyes, Ah, then we look for Harmony in vain, The Stage too teems with true calamities'; And favage diffonance deforms the strain. Scarce has it ceas'd, methinks, the folemn Some modern Dames, indeed, have thought it knell, fweeter

Since long tried merit took her last farewell; To ftretch the Couplet to a triplet metre; Her warning spirit speaks from underneath, Our Code disclaims this Licence of the Time, That mimic woes mult end in certain death : Firm for the Couplet, and one echoing Yet, to anticipate such ill. --not nigh, Rhyme.

Were but a fatal curichy. Long time entangled in the Wedlock noofe, Our Comic Muse too, lighter topics lending, The City Husband with his cackling Goofe, Proves that in marriage was her nat'ral endHalf-tir'd, half-pleas'd, without delight or

ing; ftrife,

Whilft, grateful for those smiles which made Still fide by side they waddie on through Life. This drowfy Pair we hold not up to view Each kindest wish waits on her Widding Day; As a complete example to purfue :

And sure, such calents, honours, thar'd btWe rather with thc Men would look on high, tweed 'em, And note the Lark, that warbles to the sky! If 'lis not happy, wby rbe Deuce is in 'm. Nature to this sweet Bird alone has given My own thort absence, howsoe'er employ'd, To wake his carol at the gate of Heav'n; Far from your Imiles mult teel an aching Yet, midst the pride of liis extatic strain,

void; His faithful breast recalls the hunble plain : But whether joys, or pains, or some of all, And, dropping from the splendour of the skies, Or duties merely, fill the interval, He joyous to his little manfion Aies,

No time, nor distance, froin my heart shall Lights with gay pinion on his low. built neit, lever Where all his pleasures and his wishes rest. Its last remaining sense of public favor,

T RY.

us gay,

Ρ Ο Ε

THEODORE AND ANNETTE:

A PASTORAL SONG.

And such foft melting airs the young shep

herders play'd, That all Nature second pleasd with the

found.

ON a green shady bank, as young Theodore

lay, Lullid to Neep by a murmuring brouk ; Annette, as the carelessly wander'd that way,

Stole his girland, his pipe, and his hook ; Then instantly hied to a neighbouring Thade, Whild her flocki stray'd unhecded around ;

Awak'd by the music, young Theodore gaz'd,

whilft echo enliven'd the plain; Then fought for his pipe; but, alas ! was

amaz'd, And thus moun:'d in sorrowful ftrain :

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