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A COMEDY composed
lan lapides fuus ardor agil ferrumg; tenetur ,
Claud. de Magneto
The Persons that act.
Her Gossip, and she-Parasite.
The Neices Nourse.
Physician to the house.
A Vi-politique, or Sub-secretary. Mr. Needle,
The Ladies Steward, and Taylor.
CHORVS by way of Induction. The Perlons that act.] Dramatis Personæ. 1716, f Sir Diaph] Sir Diaphanous W, f Captaine Ironjide, A Souldier] Captain Ironside, his brother, a soldier. G Servant to Moth, Serjeants, &c. G
Chorus . . . Induction] The Chorus (Probee, Damplay, and Boy of the house) by way of Induction. G G changes order of dramatis personæ, putting men first, women after.
Two Gentlemen entring upon the Stage.
meets them. Doy. What doe you lack, Gentlemen ? what is't you D lack ? any fine Phansies, Figures, Humors, Characters, Idaeas, Definitions of Lords, and Ladies ? Waitingwomen, Parasites, Knights, Captaines, Courtiers, Lawyers ? what do you lack ?
Pro. A pretty prompt Boy for the Poëtique Shop. Dam. And a bold ! where's one o' your Masters, Sirrah, the Poet ?
Boy. Which of 'hem ? Sir wee have divers that drive that trade, now: Poëts, Poet'accios, Poetasters, 10 Poetito's
Dam. And all Haberdashers of small wit, I presume: wee would speake with the Poët o' the day, Boy.
Boy. Sir, hee is not here. But, I have the dominion of the Shop, for this time, under him, and can shew you 15 all the variety the Stage will afford for the present.
Pro. Therein you will expresse your owne good parts, Boy.
Two ... them.] The Stage. Enter Master Probee and Master Damplay, met by a Boy of the house. G