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ODE TO ALFRED THE LITTLE.

BY THE

EDITOR OF

THE WAG" AND

FIGARO IN LONDON."

Hail! to thee Alfred Bunn, thou great lessee,

To take two houses you must be a mad 'un; And if we judge you by the company

You keep, we fear that you are but a bad 'un.

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Though o'er two patent houses you may reign,

Thee as a zany pray excuse my branding; Since from your velvet breeches it is plain

You're precious soft about the understanding. Vainly by every kind of petty trick

You try the public to your doors to pull; But of your stale devices all are sick,'

Your empty pit looks nightly pit-i-ful.

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ODE TO ALFRED THE LITTLE.

You have complain'd that 'gainst you left and right

Each public critic blame unmeasured pours, But though the press may be against you quite,

You never find a press against your doors.

Then pray resign the managerial rage,

Lest Polhill's ruin follow up your fun; For oh! believe me, nothing on your stage

Will stand the smallest chance to get a run.

Take heed in time, lest at the season's end

You find yourself 'gainst fate too weak to pull; And recollect that empty benches tend

Unto another bench that's always full.

Seek, then, no more the manager to play ;';
Bear this in mind true to the

very letter,

An Ex-lessee will of a new one say,

“ The less-he has to do with it the better."

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