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When this heroics only deigns to praise,
Sharp satire that, and that Pindaric lays ?
One likes the pheasant's wing, and one the leg;
The vulgar boil, the learned roast an egg :
Hard task to hit the palate of such guests,
When Oldfield loves what Dartineuf detests!

But grant I may relapse, for want of grace,
Again to rhyme, can London be the place?
Who there his Muse, or self, or soul attends,
In crowds, and courts, law, business, feasts, and
My counsel sends to execute a deed : [friends?
A poet begs me I will hear him read.
In Palace-yard at mine you'll find me there- .!
At ten, for certain, sir, in Bloomsbury-square-
Before the lords at twelve my cause comes on
There's a rehearsal, sir, exact at one.

Oh! but a wit can study in the streets, And raise his mind above the mob he meets.' Not quite so well, however, as one ought : A hackney.coach may chance to spoil a thonght; And then a nodding beam, or pig of lead, God knows, may hurt the very ablest head. Have yon not seen, at Guildhall's narrow pass, Two aldermen dispute it with an ass ? And peers give way, exalted as they are, Ev'n to their own s-r-verence in a car?

Go, lofty poet! and in such a crowd . Sing thy sonorous verse-but not aloud. Alas! to grottos and to groves we run, To ease and silence every Muse's son: Blackmore himself, for any grand effort, Would drink and dose at Tooting or Earl's-court. How shall I rhyme in this eternal roar? . [fore? How match the bards whom none e'er match'd beThe man who, stretch'd in Isis' calm retreat, To books and study gives sev'n years complete, See! strow'd with learned dust, his nightcap on, He walks an object new beneath the sun! The boys flock round him, and the people stare :) So stiff, so mute! some statue you would swear Stept from its pedestal to take the air ! And here, while town, and conrt, and city, roars, With mobs, and duns, and soldiers, at their doors, Shall I, in London, act this idle part, Composing songs for fools to get hy heart?

The Temple late two brother sergeants saw, Who deem'd each other oracles of law; With equal talents these congenial souls, One lali'd the’Exchequer, and one stup'd the Rolls; Each had a gravity would make yon split, And shook his head at Murray as a wit. 'Twas, “ Sir, your law-and. Sir, your eloquence,' • Your's Cowper's manner-and · Your's Talbot's

Thus we dispose of all poetic merit, [sense.' Your's Milton's genius, and mine Homer's spirit. Call Tibbald Shakspeare, and he'll swear the Nine, Dear Cibber! never match'd one ode of thine. Lord! how we strut through Merlin's cave, to see No poets there but Stephen', you, and me. Walk with respect behind, while we at ease Weave laurel crowns, and take what names we • My dear Tibullus ! (if that will not do) [please. Let me be Horace, and be Ovid you : Or, I'm content, allow me Dryden's strains, And you shall rise up Otway for your pains.' Mnich do I suffer, much, to keep in peace This jealous, waspish, wrong-bead, rhyming race;

1 Stephen Duck.

And much must flatter, if the whim should bite,
To court applause, by printing what I write :
But let the fit pass o'er; I'm wise enough
To stop my ears to their confounded stuff.

In vain bad rhymers all mankind reject,
They treat themselves with most profound respect;
'Tis to small purpose that you hold your tongue,
Each, prais'd within, is happy all day long :
But how severely with themselves proceed
The men who write such verse as we can read?
Their owo strict judges, not a word they spare
That wants or force, or light, or weight, or care,
Howe'er unwillingly it quits its place,
Nay, though at court (perhaps) it may find grace:
Such they'll degrade; and, sometimes in its stead,
Io downright charity revive the dead;
Mark where a bold expressive phrase appears
Bright through the rubbish of some hundred years;
Command old words, that long have slept, to wake,
Words that wise Bacon or brave Raleigh spake;
Or bid the new be English ages hence ;
(For use will father wbat's begot by sense)
Pour the full tide of eloquence along,
Serenely pure, and yet divinely strong,
Rich with the treasures of each foreign tongue ;)
Prune the luxuriant, the uncouth refine,
But show no Diercy to an empty line;
Then polish all with so much life and ease
You tbink 'tis nature, and a knack to please :
• But ease in writing flows from art not chance,
As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance

If such the plague and pains to write by rule,
Better (say I) be pleas'd, and play the fool:
Call, if you will, bad rhyming a disease,
It gives men happiness, or leaves them ease.

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There liv'd in primo Georgii (they record)
A worthy member, no small fool, a lord;
Who, though the house was up, delighted sate,
Heard, noted, answer'd, as in full debate:
In all but this a man of sober life,
Fond of his friend, and civil to his wife;
Not quite a madman, thongh a pasty fell,
And much too wise to walk into a well.
Him the damn'd doctors and his friends immur'd,
They bled, they eap'd, they purg'd ; in short, they
Whereat the gentleman began to stare [cur'd:

My friends! (he cry'd) p-x take you for your care!
That from a patriot of distinguish'd note
Have bled and purg'd me to a simple vote.'

Well, on the whole, plain prose must be my fate :
Wisdom (curse on it!) will come soon or late.
There is a time when poets will grow dull :
I'll ev'n leave verses to the boys at school:
To rules of poetry no more confin'd,
I'll learn to smooth and harmonize my mind,
Teach every thought within its bounds to roll,
And keep the equal measure of the soul.

Soon as I enter at my country door,
My mind resumes the thread it dropt before ;

Thoughts, which at Hyde-park Corner I forgot,
Meet and rejoin me in the pensive grot:
There all alone, and compliments apart,
I ask these sober questions of my heart :

If, when the more you drink the more you crave,
You tell the doctor; when the more you have
The more you want, why not; with equal ease,
Confess as well your folly as disease ?
The heart resolves this matter in a trice,
• Men only feel the smart, but not the vice.'

When golden angels cease to cure the evil, You give all royal witchcraft to the devil: When servile chaplains cry, that birth and place Endue a peer with honour, truth, and grace, Look in that breast, most dirty dean! be fair, Say, can you find out one such lodger there? Yet still, not heeding what your beart can teach, You go to church to hear these flatterers preach.

Indeed, could wealth bestow or wit or merit, A grain of courage, or a spark of spirit, The wisest man might blush, I must agree, If D*** lov'd sixpence more than he.

If there be truth in law, and use can give A property, that's your's on which you live. Delightful Abs-court, if its fields afford Their fruits to you, confesses you its lord : All Worldly's hens, nay, partridge, sold to town, His ven'son too a guinea makes your own : He bought at thousands what with better wit You purchase as you want, and bit by bit: Now, or long since, what difference will be found? You pay a penny, and be paid a pound.

Heathcote himself, and such large-acred men, Lords of fat E'sham, or of Lincoln Fen, Buy every stick of wood that lends them heat, Buy every pallet they afford to eat. Yet these are wights who fondly call ther own Half that the devil o'erlooks from Lincoln town. The laws of God, as well as of the land, Abhor a perpetuity should stand : Estates have wings, and hang in fortune's pow'r, Loose on the point of every wavering hour, Ready by force, or of your own accord, By sale, at least by death, to change their lord.

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