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COLLEY; CI B B E R

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Late Patentee of the Theatre-Royal.
With an Hiftorical View of the STAGE during

bis OWN TIME.

WRITTEN BY HIMSELF.

Hoc eft
Vivere bis, vitâ poffe priore frui.

Mart. lib. 2
When Years no more of altive Life retain,
'Tis Youth renew'd, to laugh them o'er again. Anonym.

The THIRD EDITION.

To which is now added,
A Short Account of the Rise and Progress of the

ENGLISH STAGE:

ALSO,

A Dialogue on Old PLAYs, and OLD PLAYERS.

LONDON:
Printed for R. DODSLEY in Pall-Mall.

MDCCL.

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CERTAIN GENTLEMAN.

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ECAUSE I know it would give you lefs. Con

cern, to find your Name in an impertinent Satyr, than before the daintieft Dedication of a modern Author, I conceal it.

Let me talk never fo idly to you, this way; you are, at least, under no ils

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necessity of taking it to yourself: Nor when I boaft of your Favours, need you blush to have bestow'd them. Or I may now give you all the Attributes, that raise a wise, and good-natur'd Man, to Efteem, and Happiness, and not be censured as a Flatterer by my own, or your Enemies.

-I place my own first; because'as they are the greater Number, I am afraid of not paying the greater Respect to them. Yours, if such there. are, I imagine are too well-bred to declare themselves : But as there is no Hazard, or visible Terror, in an Attack, upon my defencelefs Station, my Censurers have generally been Perfons of an intrepid Sincerity. Having S

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