Every heart may be in a prance

— Macklin, Charles (1697-1797)

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Every heart may be in a prance
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Madam, as the sublime bard politely sings, the nod of beauty sways both gods and men, and I obey. Gentlemen, the title will at once let you into the whole of what you are to expect in this little production. "An extempore on the famous Mrs. O'Diggerty's dancing at court."--Now attend-- "When beauteous Diggerty leads up the dance
"In fair Britannia's court,
"Then ev'ry heart is in a prance,
"And longs for Cupid's sport.
"Beaux ogle, and pant and gaze,
"Belles envy and sneer, yet praise,
"As Venus herself were there;
"And prudes agree, it must be she,
"It must be she--or Diggerty,
"It must be she--or Diggerty,
"Or Diggerty, the fair."

[Bows very low to Mrs. Diggerty.

That's all, gentlemen, that's all--only a jeu d'esprit, as I told you; a slight effort of a muse, bound in the silken chains of beauty and delight.
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.