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Gent. Nay, upon second Thoughts, I don't know but this odd Turn of Mind, which you have given yourself, may not only be entertaining to several of your Customers, but perhaps very much so to yourself.
Mast. Vastly so, Sir. It very often helps me to Speculations infinitely agreeable. I can sit behind this Counter, and fancy my little Shop, and the Transactions of it, an agreeable Representation of the grand Theatre of the World. When I see a Fool come in here, and throw away Fifty or an Hundred Guineas for a Trifie that is not really worth a Shilling, I am surpriz'd. But when I look out into the World, and see Lordships and Manors barter'd away for gilt Coaches and Equipage; an Estate for a Title; and an easy Freedom in Retirement for a servile Attendance in a Crowd; when I see Health with Fagerness exchanged for Diseases, and Happiness for a Game at Hazard, my Wonder ceases. Surely the World is a great Toy-Shop, and its inhabitants run mad for Rattles. Nay, even the very wisest of us, however we may flatter ourselves, may have some Failing or Weakness, some Toy or Trifle, that we are ridiculously fond of. Yet, so very partial are we to ourselves, that we are apt to overlook those Miscarriages in our own Conduct, which we loudly exclaim against in that of others; and, even if the same Fool's Turban fit us all;
You say that I, I say that you are He,
says, The Cap's not made for me." Gent. Ha! ha! 'Tis very true, indeed, But I imagine now you begin to think it Time to shut up Shop. Ladies, do you want any Thing else?
Lady. No, I think not.- -If you please to put up that Looking glass, and the Perspective, I will pay you for them.
Gent. Well, Madam, how do you like this whimsical Humourist?
Ludy. Why, really, in my Opinion, the Man's as great a Curiosity himself as any Thing he has got in his Shop
Gent. He is
indeed : In this guy, thoughtless Age, he's found a Way, In trifling Things jușt Morals to convey; 'Tis his at once to please, and to reform, And give old Sutire a new Power to charm.
And, would you guide your Lives and Actions right, Think on the Maxims you have heard To-night.
Well, there's an end, this our stage-sermon's done;
" Ye gen'rous Few, to you our Author sues, " His first Essay with Candour to excuse, “ 'T has Faults, he owns, but if they are but small, “ He hopes your kind Applause will hide them all.”
K I N G
MILLER OF MANSFIELD.
A DRAMATIC TALE.
FIRST ACTED AT THE
THEATRE-ROYAL in DRURY-LANE,
IN THE YEAR 1737.