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“ You now have habits, dances, scenes and rhymes
High language often, ay, and sense sometimes.”

Prologue to the Rival Ladies.

1661.

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TO
THE BRITISH INHABITANTS

OF

HINDOSTAN.

THIS

LITTLE WORK

IS

RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED

BY THEIR

FAITHFUL AND OBEDIENT SERVANT,

POLYPHILUS.

TO THE

ORIENTAL RAMBLER.

. THIS IS HIS FIRST ADVENTURE, LEND HIM AID."

Craddock.

Preface away! come PROLOGUE take his place,
Assert thy sovereignty with modest face,
To night you hold the Rambler forth to all,
The rich, the indigent, the great, the small.
And in a clime, where stately palm trees rise,
Towering with lofty branches to the skies ;
Where the sweet Bull Bull chants its lively song,
The myrtle and the banian among ;
Where dull monotony does ever reign,
Where fortunes are so difficult to gain ;
Where lions roar, because no critics rage ;
Where every mushroom pedant is a sage;
Where men knight errants in their search for beauty
Put on their caps, and bid good bye to duty;
Where single ladies if they flirt or speak
Are set down married in the following week ;
Where stern philosophy has seldom reigned ;

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