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THE

EPILOGUE,

Spoken by Mrs. Oldfield.
TO-night the Poet's advocate I frand,

And be deferves the favour at my band,
Who in my equipage their caufe debating
Has plac'd two Lovers, and a third in waiting :
If both the first fou'd from their duty fwerve,
There's one behind the wainscote in reserve.
In his next Play, if I wou'd take this trouble,
He promis’d me to make the number double :
In troth 'twas spoke like an obliging creature,
For tho' 'tis simple, yet it bewus good-nature.

My belp thus ask'd, I cou'd not chufe but grant it,
And really I thought the Play wou'd want it,
Void as it is of all the usual arts
To warm your fancies, and to steal your hearts :
No Court-Intrigue, nor City Cuckoldom,
No song, no dance, no mufick- -but a Drum
No smutty thought in doubtful phrase exprefft;
And, Gentlemen, if so, pray where's the jeft?

When

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When we wou'd raise your mirth, you hardly know
Whether in Afrietness you shou'd laugh or no,
But turn upon the Ladies in the pit,
And if they redden, you are sure 'tis wit.

Proteet him then, ye Fair-ones; for the Fair Of all conditions are his equal care. He draws a Widow, who, of blameless carriage, True to her jointure, bates a second marriage; And to improve a virtuous wife's delights, Out of one Man contrives two wedding-nightso Nay, to oblige the sex in every state, A nymph of five and forty finds her mate.

Too long has Marriage, in this tasteless age, With ill-bred raillery supply'd the stage ; No little Scribler of wit fo bare, But has his fling at the poor wedded pair. Our Author deals not in conceits so ftale: For fou'd th' examples of his Play prevail, Na man need blush, tho true to marriage-vows, Nor be a jest to be shou'd love bis Spouse. Thus has be done you British conforts right, Whole Husbands, shou'd they pry like mine to night, Wou'd never find you in your conduct flipping, Tho' they turn'd Conjurers to take you tripping.

THE LATE

T R Y AL

Α Ν D

CONVICTION

OF.

Count TARIFF.

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HE whole Nation is at present very inquisitive after the proceedings in the cause of Goodman Fact, Plaintiff, and Count Tariff, Defendant; as it was tried on the 18th of June, in the

thirteenth year of her Majesty's reign, and in the year of the Lord 1713. Í shall therefore give my countrymen a short and faithful account of that whole inatter. And in order to it, must in the first place premise some particulars relating to the person and character of the faid Plaintiff Goodman Faez.

Goodman FaEt is allowed by every body to be a plain-spoken person, and a man of very few words. Tropes and figures are his Aversion. He

affirms.

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