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Ten thousand flocks his shepherd told,
To have a curious trick in store, His coffers overflow'd with gold ;
Which never was perform'd before. The land all round him was his own.
Thro' all the town this soon got air, With corn his crowded granaries groan.
And the whole house was like a fair; In short, so vast his charge and gain,
But soon his entry as he made, That to possess them was a pain :
Without a prompter, or parade, With happiness oppress'd he lies,
'Twas all expectance, all suspense, And much too prudent to be wise.
And silence gagg'd the audience. Near him there liv'la beauteous maid,
He hid his head behind his wig, With all the charms of youth array'd;
And with such truth took off a pig, Good, amiable, sincere and free,
All swore'twas serious, and no joke, Her name was Generosity.
For doubtless underneath his cloak, 'Twas hers the largess to bestow
He had conceal'd some grunting elf, On rich and poor, on friend and foe.
Or, was a real hog himself. Her doors to all were open'd wide,
A search was made, no pig was found The pilgrim there might safe abide :
With thund'ring claps the seats reso
resound, For th' hungry and the thirsty crew,
And pit, and box, and galleries roar, The bread she broke, the drink she dreir; With rare! bravo ! and encore. There Sickness laid her aching head,
Old Roger Grouse, a country clown, And there Distress cou'd find a bed.
Who yet knew something of the town, Each hour with an all-bounteous hand,
Bebeld the mimic and his whim, Diffus'd she blessings round the land :
And on the morrow challeng'd him,
Declaring to each beau and bunter,
The morrow came the crowd was greater-
But prejudice and rank ill-nature, She found her riches at an end,
Usurp'd the miods of men and wenches, And that she had not made one friend.
Who came to hiss, and break the benches. -
The mimic took his usual station,
Again, encore ! encore they cry
'Twas quite the thing—twas very high : And cry'd, “ My dear, if you will join
Old Grouse conceal'd, amidst the racket, Your hand in nuptial bonds with mine;
A real pig beneath his jacketAll will be well-you shall have store,
Then forth he came and with his nail And I be plagu'd with wealth no more.
He pinch'd the urchin by the tail. Tho' I restraiu your bonnteous heart,
The tortur'd pig from out his throat, You still shall act the generous part.”
Produc'd the genuine nat’ral note. The bridal came-great was the feast,
All bellow'd out-'twas very sad !
Sure never stuff was half so bad !
"Pshaw! Nonsense! blockhead ! Off! Off! Off!" Her face was mix'd of care and glee,
The mimic was extoll'd; and Grouse They christen'd her Economy ;
Was hiss'd, and catcall'd from the house. And styled her fair Discretion's queen,
“ Soft ye, a word before I go," The mistress of the golden mean.
Quoth honest Hodge—and stooping low Now Generosity contin'd,
Produc'd the pig, and thus aloud Perfectly easy in her mind;
Bespoke the stupid partial croud : Still loves to give, yet knows to spare,
Behold, and learn from this poor creature, Nor wishes to be free from Care.
How much you crities know of Nature.”
But why these to me, who've his constancy And sing with more than usual glee known?
To Nancy, who was born for me. And Billy bas laurels enough of his own. Tell the blithe Graces as they bound The next was the gift that I could not contemn, Luxuriant in the buxom round; For she brought me two roses that grew on a stem: They're not more elegantly free, Of the dear nuptial tie they stood emblems confest, Than Nancy, who was born for me. So I kiss'd 'em, and press'd 'em quite close to
Tell royal Venus, though she rove,
The queen of the immortal grove; She brought me a sun-fow'r—"This, fair one's That she must share her golden fee your due ;
With Nancy, wbo was born for me.
Tis Nancy's, who was born for me.
The regent of the up-land grange,
In chastity she yields to thee,
0, Nancy, who wast born for me.
Tell Cupid, Hymen, and tell Jove, No more of my Harriot, of Polly no more,
With all the pow'rs of life and love, Nor all the bright beauties that charm'd me be- That I'd disdain to breathe or be, fore;
If Nancy was not born for me.
My Florio, wildest of his sex,
(Who sure the veriest saint would vex) And though witlings may scoff, and though rail. Yet, though abroad the wanton roam,
From beauty roves to beauty; lery mocks,
Whene'er he deigns to stay at home, Yet Pll sing to my lass with the golden locks.
He always minds his duty. To live and to love, to converse and be free,
Something to every charming she,
In thoughtless prodigality,
He's granting still and granting;
Yet I find nothing wanting.
sight, Her mien is more stately, her breast is more white, Tempestuous as th’autumnal seas
He foams and rages ever; Her sweet lips are rubies, all rubies above,
But when he ceases fron bisire, They are fit for the language or labour of love ;
I cry, “Such spirit, and such fire,
Is surely wond'rous clever."
I ne'er want reason to complain ;
And every joy grows grcater. She shall ease’my fond heart, and shall sooth my I should not like him half so well,
Then trust me, damsels, whilst I tell, While thousands of rivals are sighing in vain;
If I cou'd make him better. Let them rail at the fruit they can't reach, like
the fox, While I have the lass with the golden locks.
THE TALKATIVE FAIR.
ON MY WIFE'S BIRTH-DAY.
Forbear, my Celia, oh! forbear,
Leave her, defenceless and alone,
THE DISTRESSED DAMSEL.
THE SILENT FAIR,
BALLAD VI. From all her fair loquacious kind, So different is my Rosalind, That not one accent can I gain To crown my hopes, or sooth my pain. Ye lovers, who can construe sighs, And are the interpreters of eyes, To language all her looks translate, And in her gestures read my fate. And if in them you chance to find Aught that is gentle, aught that's kind, Adieu mean hopes of being great, And all the littleness of state. All thonghts of grandeur l'll despise, Which from dependence take their rise
; To serve her shall be my employ, And love's sweet agony my joy.
BALLAD VIII. Of all my experience how vast the amount, Since fifteen long winters I fairly can count ! Was ever a damsel so sadly betray d, To live to these years and yet still be a maid? Ye heroes, triumphant by land and by sea, Sworn rot'ries to love, but unmindful of me; You can storm a strong fort, or can form a
blockade, Yet ye stand by like dastards, and see me a
maid. Ye lawyers so just, who with slippery tongue, Can do wbat you please, or with right, or with
wrong, Can it be or by law or by equity said, That a busom young girl ought to die an old
maid. Ye learned physicians, whose excellent skill Can save, or demolish, can cure, or can kill, To a poor, forlorn damsel contribute your aid, Who is sick-very sick-of remaining a maid. Ye fops, I invoke, not to list to my song, Who answer no end—and to no sex belong; Ye echoes of echoes, and shadows of shade For if I had you--I might still be a maid,
THE FORCE OF INNOCENCE.
TO MISS C****
THE FAIR RECLUSE.
The blooming damsel, whose defence
Ye ancient patriarchs of the wood,
That veil around these awful glooms, Who many a century have stood
In verdant age, that ever blooms. Ye Gothic tow'ss by vapours dense.
Obscur'd into severer state, In pastoral magnificence
At once so simple and so great. Why all your jealous shades on me,
Ye hoary elders, do ye spread? Fair innocence shou'd still be free, Nought shou'd be chain'd, but what we
dread, Say, must these tears for ever flow?
Can I from patience learn content,
And leaves me leisure to lament.
Whose cruelty is bis employ,
And stops each ayenue to joy.
Freedom of air alone is giv'n,
And am as raging Barry hot. To aggravate, nor sooth my grief,
True, virtuous, lovely, was his dove, To view th' immensely.distant Heav'n,
But virtue, beauty, truth and love,
Are other names for Harriot,
And tire both houses with your prose,
Though never can you carry aught;
You might command the nation's sense, ONE OF THE CHICHESTER GRACES. And without bribery convince, Written in Goodwood Gardens, September, 1750. Had ye the voice of Harriot. BALLAD X.
You of the music common weal,
Who borrow, beg, compose, or steal, “YE Hills that overlook the plains,
Cantata, air, or ariet; Where wealth and Gothic greatness reigns,
You'd burn your cumb'rous works in score, Wbere Nature's hand by Art is check’d,
And sing, compose, and play no more, And Taste herself is architect ;
If once you heard my Harriot. Ye fallows gray, ye forests brown,
Were there a wretch who dar'd essay, And seas that the vast prospect crown,
Such wond'rous sweetness to betray, Ye fright the soul with Fancy's store,
I'd call him an Iscariot ; Nor can she one idea more!"
But her e'en satire can't annoy, I said when dearest of her kind
So strictly chaste, but kindly coy, (Her form, the picture of her mind)
Is fair angelic Harriot.
(Mean appetite of earthly things) She seem'd all nature to comprize,
In all the waste of war riot ; Her lips! her beauteous breasts ! her eyes! Love's softer duel be my aim, That rous'd, and yet abash'd desire,
Praise, honour, glory, conquest, fame, With liquid, languid, living fire!
Are center'd all in Harriot. But thenher voice !--how fram'd t endear! I swear by Hymen and the pow'rs The music of the gods to hear!
That haunt love's ever blushing bow'rs, Wit that so pierc'd, without offence,
So sweet a nymph to marry ought: So brac'd by the strong nerves of sense!
Then may I hug her silken yoke, Pallas with Venus play'd her part,
And give the last, the final stroke,
T'accomplish lovely Harriot,
TO JENNY GRAY,
Bring, Phæbus, from Parnassian bow'rs, Celestial Chloris ! Nymph divine !
A chaplet of poetic flowers, To save me, the dear task be thine.
That far outbloom the May; Though conquest be the woman's care,
Bring verse so smooth, and thoughts so free, The angels glory is to spare.
And all the Muses heraldry,
To blazon Jenny Gray.
Presenting Spring with early bloom,
In ruddy tints how gay !
Thus, foremost of the blushing fair,
With such a blithsome, buxom air,
Blooms lovely Jenny Gray.
The merry, chirping, plumy throng! Who forms the self succeeding year,
The bushes and the twigs among Thron'd in his amber chariot;
That pipe the sylvan lay, Sees not an object half so bright,
All hush'd at her delightful voice Nor gives such joy, such life, such light,
In silent ecstacy rejoice, As dear delicious Harriot.
And study Jenny Gray. Pedaots of dull phlegmatic turns,
Ye balmy odour-breathing gales, Whose pulse not beats, whose blood not burns, That lightly sweep the green rob’d vales,
Read Malebranche, Boyle and Marriot; And in each rose-bush play; I scorn their philosophic strife,
I know you all, you're arrant cheats, And study nature from the life,
And steal your more than natural sweets, (Where most she shines) in Harriot,
From lovely Jenny Gray. When she admits another wooer,
Pomona and that goddess bright, I rare șike Shakespeare's jealous Moor,
The Aorist's and the maids delight,
In vain their charms display;
While a forc'd blush her cheeks inflam'd, The luscious nectarine, juicy peach,
*d seem'd to say she was asham'd. In richness, nor in sweetness reach
No handkerchief her bosom hid, The lips of Jenny Gray.
No tippet from our sight debars To the sweet knot of Graces three,
Her heaving breasts with moles o'erspread, Th’immortal band of bards agree,
Mark'd, little hemispheres, with stars ; A tuneful tax to pay ;
While on them all our eyes we more, There yet remains a matchless worth,
Our eyes that meant immoderate love. There yet remains a lovelier fourth,
In every gesture, every air,
Th’imperfect lisp, the languid eye,
We awkward imitators vie,
And, forming our own from her face,
Strive to look pretty as we gaze.
If e'er she sneer'd, the mimic crowd
Sneer'd too, and all their pipes laid down; BALLAD XIII.
If she but stoop'd, we lowly bow'd,
And sullen if she'gan to frown Full many a heart, that now is free,
In solemn silence sat profound
But did she laugh!—the laugh went round.
ller snuff-box if the nymph puli'd out, And learn to guard, by conduct nice,
Each Johnian in responsive airs The conquests you shall gain.
Fed with the tickling dust bis snout,
With all the politesse of bears. When Tabby Tom your Crop pursues,
Dropt she her fan beneath her hoop,
Ev'n stake-stuck Clarians strove to stoop.
The sons of culinary Kays
Smoking from the eternal treat,
Lost in ecstatic transport gaze.
As though the fair was good to eat; Tho' this,'tis own'd, be somewhat rude,
Ev'n gloomiest king's men, pleas'd awhile, And Puss by nature be a prude,
“ Grin horribly a ghastly smile." Yet hence you iras improve, By decent pride, and dint of scoff,
But hark, she cries, “ My mamma calls," Keep caterwauling coxcombs off,
And straight she's vanish'd from our sight; And ward th' attacks of love.
'Twas then we saw the empty bowls,
"T'was then we first perceiv'd it night; Your Crop a mousing when you see,
While all, sad synod, silent roan,
Both that she went and went alone,
THE WIDOW'S RESOLUTION.
TIIE PRETTY BAR-KEEPER OF THE
Written at College, 1741, “Relax, sweet girl, your wearied mind,
And to hear the poet talk,
Lay aside your sponge and chalk;
Come, O come, and bring with thee
and all love's soft artillery;
Not unravish'd you might see
E'er her tonguc could set it free,
Away," she cry'd,“ ye swains, be mute,
My loyal thoughts controul;
The purpose of my soul,
And make me life sastain ;
That takes it's rise from pain.”