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THEATRES. ROYAL
DRURY-LANE AND COVENT-GARDEN,

REGULATED FROM THE PROMPT BOOKS,

By Permission of the Managers.

"The Lines distinguished by inverted Commas, are omitted il te Representation."

LONDON :

Printed for the Proprietors, under the Direction of

John Bell, British Library, STRAND,
Bookseller to His Royal Highness the PRINCE of WALES.

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MADAM, THAT high station, which, by your birth, you hold above the people, exacts from every one, as a duty, whatever honours they are capable of paying to your Royal Highness; but that more exalted place to which your

virtues have raised you, above the rest of princes, makes the tribute of our admiration and praise rather a choice, more immediately preventing that duty. The public gratitude is ever founded on a public benefit; and what is universally blessed is always an universal blessing. Thus, from yourself we derive the offerings which we bring; and that incense which arises to your name, only returns to its original, and but naturally requires the parent of its being.

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From hence it is, that this Poem, constituted on a moral, whose end it is to recommend, and to encourage virtue, of consequence, has recourse to your Royal Highness's patronage; aspiring to cast itself beneath your feet, and declining approbation, 'rill you shall condescend to own it, and vouchsafe to shine upon it, as on a creature of your influence.

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