This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1795 edition. Excerpt: ... Honest Kniveton, a foe to none, a friend to died in the prime of life, after excruciating agonies, of a swelled knee, at Liverpool, in the early part of the Patent Theatre. In Passion Week, in 1769, Oratorios were undertaken at the York Theatre and were particularly well attended": Good prosits gave proof, and Mr. Baker, and three adventurers with him, shared to much advantage: Mr. Norris, and Mr. and Mrs. Pinto (Miss Brent) were engaged. The Padlock was produced that year with uncommon effects as indeed it was every where. I was esteemed a very good Mungo. The first night of opening, under the patronage of his Majesty, was on Saturday, April 8, 1769, for the benefit of Mrs. Baker, with the Ifew Tragedy of the Fatal Discovery, and the-Padlock, with the following occasional PROLOGUE, Spoken by Mr. Wilkinson, on opening the York Theatre, under the seaiShn of bit Majestys Patent. Too long the Thespian Muse, an alien deem'd, By stealth alone on York her influence beam'd; Her wingj curtail'dby Law forbade to roam, And proud-Augusta doom'd her partial home; Scorning restraint, yet driven to submit, And forc'd, alas! to smuggle sense and wit j But still the Muse was lawless and disguis'd, Hated by fools,--or worse,--by fools despis'd; York's ancient Genius griev'd the fight to view, His pride, his honour fous'd, like lightening flew, Indignant slew, and kneeling at the Throne, To Britain's Sov'rtign made his sorrows known: Ebor's complaint our Sovereign soon redrest; Our Sov'reign reigns, to make his subjects blest:--The Muse exulting clapp'd her magic wings, And, after bending to the best of Kings, Swell'd her prophetic raptures, while around Ebor's exulting vales re-echo'd the glad sound. " On these bright-plains, belov'd by every Muse, "...
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