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Each day deliciously he dines,
And greedy quaffs the gen'rous wines;
His fides were plump, his skin was sleek,
And plenty wanton'd on his cheek;
Aftoninh'd at the change so new,
Away th' inspiring goddess flew.

Now, dropt for politics, and news,
Neglected lay the drooping muse ;
Unmindful whence his fortune came,
He stified the poetic fiame;
Nor tale, nor sonnet, for my lady,
Lampoon, nor epigram was ready.

With just contempt his Patron saw,
(Resolv'd his bounty to withdraw)
And thus, with anger in his look,
The late-repenting fool bespoke.

Blind to the good that courts thee growng
Whence has the sun of favour Thone?
Delighted with thy tuneful art,
Esteem was growing in my heart ;
But idly thou reject'st the charm,
That gave it birth, and kept it warm,

Unthinking fools alone despise
The arts, that taught them first to rife,

F A B L E VI.

D'

POET

PATRON
HY, Cælia, is your spreading waist

So loose, so negligently lac'd?
Why must the wrapping bed-gown hide
Your snowy bosom's swelling pride ?
How ill that dress adorns your head,
Distain'd, and rumpled from the bed!
Those clouds, that shade your blooming face,
A little water might displace,
As nature every morn bestows
The crystal dew, to cleanse the rose.
Those tresses, as the raven black,
That wav'd in ringlets down your back,
Uncomb’d, and injur’d by neglect,
Destroy the face, which once they deck'd.

Whence this forgetfulness of dress?
Pray, madam, are you marry'd ? Yes.
Nay, then indeed the wonder ceases,
No matter now how loose your dress is ;
The end is won, your fortune's made,
Your sister now may take the trade.

- Alas! what pity 'tis to find
This fault in half the female kind!
From hence proceed aversion, strife,
And all that sours the wedded life.
Beauty can only point the dart,
'Tis neatnefs guides it to the heart ;
Let neatness then, and beauty strive
To keep a wav'ring flame alive.

Tis harder far (you'll find it true)
To keep the conquest, than subdue ;
Admit us once behind the screen,
What is there farther to be seen?
A newer face may raise the flame,
But

every woman is the same.
Then study chiefly to improve
The charm, that fix'd your husband's love,
Weigh well his humour. Was it dress
That gave your beauty power to bless ?
Pursue it still; be neater seen ;
*Tis always frugal to be clean;
So Thall you keep alive desire,
And time's swift wing shall fan the fire.

IN garret high (as stories say)
A Poet sung his tuneful lay ;
So soft, so smooth his verse, you'd swear
Apollo, and the muses there.
Through all the town his praises rung,
His sonnets at the playhouse sung ;
High waving o'er his lab'ring head,
'The goddess Want her pinions spread,
And with poetic fury fir'd,
What Phoebus faintly had inspir’d.

A noble Youth, of taste and wit,
Approv'd the sprightly things he writ,
And fought him in his cobweb dome,
Discharg'd his rent, and brought him home,

Behold him at the stately board,
Whio, but the Poet, and my Lord!

THE WOLF, THE SHEEP, AND THE LAMB.
UTY demands, the parent's voice

Should fanctify the daughter's choice;
In that, is due obedience shown;
To chuse, belongs to her alone.

May horror seize his midnight hour,
Who builds upon a parent's pow'r,
And claims, by purchase vile and base,
The loathing maid for his embrace ;
Hence virtue fickens; and the breast,
Where peace had built her downy nest,
Becomes the troubled seat of care,
And pines with anguish and despair.

A WOLF, rapacious, rough and bold,
Whose nightly plunders thinn'd the fold,
Contemplating his ill-spent life,
And cloy'd with thefts, would take a wife,
His purpose krown, the savage race,
In num'rous crowds, attend the place;
For why, a mighty Wolf he was,
And held dominion in his jaws.
Her fav’rite whelp each mother brought,
And humbly his alliance fought;
But cold by age, or else too nice,
None found acceptance in his eyes.

It happen'd, as at early dawn,
He solitary cross?d the lawn,
Stray'd from the fold, a sportive Lamb
Skip'd wanton by her fleecy Dam;
When Cupid, foe to man and beast,
Discharg'd an arrow at his breast.

The tim'rous breed the robber knew,
And trembling o'er the meadow few;
Their nimbleft speed the Wolf o'ertook,
And courteous, thus the Dam bespoke.

Stay, faireft, and suspend your fear, Trust me, no enemy is near;

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These jaws, in Naughter oft imbru'd,
At length have known enough of blood;
And kinder bufiness brings me now,
Vanquish'd, at beauty's feet to bow.
You have a daughter-Sweet, forgive
A Wolf's address—In her I live;
Love from her eyes like liglitning came,
And set my marrow all on flame;
Let your consent confirm my choice,
And ratify our nuptial joys.

Me ample wealth, and pow'r attend,
Wide o'er the plains my realms extend;
What midnight robber dare invade
The fold, if I the guard am made ?
At home the shepherd's cur may sleep,
While I secure his master's sheep.

Discourse like this, attention claim'd;
Grandeur the mother's broast inflam'di
Now fearless by his fide the walk'd,
Of settlements, and jointures talk'd;
Propos'd, and doubled her demands
Of flow'ry fields, and turnip-lands.
The Wolf agrees.' Her bosom swells;
To Miss her happy fate she tells;
And of the grand alliance vain,
Contemns her kindred of the plain.

The loathing Lamb with horror hears,
And wearies out her Dam with pray’rs ;
But all in vain; mamma best knew
What inexperienc'd girls should do;
So, to the neighb'ring meadow carry'd,
A formal Ass the couple marry’d.

Torn from the tyrant-mother's Gide,
The trembler goes, a victim-bride,
Reluctant, meets the rude embrace,
And bleats among the howling race.
With horror oft her eyes behold
Her murder'd kindred of the fold;
Each day a sister-lamb is serv’d,
And at the glutton's table carv’d;
The crashing bones he grinds for food,
And Nakes his thirst with streaming blood,

Love, who the cruel mind detests,
And lodges but in gentle breasts,
Was now no more. Enjoyment past,
The savage hunger'd for the feast;
But (as we find in human race,
A mask conceals the villain's face)
Justice must authorize the treat;
Till then he long'd, but durst not eat.

As forth he walk'd, in quest of prey,
The hunters met him on the way;
Fear wings his flight; the marth bre sought;
The snuffing dogs are fet at fault.
His stomach baulk'd, now hunger gnawsa,
Howling, he grinds his empty jaws;
Food must be had, and lamb is nigh;
His maw invokes the fraudful lie.
Is this (difsembling rage, he cry'd).
The gentle virtue of a bride?
That, leagu'd with man's destroying races
She sets her husband for the chace?
By treach'ry prompts the noisy hound
To scent his footsteps on the ground?
Thou trait'ress vile! for this thy blood
Shall glut my rage, and dye the wood

So saying, on the Lamb he flies, Beneath his jaws the victim diesą

F A BL E VII,
THE GOOSE, AND THE SWANS.
HATE the face, however fair,

That carries an affected air ;
The lisping tone, the shape constrain'd,
The study'd look, the passion feign'd,
Are fopperies, which only tend
To injure what they strive to mend.

With what fuperior grace enchants
The face, which Nature's pencil paints !
Where eyes, unexercis'd in art,
Glow with the meaning of the heart !
Where freedom, and good-humour sit,
And ealy gaiety, and wit!
Though perfect beauty be not there,
The master lines, the finish'd air,
We catch from every look delight,
And grow enamour'd at the sight :
For beauty, though we all approve,
Excites our wonder more than love,
While the agreeable strikes sure,
And gives the wounds, we cannot cure.

Why then, my Amoret, this care,
That forms you, in effect, less fair ?,
If nature on your cheek bestows
A bloom, that emulates the rose,
Or from some heav'nly image drew
A form, Apelles.never knew,
Your ill-judg'd aid will you impart,
And spoil by meretricious art ?
Or had you, nature's error, come
Abortive from the mother's womb,
Your forming care. The still rejects,
Which only heightens her defects.
When such, of glittring jewels proud,
Still press the foremost in the crowd,
At every public show are seen,
With look awry, and aukward mien,
The gaudy dress attracts the eye,
And magnifies deformity.

Nature may under-do her part,
But seldom wants the help of art ;
Trust Her; she is your surest friend,
Nor made your form for you to mend.

GOOSE, affected, empty, vain,
The Thrillest of the cackling train,
With proud, and elevated crest,
Precedence claim'd above the rest.

Says she, I laugh at human race,
Who say, geese hobble in their pace;
Look here! the nand'rous lie detect;
Not haughty man is so erect.
That peacock yonder! lord, how vain
The creature's of his gaudy train !
If both were stript, I'd pawn my word,
A goose would be the finer bird.
Nature, to hide her own defects,
Her bungled work with finery decks ;
Were geese fet off with half that show,
Would men admire the peacock ? No.

Thus vaunting, cross the mead she stalks,
The cackling breed attend her walks ;
The sun shot down his noon-tide beams,
The Swans were sporting in the streams ;
Their (nowy plumes, and stately pride
Provok'd her (pleen. Why there, the cry'd,

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Becomes the spoiler's base pretence
To triumph over innocence?

The wolf, that tears the tim'rous theop,
Was never set the fold to keep ;
Nor was the tyger, or the pard
Meant the benighted trav'ler's guard;
But man, the wildest beast of prey,
Wears friendship’s semblance, to betray ;
His ftrength against the weak employs,
And where he should protect, destroys.

Again, what arrogance we see !
Those creatures ! how they mimic me!
Shall every fowl the waters skim,
Because we geese are known to swim ?
Humility they foon shall learn,
And their own emptiness discern.

So saying, with extended wings,
Lightly upon the wave the {prings;
Her bosom swells, he spreads her plumes,
And the swan's stately crest assumes.
Contempt, and Mockery ensud,
And bursts of laughter shook the food.

A Swan, superior to the rest,
Sprung forth, and thus the fool address’d,

Conceited thing, elate with pride !
Thy affectation all deride ;
'These airs thy aukwardness impart,
And Thew thee plainly, as thou art.
Among thy equals of the flock,
Thou hadít escap'd the public mock,
And as thy parts to good conduce,
Been deem'd an honest hobbling goose.

Learn hence, to study wisdom's rules ;
Know, foppery's the pride of fools;
And striving nature to conceal,
You only her defects reveal,

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F A B L E VIII.

THE LAWYER, AND JUSTICE.

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Our rebel hearts thy sway disown,
While tyrant lust usurps thy throne.

The bounteous God of nature made
The sexes for each other's aid,
Their mutual talents to employ,
To lessen ills, and heighten joy.
To weaker woman he assign'd
That soft’ning gentleness of mind,
That can, by sympathy, impart
Its likeness to the roughest heart.
Her eyes with magic pow'r endu'd,
To fire the dull, and awe the rude,
His rosy fingers on her face
Shed lavish every blooming grace,
And itamp'd (perfection to display)
His mildest image on her clay.

Man, active, resolute, and bold,
He fashion'd in a different mould,
With useful arts his mind inform’d,
His breast with nobler passions warm’d;
He gave him knowledge, taste and sense,
And courage, for the fair's defence.
Her frame, refiftless to each wrong,
Demands protection from the strong ;
To man she flies, when fear alarms,
And claims the temple of his arms.

By nature's author thus declar'd The woman's sovoreign, and her guard, Shall man, by treach'rous wiles, invade The weakness, he was meant to aid ? While beauty, given to inspire Protecting love, and soft desire, Lights up a wild-fire in the heart, And to its own breast points the darta

PAST twelve o'clock, the watchman cry'd, His brief the studious lawyer ply'd ; The all-prevailing fee lay nigh, The earneft of to-morrow's lie. Sudden the furious winds arise, The jarring casement shatter'd flies; The doors admit a hollow sound, And rattling from their hinges bound; When Justice, in a blaze of light, Revealed her radiant form to fight.

The wretch with thrilling horror shook,
Loose every joint, and pale his look ;
Not having seen her in the courts,
Or found her mention'd in Reports,
He ask'd, with falt'ring tongue, her name,
Her errand there, and whence the came?

Sternly the white-rob’d Shade reply'd,
(A crimson glow her visage dy'd)
Canst thou be doubtful who I am ?
Is Justice grown so strange a name?
Were not your courts for Justice rais'd?
'Twas there, of old, my altars blaz'd,
My guardian thee did I elect,
My sacred temple to protect,
That thou, and all thy venal tribe
Should spum the goddess for the bribe ?
Aloud the ruin'd client cries,
Justice has neither ears, nor eyes ;
In foul alliance with the bar,
'Gainst me the judge denounces war,
And rarely issues bis decree,
But with intent to baffe me.

She paus'd. Her breast with fury burn'd. The trembling Lawyer thus return'd.

I own the charge is justly laid,
And weak th' excuse that can be made;
Yet search the spacious globe, and see
If all mankind are not like me.

The gown-inan, skill'd in Romish lies,
By faith's false glass deludes our eyes ;
O'er conscience rides without controul,
And robs the man to save his soul.

The doctor, with important face,
By Ny defign, mistakes the case;
Prescribes, and spins 'out the disease,
To trick the patient of his fees.

The soldier, rough with many a scar,
And red with Naughter, leads the war ;
If he a nation's trust betray,
The foe has offer'd double pay.

When vice o'er all mankind prevails,
And weighty int'reft turns the scales,
Must I be better than the rest,
And harbour Justice in my breast?
On one side only take the fee,
Content with poverty and thee ?

Thou blind to sense, and vile of mind, Th' exasperated Shade rejoin'd, If virtue from the world is flown, Will others' frauds excuse thy own ? For fickly rouls the priest was made ; Phyfieians, for the body's aid ; The soldier guarded liberty ; Man woman, and the lawyer me. If all are faithless to their trust, They leave not thee the less unjust. Henceforth your pleadings I disclaim, And bar the sanction of my name; Within your courts it shall be read, That Justice from the law is fed.

She spoke ; and hid in shades her face, "TiU HARDWICKE sooth'd her into grace.

The hungry cat in turn, drew near, And humbly crav'd a servant's share ; Her modeft worth the Master knew, And straight the fatt'ning morsel threw : Enrag'd the snarling Cur awoke, And thus, with spiteful envy, spoke.

They only claim a right to eat, Who earn by services their meat. Me, zeal and industry inflame To fcour the fields, and spring the game ; Or, plunging in the wintry wave, For man the wounded bird to save. With watchful diligence I keep, From prowling wolves, his feecy sheep; At home his midnight hours secure, And drive the robber from the door. For this, his breast with kindness glows; For this, his hand the food bestows; And shall thy indolence impart A warmer friendship to his heart, That thus he robs me of my due, To pamper such vile things as you ?

I own (with meekness Puss reply'd) Superior merit on your side; Nor does my breast with envy swell, To find it recompens'd so well; Yet I, in what my nature can, Contribute to the good of man. Whose claws destroy the pilf'ring mouse? Who drives the vermin from the house? Or, watchful for the lab’ring swain, From lurking rats secures the grain? From hence, if he rewards below, Why should your heart with gall o'erflow? Why pine my happiness to see, Since there's enough for you and me?

Thy words are just, the Farmer cry'd, And spurn'd the snarler from his side.

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FABLE IX. THE FARMER, THE SPANIEL, AND THE CAT.

THY knits my dear her angry brow ?

What rude offence alarms you now?
I laid, that Delia's fair, 'tis true,
But did I say the equall'd you ?
Can't I another's face commend,
Or to her virtues be a friend,
But instantly your forehead lours,
As if her merit lessen'd yours?
From female envy never free,
AU must be blind, because you see.

Survey the gardens, fields, and bow'rs,
The buds, the bloffoms, and the flow'rs,
Then tell me where the woodbine grows,
That vies in sweetness with the rose ?
Or where the lily's snowy white,
That throws such beauties on the fight?
Yet folly is it to declare,
That there are neither sweet, nor fair.
The crystal chines with fainter rays,
Before the di'mond's brighter blaze ;
And fops will say, the di'mond dies,
Before the lustre of your eyes :
But I, who deal in truth, deny
That neither shine when you are by.

When zephirs o'er the blossoms stray,
And sweets along the air convey,
Sha'n't I the fragrant breeze inhale,
Because you breathe a sweeter gale ?

Sweet are the flow'rs, that deck the field;
Sweet is the smell the blossoms yield;
Sweet is the summer gale that blows;
And sweet, tho' sweeter you, the rose.

Shall envy then torment your breat,
If you are lovelier than the rest?
For while I give to each her due,
By praising them I flatter you ;
And praising most, I still declare
You faireft, where the rest are fair.

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'HE nymph, who walks the public streets,

And fets her cap at all the meets,
May catch the fool who turns to ftare,
But men of sense avoid the snare.

As on the margin of the fiood,
With filken line, my Lydia stood,
I smild to see the pains you took,
To cover o'er the fraudful hook.
Along the forest as we stray'd
You saw the boy his lime-twigs spread;
Guess'd you the reason of his fear,
Left, heedless, we approach'd too near?
For as behind the bush we lay,
The linnet Rutter'd on the spray.

Needs there such caution to delude
The scaly fry, and feather'd brood ?
And think you, with inferior art,
To captivate the human heart?

The maid, who modestly conceals
Her beauties, while the hides, reveals.
Give but a glimple, and fancy draws
Whate'er the Grecian Venus was.
Fium Eve's first fig-leaf to brocade,
All dress was incant for Sansy's aid,

AS at his board a farmer sate, Replenish'd by his homely treat, His fav’rite Spaniel near him Itood, And with his master thar'd the food; The crackling bones his jaws devour't, His lapping tongue the trenchers scour'd; 'Till sated now, fupine he lay, And snor'd the riúng fumes away.

Which evermore delighted dwells
On what the bashful nymph conceals.

When Cælia struts in man's attire,
She Mews too much to raise desire ;
But from the hoop's bewitching round,
Her very shoe has power to wound.

The roving eye, the bosom bare, The forward laugh, the wanton air, May catch the fop; for gudgeons strike At the bare hook, and bait, alike; While salmon play regardless by, *Till art, like nature, forms the fly.

Coquetting it with every ape;
That struts abroad in human shape;
Not that the coxcomb is your taste,
But that it stings your lover's breast :
To-morrow you resign the sway,
Prepar’d to honour, and obey,
The tyrant-mistress change for life,
To the submission of a wife.

Your follies, if you can, suspend, And learn instruction from a friend.

Reluctant, hear the firft address, Think often, ere you answer, yes ; But once resolv'd, throw off disguise, And wear your wishes in your eyes. With caution every look forbear, That might create one jealous fear, A lover's ripening hopes confound, Or give the gen'rous breast a wound. Contemn the girlish arts to teaze, Nor use your pow'r, unless to please ; For fools alone with rigour sway, When soon, or late, they must obey.

BENEATH a peasant's homely thatch, A Spider long had held her watch; From morn to night, with restless care, She spun her web, and wove her snare. Within the limits of her reign, Lay many a heedless captive fain, Or Autt'ring, struggled in the toils, To burst the chains, and shun her wiles.

A straying Bee, that perch'd hard by, Beheld her with disdainful eye, And thus began. Mean thing, give o'er, And lay thy Nender threads no more ; A thoughtless fly or two, at most, Is all the conquest thou canst boast ;. For bees of sense thy arts evade, We fee so plain the nets are laid.

The gaudy tulip, that displays Her spreading foliage to the gaze; That points her charms at all the sees, And yields to every wanton breeze, Attracts riot me : where blushing grows, Guarded with thorns, the modest rose, Enamour'd, round and round I fiy, Or on her fragrant bosom lie ; Reluctant; she my ardour meets, And bashful, renders up her sweets.

To wiser heads attention lend, And learn this leffon from a friend. She, who with modesty retires, Adds fewel to her lover's fires, While such incautious jilts as you, By folly your own schemes undo.

THE King of brutes, in life's declines Resolv'd dominion to resign; The beasts were summon'd to appear; And bend before the royal heir.

They came ; a day was fix'd; the crowd Before their future monarch bow'd.

A dapper Monkey, pert and vain, Stepp'd forth, and thus address’d the train.

Why cringe my friends with Navish awe, Before this pageant king of straw? Shall we anticipate the hour, And ere we feel it, own his pow'r ? The counsels of experience prize; I know the maxims of the wise ; Subjection let us cast away, And live the monarchs of to-day ; 'Tis ours the vacant hand to spurn; And play the tyrant each in turn. So Mall he right from wrong discern, And mercy from oppression learn ; At others' woes be taught to melt, And loath the ills himself has felt.

He spoke ; his bosom swell’d with pridė: The youthful Lion thus reply'd.

What madness prompts thee to provoke My wrath, and dare th' impending stroke? Thou wretched fool! can wrongs impart Compassion to the feeling heart? Or teach the grateful breast to glow, The hand to give, or eye to flow? Learn'd in the practice of their schools, From women thou hast drawn thy rules : To them return; in such a cause, From only such expect applause ; The partial sex I not condemn, For liking those, who copy them.

Would ft thou the gen'rous Lion bind, By kindness bribe him to be kind; Good offices their likeness get, And payment lessens not the debt; With multiplying hand he gives The good, from others he receives : Or for the bad makes fair return, And pays with int'reft, fcorn for scorn.

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And peevith grow, and sick, to hear
His exclamations, O how fair!
I listen not to wild delights,
And transports of expected nights :
What is to me your hoard of charms?
The whiteness of your neck and arms ?
Needs there no acquisition more,
To keep contention from the door?
Yes ; pass a fortnight, and you'll find,
All beauty cloys, but of the mind.

Sense and good-humour ever prove
The sureft cords to fasten love.
Yet, Phillis, simplest of your sexy
You never think but to perplex,

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