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Stop short; nor struggle through the crowd in vain, The laws have set him bounds; his servile feet
Whene'er I pass, their poles (unseen below)
If wheels bar up the road, where streets are crost, The pathless grove in vain he wanders o'er : With gentle words the coachman's ear accost : Euryalus, alas! is now no more.
He ne'er the threat or harsh command obeys, That walker who, regardless of his pace, But with contempt the spatter'd shoe surveys. Turns oft to pore upon the damsel's face,
Now man with utmost fortitude thy soul, From side to side by thrusting elbows tost, To cross tho way where carts and coaches roll; Shall strike his aching breast against a post; Yet do not in thy hardy skill confide, Or water, dash'd from fishy stalls, shall stain Nor rashly risk the kennel's spacious stride; His hapless coat with spirts of scaly rain.
Stay till afar the distant wheel you hear, But, if unwarily he chance to stray
Like dying thunder in the breaking air; Where twirling turnstiles intercept the way, Thy foot will slide upon the miry stone, The thwarting passenger shall force them round, And passing coaches crush thy tortur'd bone, And beat the wretch half breathless to the ground. Or wheels inclose the road; on either hand,
Let constant vigilance thy footsteps guide, Pent round with perils, in the midst you stand, And wary circumspection guard thy side ;
And call for aid in vain; the coachman swears, Then shalt thou walk, unharm'd, the dangerous And carmen drive, unmindful of thy prayers. night,
Where wilt thou turn? ah! whither wilt thon Nor need th' officious link-boy's smoky light.
Be sure observe where brown Ostrea stands, Behind thee rolling, with insidious pace,
Who boasts her shelly ware from Wallfleet sands; Shall mark thy stocking with a miry trace.
There may'st thou pass with safe unmiry feet, Let not thy venturous steps approach too nigh, Where the rais'd pavement leads athwart the street Where, gaping wide, low steepy cellars lie. If where Fleet-ditch with muddy current flows, Should thy shoe wrench aside, down, down you fall, You chance to roam, where oyster-tubs in rows And overturn the scolding huckster's stall; Are rang'd beside the posts ; there stay thy haste, The scolding huckster shall not o'er thee moan, And with the savory fish indulge thy taste : But pence exact for nuts and pears o'erthrown. The damsel's knife the gaping shell commands,
Though you through cleanlier alleys wind by day, While the salt liquor streams between her hands. To shun the hurries of the public way,
The man had sure a palate cover'd o'er Yet ne'er to those dark paths by night retire ; With brass or steel, that on the rocky shore Mind only safety, and contemn the mire.
First broke the oozy oyster's pearly coat, Then no impervious courts thy haste detain, And risk'd the living morsel down his throat. Nor sneering alewives bid thee turn again. What will not Luxury taste ? Earth, sea, and air,
Where Lincoln's-inn, wide space, is rail'd around, Are daily ransack'd for the bill of fare! Cross not with venturous step; there oft is found Blood stuff'd in skins is British Christians' food! The lurking thief, who, while the daylight shone, And France robs marshes of the croaking brood ! Made the walls echo with his begging tone; Spungy morels in strong ragouts are found, That crutch, which late compassion mov'd, shall And in the soup the slimy snail is drown'd. wound
When from high spouts the dashing torrents fall Thy bleeding head, and fell thee to the ground. Ever be watchful to maintain the wall; Though thou art tempted by the link-man's call, For shouldst thou quit thy ground, the rushing Yet trust him not along the lonely wall;
throng In the mid-way he 'll quench the flaming brand, Will with impetuous fury drive along ; And share the booty with the pilfering band. All press to gain those honors thou hast lost. Still keep the public streets, where oily rays, And rudely shove thee far without the post. Shot from the crystal lamp, o'erspread the ways. Then to retrieve the shed you strive in vain, Happy Augusta! law-defended town!
Draggled all o'er, and soak'd in floods of rain. Here no dark lanterns shade the villain's frown; Yet rather bear the shower, and toils of mud, No Spanish jealousies thy lanes infest,
Than in the doubtful quarrel risk thy blood. Nor Roman vengeance stabs th' unwary breast; O think on Edipus' detested state, Here Tyranny ne'er lifts her purple hand, And by his woes be warn'd to shun thy fate. But Liberty and Justice guard the land ;
Where three roads join'd, he met his sire un No bravoes here profess the bloody trade,
known; Nor is the church the murderer's refuge made. |(Unhappy sire, but more unhappy son!)
Let not the chairman, with assuming stride, Each claim'd the way, their swords the strife decide Press near the wall, and rudely thrust thy side. The hoary monarch fell, he groan'd, and died !
Hence sprung the fatal plague that thinn'd thy His numerous lowing herd; his herds he sold, reign,
And his deep leathern'd pocket bagg'd with gold. Thy cursed incest! and thy children slain! Drawn by a fraudful nymph, he gaz'd, he sigh'd : Hence wert thou doom'd in endless night to stray Unmindful of his home, and distant bride, Thro' Theban streets, and cheerless grope thy way. She leads the willing victim to his doom,
Contemplate, mortal, on thy fleeting years ; Through winding alleys, to her cobweb room. See, with black train the funeral pomp appears! Thence thro' the streets he reels from post to post, Whether some heir attends in sable state,
Valiant with wine, nor knows his treasure lost. And mourns, with outward grief, a parent's fate; The vagrant wretch th' assembled watchmen spies Or the fair virgin, nipt in beauty's bloom,
He waves his hanger, and their poles defies; A crowd of lovers follow to her tomb:
Deep in the round-house pent, all night he snores, Why is the hearse with 'scutcheons blazon'd round, And the next morn in vain his fate deplores. And with the nodding plume of ostrich crown'd ? Ah, hapless swain! unus'd to pains and ills ! No: the dead know it not, nor profit gain ; Canst thou forego roast beef for nauseous pills! It only serves to prove the living vain.
| How wilt thou lift to Heaven thy eyes and hands, How short is life ! how frail is human trust! When the long scroll the surgeon's fees demands! Is all this pomp for laying dust to dust?
Or else (ye gods, avert that worst disgrace!) Where the nail'd hoop defends the painted stall, Thy ruin'd nose falls level with thy face! Brush not thy sweeping skirt too near the wall: Then shall thy wife thy lothesome kiss disdain, Thy heedless sleeve will drink the color'd oil, And wholesome neighbors from thy mug refrain. And spot indelible thy pocket soil.
Yet there are watchmen, who with friendly light Has not wise Nature strung the legs and feet Will teach thy reeling steps to tread aright; With firmest nerves, design'd to walk the street ? For sixpence will support thy helpless arm, Has she not given us hands to grope aright, And home conduct thee, safe from nightly harra Amidst the frequent dangers of the night?
But, if they shake their lanterns, from afar And think'st thou not the double nostril meant, To call their brethren to confederate war, To warn from oily woes by previous scent ? When rakes resist their power; if hapless you
Who can the various city frauds* recite, Should chance to wander with the scouring crew, With all the petty rapines of the night?
Though Fortune yield thee captive, ne'er despair, Who now the guinea-dropper's bait regards, But seek the constable's considerate ear; Trick'd by the sharper's dice, or juggler's cards ? He will reverse the watchman's harsh decree, Why should I warn thee ne'er to join the fray, Moy'd by the rhetoric of a silver fee. Where the sham quarrel interrupts the way? Thus, would you gain some favorite courtier's word, Lives there in these our days so soft a clown, Fee not the petty clerks, but bribe my lord. Brav'd by the bully's oaths, or threatening frown? Now is the time that rakes their revels keep; I need not strict enjoin the pocket's care,
Kindlers of riot, enemies of sleep. When from the crowded play thou lead'st the fair; His scatter'd pence the flying nicker* flings. Who has not here or watch or snuff-box lost, And with the copper shower the casement rings. Or handkerchiefs that India's shuttle boast ? Who has not heard the scourer's midnight fame? 0! may thy virtue guard thee through the roads Who has not trembled at the Mohock's name? Of Drury's mazy courts, and dark abodes !
Was there a watchman took his hourly rounds, The harlots' guileful paths, who nightly stand Safe from their blows, or new-invented wounds ? Where Catharine-street descends into the Strand! I pass their desperate deeds, and mischiefs done, Say, vagrant Muse, their wiles and subtle arts, Where from Snow-hill black steepy torrents run; To lure the strangers' unsuspecting hearts : How matrons, hoop'd within the hogshead's womb So shall our youth on healthful sinews tread, Were tumbled furious thence; the rolling tomb And city cheeks grow warm with rural red. O'er the stones thunders, bounds from side to side ;
"Tis she who nightly strolls with sauntering pace, So Regulus, to save his country, died. No stubborn stays her yielding shape embrace; 1 Where a dim gleam the paly lantern throws Beneath the lamp her tawdry ribbons glare, O'er the mid pavement, heapy rubbish grows; The new-scour'd manteau, and the slattern air; Or arched vaults their gaping jaws extend, High-draggled petticoats her travels show, Or the dark caves to common shores descend, And hollow cheeks with artful blushes glow; Oft by the winds extinct the signal lies, With flattering sounds she soothes the credulous Or smother'd in the glimmering socket dies, ear,
Ere Night has half roll'd round her ebon throne; “My noble captain! charmer! love! my dear!" In the wide gulf the shatter'd coach, o'erthrown, In riding-hood near tavern-doors she plies, Sinks with the snorting steeds; the reins are broke Or muffled pinners hide her livid eyes.
And from the crackling axle flies the spoke. With empty bandbox she delights to range, So, when fam'd Eddystone's far-shooting ray, And feigns a distant errand from the 'Change : That led the sailor through the stormy way, Nay, she will oft the Quaker's hood profane, Was from its rocky roots by billows torn, And trudge demure the rounds of Drury-lane. And the high turret in the whirlwind borne ; She darts from sarcenet ambush wily leers, Fleets bulg'd their sides against the craggy land, Twitches thy sleeve, or with familiar airs
And pitchy ruins blackend all the strand. Her fan will pat thy cheek; these snares disdain, Who then through night would hire the harness'd Nor gaze behind thee, when she turns again.
steed? I knew a yeoman, who, for thirst of gain, And who would choose the rattling wheel for speed ? To the great city drove, from Devon's plain,
* Gentlemen who delighted to break windows with * Various cheats formerly in practice.
But hark! Distress, with screaming voice, draws nigher,
SWEET WILLIAM'S FAREWELL TO And wakes the slumbering street with cries of fire.
BLACK-EYED SUSAN. At first a glowing red enwraps the skies,
All in the Downs the fleet was moor'd, And, borne by winds, the scattering sparks arise ;
The streamers waving in the wind, From beam to beam the fierce contagion spreads;
When Black-ey'd Susan came aboard. The spiry flames now lift aloft their heads;
“Oh! where shall I my true love find ? Through the burst sash a blazing deluge pours,
Tell me, ye jovial sailors, tell me true,
If my sweet William sails among the crew."
William, who high upon the yard
Rock'd with the billow to and fro,
Soon as her well-known voice he heard,
He sigh’d, and cast his eyes below:
The cord slides swiftly through his glowing hands, With no less virtue, than through hostile fire
And (quick as lightning) on the deck he stands. The Dardan hero bore his aged sire.
So the sweet lark, high pois'd in air, See, forceful engines spout their levell'd streams,
Shuts close his pinions to his breast, To quench the blaze that runs along the beams;
(If chance his mate's shrill call he hear) The grappling hook plucks rafters from the walls,
And drops at once into her nest.
The noblest captain in the British fleet
Might envy William's lip those kisses sweet.
“O Susan, Susan, lovely dear, Is cover'd with a sanguine dreadful light.
My vows shall ever true remain ; Twas such a light involv'd thy towers, O Rome!
Let me kiss off that falling tear;
We only part to meet again.
Change, as ye list, ye winds; my heart shall be Hark! the drum thunders! far, ye crowds, retire :
The faithful compass that still points to thee. Behold! the ready match is tipt with fire,
“ Believe not what the landmen say The nitrous store is laid, the smutty train,
Who tempt with doubts thy constant mind. With running blaze, awakes the barrel'd grain;
They'll tell thee, sailors, when away, Flames sudden wrap the walls; with sullen sound
In every port a mistress find : The shatter'd pile sinks on the smoky ground.
Yes, yes, believe them when they tell thee so, So, when the years shall have revoly'd the date, Th' inevitable hour of Naples' fate,
For thou art present wheresoe'er I go. Her sapp'd foundations shall with thunders shake,
"If to fair India's coast we sail, And heave and toss upon the sulphurous lake;
Thy eyes are seen in diamonds bright; Earth's womb at once the fiery food shall rend;
Thy breath is Afric's spicy gale,
Thy skin is ivory so white.
Thus every beauteous object that I view,
Wakes in my soul some charm of lovely Sue. What riots seen, what bustling crowds I bore, How oft I cross'd where carts and coaches roar;
“ Though battle call me from thy arms, Yet shall I bless my labors, if mankind
Let not my pretty Susan mourn; Their future safety from my dangers find.
Though cannons roar, yet, safe from harms, Thus the bold traveller (inur'd to toil,
William shall to his dear return.
Love turns aside the balls that round me fly,
Lest precious tears should drop from Susan's eye Dark Greenland's mountains of eternal frost; Whom Providence, in length of years, restores
The boatswain gave the dreadful word, To the wish'd harbor of his native shores)
The sails their swelling bosom spread; Sets forth his journals to the public view,
No longer must she stay aboard : To caution, by his woes, the wandering crew.
They kiss'd, she sigh’d, he hung his head. And now complete my generous labors lie,
Her lessening boat unwilling rows to land:
"Adieu !" she cries; and wav'd her lily hand.
FROM THE WHAT-D'YE-CALL-IT.
With hollow blasts of wind,
A damsel lay deploring, • Probably Ward and Gildon.-N.
All on a rock reclin'd.
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Wide o'er the foaming billows
She cast a wistful look ; Her head was crown'd with willows,
That trembled o'er the brook.
“Twelve months are gone and over,
And nine long tedious days; Why didst thou, venturous lover,
Why didst thou trust the seas?
And let my lover rest :
To that within my breast ?
“The merchant, robb'd of pleasure,
Sees tempests in despair;
To losing of my dear ?
Where gold and diamonds grow, You'd find a richer maiden,
But none that loves you so.
Rang'd cups, that in the window stood,
The Goat he welcomes with an air,
"I hope your custom, sir," says Pug. “Sure never face was half so smug!"
The Goat, impatient for applause, Swift to the neighboring hill withdraws. The shaggy people grinn'd and star'd. “ Heigh-day! what's here? without a beard' Say, brother, whence the dire disgrace ? What envious hand hath robb'd your face ?" When thus the fop, with smiles of scorn, “Are beards by civil nations worn ? Evin Muscovites have mow'd their chins. Shall we, like formal Capuchins, Stubborn in pride, retain the mode, And bear about the hairy load ? Whene'er we through the village stray, Are we not mock'd along the way, Insulted with loud shouts of scorn, By boys our beards disgrac'd and torn ?”
“Were you no more with Goats to dwell, Brother, I grant you reason well,” Replies a bearded chief. “Beside, If boys can mortify thy pride, How wilt thou stand the ridicule Of our whole flock? Affected fool!"
Coxcombs, distinguish'd from the rest, To all but coxcombs are a jest.
“How can they say that Nature
Has nothing made in vain ? Why then beneath the water
Should hideous rocks remain ? No eyes the rocks discover,
That lurk beneath the deep, To wreck the wandering lover,
And leave the maid to weep."
All melancholy lying,
Thus wail'd she for her dear; Repaid each blast with sighing,
Each billow with a tear; When o'er the white wave stooping,
His floating corpse she spied ; Then, like a lily drooping,
She bow'd her head, and died.
'Tis certain that the modish passions
A Goat (as vain as Goat can be)
“ I hate my frowzy beard,” he cries,
Resolv'd to smooth his shaggy face,
THE UNIVERSAL APPARITION.
As, twing'd with pain, he pensive sits,
"My name, perhaps, hath reach'd your ear
Thus said, the Phantom disappears.
But now again the Sprite ascends,
Increasing debts, perplexing duns,
Straight all his thought to gain he turns,
The court he quits, to fly from Care,
At length he thus the Ghost addrest :
Next, to a senator addressing,
Twelve bottles rang'd upon the board,
A purse she to a thief expos'd ;
She bids Ambition hold a wand; He grasps a hatchet in his hand.
A box of charity she shows. “Blow here ;" and a church-warden blows. 'Tis vanish'd with conveyance neat, And on the table smokes a treat.
She shakes the dice, the board she knocks, And from all pockets fills her box.
She next a meagre rake addrest.
A counter, in a miser's hand,
A guinea with her touch you see,
The Juggler now, in grief of heart,
“Can I such matchless sleight withstand ? How practice hath improv'd your hand! But now and then I cheat the throng ; You every day, and all day long."
THE HARE AND MANY FRIENDS.
A JUGGLER long through all the town
Vice heard his fame, she read his bill;
“ Is this then he so fam’d for sleight?
Provok'd, the Juggler cried, “ 'Tis done ;
Thus said, the cups and balls he play'd;
Vice now stept forth, and took the place,
“This magic looking-glass," she cries, "(There, hand it round) will charm your eyes."| Each eager eye the sight desir'd, And every man himself admir'd.
FRIENDSHIP, like love, is but a name, Unless to one you stint the flame. The child, whom many fathers share, Hath seldom known a father's care. "Tis thus in friendship; who depend On many, rarely find a friend.
A Hare who, in a civil way, Complied with every thing, like Gay, Was known by all the bestial train Who haunt the wood, or graze the plain; Her care was never to offend ; And every creature was her friend.
As forth she went at early dawn, To taste the dew-besprinkled lawn, Behind she hears the hunter's cries, And from the deep-mouth'd thunder flies. She starts, she stops, she pants for breath; She hears the near advance of death; She doubles, to mislead the hound, And measures back her mazy round; Till, fainting in the public way, Half-dead with fear she gasping lay.