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LADY'S LAST STAKE, . . . . . . BY CIBEER.
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THE utmost success I ever proposed srom this play, was, that it might reach the taste of a sew good judges, and from thence plead a sort of a title to your Lordship's protećtion; and if the most just and candid critics are not the greatest flatterers, I have not sailed in my proposal. As for those gentlemen that thrust themselves forward upon the stage before a crowded audience, as if they resolved to play thenselves, and save the ačfor the trouble of presenting them; they indeed, as they are above instruction, so they scorn to be diverted by it, and will as soon allow me a good voice as a genius. I did not intend it should entertain any, that never come with a design to sit out a play; and therefore, without being much mortifted, am content such persons should dislike it. If I would have been less instructive, I might easily have had a louder, though not a more valuable ap
plause. But I shall always preser a fired and general attention, before the noisy roars of the gallery. A play without a just moral, is a poor and trivial undertaking; and it is from the success of such pieces,