SPOKEN BY LORD FOPPINGTON.
Gentlemen and ladies,
These people have regaled you here today
(In my opinion) with a saucy play;
In which the author does presume to show
|That coxcomb, ab origine -- was beau. ||5|
Truly I think the thing of so much weight,|
That if some sharp chastisement ben't his fate,
Gad's curse, it may in time destroy the state.
I hold no one its friend, I must confess,
Far, give me leave t'abserve, good clothes are things
Have ever been of great support to kings:
|Who would discauntenance your men of dress. ||10|
All treasons come fram slovens; it is not
Within the reach of gentle beaux to plat;
Of all Gad's creatures, the most harmless things.
Through all recard, no prince was ever slain
|They have no gall, no spleen, no teeth, no stings, ||15|
By one who had a feather in his brain.
They're men of too refined an education,
I'm very pasitive, you never saw
A through republican a finished beau.
|To squabble with a court -- for a vile dirty nation. ||20|
Nor truly shall you very often see
A Jacobite much better dressed than he:
Your men of mischief -- still are in faul linen.
Did ever one yet dance the Tyburn jig
|In shart, through all the courts that I have been in, ||25|
With a free air, or a well pawdered wig?
Did ever highway-man yet bid you stand
Ar do you ever find they ask your purse
As men of breeding do? -- Ladies, Gad's curse,
|With a sweet bawdy snuff-bax in his hand; ||30|
This author is a dag, and 'tis not fit
You should allow him ev'n one grain of wit.
My humble motion is ----- he may be damned.
|To which, that his pretence may ne'er be named, ||35|
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Book title: British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan.
Contributors: George Henry Nettleton - Editor, Arthur Eillicot Case - Editor.
Publisher: Boston ; Houghton Mifflin company,..
Place of publication: Boston; New York.
Publication year: 1939.
Page number: 307.
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