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INVENTORY OF THEATRICAL PROPERTY.
to the polite assembly I have already mentioned, pre cisely as follows; except that he pronounced it in a way so remote from its orthography, that I could not but wonder by what singular artifice he had contrived to falsify all the terminating syllables of the language.Imprimis-Hamlet's inky cloak—quite 'new, nevěr in
deed worn.N.B. None of the sable professions need apply; as the said inky cloak is green lined with red, the same having been bought of a slopseller at Elsineur, upon
Hamlet's being shipwrecked coming from England. Item--Cardinal Wolsey's handkerchief --curiously
laced in the old English custome. Item-Othello's do. for Cassio to wipe his beard with.
All the strawberries as much raised from the ground as those Richard sends for from the Bishop of Ely's
garden in Holborn. ItemIago's do.-folded so snugly as to lie in the
smallest possible compass of the inexpressible Canary pantaloons-besides, I have given up the part to Cooke, who plays it like a villain-Now that's vil.
lainous ! Item-Six easy chairs for Q. Catherine in the restless
The cushions have always tumbled about so in the Queen's slumber, that the swimming
Jewess waked Her Majesty one night with laughing. Item“A royal cap and feathers—for Macbeth to strut
and fret his hour in--so tall-in short, as Hamlet says, a forest of feathers—that a mad fellow called
the thing a shuttlecock from Brobdignag. Item-My beard in King Lear--Curse that same goat's
beard ! -The first night the audience supposed half the curse stuck in my throat, because I could not get it out; I mean the beard. Thus I gave it!
That she may curse her crime too late, and feel
ON A LATE EXHIBITION.
311 Item- A great bell of a ton weight, for Lady Mac
beth's dressing-room, for the Queen to ring two
of the Poeti
She strike upon the bell.
scene-adopted in pursuance of Shakspeare's plain
I see thee yet (the dagger) in form as palpable
As this which now I draw,
prompter's head, in the same character : hinted at
great Bring me no more reports, let them fly allthat is, as I understand it, not the Thanes, but the
said reports. Item-All the prompter's books of the playhouse
rendered offensive by the usual marks of entrance upon the stage-Enter 0. P. N.B.-As I never will enter 0. P. again, that is, opposite to the prompter-I have put the prompter opposite : in other words, altered his station at the Theatre: he is right on the left side.
Here my ears were assailed with a din so alarming, that I awoke, and consequently conclude 0. P.
ON A LATE EXHIBITION IN THE PIT OF
COVENT GARDEN THEATRE,
(From the Public Ledger, Nov. 16.]
But found no rest, to Bow Street dragg'd away.
0. P. Q. IN . CORNER.
[From the Morning Chronicle, Nov. 17.1 WHEN men, advanc'd to high estate, ,
With sudden dignity elate,
A statesman of experienc'd parts,
Instructed thus, the little crew
THE RETORT COURTEOUS.
In cases of small enterprise
In short, the public voice complain’d,
THE RETORT COURTEOUS,
[From the same, Nov. 18.) TALL ALL as the steeple of the town,
From which his title's ta'en,
Once enter'd Drury Lane.
And Sarüm's Peer a place.
And cried, with looks askew,
Says Wagstaffe-"No; are you?”. VOL. XIII.
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« Quem virum aut heroa, lyrâ vel acri
Tibiâ sumes celebrare ?"-HOR.
OR whom shall Oxford's hallow'd quire
Inspire with life the dormant lyre,
And least Corruption's throng?
His liberal mind shall gain?
Dark Superstition's train?
The churchman's guiding star?
We look for in our Chancellor?
And boast his high descent:
Of sport and noisy merriment.
To all your sporting feats;
Preside o'er Learning's seats.
That patriot heart and hand-
Would Grenville hold conimand.