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At least, in many things, I think, I see
That mortals visit both to find their senses.
Comes here at night, and goes a prude away;
the epilogue which Colman declined to sanction. — Line 1. There is a place — so Ariosto sings. The poet alludes to the thirty-fourth canto of The Orlando Furioso. Ariosto, as translated by Mr. Stewart Rose, observes of the lunar world :
“There wilt thou find, if thou wilt thither post,
Astolpho undertakes the journey; discovers a portion of his own sense; and, in an ample flask, the lost wits of Orlando. Line 9. Both shine at night — for, but at Foote's alone. Foote gave a morning rehearsal of Piety in pattens, an anti-sentimental piece, on the 6th of March, 1773. Line 22. Nancy Dawson = a favorite air. Anstey attests its popularity; and Colman wrote a ballad to the same lively air.
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.
Oft risks his fortune on one desperate throw,
Comes here to saunter, having made his bets,
The English laws forbid to punish lunatics. 42
EPILOG U E
SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER."
WELL having stoop'd to conquer with success,
That pretty bar-maids have done execution. 6
* From She Stoops to Conquer, 1773.- This comedy was first acted at Covent-garden theater on the 15th of March, 1773. The epilogue, an obvious imitation of Shakspeare, was spoken by Mrs. Bulkley, who had personated Miss Hardcastle; and, as Tom Davies asserts, in a masterly style – Line 35. Bayes = a character in the celebrated Rehearsal of the Duke of Buckingham. The name had become synonymous with dramatist. Garrick had so used it; and Colman has this couplet:
“I am an author too — my name is Bayes;
Our life is all a play, compos'd to please;
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