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THE liberality and candour with which this

Comedy was received on its representation, flatters the Author with the hope that the same indulgence may attend it to the closet. To the performers, he is not a little gratified by this opportunity of returning his warmest thanks. On these. occasions great obligation is generally due, not only to them, but to the manager; and when an author has found, as in the present instance, a nice difcriminating judgment, exerted with the most friendly zeal in his favour, he cannot but feel most sensibly, how far acknowledgments fall short, in expressing his sentiments of Mr. Kemble, as a scholar, and a gentleman,

Written by CHARLES MORRIS, Esq.

Spoken by Mr. WROUGHTON.

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TO

O paint dramatic scribblers' hopes and fears,

Has been the Prologue's heavy task for years ;
To-night, a kind reception is our aim,
For one who on False Coloursbuilds his fame.
In times like these, when high on ev'ry side,
Britain's True Colours float in martial pride,
Awhile let's drop the customary lay,
And to our country's worth due tribute pay ;
Where social compact binds in filken chains
True Freedom's fons, and Britons' rights maintains.
At home secure, her prince in foreign lands
Leads on to glorious deeds ber valiant bands;
At bonor's call the dearest objects yield,
He braves the dangers of the hoftile field,
And round a nation spreads Britannia's fev’nfold field.
To fa£tious Gaul the Muse indignant turns ;
With loyal pride her proffer'd mischief spurns-
There, gloomy Discord dims fair Freedom's ray,
And Desolation marks her iron fway :
Peace flies the hated spot ; aghaft me flood;
Her

garment crimson’d with a monarch's blood-
Quick fall the veil-let comic scenes appear,
To chase from honeff cheeks the gen'rous tear.
Our bard, three winters fince, tried critic feas ;
His bark, Th' Adventurers, gain'd a fav’ring breeze,
Fann'd by the genial breath, it reach'd the coast,
Where many a stouter vessel has been loft.
Buoy'd up by hope, again he trusts to fate
Another launch, and risks a deeper freight.
Let no rude storms her tender frame assail,
But candor gently raise a prosp'rous gale ;
With approbation crown his best endeavour,
And grant the wiß’d-for passport - Public Far our.

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SCENE. At or near Sir Paul's Seat in Cumberland,

TIME. Of Representation.

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