Prologue to Albumazar
TO say this Comedy pleas’d long ago
Is not enough to make it pass you now.
Yet, Gentlemen, your Ancestors had wit,
When few Men censur’d, and when fewer writ;
And Johnson (of those few the best) chose this
As the best Model of his Master-piece.
Subtle was got by our Albumazar,
That Alchymist by his Astrologer:
Here he was fashion’d, and we may suppose
He lik’d the fashion well who wore the Cloaths.