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First Ariel perched upon a Matadore,
Behold, four Kings in majesty revered,
flower, The expressive emblem of their softer power; 40 Four Knaves in garbs succinct, a trusty band; Caps on their heads, and halberts in their hand; And parti-coloured troops, a shining train, Draw forth to combat on the velvet plain. The skilful nymph reviews her force with care:
45 Let Spades be trumps ! she said, and trumps
they were." ( Now move to war her sable Matadores, a In show like leaders of the swarthy Moors. Spadillio first, unconquerable lord ! Led off two captive trumps, and swept the
board. As many more Manillio forced to yield, And marched a victor from the verdant field. Him Basto followed; but his fate more hard Gained but one trump and one plebeian card.
1 The usual number of players at ombre was three, and one of them, called the ombre," played against the other two. The ombre decided which suit should be trumps.
2 The whole idea of this description of a game at ombre is taken from Vida's description of a game at chess, in his poem entitled Scacchia Ludus. - Warburton. Spadillio is theace of spades; manillio is either the two or the seven of trumps, according to whether trumps are black or red; basto is the ace of clubs. These are the three highest cards in ombre, all rank. ing as trumps, and called matadores. Pam, the highest card at loo, is the knave of clubs.
With his broad sabre next, a chief in years, 55
Thus far both armies to Belinda yield; Now to the Baron fate inclines the field. His warlike Amazon her host invades, The imperial consort of the crown of Spades. The Club's black tyrant first her victim died, Spite of his haughty mien, and barbarous pride : What boots the regal circle on his head, 71 His giant limbs, in state unwieldy spread; That long behind he trails his pompous robe, And of all monarchs only grasps the globe ?
The Baron now his Diamonds pours apace ! The embroidered King who shows but half his face,
76 And his refulgent Queen, with powers com
bined, Of broken troops an easy conquest find. Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, in wild disorder seen, With throngs promiscuous strow the level
green. Thus when dispersed a routed army runs, Of Asia's troops, and Afric's sable sons, With like confusion different nations fly, Of various habit, and of various dye, The pierced battalions disunited fall, 85 In heaps on heaps; one fate o’erwhelms them
The Knave of Diamonds tries his wily arts, And wins (oh shameful chance !) the Queen of
Hearts. At this, the blood the virgin's cheek forsook, A livid paleness spreads o'er all her look; 90 She sees, and trembles at the approaching ill, Just in the jaws of rain, and Codille. And now (as oft in some distempered state) On one nice trick depends the general fate : An Ace of Hearts steps forth: the King unseen
95 Lurked in her hand, and mourned his captive
Queen: He springs to vengeance with an eager pace, And falls like thunder on the prostrate Ace. The nymph exulting fills with shouts the sky; The walls, the woods, and long canals reply. 100
Oh thoughtless mortals ! ever blind to fate, Too soon dejected, and too soon elate. Sudden these honours shall be snatched away, And cursed for ever this victorious day. For lo ! the board with cups and spoons is
crowned, The berries crackle, and the mill turns round: On shining altars of Japan they raise The silver lamp; the fiery spirits blaze : From silver spouts the grateful liquors glide, While China's earth receives the smoking tide:
110 At once they gratify their scent and taste, And frequent cups prolong the rich repast. Straight hover round the fair her airy band; Some, as she sipped, the fuming liquor fanned,
i Codille, a term used when the opponents made more tricks than the ombre, who then lost the pool.
2 From hence, the first edition continues to ver. 134.-P.
Some o'er her lap their careful plumes dis-
1 Vide Ovid, Metam. viii.-P.
From the fair head, for ever and for ever.”
Thrice she looked back, and thrice the foe drew
i See Milton, lib. vi., 330, of Satan cut asunder by