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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, never in
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. Item-Iago'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 villainous !
Item-Six easy chairs for Q. Catherine in the restless scene. 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 How sharper-cuk !—uk !—uk!
ON A LATE EXHIBITIÓN.
Item-A great bell of a ton weight, for Lady Macbeth's dressing-room, for the Queen to ring two upon. Singularly recommended by the following of the Poet :
Go, bid thy mistress, when my drink is ready,
Item-A basket-hilted sword, to be used in the dagger scene-adopted in pursuance of Shakspeare's plain direction :
I see thee yet (the dagger) in form as palpable
Item-Twenty reports, or more, to throw at the prompter's head, in the same character: hinted at only by the great inan
Bring me no more reports, let them fly all
that 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 O. P.
N. B.-As I never will enter O. 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 O. P.
ON A LATE EXHIBITION IN THE PIT OF COVENT GARDEN THEATRE.
[From the Public Ledger, Nov. 16.]
WO Cockneys took their night-caps to the play, But found no rest, to Bow Street dragg'd away. Had Kemble acted, and O. P. been quiet,
They might have slept, and 'scap'd the charge of riot.
O. P. Q. IN A CORNER.
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(WRITTEN IN THE STYLE OF GAY.)' [From the Morning Chronicle, Nov. 17.). WHEN men, advanc'd to high estate,
With sudden dignity elate,
A statesman of experienc'd parts,
Instructed thus, the little crew
-Of place and power now possess'd,
THE RETORT COURTEOUS.
In cases of small enterprise
THE RETORT COURTEOUS.
TALL as the steeple of the town,
At the box door stood young Wagstaffe,
He wanted but to gain a laugh,
The Earl mistook the graceless cur,
FROM THE MORNING CHRONICLE.
"Quem virum aut heroa, lyrâ vel acri
OR whom shall Oxford's hallow'd quire
And least Corruption's throng?
Shall be each sordid, selfish mind
The churchman's guiding star?
We look for in our Chancellor?
Shall Beaufort, polish'd, generous, gay,
To all your sporting feats;
Preside o'er Learning's seats.