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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With doubtful step , new to the slippery stage , I anxious wish'd , yet dreaded , to engage ; Hope smiled auspicious , and assurance gave I should not meet a cold , o'erwhelming grave ; Then from the shore my puny bark I push'd , Whilst ...
... Whose satire - barbed point , malignant , keen , Wou'd wound the social hour , and mar the scene Where frolic Mirth , dame Reason comes to greet , And song , and jest , in moral boundaries meet : For queen Morality is not so nice ...
“ I come , ” he cried , “ to lay thy honours low ; “ In me prepare to meet thy mortal foe . ” The gallant Bardolph started at the sight , And begg'd one minute to prepare for fight . Thy prayer is vain , ” the king of terrors cried .