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THE ASSIGNATION, OR LOVE IN A NUNNERY: EPILOGUE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Some have expected, from our bills to-day
Last Line: And, sure, behind our scenes you'll look for none.
Subject(s): Nuns; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Dramatists

Some have expected, from our Bills to-day,
To find a Satyre in our Poet's Play.
The Zealous Rout from Coleman-street did run,
To see the Story of the Fryer and Nun,
Or Tales, yet more Ridiculous to hear,
Vouch'd by their Vicar of Ten pounds a year;
Of Nuns who did against Temptation Pray,
And Discipline laid on the pleasant Way:
Or that, to please the Malice of the Town,
Our Poet should in some close Cell have shown
Some Sister, Playing at Content alone.
This they did hope; the other Side did fear;
And both, you see, alike are Couzen'd here.
Some thought the Title of our Play to blame;
They liked the thing, but yet abhorr'd the Name:
Like modest Puncks, who all you ask afford,
But, for the World, they would not name that word.
Yet, if you'll credit what I heard him say,
Our Poet meant no Scandal in his Play;
His Nuns are good which on the Stage are shown,
And, sure, behind our Scenes you'll look for none.

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