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Science in books no longer we pursue,
Minerva's self in Harriet's face we view;
For when with beauty we can virtue join,
We paint the semblance of a form divine.

Their pious incense let our neighbours bring,
To the kind mem'ry of some bounteous King,
With grateful hand, due altars let them raise,
To some good Knight's or holy Prelate's praise ;
We tune our voices to a nobler theme,
Your eyes we bless, your praises we proclaim,
Saint John's was founded in a woman's name.
Enjoin'd by statute, to the fair we bow ;
In spite of time we keep our ancient vow;
What Margaret Tudor was is Harriet Harley now.

PROLOGUE TO THE ORPHAN.

Represented by some of the Westminster-Scholars, at

Hickford's dancing-room in Panton-ftreet, near
Leicester-fields, the second of February, 1720.

Spoken by the Lord DUPLIN, who acted CORDELIO. +

W

HAT! would my humble comrades have me

Gentle spectators, pray excuse the play? [fay? Such work by hireling actors shou'd be done, Whom you may clap or hiss for half a crown:

• Sir Thomas Wlite 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 friend thip we repeat;
And if we don't delight; at least we treat.
Ours is the damage, if we chance to blunder,
We may be ask'd whose patent we act under ?

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 bog'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 : If once refus'd, we'll trouble you no more, But leave our Orphan squalling at your door.

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