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Prolong the peal yet, spite of all your clatter, The tedious chime is still ground, plants, and

water. So, when some John his dull invention racks, To rival Boodle's dinners, or Almack's, 50 Three uncouth legs of mutton fhock our eyes, Three roasted geese, three butter'd apple-pies.

Come then, prolific Art, and with thee bring The charms that rise from thy exhauftless spring; To Richmond come, for see, untutor'd Brown 55 Destroys those wonders which were once thy own. Lo, from his melon-ground the peasant Nave Has rudely rush'd, and levell’d Merlin's Cave; Knock'd down the waxen Wizzard, seiz'd his.

wand, Transform'd to lawn what late was Fairy land; 60 And marr’d, with impious hand, each sweet de

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Of Stephen Duck, and good Queen Caroline.
Hafte, bid yon livelong Terrace re-ascend,
Replace each vista, straighten every bend;

muft therefore supply the scantiness of Nature." &c. &c. &c. page 14. And again, “ Our larger works are only a repeti. tion of the small ones, “ like the honest Bachelor's feast," which confifted in nothing but a multiplication of his own dinner ; " three legs of mutton and turneps, three roasted geese, and three buttcred apple-pies,” Preface, p. 7.

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Shut out the Thames; shall that ignoble thing 65
Approach the presence of great Ocean's King?
No! let Barbaric glories feaft his eyes,
August Pagodas round his palace rise,
And finish'd Richmond open to his view,
A work to wonder at, perhaps a” Kew. 70

Nor reft we here, but, at our magic call, Monkies shall climb our trees, and lizards crawl ; Verse 69. No? let Barbaric glories.) So Milton,

" Where the gorgeous east with richest hand Showers on her Kings BARBARIC pearl and gold.” Verse 72. Monkies shall climb our trees.) “ In their lofty woods, serpents and lizards of many beautiful forts crawl upon the ground. Innumerable monkies, cats, and parrots clamber upon the trees.” Page 40. " In their lakes are many iflands, fome small, some large, amongst which are often seen ftalking along, the elephant, the rhinoceros, the dromedary, ostrich, and the giant baboon." Page 66. " They keep in their inchanted scenes, a surpriâng variety of monftrous birds, reptiles, and animals, which are tamed by art, and guarded by enormous dogs of Tibet and African giants, in the habits of magicians.” Page 42. " Sometimes in this romantic excursion, the passenger finds himself in extensive recefles, surrounded with arbours of jessamine, vine, and roses; where beauteous Tartarean damsels, in loose transparent robes that flutter in the air, present him with rich wines, &c, and invite him to taste the sweets of retirement, on Persian carpets, and beds of Camusathkin down.".

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Huge dogs of Tibet bark in yonder grove,
Here parrots prate, there cats make cruel love ;
In some fair island will we turn to grass 75
(With the Queen's leave) her elephant and ass.
Giants from Africa Mall guard the glades,
Where hiss our snakes, where sport our Tartar

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Now to our lawns of dalliance and delight,
Join we the groves of horror and affright;
This to atchieve no foreign aids we try,
Thy gibbets, Bagshot! fhall our.wants supply;

Hounslow,

Verse 84. Thy gibbets, Bagshot.) 6 Their scenes of terror are composed of gloomy woods, &c. GIBBETS, croffes, wheels, and the whole apparatus of torture, are seen from the roads. Here too they conceal in cavities, on the summits of the highest mountains, founderies, limekilns, and glass-works, which send forth large volumes of fame, and continued columns of thick smoke, that give to these mountains the appearance of Volcanoes." P. 37. “ Here the passenger from time to time is surprized with repeated fhocks of electrical impulse ; the earth trem, bles under him by the power of confined air," &c. Now to produce both these effects, viz. the appearance of volcanoes and earthquakes, we have here substituted the

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Hounslow, whose heath sublimer terror fills, 85
Shall with her gibbets lend her powder mills.
Here too, O King of Vengeance, in thy fane,
Tremendous Wilkes shall rattle his gold chain;
And round that fane on many a Tyburn tree,
Hang fragments dire of Newgate-history; 90
On this shall H*11*d's dying speech be read,
Here B-te's confession, and his wooden head;
While all the minor plunderers of the age
(Too numerous far for this contracted page)
The R*g*ys, C*lc*ft's, Mangos, Bods*ws there, 95
In straw-Itufft effigy, shall kick the air.
But say, ye powers, who come when Fancy calls,
Where shall our mimic London rear her walls ?

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occasional explosion of a powder-mill, which (if there be not too much simplicity in the contrivance) it is apprehended will at once answer all the purposes of lime-kilns and electrical machines, and imitate thunder and the explosion of cannon into the bargain. Page 40.

Verse 87. Here too, O king of Vengeance, &c.) « In the moft dismal recesses of the woods, are temples dedicated to the King of Vengeance, near which are placed pillars of ftone, with “ pathetic descriptions of tragical events;" and many acts of cruelty perpetrated there by outlaws and robbers.” Page 37.

Verse 88. Tremendous Wilkes.) This was written while Mr. Wilkes was Sheriff of London, and when it was to be feared he would rattle his chain a year longer as Lord Mayor,

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That Eastern feature, Art muft next produce,
Tho' not for present yet for future use 100
Our sons fome Nave of greatness may behold,
Cast in the genuine Asiatic mould :
Who of three realms shall condescend to know
No more than he can spy from Windsor's brow ;
For Him that blessing of a better time, 105
The Muse shall deal awhile in brick and lime ;
Surpass the bold A'abadi in design,
And o'er the Thames Aling one stupendous line
Of marble arches, in a bridge, that cuts
From Richmond Ferry slant to BrentfordButts.110
Brentford with London's charms will we adorn;
Brentford, the bishoprick of Parson Horne.

Verse 98. Where shall our mimic London, &c.) “ There is likewise in the same garden, viz. Yven- Ming Yven, near Pekin, a fortified town, with its ports, streets, public Squares, temples, markets, tops, and tribunals of justice ; in short, with every thing that is at Pekin, only on a smaller scale.

“ In this town the emperors of China, who are too much the Naves of their greatness to appear in public, and their women, who are excluded from it by custom, are frequently diverted with the hurry and bustle of the capital, which is there represented, several times in the year, by the eunuchs of the palace." Page 32.

Verse 109. Of marble arches.) See Sir William's enormous account of Chinese bridges, too long to be here inserted.

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