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Horses and mules ne'er pace the narrow street, Where crowded walkers elbow all they meet : No carts and coaches o'er the pavement clatter ; Ladies, priests, lawyers, nobles, go by water: Light boats and Gondolas transport them all, Like one eternal party to Vauxhall.
Now hey for merriment !-hence grief and fear! The jolly Carnival leads in the year; Calls the young loves and pleasures to its aid i A three-months Jubilee and Masquerade !
With gaiety the throng'd piazza glows, Mountebanks, Jugglers, Boxers, Puppet-Shows : Mask'd and disguis’d the ladies meet their sparks, While Venus hails the mummers of St. Mark's. There holy friars turn gallants, and there too, Nuns yield to all the frailties—" Flesh is heir to." There dear Ridottos constantly delight, And sweet Harmonic Meetings ev'ry night!
Once in each year the Doge ascends his barge, Fine as a London Mayor's, and thrice as large; Throws a huge ring of gold into the sea, And cries, “ Thus we, thy sovereign, marry thee;
“Oh may't thou ne'er, like many a mortal spouse, « Prove full of storms, and faithless to thy vows!"
One word of Politicks and then I've done The ftate of Venice Nobles rule alone. Thrice happy Britain, where, with equal hand, Three well-pois'd States unite to rule the land ! Thus in the Theatre, as well as State, Three ranks must join to make us bless'd and great. Kings, Lords, and Commons, o'er the nation fit; Pit, Box, and Gallery, rule the realms of wit.
PROLOGU E To the Comedy of A WIFE IN THE Right. Written by Mrs. GRIFFITH,
Spoken by Mrs. B ULKLEY.
By your leave, Criticks !'Tis a Female Play:
A Female Prologue may prepare the way.
Some nights ago our couple, all alone,
* LETTERS BETWEEN MR, AND MRS. GRIFFITH, under the names of HENRY and FRANCIS.
Others write hift'ries, state intrigues unriddle,
Gently, cries Frances; truce with your reproaches!
Women in vain to keep their place have striven; From ev'ry trade, from each profession driven. Men-Midwives swarm ; men mantuas make, make
stays, Dress hair, drefs meat let women then write plays! While narrow prejudice deform'd the age, No Actress play'd, no Female trod the Stage ; Some smooth unrazor'd youth for Juliet rav’d, And kings sat waiting till the queen was fhay'd; But Women once brought forward on the Scene, By man, like Eve, was lik'd as soon as seen,
Let Females then compose, as well as play,
Thus Frances spoke, and bid her Dear good.
night And Henry own'd, His Wife was in the Right.