Spoken by the Widow Blackacre
To you, the judges learned in stage laws,
Our poet now, by me, submits his cause;
For with young judges, such as most of you,
The men by women best their business do.
To keep for us a term throughout the year,∘
We could not live by'r tongues--nay, but for you
|And truth on't is, if you did not sit here,∘||5|
Our chamber-practice would be little too.
And 'tis not only the stage practiser
For, as in Hall of Westminster
|Who, by your meeting, gets her living here; ||10|
Sleek seamstress vents, amidst the courts, her ware,∘
So, while we bawl, and you in judgement sit,
The vizard-mask sells linen too i'th'pit.∘
Do live by putting off their several ware.∘
Here's daily done the great affair o'th'nation;
|Oh many of your friends, besides us here, ||15|
Let love, and us, then, ne'er have long vacation.∘
But hold! Like other pleaders, I have done
Spare me a word then, now, for him. First know,
Squires of the long robe, he does humbly show∘
|Not my poor client's business, but my own. ||20|
He has a just right in abusing you,
Because he is a brother templar too;∘
Nay, 'fool' and 'knave' is swallowed from a brother.∘
If not the poet here, the templar spare,
|For, at the bar, you rally one another, ||25|
And maul him--when you catch him at the bar.
From you, our common modish censurers,
Of all loves begs you then to rail, find fault,∘
For plays, like women, by the world are thought
|Your favour, not your judgement, 'tis he fears; ||30|
(When you speak kindly of 'em) very naught.
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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: 399.
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