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Written by Mr. GARRICK.
A School for Scandal! tell me, I beseech you,
For aching heads what charming sal volatile ! (sips) “If Mrs. B. will still continue flirting, “ We hope she'll DRAW, or we'll UNDRAW the curtain. “ Fine satire, poz—in public all abuse it, “But, by ourselves, (sips )our praise we can't refuse it. “Now, Lisp, read you — there, at that dash and
star:” “ Yes, ma'am -A certain lord had best beware, “Who lives not twenty miles from Grosvenor Square ; " For should he Lady W. find willing, “ Wormwood is bitter"_“Oh! that's me, the villain! “ Throw it behind the fire, and never more “Let that vile paper come within my door.” Thus at our friends we laugh, who feel the dart; To reach our feelings, we ourselves must smart. Is our young bard so young, to think that he Can stop the full spring-tide of calumny ? Knows he the world so little, and its trade ? Alas! the devil's sooner raised than laid. So strong, so swift, the monster there's no gagging : Cut Scandal's head off, still the tongue is wagging. Proud of your smiles once lavishly bestow'd, Again our young Don Quixote takes the road; To show his gratitude he draws his pen, And seeks this hydra, Scandal, in his den. For your applause all perils he would through — He'll fight — that's write — a cavalliero true, Till every drop of blood—that's ink - is spilt for you. · DRAMATIS PERSONÆ,
AS ORIGINALLY ACTED AT DRURY-LANE THEATRE,
MAY 8, 1777.
Sir Peter Teazle
SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL.
Lady SNEERWELL'S House.
Discovered Lady SNEERWELL at the dressing-table;
SNAKE drinking chocolate.
Lady Sneer. The paragraphs, you say, Mr. Snake, were all inserted ?
Snake. They were, madam; and as I copied them myself in a feigned hand, there can be no suspicion whence they came.
Lady Sneer. Did you circulate the report of Lady Brittle's intrigue with Captain Boastall ?
Snake. That's in as fine a train as your ladyship could wish. In the common course of things, I VOL. II.