Spoken by Flirt
The ladies first I am to compliment,
Whom (if he could) the poet would content,
But to their pleasure then they must consent.
Most spoil their sport still by their modesty,
And the least smutty jest will ne'er pass by.
But City damsel ne'er had confidence
|And when they should be pleased, cry out 'O fie!' ||5|
At smutty play to take the least offence,
But mercy shows--to show her innocence.
Be scandalized, not at our harmless play,
But our Hippolyta, since she's like one
|Yet lest the merchants' daughters should today ||10|
Of us bold flirts of t'other end o'th' town,
Our poet, sending to you (though unknown)
The character to be unnatural:
Hippolyta is not like you at all.
|His best respects by me, does frankly own ||15|
You, while your lovers court you, still look grum,
And, far from wooing, when they woo, cry 'Mum';
Your portion's fault 'twas only (I dare say).
|And if some of you e'er were stol'n away, ||20|
Thus much for him the poet bid me speak,
Now to the men I my own mind will break.
You good men o'th' Exchange, on whom alone
Into the pit already you are come--∘
'Tis but a step more to our tiring-room,
|We must depend, when sparks to sea am gone,∘ ||25|
Where none of us but will be wondrous sweet
Upon an able love of Lumber Street.∘
Than spendthrift fops with better clothes and miens;
Instead of laced coats, belts, and pantaloons,
|You we had rather see between our scenes∘ ||30|
Your velvet jumps, gold chains, and grave fur gowns;∘
Instead of periwigs, and broad cocked hats,∘
|Your satin caps, small cuffs, and vast cravats.∘ ||35|
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Book title: Love in a Wood; The Gentleman Dancing-Master; The Country Wife; The Plain Dealer.
Contributors: William Wycherley - Author, Peter Dixon - Editor.
Publisher: Oxford University.
Place of publication: Oxford.
Publication year: 1996.
Page number: 189.
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