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To shine where all the gay resort,
THE HARDSHIP UPON THE LADIES. 1733.
Poor ladies! though their business be to play,
A LOVE SONG,
IN THE MODERN TASTE.
Fluttering spread thy purple pinions,
Gentle Cupid, o'er my heart; I, a slave in thy dominions ;
Nature must give way to art.
Mild Arcadians, ever blooming,
Nightly nodding o'er your flocks, See my weary days consuming
All beneath yon flowery rocks.
Thus the Cyprian goddess weeping
Mourn'd Adonis, darling youth:
Fair Discretion, string the lyre;
Bright Apollo, lend thy choir.
Mournful cypress, verdant willow,
Gilding my Aurelia's brows,
Hear me pay my dying vows.
Melancholy smooth Meander,
Swiftly purling in a round,
Softly seeks her silent mate,
Melody resigns to fate.
ON THE WORDS
So familiarly used by the advocates for the repeal of the Test
Act in Ireland, 1733.
While things of heterogeneous kind.
See, brother, how we apples swim."
Thus Lamb, renown'd for cutting corns, An offer'd fee from Radcliff scorns, « Not for the world—we doctors, brother, Must take no fees of one another." Thus to a dean some curate sloven Subscribes, “ Dear sir, your brother loving." Thus all the footmen, shoeboys, porters, About St. James's, cry, “ We courtiers." Thus Horace in the house will prate, * Sir, we the ministers of state.” Thus at the bar the booby Bettesworth *, Though half a crown o'erpays his sweat's worth, Who knows in law nor text nor margent, Calls Singleton his brother sergeant. And thus fanatick saints, though neither in Doctrine nor discipline our brethren,
* Modesty and good-manners did not prevent Bettesworth from exposing himself to the censure even of his own friends : fur, upon hearing that the Dean had dined at Mr. Worral's house, he went thither after dinner, poured out some of his ill language in the Dean's presence, and said, “ He could bear the appellation of Togue, or villain, rather than booby." The Dean made no reply to him; but only observed to the company, “ This man is altogether beside himself; I wonder his friends do not take better care of him. Pray, Mr. Worral send to his relations to get him confined.". This mild answer quieted the madman for this time; and the Dean never saw him afterwards. See Swift's own account of this affair, in a Letter to the duke of Dorset, in January 1733-4. N.
Are brother protestants and Christians,
for their kin.
As Moses, by divine advice,
Let folks in high or holy stations