Comedy and tragedy 1676
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The Truth is, the consideration of so vain a Creature as Man, is not worth our Pains, I have Fool enough at home without looking for it abroad; and am a sufficient Theatre to my self of ridiculous Actions, without expecting Company, either in a Court, a Town, or PlayHouse. 'Tis on this account that I am weary with drawing the Deformities of Life, and Lazars of the People, where every Figure of Imperfection more resembles me than it can do others. If I must be condemn'd to Rhime, I should find some ease in my change of Punishment. I desire to be no longer the Sysiphus of the Stage; to rowl up a Stone with endless Labour (which to follow the Proverb, Gathers no Moss) and which is perpetually falling down again. I never thought my self very fit for an Employment, where many of my Predecessors have excell'd me in all kinds; and some of my Contemporaries, even in my own partial Judgment, have out-done me in Comedy. Some little hopes I have yet remaining, and those too, considering my Abilities, may be vain, that I may make the World some part of amends, for many ill Plays, by an Heroick Poem. Your Lordship has been long acquainted with my Design....