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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
Prologues and Epilogues
Prologue, for the Women, when they Acted at the Old Theatre in Lincoln’s Inn Fields
WERE 1 none of you, Gallants, e’er driven so hard,
As when the poor kind Soul was under guard,
And could not do’t at home, in some By-street
To take a Lodging, and in private meet?
Such is our Case; We can’t appoint our House,        5
The Lovers old and wonted Rendezvous,
But hither to this trusty Nook remove;
The worse the Lodging is, the more the Love.
For much good Pastime, many a dear sweet hug
Is stol’n in Garrets, on the humble Rugg,        10
Here’s good Accommodation in the Pit;
The Grave demurely in the midst may sit,
And so the hot Burgundian on the Side
Ply Vizard Masque, and o’er the Benches stride:
Here are convenient upper Boxes too,        15
For those that make the most triumphant show;
All that keep Coaches 2 must not sit below.
There, Gallants, you betwixt the Acts retire,
And at dull Plays have something to admire:
We, who look up, can your Addresses mark,        20
And see the Creatures coupled in the Ark:
So we expect the Lovers, Braves, and Wits;
The gaudy House with Scenes will serve for Cits.
Note 1. Text from the same, except as noted; Were] Where 1684: a misprint. [back]
Note 2. Coaches] Bell wrongly printed Couches. [back]

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