The City Looking Glass: A Philadelphia Comedy, in Five Acts

The City Looking Glass: A Philadelphia Comedy, in Five Acts

The City Looking Glass: A Philadelphia Comedy, in Five Acts

The City Looking Glass: A Philadelphia Comedy, in Five Acts

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In ancient days, mankind, dissatisfied With all the gifts that royal Jove supplied, Went on their marrow-bones, and begged permission His ears to trouble with a new petition. They vowed the presents of the Thunderer King Were, with his godship's leave, not quite the thing; One half the world, (he had made 'em so perverse,) What t' other called a blessing, thought a curse; (Their sages had this aphorism set eyes on, That "What is one Man's meat, 's another's poison;") Therefore they begged, an' he should hear their call, Some gift might be agreeable to all. Jove cogitated: This is hard, quoth he; In what thing will these clamorous knaves agree? Whatever their necessities required I gave, yet something more is still desired. Vain fools! -- What! Vanity? Ay, that will pass: -- And Jove presented them a Looking Glass! Most glorious gift of condescending grace! Where each one saw that pleasant thing, his face!

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