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As often, Wolcot published the eponymous main piece in a slim quarto followed by a number of more strictly humorous afterpieces (to borrow an analogy from the theater), among which An Ode to the
These amusements were always accompanied with the music and dancing so dear to the Italian peoples, and it is easy to divine how they may have gradually developed into plays of a rude but tolerably fixed type, with improvised dialogue, acted in the streets, or later in the intervals between acts at the theatre, and eventually as afterpieces, more after our own fashion.
Admitted to the stage, they naturally took the place of interludes or afterpieces.
Many afterpieces of the Lyceum by the _same company_ have already attacked this "Augean _Stable_" -- and Johnson, in his prologue against
It serves admirably, however, for a parody of the stilted style of false tragical emphasis; its use, too, is much to be recommended in some kinds of Comedy, especially in small afterpieces.
 Mrs. Clive's four afterpieces, with their allusions to her personality and career, are equally revealing.