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Upon the whole, the author returns his thanks to the public, for the favorable reception which The GoodNatur'd Man has met with : and to Mr. Colman in particular, for his kindness to it. It may not also be improper to assure any, who shall hereafter write for the theatre, that merit, or supposed merit, will ever be a sufficient passport to his protection.
PREST by the load of life, the weary mind
« This day the powder'd curls and golden coat,” Says swelling Crispin, “begg'd a cobler's vote.” “ This night, our wit,” the pert apprentice cries, « Lies at my feet, I hiss him, and he dies." The great, 'tis true, can charm the electing tribe ; The bard may supplicate, but cannot bribe. Yet judg’d by those, whose voices ne'er were sold, He feels no want of all-persuading gold; But confident of praise, if praise be due, Trusts without fear, to merit, and to you.