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Behind some door, in melancholy thought, Mindless of food, he, dreary caitiff! pines; Ne for his fellow's joyaunce careth aught, But to the wind all merriment resigns; And deems it shame, if he to peace inclines $ And many a sullen look ascance is sent, Which for his dame's annoyance he designs; And still the more to pleasure him she's bent, *l*he more doth he, perverse, her haviour past resents
Ah me! how much I fear lest pride it be! But if that pride it be, which thus inspires, Beware, ye dames, with nice discernment see, Ye quench not too the sparks of nobler fires: Ah! better far than all the muses' lyres, AH coward arts, is valour's gen'rous heat; The firm fixt breast which fit and right requires, Like Vernon's patriot foul; more justly great Than craft that pimps for ill, or flow'ry false deceit.
Yet nurs'd with skill, what dazling fruits appear! Ev'n now sagacious foresight points to show A little bench of heedless bishops here, And there a chancellour in embryo, Or bard sublime, if bard may e'er be so, As Milton,SHAKESPEAR,namesthatne'ershalldye! Tho' now he crawl along the ground so low, Nor weeting how the muse shou'd soar on high, Wisheth, poor starving elf! his paper-kite may fly.
And And this perhaps, who, cens'ring the design, Low lays the house which that of cards doth build, Shall Dennis be! if rigid fates incline, And many an epic to his rage shall yield; And many a poet quit th' Aonian field; And, sour'd by age, profound he shall appear, As he who now with 'sdainful fury thrill'd Surveys mine work; and levels many a sneer, Andfurlshiswrinklyfront,andcries," What stuff ishere?" .
But now Dan Phoebus gains the middle skie, And liberty unbars her prison-door; And like a rushing torrent out they fly, And now the grassy cirque han cover'd o'er With boist'rous revel-rout and wild uproar; A thousand ways in wanton rings they run, Heav'n shield their short-liv'd pastimes, I implore t For well may freedom, erst so dearly won, Appear to British elf more gladsome than the sun.
Enjoy, poor imps! enjoy your sportive trade; And chase gay flies, and cull the fairest flow'rs For when my bones in grass-green sods are laid; For never may ye taste more careless hours In knightly castles, or in ladies bow'rs. O vain to seek delight in earthly thing! But most in courts where proud ambition tow'rs; Deluded wight! who weens fair peace can spring Beneath the pompous dome of kesar or of king.
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See in each sprite some various bent appear! . These rudely carol most incondite lay; Those saunt'ring on the green, with jocund leer Salute the stranger passing on his way; Some builden fragile tenements of clay; Some to the standing lake their courses bend, With pebbles smooth at duck and drake to play; Thilk to the huxter's sav'ry cottage tend, In pastry kings and queens th' allotted mite to spend.
Hc.re, as each season yields a disferent store, Each season's stores in order ranged been; Apples with cabbage-net y-cover'd o'er, Galling full sore th? unmoney'd wight, are seen > And goose-b'rie clad in liv'ry red or green; And here of lovely dye, the cath'rine pear, Fine pear! as lovely for thy juice, I ween 2 O may no wight e'er pennyless come there, Lest smit with ardent Jove he pine with hopeless care!
See! cherries here, ere cherries yet abound, "With thread so white in tempting posies ty'd, Scatt'ring like blooming maid their glances round, With pamper'd look draw little eyes aside; And must be bought, tho' penury betide. The plumb all azure and the nut all brown, And here each season, -do those cakes abide, Whose honour'd names th' inventive city own, Rend'ring thro' Britain's isle Salopia's praises known.*
* Shrewsbury cakes.
Admir'd Salopia! that with venial pride Eyes her bright form in Severn's ambient wave, Fam'd for her loyal cares in perils try'd,. Her daughters lovely, and her striplings brave: Ah! midst the rest, may flowers adorn his grave, Whose art did first these dulcet cates display! A motive fair to learning's imps he gave, Who chearless o'er her darkling region stray; 'Till reason's morn arise, and light them on their way.