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VI.

Some by publick revenues, which pas

hands, Have purchas'd clean houses, and boug Some to steal from a charity think it ni Which at home (says the proverb) doe

But if ever you be

Assign'd a trustee, Treat not orphans like masters of the But take the highway, and more hones For ev'ry man round me may rob, if h

VII. What a pother has here been with Woo Who would modestly make a few half The patent is good, and the precedent For Diomede changed his copper for 은

But, if Ireland despise

The new halfpennies, With more safety to rob on the road I For Blueskin's sharp penknife hath set And ev'ry man-round me may rob, if

STREPHON AND FLA

WITH ev'ry lady in the land

Soft Strephon kept a pother; One year he languish’d for one hand,

And next year for the other. Yet, when his love the shepherd told

To Flavia fair and coy,

Reserv'd, demure, than snow more cold,

She scorn'd the gentle boy.

Late at a ball he ownd his pain:

She blush'd, and frown'd, and swore, With all the marks of high disdain,

She'd never hear him more.

The swain persisted still to pray,

The nymph still to deny;
At last she vow'd she would not stay ;

He swore she should not fly.
Enrag'd, she call’d her footman straight,

And rush'd from out the room,
Drove to her lodging, lock'd the gate,

And lay with Ralph at home.

THE QUIDNUNCKIS:

A TALE OCCASIONED BY THE DEATH OF THE DUKE

REGENT OF FRANCE.

HOW vain are mortal man's endeavours !
(Said, at dame Elleot’s *, master Travers)
Good Orleans dead! in truth 'tis hard :
O! may all statesmen die prepar'd !
I do foresee (and for foreseeing
He equals any man in being)
The army ne'er can be disbanded.
-I wish the king were safely landed.
Ah friends! great changes threat the land !
All France and England at a stand!

• Coffeehouse, near St. James's.

There's

There's Meroweis-mark! strange v And there's the czar, and there's the The pope-an India merchant by Cut short the speech with this reply:

All at a stand ? you see great chang Ah, sir! you never saw the Ganges : There dwells the nation of Quidnunck (So Monomotapa calls monkeys :) On either bank, from bough to boug? They meet and chat (as we may now Whispers go round, they grin, they s They bow, they snarl, they scratch, t And, just as chance or whim provoke They either bite their friends, or strok

There have I seen some active prig To show his parts, bestride a twig : Lord! how the chatt'ring tribe admire Not that he's wiser, but he's higher: All long to try the vent'rous thing (For pow'r is but to have one's swing. From side to side he springs, he spur And bangs his foes and friends by turn Thus, as in giddy freaks he bounces, Crack goes the twig, and in he found Down the swift stream the wretch is b Never, ah never, to return !

2-ds! what a fall had our dear Morbleu!cries one; and “ damm The nation gives a gen’ral screech; None cocks his tail, none claws his b Each trembles for the publick weal, And for a while forgets to steal.

A while all eyes, intent and steady Pursue him whirling down the eddy :

But, out of mind when out of view,
Some other mounts the twig anew;
And bus’ness, on each monkey shore,
Runs the same track it ran before.

AY AND NO.

A FABLE.

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IN fable all things hold discourse;
Then words, no doubt, must talk of course.
Once on a time, near Channel row *,
Two hostile adverbs, Ay and No,
Were hastening to the field of fight,
And front to front stood opposite.
Before each gen’ral join'd the van,
Ay, the more courteous knight, began :

Stop, peevish particle, beware !
I'm told you are not such a bear,
But sometimes yield, when offer'd fair.
Suffer yon folks a while to tattle ;
'Tis we who must decide the battle.
Whene'er we war on yonder stage
With various fate and equal rage,
The nation trembles at each blow,
That No gives Ay, and Ay gives No:
Yet, in expensive, long contention,
We gain nor office, grant, or pension :
Why then should kinsfolk quarrel thus ?
(For two of you make one of us t.)

* Channel row is a dirty street, near the parliament house, Westminster. † In English, two negatives make an affirmative.

To

To some wise statesman let us go, Where each his proper use may know He

may admit two such commanders, And make those wait who serv'd in Fl Let's quarter on a great man's tongue, A treas’ry lord, not master Y-g. Obsequious at his high command, Ay shall march forth to tax the land. Impeachments No can best resist, And Ay support the Civil List: Ay, quick as Cæsar wins the day; And No, like Fabius, by delay. Sometimes, in mutual sly disguise, Let Ayes seem Noes, and Noes seem A Ayes be in courts denials meant, And Noes in bishops give consent.

Thus Ay propos’d—and for reply No for the first time answer'd Ay. They parted with a thousand kisses, And fight e'er since for pay, like Swisse

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