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XLIX. (6.)




Plays and Players.
Guise. - I would have these things
Brought upon Stages, to let mighty Misers
See all their grave and serious mischiefs play'd,
As once they were in Athens and old Rome.
Clermont. Nay, we must now have nothing brought

on Stages
But puppetry, and pied ridiculous antics.
Men thither come to laugh, and feed fool-fat ;
Check at all goodness there, as being profaned :
When, wheresoever Goodness comes, she makes
The place still sacred, though with other feet 10
Never so much 'tis scandal'd and polluted.
Let me learn anything, that fits a man,
In any Stables shewn, as well as Stages.-
Baligny. Why, is not all the World esteem'd a

Stage ?
Clermont. Yes, and right worthily ; and Stages too
Have a respect due to them, if but only
For what the good Greek Moralist says of them :
“Is a man proud of greatness, or of riches ?
Give me an expert Actor ; I'll shew all
That can within his greatest glory fall :

Is a man 'fraid with poverty and lowness ?
Give me an Actor ; I'll shew every eye
What he laments so, and so much does fly :
The best and worst of both."-If but for this then,
To make the proudest outside, that most swells
With things without him, and above his worth,
See how small cause he has to be so blown up ;
And the most poor man, to be griev'd with poor-

ness ;
Both being so easily borne by expert Actors :
The Stage and Actors are not so contemptful, 30

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