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PROLOGUE.

WRITTEN BY RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN.

Spoken by Mr. King.

CHILL'D by rude gales, while yet reluctant May
Withholds the beauties of the vernal day;
As some fond maid, whom matron frowns reprove,
Suspends the smile her heart devotes to love;
The season's pleasures too delay their hour,
And Winter revels with protracted power :
Then blame not, critics, if, thus late, we bring
A Winter Drama— but reproach - the Spring.
What prudent cit dares yet the season trust,
Bask in his whisky, and enjoy the dust?
Horsed in Cheapside, scarce yet the gayer spark
Achieves the Sunday triumph of the Park;
Scarce yet you see him, dreading to be late,
Scour the New-road, and dash thro' Grosvenor-

gate :-
Anxious-yet timorous too!-- his steed to show,
The hack Bucephalus of Rotten-row.
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Careless he seems, yet vigilantly sly,
Woos the stray glance of ladies passing by,
While his off heel, insidiously aside,
Provokes the caper which he seems to chide.
Scarce rural Kensington due honour gains ;
The vulgar verdure of her walk remains !
Where white-robed misses amble two by two,
Nodding to booted beaux —'How'do, how'do ?'
With gen'rous questions that no answer wait,
“How vastly full! A’n’t you come vastly late ?
" I'n't it quite charming? When do you leave town?
· A'n't you quite tired? Pray, can we set you down?'
These suburb pleasures of a London May,
Imperfect yet, we hail the cold delay;
Should our Play please - and you're indulgent

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Be your decree _' 'Tis better late than never.'

AS ORIGINALLY ACTED AT DRURY-LANE THEATRE,

MAY 24, 1799.

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Ataliba, King of Quito . Mr. POWELL.
Rolla, Commanders of his Mr. KEMBLE.
Alonzo, Army Mr. C. KEMBLE.
Cora, Alonzo's Wife .

Mrs. JORDAN.
Pizarro, Leader of the Span-
iards

Mr. BARRYMORE. Elvira, Pizarro's Mistress. Mrs. SIDDONS. Almagro

Mr. CAULFIELD.
Gonzalo,

Mr. WENTWORTH.
Pizarro's
Davilla,

Mr. TRUEMAN.
Associates
Gomez,

Mr. SURMONT.
Valverde, Pizarro's Secretary Mr. R. PALMER.
Las-Casas, a Spanish Eccle-
siastic

Mr. AickIN.
An old blind Man

Mr. Cory. Orozembo, an old Cacique. Mr. DowTON. A Boy

Master CHATTERLEY. A Centinel

Mr. HOLLAND. Attendant

Mr. MADDOCKS. Peruvian Officer

Mr. ARCHER. Soldiers, Messrs. FISHER, EVANS, CHIPPENDALE,

WEBB, &c. &c. The Vocal Parts by Messrs. KELLY, SEDGWICK,

DIGNUM, DANBY, &c.— Mrs. Crouch, Miss DE CAMP, Miss STEPHENS, Miss LEAK, Miss Du

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FOUR, &c.

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