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Meeting the dead corse borne along, has gone
Distract!

[A loud flourish of trumpets.
But hark! I am summoned to the fort :
Perhaps the fleets have met! amazing crisis ! 250
O Tilburina! from thy aged father's beard
Thou'st" plucked the few brown hairs which time
had left!

[Exit.

comes

Sneer. Poor gentleman !
PuffYes—and no one to blame but his daughter !
Dang. And the planets
PuffTrue.—Now enter Tilburina !
Sneer. Egad, the business

on quick
here.
Puff. Yes, sir—now she comes in stark mad in
white satin.

260 Sneer. Why in white satin? Put. O Lord, sir—when a heroine goes mad, she

always goes into white satin.-Don't she,

Dangle?
Dang. Always—it's a rule.
Puff. Yes—here it is—[Looking at the book.]

“ Enter Tilburina stark mad in white satin,
and her confidant stark mad in white
linen.”

Enter Tilburina and Confidant, mad, according to custom." Sneer. But, what the deuce, is the confidant to be 270

mad too?
Puff. To be sure she is : the confidant is always to

do whatever her mistress does; weep when she
weeps, smile when she smiles, go mad when
she goes mad.-Now, madam confidant-but
keep your madness in the back-ground, if you

please.
« Tilb. The wind whistles—the moon rises—see,

They have killed my squirrel in his cage !
Is this a grasshopper ? -Ha! no; it is my 280
Whiskerandos--you shall not keep him-
I know you have him in your pocket-
An oyster may be crossed in love !—Who says
A whale's a bird ?-Ha! did

you

love ? He's here! he's there !-He's everywhere! Ah me! he's nowhere !

[Exit." Puff. There, do you ever desire to see any body

madder than that? Sneer. Never, while I live! Puff. You observed how she mangled the metre? 290 Dang. Yes—egad, it was the first thing made me suspect she was out of her senses !

call, my

Sneer. And pray what becomes of her ?
Puf. She is gone to throw herself into the sea,

to be sure —and that brings us at once to
the scene of action, and so to my catastrophe

my sea-fight, I mean.
Sneer. What, you bring that in at last ?
Puff. Yes, yes—you know my play is called The

Spanish Armada ; otherwise, egad, I have no 300
occasion for the battle at all.–Now then for
my magnificence !--my battle !—my noise !

-and my procession !-- You are all ready?
Und. Promp. [Within.] Yes, sir.
Puff. Is the Thames dressed ?

Enter Thames with two Attendants.
Thames. Here I am, sir.
Puff. Very well, indeed !--see, gentlemen, there's

a river for you!—This is blending a little of
the masque with my tragedy—a new fancy,
you
know-and

very

useful in my case ; for as 310 there must be a procession, I suppose Thames, and all his tributary rivers, to compliment

Britannia with a fête in honour of the victory. Sneer. But pray, who are these gentlemen in green

with him ?

Puf. Those ?—those are his banks.
Sneer. His banks?
Puff. Yes, one crowned with alders, and the other

with a villa !-you take the allusions ?-But
hey! what the plague ! you have got both your 320
banks on one side.—Here, sir, come round.-
Ever while you live, Thames, go between your
banks.—[Bell rings.] There, so ! now for 't!
-Stand aside my dear friends !-Away,
Thames !

[Exit Thames between bis banks. [Flourish of drums, trumpets, cannon, &c. &c.

Scene changes to the seathe fleets engagethe music plays Britons strike home.-Spanish fleet destroyed by fire-ships, &c.-English fleet advancesmusic plays Rule Britannia.The procession of all the English rivers, and their tributaries, with their emblems, &c., begins with Handel's water music, ends with a chorus, to the march in Judas Maccabeus." - During this scene, Puff directs and applauds every thing

-then
Puff. Well, pretty well—but not quite perfect.-

So, ladies and gentlemen, if you please, we'll
rehearse this piece again to-morrow.

[Curtain drops.

Notes.

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To Mrs Greville. Mrs Greville-Horace Walpole's “pretty Fanny Macartney" '-was the daughter of James Macartney, the wife of Fulke Greville, and the mother of Lady Crewe. She died in 1789. Her writings included an Ode to Indifference, and in the lines to “ Mrs Crewe,” prefixed to the School for Scandal, Sheridan wrote,

Read in all knowledge that her sex should reach,

Though Greville, or the Muse, should deign to teach." Prologue by the Honourable Richard Fitzpatrick. Richard Fitzpatrick, second son of John, first Earl of Upper Ossory, and Lady Evelyn Leveson Gower, was born in 1747. He entered the army in 1765, but was chiefly known for some years as a leader of fashion and bosom friend of Charles James Fox. Both the friends wrote verse, and took great interest in theatrical matters. In 1774 Fitzpatrick entered Parliament, and in 1777 served in the war in America. In 1982 he became chief secretary for Ireland; and in the following year Secretary for War. On Fox's return to power in 1806 Fitzpatrick was made Secretary for War the second time; he had already attained to the rank of lieutenant-general. In replying to one of his speeches in the House of Commons in 1796, Dundas said that Fitzpatrick's two friends (Fox and Sheridan) had only impaired the impression made by his speech. He died in 1813.

6. When Villiers criticised. Some account of the Duke of Buckingham's Rehearsal will be found in the Preface.

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