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Shut up against my will, I waste my age

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In mending this, and blotting out that page
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of the Navih trade,
their condition that write bad.
O happy Scudery ! whose casy quill
Can, once a month, a mighty volume fill; 30
For, though thy works are written in despite
Of all good sense, impertinent and flight,
They never have been known to stand in need
Of stationer to sell, or fot to read;
For, so the rhyme be at the verse's end,
No matter whither all the rest does tend.
Unhappy is that man who, spite of 's heart,
Is forc'd to be ty'd ap to rules of art.
A fop that scribbles does it with delight,
Takes no pains to consider what to write,
But, fond of all the nonsense he brings forth,
Is ravith'd with his own great wit and worth ;
While brave and noble writers vainly strive
To such a height of glory to arrive ;
But, ftill with all they do unsatisfy'd,

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Ne’er please themselves, though all the world beade :
And those whom all mankind admire for wit,
With, for their own fakes, they had never writ.
Thou, then, that seeft how ill I spend my time,
Teach me, for pity, how to make a rhymes
And, if th' instructions chance to prove in vain,
Teach bow ne'er to write again.

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RIDICULOUS IMITATION OF THE FRENCH.

WHO would not rather get him gone

Beyond th' intolerablest zone,
Or steer his passage through those seas
That burn in flames, or those that freeze,
Than fee one nation go to school,
And learn of another, like a fool ?
To study all its tricks and fashions
With epidemic affectations,
And dare to wear no mode or dress,
But what they in their wisdom please ;
As monkies are, by being taught
To put on gloves and stockings, caught ;
Submit to all that they devise,
As if it wore their liveries ;

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Ver. 1.] The object of this satire was that extravagant and ridiculous imitation of the French which prevailed in Charles the Second's reign, partly owing to the connexion and intercourse which the politics of those times obliged us to have with that nation, and partly to our eager desire of avoiding the formal and precise gravity of the hypocritical age that preceded,

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Make ready' and dress th' imagination,
Not with the clothes, but with the fashion ;
And change it, to fulfil the curse
Of Adam's fall, for new, though worse ;
To make their breeches fall and rise
From middle legs to middle thighs,
The tropics between which the hose
Move always as the fashion goes :
Sometimes wear hats like pyramids,
And sometimes flat, like pipkins' lids;
With broad brims, sometimes, like umbrellas,
And sometimes narrow' as Punchinello's :
In coldest weather go unbrac'd,
And close in hot, as if th' were lac'd;
Sometimes with fleeves and bodies wide,
And sometimes straiter than a hide :
Wear peruques, and with false

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hairs
Disguise the true ones and their years ;
That, when they 're modish, with the young
The old may seem so in the throng :
And, as some pupils have been known
In time to put their tutors down,
So ours are often found to 'ave got
More tricks than ever they were taught :
With lly intrigues and artifices
Ulurp their poxes and their vices;
With garnitures upon their shoes,
Make good their claim to gouty toes ;
By sudden starts, and shrugs, and groans,
Pretend to aches in their bones,

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To fcabs and batches, and lay trains.
To

prove their running of the reins;
And, left they Mould seem deftitute
Of any mange that's in repute,
And be behind hand with the mode,
Will swear to crystallin and node ;
And, that they may not lose their righty
Make it

appear how they came by 't:
Disdain the country where they were born,
As bastards their own mothers scorn,
And that which brought them forth contemn,
As it deserves, for bearing them;
Admire whate'er they find abroad,
But nothing here, though e'er fo good :
Be natives wherefoe'er they come,.
And only foreigners at home ;:
To which they appear to far estrang'd,
As if they 'ad been i: th' cradle chang'dy.
Or from beyond the feas convey'd
By witches--not born here, but laid g.
Or by outlandish fathers were
Begotten on their mothers here,
And therefore juftly Night that nation
Where they 've fo mongrel a relation ;
And seek out other. climates, where
They may degenerate less than here;
As woodcocks, when their plumes are grown
Borne on the wind's wings and their. own,
Forsake the countries where they're hatch'd,
And seek out athers to be catch!do.

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So they more naturally may please,
And humour their own geniuses,
Apply to all things which they see
With their own fancies best agree ;
No matter how ridiculous,
?Tis all one, if it be in use;
For nothing can be bad or good,
But as 'tis in or out of mode ;
And, as the nations are that use it,
All ought to practise or refuse it; }
T'observe their postures, move, and stand,
As they give out the word o' command;
To learn the dullest of their whims,
And how to wear their very limbs ;
To turn and manage every part,
Like puppets, by their rules of art;
To shrug discreetly, act, and tread,
And politicly shake the head,
Until the ignorant (that guess
At all things by th' appearances)
To see how Art and Nature strive,
Believe them really alive,
And that they 're very men, not things
That move by puppet-work and springs ;
When truly all their feats have been
As well perform d by motion-men,
And the worst drolls of Punchinellos
Were much th’ ingeniouser fellows ;
For, when they 're perfect in their leffon,
Th’ hypothesis grows out of feason,

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