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O teach me, dear, new words to speak my flame!
* To QUINBUS FLESTRIN, the MAN
A LILLIPUTIAN Obe.
Loft, I gaze ;
Propt the skies ;
See him ftride
Left an hoft
So Thall I,
* A gentle ECHO on WOMAN.
In the Doric Manner.
Echo, A drefi.
Echo, A door.
Echo, Buy her.
Echo, Her deer.
Echo, Keep her under,
Echo, A-se under.
Echo, Be kind,
Echo, Be cro
Echo, Wind. Shepherd, If she be wind, what Aills her when the blows ?
Echo, Blows, Shepherd, But if the bang again, fill should I bang her ?
Echo, Bang ber. Shepherd, Is there no way to moderate her anger?
Echo, Hang her. Shepherd, Thanks, gentle Echo, right thy answers tell, What woman is, and how to guard her well.
Echo, Guard ber well.
EPILOGUE to a Play for the benefit
of the Weavers in Ireland, 1721.
H O dares affirm this is no pious age,
When charity begins to trade the stage ?
5 Imprimis, from his Grace * a hundred pound : Peers, clergy, gentry, all are benefactors ; And then comes in the item of the actors : Item, the actors freely give a day, The poet had no more who made the play.
10 Bu'r whence this wondrous charity in play'rs? They learn’d it not at sermons, or at pray'rs. Under the rose, since here are none but friends, To own the truth, we have some private ends.
* Dr William King, Archbishop of Dublin.
Since waiting-women, like exacting jades, 15
30 OH! could I see this audience clad in fuff, Tho' money's scarce, we should have trade enough. But chints, brocades, and lace take all away, And scarce a crown is left to see a play. Perhaps you wonder whence this friendship springs 35 Between the weavers, and us playhouse-kings: But wit and weaving had the same beginning ; Pallas first taught us poetry and spinning. And next observe how this alliance fits, For weavers now are just as poor as wits : Their brother quill-men, workers for the stage, For sorry ftuff can get a crown a. page ; But weavers will be kinder to the play’rs, And sell for twenty pence a yard of theirs : And, to your knowledge, there is often less in
45 The poet's wit, than in the player's dresing.
* A street in Dublin famous for woollen manufactures.