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This tomb, inscrib'd to gentle PARNELL's name,
May speak our gratitude, but not his fame.
What art but feels his sweetly moral lay,
That leads to truth through pleasure's flowery way!
Celestial themes confess’d his tuneful aid ;
And Heaven, that lent him genius, was repaid.
Needless to him the tribute we bestow,
The transitory breath of fame below :
More lasting rapture from his works shall rise,
While converts thank their poet in the skies.
What? five long acts-and all to make us wiser ?
Our authoress sure has wanted an adviser.
Had she consulted me, she should have made
Her morał play a speaking masquerade ;
Warm'd up each bustling scene, and in her rage
Have emptied all the green-room on the stage.
My life on't, this had kept her play from sinking;
Have pleas’d our eyes, and sav’d the pain of think-
Well, since she thus has shewn her want of skill,
What if I give a masquerade ?-I will.
But how? ay, there's the rub! (pausing]—I've got
my cue; The world's a masquerade! the masquers, you, you,
you. [To Boxes, Pit, and Gallery. Lud! what a group the motley scene discloses ! False wits, false wives, false virgins, and false
Statesmen with bridles on; and close beside 'em,
Patriots in party-colour'd suits that ride 'em.
There Hebes, turn'd of fifty, try once more
To raise a flame in Cupids of threescore :
These in their turn, with appetites as keen,
Deserting fifty, fasten on fifteen.
Miss, not yet full fifteen, with fire uncommon,
Flings down her sampler, and takes up the woman;
The little urchin smiles, and spreads her lure,
And trys to kill, ere she's got power to cure :
Thus 'tis with all their chief and constant care
Is to seem every thing—but what they are.
Yon broad, bold, angry spark, I fix my eye on,
Who seems thave robb'd his vizor from the lion ;
Whofrowns, and talks, andswears, with round parade,
Looking, as who should say, dam'me! who's afraid ?
Strip but this vizor off, and sure I am
You'll find his lionship a very lamb.
Yon politician, famous in debate,
Perhaps, to vulgar eyes, bestrides the state ;
Yet, when he deigns his real shape ť assume,
He turns old woman, and bestrides a broom.
Yon patriot, too, who presses on your sight,
And seems, to every gazer, all in white;
If with a bribe his candour you attack,
He bows, turns round, and whip—the man in black !
Yon critic, too—but whither do I run ?
If I proceed, our bard will be undone !
Well then a truce, since she requests it too :
Do you spare her, and I'll for once spare you.
MRS BULKLEY AND MISS CATLEY.
Enter Mrs Bulkley, who courtesies very low as be
ginning to speak, Then enter Miss Catley, who stands ful? before her, and courtesies to the Audience.
Mrs BULKLEY. HOLD, Ma'am, your pardon. What's your business
The Epilogue ?
Miss CATLEY. Yes, the Epilogue, my dear.
Mrs BULKLEY. Sure you mistake, Ma'am. The Epilogue, I bring it.
Excuse me, Ma'am. The Author bid me sing it.
Ye beaux and belles, that form this splendid ring, Suspend your conversation while I sing.
Why, sure the girl's beside herself! an Epilogue of
A hopeful end indeed to such a blest beginning.
Besides, a singer in a comic set-
Excuse me, Ma'am, I know the etiquette. .
What if we leave it to the house?
Mrs BULKLEY. The house ! - Agreed.
And she whose party's largest shall proceed.
And first, I hope you'll readily agree
I've all the critics and the wits for me.
They, I am sure, will answer my commands,
Ye candid judging few, hold up your hands :
What! no return ? I find too late, I fear,
That modern judges seldom enter here.
I'm for a different set-Old men whose trade is
Still to gallant and dangle with the ladies.
Who mump their passion, and who, grimly smiling, Still thus address the fair with voice beguiling.