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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-ftreet, near
Spoken by the Lord DUPLIN, who acted CORDELIO. +
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;
How shall we gain your Alamode de France?
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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