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PROLOGUE TO ZOBEIDE:
A TRAGEDY ; WRITTEN BY JOSEPI CRADDOCK, ESQ.
Spoken by Mr. Quick, in the Character of a Sailor."
[Upper Gallery. * (Zobeide was first represented at Covent Garden on the 10th of December 17"1, and was well received. Goldsmith appears to have first met Mr. Craadock at the house of Mr. Yates, the actor. Being applied to for a prologue through the medium of the Yateses, the husband being to speak it (though Quick was afterwards deputed to this duty), and the wife to perform in the play, sent the above to the author, accompanied by the following note: —“Mr. Goldsmith presents his best respects to Mr. Craddock; has sent him the prologue, such as it is. He cannot take time to make it better. he will give Mr. Yates the proper instructions; and so, even so, he commits him to fortune and the public."-See Life, ch. xxi.)
+ [In allusion to Captain Cook's voyage for the purpose of observing the transit of Venus.
(Alluding to Sir Joseph Banks's participation in the same voyage.]
There mangroves spread, and larger than I've seen 'em
[Pit. Here trees of stately size—and billing turtles in 'em
[Balconies Here ill-conditioned oranges abound
There is a place, so Ariosto sings,
* Mr. Craddock had given his right to any profits that might accrue from the representation to Mrs. Yates, who greatly distinguished herself in the part of Zobeide.]
+ (Presented in MS., among other papers, to Dr. Percy, by the Poet ; but for what play intended has not been ascertained. It appears, however, by the
Lost human wits have places there assign'd them,
e scarce exhibit till the sun goes down.
concluding lines, that it was not a sentimental comedy, but of the school which Goldsmith adopted, and praised by the line
“ Still stoops among the low to copy nature."
Here come the sons of scandal and of news,
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCESS DOWAGER OF WALES.
The following may more properly be termed a compilation than a poem. It was prepared for the composer in little more than two days; and may therefore rather be considered as an industrious effort of gratitude than of genius. In justice to the composer it may likewise be right to inform the public, that the music was composed in a period of time equally short.
OVERTURE.—A solemn Dirge.
Arise, ye sons of worth, arise,
And waken every note of woe !
'Tis ours to weep the want below.
When truth and virtue, &c.
* (Printed from the copy belonging to Mr. Isaac Reed, who has written on the title-page : “ This poem was written, or, as he says, compiled by Dr. Oliver Goldsmith. It is very scarce, and ought to be in his works” It was performed in the Great Room, Soho Square, the 20th February 1772. The composer was Signor Vento; the speakers Mr. Lee and Mrs. Bellamy; and the singers Mr. Champness, Mr Dine, and Mrs. Jameson -See Life, ch. xxi.]
+ [Daughter of Frederick II., Duke of Saxe Gotha, and mother of King George III.]