SPOKEN BY MR. KING1
WRITTEN BY D. GARRICK, ESQ.*
A School for Scandal! tell me, I beseech you,
Needs there a school this modish art to teach you?
No need of lessons now, the knowing think --
We might as well be taught to eat and drink.
Distress our fair ones -- let 'em read the papers; Their pow'rful mixtures such disorders hit;
Caused by a dearth of scandal, should the vapors 5
Crave what they will, there's quantum sufficit.2
'Lord!' cries my Lady Wormwood (who loves tattle,
Just ris'n at noon, all night at cards when threshing Strong tea and scandal -- 'Bless me, how refreshing!
And puts much salt and pepper in her prattle), 10
Give me the papers, Lisp -- how bold and free! (Sips.)
Last night Lord L----- (sips) was caught with Lady D-----
For aching heads what charming sal volatile! (Sips.)
If Mrs. B----- will still continue flirting,
We hope she'll DRAW, or we'll UNDRAW the curtain.
Fine satire, poz3 -- in public all abuse it,
But, by ourselves (sips), our praise we can't refuse it.
Now, Lisp, read you -- there, at that dash and star.'4
'Yes, ma'am. -- A certain Lord had best beware,
Who lives not twenty miles from Grosv'nor Square;
For should he Lady W ----- find willing,
WORMWOOD is bitter' ----- 'Oh! that's me! the villain!
Let that vile paper come within my door.' -- Thus at our friends we laugh, who feel the dart;
Throw it behind the fire, and never more 25
To reach our feelings, we ourselves must smart.
Is our young bard so young, to think that he
Knows he the world so little, and its trade? Alas! the devil is sooner raised than laid.
Can stop the full spring-tide of calumny? 30
So strong, so swift, the monster there's no gagging:
Cut Scandal's head off -- still the tongue is wagging.
Again your young Don Quixote5 takes the road:
Proud of your smiles once lavishly bestow'd, 35
To show his gratitude, he draws his pen,
And seeks this hydra, Scandal, in his den.
For your applause all perils he would through --
He'll fight -- that's write -- a cavalliero true,
Till every drop of blood -- that's ink -- is spilt for you.
"Têtes-à-Têtes" in the Town and Country Magazine ( S. for S., I. i.).
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Publication information: 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: 847.
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