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Science in books no longer we pursue,
Their pious incense let our neighbours bring,
PROLOGUE TO THE ORPHAN.
Represented by some of the Westminster-Scholars, at
Hickford's dancing-room in Panton-street, near
Spoken by the Lord DUPLIN, who acted CORDEL10. +
VITHAT! would my humble comrades have me
V Gentle spectators, pray excuse the play? (say? Such work by hireling actors shou'd be done, Whom you may clap or hiss for half a crown:
• Sir Thomas Write was the founder of St. John's College, Oxon; and the greatest benefactor, next to him, was Archbishop Laud.
+ The Page in the Orphan,
Our gen'rous scenes for friendfhip we repeat;
How shall we gain your Alamode de France? We hir'd this room; but none of us can dance. In cutting capers we shall never please : Our learning does not lie below our knees.
Shall we procure you symphony and sound? Then you must each subscribe two hundred pound, There we should fail too, as to point of voice : Mistake us not : We're no Italian boy's : 'True Britons born: from Westminster we come; And only speak the style of antient Rome. We would deserve, not poorly beg applause; And stand or fall by Friend's and Busby's laws.
For the distress'd your pity we implore:
THE E N D.