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(Thus sung a bard of old)
A dire black stone, bound by a thread,
Trembled o'er each devoted head,

And all the mirth appall’d.
A Fury too, among the rest,
Uprear'd her dreadful snaky crest,
And hiss'd

among

the meat : And, strange to tell! th’ unwelcome guest Quite discompos’d the joyous feast,

And spoilt the regal treat. The poets lng too, as I'm told, (I mean they sung in times of old)

The dangers of the great ;
How Fortune's wheel, rolling about,
Whirls giddy mortals in, or out,

Fixt to no steady seat.
The lofty scaffold tow'rs on high,
And climbs ambitiously the sky ;

One rotten plank is found § Tumbles from its aërial height The whole, by its unlucky weight,

A ruin on the ground.

Numerosa parabat
Excelsa turris tabulata, unde altior effet
Casus, et impulsæ præceps immane ruinæ.

Juv, Sat, 10.

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The moral hence is mighty plain,
The avaricious, false, and vain,

(If plain the muses speak) When they unwieldy wealth desire, When proudly they too high aspire,

Should look well to their NECK !

A SIM I L E.
CORINNA, in the country bred,
Harbour'd strange notions in her head ;
Notions in town quite out of fashion :
Such as, that love's a dang'rous passion ;
That virtue is the maiden's jewel ;
And, to be safe, she must be cruel.

Thus arm'd, she'ad long secur'd her honour
From all assaults yet made upon her;
Had scratch'd th' impetuous captain's hand;
Had torn the lawyer's gown and band;
And gold refus’d from knights and 'fquires;
To bribe her to her own desires :
For, to say truth, she thought it hard
To be of pleasures thus debarr'd,
She saw by others freely tasted ;
So pouted, pin'd, grew pale, and wasted:
Yet, notwithstanding her condition,
Continued firm in opposition.

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At length a troop of horse came down,
And quarter'd in a neighb'ring town.
The cornet he was tall and young,
And had a most bewitching tongue.
They saw and lik'd. The fiege begun,
Each hoúr he some advantage won.
He ogled first ;- she turn'd away ;
But met his eyes the following day.
Then her reluctant hand he seizes ;
That foon she gives him, when he pleases.
Her ruby lips he next attacks :-
She struggles ;-in a while she smacks,
Her snowy breast he then invades :
That yields too after some parades ;
And of that fortress once poffeft,
He quickly masters all the reft. '
No longer now a dupe to fame,
She smothers or refifts her flame,
But loves without or fear or shame.

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So have I seen the Tory race
Long in the pouts for want of place,
Never in humour, never well,
Wishing for what they dar'd not tell ;
Their heads with country notions fraught,
Notions in town not worth a groat;
These tenets all reluctant quit,
And tep by step at last submit
To reason, eloquence, and Pitt.

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The moral hence is mighty plain,
The avaricious, false, and vain,

(If plain the muses speak) When they unwieldy wealth desire, When proudly they too high aspire,

Should look well to their NECK !

A SIMILE.
CORINNA, in the country bred,
Harbour'd strange notions in her head ;
Notions in town quite out of fashion :
Such as, that love's a dang'rous passion;
That virtue is the maiden's jewel ;
And, to be safe, she must be cruel.

Thus arm’d, she’ad long secur'd her honour From all assaults yet made upon her; Had scratch'd th' impetuous captain's hand; Had torn the lawyer's gown and band; And gold refus’d from knights and 'squires; To bribe her to her own desires : For, to say truth, she thought it hard To be of pleasures thus debarr'd, She saw by others freely tafed ; So pouted, pin'd, grew pale, and wasted: Yet, notwithstanding her condition, Continued firm in opposition.

At length a troop of horse came down,
And quarter'd in a neighb'ring town.
The cornet he was tall and young,
And had a moft bewitching tongue.
They saw and lik’d. The fiege begun,
Each hour he some advantage won.
He ogled first ;--The turn'd away ;-
But met his eyes the following day.
Then her reluctant hand he seizes ;
That foon she gives him, when he pleases.
Her ruby lips he next attacks :-
She struggles ;-in a while she smacks,
Her snowy breast he then invades :
That yields too after some parades ;
And of that fortress once poffeft,
He quickly masters all the reft.
No longer now a dupe to fame,
She smothers or refifts her flame,
But loves without or fear or shame.

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So have I seen the Tory race
Long in the pouts for want of place,
Never in humour, never well,
Wishing for what they dar'd not tell ;
Their heads with country notions fraught,
Notions in tov worth
These tenet
And fter
To re

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