In the introduction to this satirical play, the Speaker enters to
[Enter Speaker of the Prologue.]
S. OF PROL. "From all that's near the court, from all that's great,
Within the compass of the city-walls,
We now have brought our scene------"
[CITIZEN leaps on the Stage.]
CIT. Hold your peace, goodman boy!
S. OF PROL. What do you mean, sir?
CIT. That you have no good meaning: this seven years there hath been plays at this house, I have observed it, you have still girds at citizens; and now you call your play "The London Merchant." Down with your title, boy! down with your title!
S. OF PROL. Are you a member of the noble city?
CIT. I am.
S. OF PROL. And a freeman?
CIT. Yea, and a grocer.
S. OF PROL. So, grocer, then, by your sweet favour, we intend no abuse to the city.
CIT. No, sir! yes, sir: if you were not resolved to play the
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