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To him ev'n Satire's self must learn
To sink the’ Accuser-in the Pleader. Forgive a Muse who long hath dwelt
From ladies of her tribe too distant, Nor learnt how like thoughts never felt,
To things that never were existent.* She is not privileged to prose
Let finer bards aspire to weary us; Most humbly she resigns to those,
The misanthropic and mysterious.
She doth but rarely seek to quarrel ;
And weaves the smile into the moral.
A friend to Wisdom, not to Schools
Let Dreamers into sects enlist 'em ; For me-at times, if with the fools
'Tis not the folly of a system.t Be mine to hover round the heart,
To warn—to warm you by a word — And—while I mock the Leader's art,
To shun the livery of the Herd ! * A very clever Author of the day said to me once, speaking of the present character of poetical similies, that they had only one faultthat of comparing what one had never seen, to what one had never heard of.
+ “The most ingenious way of becoming foolish is by a system.”Shaftesbury, Advice to an Author.
The introduction of Mr. Fiam-Description of the personal attractions BOOK THE FIRST.
of that gentleman—The improper negligence of his lady—The birth of our heroes—The bustle it occasions—The hypocrisies of nameThe resignation of clergymen, &c.- Aristotle wrong—The danger the Twins incur-Their deliverance.
IN Bancok,*--all the world must know
Bancok 's the Capital of Siam, There lived, not quite an age ago,
A gentleman whose name was Fiam. Of moderate sense and decent fortune, He ne'er had need his friends to importune : He asked them not to clothe or board him, And therefore all his friends adored him ! For Bancok is a place where you,
If rich, have love enough to sate you; But only ask them for a sous,
And, Gad! how bitterly they hate you !
• Or Bangkok.
Our Fiam was a handsome fellow,
But, spite of this surpassing beauty,
Since marriage first had joined the pair,) She ne'er had managed to bestow
Upon this charming spouse an heir. Now this neglect was aught but proper, And half her friends began to drop her.
At length (it was one Van-a-thed, *)
To’ atone for all her former sins,
The kind gratuity of twins.
So far, so good ! the Siam nation