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WELL, having stoop'd to conquer with success,
And gain'd a husband wiihout aid from dress,
Still as a Bar-maid, I could wish it too,
As I have conquér'd him to conquer you :
And let me say, for all your resolution,
That pretty Bar-maids have done execution.
Our life is all a play, compos’d to please,
« We have our exits and our entrances."
The first act shews the simple country maid,
Harmless and young, of ev'ry thing afraid ;
Blushes when hir'd, and with unmeaning action,
I hopes as how to give you satisfaction.
Her second act displays a lovelier scene,-
Thunblushing Bar-maid of a country inn :
Who whisks about the house, at market caters,
Talks loud, coquets the guests, and scolds the waiters,
Next the scene shifts to town, and there she soars,
The chop-house toast of ogling connoissieurs.
On 'Squires and cits she there displays her arts,
And on the gridiron broils her lovers' hearts-
And as she smiles, her triumph to complete,
Even Common Councilmen forget to eat.
The fourth act shews her wedded to the 'Squire,
And Madam now begins to hold it higher ;

Pretends to taste, at Operas cries caro,
And quits her Nancy Dawson, for Che Faro;
Doais upon dancing, and in all her pride,
Swims round the room, the Heinel of Cheapside ;
Ogles and leers with artificial skill,
Till, having lost in age the power to kill,
She sits all night at cards, and ogles at spadille.
Such, thro' our lives the eventful history
The fifth and last act still remains for me.
The Bar-maid now for your protection prays,
Turns Female Barrister, and pleads for Bayes.

THE

BLACK PRINCE;

OR, THE

BATTLE OF POICTIERS.

AN HISTORICAL TRAGEDY,

By W. SHIRLEY, Esq.

ADAPTED FOR

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REGULATED FROM THE PROMPT-BOOKS,

By Permission of tbe Managers.

“ The Lines distinguished by inverted Commas, are omitted in the Representation."

LONDON:

Printed for the Proprietors, under the Direction of

John Bell, British Library, STRAND, Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

MDCCXCI.

TO

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

GEORGE,

EARL OF HALIFAX, Viscount SUNBURY, and Baron of HALIFAX; First Lord

Commissioner of Trade and Plantations, and one of his Majesty's Most Honourable Privy-Council.

MY LORD, IN whatever light I consider myself, whether as an Englishman, a merchant, or a poet, I would willingly believe that an address of this sort to your Lordship, has the sanction of a peculiar propriety.

As an Englishman, and a lover of my country, where could I find a more amiable patron ? For, on your Lordship's very entrance into public life, the early promise you gave of a steady zeal and disinterested virtue, inspired a general hope, an unbounded esteem, among all ranks of people. And time, (the maturer of all things) ripening your glory with your years, hath made your Lordship an allowed orna. ment to society, and a blessing 10 your country. Give me leave particularly to congratulate you, my Lord, on the enjoyment of one happiness, often wanting to the best of men, which is an universal good

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