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THE

G H A N G

N CE E S.
A COMEDY, /

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As altered from BEAUMONT and FLETCHER,

BY HIS GRACI

The DUKE of BUCKINGHAM.

DISTINGUISHING ALSO THE

VARIATIONS OF THE THEATRE,

AS PERFORMED AT THE

Theatre-Royal in Dury-Lane.

Regulated from the Prompt-Book,

By PERMISSION of the MANAGERS,

By Mr. HOPKINS, Prompter.

CB

LONDON.

Printed for Jonn BILL, near Exeter-Exchange, in the Strando

MDCCLXXVII.

29:27 5485

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PROLOGU E.

OF all men, those have reason leaff to care

For being laugh'd at, who can laugh their share:
And that's a thing our author's apt to use,
Upon occasion, when no man can chufe.
Suppose now at this inftant one of you
Were tickled by a fool, what would

you

do ?
'Tis ten to one you'd laugh : here's just the case,
For there are fools that tickle with their face.
Your gay fool tickles with his dress and motions,
But your grave fool of fools with filly notions.
Is it not then unjust that fops Should Kill
Force one to laugh, and ihen take laughing ill ?
Yet fince perhaps to some it gives offence,
That men are tickled at the want of fenfe ;
Our author thinks he takes the readieft way
To foew all be has laugh'd at bere fair play.
For if ill writing. be a folly thought,
Correcting ill is fure a greater fault.
Then, gallants, laugh,

but chuse the right place firfi,
For judging ill is of all faults the worst.

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DRA.

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