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When she comes in my way, the motion, the pain,
O wonderful creature ! a woman of reason !
Of all the girls that e'er were seen,
There's none so fine as Nelly,
And what's not fit to tell ye:
Of lovely dearest Nelly !
Had she ne'er pass’d by Calais.
For when, as Nelly came to France
(Invited by her cousins)
Kill'd Frenchmen by whole dozens :
Did beckon to his hussar,
For charming Nell' to buss hier.
The ladies were with rage provok'd
To see her so respected :
And puss her tail erected.
But not a man did look employ,
Except on pretty Nelly,
Ah! qu'elle est bien jolie !
But who's that grave pbilosopher,
That carefully looks a'ter ?
The fair one is his daughter.
He on his child does leer too;
What some papas will here do.
The courtiers all with one accord
Broke out in Nelly's praises, Admir'd her rose, and lys sans farde
(Which are your termes francoises.) Then might you see a painted ring
Of dames that stood by Nelly: She, like the pride of all the spring,
And they like fleurs de palais.
In Marli's gardens, and St. Clou,
I saw this charming Nelly, Where shameless nymphs, expos'd to view
Stand naked in each alley : But Venus had a brazen face,
Both at Versailles and Meudon, Or else she had resign'd her place,
And left the stone she stood on.
Were Nelly's figure mounted there,
"Twould put down all th' Italian :
Lord ! how those foreigners would stare !
But I should turn Pygmalion ;
Me nothing can delight so,
Her left toe and her right toe.
ODE FOR MUSIC.
ON THE LONGITUDE.
The longitude iniss'd on
So Ditton and Whiston
Sing Ditton and Whiston,
And Whiston and Ditton,
Besb-t and bep-st on,
Bep-st and besh-t op.
ON THE FEUDS ABOUT HANDEL AND BONONCINI.
STRANGE! all this difference should be
ON MRS. TOFTS.*
So bright is thy beauty, so charming thy song,
* Mrs. Tofts was the daughter of a person in the family of Dr. Burnet, bishop of Salisbury. She lived at the introduction of the opera into this kingdom, and sang in company with Nicolini; but, being ignorant of Italian, chanted her recitative in English, in answer to his Italian: but the charms of their voices overcame this absurdity Her character may be collected from the above epigram. She retired from England, and died at Venice about the year 1760. N.
TWO OR THREE :
OR, A RECEIPT TO MAKE A CUCKOLD.
Two or three visits, and two or three bows,
WHEN Israel's daughters mourn'd their past offences,
THE BALANCE OF EUROPE.
Now Europe's balanc’d, neither side prevails :