Графични страници
PDF файл
ePub

.

[ocr errors]

For thore gentlemen and ladies who are best of their way out of the theatre ; some defirous of seeing this last part, there is a lofing a cloak, others a hat, others a wig, private room provided.

and others hat, wig and swords also. One These performaces have been seen by party however said in the house, in order most of the crown'd heads of Afa, Africa to demolish the inside, when the mob breakand Europe, and never appear'd publick ing in, they tore up the benches, broke to any where but once ; but will wait of any pieces the scenes, pull'd down the boxes, at their houses, and perform as above, for A in mort dismantled the theatre entirely, five pounds each time.

carrying away the particulars abovements. There will be a proper guard to keep oned into the street, where they made a the house in due decorum.

mighty bonfire ; the curtain being hoisted

on a pole, by way of Hag. A large party of This other advertisement was also pub. guards were sent for, but came time enough lish'd at the same time, which, one would only to warm themselves round the fire. have thought, was fufficiont to prevent the We hear of no other disaster than a young former's having any effect.

nobleman's chin being hurl, occafion'd hy

B his fall into the pit, with 'part of one of Lately arriv'd from Italy,

the boxes, which he had forced out witia I G. Capitello umpedo, a surprizing his foot. 'Tis thought the conjurer yaniih'd

away with the bank. Many enemies to a tobacco pipe ; who can perform a many late celebrated book, conceruing the ceafing wonderful equilibres, on the lack or tight of miracles, are greatly disappointed by rope : Likewise he'll transform his body in the conjurer's non-appearance in the bottle; above ten thousand different Thapes and they imagining, that his jumping into it poltures; and after he has diverted the C would have been the most convincing proof spectators two hours and a half, he will on poffible, that miracles are not yet ceased. pen his mouth wide, and jump down his Several advertisements were printed af. own throat. He being the most wonder

terwards, some serious, others comical, full’it wonder of wenders as ever the world relating to this whimlical affair ; among the wonder'd at, would be willing to join in rest was the following, which, we hope, performance with that surprizing musician

may

a means of curing this humour for on Mondwy next, in the Hay-Market.

the future, He is to be spoke with at the Black Ra.

D ven in Golden-Lane every day from seven till

This is to inform ebe Prblick, twelve, and from twelve all day long.

HAT notwithstanding the great abuse

that has been put upon the gentry. Nevertheless, the contrivance took, and

there is now in town a man, who instead the playhouse was crouded with dukes,

of creeping into a quart or pint bottle, will ducheffes, lords, ladies, @c. the conse

change himself into a rattle; which he quence of which will appear fron the rol.

hopes will please both young and old. ! lowing paragraph.

this person meets with encouragement to Last night (viz. Monday the 16th) the E this advertisement, he will dien acquaint much expected drama of the bottle-conju. the gentry where and when he pertornis. rer of the New Tbeatre in the lay-Market,

The reason assign'd, in another humorous ended in the tragi-comical manner follow- advertisement, of the conjurer's not going ing. Curiosity had drawn together pro.

into the quarı borile, was, that after searchdigious numbers. About 7 the theatre

ing all the taverns, not one could be found, being lighted up, but without so much as a fingle fiddle to keep the audience in good

On be alove Asion in ebe Hay. Market.

HEN conjurers the quality car ately follow'd a chorus of catcalls, heigh

bubble, tened by loud vociferations, and beating And get their gold with very little trouble, with sticks; when a fellow came from be- By putting giddy lies in publick papers,-hind the curtain, and bowing, said, that As jumping in quart bottles,----luch like if the performer did not appear, the mo

vapours; ncy should be return'd. At the same time And further yet, if we the matter (train, & wag crying out from the pit, that if the Wou'd pipe a tune upon a walking-cane ; ladies and gentlemen would give double pri- Nay, more surprizing tricks! he fwora ces, the conjurer would get into a pint bot-G

he'd fhow, tle, presently a young gentleman in one Grannums who dy'd a hundred years ago : of the boxes seized a lighted candle, and 'Tis whimsical enough, what think ye, Sirsd chrew it on the stage. This ferv'd as the The quality can ne'er be conjurers, charge for sounding to battle. Upon this, The de'el a bit ;-no, let me fpeak in brick, the greatent part of the audience made the The audience fouls, the conjuier a thief,

$ O Na

[ocr errors]

: F W

[merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors]

2.

Old maids shall forget what they with for in vain,

[regain ; And young ones the rover, they cannot The rake shall forget how last night he was

cloy'd,
And Cloe again be with passion enjoy'd ;

Obey then the summons, to Lerhe repair,
And drink an oblivion to trouble and

3. The wife at one draught may forget all her wants,

[lants; Or drench her fond fool, to forget her gal. The troubled in mind shall go chearful away,

[to-day; And yesterday's wretch, be quite happy

Obey then the summons, to Lethe repair,

[get all your care, Drink deep of the Atream, and for

care,

TH

To

PROLOGUE and EPILOGUI, Spoken by Can I forget, that there is one more dear? bis Royal Higbness ebe Prince of Wales's But he is present

--and I must forbear. CHILDREN, on ebeir performing ike TRAGEDY of CATO, ,at Leicester- E PILOGUE.

E. House *.

Lady AUGUSTA. PROLOGU E.

HE prologue's fill’d with such fine Spoken by Prince GEORGE.

phrases, o speak with freedom, dignity and

George will alone have all the praises,

Unless we can (to get in vogue) eare,

(please ;

Contrive to speak an epiloguc.
To learn those arts, which may hereafter
Wise authors say- let youth in earliest age,

Prince EDWARD.
Rehearse the poet's labours on the stage.
Nay more! a nobler end is still hehind,

George has, 'tis true, vouchfaf'd to

mention The poet's labours elevate the mind;

His future gracious intention ; Teach our young hearts with generous

In such heroic strains, that no man fire to burn, And feel the viriuous sentiments we learn.

Will e'er deny his soul is Roman. T'attain these glorious ends, what play

But what have you or I to say to so fit,

The pompous sentiments of Cato ? Asthat! were all the powers of human wit

George is to have imperial (way;

Our task is only to obey.
Combine, to dignify great Caro's name,
Todeck his tomb, and consecrate his fame;

And trust me, I'll not thwart his will,
Where liberty-Oname for ever dear!

But be his faithful Juba ftill. Breaths forth in ev'ry line, and bids us

--Tho', fifter ! now the play is over, fear,

[laws,

I wish you'd get a better lover,
Nor pains, nor death, to guard our sacred

Lady AUGUSTA.
But bravely perish in our country's cause
Patriots indeed! worthy that honest name,

Why, not to under-rate your merit, Thro' every time and Nation fill the same. Others would court with different spirit : Shou'd this superior to my years be thought,

And 1,-- perhaps,-might like another, Know-'tis the first great lesson I was

A little better than a brother, taught.

Could I have one of England's breeding; What, though a boy, it may with pride be But 'tis a point they're all agreed in, said,

That I must wed a foreigner, A boy, in England born, in England bred : And cross the lea--the Lord knows where; Where freedom well becomes the earliest -Yet, let me go where'er I will, ftate,

England Thall have my wishes fiú. For there the love of liberty's innate.

Prince EDWARD. Yet more-before my eyes those heroes stand,

[this land; In England born, my inclination, Whom the great William brought to bless Like yours, is wedded to the nation: To guard with pious care, that generous And future times, I hope, will see plan,

[began. Me general in reality. of power well bounded, which he first - Indeed! I wish to serve this land, But while my great fore-fathers fire It is my father's strict command; my mind,

And none he ever gave, will be The friends, the joy, the glory of mankind; More chearfully obey'd by me.

CA TO * Tbe parts were, Portius, ly prince George ; Juba, prince Edward; Cato, master Nu. gent ; Sempronius, master Evelyn ; Lucius, master Montague ; Decius, lord Millington i Syphax, lord North's fon; and Marcus, majter Maddan ; Marcia, princess Augusta ; and Lucia, princess Elizabeth.

W

tear :

CATO PO PORTIU S. Hile I, exalted by my prince's grace, to's place,

[youth, Tho' ill may suit his form with beardless Yet hall his soul beam forth in honest truth; And thou, indulgent to my real part, Accept this tribute from a faithful heart. Whether some angel plann'd the poet's page, And Addison foretold thy rising age ; Or whether, prompted by a kindred flame, Thy early virtues wear an hero's name; Still greater glories wait approaching years, When George shall be, what Portius now

appears; When filial piety

mall guard the throne, And love paternal make thy fame its own. Then shall great Caro from the heavens in

cline His raptur'd eyes, to view his mended line. Well may a brighter Marcia shine on earth, When such she thines who gave our Marcia

birth ; While, fraught with British worth and Ro.

man fire, A second Juba emulates his fire ; And nature's gifts, by liberal care refin'd, Stamp in Elizabetb a Lucia's mind. Nor nameless thou, our younger hope, re

pine, The godlike William's deathless name is

thine. Should fell ambition wasteful torrents (pread, Or motley faction raise his frantick head, Millions with George Thall own his sacred

cause Of power, freedom, monarchy and laws. Thy virtues then mall claim a better fate Than his, who fell beneath a falling state : Our throne Mall rise more glorious than his grave,

[saye. And George preserve, what Cato could not Thus while thy arm the banner shall display, While Edward learns to conquer and obey, O! Eton, may this be thy boatted pride, Thy fons Mall combat near their prince's fide.

[choice, Cheer'd by his smiles, and honour'd by his Thy towers resound--I hear th' inspiring voice :

(treat, • Never shall treason ftain this bless'd re« Nor barbarous riot shake the muses seat; 6. Pure shall the hallow'd stream of learning

flow, " And the chaste fires thro' spotless bofoms

glow. er for these the Roman pour'd his patriot blood,

[food : "" For these, unmov'd, the royal Spariss * But Rome hath bled, and Greece has

fought, in vain • For those, who bend the neck, and court

the chain."

Prologue and Epilogue ' CORIOLANTS, &

Tragedy, by sbe late Mr. Thomson ; How afting with great Applause at the Theatre-Royal in Covent Garden. PROLOGUE.

Spoken by Mr. QUIN. Come not here your candour to implore I For scenes, whose author is, alas ! 00

more ; He wants no advocate his cause to plead ; You will yourselves be patrons of the dead. No party his benevolence confin'd, No lect-alike it flow'd to all mankind, He lov'd his friends (forgive this gushing Alas! I feel I am no actor here) He lov'd his friends with such a warmth of

heart, So clear of int'reft, so devoid of art, Such generous freedom, such unshaken zeal, No words can speak it, but our tears may

tell. O candid truth, O faith without a stain, O manners gently firm, and nobly plain, O sympathizing love of others blic, Where will you find another breast like

his? Such was the man-the poet well you

know : Oft has he touch'd your hearts with tender Oft in this crouded house with just applause You heard him teach fair virtue's pureft

laws; For his chaste muse employ'd her heaven.

taught-lyre None but the noblest passions to inspire, Not one immoral, one corrupted thought, One line, which dying he could with to blot, Oh may to-night your favourable doom Another laurel add to grace his tomi: Whilft he, superior now to praise or blame, Hears not the feeble voice of human fame. Yet if to those whom most on earth he

lov'd, From whom his pious care is now remov'd, With whom his liberal hand, and bounte

cus heart Shar'd all his litele fortune could impart, If to those friends your kind regard tha!

give What they no longer can from his receive, That, that, even now, above yon starry pole,

[roul May touch with pleasure his immortal

E PILOGUE.
Spoken by Mrs. WOFFINGTON.
ELL! gentlemen! and are you Nill

ro vain
To treat our sex with arrogant disdain,

And

woe:

WE

mind,

F

And think, to you alone by partial heav'n
Superior sense and sovereign pow'r are The PETITION 10 CUPID.
given,

Written by a Foreigner of Diftiration, who When in the story told to-night, you find,

bas refided bere four or five years, With what a boundless sway we rule the

[ease,

VANNY's fairer than a fower,
And, hy a few soft words of ours, with
Can turn the proudelt heart's just where Ever trining with a power
we please?

(charms, Meant alone to bless mankind.
If an old mother had such pow'rsul Now with smiles her face adorning,
To stop a stubborn Roman's conquering She to love my heart invites ;
arms,

{you

But if love I offer, fcorning
Soldiers and statesmen of these days, with She with frowns my passion Nights.
What think you wou'd a fair young mistress Looks that speak the tender passion,
do?

[face, Words that wear the sound of love ;
If with my grave discourse, and wrinkled All things whisper inclination,
I thus could bring a hero to disgrace, Yet no fighs her heart can move.
How absolutely may I hope to reign

Smiling mischief, Ny undoer,
Now I am turn'd to my own shape again! Tho' to love her looks invite ;
However, I will use my empire well ;

If my lips I ope to woo her,
And, if I have a certain magick spell I am banith'd from her fight.
Or in my tongue, or wit, or shape, or eyes, thou god of plealing anguish,
Which can subdue the strong, and fool the If indeed a god you be,
wife,

Teach the tyrant how to languish,
Be not alarm'd: I will not interfere

Make her heart and eyes agree. In state-affairs, nor undertake to steer

Or, if wilful the refuses The helm of government,-as we are told To obey thy law divine, Those female politicians did of old :

Make the man, whom first the chuses, Such dangerous heights I never with'd to Treat her heart as she does mine. climb

[timeThank heav'n! I better can employ my Ask you to what my pow'r I Mall apply?

The Disappointed LADY,
To make my subjects blest, is my reply.

By a Lady of Quality.
My purposes are gracious all, and kind.
Some may be told-and some may be di-

S
vin'd:

'Twixt neep and wake, the morning One, which at present I have most at heart,

nid away ; To you without reserve I will impart : Soft at her chamber-door, a tap the heard, It is my sovereign will,-hear, and obey, She listned, and again-no one appear's: That you with candour treat this orpban

“ Who's there?" the sprightly nymph play.

with courage cries. [" thip dies,"'.

". Ma'm, 'tis the man, who for your la'. The MURDERER.

« Sure 'tis delusion. What, a dying lover!.

" Yet speak once more, what is't you N luckless hour, on Delia's mien

" want, however?"

A second cine those accents pierc'd her ear; Happy! her charms had I ne'er seen, Sweet was the found, transported was the Or bad that moment been my last !

fair, Compell’d by destiny I love,

" At length mankind are just," her la'fhip Yet wanting merit, must despair :

said, The fate of Titius thus I prove,

Drew on her night-gown, then ftept out of And daily feed the vulture, care.

bed,

[right,

Look'd in the glass, confess'd him in the In vain to other nymphs I iy,

“ Who thinks me not a beauty, 'tis mere And hopelefs roam from place, to place,

“ spight. With new succeeding beauties try

" Assemble, ye caquets, with envy burn, Her lovely image to efface :

6 And view the wonders which my eyes Alas! (mall respite from my pain

" have done. Their weaker tranfient charms impart; « In vain your pert and forward airs you. When she appears, her eyes maintain

[“ farther my, Their empire o'er my vanquilh'd heart. “ Mankind, the more you court, the

Thus, where the murther d body lies, And 'cis for me, and only me they die. I! face or chance th' affaffin leads,

“ But how mall I receive him?" (cries the (Strange pow'r of fascinating eyes!)

darne.) The Halfstos d wound gapes freth and bleeds, " Prudence allows not pity--I must blarne.

"Perhaps,

As

[ocr errors]
« ПредишнаНапред »