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Thine was the sway ere heav'n was form’d, or earti,
free, How church and state should be oblig'd to thee! At senate and at bar how welcome:wouldst thou be!
Yet speech, e'en there, submissively withdraws
EARL OF DORSET.
ARTEMISIA. Though Artemisia talks by fits Of councils, classics, fathers, wits ;
Reads Malbranche, Boyle, and Locke:
Apd wear a cleaner smock.
Are oddly join'd by fate :
That lies and stinks in state.
All white and black beside: Dauntless her look, her gesture proud, Her voice theatrically lond,
And masculine her stride.
Majestically stalk ;
All futter, pride, and talk.
Phryne had talents for mankind;
Like some free port of trade : Merchants unloaded here their freight, And agents from each foreign state
Here first their entry made." Her learning and good breeding such, Whether the Italian or the Dutch,
Spaniards or French, came to her; To all obliging she'd appear; •Twas Si Signior, 'twas Yaw Mynheer,
'Twas S'il vous plait, Monsieur. Obscure by birth, renown'd by crimes, Still changing names, religions, climes,
At length she turns a bride : In di'monds, pearls, and rich brocades, She shines the first of batter'd jades,
And flutters in her pride. So have I known those insects fair (Which curious Germans hold so rare)
Still vary shapes and dyes;
Then painted butterflies.
He that has these may pass his life,
BEING THE PROLOGUE TO THE SATIRES.
ADVERTISEMENT. This paper is a sort of bill of complaint, begun many years
since, and drawn up by snatches, as the several occasions offered. I had no thoughts of publishing it, till it pleased some persons of rank and fortune (the authors of "Verses to the Imitator of Horace,' and of an “ Epistle to a Doctor of Divinity from a Nobleman at Hampton-Court'] to attack, in a very extraordinary mariner, not only my writ. ings (of wbich, being public, the public is judge) but my person, morals, and family; whereof, to those who know une not, a truer information may be requisite. Being di. vided between the necessity to say something of myself, and my own laziness to undertake so awkward a task, i thought it the shortest way to put the last hand to this epistle. If it have any thing pleasing, it will be that by which I am most desirous to please, the truth and the sentiment; and if any thing offensive, it will be only to those I am least sorry to offend, the vicious or the un
generous. Many will know their own pictures in it, there being not a
circumstance but what is true ; but I bave, for the most part, spared their names, and they may escape being
laughed at if they please. I would have some of them know, it was owing to the re
quest of the learned and candid friend, to wboin it is iụ. scribed, that I make not as free use of theirs as they have done of mine. However, I shall have this advantage and honour on my side, tbat whereas, by their proceeding, any abuse may be directed at any man, no injury can possibly be done hy mine, since a nameless cbaracter can pever be found out but by its truth and likeness.
“SHUT, shut the door, good John!' fatigued, I * Tie vp the knocker, say I'm sick, I'm dead,' [said;