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Upon the whole, the author returns his thanks to the public, for the favorable reception which The GoodNatur'd Man has met with : and to Mr. Colman in particular, for his kindness to it. It may not also be improper to assure any, who shall hereafter write for the theatre, that merit, or supposed merit, will ever be a sufficient passport to his protection.

PROLOGUE,

WRITTEN BY

DR. JOHNSON:

SPOKEN BY

MR. BENSLEY.

PREST by the load of life, the weary mind
Surveys the general toil of human kind;
With cool submission joins the lab’ring train,
And social sorrow, loses half its pain :
Our anxious bard, without complaint, may share
This bustling season's epidemic care ;
Like Cæsar's pilot, dignified by fate,
Tost in one common storm with all the great ;
Distrest alike, the statesman and the wit,
When one a borough courts, and one the pit.
The busy candidates for power and fame,
Have hopes, and fears, and wishes, just the same;
Disabled both to combat or to fly,
Must hear all taunts, and hear without reply.
Uncheck'd on both loud rabbles vent their rage,
And mongrels bay the lion in a cage.
Th' offended burgess hoards his angry tale,
For that blest year when all that vote may
Their schemes of spite, the poet's foes dismiss,
Till that glad night, when all that hate may hiss.

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« This day the powder'd curls and golden coat,” Says swelling Crispin, “begg'd a cobler's vote.” “ This night, our wit,” the pert apprentice cries, « Lies at my feet, I hiss him, and he dies." The great, 'tis true, can charm the electing tribe ; The bard may supplicate, but cannot bribe. Yet judg’d by those, whose voices ne'er were sold, He feels no want of all-persuading gold; But confident of praise, if praise be due, Trusts without fear, to merit, and to you.

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