The Actor's Budget of Wit and Merriment: Consisting of Monologues, Prologues, Epilogues, Tales, Comic Songs, Rare and Genuine Theatrical Anecdotes and Jests
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Amidst the rout , the farmer long The pudding suck'd and held his tongue ; At length he gets him on his breech , And scrambles up to make his speech , First rubs his eyes , mouth , and nostrils twangs , his fingers and harangues ...
All pleasure and laughter was hush'd at his sight , The dogs as they eye'd him drew back in affright , The lights in the chamber burn'd blue ! ... His vizor he slowly unclos'd : Oh ! then what a sight met Fair Imogine's eyes !
But Knowledge to their eyes her ample page , Rich with the spoils of Time , did ne'er unroll ; Chill Penury repress'd their noble rage , And froze the genial current of the soul . Full many a gem of purest ray serene , The dark ...