"Reason and Nature are the judges here."

— Foote, Samuel (1720-1777)

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Printed for Paul Vaillant
"Reason and Nature are the judges here."
Metaphor in Context
Shall my words, tipt with flattery, prepare
A kind exertion of your tend'rest care?
Shall I present our Author to your sight,
All pale and trembling for his fate this night?
Shall I sollicit the most pow'rful arms
To aid his cause--the force of beauty's charms?
Or tell each critic, his approving taste
Must give the sterling stamp, wherever plac'd?
This might be done--but so to seek applause
Argues a conscious weakness in the cause.
No--let the Muse in simple truth appear,
Reason and Nature are the judges here:
If by their strict and self-describing laws,
The sev'ral characters to-night she draws;
If from the whole a pleasing piece is made,
On the true principles of light and shade;
Struck with the harmony of just design,
Your eyes--your ears--your hearts, will all combine
To grant applause:--but if an erring hand
Gross disproportion marks in motley band,
If the group'd figures false connexions show,
And glaring colours without meaning glow,
Your wounded feelings, turn'd a diff'rent way,
Will justly damn--th' abortion of a play.
Searching "judge" and "reason" in HDIS (Drama)
First performed on June 22, 1770. 4 entries in ESTC (1770, 1787, 1794).

See The Lame Lover, a Comedy in Three Acts. As It Is Performed at the Theatre-Royal in the Hay-Market. by Samuel Foote (London: Printed for Paul Vaillant: and sold by P. Elmsly ... and Robinson and Roberts, 1764).
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.