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Printed for T. Davies; T. Lowndes; T. CASLONG

W. NIcoll; and S. BLADON.

M.DCC. LXXYII.

The Reader is desired to observe, that the passages omitted in the Representation at the Theatres are here preserved, and marked with inverted Commas; as in Lines 13, 14, in Page 7.

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MOORS have this way (as flory tells) to know

Whether their brats are truly got, or no ;
Into the sea, the new-born babe is thrown,
There, as inftin&t directs, to swim, or drowa.
A barbarous device, to try if Spouse
Has kept religiously her nuptial vows.

Such are the trials, poets make of plays :
Only they truft to more inconftant feas;
So does our author, this his child commit
To the tempestuous mercy of the pit,
To know if it be truly born of wit.

Criticks avaunt ; for you are fish of prey,
And feed, like sharks, upon an infant play,
Be ev'ry monster of the deep away ;
Let's have a fair trial, and a clear sea.

Let Nature work, and do not damn too foor,
For life will fruggle long, ere it fink down :
And will at least rise thrice, before it drown.
Let us consider, had it been our fate,
Thus hardly to be prov'd legitimate!
I will not say, we'd all in danger been,
Were each to suffer for his mother's fin:
But by my troth I cannot avoid thinking,
How nearly fome good men might have 'fcap'd finking.
But, Heav'n be prais'd, this custom is confin'd
Alone to th' offspring of the Muses kind:
Our christian cuckolds are more bent to pity ;
I know not one Moor-husband in the city.
I'th' good man's arms the chopping bastard thrives,
For he thinks'all bis own that is his wife's.

Whatever fate is for this play design'd,
The poet's fure befall fome comfort

find :
For if his Muse has play'd him falfe, the worff
That can befail hin, is, to be divorced;
You busands judge, if that, be to be curs d.

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The SCENE, a Gallery in Lord Touchwood's House, with Chambers adjoining,

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