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PROLOGUE to the GAMSTER: A
Comedy. As it was acted at the New
Spoken by Mr. BETTERTON. humble Wives, that drag the Marriage Chain,
With cursed dogged Husbands may complain; If turn'd at large to starye, as we by you, They may, at least, for Alimony fues. Know, we refolve to make the Cafe our own, Between the Plantik Stage and the Defendane Town, When first you took us from our Father's House, And lovingly our Interest did efpoufe, You kept us fine, capesa'd, and lodgd us hers, And Honey-Moon held out above three Year;. At length, för Pleafures known do feldom Iaft, Frequent Enjoyment palled your sprightly Taste; And tho’at first you did not quite neglect, We found your Love was dwindled to Refpect Sometimes, indeed, as in your way it fell, You stoppd, and call'd to see if we were well.
Now, quite estrang’d, this wretched Place you shun,
EPILOGUE spoken by Mrs. BARRI,
at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Larie April the 7th, 1789, at her
playing in Love for Love
with Mrs., BRACE GIRDLE, for the Benefit:of. Mr. BETTERTON.
S some brave Knight, who once with Spear and
So we, to former Leagues of Friendship true, Have bid once more our peaceful Homes adieu, To aid old THOMAS, and to pleasure you..
Like errant Damsels, boldly we engage,
two at once he's forc'd to be sustain'd. You see what Failing Naturë brings Manto;
yet let none insult, for'dught we know,
What he has been, tho'prefent Praild be dumb, Shall haply be a Theme in Times to come, As now we talk of ROSCIUS, and of Rome. Had you with-held your Favours on this Night, Old SHAKESPEAR's Ghost had risen to do himn Right. With Indignation had you seen him frown Upon a worthless, witlefs, taftless Town; Griev'd and repining, you had heard him say, Why are the Muses Labours caft away? Why did I write what only he could play? But since, like Friends to Wit, thus throng'd you meet, Go on and make the gen’rous Work compleat;
* Mrs. Barry and Mrs. Bracegirdle clasp bim round the