[SPOKEN BY MRS. BULKLEY IN THE CHARACTER OF MISS HARDCASTLE.]
Well, having stooped to conquer with success,
And gained a husband without aid from dress,
Still as a bar-maid, I could wish it too,
As I have conquered him to conquer you:
That pretty bar-maids have done execution.
Our life is all a play, composed to please;
|And let me say, for all your resolution, ||5|
'We have our exits and our entrances.'
The first act shows the simple country maid,
Blushes when hired, and with unmeaning action,
'I hopes as how to give you satisfaction.'
|Harmless and young, of ev'rything afraid; ||10|
Her second act displays a livelier scene, --
Th' unblushing bar-maid of a country inn,
Talks loud, coquets the guests, and scolds the waiters.
Next the scene shifts to town, and there she soars,
|Who whisks about the house, at market caters, ||15|
The chop-house toast of ogling connoisseurs.
On Squires and Cits she there displays her arts,
And as she smiles, her triumphs to complete,
E'en Common Councilmen forget to eat.
|And on the gridiron broils her lovers' hearts --||20|
The fourth act shows her wedded to the Squire,
And Madam now begins to hold it higher;
And quits her Nancy Dawson for Che Faro:
|Pretends to taste, at Operas cried caro! ||25|
Doats upon dancing, and in all her pride,
Swims round the room, the Heinel of Cheapside;
Ogles and leers, with artificial skill,|
Till, having lost in age the power to kill,
She sits all night at cards, and ogles at spadille.
Such, through our lives, th' eventful history --
The fifth and last act still remains for me:
The bar-maid now for your protection prays,
|Turns female barrister, and pleads for Bayes.||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: 797.
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