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Box'd in a chair the Beau impatient sits,
While spouts run clattering o'er the roof by fits,
And ever and anon with frightful din
The leather sounds; he trembles from within.
So when Troy chairmen bore the wooden steed,
Pregnant with Greeks impatient to be freed,
(Those bully Greeks, who, as the moderns do,
Instead of paying chairmen, ran them through)
Laocoon struck the outside with his spear,
And each imprison'd hero quak'd for fear.

Now from all parts the swelling kennels flow,
And bear their trophies with them as they go:
Filths of all hues and odour, seem to tell
What street they sail'd from, by their sight and

smell. They, as each torrent drives with rapid force, From Smithfield to St Pulchre's shape their course, And in huge confluence join'd at Snowhill ridge, Fall from the conduit prone to Holborn bridge. Sweepings from butchers' stalls, dung, guts, and

blood, Drown'd puppies, stinking sprats, all drench'd in

mud, Dead cats, and turnip-tops come tumbling down

the flood.

ON THE LITTLE HOUSE

ITTLI

BY

THE CHURCHYARD OF CASTLENOCK.

1710.

WHOEVER pleases to inquire
Why yonder steeple wants a spire,

The grey old fellow, poet Joe,*
The philosophic cause will show.
Once on a time a western blast,
At least twelve inches overcast,
Reckoning roof, weathercock, and all,
Which came with a prodigious fall;
And tumbling topsy-turvy round,
Lit with its bottom on the ground:
For, by the laws of gravitation,
It fell into its proper station. .

This is the little strutting pile
You see just by the churchyard stile;
The walls in tumbling gave a knock,
And thus the steeple got a shock;
From whence the neighbouring farmer calls
The steeple, Knock; the vicar, Walls. †

The vicar once a-week creeps in,
Sits with his knees up to his chin;
Here cons his notes, and takes a whet,
Till the small ragged flock is met.

A traveller, who by did pass,
Obsery'd the roof behind the grass ;
On tiptoe stood, and rear'd his snout,
And saw the parson creeping out:
Was much surprised to see a crow
Venture to build his nest so low.

A schoolboy ran unto't, and thought
The crib was down, the blackbird

ird caught.
A third, who lost his way by night,
Was forc'd for safety to alight,
And stepping o'er the fabric roof,
His horse had like to spoil his hoof.

* Mr Beaumont of Trim, remarkable, though not a very old man, for venerable white locks.

+ Archdeacon Wall, a correspondent of Swift's.-F. VOL. XIV.

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Warburton * took it in his noddle, This building was design'd a model ; Or of a pigeon-house or oven, To bake one loaf, and keep one dove in.

Then Mrs Johnson † gave her verdict, And every one was pleas'd that heard it; All that you make this stir about Is but a still which wants a spout. The reverend Dr Raymond I guess'd More probably than all the rest; He said, but that it wanted room, It might have been a pigmy's tomb.

The doctor's family came by, And little miss began to cry, Give me that house in my own hand! Then madam bade the chariot stand, Call'd to the clerk, in manner mild, Pray, reach that thing here to the child : That thing, I mean, among the kale; And here's to buy a pot of ale.

The clerk said to her in a heat,
What! sell my master's country seat,
Where he comes every week from town!
He would not sell it for a crown.
Poh! fellow, keep not such a pother;
In half an hour thou'lt make another.

Says Nancy, $ I can make for miss
A finer house ten times than this
The dean will give me willow sticks,
And Joe my apron-full of bricks.

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* Dr Swift's curate at Laracor.-F.

+ Stella. Minister of Trim.-F. The waiting-woman.-F.

A A TOWN ECLOGUE. 1710.

(FIRST PRINTED IN THE TATLER.)

[Swift and Pope delighted to ridicule Philips' Pastorals, and

wrote several parodies upon them, the fame of which has been swallowed up in Gay's Shepherd's Week.]

Scene, the Royal Exchange.

CORYDON.

Now the keen rigour of the winter's o'er,
No hail descends, and frost can pinch no more,
While other girls confess the genial spring,
And laugh aloud, or amorous ditties sing,
Secure from cold, their lovely necks display,
And throw each useless chaffing-dish away ;
Why sits my Phillis discontented here,
Nor feels the turn of the revolving year?
Why on that brow dwell sorrow and dismay,
Where Loves were wont to sport, and Smiles to play?

PHILLIS.

Ah, Corydon ! survey the 'Change around,
Through all the 'Change no wretch like me is found:
Alas! the day, when I, poor heedless maid,
Was to your rooms in Lincoln's Inn betray'd;
Then how you swore, how many vows you made !
Ye listening Zephyrs, that o'erheard his love,
Waft the soft accents to the gods above.

Alas! the day; for (0, eternal shame!)
I sold your handkerchiefs, and lost

my

fame.

CORYDON.

When I forget the favour you bestow'd,
Red herrings shall be spawn'd in Tyburn Road:
Fleet-Street, transform'd, become a flowery green,
And mass be sung where operas are seen.
The wealthy cit, and the St James's beau,
Shall change their quarters, and their joys forego;
Stock-jobbing, this, to Jonathan's shall come,
At the Groom Porter's, that play off his plum.

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PHILLIS. But what to me does all that love avail, If, while I dose at home o’er porter's ale, Each night with wine and wenches, you regale ? My livelong hours in anxious cares are past, And raging hunger lays my beauty waste. On templars spruce in vain I glances throw, And with shrill voice invite them as they go. Expos'd in vain my glossy ribbands shine, And unregarded wave upon the twine. The week flies round, and when my profit's known, I hardly clear enough to change a crown.

CORYDON.
Hard fate of virtue, thus to be distrest,
Thou fairest of thy trade, and far the best ;
As fruitmen's stalls the summer market grace,
And ruddy peaches them; as first in place
Plumcake is seen o'er smaller pastry ware,
And ice on that: so Phillis does appear
In playhouse and in Park, above the rest
Of belles mechanic, elegantly drest.

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