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EPILOGUE,

INTENDED FOR MRS. BULKLEY.

There is a place, so Ariosto sings,
A treasury for lost and missing things :
Lost buman wits have places there assign'd them,
And they, who lose their senses, there may find them.
But where's this place, this storehouse of the age ?
The Moon, says he :- but I affirm, the Stage:
At least in many things, I think, I see
His lunar and our mimic world agree.
Both shive at night, for but at Foote's alone,
We scarce exhibit till the sun goes down.
Both prone to change, no settled limits fix,
And sure the folks of both are lunatics,
But in this parallel my best pretence is,
That mortals visit both to find their senses.
To this strange spot, rakes, macaronies, cits,
Come thronging to collect their scatter'd wits.
The gay coquette, who ogles all the day,
Comes here at night, and goes a prude away.
Hither the affected city dame advancing,
Who sighs for operas and dotes on dancing,
Taught by our art her ridicule to pause on,
Quits the ballet, and calls for Nancy Dawson.

The gamester too, whose wits all high or low,
Oft risks bis fortune on one desperate throw,
Comes here to saunter, having made his bets,
Finds his lost senses out, and pays his debts.
The Mohawk too-with angry phrases stored
As “ Dam’me, Sir," and,“ Sir, I wear a sword;"
Here lesson'd for awhile, and hence retreating,
Goes out, affronts his man, and takes a beating.
Here come the sons of scandal and of news,
But find no sense for they had none to lose.
Of all the tribe here wanting an adviser,
Our Author's the least likely to grow wiser;
Has he not seen how you your favour place
On sentimental queens and lords in lace?
Without a star, or coronet, or garter,
How can the piece expect or hope for quarter?
No high-life scenes, no sentiment:—the creature
Still stoops among the low to copy nature.
Yes, he's far gone :—and yet some pity fix,
The English laws forbid to punish lunatics.

FINIS.

C. Whittingham, College Holise, Chiswick.

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