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ŠUR weekly friends to-morrow meet At Matthew's palace, in Duke-street, To try for once, if they can dine * On bacon-ham, and mutton-chine. If wearied with the great affairs, Which Britain trusts to Harley's cares, Thou, humble statesman, mayst descend, Thy mind one moment to unbend, To see thy servant from his soul Crown with thy health the sprightly bowl: ic Among the guests, which e'er my house Receiv'd, it never can produce Of honour a more glorious proof– Though Dorset us'd to bless the roof.

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TWO BEGGARS

DISPUTING THEIR RIGHT TO AN OYSTER THEY HAD
FOUND ; A LAWYER THUS DECIDES
THE CAUSE.

A LIND plaintiff, lame defendant sharc $ The friendly laws, impartial care. * A shell for him, a shell for thee, The middle is the lawyer's fee. So judge's word decrees the people's right, And Magna Charta is a paper kite.

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§ADIES, to you with pleasure we 3.2 submit, § This early offspring of a virgin wit. * From your good nature nought our auth’ress fears,

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Sure you’ll indulge, if not the muse, her years,
Freely the praise she may deserve bestow,
Pardon, not censure, what you can't allow!
Smile on the work, be to her merits kind,
And to her faults, whate'er they are, be blind.”

Let critics follow rules, she boldly writes
What nature dictates, and what love indites. 10
By no dull form her queens and ladies move,
But court their heroes, and agnize their love.
Poor maid! she'd have (what e'en no wife
would crave)
A husband love his spouse beyond the grave:
And from a second marriage to deter,
Shews you what horrid things stepmothers are
Howe'er, to constancy the prize she gives,
And tho’ the sister dies the brother lives. •
Blest with success, at last, he mounts a throne.
Enjoys at once his mistress and a crown. 2c
Learn, ladies, then, from Lindaraxa's fate,
What great rewards on virtuous lovers wait.
Learn too, if heav'n and fate should adverse
prove,
(For fate and heav'n don't always smile on
love)
Learn with Zelinda to be still the same,
Nor quit your first for any second flame,
Whatever fate, or death, or life, be given,
Dare to be true, submit the rest to Heaven.

* Cf., An English Padlock, l. 78.—Ed.

AMARYLLIS. A. PASTORAL.

3 To love a nymph, the glory of the - plain; * In vain he daily did his courtship move, The nymph was haughty, and disdain'd to love. Each morn as soon as the sun's golden ray Dispers'd the clouds, and chased dark night away, The sad despairing shepherd rear'd his head From off his pillow, and forsook his bed. Strait he search'd out some melancholy shade, Where he did blame the proud disdainful • maid, IO And thus with cruelty did her upbraid : Ah, shepherdess, will you then let me die; Will nothing thaw this frozen cruelty: But you, lest you should pity, will not hear, You will not to my suff'rings give ear; But adder-like to listen you refuse To words, the greatest charm that man can use. 'Tis now noon-day, the sun is mounted high, Beneath refreshing shades the beasts do lie, And seek out cooling rivers to assuage, 2O The lion's sultry heat, and dog-star's rage: The oxen now can't plough the fruitful soil,

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The furious heat forbids the reaper's toil.
Both beast and men for work are now unfit,
The wearied hinds down to their dinner sit ;
Each creature now is with refreshment blest,
And none but wretched I, debarr'd of rest,
I wander up and down thro' desert lands,
On Sun-burnt mountain-tops and parched
sands.
And as alone, restless I go along, 3o
Nothing but echo answers to my song.
Had I not better undergo the scorn
Of Jenny ? is it not more easy borne?
The cruelty of angry Kate P altho'
That she is black, and you are white as snow.
O! nymph, don't, too much, to your beauty
trust,
The brightest steel is eaten up with rust:
The whitest blossoms fall, sweet roses fade,
And you, tho' handsome, yet may die a maid.
With thee I could admire a country life, 4o
Free from disturbance, city noise, or strife:
Amongst the shady groves and woods we'd
walk,
Of nothing else but love's great charm we'd
talk,
We would pursue, in season, rural sports,
And then let knaves and fools resort to courts;
I could, besides, some country presents find,
Could they persuade you but to be more kind:
But since with scorn you do these gifts despise,

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