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An aukward Thing, when first she came to Town; Her Shape unfafhion'd, and her Face unknown : 60 She was my friend; I taught her first to spread

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- Upon her fallow cheeks enliv'ning red :

Í introduc'd her to the Park and Plays;
And by my int'rest, Cozens made her Stays.
Ungrateful wretch, with mimick airs grown pert,
She dares to steal my Fav'rite Lover's heart. 66

CAR DELI A.
Wretch that I was, how often have I swore,
When WINNALL tally’d, I would punt no more?
I know the Bite, yet to my Ruin run;
And see the Folly, which I cannot shun. 70

SMILIND A.
How many Maids have SHARPER'S vows de..

ceiv'd ?
How many curs’d the moment they believ'd ? ?
Yet his known Fallhoods could no Warning prove:
Ah! what is warning to a Maid in Love?

CARDEL I A. But of what marble must that breast be form’d, 75 To gaze on Basset, and remain unwarm'a ? When Kings, Queens, Knaves, are set in decent

rank;

Expos'd in glorious heaps the tempting Bank,
Guineas, Half-Guineas, all the shining train;
The Winner's pleasure, and the Loser's pain: 80
In bright confusion open Rouleaus lye,
They strike the Soul, and glitter in the Eye.
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Fir'd

Fir'd by the fight, all Reason I disdain ;
My Paffions rise, and will not bear the rein.
Look upon Basset, you who Reason boast;
And see if Reason must not there be lost.

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SMILIND A.
What more than marble must that heart com-

pose,
Can hearken coldly to my SHARPER's Vows ?
Then, when he trembles ! when his Blushes rise !
When awful Love seems melting in his Eyes ! 90
With eager

beats his Mechlin Cravat moves :
He Loves, -I whisper to myself, He Loves !
Such unfeign'd Passion in his Looks appears,
I lose all Mem'ry of my former Fears ;
My panting heart confesses all his charms, 95
I yield at once, and sink into his arms:
Think of that moment, you who Prudence boast;
For such a moment, Prudence well were lost.

CARD ELI A.
At the Groom-Porter's, batter'd Bullies play,
Some Dukes at Mary-Bone bowl Time away. 100
But who the Bowl, or rattling Dice compares
To Basset's heav'nly Joys, and pleasing Cares?

SMILIND A.
Soft SIMPLICETTA doats upon a Beau;
PRUDINA likes a Man, and laughs at Show.
Their several graces in my SHARPER meet; 105
Strong as the Footman, as the Master sweet.

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LOVET. Cease your contention, which has been too long; I grow impatient, and the Tea's too strong. Attend, and yield to what I now decide ; The Equipage shall grace SMILINDA's Side : The Snuff-Box to CARDELIA I decree, Now leave complaining, and begin your Tea.

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Verbatim from BOILEAU.

Un Jour dit un Auteur, etc.

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Two Trav'lers found an Oyster in their way;
Both fierce, both hungry; the dispute grew strong,
While Scale in hand Dame Justice paft along.
Before her each with clamour pleads the Laws,
Explain'd the matter and would win the cause.
Dame Justice weighing long the doubtful Right,
Takes, opens, swallows it before their fight.
The cause of strife remov'd so rarely well,
There take (says Justice) take ye each a Shell.
We thrive at Westminster on Fools like you :
'Twas a fat Oyster---Live in peace-Adieu,

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ANSWER to the following:

Question of Mrs. Howe.

WHAT

HAT IS PRUDERY?

'Tis a Beldam, Seen with Wit and Beauty feldom. 'Tis a fear that starts at shadows. 'Tis, (no, 'tisn't) like Miss Meadows. 'Tis a Virgin hard of Feature, Old, and void of all good-nature; Lean and fretful; would seem wife; Yet plays the fool before she dies. 'Tis an ugly envious Shrew, That rails at dear Lepell and You.

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