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No: the dead know it not, nor profit gain;
Ah, hapless swain! unus'd to pains and ills! It only serves to prove the living rain.
Canst thou forego roast-beef for nauseous pills? 306 How short is life! how frail is human trust! How wilt thou lift to Heaven thy eyes and hands, Is all this pomp for laying dust to dust ?
When the long scroll the surgeon's fees demands ! · Where the nail'd hoop defends the painted stall, Or else (ye gods, avert that worst disgrace !) Brush not thy sweeping skirt too near the wall : Thy ruin'd nose falls level with thy face! Thy heedless sleeve will drink the colour'd oil, Then shall thy wife thy loathsome kiss disdain, And spot indelible thy pocket soil.
240 And wholesome neighbours from thy mug refrain Has not wise Nature strung the legs and feet
Yet there are watchmen, who with friendly ligbt With firmest nerve. , design'd to walk the street? Will teach thy reeling steps to tread aright; Has she not given us hands to grope aright, For sixpence will support thy helpless arm, Amidst the frequent dangers of the night?
And home conduct thee, safe from nightly harm. And think'st thou not the double nostril meant, But, if they shake their lanterns, from afar 314 To wam from oily woes. by previous scent?
To call their brethren to confederate war, Who can the various city frauds' recite,
When rakes resist their power; if hapless you With all the petty rapines of the night?
Should chance to wander with the scowering crew; Who now the guinea-dropper's bait regards, 249 Though Fortune yield thee captive, ne'er despair, Trick'd by the sharper's dice, or juggler's cards ? But seek the constable's considerate ear; Why should I warn thee ne'er to join the fray, He will reverse the watchman's harsh decree, Where the sham quarrel interrupts the way?
Mov'd by the rhetoric of a silver fee. (word, Lives there in these our days so soft a clown, Thus, would you gain some favourite courtier's Brav'd by the bully's oaths, or threatening frown? Fee not the petty clerks, but bribe my lord. - 320 I need not strict enjoin the pocket's care,
Now is the time that rakes their revels keep; When from the crowded play thou lead'st the fair; Kindlers of riot, enemies of sleep. Who has pot here or watch or snuff-box lost, His scatter'd pence the flying nicker' Alings.. Or handkerchiefs that India's shuttle boast ? And with the copper shower the casement rings. O! may thy virtue guard thee through the roads Who has not heard the scowerer's unidnight fame?. Of Drury's inazy courts, and dark abodes ! 260) Who has not treinbled at the Mohock's name? The harlots' guileful paths, who nightly stand Was there a watchman took his hourly rounds, Where Catharine-street descends into the Strand! | Safe from their blows, or new-invented wounds? Say, vagrant Muse, their wiles and subtle arts, I pass their desperate deeds, and mischiefs done, To lure the strangers' unsuspecting hearts:
Where from Snow-hill black steepy torrents run;330 So shall our youth on healthful sinews tread, How matrons, hoop'd within the hogshead's womb, And city cheeks grow warm with rural red. Were tuinbled furious thence; the rolling tomb 'Tis she who nightly strolls with sauntering O'er the stones thunders, bounds froin side to sides pace,
So Regulus, to save his country, dy'd. No stubborn stays her yielding shape embrace ; Where a dim gleam the paly lanthorn throws Beneath the lamp her tawdry ribbons glare, O'er the mid pavement, heapy rubbish grows; The Qew-scour'd manteau, and the slattern air; Or arched vaults their gaping jaws extend, High-draggled petticoats her travels show, 271 | Or the dark caves to common-shores descend. And hollow cheeks with artful blushes glow; Oft by the winds extinct the signal lies, With Aattering sounds she soothes the credulous Or smother'd in the glimmering socket dies, 340 ear,
Ere Night has half rollid round her ebon throne; “ My noble captain! charmer! love! my dear!” | In the wide gulph the shatter'd coach, o'erth In riding-hood near tavern-doors she plies,
Sinks with the snorting steeds; the reins are broke Or muffled pinners hide ber livid eyes.
And from the crackling axle flies the spoke. With empty bandbox she delights to range,
So, when fam's Eddystone's far-shooting ray, And feigns a distant errand from the 'Change;
That led the sailor through the stormy way, Nay, she will oft the quaker's hood prophate, Was from its rocky roots by billows torn, And trudge demure the rounds of Drury-lane. 880 | And the high turret in the whirlwind borne; She darts from sarsenet ambush wily leers,
Flects bulg'd their sides against the craggy land, Twitches thy sleeve, or with familiar airs
And pitchy ruins blacken'd all the strand. 350 Her fan will pat thy cheek; these snare's disdain, Who then through night would hire the harness'd Nor gaze behind thee, when she turns again,
steed? I knew a yeoman, who, for thirst of gain, And who would choose the rattling wheel for speed? To the great city drove, from Devon's plain,
But hark! Distress, with screaming voice, draws His numerous lowing herds his herds he sold,
nigher, And his deep leathern pocket bagg'd with gold. And wakes the slumbering street with cries of fire Drawn by a fraudful nymph, he gazd, he sigh'd : At first a glowing red en wraps the skies, Unmindful of his home, and distant bride, 290 And, borne by winds, the scattering sparks arise; She leads the willing viction to his doorn,
From beam to beam the fierce contagion spreads; Through winding alleys, to her cobweb room. The spiry flames now lift aloft their heads; Thence thro' the street he reels from post to post, Through the burst sash a blazing deluge pours, Valiant with wine, nor knows his treasure lost. And splitting tiles descend in rattling showers. 360 The vagrant wretch th' assembled watchmen spies, Now with thick crowds th' enlighten'd pavement ! He waves his hanger, and their poles defics;
swarms, Deep in the round-house pent, all night be snores, The fireman sweats beneath his crooked arms; And the next morn in vain his fate deplores.
Gentlemen who delighted to break windows with 3. Warious cheats foriperly in practice. .. baltpoolt.
A leather casque his venturous head defends, Arundel-street
Bavaroy, by whom worn
Brokers, keep coaches
Bookseller, skilled in the weather to j. 161
Baker, to whom prejudicial
Butchers, to be avoided
Bully, bis insolence to be corrected ii. 59
Broker, where he usually walks
Bills, dispersed to walkers .
Cane, the convenience of one
an amber-headed oue useless
the abuse of it
| Camlet, how affected by rain
Coat, how to choose one for the winter i. 41
Chairs and chariots, prejudicial to health i. 69
Coachman asleep on his box, what the sign i. 153
his whip dangerous
his care of his horses
despises dirty shoes
Chairman, an observation upon them . i. 154
Church monuments, foretel the weather j. 167
Cold, the description of one ... i. 267
Clergy, what tradesmen to avoid . ji. 05
Chimney-sweeper, by whom to be avoided ii. 33
Chandlers, prejudicial to walkers
Carman, when unmerciful, his punishment ij. 245
| Countryman, perplexed to find the way ii. 73
Chairmen, their exercise in frosty weather ii. 335
ii. 343. 347
Cries of the town, observations upon them
Christmas, what cries forerun it
-a season for general charity ii. 414
- those that keep them uncharitable ii. 42
-attended with ill accidents
-a stop of them described
-where given with judginent . ii. 456
Clement's church, the pass of it described iii. 18.
... ise po iii. 25
ii. 13 Coachmen, a fight of them . i i . ibid.
ii. 83 | Crowd, parted by a coach · as ii. 83,
ii. 127 | Chairmen, law concerning them . jij..153.
their poles dangerous
ij. 434 Constable, his consideration - En, ji. 315
Coach fallen into a hole, described iii. 335 | Ladies walking the streets
. ii. 413
in the Park, what they betoken
dress neither by reason nor instinct i. 149
Letchers old, where they frequent ii. 280
Lawyer passing the street in a coach ii. 579
Labourers returned from work
Lantern, what it shows in the middle of the
i. 45 | Martha, a milk-maid of Lincolnshire i. 125
veigle walkers to play
ii. 57 | Milk-majd of the city, unlike a rural one ii. 11
. ï. 237
ii. 357 | Masons, dangerous to pass where at work ji. 266
Nisus and Euryalus
Gamester, his chariot described
Old woman, an observation upon one i. 139
Observations on the looks of walkers
i. 219 Poor, their murmurs, what the sign of i. 178
ii. 389 Precepts, what the c,insequence if neglected i. 189
Post, when to walk on the outside of it ii. 7
Pythagoras, his doctrine
ï. 241 | Petticoat, its use in bad weather
1. 304 | Trivia, the goddess of streets and highways, Pavers, a signal for coaches to avoid them ii. 306
5 Pattens inconvenient in snowy weather ii. 32+ | Trades prejudicial to walkers
ii, 95 Phaeton, a beau compared to him
ii. 71 Perriwigs, how stolen off the head
ii. 83 Pick-pocket, his art and misfortunes ii. 59
ii. 944 Paint, how to be avoided'
ü. 246 Play-house, a caution when you lead a lady
Tea-drinkers, a necessary cantion to them ii. 296 out of it
ii. 365 Thaw, the description of one
ii. 400 Quarrels for the wall to be avoided
| Thursday, by what observations to know it ii. 409 Quarrels, sham ones, dangerous iii. 251 Titian
ii. 486 Trivia invoked as Cynthia
• iii. 1 Turn-stiles
iii. 107 Riding-hood, its use j. 209 Tragedies, their fate
m. 414 Rome, the streets of it
i. 94 Rain, signs of it i. 157 Umbrella, its use
j. 211 Rakes, how they avoid a dun ii. 282 | Venice, the streets of it
i. 97 Raphael Urbin ji. 487 Vaults, an observation upon them
i. 173 Rakes, their time of walking ii. 321 Vulcan in love with a milk-maid
į. 241 Regulus, his death iii, 3.30 -advice to hiin
i. 2.45 Reader, the author addresses him
ii. 393 -metamorphosed to a country farrier i. 253
the inventor of hobnails and sparrables i. 263 S the inventor of pattens
i. 275 Scavengers, their duty i. 15 | Upholder, where he frequents
ü, 470 Stage-coaches, an observation upon them i. 25 Shoe-cleaning boys, the time of their first appearance
i. 23 | Winter, the beginning of it described Shoes, when to provide them į. 29 Weather, signs of cold
i. 133 what sort improper for walkers i. 33
- signs of fair
i. 143 - what proper fur dancers
i. 157 what most proper for walkers
ibid. Witney broad-cloth proper for horsemen i. 47 Surtout, kersey, its description i. 55 Wig compared to Alecto's snakes
i. 202 Shower, a man in one described
i. 205 Shins, what they betoken when scorched i. 137 what to be worn in a mist
i. 195 Signs creaking, what they betoken i. 157 | Waterman, judicious in the weather
i. 163 Superstition to be avoided i. 175 Winds whistling, what they foretel
i. 169 Swithin, St. his festival i. 183 Wall, to whom to be given
č. 45 Smallcoal-man, by whom to be avoided ii. 35 to whom to be denied
ii. 59 Summer, foreign to the author's design ii. 315 when to keep it
j. 206 Signs, the use of them ii. 67 | Way, of whom to be inquired
ii. 05 Seven dials of St. Giles's parish described ij. 80 Watling-street
ii. 247 Stockings, how to prevent their being spat. Walkers inadvertent, to what misfortunes tered ii. 91 - liable
üj. 285 Streets, narrow ones to be avoided ii. 247 | Wits, a caution to them
ii. 296 Snowy weather ii. 320 | Walker distressed by a foot-ball
ü. 347 Shoes, how to free them from snow ii. 325 | Waterman, his dominion invaded
ii. 361 Snow-balls, coachmen pelted with them ii. 329 Wednesday, how to know it
ii. 416 Schoolboys, mischievous in frosty weather ii. 331 Walkers, their happiness
ii. 502 Sempstress, the description of her in a frosty
- free from diseases
ii. 506 morning
ii. 337 | Water, the danger of being upon it ii. 515 advice to her ii. 341 Walking advantageous to learning
ii. 551 Saturday, by what observations to know it ij. 422 | Women, the ill consequence of gazing on them Spring, the cries then in use ij. 428
iii. 101 Streets formerly noblemen's houses ii. 492 Wheel-barrows, how they prejudice walkers Swords, silver, lure thieves jil. 53
iii. 107 Street, how to cross it iii. 165 | Whore, how to know one
iii, 267 Scylla and Charybdis
iii. 183 | Whores, the streets where they ply ž i. 259 Street, where to cross it by night
iii. 185 | Watchmen, the method of treating with them Shoe-cleaning boy, his birth ii. 135
iin 301 - his lamentation ii. 177
their signal to their fellows ii. 311 - his happiness
what to do if taken by them äi. 318 - without father or mother ii. 181 Scowerers, a set of raken
iii. 325 Snow-hill
iü. 330 | Yeoman, a dreadful story of one iä. 235
| Yet in those sounds such sentiments appear, EPISTLES ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.
As charm the judgment, while they soothe the ear.
“ Religion's cheerful fame her bosom warms, Calms all her hours, and brightens all her charms. Henceforth, ye fair, at chapel mind your prayers,
Nor catch your lover's eyes with artful airs;
Restrain your looks, kneel more, and whisper less,
Nor most devoutly criticise on dress.
“ From her form all your characters of life, OCCASIONED BY THE ARRIVAL OF HER ROYAL HIGHNESS
The tender mother, and the faithful wife.
Oft have I seen her little infant-train,
The lovely promise of a future reign;
Observ'd with pleasure every dawning graca,
And early with paternal virtues shine :
His little heart with emulation beats;
He dreams of triumphs, and of vanquish'd foes; By your commands and inclination sway'd, Each year with arts shall store his ripening brain, I call'd th’ unwilling Muses to my aid :
And from his grandsire he shall learn to reign." Resolu'd to write, the noble theme I chose,
Thus far I'd gone : propitious rising gales And to the princess thus the poem rose.
Now bid the sailor hoist the swelling sails. “ Aid me, bright Phoebus! aid, ye sacred Nine! Fair Carolina lands; the cannons roar; Exalt my genius, and my verse refine.
White Albion's cliffs resound from shore to shore My strains with Carolina's name I grace,
Behold the bright original appear, The lovely parent of our royal race.
All praise is faint when Carolina's near. Breathe soft, ve winds! ye waves, in silence sleep! | Thus to the nation's joy, but poet's cost, Let prosperous breezes wanton o'er the deep, The princess came, and my new plan was lost. Swell the white sails, and with the streamers play, Since all my scheines were baulk'd, (my last To waft her gently o'er the watery way.”
I left the Muses, to frequent the court: (resort) Here I to Neptune form'd a pompous prayer, Pensive each night froin room to room I walk'd, To rein the winds, and guard the royal fair;
To one I bow'd, and with another talk'd ; Bid the blue Tritons sound their twisted shells, Inquir'd what news, or such a lady's name, And call the Nereids from their pearly cells. And did the next day, and the next, the same.
Thus my warm zeal had drawn the Muse along, Places, I found, were daily given away, Yet knew no method to conduct her song:
And yet no friendly Gazette mention'd Gay. I then resolv'd some model to pursue,
I ask'd a friend what method to pursue ; Perus'd French critics, and began anew.
He cry'd, “ I want a place as well as you.” Long open panegyric drags at best,
Another ask'd ine, why I had not writ; And praise is only praise when well address'd. “ A poct owes his fortune to his wit."
Straight Horace for some lucky ode I sought : Straight I reply'd, “ With what a courtly grace And all along I trac'd him thought by thought. Flows easy verse from him that has a place! This new performance to a friend I show'd: Had Virgil ne'er at court improv'd his strains, “ Por shame!” says he; “what, imitate sn ode! He still had sung of flocks and homely swains; I'd rather ballads write, and Grub-street lays, And, had not Horace sweet preferment found, Than pillage Cæsar for my patron's praise: The Roman lyre had never learnt to sound.” One common fate all imitators share,
Once ladies fair in homely guise I sung, To save mince-pies, and cap the grocer's ware.” And with their names wild woods and mountains Vex'd at the charge, I to the flames commit 0 teach ile now to strike a softer strain! [rung. Rhymes, similies, lord's names, and ends of wit : The court refines the language of the plain. In blotted stanzas scraps of odes expire,
“ You must,” cries one, “the ministry rehearse, And fustian mounts in pyramids of tire.
And with each patriot's name prolong your verse." Ladies!' to you I next inscrib'd my lay,
But sure this truth to poets should be known, And writ a letter in familiar way:
That praising all alike, is praising none. For, still impatient till the princess came,
Another told me, if I wish'd success, You from di scription wish'd to know the daine, To some distinguish'd lord I must address; Each day my pleasing labour larger grew,
One whose high virtues speak his noble blood, For still new graces opeu'd to my view.
One always zealous for his country's good; Twelve lines ran on to introduce the theme; Where valour and strong eloquence unite, And then I thus pursued the growing scheme: In council cautious, resolute in fight;
“ Beauty and wit were sure by Nature join'd, Whose generous temper prompts him to defend, And charms are emanations of the mind;
And patronize the man that wants a friend. The soul, transpiercing through the shining frame, “ You have, 'tis true, the noble patron shown, Formis all the graces of the princely dame:
But I, alas! ani to Argyll unknown.” Benevolence her conversation guides,
Still eyery one I inet in this agred, Smiles on her cheek, and in her eye resides.
That writing was my method to succeed; Such harmony upon her tongue is found,
But now preferurents so possess'd my brain, . As softens English to Italian sou.id :
f. That scarce I could produce a single strain :