She Stoops to Conquer

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EPILOGUE.

By DR. GOLDSMITH.

WELL, having stooped to conquer with
success,
And gained a husband without aid from
dress,
Still as a Barmaid, I could wish it too,
As I have conquered him, to conquer
you:
And let me say, for all your resolution,
That pretty Barmaids have done execu-
tion.
Our life is all a play, composed to please,
"We have our exits and our entrances."
The first act shows the simple country
maid,
Harmless and young, of everything
afraid;
Blushes when hired, and with unmean-
ing action,
I hopes as how to give you satisfaction.
Her second act displays a livelier scene,--
Th' unblushing Barmaid of a country
inn.
Who whisks about the house, at market
caters.
Talks loud, coquets the guests, and scolds
the waiters.
Next the scene shifts to town, and there
she soars,

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