Friendship in Fashion; The History and Fall of Caius Marius; The Orphan; The Souldiers Fortune - Vol. 2

Friendship in Fashion; The History and Fall of Caius Marius; The Orphan; The Souldiers Fortune - Vol. 2

Friendship in Fashion; The History and Fall of Caius Marius; The Orphan; The Souldiers Fortune - Vol. 2

Friendship in Fashion; The History and Fall of Caius Marius; The Orphan; The Souldiers Fortune - Vol. 2

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Spoken by Mr. Smith.

How hard a Task hath that poor Drudg of Stage,
That ſtrives to pleaſe in this Fantaſtick Age?
It is a thing ſo difficult to hit,
That he's a Fool that thinks to do't by Wit;
Therefore our Author bid me plainly ſay,
You muſt not look for any in his Play.
I'th' next Place, Ladies, there's no Bawdy in't,
No, not ſo much as one well-meaning hint;
Nay more, 'twas written every Word he ſays,
On ſtricteſt Vigils, and on Faſting Days,
When he his Fleſh to Pennance did enjoin,
Nay took ſuch care to work it chaff and fine,
He diſſiplin'd himſelf at every Line.
Then Gentlemen no Libel he intends,
Tho ſome have ſtrove to wrong him with his Friends;
And Poets have ſo very few of thoſe,
They'd need take care whole favour 'tis they loſe.
Who'd be a Poet? Parents all beware,
Cheriſh and educate your Sons with care:
Broed 'em to wholeſome Law, or give 'em Trades,
Let 'em not follow th' Muſes, they are Jades:
How many very hopeful riſing Citts
Have we oſ late known ſpoil'd by turning Wits?
Poets by Critiques are worſe treated here,
Than on the Bank-ſide Butchers do a Bear.
Faith Sirs be kind, ſince now his time is come,
When he muſt ſtand or fall as you ſhall doom:
Give him Bear-Garden Law, that's fair play ſor't,
And he's content for one, to make you Sport.

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