Cornus, the kindest Husband, e're was born,
Still Courts the Spark, that does his Brows adorn.
Invites him home to dine, and fills his Veins,
With the hot Blood, which his dear Doxy drains.
Grandio thinks himself a Beau-Garcon,
Goggles his Eyes, writes Letters up and down;
And with his sawcy Love, plagues all the Town.
While pleas'd to have his Vanity thus fed,
He's caught with G[osnell], that Old Hag a Bed.
John Wilmot 2nd Earl of Rochester(1647–1680)
In defence of Satyr. [by Sir Carr Scroope] ll. 92-100 http://www.lib.utexas.edu/epoetry/wilmotjo.q2d/...
"... then to the Duke’s house, and there saw “The Slighted Mayde,” wherein Gosnell acted Pyramena, a great part, and did it very well, and I believe will do it better and better, and prove a good actor.
"The play is not very excellent, but is well acted, and in general the actors, in all particulars, are better than at the other house." So Gosnell was good on the stage. http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1663/05/29/
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