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These are monarchs none respect,
Long-forsaken damsels woo,
These are misers, craving means
Whom the rabble praise and blame;
* Strolling players are thus held in a legal sense.
They arrive in the Borough-Welcomed by their former Friends -Are better fitted for Comic than Tragic Scenes: yet better approved in the latter by one Part of their Audience-Their general Character and Pleasantry-Particular Distresses and Labours-Their Fortitude and Patience-A private Rehearsal-The Vanity of the aged Actress-A Heroine from the Milliner's Shop-A deluded Tradesman-Of what Persons the Company is composed-Character and Adventures of Frederick Thompson.
DRAWN by the annual call, we now behold
And those, since last they march'd, inlisted and enroll'd:
Yon parties move, their former friends in sight,
Whose claims are all allow'd, and friendship glads the
Now public rooms shall sound with words divine,
And private lodgings hear how heroes shine;
No talk of pay shall yet on pleasure steal,
While o'er the social jug and decent cheer,
Peruse these bills, and see what each can do,—
My horse! my horse!"-Lo! now to their abodes, Come lords and lovers, empresses and gods. The master-mover of these scenes has made No trifling gain in this adventurous trade; Trade we may term it, for he duly buys Arms out of use and undirected eyes; These he instructs, and guides them as he can, And vends each night the manufactured man: Long as our custom lasts, they gladly stay, Then strike their tents, like Tartars! and away!