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The City Bride

Or The Merry Cuckold

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Author: Joseph Harris
Published: 1696
Language: English
Wordcount: 23,479 / 79 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.1
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 530
Added to site: 2007.10.13 18506
Genre: Drama

The City Bride, by Joseph Harris, is of special interest as the only adaptation from the canon of John Webster to have come upon the stage in the Restoration.

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weet repose, which nought but that can Grant.

Spru. Pshaw! Pox of this Morality and dull Stuff; Prithee let us be Merry, and Entertain the Bride and Bridegroom. Ods fish there a parcel of rare Creatures within! But of all Mrs. Clara for my Money.

Mr. Ven. And truly, I am of your Opinion Mr. Spruce; for setting aside her present Melancholly and Discontent, I think she is beyond Comparison with any other.

Spr. Od's nigs, I know the Cause of her Disorder.

Ven. What I pray?

Spr. Why, I'll tell ye; In all Conditions of Estates, Professions, and Degrees, in Arts or Sciences, yee know there's a kind of Envious Emulation.

Mr. Ven. Right.

Spr. So in this of Arabella's Marrying; for Clara being Lady of much the same Birth and Quality, Grieves I--suppose to see her Rival get the start of her.

Mr. Ven. Troth like enough.

Fri. Y'are Pleasant Gen



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