G. COLMAN, ESQ.
SPOKEN BY MRS. ABINGTON
I, who was late so volatile and gay,
Like a trade-wind must now blow all one way,
Bend all my cares, my studies, and my vows,
To one old rusty weathercock -- my spouse!
Of crying epilogues and laughing plays!
|So wills our virtuous bard -- the motley Bayes||5|
Old bachelors, who marry smart young wives,
Learn from our play to regulate your lives:
Each bring his dear to town, all faults upon her --
Plunged fairly in, like a cold bath it serves,
| London will prove the very source of honor. ||10|
When principles relax, to brace the nerves.
Such is my case; -- and yet I might deplore
That the gay dream of dissipation's o'er;
Born with a genius for the highest life,
Like me untimely blasted in her bloom,
|And say, ye fair, was ever lively wife, ||15|
Like me condemned to such a dismal doom?
Save money -- when I just knew how to waste it!
Must I then watch the early crowing cock,
|Leave London -- just as I began to taste it! ||20|
The melancholy ticking of a clock;
In the lone rustic hall for ever pounded,
With dogs, cats, rats, and squalling brats surrounded?
(While good Sir Peter boozes with the squire,)
And at backgammon mortify my soul,
|With humble curates can I now retire, ||25|
That pants for loo, or flutters at a vole?
Seven's the main! Dear sound! -- that must expire,
The transient hour of fashion too soon spent,
|Lost at hot cockles, round a Christmas fire! ||30|
Farewell the tranquil mind, farewell content! Farewell the plumèd head, the cushioned tête,
That takes the cushion from its proper seat!
Spadille -- odd trick -- pam -- basto -- king and queen!
|That spirit-stirring drum! -- card drums I mean, ||35|
And you, ye knockers, that, with brazen throat,
The welcome visitors' approach denote;
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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: 885.
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