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MRS. BULKLEY.

Sure you mistake, Ma'am. The Epilogue I bring

it.

MISS CATLEY.

Excuse me, Ma'am. The Author bid me sing it.

RECITATIVE.

Ye beaux and belles, that form this splendid ring, Suspend your conversation while I sing.

MRS. BULKLEY.

Why sure the Girl's beside herself: an Epilogue

of singing, A hopeful end indeed to such a blest beginning. Besides, a singer in a comic set ! Excuse me, Ma'am ; I know the etiquette.

MISS CATLEY.

What if we leave it to the House ?

MRS. BULKLEY.

The House !-Agreed.

MISS CATLEY.

Agreed.

MRS. BULKLEY.

And she, whose party's largest, shall proceed.

And first I hope, you'll readily agree
I've all the critics and the wits for me.
They, I am sure, will answer my commands;
Ye candid judging few, hold up your hands :
What, no return? I find too late, I fear,
That modern judges seldom enter here.

MISS CATLEY.

I'm for a diff'rent set-Old men, whose trade is Still to gallant and dangle with the ladies.

RECITATIVE.

Who mump their passion, and who, grimly smiling, Still thus address the fair, with voice beguiling.

AIR-COTILLON.

Turn, my fairest, turn, if ever
Strephon caught thy ravish'd eye:
Pity take on your swain so clever,
Who without

your

aid must die.
Yes, I shall die, hu, hu, hu, hu,
Yes, I must die, ho, ho, ho, ho.

Da capo.

MRS. BULKLEY.

Let all the old pay homage to your merit:
Give me the young, the gay, the men of spirit.

Ye travell’d tribe, ye macaroni train,
Of French friseurs, and nosegays, justly vain,
Who take a trip to Paris once a year
To dress, and look like aukward Frenchmen here,

hands.-0 fatal news to tell, Their hands are only lent to the Heinelle.

Lend me your

MISS CATLEY.

Ay, take your travellers, travellers indeed!
Give me my bonny Scot, that travels from the

Tweed.

Where are the cheels? Ah, ah, I well discern
The smiling looks of each bewitching bairne:

A bonny young lad is my Jockey.

AIR.

I'll sing to amuse you hy night and by day,
And be unco merry when you are but gay;
When

you

with your bagpipes are ready to play, My voice shall be ready to carol away,

With Sandy, and Sawney, and Jockey,
With Sawney, and Jarvie, and Jockey.

MRS. BULKLEY.

Ye gamesters, who, so eager in pursuit,
Make but of all your fortune une va toute :

Ye jockey tribe, whose stock of words are few, “I hold the odds Done, done, with you, with you:" Ye barristers, so fluent with grimace, “ My lord-your lordship misconceives the case:" Doctors, who cough and answer every misfortuner, • I wish I'd been call'd in a little sooner:” Assist my cause with hands and voices hearty, Come end the coutest here, and aid my party.

AIR-BALEINAMONY.

MISS CATLEY.

Assist me,

Ye brave Irish lads, hark away to the crack,

I
pray,

in this woful attack; For sure I don't wrong you, you seldom are slack, When the ladies are calling, to blush, and hang

back:
For you're always polite and attentive,
Still to amuse us inventive,
And death is your only preventive:

Your hands and your voices for me.

MRS. BULKLEY.

Well, Madam, what if, after all this sparring, We both agree, like friends, to end our jarring?

MISS CATLEY. And that our friendship may remain unbroken, What if we leave the Epilogue unspoken?

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And now,

with late repentance,

Un-epilogued the Poet waits his sentence: Condemn the stubborn fool who can't submit To thrive by flatt’ry, though he starves by wit,

[Exeunt,

EPILOGUE

INTENDED FOR MRS. BULKLEY.

There is a place, so Ariosto sings,
A treasury for lost and missing things:
Lost human wits have places there assign’d them,
And they, who lose their senses, there may find

them,

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