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Meeting the dead corse borne along, has gone
[A loud flourish of trumpets.
Sneer. Poor gentleman !
260 Sneer. Why in white satin? Put. O Lord, sir—when a heroine goes mad, she
always goes into white satin.-Don't she,
“ Enter Tilburina stark mad in white satin,
“ Enter Tilburina and Confidant, mad, according to custom." Sneer. But, what the deuce, is the confidant to be 270
do whatever her mistress does; weep when she
They have killed my squirrel in his cage !
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 !
Sneer. And pray what becomes of her ?
to be sure —and that brings us at once to
my sea-fight, I mean.
Spanish Armada ; otherwise, egad, I have no 300
-and my procession !-- You are all ready?
“ Enter Thames with two Attendants.”
a river for you!—This is blending a little of
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.
with a villa !-you take the allusions ?-But
[Exit Thames between bis banks. [Flourish of drums, trumpets, cannon, &c. &c.
Scene changes to the sea—the fleets engage—the music plays “Britons strike home.”-Spanish fleet destroyed by fire-ships, &c.-English fleet advances—music 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
So, ladies and gentlemen, if you please, we'll
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.