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Sir Pet. Oons ! what a fury !
Jos. Surf. Sir, I am so confounded, to find that Lady Sneerwell could be guilty of suborning Mr. Snake in this manner, to impose on us all, that I know not what to say: however, lest her revengeful spirit should prompt her to injure my brother, I had certainly better follow her directly. For the man who attempts to
[Exit. Sir Pet. Moral to the last !
Sir Oliv. Ay, and marry her, Joseph, if you can. Oil and vinegar !—egad you'll do very well together.
Row. I believe we have no more occasion for Mr. Snake at present?
Snake. Before I go, I beg pardon once for all, for whatever uneasiness I have been the humble instrument of causing to the parties present.
Sir Pet. Well, well, you have made atonement by a good deed at last.
Snake. But I must request of the company, that it shall never be known.
Sir Pet. Hey! what the plague ! are you ashamed of having done a right thing once in your life?
Snake. Ah, sir, consider-I live by the badness of my character; and, if it were once known that I had been betrayed into an honest action, I should lose every friend I have in the world.
Sir Oliv. Well, well-we'll not traduce you by saying anything in your praise, never fear.
[Exit SNAKE. Sir Pet. There's a precious rogue!
Lady Teaz. See, Sir Oliver, there needs no persuasion now to reconcile your nephew and Maria.
Sir Oliv. Ay, ay, that's as it should be, and, egad, we'll have the wedding to-morrow morning.
Chas. Surf. Thank you, dear uncle.
Sir Pet. What, you rogue ! don't you ask the girl's consent first?
Chas. Surf. Oh, I have done that a long time—a minute ago—and she has looked yes.
Mar. For shame, Charles !-I protest, Sir Peter, there has not been a word
Sir Oliv. Well, then, the fewer the better ; may your love for each other never know abatement.
Sir Pet. And may you live as happily together as Lady Teazle and I intend to do!
Chas. Surf. Rowley, my old friend, I am sure you congra. tulate me; and I suspect that I owe you much.
Sir Oliv. You do, indeed, Charles.
Chas. Surf. Why, as to reforming, Sir Peter, I'll make no promises, and that I take to be a proof that I intend to set about it. But here shall be my monitor—my gentle guide.Ah! can I leave the virtuous path those eyes illumine?
Though thou, dear maid, shouldst waive thy beauty's sway,
[To the audience,
BY MR. COLMAN.
SPOKEN BY LADY TEAZLE.
I, who was late so volatile and gay,
Must I then watch the early crowing cock,
In a lone rustic hall for ever pounded,
revels I partake no more, And Lady Teazle's occupation's o'er ! All this I told our bard; he smiled, and said 'twas clear, I ought to play deep tragedy next year. Meanwhile he drew wise morals from his play, And in these solemn periods stalk'd away : “Bless'd were the fair like you ; her faults who stopp'd, And closed her follies when the curtain dropp'd ! No more in vice or error to engage, Or play the fool at large on life's
A DRAMATIC PIECE IN THREE ACTS.
TO MRS. GREVILLE.
MADAM, -In requesting your permission to address the following pager to you, which, as they aim themselves to be critical, require every protec. tion and allowance that approving taste or friendly prejudice can give them, I yet ventured to mention no other motive than the gratification of private friendship and esteem. Had I suggested a hope that your implied approbation would give a sanction to their defects, your particular reserve, and dislike to the reputation of critical taste, as well as of poetical talent, would have made you refuse the protection of your name to such a purpose. However, I am not so ungrateful as now to attempt to combat this disposition in you.
I shall not here presume to argue that the present state of poetry claims and expects every assistance that taste and example can afford it; nor endeavour to prove that a fastidious concealment of the most ele. gant productions of judgment and fancy is an ill return for the possession of those endowments. Continue to deceive yourself in the idea that you are known only to be emin ly admired and regarded for the valuable qualities that attach private frien dships, and the graceful talents that adorn conversation. Enough of wha'. you have written has stolen into full public notice to answer my purpose ; «nd you will, perhaps, be the only person, conversant in elegant literature, who shall read this address and not perceive that by publishing your particular approbation of the following drama, I have a more interested object than to boast the true respect and regard with which I have the honour to be, Madam, your very sincere and obedient humble servant,
R. B. SHERIDAN.
AS ORIGINALLY ACTED AT DRURY-LANE THEATRE IN 1779. Sir FRETFUL PLAGIARY Mr.Parsons. MR. HOPKINS
| Mr. Hop PUFF Mr. King:
kins. DANGLE Mr. Doda.
kins. SIGNOR PASTICCIO RI.
and the Bliss
Mr. Philli. UNDER PROMPTER
Scenemen, Musicians, and more.
} Mr.Delpini. Signore
GOVERNOR OF TIL- | Mr.Wrighten. CONSTABLE
CHARACTERS OF THE TRAGEDY. LORD BURLEIGH . Mr. Moody. JUSTICE :
Mr. Packer. SON
Mr. Lamash, BURY FORT.
Mr. Fawcett. EARL OF LEICESTER Mr. Farren. THAMES .
Mr. Gawdry. SIR WALTER RA
Miss Pope. Mr. Burton. LEIGH.
CONFIDANT. Ser CHRISTOPHER
shaw. Mr. Waldron. HATTON
Mrs.Johnston. MASTER OF THE
Miss Collett. Mr. Kenny. HORSE
SECOND NIECE. Miss Kirby. DON FEROLO Whis-/ Mr. Bannis- Knights, Guards, Constables, Sen. KERANDOS
ter, jun. tinels, Servants, Chorus, Rivers, BEEFEATER
Mr. Wright. Attendants, &c., &c.
throughout the rest of the Play in DRURY LANE THEATRE.
BY THE HONOURABLE RICHARD FITZPATRICK.