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The Lottery

By Fielding, Henry

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Title: The Lottery  
Author: Fielding, Henry
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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PROLOGUE. Spoke by Mr. CIBBER, Jun. As Tragedy prescribes to Passion Rules, So Comedy delights to punish Fools; And while at nobler Game she boldly flies, Farce challenges the Vulgar as her Prize. Some Follies scarce perceptible appear In that just Glass, which shews you as you are. But Farce still claims a magnifying Right, To raise the Object larger to the Sight, And shew her Insect Fools in stronger Light. Implicit Faith is to her Poets due, And all her laughing Legends still are true. Thus when some Conjurer does Wives translate, What dull, affected Critick damns the Cheat? Or should we see Credulity profound, Give to Ten Thousand Fools, Ten Thousand Pound; Should we behold poor Wretches Horse away The Labour of a Twelvemonth in a Day; Nay, should our Poet, with his Muse agog, Show you an Alley-Broker for a Rogue, Tho' 'tis a most impossible Suggestion, Faith! think it all but Farce, and grant the Question.

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