Several Occasions.

Printed for C. Rivington, at the Bible
and Crown
in St. Paul’s Church-Yard. 1734M.DCC.XXXIV.

A1v A2r iii

To the Right Honourable
John, Earl of Orrery.

My Lord,

AlthoDr. Swift, in the foregoing
Letter to your Lordship,
which he has done me the Honour
to permit me to publish, hath but
slightly touch’d upon your numerous Virtues,
as well as your Learning and Abilities; (probably
with a Design of leaving me Room to a enlarge a1v x
enlarge upon each) yet I should think it as
great a Presumption in me, to imagine I
could add any Weight to what He hath said,
as the World would look upon it in an ordinary
Painter, to attempt to fill up a Sketch
of Raphael.

Those who know how fearless Dr. Swift
hath ever been in satirizing Vice in the highest
Stations, will never suspect his Praise of
the Great to proceed from any thing, but
the Desire of doing Justice to uncommon,
unsullied, Merit.

Besides, my Lord, were I ever so zealous
and able to do Justice to your Character,
yet I am taught by the same Dr. Swift,
that Characters are never so ill plac’d, or so
little believ’d, as in Dedications, of Attempters
in Poetry in particular, who seldom fail
to celebrate principally the Patron’s Liberality,
for a very manifest Reason: But, in
that Article, your Lordship has wholly preventedvented a2r xi
me, by an unask’d and continu’d
Bounty, much above my Expectation.

The Expatiating upon the Patron’s Modesty,
generally makes another pompous Paragraph
in Writings of this kind: In this, I
must own, no Dedicator ever had a more
ample Field; as all who know your Lordship,
will agree; but ’tis so beaten a Path, that I
shall only say, (what I have often thought)
that Modesty is to your other Excellencies,
what Butler says Light is to the Moon,
“— Both their Lustre and their Shade.”

If I should, my Lord, attempt to number
up your many Virtues, I fear the World
would allow you but little Merit from them;
nay, I doubt the refining Casuists would call
some of them Sins; they might say you have
so strong a Propensity to humane and generous
Actions, that you cannot forbear indulging
yourself in them.

a2 The a2v xii

The Goodness of your Nature gave you
an early Disposition to filial Piety; and filial
Piety was easily improv’d into conjugal Fidelity
and Affection. A good Son, and a good
Husband, are Characters that include whatever
is most amiable in human Nature; at
least, if Mothers and Wives, may be allowed
for Judges: And we are not surprized, or
rather, we naturally expect, to find in them,
the tender Parent, the humane Master, and
the generous Friend.

It must indeed be own’d, that the Merit
of Genius is of another Species; nor will it
ever be thought an easy Task to shine remarkably
in a Race, so early and so long distinguish’d
for great Talents and Accomplishments,
as the Family of Boyle is allow’d to
be. And therefore this, my Lord, must always
make a considerable Part of your Praise,
that you add new Lustre to your greatest

But, a3r xii

But, altho’ what Dr. Swift hath said
of your Lordship, cannot be suspected to
proceed from any other Motive than Justice;
yet I have Reason to think, his Humanity
hath greatly influenc’d him, in the Honour
he hath done me by that Letter; since it
must be allow’d, that he is not more remarkable
for his Genius, than for his distinguish’d
Generosity, in endeavouring to place
the Writings of others in an advantageous

I have often thought, my Lord, when I
have been reading Dedications, that it was
very odd in Authors, to confess they had already
receiv’d great Favours, and yet request
a greater, in desiring Protection for their
Writings: But since it has happen’d to be my
own Case, I now view it in another Light;
and affirm, that nothing could more shew a
true Grandeur of Soul in the greatest of
Mankind, than the supporting the Dependence,dence, a3v xiv
which their Patronage had encourag’d.

“So Providence on Mortals waits, Preserving what it first creates.”

The quoting these Lines from Dr. Swift,
puts me in mind of a fine Reflection of his,
upon hearing some generous Actions of your
Lordship’s: One in particular; That upon
refusing to give your Protection, as a Peer,
to a Person in Distress, you soften’d that Refusal,
(the Effect of your natural Love of
Justice) by a considerable Present. His Reflection
was this: That, “having no Vices to
feed, you had more Supplies for Beneficence”

How shall I express the Sense I have of
that great Goodness, wherewith you condescended
to distinguish me, when I was a
Stranger in England; and after that, bounteously
to enrich me in Ireland, at a Time
when my Want of Health made your Generosity
the more valuable. I have your Letterter a4r xv
before me, wherewith I was honour’d
upon that Occasion: Which thus concludes,

“If you think you owe any Thanks on this
Account, remember to whom they are due,—
to a Being, who, I hope, will one Day put it
in my Power, to shew my self to many others,
as well as to you, a Sincere Friend.”

Forgive me, my Lord, for mentioning
what you charged me to conceal; believe
me, it is with the utmost Confusion I knowingly
offend against such infinite Modesty;
but a Favour conferr’d with so much Virtue
and Piety, ought never to be hidden; and no
Words, but your own, could do it Justice.

With what Delicacy do you oblige! The
Mind that is indebted to You, is sure never
to have Occasion, from your Conduct, to
make this grating Reflection—“This I must
bear for my Obligations.”
—You, my Lord,
have condescended to treat me with more
Goodness, (if possible) since I have been so much a4v xvi
much indebted to you, than before; nor
have you ever neglected any one Circumstance
that could increase the Value of your
Favours. To you, my Lord, was given the
peculiar Felicity of knowing how to treat
those below you, in such a Manner, as to
make them think it a Blessing, to have Superiors.
This Excellence hath, I doubt not,
been happily experienc’d by many others; but
surely by none more sensibly, than by,

My Lord,
Your Lordship’s
Most Oblig’d, and
Most Dutiful
Humble Servant,

Mary Barber.

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I Am sensible that a Woman steps
out of her Province whenever she
presumes to write for the Press,
and therefore think it necessary to
inform my Readers, that my Verses were
written with a very different View from
any of those which other Attempters in
Poetry have proposed to themselves: My Aim
being chiefly to form the Minds of my Children,
I imagin’d that Precepts convey’d in b Verse b1v xviii
Verse would be easier remember’d, and that
their being obliged to repeat them in School,
would greatly contribute, not only to fix them
more firmly in the Mind, but to give early
a proper and graceful Manner of speaking.
Nor was I ever known to write
upon any other Account, till the Distresses
of an Officer’s Widow set me upon drawing
a Petition in Verse, having found that other
Methods had proved ineffectual for her

The Petition was to my Lady Carteret,
during the Time of my Lord Carteret’s
Government in Ireland, and sent inclosed to
Mr. Tickell, in a Letter without a Name.
It was my Felicity, as well as the Petitioner’s,
to have the Petition recommended with great
Generosity, and received with uncommon Goodness;
that excellent Lady interested herself
with so much Zeal for the distressed Widow,
that a considerable Sum was raised for her Relief; b2r xix
Relief; and in this, as well as upon many
other Occasions, set a Noble Example to those
in exalted Stations, not only to give, but
never to think themselves too Great to sollicit
for the Unfortunate: Nor did her Ladyship
rest there, but endeavoured to find out the
Author, whom She hath ever since condescended
to patronize with continual Acts of

I mention this not only from a Motive of
Gratitude, but likewise to encourage others
to excite the Great to generous and charitable
Actions; since the Author providentially found,
to her Felicity, that the writing the Petition
above-mention’d, gain’d her the Protection of
that whole Noble Family.

This Reflection naturally recalls to my
Mind another Advantage derived to me from
a like Endeavour to relieve Distress. The
Case was this: An English Gentlewoman, b2 who b2v xx
who had lived for some Years in Ireland in
Plenty and Splendour, was at length reduced to
unhappy Circumstances, by unavoidable Misfortunes,
which occasion’d her to request of
me (when I was going for England) to get
a Pair of Diamond Ear-rings disposed of
for her, which she thought might be done to
some little Advantage if they were raffled
for. I endeavour’d to serve her, and was
generously assisted in that Endeavour by
Dr. Arbuthnot; the Ear-rings were raffled for
at Tunbridge-Wells, and won by the
Lord Boyle, (now Earl of Orrery). His Lordship
hearing that the unfortunate Gentlewoman
who had once owned them, had liv’d long in
great Prosperity, inquir’d for the Person commission’d
to dispose of the Jewels, and in a
most generous manner (although he had then
a Family, and was not possess’d of his Estate)
desir’d I would restore them to her again.

I think b3r xxi

I think it my Duty to make this known,
for two Reasons; first, that all those who
were so good as to put in for the Ear-rings,
from a Motive of Charity, may be convinc’d
they were not impos’d upon; since the Gentlewoman
to whom they were return’d, when
the present Earl of Orrery was lately in
Ireland, took that Opportunity of acknowledging
the Favour to his Lordship: And
next to observe, that the little Trouble I had
upon that Occasion, hath prov’d a great
Blessing to me, as it first gained me the
Honour and Happiness of being known to his
Lordship, now my great Patron and Benefactor.

I should not have run the Hazard of offending
the Noble Persons I have mention’d, by
publishing these Instances of their Goodness,
but that my Reasons were too important to
be sacrificed to the greatest Modesty; besides, I could b3v xxii
I could wish that those whose Example might
be of Service to Mankind, would remember
what Divines tell us, that the two Texts,
“Let your Light so shine before Men”, and
“Let not your Left-hand know what your
Right-hand doeth”
, however seemingly opposite,
are easily reconciled.

My Want of Health, which I had Reason
to think was occasion’d by a sedentary Life,
and the Hopes of obtaining a Favour which some
Persons of great Worth and Eminence had
requested for me of the Lord Carteret,
(just before his Lordship left Ireland) prevailed
with me to take a Voyage for England;
but as the Government of Ireland was soon
after chang’d, my Hopes of Success vanish’d.

Whilst I was then in England, I wrote
some few occasional Verses, and was encouraged
to print them by several Persons of Quality b4r xxiii
Quality and Distinction, who generously offer’d
to sollicit a Subscription for me. This, added
to the Goodness of some Men of Genius, who
with great Condescension undertook to correct
what I had written, together with the Prospect
of some Advantage to my Family, drew me
into a Resolution of publishing the following
Poems; but with what Diffidence and Reluctance,
those who best know me, can bear
me Witness.

I am not ignorant, that the acknowledging
Favours from the Great, upon Occasions of
this Nature, hath been finely rallied by a
powerful Hand; yet the Fear of being thought
vain, shall not hinder me from doing myself
the Justice to declare, that I have the highest
Sense of the generous Treatment I have met
with from many of the Nobility and Gentry
of England. Surely there was something truly
Noble in their condescending to treat an obscure
Person, a Woman, and a Stranger, with so much b4v xxiv
much Goodness, which I shall ever gratefully
remember, nor think myself the less indebted
there, although I am convinc’d that the
Foundation of this Felicity was laid, next to
Providence, in the Recommendation with which
Dr. Swift had honour’d me, to whom I am
obliged beyond Expression.

When I mention the Favours I met
with from Strangers, I should be very ungrateful
if I did not acknowledge, that I have also
been highly obliged to many Persons of the
greatest Merit in Ireland. It is my Happiness
to have received Encouragement from
many in both Kingdoms, to whom it is an
Honour to be indebted; and I flatter myself,
that they will never have Cause to
repent of that Generosity, at least if my
Intention (which I hope will be allow’d good)
can atone for my Performance.

The c1r xxv

The Affairs of my Family having called
me back to Ireland, before my Subscription
was finished, I was so unhappy as to be
long confined there by my Want of Health,
which prevented me from paying my Debt to
my Subscribers, as soon as I ought to have
done; and since my Return hither, a new
Perplexity hath obliged me to trespass further
upon their Patience: But as those
Delays have been occasioned by my Misfortunes,
I hope they will not be imputed as
my Fault.

Should it be ask’d, What has the
Publick to do with Verses written between a
Mother and her Son? I answer, That as
nothing can be of more Use to Society than
the taking early Care to form the Minds of
Youth, I publish some of the Verses written by
me with that View, when my Son was a Schoolboy,c boy, c1v xxvi
as the best Apology a Woman could
make for writing at all; and those written
since by him, as Instances of that Filial
Piety, which, I flatter myself, was in some
measure the Consequence of the Care it hath
amply rewarded.

I hope I shall be excused for publishing
Poems written in my Commendation, since
I can plead great Precedents for doing so;
and whether my own Verses shall be approv’d
of by my Subscribers or not, it is a Pleasure
to me to think that those written by other
Hands, will always make this Collection of

The Poems written in my Favour by
Mrs. Grierson, will, I think, be allow’d
to do Honour to the Female Sex in general,
as they are a strong Proof that Women may
have so much Virtue, as, instead of depreciating,ciating, c2r xxvii
to endeavour to raise the Character
of each other. To her known Friendship for
me, the Reader must attribute the great
Partiality she has there shewn; nothing else
could have thus biass’d her Judgment: which
I am so conscious of, that those Poems should
never have appeared in this Collection, but
that from her abundant Regard to me, she
made me promise, a little before her Death,
to publish them upon this Occasion.

The Author of those Verses was born
in the County of Kilkenny in Ireland, and
was one of the most extraordinary Women
that either this Age, or perhaps any other,
ever produc’d. She died in the Year 1733I733,
at the Age of 27, and was allow’d, long
before, to be an excellent Scholar, not only
in Greek and Roman Literature, but in
History, Divinity, Philosophy, and Mathematicks.
She gave a Proof of her Knowledgec2 ledge c2v xxviii
in the Latin Tongue, by her Dedication
of the Dublin Edition of Tacitus to
the Lord Carteret, and by that of Terence
to His Son, to whom she likewise
wrote a Greek Epigram. She wrote several
fine Poems in English, on which she set so
little Value, that she neglected to leave Copies
behind her but of very few.

What makes her Character the more
remarkable, is, that she rose to this Eminence
in Learning merely by the Force of her own
Genius, and continual Application.

She was not only happy in a fine Imagination,
a great Memory, an excellent Understanding,
and an exact Judgment, but
had all these crown’d by Virtue and Piety;
she was too learned to be vain, too wise to
be conceited, too knowing and too clear-sighted
to be irreligious.

If c3r xxix

If Heaven had spared her Life, and blessed
her with Health which She wanted for some
Years before her Death, there is good Reason
to think, She would have made as great a
Figure in the learned World, as any of her
Sex are recorded to have done.

As her Learning and Abilities raised her
above her own Sex, so they left her no Room to
envy any; On the contrary, her Delight was
to see Others excell: She was always ready to
advise and direct those who apply’d to her; and
as willing to be advis’d.

So little did she value Herself upon her uncommon
Excellencies, that it has often recall’d
to my Mind, a fine Reflection of a French
Author. “That Great Genius’s should be
superiour to their own Abilities”

I per- c3v xxx

I persuade my self that this short Account of
so extraordinary a Woman, of whom much
more might have been said, will not be disagreeable
to my Readers; nor can I omit mentioning
what I think is greatly to the
Lord Carteret’s Honour, that when He was Lord
Lieutenant of Ireland, He obtained a Patent
for Mr. Grierson her Husband to be the King’s
Printer, and to distinguish and reward her uncommon
Merit, had her Life inserted in it.

It was truly worthy a Nobleman so eminent
for Learning and great Abilities, to distinguish
those Excellencies wheresoever He found them,
as He did remarkably in many Instances during
his Administration in Ireland.

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To e3r xlv

To Mrs. Mary Barber, under the Name of
Sapphira: Occasion’d by the Encouragement
She met with in England, to publish
her Poems by Subscription.

Long has the Warrior’s, and the Lover’s Fire,

Employ’d the Poet, and ingross’d the Lyre;

And justly too the World might long approve

The Praise of Heroes and of virtuous Love;

Had Tyrants not usurp’d the Hero’s Name,

Nor low Desires debas’d the Lover’s Flame;

If on those Themes, all Triflers had not writ,

Guiltless of Sense, or Elegance, or Wit.

Far different Themes We in thy Verses view;

Themes, in themselves, alike sublime, and new:

Thy e3v xlvi

Thy tuneful Labours all conspire to show

The highest Bliss the Mind can taste below;

To ease those Wants, with which the Wretched pine;

And imitate Beneficence divine:

A Theme, alas! forgot by Bards too long;

And, but for Thee, almost unknown to Song.

Such wise Reflections in thy Lays are shown,

As Flaccus’ Muse, in all her Pride, might own:

So Elegant, and so Refin’d, thy Praise,

As greatest Minds, at once, might mend and please:

No florid Toys, in pompous Numbers drest;

But justest Thoughts, in purest Stile, exprest:

Whene’er thy Muse designs the Heart to move,

The melting Reader must, with Tears, approve;

Or when, more gay, her spritely Satire bites,

’Tis not to wound, but to instruct, She writes.

Cou’d ***, or ***, from the Tomb,

Which shades their Ashes till the final Doom,

The e4r xlvii

The dire Effects of vitious Writings view,

How wou’d they mourn to think what might ensue!

Blush at their Works, for no one End design’d,

But to embellish Vice, and taint the Mind!

No more their dear-bought Fame wou’d raise their Pride;

But Terrors wait on Talents misapplied.

Not so Sapphira: her unsullied Strain

Shall never give her Soul one conscious Pain;

To latest Times shall melt the harden’d Breast,

And raise her Joys, by making others blest.

These Works, which Modesty conceal’d in Night,

Your Candor, gen’rous Britons, brings to Light;

Born, by your Arms, for Liberty’s Defence;

Born, by your Taste, the Arbiters of Sense:

Long may your Taste, and long your Empire stand,

To Honour, Wit, and Worth, from every Land.

Oh! cou’d my conscious Muse but fully trace

The silent Virtues which Sapphira grace;

How e4v xlviii

How much her Heart, from low Desires refin’d;

How much her Works, the Transcript of her Mind;

Her tender Care, and Grief for the Distrest;

Her Joy unfeign’d, to see true Merit blest;

Her Soul so form’d for every social Care;

A Friend so gen’rous, ardent, and sincere;

How wou’d you triumph in yourselves to find

Your Favours shewn to so complete a Mind;

To find her Breast with every Grace inspir’d,

Whom first You only for her Lays admir’d.

Thus the great Father of the Hebrew State,

Who watch’d for weary’d Strangers at his Gate;

The Good He thought conferr’d on Men unknown,

He found to more exalted Beings shown.

Dublin, 1732-01-05Jan. 5. 1732.

Constantia Grierson.

Poems B1r

Several Occasions.

To the Honble. Miss Carteret, now Countess
of Dysert. Written when the Lord Carteret was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and
sent with the Widow Gordon’s Petition.

Fair Innocence, the Muse’s loveliest Theme,

On Acts of Mercy found thy rising Fame:

Let Others from frail Beauty hope Applause,

Plead Thou the Fatherless, and Widow’s Cause;

Fly to your Mother, let each winning Grace

Engage Compassion for my helpless Race:

B So B1v 2

So shall the wond’ring World be taught from thence,

Beauty is but your Second Excellence.

The Widow Gordon’s Petition: Written for an Officer’s Widow.
To the Right Hon. the Lady Carteret.

Weary’d with long Attendance on the Court,

You, Madam, are the Wretch’s last Resort.

Eternal King! if Here in vain I cry,

Where shall the Fatherless, and Widow fly?

How blest are they, who sleep among the Dead,

Nor hear their Childrens piercing Cries for Bread!

When your lov’d Off-spring gives your Soul Delight,

Reflect, how mine are irksome to my Sight:

O think, how must a wretched Mother grieve,

Who hears the Want she never can relieve!

An B2r 3

An Evil preys upon my helpless Son,

(How many ways the Wretched are undone!)

Cruel Distemper, to assault his Sight,

And rob him of his only Joy, the Light!

His Anguish makes my wearied Eyes o’erflow,

And loads me with unutterable Woe.

No Friendly Voice my lonely Mansion cheers,

All fly th’ Infection of the Widow’s Tears:

Ev’n those, whose Pity eas’d my Wants w[i]th Bread,

Are now, O sad Reverse! my greatest Dread.

My mournful Story will no more prevail,

And ev’ry Hour I dread a dismal Jail:

I start at each imaginary Sound,

And Horrors have encompass’d me around.

Tremble, ye Daughters, who at Ease recline,

Lest ye should know a Misery like mine.

B2 Ye B2v 4

Ye now, unmov’d, can hear the Wretched moan,

And feel no Wants, yourselves oppress’d by none;

Fly from the Sight of Woes, ye will not share,

And leave the helpless Orphan to despair.

But know, that dreadful Hour is drawing near,

When you’ll be treated, as you’ve acted here:

To you no more the Wretched shall complain,

’Twill be your Turn to weep, and sue in vain.

Not so the Fair, with God-like Mercy bless’d,

Who feels another’s Anguish in her Breast;

Who never hears the Wretched sigh in vain,

Herself distress’d, till she relieves their Pain.

This, Fame reports, Fair Carteret, of You;

This blest Report encourag’d me to sue.

O Angel Goodness, hear, and ease my Moan,

Nor let your Mercy fail in me alone!

So at the last Tribunal will I stand,

With my poor Orphans, plac’d on either Hand;

There, B3r 5

There, with my Cries, my Saviour I’ll assail;

(For at His Bar the Widow’s Tears prevail)

That she, who made the Fatherless her Care,

The Fulness of Cœlestial Joys may share;

That She a Crown of Glory may receive,

Who snatch’d me from Destruction and the Grave.

Written B3v l

Written in the Conclusion of a Letter to
Mr. Tickell, entreating him to recommend
the Widow Gordon’s Petition.

Eternal King, is there one Hour,

To make me greatly bless’d!

When shall I have it in my Pow’r

To succour the Distress’d?

In vain, alas! my Heart o’erflows

With useless Tenderness;

Why must I feel Another’s Woes,

And cannot make them less?

Yet I this Torture must endure;

’Tis not reserv’d for me,

To ease the Sighing of the Poor,

Or set the Pris’ners free.

A B4r 7

A True Tale.

Amother, who vast Pleasure finds

In modelling her Childrens Minds;

With whom, in exquisite Delight,

She passes many a Winter Night;

Mingles in every Play, to find

What Byass Nature gave the Mind;

Resolving thence to take her Aim,

To guide them to the Realms of Fame;

And wisely make those Realms their Way,

To Regions of eternal Day;

Each boist’rous Passion to controul,

And early humanize the Soul;

In simple Tales, beside the Fire,

The noblest Notions would inspire:

Her B4v 8

Her Children, conscious of her Care,

Transported, hung around her Chair.

Of Scripture Heroes she would tell,

Whose Names they lisp’d, ere they cou’d spell:

The Mother then delighted smiles,

And shews the Story on the Tiles.

At other Times, her Themes would be

The Sages of Antiquity:

Who left immortal Names behind,

By proving Blessings to their Kind.

Again, she takes another Scope,

And tells of Addison and Pope.

Studious to let her Children know,

“The various Turns of Things below”; —

How Virtue here was oft oppress’d,

To shine more glorious with the Bless’d;

Told C1r 9

Told Tully’s and the Gracchi’s Doom,

The Patriots, and the Pride, of Rome.

Then, blest the Draper’s happier Fate,

Who sav’d, and lives to guard the State.

Some Comedies gave great Delight,

And entertain’d them many a Night:

Others could no Admittance find,

Forbid, as Poison to the Mind:

Those Authors Wit and Sense, said she,

But heighten their Impiety.

This happy Mother met, one Day,

The Book of Fables, wrote by Gay;

And told her Children; Here’s a Treasure,

A Fund of Wisdom, and of Pleasure;

Such Morals, and so finely writ,

Such Decency, good Sense, and Wit!

Well has the Poet found the Art,

To raise the Mind, and mend the Heart.

C Her C1v 10

Her fav’rite Son the Volume seiz’d,

And, as he read, seem’d highly pleas’d;

Made such Reflections ev’ry Page,

The Mother thought above his Age;

Delighted read, but scarce was able

To finish the concluding Fable.

What ails my Child, the Mother cries,

Whose Sorrows, now, have fill’d your Eyes?

O dear Mamma, can he want Friends,

Who writes for such exalted Ends?

O base, degen’rate Human-kind!

Had I a Fortune to my Mind,

Should Gay complain? but now, alas!

Thro’ what a World am I to pass?

Where Friendship is an empty Name,

And Merit scarcely paid in Fame.

Resolv’d C2r 11

Resolv’d to lull his Woes to rest,

She tells him, he should hope the best;

This has been yet Gay’s Case, I own,

But now his Merit’s amply known:

Content that tender Heart of thine,

He’ll be the Care of Caroline.

Who thus instructs the Royal Race,

Must have a Pension, or a Place.

Mamma, if you were Queen, says he,

And such a Book were wrote for me,

I find, ’tis so much to your Taste,

That Gay would keep his Coach at least.

My Son, what you suppose is true;

I see its Excellence in You.

Poets, who write to mend the Mind,

A Royal Recompence shou’d find.

C2 But C2v 12

But I am barr’d by Fortune’s Frowns,

From the best Privilege of Crowns;

The glorious, God-like Pow’r to bless,

And raise up Merit in Distress.

But, dear Mamma, I long to know,

Were you the Queen, what you’d bestow.

What I’d bestow, says she, my Dear?

At least, a thousand Pounds a Year.

Written C3r 13

Written for my Son, and Spoken by him at
his first putting on Breeches.

What is it our Mammas bewitches,

To plague us little Boys with Breeches?

To Tyrant Custom we must yield,

Whilst vanquish’d Reason flies the Field.

Our Legs must suffer by Ligation,

To keep the Blood from Circulation;

And then our Feet, tho’ young and tender,

We to the Shoemaker surrender;

Who often makes our Shoes so strait,

Our growing Feet they cramp and fret:

Whilst with Contrivance most profound,

Across our Insteps we are bound;

Which is the Cause, I make no Doubt,

Why thousands suffer in the Gout.

Our C3v 14

Our wiser Ancestors wore Brogues,

Before the Surgeons brib’d these Rogues,

With narrow Toes, and Heels like Pegs,

To help to make us break our Legs.

Then, ere we know to use our Fists,

Our Mothers closely bind our Wrists;

And never think our Cloaths are neat,

Till they’re so tight we cannot eat.

And, to increase our other Pains,

The Hat-band helps to cramp our Brains.

The Cravat finishes the Work,

Like Bow-string sent from the Grand Turk.

Thus Dress, that should prolong our Date,

Is made to hasten on our Fate.

Fair Privilege of nobler Natures,

To be more plagu’d than other Creatures!

The wild Inhabitants of Air

Are cloath’d by Heav’n, with wond’rous Care;

Their C4r 15

Their beauteous, well-compacted Feathers

Are Coats of Mail against all Weathers;

Enamell’d, to delight the Eye,

Gay, as the Bow that decks the Sky.

The Beasts are cloath’d with beauteous Skins,

The Fishes arm’d with Scales and Fins;

Whose Lustre lends the Sailor Light,

When all the Stars are hid in Night.

O were our Dress contriv’d like these,

For Use, for Ornament, and Ease!

Man only seems to Sorrow born,

Naked, Defenceless, and Forlorn.

Yet we have Reason, to supply

What Nature did to Man deny:

Weak Viceroy! Who thy Pow’r will own,

When Custom has usurp’d thy Throne?

In vain did I appeal to thee,

Ere I would wear his Livery;

Who, C4v 16

Who, in Defiance to thy Rules,

Delights to make us act like Fools.

O’er human Race the Tyrant reigns,

And binds them in eternal Chains:

We yield to his despotic Sway,

The only Monarch All obey.

An D1r 17

An unanswerable Apology for the Rich.

All-bounteous Heav’n, Castalio cries,

With bended Knees, and lifted Eyes,

When shall I have the Pow’r to bless,

And raise up Merit in Distress?

How do our Hearts deceive us here!

He gets Ten Thousand Pounds a Year.

With this the pious Youth is able,

To build, and plant, and keep a Table.

But then, the Poor he must not treat;

Who asks the Wretch, that wants to eat?

Alas! to ease their Woes he wishes,

But cannot live without Ten Dishes.

Tho’ Six would serve as well, ’tis true;

But one must live, as others do.

D He D1v 18

He now feels Wants, unknown before,

Wants still encreasing with his Store.

The good Castalio must provide

Brocade, and Jewels, for his Bride.

Her Toilet shines with Plate emboss’d,

What Sums her Lace, and Linen cost!

The Cloaths, that must his Person grace,

Shine with Embroidery and Lace.

The costly Pride of Persian Looms,

And Guido’s Paintings, grace his Rooms.

His Wealth Castalio will not waste,

But must have every thing in Taste.

He’s an Œconomist confest,

But what he buys must be the best.

For common Use, a Set of Plate;

Old China, when he dines in State.

A Coach and Six, to take the Air,

Besides a Chariot, and a Chair.

All these important Calls supply’d,

Calls of Necessity, not Pride,

His D2r 19

His Income’s regularly spent;

He scarcely saves, to pay his Rent.

No Man alive wou’d do more Good,

Or give more freely, if he cou’d.

He grieves, whene’er the Wretched sue,

But what can poor Castalio do?

Wou’d Heav’n but send Ten Thousand more,

He’d give—just as he did before.

D2 Written D2v 20

Written for my Son, and spoken by him at
School to some of the Fellows of the College
of Dublin, at a Publick Examination for

When Athens was for Arts and Arms renown’d,

Olympick Wreaths uncommon Merit crown’d.

These slight Distinctions from the Learn’d and Wise,

Convey’d eternal Honour, with the Prize:

’Twas this, the gen’rous Love of Fame inspir’d,

And Grecian Breasts with noblest Ardour fir’d.

For like Rewards like Judges we implore;

Immortal Fame, with Grecian Arts, restore:

Our growing Merit with Indulgence view;

And sure you’ll favour what distinguish’d You.

Leave D3r 21

Leave Ignorance and Sloth, to Scorn and Shame;

But crown the Worthy with immortal Fame;

And Fame, conferr’d by You, can never fail:

What Men have purchas’d, they of Right entail.

The D3v 22

The Prodigy. A Letter to a Friend
in the Country.

Tho’ Rhyme serves the Thoughts of great Poets to

It sets off the Sense of small Poets the better:

When I’ve written in Prose, I often have found,

That my Sense, in a Jumble of Words, was quite drown’d.

In Verse, as in Armies that march o’er the Plain,

The least Man among them is seen without Pain.

This they owe to good Order, it must be allow’d,

Else Men that are Little, are lost in a Crowd.

So much for Simile: Now, to be brief,

The following Lines come to tell you my Grief.

’Tis well I can write, for I scarcely can speak,

I’m so plagued with my Teeth, which eternally ake.

When D4r 23

When the Wind’s in the Point which opposes the South,

For fear of the Cold, I can’t open my Mouth:

And you know, to the Sex it must be a Heart-breaking,

To have any Distemper, that keeps them from speaking.

When first I was silent a Day, and a Night,

The Women were all in a terrible Fright.

Supplications to Jove, in an Instant, they make—

Avert the Portent――a Woman not speak!

Since Poets are Prophets, and often have sung,

The last Thing that dies in a Woman’s her Tongue;

O Jove, for what Crime is Sapphira thus curst?

’Tis plain, by her breathing, her Tongue has died first.

Ye Powers Cœlestial, tell Mortals, what Cause

Occasions Dame Nature to break her own Laws?

Did the Preacher live now, from his Text he must run,

And own there was something new under the Sun.

O Jove, for the future this Punishment spare,

And all other Evils we’ll willingly bear.

Then D4v 24

Then they throng to my House, and my Maid they

To say, if her Mistress had quite lost her Speech.

Nell readily own’d, what they heard was too true,

That To-day I was dumb, give the Devil his Due;

And frankly confess’d, were it always the Case,

No Servant cou’d e’er have a happier Place.

When they found it was Fact, they began all to fear me,

And, dreading Infection, would scarcely come near me;

Till a Neighbour of mine, who was famous for speeching,

Bid them be of good Cheer, the Disease was not catching:

And offer’d to prove, from Authors good Store,

That the like Case with this, never happen’d before;

And if Ages to come should resemble the past,

As ’twas the first Instance, it would be the last.

Yet against this Disorder we all ought to strive,

Were I in her Case, I’d been buried alive;

Were I One Moment silent, except in my Bed,

My good-natur’d Husband would swear I was dead.

The E1r 25

The next said, her Tongue was so much in her Pow’r,

She was sullenly silent, almost—half an Hour:

That to vex her good Man, she took this way to tease him,

But soon left it off, when she found it would please him:

And vow’d, for the future, she’d make the House ring;

For when she was dumb, he did nothing but sing.

Quite tir’d with their talking, I held down my Head;

So she, who sat next me, cried out, I was dead.

They call’d for cold Water, to throw in my Face;

“Give her Air, give her Air—and cut open her Lace.”

Says good Neighbour Nevil, you’re out of your Wits;

She oft, to my Knowledge, has these sullen Fits:

Let her Husband come in, and make one Step that’s wrong,

My Life for’t, the Woman will soon find her Tongue.

You’ll soon be convinc’d—O’ my Conscience he’s here—

“Why what’s all this Rout!—Are you sullen, my Dear?”

E This E1v 26

This struck them all silent; which gave me some Ease,

And made them imagine they’d got my Disease.

So they hasted away, in a terrible Fright,

And left me, in Silence, to pass the long Night.

Not the Women alone were scar’d at my Fate;

’Twas reckon’d of dreadful Portent to the State.

When the Governors heard it, they greatly were troubled,

And, whilst I was silent, the Guards were all doubled:

The Militia Drums beat a perpetual Alarm,

To rouze up the Sons of the City to arm.

A Story was rumour’d about, from Lambey, A small Island near Dublin.

Of a powerful Fleet, that was seen off at Sea.

With Horror all list to the terrible Tale,

The Barristers tremble, the Judges grow pale.

To the Castle the frighted Nobility fly,

And the Council were summon’d, they could not tell why.

The E2r 27

The Clergy, in Crouds, to the Churches repair,

And Armies, embattled, were seen in the Air.

Why they were in this Fright, I have lately been told.

It seems, it was sung, by a Druid of old,

That the Hanover Race to Great-Britain should come,

And sit on the Throne, till a Woman grew dumb.

As soon as this Prophecy reach’d the Pretender,

He cry’d out, “My Claim to the Crown I surrender”.

E2 Sin- E2v 28

Sincerity. A Poem.

Occasion’d by a Friend’s resenting some
Advice I gave.

Sincerity, what are thy Views?

No more my Breast attend;

By thee, alas! we often lose,

But seldom gain a Friend.

No more with dangerous Zeal presume,

To warn whom you esteem;

Be wise, or I foresee your Doom;

Impertinence you’ll seem.

III. E3r 29

A Thousand Ills from thee I’ve found,

A Thousand more I fear;

In Worlds like this should you abound?

What Bus’ness have you here?

But if you still must haunt my Breast,

To Desarts we’ll repair;

Or seek the Mansions of the Blest,

They know your Value there.

To E3v 30

To Dr. Richard Helsham.

Upon my Recovery from a dangerous Fit
of Sickness.

For fleeting Life recall’d, for Health restor’d,

Be first the God of Life and Health ador’d;

Whose boundless Mercy claims this Tribute due:

And next to Heav’n, I owe my Thanks to You;

To You, who feel the Ease your Med’cines give,

And, in reviving Patients, doubly live;

You, who from Nature’s Dictates never stray,

But wisely wait, till she points out the Way:

Where e’er she leads, unerring, you pursue

Her mazy System, op’ning to your View.

In you reviv’d we Ratcliff’s Genius see,

Heighten’d by Learning and Humanity.

With E4r 31

With Ease all Nature’s Secrets you explore,

And to the noblest Heights of Science soar.

Your Thoughts, unbounded, travel with the Sun,

And see attendant Worlds around him run;

Which trace their distant Courses thro’ the Sky,

Nor fly his Throne too far, nor press too nigh.

The wise and wond’rous Laws, you clearly know,

Which rule those Worlds above, and this below.

The World of Life, which we obscurely see,

In all its Wonders is survey’d by thee.

And thou in every Part can’st something find,

To praise thy Maker, and to bless thy Kind.

Quick to discern, judicious to apply,

Your Judgment clear, and piercing, as your Eye:

Ev’n Med’cines, in your wise Prescriptions, please,

And are no more the Patient’s worst Disease.

Goodness, and Skill, and Learning, less than thine,

Rais’d Æsculapius to the Realms divine.

To E4v 32

To Mrs. —.

Cælia, when you oblige again,

Subdue that haughty Eye:

Rather than Insolence sustain,

Who would not wish to die?

A grateful Heart will own the Debt,

But, oh! must feel it, with Regret.

To F1r 33

To the Right Honourable the Lady Dowager
Torrington, with some Verses her Lady
ship commanded me to send Her.

When You command, the Muse obeys,

Proud to present her humble Lays.

Of Writing I’ll no more repent,

Nor think my Time unwisely spent;

If Verse the Happiness procures,

Of pleasing such a Soul as Yours.

Endless Anxiety, I find,

Hath dire Effects upon the Mind:

A Life of unsuccessful Care

Too often sinks us to Despair.

F From F1v 34

From such a Life as this, I chuse

To snatch some Moments for the Muse;

To slight Mortality, and soar

To Worlds, where Anguish is no more;

Forget Ierne’s wretched State,

Tho’ doom’d to share her cruel Fate;

Destin’d to pass my joyless Days,

Where Poverty, relentless, preys;

And form’d, unhappily, to grieve

For Miseries I can’t relieve.

From giving Wealth, my Hands are ty’d;

That great Felicity’s deny’d.

Yet have I, sometimes, the Delight,

To help a Wretch, by what I write;

To make some happier Bosoms melt,

And heal the Woes, they never felt.

To Torrington, whose gen’rous Breast

Delights in raising the Distress’d,

Adding F2r 35

Adding new Honour to her Blood,

By all the ways of doing Good,

How needless is the Poet’s Art,

Since He, that made, enlarg’d her Heart?

F2 Written F2v 36

Written for my Son, and spoken by him in
School, upon his Master’s first bringing
in a Rod.

Our Master, in a fatal Hour,

Brought in this Rod, to shew his Pow’r.

O dreadful Birch! O baleful Tree!

Thou Instrument of Tyranny!

Thou deadly Damp to youthful Joys;

The Sight of thee our Peace destroys.

Not Damocles, with greater Dread,

Beheld the Weapon o’er his Head.

That See Lock upon Education. Sage was surely more discerning,

Who taught to play us into Learning,

By F3r 37

By ’graving Letters on the Dice:

May Heav’n reward the kind Device,

And crown him with immortal Fame,

Who taught at once to read and game!

Take Near Tunbridge-Wells. my Advice; pursue that Rule:

You’ll make a Fortune by your School.

You’ll soon have all the Elder Brothers,

And be the Darling of their Mothers.

O may I live to hail the Day,

When Boys shall go to School to play!

To Grammar Rules we’ll bid Defiance,

For Play will then become a Science.

Occasion’d F3v 38

Occasion’d by seeing some Verses written by
Mrs. Constantia Grierson, upon the Death
of her Son.

This Mourning Mother can with Ease explore

The Arts of Latium, and the Grecian Store:

Was early learn’d, nay more, was early wise;

And knew, the Pride of Science to despise;

Left Men to take assuming Airs from thence,

And seem’d unconscious of superior Sense.

Yet ah! how vain to guard the Soul, we see,

Are the best Precepts of Philosophy!

See Nature triumph o’er the boasted Art,

Ev’n in a Solon’ Bowing to his Master. s, and Constantia’s, Heart.

See how she mourns her Son’s untimely Doom,

And pours her Woes o’er the relentless Tomb.

Soften, F4r 39

Soften, kind Heav’n, her seeming rigid Fate,

With frequent Visions of his blissful State.

Oft let the Guardian Angel of her Son

Tell her in faithful Dreams, his Task is done;

Shew, how he kindly led her lovely Boy

To Realms of Peace, and never-fading Joy.

Then, for a while, reverse his happy Fate;

Shew him still here, still in this wretched State:

Shew the false World, seducing him from Truth;

And paint the slipp’ry, dang’rous Paths of Youth:

Shew him, in riper Years, beset with Snares,

Wearied with struggling thro’ unnumber’d Cares.

Convey him thence to Life’s remotest Stage,

To feel the dire Calamities of Age;

Opprest with Sorrows, with Distempers torn,

Or rack’d with Guilt, much harder to be born.

Raise the Distress, and let her darling Care,

Distracted in the Horrors of Despair,

The F4v 40

The dreadful Scene of Judgment op’ning see,

And, trembling, plunge into Eternity.

Then ask her, Wou’d she call him down from Bliss,

To hazard such a dismal Doom as this?

That she may learn to be resign’d from thence,

And bless the Guardian Hand, that snatch’d him hence.

To G1r 41

To the Right Honourable the Lady Elizabeth
, upon desiring me to send Her
some of my Poems.

Who can the hardest Task refuse,

When lovely Lady Betty sues?

If her Requests Resistance find,

It must be from the Deaf, and Blind.

G The G1v 42

The Resolution.

The Favours of Fortune I once hop’d to gain,

And often invok’d her, but ever in vain.

She despis’d my Addresses, which gave me such Grief,

I flew to the Muses, in hopes of Relief.

Ah Wretch that I was! I might very well know,

’Twas the Method to make her for ever my Foe.

They laugh’d at the Goddess, and bid me despise her;

But Time, and Experience, have made me grow wiser.

This unhappy Mistake I resolve to repair;

O Fortune, thy Votaries must persevere!

Written G2r 43

Written for my Son in his Sickness, to one
of his School-Fellows.

I Little thought, that honest Dick

Would slight me so, when I was sick.

Is he a Friend, who only stays,

Whilst Health and Pleasure gild our Days;

Flies, when Disease our Temper sours,

Nor helps to pass the gloomy Hours?

Says my Mamma, who loves to make

Reflections, for her Children’s Sake;

You see how Mortal Friendship ends――

My Child, secure Cœlestial Friends;

Make Heav’n your chief, your early Care;

You’ll meet no Disappointment there.

Build not on Length of Days, my Son;

Life’s longest Race is quickly run.

G2 Lay G2v 44

Lay hold on ev’ry coming Hour,

Do all the Good, that’s in your Pow’r.

This will the sinking Heart sustain,

When Cordials are dispens’d in vain;

Assuage the racking Pains, that sieze

On Limbs, devoted to Disease;

The Place of fleeting Friends supply,

Pour balmy Slumbers on thine Eye;

Shield thee from Terrors of the Night,

And wing thy Pray’rs to Realms of Light;

Thy ev’ry painful Care dismiss,

And crown thee with eternal Bliss.

Written G3r 45

Written at Tunbridge-Wells,

To the Right Honourable the Lady Barbara
, occasion’d by some of the Company’s
saying they would go to See Plutarch’s Life of Solon. Faint-Fair, and
act a Play.

In some few Hours we must repair

To act, like Thespis, in the Fair:

And, as our Stage is of a Piece

With that transmitted down from Greece,

Some powerful Coelestial must unfold

Our Fable, too obscurely told;

And, since it helps the Poet’s Art,

When Actors speak and look their Part;

Wonder not, Fair One, that we sue

The Goddess may be plaid by you.

Upon G3v 46

Upon seeing a Raffle for Addison’s Works

Ye gentle Beaux, and thoughtless Belles,

Who gayly rove at Tunbridge-Wells,

With Pockets full, and empty Looks,

Raffling for every Toy — but Books;

Should Addison’s immortal Page,

(The Glory of his Land, and Age)

Want two Subscriptions to be full,

The World will dare pronounce you dull.

Be wise—Subscribe—and shew, at least,

That you have one Pretence to Taste.

To G4r 47

To a Lady at Bath.

Flavia, since Conquest is your Aim,

I’ll point you out the Way;

And give you an unerring Scheme,

For universal Sway.

Since Nature gave a Form so fair,

Why will you practise Art?

Which serves, too oft, to shew the Snare,

And warn the heedless Heart.

Those Eyes could never fail to kill;

But lose their Force by too much Skill.

Learn then to captivate the Age,

From beauteous, unaffected Page. The Honourable Mrs. Page.

The G4v 48

The Oak and its Branches. A Fable.

Occasion’d by seeing a dead Oak beautifully
encompassed with Ivy.

An Oak, with spreading Branches crown’d,

Beheld an Ivy on the Ground,

Expos’d to every trampling Beast,

That roam’d around the dreary Waste.

The Tree of Jove, in all his State,

With Pity view’d the Ivy’s Fate;

And kindly told her, she should find

Security around his Rind:

Nor was that only his Intent,

But to bestow some Nourishment.

The Branches saw, and griev’d to see,

Some Juices taken from the Tree.

Parent, H1r 49

Parent, say they, in angry Tone,

Your Sap should nourish us alone:

Why should you nurse this Stranger-Plant,

With what your Sons, in time, may want?

May want, to raise us high in Air,

And make us more distinguish’d there.

’Tis well—the Parent-Tree reply’d;

Must I, to gratify your Pride,

Act only with a narrow View

Of doing good to none but you?

Know, Sons, tho’ Jove hath made me great,

I am not safe from Storms of Fate.

Is it not prudent then, I pray,

To guard against another Day?

Whilst I’m alive, You crown my Head;

This graces me alive, and dead.

H An H1v 50

An Apology written for my Son to his
Master, who had commanded him to
write Verses on the Death of the late
Lord ——.

I Beg your Scholar you’ll excuse,

Who dares no more debase the Muse.

My Mother says, if e’er she hears

I write again on worthless Peers,

Whether they’re living Lords, or dead,

She’ll box the Muse from out my Head.

Sir, let me have no more, she cry’d,

Of Panegyricks, ill apply’d:

For Praise, ill plac’d, adds no more Grace,

Than Jewels to Samantha’s Face;

Whose Lustre serves to let us see

Both Folly, and Deformity.

Written H2r 51

Written for a Gentlewoman in Distress. To
her Grace Adelida, Dutchess of Shrewsbury.

Might I inquire the Reasons of my Fate,

Or with my Maker dare expostulate;

Did I, in prosp’rous Days, despise the Poor,

Or drive the friendless Stranger from my Door?

Was not my Soul pour’d out for the Distress’d?

Did I not vindicate the Poor oppress’d?

Did not the Orphan’s Cry with me prevail?

Did I not weep the Woes I could not heal?

Why then, thou gracious, thou all-pow’rful God,

Why do I feel th’ Oppressor’s Iron Rod?

H2 Why H2v 52

Why thus the Scorners cruel Taunts endure,

Who basely fret the Wounds, they will not cure?

Oh Thou, whose Mercy does to all extend,

Say, shall my Sorrows never, never, end?

Let not my Tears for ever, fruitless, flow;

Commiserate a Wretch, o’erwhelm’d with Woe;

No longer let Distress my Bosom tear;

Oh, shield me from the Horrors of Despair!

Forgive me, Madam, that I thus impart

The Throbs, the Anguish, of a breaking Heart.

Oft, when my weary’d Eyes can weep no more,

To sooth my Woes, I read your Letters o’er.

Goodness, and Wit, and Humour, there I find;

And view, with Joy, those Pictures of your Mind:

With Pleasure on the lov’d Resemblance gaze,

Till peaceful Slumbers on my Eye-lids seize.

Then, then, Imagination glads my Sight

With transient Images of past Delight;

My H3r 53

My aking Heart of ev’ry Care beguiles;

Then, Talbot lives, and Adelida smiles.

Delightful Forms! why will you fleet away,

And leave me to the Terrors of the Day?

In vain from Reason I expect Relief;

For sad Reflection doubles ev’ry Grief.

Some of my Friends in Death’s cold Arms I see;

Others, tho’ living, yet are dead to me!

Of Friends, and Children both, I am bereft,

And soon must lose the only Blessing left;

A Husband, form’d for Tenderness and Truth,

The lov’d, the kind, Companion of my Youth;

With him, thro’ various Storms of Fate I pass’d;

Relentless Fate!——And must we part at last?

O King of Terrors, I invoke thy Pow’r;

Oh! stand between me and that dreadful Hour;

From that sad Hour thy wretched Suppliant save;

Oh! shield me from it!——Hide me in the Grave!

Written H3v 54

Written for my Son, to some of the Fellows of
the College, who took care of the School in
his Master’s Absence.

We of late had a terrible Rout in our House;

If I happen’d to speak, I was sure of a Souse.

My Mamma had the Tooth-ach, and I felt the Smart—

O Steel, The Name of the Tooth-drawer. I for ever will value thy Art:

Both Children, and Servants, to thee are beholden;

Let them do what they would, they were sure of a Scolding.

Athenians, I humbly beseech you, explain,

Why the Tongue cannot rest, when the Teeth are in Pain.

A Letter H4r 55

A Letter written for my Daughter, to a
Lady who had presented her with a Cap.

Your late kind Gift let me restore;

For I must never wear it more.

My Mother cries,

What’s here to do?

A Crimson Velvet Cap for you!

If to these Heights so soon you climb,

You’ll wear a Coachman’s Cap in time:

Perhaps on Palfry pace along,

With ruffled Shirt, and Tete-Moutton;

Banish the Woman from your Face,

And let the Rake supply the Place;

Delighted see the People stare,

And ask each other what you are?

If she goes on to this dull Tune,

Poor I must be a Quaker soon.

She’ll H4v 56

She’ll scarcely let me wear a Knot;

But keeps me like a Hottentot;

Says, Dressing plain, at small Expence,

Shews better Taste, and better Sense.

I’d take her Judgment, I confess,

Sooner in any Thing, than Dress;

A Science, which she little knows,

Who only huddles on her Cloaths.

This Day, to please my Brother Con,

She let me put your Present on;

And when she saw me very glad,

Cry’d out, She looks like one that’s mad!

Know, Girl, (says she) that Affectation

Suits only those in higher Station;

Who plead Prescription for their Rule,

Whene’er they please to play the Fool:

But that it best becomes us Cits,

To dress like People in their Wits.

To I1r 57

To his Grace the Duke of Chandos.

Were Princes grac’d with Souls like thine,

Princes had still been deem’d divine.

Such Merit as we find in thee,

First introduc’d Idolatry;

When an excelling Form and Mind,

Delighting, had misled Mankind;

Inspiring with an awful Sense

Of infinite Beneficence.

Were Kings elective, Realms would sue,

Contending to be sway’d by you.

Yet, tho’ no regal Throne is thine,

Thou hast no Reason to repine;

Since Heav’n, that gave the Monarch’s Heart,

Bestow’d thee far the nobler Part.

I The I1v 58

The Conclusion of a Letter to the Rev. Mr. C--..

’Tis Time to conclude; for I make it a Rule,

To leave off all Writing, when Con. comes from

He dislikes what I’ve written, and says, I had better

To send what he calls a poetical Letter.

To this I reply’d, You are out of your Wits;

A Letter in Verse would put him in Fits:

He thinks it a Crime in a Woman, to read—

Then, what would he say, should your Counsel succeed?

I pity poor Barber, his Wife’s so romantick:

A Letter in Rhyme!—Why, the Woman is frantick!

This Reading the Poets has quite turn’d her Head!

On my Life, she should have a dark Room, and a Straw Bed.

I often heard say, that St. Patrick took care,

No poisonous Creature should live in this Air:

He I2r 59

He only regarded the Body, I find;

But Plato consider’d who poison’d the Mind.

Would they’d follow his Precepts, who sit at the Helm,

And drive Poetasters from out of the Realm!

Her Husband has surely a terrible Life;

There’s nothing I dread, like a verse-writing Wife:

Defend me, ye Powers, from that fatal Curse;

Which must heighten the Plagues of, “for better for worse”!

May I have a Wife, that will dust her own Floor;

And not the fine Minx, recommended by More. See Sir Thomas More’s Advice to his Son.

(That he was a Dotard, is granted, I hope,

Who dy’d for asserting the Rights of the Pope.)

If ever I marry, I’ll chuse me a Spouse,

That shall serve and obey, as she’s bound by her Vows;

That shall, when I’m dressing, attend like a Valet;

Then go to the Kitchen, and study my Palate.

I2 She I2v 60

She has Wisdom enough, that keeps out of the Dirt,

And can make a good Pudding, and cut out a Shirt.

What Good’s in a Dame, that will pore on a Book?

No!—Give me the Wife, that shall save me a Cook.

Thus far I had written—Then turn’d to my Son,

To give him Advice, ere my Letter was done.

My Son, should you marry, look out for a Wife,

That’s fitted to lighten the Labours of Life.

Be sure, wed a Woman you thoroughly know,

And shun, above all Things, a housewifely Shrew;

That would fly to your Study, with Fire in her Looks,

And ask what you got by your poring on Books;

Think Dressing of Dinner the Height of all Science,

And to Peace, and good Humour bid open Defiance.

Avoid the fine Lady, whose Beauty’s her Care;

Who sets a high Price on her Shape, and her Air;

Who in Dress, and in Visits, employs the whole Day;

And longs for the Ev’ning, to sit down to Play.

Chuse I3r 61

Chuse a Woman of Wisdom, as well as good Breeding,

With a Turn, at least no Aversion, to Reading:

In the Care of her Person, exact and refin’d;

Yet still, let her principal Care be her Mind:

Who can, when her Family Cares give her Leisure,

Without the dear Cards, pass an Ev’ning with Pleasure;

In forming her Children to Virtue and Knowledge,

Nor trust, for that Care, to a School, or a College:

By Learning made humble, not thence taking Airs,

To despise, or neglect, her domestick Affairs:

Nor think her less fitted for doing her Duty,

By knowing its Reasons, its Use, and its Beauty.

When you gain her Affection, take care to preserve it;

Lest others persuade her, you do not deserve it.

Still study to heighten the Joys of her Life;

Nor treat her the worse, for her being your Wife.

If in Judgment she errs, set her right, without Pride:

Tis the Province of insolent Fools, to deride.

A Hus- I3v 62

A Husband’s first Praise, is a Friend and Protector:

Then change not these Titles, for Tyrant and Hector.

Let your Person be neat, unaffectedly clean,

Tho’ alone with your Wife the whole Day you remain.

Chuse Books, for her Study, to fashion her Mind,

To emulate those who excell’d of her Kind.

Be Religion the principal Care of your Life,

As you hope to be blest in your Children and Wife:

So you, in your Marriage, shall gain its true End;

And find, in your Wife, a Companion and Friend.

Jupiter I4r 63

Jupiter and Fortune, a Fable.

Once Jupiter from out the Skies,

Beheld a Thousand Temples rise;

The Goddess Fortune all invok’d,

To Jove an Altar seldom smoak’d:

The God resolv’d to make Inspection,

What had occasion’d this Defection;

And bad the Goddess tell the Arts,

By which she won deluded Hearts.

My Arts? (says she) Great Jove, you know,

That I do ev’ry Thing below:

I make my Vot’ries dine on Plate;

I give the gilded Coach of State;

Bestow the glitt’ring Gems, that deck

The fair Lavinia’s lovely Neck;

I make I4v 64

I make Novella Nature’s Boast,

And raise Valeria to a Toast;

’Tis I, who give the Stupid, Taste,

(Or make the Poets lie, at least);

My fav’rite Sons, whene’er they please,

Can Palaces in Desarts raise,

Cut out Canals, make Fountains play,

And make the dreary Waste look gay;

Ev’n Vice seems Virtue by my Smiles;

I gild the Villain’s gloomy Wiles,

Nay, almost raise him to a God,

While crowded Levees wait his Nod.

Enough—the Thunderer reply’d;

But say, whom have you satisfy’d?

These boasted Gifts are thine, I own;

But know, Content is mine alone.

To K1r 65

To the Right Honourable the Lady Sarah
. Written when the Author was
sick at Tunbridge-Wells.

Let me the Honour soon obtain,

For which I long have hop’d in vain:

Since I, alas! am now confin’d,

Your Visit would be doubly kind.

What Sorrows have I not to fear,

Ty’d to the Bed of Sickness here?

When all that’s human, quits the Place,

And Winter shews his horrid Face;

Whilst Desolation proudly stalks

Along the dull, deserted Walks.

K Methinks K1v 66

Methinks the skies already lour;

Loud, from the Hills, the Torrents pour;

The Shops are shut; the Days are dark;

And scarce a Dog is left to bark.

O, shield me from the dreadful Storms,

Which my distemper’d Fancy forms!

The thoughtless Fair the Toilette prize,

There practise Smiles, and point their Eyes.

But Cowper, negligent of Art,

Chose, early wise, the better Part.

Yet from your Mind some Moments spare;

The Stranger be a-while your Care,

Who now beneath Affliction bends,

Far from her Country, and her Friends.

Come, and my anxious Heart relieve:

For in your Presence who could grieve?

A Letter K2r 67

A Letter to a Friend, on Occasion of some
Libels written against him.

As in some wealthy, trading Town,

Where Riches raise to sure Renown,

The Man, with ample Sums in Store,

More than enough, yet wanting more,

Bent on Abundance, first secures

His Rails, his Windows, and his Doors,

With many a Chain, and Bolt, and Pin,

To keep Rogues out, and Riches in;

Ranges his Iron Chests in View,

And paints his Window Bars with Blue;

Discounts your Notes, receives your Rents,

A Banker now, to all Intents.

K2 Suppose K2v 68

Suppose his more successful Labours

Should raise him high above his Neighbours;

As sure, as if Apollo said it,

They’ll all combine to blast his Credit:

But if, in solid Wealth secure,

Their vain Assaults he can endure;

Their Malice but augments his Gain,

And swells the Store it meant to drain.

The Case in ev’ry Point’s the same,

In Funds of Wealth, and Funds of Fame.

Tho’ you’re secur’d, by ev’ry Fence

Of solid Worth, and Wit, and Sense;

In vain are all your utmost Pains,

Your Virtue’s Bars, and Wisdom’s Chains;

Nor Worth, nor Wit, nor Sense, combin’d,

Can bar the Malice of the Mind.

The firmest, and the fairest Fame

Is ever Envy’s surest Aim:

But K3r 69

But if it stand her Rage, unmov’d,

Like Gold, in fiery Furnace prov’d;

Unbiass’d Truth, your Virtue’s Friend,

Will more exalt you in the End.

An K3v 70

An Hymn to Sleep. Written when the
Author was sick.

Somnus, pow’rful Deity,

Mortals owe their Bliss to thee.

How long shall I thy Absence mourn,

And when be bless’d in thy Return?

Relentless God! why will you flee,

And take Delight to torture me?

Or do you kindly slight my Pray’r,

To make me for my Change prepare?

’Tis well this Happiness remains;

When you refuse to ease our Pains,

Your Brother Death your Place supplies.

And kindly seals the Wretch’s Eyes.

On K4r 71

On sending my Son, as a Present, to Dr.
Swift, Dean of St. Patrick’s, on his Birth-

A Curious Statue, we are told,

Is priz’d above its Weight in Gold;

If the fair Form the Hand confess

Of Phidias, or Praxiteles: Two famous Statuaries.

But if the Artist could inspire

The smallest Spark of heav’nly Fire,

Tho’ but enough to make it walk,

Salute the Company, or talk;

This would advance the Price so high,

What Prince were rich enough to buy?

Such if Hibernia could obtain,

She sure would give it to the Dean:

So K4v 72

So to her Patriot should she pay

Her Thanks upon his Natal Day.

A richer Present I design,

A finish’d Form, of Work divine,

Surpassing all the Pow’r of Art,

A thinking Head, and grateful Heart,

An Heart, that hopes, one Day, to show

How much we to the Drapier owe.

Kings could not send a nobler Gift;

A meaner were unworthy Swift.

Dublin, 1726-11-30Nov. 30. 1726.
Occasion’d L1r 73

Occasion’d by reading the Memoirs of Anne
of Austria, written by Madam de Motteville.
Inscrib’d to the Right Honourable
the Countess of Hertford.

Ye heedless Fair, who pass the live-long Day,

In Dress and Scandal, Gallantry and Play;

Who thro’ new Scenes of Pleasure hourly run,

Whilst Life’s important Business is undone;

Look here, when guilty Conquests make you vain,

And see, how sad Remorse shuts up the Scene.

If future Bliss, or Misery, must flow

From what the Heart delights in here below,

Think how these Habits, rooted in the Breast,

Will fit you for a Commerce with the Blest.

L Ye L1v 74

Ye Politicians, who, in Courts to shine,

Study the Maxims of the Florentine; Matchiavel.

Who, void of Virtue, anxious to be great,

Would rise, tho’ on the Ruins of the State;

See how delusive are Ambition’s Dreams,

See Providence defeating all your Schemes:

The Hand divine the well-laid Plot prevents,

And dashes all with unforeseen Events.

Yet the short-sighted Atheist dares advance,

These wondrous Changes are the Work of Chance.

Not so this pious, penetrating Dame,

Who to the sacred Fountain trac’d the Stream:

Like lovely Hertford, who her Hours employs,

To form her Mind for never-fading Joys.

Excelling Fair! whom All so justly prize;

Who, in a Court, find Leisure to be wise;

Humane and humble, pious and sincere;

Who walk, untainted, thro’ infectious Air;

Thou L2r 75

Thou Honour to thy Sex! may I pursue

The Paths of Wisdom, early trod by you!

I, who am destin’d to a low Estate,

Free from the Vanities that vex the Great;

Blest with a Happiness to Courts unknown;

For I, thank Heav’n, may call my Hours my own:

O may I pass those Hours in such a Way,

As may prepare me for the last, great Day!

That I may, unappall’d, lift up my Head,

When the Arch-Angel calls—“Arise, ye Dead”

When all the haughty, pompous Sons of Dust,

Who here in fleeting Treasures plac’d their Trust;

Who here, to their Confusion, largely quaff’d

Prosperity’s intoxicating Draught;

Till, drunk with Blessings, they despis’d their God,

Arraign’d his Wisdom, and defy’d his Rod;

Too late shall find, that Arm they durst oppose,

Can pour eternal Vengeance on his Foes.

L2 Reflect, L2v 76

Reflect, my Soul, that Day is drawing near;

And timely think, what was thy Business here.

O Thou, whose Arm, reach’d down from Heav’n to save,

So lately snatch’d me from the op’ning Grave;

Who bow’d thine Ear, nor let me sue in vain,

Reliev’d my Sickness, and remov’d my Pain;

In hallow’d Strains, O, teach my Soul to soar,

To celebrate the Mercies I adore!

To Thee alone to dedicate my Lays,

Who heard my Vows, and added to my Days!

Watch o’er my Heart, fix ev’ry Duty there,

And make Eternity my only Care.

On L3r 77

On the Dutchess of Newcastle’s Picture.

Say, Worsdeal, where you learn’d the Art

To paint the Goodness of the Heart:

The flatt’ring Teint let others prize;

You call the Soul into the Eyes:

There we the various Virtues trace

Of Churchill’s, and Godolphin’s Race.

Thrice happy Pelham, to whose Arms

Were destin’d never-fading Charms!

Written at Tunbridge-Wells, 1730-07July, 1730.
A Letter L3v 78

A Letter for my Son to one of his Schoolfellows,
Son to Henry Rose, Esq;

Dear Rose, as I lately was writing some Verse,

Which I next Day intended in School to rehearse;

My Mother came in, and I thought she’d run wild:

This Mr. Macmullen has ruin’d my Child:

He uses me ill, and the World shall know it;

I sent you to Latin, he makes you a Poet:

A fine Way of training a Shopkeeper’s Son!

’Twould better become him to teach you to dun:

Let him teach both his Wit, and his Rhyming, to Rose;

And give you some Lessons, to help to sell Cloaths:

He’ll have an Estate, and ’twill do very well,

That he, like his Father, in Arts should excel;

But for you, if your Father will take my Advice,

He’ll send you no more, till he lowers his Price:

A Guinea L4r 79

A Guinea a Quarter! ’tis monstrously dear—

You might learn to dance, for four Guineas a Year:

Then, Sir, tell your Master, That these are hard Times;

And Paper’s too dear to be wasted in Rhymes:

I’ll teach you a Way of employing it better;

As, “July the fifteenth, Lord Levington Debtor:”

You may rhyme till you’re blind, what arises from thence?

But Debtor and Creditor brings in the Pence:

Those beggarly Muses but come for a Curse;

But give me the Wit, that puts Gold in the Purse.

From what she then told me, I plainly discern,

What different Lessons we Scholars must learn.

You’re happy, dear Rose; for, as far as I find,

You’ve nothing to do, but embellish your Mind.

What different Tasks are assign’d us by Fate!

’Tis yours to become, mine to get an Estate.

Then, Rose, mind your Learning, whatever you do;

For I have the easier Task of the two.

To L4v 80

To a Gentleman, who had abus’d Waller.

I Grieve to think that Waller’s blam’d,

Waller, so long, so justly, fam’d.

Then own your Verses writ in Haste,

Or I shall say, you’ve lost your Taste.

Perhaps your loyal Heart disdains

A Poet, who could take such Pains,

To tune his sweet, immortal Lays

To an usurping Tyrant’s Praise:

And, where you hate the Man, I see,

You never like his Poetry.

The Truth of this your Verse discovers;

So you abus’d the Conscious Lovers.

Tho’ M1r 81

Tho’ in your Principles you glory,

The Muses are nor Whig nor Tory:

So from your Sentence they appeal,

Nor will be judg’d by Party Zeal.

Whene’er a Poet’s to be try’d,

Let Pope hereafter be your Guide.

Essay on Criticism. Survey the Whole; nor seek slight Faults to find,

Where Nature moves, and Rapture warms the Mind.

M Written M1v 82

Written for my Son, in a Bible which was
presented to him.

Welcome, thou sacred, solemn Guest,

Who com’st to guide me to the Blest.

O Fountain of eternal Truth,

Thou gracious Guardian of my Youth!

True Wisdom to my Soul dispense,

That I may learn thy Will from hence:

Still let me make thy Word my rule,

And still despise the scorning Fool.

Inspir’d from thence, my Verse shall soar,

Till Time itself shall be no more.

Alas, my Soul! and what is great,

In Glory of a mortal Date?

Henceforth this vain Ambition spare,

And be Eternity thy Care.

To M2r 83

To Mr. Rose; sent in the Name of the Honourable
Mr. Barry, one of his Schoolfellows:
Written by the Reverend Dr. T—
Occasion’d by the foregoing Verses, p. 78.

Believe me, Rose, howe’er this Con. may please,

With flowing Numbers, and an easy Phrase;

With Wit, with Humour, and with ev’ry Art,

That steals the Ear, and ravishes the Heart;

Howe’er his Verses are with Rapture read,

They ne’er could spring from his poor Baby Head.

No, no, dear Rose, his Tricks are too well known;

They are his Mother’s Verses, not his own.

Presumptuous Youth! this dang’rous Art forbear;

Nor tempt a Character beyond thy Sphere.

M2 Let M2v 84

Let meaner Flames thy tender Breast inspire;

Touch not a Beam of hers—’Tis sacred Fire!

Phœbus might trust thy Mother with his Sun;

But you, fond Boy, may prove a Phaethon.

Written M3r 85

Written for my Son, to Mr. Barry; occasion’d
by the foregoing Verses.

Since Phœbus makes your Verse divine,

Since the God glows in ev’ry Line;

Why should you think, but I, with Ease,

Might write my native, artless Lays?

My Mother told me many a Time,

That Double-dealing was a Crime:

Alas! and is it only so,

In us, whose Birth and Fortune’s low?

For you, tho’ nobly born, descend

To injure, yet appear a Friend;

And seem to make my Praise your Aim,

With more Success to wound my Fame.

So M3v 86

So your Apollo’s Priests, of old,

(As by his Poets we are told)

With glorious Wreaths the Victim drest;

Then plung’d the Poniard in his Breast.

Upon M4r 87

Upon my Son’s speaking Latin in School to less
Advantage than English: Written as from
a Schoolfellow. By Mrs. Grierson.

Thus twice detected, Con. thy Pride give o’er,

And hope to triumph in our School no more.

Tho’ you speak English Verse with graceful Ease;

Tho’ ev’ry Motion, Air, and Accent, please;

Tho’ ev’ry Speech a crowded Audience draws;

And ev’ry Line be echo’d with Applause;

Yet now thy undeceiv’d Companions see,

The Muse, thy Mother, only speaks in thee.

We knew long since, your Verse, so much admir’d,

By her superior Genius was inspir’d;

And M4v 88

And by your Latin Speech, this Day, you’ve shown,

Your graceful Action too was hers alone.

In learned Languages had she been skill’d,

Still with your Praises had our School been fill’d.

Yet, Youth, repine not at impartial Fate;

Nor mourn those Ills, that must attend the Great.

For had she been with meaner Talents born;

Did no uncommon Gifts her Mind adorn;

Had she been moulded like the stupid Race,

Whom Culture can’t exalt, nor Science grace;

Phœbus had then not study’d to controul

The future Grandeur of her soaring Soul.

But, when he saw each Muse, with endless Pains,

Forming the curious Texture of her Brains;

When he beheld them anxious to inspire

A double Portion of celestial Fire;

Grown jealous for the Honour of the Dead,

He thus, in Anger, to the Virgins said:

“In N1r 89

In vain you strive, with such unweary’d Care,

To grace the Breast of this accomplish’d Fair:

In vain you labour to adorn her Mind

With tuneful Numbers, and with Sense refin’d;

With ev’ry Elegance of Thought and Phrase;

With Virgil’s Purity, and Ovid’s Ease;

Tho’ she with them in all their Graces vie;

Yet I’ll their universal Tongue deny.

For if, like them, she could unfold her Mind

In Language understood by all Mankind;

Their matchless Fame, thro’ many Ages won,

(Her Sex might boast) would be in one outdone.

N An N1v 90

An Apology written for my Son to the Reverend
Mr. Sampson, who had invited some
Friends to celebrate Lord Carteret’s Birth
Day, at Mount-Carteret near Dublin;
and desir’d my Son to write on that Occasion.

With Joy your Summons we obey,

And come to celebrate this Day.

Yet I, alas! despair to please;

For you require exalted Lays:

And, let me write whate’er I will,

You’ll think my Verse deficient still;

Altho’ the Task I now decline,

Asks no Assistance from the Nine;

For Nature, better far than Art,

Can paint the honest, grateful Heart.

Heav’n N2r 91

Heav’n knows how much I rack’d my Head,

(For beaten Paths I scorn to tread)

To tell the Vice-Roy something new

Who graciously distinguish’d you;

Who had your Merit in his Eye,

When Prelates often pass’d it by.

What Blessings must the People share,

Where Virtue is the Ruler’s Care!

Some Lines I wrote; which seem’d so fine,

My Mother cry’d, “They can’t be thine:

(Alas! there needs but little Care

In Sons, to please a Mother’s Ear)

Maro might own such Lines as these,

Nor with more Elegance could praise:

This is the true poetic Fire,

But such a Subject must inspire:

What beauteous Images are here!

Constantia help’d you now, I fear:

N2 “It N2v 92

It must be so; you are not able—”

Then I by chance upon the Table

The Birth of manly Virtue A Poem on Lord Carteret. spy’d;

So threw my useless Pen aside,

And set my Verses in a Flame,

Nor dar’d to touch the hallow’d Theme:

For there the God his Pow’r displays,

And leaves no Room for mortal Praise.

Apo- N3r 93

Apology to Dr. Clayton, Bishop of Killala,
and his Lady, who had promis’d to dine
with the Author.

My Lord of Killala, I find to my Sorrow,

I can’t have the Honour I hop’d for, To-morrow.

But why I’m so wretched, my The Lady who deliver’d the Apology, Dublin, 1730-05-02May 2. 1730. Friend must rehearse;

For I never can write my Vexations in Verse.

Disappointments are sent to poor Mortals, to show,

’Tis in vain to expect to be happy below.

Yet you’ve a fair Prospect, it must be confess’d,

Who with Fortune, and Station, and Delia are bless’d;

With Delia, whose Soul is so fitted for you,

Who shares, with such Pleasure, the Good which you do;

Who visits your See with far other Designs,

Than conning your Rent-rolls, and raising your Fines.

No N3v 94

No longer let Rome her old Argument boast,

That by Marriage the End of the Priesthood is lost;

That toil’d, and entangled in Family Cares,

The Clergy forget their celestial Affairs:

For, had she known Delia, she must have confess’d,

That the Church, in the Marriage of Prelates, was bless’d.

Written N4r 95

Written for my Son, upon Lady Santry’s
coming to School, to see her Son, and getting
the Scholars a Play-Day.

So Ceres, lovely and divine,

Eager to see her Proserpine,

Blessing the Nations as she pass’d,

Reach’d the fell Tyrant’s Court at last;

Around her shot a Gleam of Light,

Diffusing Joy, dispelling Night;

And, whilst she gilds the dismal Gloom,

The Damn’d a-while forget their Doom;

The Danaids no longer fill;

And Sisyphus’s Stone stands still;

Ixion wonders why he strove,

With impious Arts, to rival Jove;

Grim Pluto smil’d; all Hell look’d gay;

Happy, as we were Yesterday.

Written N4v 96

Written for my Son to his Master, on the Anniversary
of the Battle of the Boyne.

Is what we owe great William then

Forgotten by ungrateful Men?

And has His Fame run out its Date,

Who snatch’d us from the Brink of Fate?

Else, why should Scholars, Sir, I pray,

Be Pris’ners on this glorious Day;

When Nassau’s Arms, by Heav’n’s Decree,

Devoted it to Liberty?

An O1r 97

An Apology for my Son to his Master, for
not bringing an Exercise on the Coronation

Why are we Scholars plagu’d to write,

On Days devoted to Delight?

In Honour of the King, I’d play

Upon his Coronation Day:

But as for Loyalty in Rhyme,

Defer that to another Time.

Now to excuse this to my Master—

(This Want of Rhyme’s a sad Disaster)

Sir, we confess you take great Pains,

And break your own, to mend our Brains.

You strive to make us learn’d, and wise;

But to what End?——We shall not rise:

O In O1v 98

In vain should at Preferment aim,

Whilst Strangers make their happier Claim.

Why should we labour to excel,

Doom’d in Obscurity to dwell?

Then, since our Welfare gives you Pain,

(And yet your Toil may prove in vain)

I wish, for your, and for our Ease,

That all were Coronation Days.

Written O2r 99

Written from Dublin, to a Lady in the

A Wretch, in smoaky Dublin pent,

Who rarely sees the Firmament,

You graciously invite, to view

The Sun’s enliv’ning Rays with you;

To change the Town for flow’ry Meads,

And sing beneath the sylvan Shades.

You’re kind in vain-It will not be—

Retirement was deny’d to me;

Doom’d by inexorable Fate,

To pass thro’ crouded Scenes I hate.

O with what Joy could I survey

The rising, glorious Source of Day!

O2 Attend O2v 100

Attend the Shepherd’s fleecy Care,

Transported with the vernal Air;

Behold the Meadow’s painted Pride,

Or see the limpid Waters glide;

Survey the distant, shaded Hills,

And, pensive, hear the murm’ring Rills.

Thro’ your Versailles with Pleasure rove,

Admire the Gardens, and the Grove;

See Nature’s bounteous Hand adorn

The blushing Peach, and blooming Thorn;

Behold the Birds distend their Throats,

And hear their wild, melodious Notes.

Delighted, thro’ your Pastures roam,

Or see the Kine come lowing home;

Whose od’rous Breaths a Joy impart,

That sooths the Sense, and glads the Heart;

With Pleasure view the frothing Pails,

And silent hear the creaking Rails;

See O3r 101

See whistling Hinds attend their Ploughs,

Who never hear of broken Vows;

Where no Ambition to be great,

E’er taught the Nymph, or Swain, Deceit.

Thus thro’ the Day, delighted, run;

Then raptur’d view the setting Sun;

The rich, diffusive God behold,

On distant Mountains pouring Gold,

Gilding the beauteous, rising Spire,

While Crystal Windows glow with Fire;

Gaze, till he quit the Western Skies,

And long to see his Sister rise;

Prefer the silent, Silver Moon

To the too radiant, noisy Noon.

Or Northward turn, with new Delight,

To mark what Triumphs wait the Night;

When Shepherds think the Heav’ns foreshow

Some dire Commotions here below;

When O3v 102

When Light the human Form assumes,

And Champions meet with nodding Plumes

With Silver Streamers, wide unfurl’d,

And gleaming Spears amaze the World.

Thence to the higher Heav’ns I soar,

And the great Architect adore;

Behold what Worlds are hung in Air,

And view Ten Thousand Empires there;

Then prostrate to Jehovah fall,

Who into Being spake them all.

Sent O4r 103

Sent as from a Schoolfellow to my Son,
1727Anno 1727.

I Grieve to see you waste your Time,

And turn your Thoughts so much to Rhyme.

Be wise—your useless Views resign,

And fly the fair, delusive Nine.

I know, they try their wonted Art,

To win your easy, youthful Heart;

They talk of an immortal Name,

And promise you the Realms of Fame:

A mighty Empire, Con. ’tis true,

But wondrous small the Revenue!

They’ll O4v 104

They’ll tell you too, to gain their Ends,

That Verse will raise you pow’rful Friends.

Believe me, Youth, this is not true:

The Great think ev’ry thing their Due.

Apollo’s P1r 105

Apollo’s Edict.

Ierne’s now our royal Care:

We lately fix’d our Dr. Swift. Vice-roy there.

How near was she to be undone,

Till pious Love inspir’d her Son!

What cannot our Vice-gerent do,

As Poet, and as Patriot too?

Let his Success our Subjects sway,

Our Inspirations to obey:

Let beaten Paths no more be trac’d;

But study to correct your Taste.

No Simile shall be begun

With rising, or with setting Sun;

And let the secret Head of Nile

Be ever banish’d from your Isle.

P When P1v 106

When wretched Lovers live on Air,

In Pity the Chameleon spare:

And when you’d make a Hero grander,

Forget he’s like a Salamander.

No Son of mine shall dare to say,

“Aurora usher’d in the Day”.

You all agree, I make no Doubt,

The Prophet’s Mantle’s quite worn out.

The Bird of Jove shall toil no more,

To teach the humble Wren to soar.

Your tragic Heroes shall not rant,

Nor Shepherds use poetic Cant.

Simplicity alone can grace

The Manners of the rural Race.

When P2r 107

When Damon’s Soul shall take its Flight,

(Tho’ Poets have the second Sight)

No Trail of Light shall upwards rise,

Nor a new Star adorn the Skies:

For who can hope to place one there,

So glorious as Belinda’s Rape of the Lock. Hair?

Yet, if his Name you eternize,

And must exalt him to the Skies;

Without a Star it may be done—

So Tickell mourn’d his Addison.

If Anna’s happy Reign you praise,

Say not a Word of Halcyon-Days:

Nor let my Vot’ries shew their Skill,

In apeing Lines from Cooper’s-Hill;

For, know, I cannot bear to hear

The Mimickry of “deep, yet clear”.

P2 Whene’er P2v 108

Whene’er my Viceroy is address’d,

Against the Phœnix I protest.

When Kelly’s Mrs. Frances-Arabella Kelly. Beauties you survey,

Forget they’re like the Milky Way.

When Poets soar in youthful Strains,

No Phaeton, to hold the Reins.

Cupid shall ne’er mistake another,

Not ev’n Eliza, Mrs. Elizabeth Penifeather. for his Mother;

Nor shall his Darts at Random fly,

From Magazines in Rochford’s Eye.

When Boyle’ John Earl of Orrery. s exalted Genius shines,

Distinguish’d in your noblest Lines;

With P3r 109

With his own Worth your Patron grace,

And let Mæcenas sleep in Peace.

When you describe a lovely Girl,

No Coral Lips, or Teeth of Pearl.

With Women Compounds I am cloy’d,

Which only pleas’d in Biddy Floyd.

For foreign Aid what need they roam,

Whom Fate hath amply bless’d at Home?

Unerring Heav’n, with bounteous Hand,

Has form’d a Model for your Land;

Whom Jove endow’d with ev’ry Grace,

The Glory of the Granard Race;

Now destin’d by the Pow’rs divine,

The Blessing of another Line.

Then, would you paint a matchless Dame,

And raise her to immortal Fame;

Invoke P3v 110

Invoke not Cytherea’s Aid,

Nor borrow from the Blue-ey’d Maid,

Nor need you on the Graces call;

Take Qualities from Donegal. Countess Dowager Donegal, Daughter to the late Earl of Granard.

News P4r 111

News from St. James’s.

A Courtier, summon’d hence of late,

Was call’d to Minos’ Judgment Seat.

The Cretan Sage began the Charge,

Recounted all his Crimes at large;

His Insincerity, and Pride,

His Hundred evil Arts beside;

Arts, thinly veil’d with Virtue’s Guise,

The modern Statesmens Scheme to rise.

He, cringing, owns his Guilt, with Shame;

Yet from himself would shift the Blame;

Insists, that since the World began,

Kings seldom rais’d the virtuous Man:

(Some Instances must be allow’d,

Tho’ almost lost in such a Crowd)

That P4v 112

That Courts were other Things of late,

Than when He rul’d the Cretan State:

That those who breathe in them, will find,

The tainted Air corrupts the Mind.

Courtier, the Judge reply’d, beware—

Theander has resided there;

The third of an accomplish’d Race,

Who fill’d successively one Place:

Yet see the Stream of Virtue run,

Untainted down from Sire to Son:

Humane their Hearts, enlarg’d, refin’d,

With ev’ry Gift to bless their Kind;

In Friendship’s noblest Zeal sincere;

In Honour amiably severe;

Steady to Faith, and Truth, and Right;

With open Honesty, polite;

With no Disguise in Speech, or Spirit,

But Modesty, the Mask of Merit.

True, Q1r 113

True, Minos — yet you must agree,

These Instances conclude for me.

They uncorrupt have breath’d that Air;

But how have they succeeded there?

Q On Q1v 114

To a Lady who was libell’d.

When Cynthia, Regent of the Tides,

Pale in meridian Pride presides;

A Sov’reign Pow’r the Goddess claims

O’er Seas, and Sea-supplying Streams;

The River of the richest Source

With Ease she turns, and checks his Course;

His crystal Clearness can defile

With ev’ry Filth, and Salt as vile;

However strong, and smooth, and pure,

Her Tyranny he must endure;

Till, her Dominion in the Wain,

He clears, and is himself again.

Thus, Q2r 115

Thus, over black, benighted Brains,

Fell Envy, baleful Goddess, reigns;

O’er mortal Passions, pale, presides,

Passions, the Soul’s tumultuous Tides;

Which, in their fierce, resistless Sway,

Invade all Merit in their Way;

With Ease the clearest Truths confute,

With Ease the purest Worth pollute;

Check ev’ry Virtue in its Course,

And taint, impetuous, to its Source,

The Current of the fairest Fame,

By forcing Filth into the Stream.

So are you sully’d for a Season,

Till Rage recoils, and yields to Reason:

Then turns the Tide — your Credit clears,

And all your real Worth appears.

Q2 To Q2v 116

To the Right Honourable the Lady Elizabeth
, upon seeing her do a generous

Written as from the Person reliev’d.

When Ruin threaten’d me of late,

With all its ghastly Train;

Some Pow’r, in Pity to my Fate,

Sent bountiful Germain.

Her Soul is mov’d with my Distress,

And kind Compassion shows;

That gen’rous Hand, long us’d to bless,

Quick mitigates my Woes.

Thrice Q3r 117

Thrice happy Fair! indulgent Heav’n

To thee was doubly kind:

To others only Hearts are giv’n;

Thy Fortune suits thy Mind.

Epilogue Q3v 118

Epilogue to a Comedy acted at Bath, where
the Dutchess of Ormond was present.

Ladies, this Entertainment we have shown,

Has not been rightly suited, I must own.

Heroic Virtue should have been display’d,

And Homage to heroic Virtue paid.

Low Comedy supplies but mean Delight;

Some Heroine should have grac’d our Scenes To-night;

First Fortune’s Favours, then her Frowns to feel,

Unmov’d, unshaken, on her tott’ring Wheel;

With Wisdom blest by Heav’n’s peculiar Care,

Too great to be elated, or despair;

A lovely Form, and an excelling Mind,

To all that Providence ordains, resign’d;

Rever’d by All, Delight of ev’ry Eye,

Humane and humble, when exalted high;

From Q4r 119

From Princes sprung, and gloriously ally’d,

At once her Sex’s, and her Country’s Pride;

Whose Soul, superior to all earthly State,

Shines with new Lustre ’midst the Storms of Fate.

Then had the Audience wept her Woes anew,

And own’d the Poet was prophetic too;

Foresaw Plantagenet’s imperial Race

Would such a Heroine give us, in Your Grace.

To Q4v 120

To her Grace the Dutchess of Manchester,
and Lady Diana Spencer, now Dutchess

The humble Petition of little Jemmy Pen, at Tunbridge-Wells.

Madam, I hear, and hear with Sorrow,

That we’re to lose Your Grace To-morrow;

Nor you alone, but Lady Di.

Where, thus deserted, shall I fly?

Am I condemn’d to live in Pain,

Till distant Autumn comes again;

Till Time, in Pity to my Grief,

Shall bring you back to my Relief?

Do not, relentless, let me moan;

O take me, Ladies, as your own!

Tho’ R1r 121

Tho’ Thousands have your Rigour felt,

Let me your lovely Bosoms melt:

Since you to win my Heart have deign’d,

Quit not the Conquest you have gain’d:

Nor Marlbro’s glorious Footsteps shun;

He always kept the Field he won.

Written at Tunbridge-Wells, 1730-08August, 1730.
R To R1v 122

To the Honourable Mrs. Percival.

And will your Goodness never have an End?

And will you still persist to be my Friend?

To meet me still with that engaging Air,

Still open, ardent, gen’rous, and sincere;

Still to advise, to aid, to chear, to bless,

Still to prevent, or to dispel Distress;

Sollicit for me with unweary’d Zeal,

Pleas’d to succeed, nor slacken’d when you fail;

Point out each Path to good Success from far,

And guide me by thy Light, my happier Star!

When of ungen’rous Minds I Favours ask,

And sink, oppress’d beneath the grievous Task;

Hear the false Promise, or the feign’d Excuse,

In Words that mean but more refin’d Abuse;

Full R2r 123

Full in my View thy nobler Soul appears,

And swells my Heart, and fills my Eyes with Tears;

Whilst, to prevent my Wish, your Goodness flies,

Nor one kind Look deceives me, from your Eyes.

Then let good Heav’n withhold, or grant Success,

Add to a Weight of Cares, or make it less;

By you protected, I no more repine:

How few can boast an Happiness like mine!

A Bliss so great can Wealth, or Pow’r, impart,

As one fix’d Friend, with such a Head, and Heart?

R2 Written R2v 124

Written at Bath to a young Lady. who had
just before given me a short Answer.

You us’d me ill, and I withdrew,

Intent on satirizing you.

The Muses to my Aid I call;

They came; and told me, one and all,

That I mistook their Province quite;

They never sully’d what was bright;

And said, If Satire was my Aim,

I ought to chuse another Theme.

I heard with Anger, and Surprize;

Begg’d they’d inspire, and not advise.

In vain I begg’d — they all withdrew;

When to my Aid a Phantom flew,

And R3r 125

And vow’d she’d give my Satire Stings,

And whisper’d some resentful Things—

Said, You delighted, all your Days,

To torture her a thousand Ways:

Bad me revenge her Cause, and mine,

And blacken you in ev’ry Line.

This I resolv’d; but still in vain—

We both must unreveng’d remain:

For I, alas! remember now,

I long ago had made a Vow,

That, should the Nine their Aid refuse,

Envy should never be my Muse.

Stella R3v 126

Stella and Flavia.

Stella and Flavia, ev’ry Hour,

Unnumber’d Hearts surprize:

In Stella’s Soul lies all her Pow’r,

And Flavia’s, in her Eyes.

More boundless Flavia’s Conquests are,

And Stella’s more confin’d:

All can discern a Face that’s fair,

But few a lovely Mind.

Stella, like Britain’s Monarch, reigns

O’er cultivated Lands;

Like Eastern Tyrants, Flavia deigns

To rule o’er barren Sands.

Then R4r 127

Then boast, fair Flavia, boast your Face,

Your Beauty’s only Store:

Your Charms will ev’ry Day decrease,

Each Day gives Stella more.

A Let- R4v 128

A Letter written for my Son to a young Gentleman,
who was sent to be educated at
the Jesuits College in Flanders.

Dear Jack, whilst you thro’ Flanders roam,

Can you forget your Friends at home?

Say, will your Tutors give you Time

To write to Hereticks in Rhyme?

A Name they brand us with, dear Youth,

And we affirm they injure Truth.

The sacred Page before us lies,

Which you lock up from vulgar Eyes.

In vain to Men a Sight is giv’n,

To point them out the Path to Heav’n;

If, lest their Sight should make them stray,

Their Guides alone must see the Way.

I fancy S1r 129

I fancy now you answer thus:

Lord! what’s Divinity to us?

This serious Subject is unfit

To exercise a School-boy’s Wit:

Then talk of other Matters, Con.

Inform me how your Class goes on:

Are you, poor Boys! at School to Day,

While others are allow’d to play?

Dear Jack, that is our Case, ’tis true;

We envy them, and envy you,

You, who may ramble from your Book,

To view the Towns Eugenio took;

Ev’n now, perhaps, attend the Story,

How Marlbro’ won immortal Glory;

Whilst he who tells the wondrous Tale,

At ev’ry Period turning pale,

Still fancies Vengeance o’er his Head,

And asks you — “Are you sure He’s dead?”

S P.S. S1v 130

P.S. I just heard happy News, dear Boy;

And Friendship bids me share the Joy:

Hibernia has not pray’d in vain;

Cyrus Lord Carteret declar’d the second Time Lord Lieutenant. will visit her again;

Cyrus, long train’d in Wisdom’s School,

And by Mandana Countess of Granville. form’d for Rule.

Ramsay, Author of the Travels of Cyrus. we find from whence you drew

Those Characters admir’d in you:

We Cassendana’ Lady Carteret. s Virtues trace,

And lovely Form, in Weymouth’s Race.

O would Mandana cross the Seas,

And hear a People speak her Praise,

With Britain vie to hail the Dame,

Who, Earl of Bath, Father to the Countess of Granville. Granville, could exalt thy Name,

Transmitting down thy Fame with Care,

And double Lustre, in her Heir!

To S2r 131

To Mrs. S—. Written in my Sickness.

Dear Psyche, come, with chearful Face,

And bless this desolated Place.

O come! my sickly Couch attend,

And ease the Anguish of your Friend.

Thy Soul, with ev’ry Grace supply’d,

Thy gen’rous Soul, in Friendship try’d,

With Wit, and nervous Sense delights;

And steals away the tardy Nights.

Whilst others to Diversions fly,

You watch the Sleep-forsaken Eye:

To Thee was giv’n the wond’rous Pow’r,

To gild the melancholy Hour,

To sooth the long-distracted Brain,

And conquer ev’n the Tyrant Pain.

S2 To S2v 132

To a Lady, who invited the Author into
the Country.

How gladly, Madam, would I go,

To see your Gardens, and Chateau;

From thence the fine Improvements view,

Or walk your verdant Avenue;

Delighted, hear the Thrushes sing,

Or listen to some bubbling Spring;

If Fate had giv’n me Leave to roam!

But Citizens must stay at home.

We’re lonesome since you went away,

And should be dead — but for our Tea;

That Helicon of female Wits,

Which fills their Heads with rhyming Fits!

This S3r 133

This Liquor seldom heats the Brain,

But turns it oft, and makes us vain;

With Fumes supplies Imagination,

Which we mistake for Inspiration.

This makes us cramp our Sense in Fetters,

And teaze our Friends with chiming Letters.

I grieve your Brother has the Gout;

Tho’ he’s so stoically stout,

I’ve heard him mourn his Loss of Pain,

And wish it in his Feet again.

What Woe poor Mortals must endure,

When Anguish is their only Cure!

Strephon is ill; and I perceive,

His lov’d Elvira grows so grave,

I fear, like Niobe, her Moan

Will turn herself and me to Stone.

Have I not Cause to dread this Fate,

Who scarce so much as smile of late?

Whilst S3v 134

Whilst lovely Landscapes you survey,

And peaceful pass your Hours away,

Refresh’d with various blooming Sweets;

I’m sick of Smells, and dirty Streets,

Stifled with Smoke, and stunn’d with Noise

Of ev’ry thing — but my own Boys;

Thro’ Rounds of plodding doom’d to run,

And very seldom see the Sun:

Yet sometimes pow’rful Fancy reigns,

And glads my Eyes with sylvan Scenes;

Where Time, enamour’d, slacks his Pace,

Enchanted by the warbling Race;

And, in Atonement for his Stay,

Thro’ Cities hurries on the Day.

O! Would kind Heav’n reverse my Fate,

Give me to quit a Life I hate,

To flow’ry Fields I soon would fly:

Let others stay — to cheat and lye.

There, S4r 135

There, in some blissful Solitude,

Where eating Care should ne’er intrude,

The Muse should do the Country Right,

And paint the glorious Scenes you slight.

Dublin, 17281728.
To S4v 136

To his Excellency the Lord Carteret.

Occasion’d by seeing a Poem, intitled, The Birth of
Manly Virtue

The Picture strikes — ’tis drawn with wondrous

Well has the Poet play’d the Painter’s Part.

Tho’ ’tis your Glory, yet, my Lord, I own,

I grieve the Features fit yourself alone.

But know, tho’ All agree the Picture’s yours,

’Tis Steadiness alone your Claim secures.

With Pleasure now your Image you survey;

But should you from the Rules of Virtue stray,

Should e’er degrading Vice deform your Frame,

You’d start, like Io from the crystal Stream.

When T1r 137

When Kneller has display’d, with matchless Grace,

The fleeting Glories of Clarinda’s Face;

She sighs, to think how Time will soon devour

The lovely Bloom, which gives her now such Pow’r.

But yours, a Likeness of a nobler Kind,

Displays the deathless Beauties of the Mind:

Be it your Glory to surpass the Paint,

And make the finish’d Picture look too faint.

Why is he hid, who, with such matchless Art,

Calls forth the Graces that adorn your Heart?

True Poets in their deathless Lays should live,

And share that Immortality they give.

T To T1v 138

To the Honourable Mrs. Percival, on her
desisting from the Bermudan Project. By
Mrs. Grierson.

Some Guardian Pow’rs, in Pity to our Land,

Your Voyage to the Summer-Isles withstand.

Heav’n will by other means convert the West;

And you must make your native Country blest:

Your Business there was but to serve Mankind;

And here, for that, an ample Field you’ll find;

To Virtue, here, may thoughtless Souls persuade,

Instruct the Ignorant, the Wretched aid:

Of these no Realm, from Lapland to Japan,

Displays such Numbers, as Hibernia can.

Haste then, O haste! return, and bless our Eyes,

Nor more the Call of Providence despise:

Let T2r 139

Let others still near Albion’s Court reside,

Who sacrifice their Country to their Pride,

And squander vast Estates at Balls and Play,

While public Debts increase, and Funds decay;

While the starv’d Hind with Want distracted lives,

Nor tastes that Plenty, which his Labour gives.

Let those alone to foreign Countries stray,

Who, with their Wealth, their Follies take away.

Whatever such may act, where-e’er they go,

Do thou return, to mitigate our Woe.

Our Gold may flow to Albion with each Tide;

But let them with that Gold be satisfy’d:

The Want of that we long have learnt to bear,

But Souls like thine accomplish’d, cannot spare.

T2 To T2v 140

To Mrs. Newans, encouraging her to draw
Lady Killmorey’s Picture.

You say ’tis hard to copy well,

Where Nature does herself excel.

Allow’d—yet still let me advise:

Near as you can to Nature rise;

Nor Time, nor Colours will be lost;

The Draught will more than pay the Cost.

Then dare to draw that Angel Face;

The Pencil may the Features trace;

And, should her Air thy Art defeat,

Add Wings, the Piece will be complete.

To T3r 141

To the Reverend Dr. L—--.

Occasion’d by his Sermon for the Support of the Charity-Children
at Tunbridge-Wells, where the
Collection was small.

In vain you shew a happy Nation,

The Gospel’s gracious Dispensation;

And plead from thence, to bring up Youth

To early Piety and Truth.

To unattentive Ears you preach,

What Miseries alone can teach.

’Tis said, Hibernia boasts a Flood,

Famous for petrefying Wood:

Tunbridge, thy Min’ral Streams, we know,

A stranger Transformation show:

Their dire Effects the Wretched feel:

Thy Waters turn the Heart to Steel.

An T3v 142

An Epigram on the same Occasion.

So little giv’n at Chapel Door—

This People doubtless must be poor:

So much at Gaming thrown away—

No Nation sure so rich as they.

Britons, ’twere greatly for your Glory,

Should those, who shall transmit your Story,

Their Notions of your Grandeur frame,

Not as you give, but as you game.

An T4r 143

An Epitaph on the late Lord Mac-Cashel.

Children are snatch’d away sometimes,

To punish Parents for their Crimes.

Thy Mother’s Merit was so great,

Heav’n hasten’d thy untimely Fate,

To make her Character complete.

Tho’ many Virtues fill’d her Breast,

’Twas Resignation crown’d the rest.

An T4v 144

An Apology for the Clergy, who were present
when the Minister of the Parish read
Prayers and preach’d twice in one Day,
at Tunbridge-Wells.

Written at the Request of a Layman.

How well these Laymen love to gibe,

And throw their Jests on Levi’s Tribe!

Must One be toil’d to Death, they cry,

Whilst other Priests are yawning by?

Forgetful that He reaps the Gain,

Why should They waste their Lungs in vain?

When Men were weak enough to prize

The Christian Scheme, as good and wise,

To think there was a Heav’n and Hell;

To pray and preach did very well:

When U1r 145

When Mortals look’d beyond the Grave,

A Priest, for Conscience sake, might slave:

But in this learned Realm and Age,

Where Faith is beaten off the Stage;

This happy Realm, where Reason reigns,

And scorns to drag Religion’s Chains;

Where free-born Britons, ev’ry Day,

Sit down to feast, and rise to play;

And, since their Money buys their Meat,

Won’t thank their God for what they eat;

Where ev’n some Chaplains fill their Place

Politely, without saying Grace;

If here (where Reason swells so high,

It dares all other Pow’rs defy)

The Priests are, like the Laymen, wise,

Nor hope Reversions in the Skies;

Why should they deign to preach, or pray,

For any View—but present Pay?

U Written U1v 146

Written at Dr. Mead’s House in Ormond-
, to Mrs. Mead.

Books, Pictures, Statues, here we find,

And each excelling in their Kind.

Mead’s Taste in ev’ry thing we view;

But chiefly in his Choice of You.

Written U2r 147

Written upon the Rocks at Tunbridge, on
seeing the Names of several Persons
written there.

Hither, amongst the Crouds, that shun

The smoaky Town, and sultry Sun,

In cooling Springs to seek for Health,

Or throw away superfluous Wealth,

A Native of Hibernia came,

Thus writ her Thoughts, but not her Name.

Hither the Britons, void of Care,

A happy, free-born Race, repair:

Whilst I, who feel a diff’rent Fate,

Lament my Country’s wretched State;

U2 The U2v 148

The pitying Rocks return my Lays,

Just Emblem of the barren Bays.

Thus far—When, lo! the God of Wit,

Who slightly glanc’d on what was writ,

Suspend, he cries, thy Cares a-while;

My Sackville soon shall bless your Isle:

No longer talk of barren Bays;

Remember, ’tis a Dorset sways.

A Let- U3r 149

A Letter written from London to Mrs.
Strangeways Horner, whom the Author
had left the Day before at Tunbridge-
. 1730-10Oct. 1730.

Say, my Hortensia, in this silent Hour,

When the pale Queen of Night exerts her Pow’r,

What Guardian-Angels on thy Slumbers wait,

To paint the Glories of thy future State;

To shew what Mansions, in the Realms divine,

Are set apart for Souls, refin’d as thine?

Tho’ thither, wing’d with Hope, thy Virtues soar,

Late, very late, may’st thou those Realms explore!

Alas! I left thee sick: O Shame to tell!

I should have staid to see Hortensia well:

But U3v 150

But dire Necessity, relentless, sway’d;

She, stern, enjoin’d, unwilling I obey’d.

Torn from thy Sight, how have I dragg’d the Day,

Which, in thy Presence, flew too swift away!

How shall I pass the melancholy Night?

When will the Post arrive, and give Delight?

Of thy returning Health when shall I hear?

Fain would I hope, tho’ quite depress’d with Fear.

O pow’r supreme! yet, yet, Hortensia spare;

The Stranger, and the Wretched, are her Care:

Snatch her not hence; we cannot let her go;

Still let her be thy Substitute below,

To raise the sinking Heart, to heal Distress;

To her was giv’n the Will and Pow’r to bless.

O would Heav’n grant me, ere I cross the Main,

To see thy Face, Hortensia, once again!

But I must hasten to Hibernia’s Shore;

And never, never, shall behold thee more.

To U4r 151

To Mrs. Frances-Arabella Kelly.

To Day, as at my Glass I stood,

To set my Head-cloaths, and my Hood;

I saw my grizzled Locks with Dread,

And call’d to mind the Gorgon’s Head.

Thought I, whate’er the Poets say,

Medusa’s Hair was only gray:

Tho’ Ovid, who the Story told,

Was too well-bred to call her old;

But, what amounted to the same,

He made her an immortal Dame.

Yet now, whene’er a Matron sage

Hath felt the rugged Hand of Age,

You U4v 152

You hear our witty Coxcombs cry,

“Rot that old Witch — she’ll never die”.

Tho’, had they but a little Reading,

Ovid would teach them better Breeding.

I fancy now, I hear you say,

Grant Heav’n, my Locks may ne’er be gray!

Why am I told this frightful Story?

To Beauty a Memento mori.

And, as along the Room you pass,

Casting your Eye upon the Glass,

Surely, say you, this lovely Face

Will never suffer such Disgrace:

The Bloom, that on my Cheek appears,

Will never be impair’d by Years.

Her Envy, now, I plainly see,

Makes her inscribe those Lines to me.

These Beldams, who were born before me,

Are griev’d to see the Men adore me:

Their X1r 153

Their snaky Locks freeze up the Blood;

My Tresses fire the purple Flood.

Unnumber’d Slaves around me wait,

And from my Eyes expect their Fate.

I own, of Conquest I am vain,

Tho’ I despise the Slaves I gain.

Heav’n gave me Charms, and destin’d me

For universal Tyranny.

X The X1v 154

The Recantation: To the same

Forgive me, fair One, nor resent

The Lines to you I lately sent.

They seem, as if your Form you priz’d,

And ev’ry other Gift despis’d:

When a discerning Eye may find,

Your greatest Beauty’s in your Mind.

To X2r 155

To the Honourable Mrs. Percival, with
Hutcheson’s Treatise on Beauty and
Order. By Mrs. Grierson.

Th’ internal Senses painted here we see:

They’re born in others, but they live in thee.

O were our Author with thy Converse blest,

Could he behold the Virtues of thy Breast;

His needless Labours with Contempt he’d view;

And bid the World not read—but copy you!

X2 The X2v 156

The Author, who had been engag’d to dine with
Mrs.sar, was excus’d by that Lady, upon an
Invitation from Lord Carteret’s; and the next
Day Mrs.sar was invited by the Speaker,
which occasion’d the following Lines.

To Mrs.sar, at the Speaker’s Lodgings
at Bath.

When lately you acquitted me,

With Carteret I din’d;

And, in Return, (tho’ grievous) thee

To Onslow I resign’d.

’Tis wise the happy Hour to seize;

For, search the Nation round,

Such Peers, or Commoners, as these,

Where are they to be found?

Our X3r 157

Our Situation’s chang’d, you see:

(How Pleasures fleet away!)

But Yesterday you envy’d me;

I envy you To-day.

To X3v 158

To the Right Honourable John Earl of
Orrery, at Bath, after the Death of the
late Earl.

Tis said, for ev’ry common Grief

The Muses can afford Relief:

And, surely, on that heav’nly Train

A Boyle can never call invain.

Then strait invoke the sacred Nine,

Nor impious slight their Gifts divine;

Dispel those Clouds, which damp your Fire;

Shew, Bath, like Tunbridge, Alluding to some Verses written by his Lordship, the Year before, at Tunbridge-
can inspire.

The X4r 159

The Earl’s Answer, written extempore.

Nor Bath, nor Tunbridge, can my Lays inspire;

Nor radiant Beauty make me strike the Lyre:

Far from the busy Croud I sit, forlorn;

And sigh in secret, and in Silence mourn:

Nor can my Anguish ever find an End;

I weep a Father, and have lost a Friend.

Reply X4v 160

Reply to the foregoing Verses.

Why did I hope to make your Anguish less?

I try’d to cure, and I have caught, Distress.

Suppress your Sighs, dry up your Tears; ’tis Time:

Excess of Virtue may become a Cirme.

You lost, you say, a Friend, and Father too;

But know, Mankind would lose a Friend in you.

On Y1r 161

On leaving Bath.

The Britons, in their Nature shy,

View Strangers with a distant Eye:

We think them partial and severe;

And judge their Manners by their Air:

Are undeceiv’d by Time alone;

Their Value rises, as they’re known.

Here many a worthy Mind I found,

With Sense and Taste, by Virtue crown’d,

At once so truly good and great,

They knew to bear a prosp’rous State.

Few take from noble Blood Pretence

To act or look with Insolence:

Y Veins, Y1v 162

Veins, with the richest Purple dy’d,

But seldom swell the Heart with Pride.

So, tho’ the River-Gods, from high,

With plenteous Urns the Streams supply,

Which still enlarge, as they descend,

Roll down, and in the Ocean end,

Thro’ Ages pour’d, yet, to our Eyes,

Old Ocean is too great to rise.

The gen’rous Treatment I have met,

Hath run me deep in Albion’s Debt:

And, could my artless Lines impart

The grateful Dictates of my Heart,

Latest Posterity should know

The Sense I have of what I owe.

Dear Bath, a long, a last Adieu!

Since I no more shall visit you,

Nor fix’d by Choice, but barr’d by Fate,

From a Felicity so great.

O may Y2r 163

O may thy Waters ever be

Healthful to others, as to me!

Had Ovid, with prophetic View,

Beheld the Wonders wrought by you,

Medea’s Arts he might have spar’d,

And Life by thee alone repair’d.

Y2 An Y2v 164

An Epigram on the Battle of the Books.

Swift for the Antients has argu’d so well,

’Tis apparent from thence, that the Moderns excel.

Written Y3r 165

Written at Camberwell, near London, in
the Study of Mr. Wainwright, now Baron
of the Exchequer in Ireland, where the
Author accidentally din’d alone.

Whilst happily I pass my Hours

In Camberwell’s delightful Bow’rs;

From thence the beauteous Walks survey;

Or thro’ the fragrant Mazes stray;

Or o’er the Study cast my Eye,

Where Virgil, Coke, and Horace lie,

Just Emblem of a Bosom grac’d

With Law, and Elegance of Taste;

Apollo I invoke in vain,

Apollo answers with Disdain:

“Mortal, Y3v 166

Mortal, you’re here allow’d to roam,

And bid to think yourself at home:

O’er the Domesticks then preside;

Let that content your Female Pride;

In vain you call on me To-day;

Here Wainwright only I obey.

To Y4r 167

To Mrs. Putland.

Uncommon Charms, I plainly see,

Compleat the Fair for Tyranny.

Then, lest your Form should make you vain

Of Conquest, and of giving Pain,

Those, whom your Beauties have enslav’d,

By me shall now be undeceiv’d.

Long was I Fool enough to view

Thy rapt’rous Shape, and thought it new;

Till lately reading Waller o’er,

I found ’twas Amoret’s before.

Occasion’d Y4v 168

Occasion’d by seeing the Honourable ――
treat a Person of Merit with Insolence,
who came to make a Request to her.

Contented in my humble State,

I look with Pity on the Great;

Who only Birth, or Wealth, respect,

And treat true Merit with Neglect.

O pow’r supreme, let me implore

Some Little from thy boundless Store!

Give me a constant, small Support,

Without the Plague of paying Court!

Let none but Fools, who pine to rise,

Be curs’d to bow, where they despise.

To Z1r 169

To the Right Honourable the Lady Kilmorey,
with a Letter, which was written
by the late Lady Roydon, of the Kingdom
of Ireland, just before her Death.

Start not, nor tremble at the Sight of this;

It comes not written from the Realms of Bliss:

’Tis true, you see your once-lov’d Roydon’s Hand;

Thence may conclude from Heav’n some high Command;

Conscious perhaps of your celestial Frame,

You think you’re call’d to Worlds from whence you came;

Not so - but ere her Soul began its Flight,

She thought of you, and staid a-while to write;

Kindly for me her dying Suit address’d:

Then view it, Madam, as her last Request.

Z To Z1v 170

To Dr. Mead, on his Cape Wine.

Your Wine, by Southern Suns refin’d,

Is a just Emblem of your Mind:

Like You, the gen’rous Juice displays

Its Influence a thousand Ways;

Like You, it raises sinking Hearts,

Inspiring, and rewarding Arts;

Dispels the Spleen, and conquers Pain,

Calls back departing Life again.

To Z2r 171

To the Right Honourable the Earl of Orrery,
on his Promise to sup with me.

Tho’ the Muse had deny’d me so often before,

I ventur’d this Day to invoke her once more.

She ask’d what I wanted; I said, with Delight,

Your Lordship had promis’d to sup here To-night;

That on an Occasion so much to my Honour,

I hop’d she’d excuse me for calling upon her.

To this she reply’d, with Disdain in her Looks:

If that be the Case, go summon your Cooks.

I told her in Answer, How little you eat;

That in vain I should hope to regale you with Meat;

That she knew, Wit and Humour to you were a Feast,

Who had, tho’ no Stomach, an excellent Taste.

Z2 This Z2v 172

This calm’d her Resentment; she paus’d for a while-

Then the Goddess, propitious, reply’d with a Smile:

If with Humour and Wit you would have him delighted,

What need I be call’d? - Let the Dean be invited.

The Bus’ness is done, if with him you prevail;

For a Boyle, and a Swift, will each other regale.

Capel-street, Dublin,
Jan. 24. 1732.
To Z3r 173

To Mr. Pope: Intreating him to write Verses
to the Memory of Thomas, late Earl
of Thanet

Shall for the Man of Ross Epistle to Lord Bathurst, on the Use of Riches. thy Lyre be strung,

And sleeps illustrious Thanet yet unsung?

Since to distinguish Merit is thy Care,

Let Thanet in thy deathless Praises share:

Let me, unequal to the Task, excite

Thy matchless Muse, to do his Merit Right.

Numbers, like thine, should call his Virtues forth;

Poetic Mirrors should be true to Worth;

Disdaining to reflect those glitt’ring Rays,

Which flow from Pomp, or from Ambition’s Blaze.

From Z3v 174

From Scenes of Woe, unmov’d, whilst Others fly,

And turn from Anguish the unmelting Eye;

Thanet pursues the Footsteps of the Poor,

And silent enters thro’ the lonely Door;

Fair Plenty in his Train, and Joy, and Health,

Seeking Distress, as others seek for Wealth;

With God-like Pity ev’ry Pray’r receives,

Each Wish fulfils, and ev’ry Want relieves:

Where Sickness reigns, he, to his utmost Pow’r,

Softens the Anguish of each dismal Hour:

He smooths the rugged Brow of anxious Care,

And gilds the gloomy Prospect of Despair:

Whilst Libertines on Vice their Wealth employ,

He makes the Widow’s Heart to sing for Joy:

Orphans no more their Parents lost complain;

In Thanet’s Bounty they revive again.

Nor for this Life alone would he provide;

To Life eternal Thanet was their Guide:

Nor Z4r 175

Nor on Morality alone depends;

But to the noblest Heights of Faith ascends:

Devotion’s heav’nly Flame inspir’d his Breast;

Still in the Temple were his Vows address’d:

Tho’ he in Virtue’s Paths, delighted, trod,

Studious to please, and imitate his God;

The hallow’d Altar, grateful, he survey’d,

And there his lowly Adoration paid.

See the pale, childless Miser hoard up Wealth,

And, trembling, snatch an anxious View by Stealth;

Amass the shining Ore with guilty Care,

To aggrandize some distant, worthless Heir;

Who longs, impatient, for the solemn Toll,

Which, slow, proclaims the sad-departed Soul;

Then eyes with Joy the care-collected Hoard,

And spends, profuse, what Avarice had stor’d;

By Fortune’s sudden Smiles to Madness fir’d,

He wastes on ev’ry Vice, what Guilt acquir’d.

So Z4v 176

So dwells on Mountain-Tops the Northern Snow,

Congeal’d by Frosts, for Years untaught to flow;

Till hotter Suns more vig’rous Beams display;

The Mass relents, the glitt’ring Piles decay;

Sudden, from high, resounding Torrents flow,

Impetuous rushing on the Vales below;

O’erwhelm the Harvest of the pining Swain,

And curse with Floods, which should have bless’d the Plain.

On Thanet Heav’n its happier Influence shed;

A num’rous Off-spring grac’d his Nuptial Bed:

And yet those Motives to paternal Care

Steel’d not his Breast against the Suppliant’s Pray’r.

Studious to draw down Blessings on his Race,

His Bounties with his Progeny increase.

Like Egypt’s Flood, beneficent he rose;

Silent, tho’ vast, his well-judg’d Bounty flows;

O’er the parch’d Earth it spreads its ample Course,

Profuse of Good, but, modest, hides its Source.

Ask Aar 177

Ask not, to what his Charities amount;

So many Myriads swell the vast Account.

Ye vain Pretenders to superior Sense,

Ye empty Boasters of Beneficence,

Who in the Scorners Seat, exulting, sit,

And vaunt your impious Raillery for Wit,

The Gospel-Rule defective you pretend,

When you the social Duties recommend:

In Thanet see them heighten’d and refin’d;

In Thanet see the Friend of human Kind;

Heighten’d by Faith, see ev’ry Virtue’s Force;

By Faith, their surest Sanction, noblest Source.

Loudly ye boast a more than Christian Zeal,

For Virtue’s Int’rest, and the public Weal;

Best by Effects are Boastings understood;

Come, prove your Ardor for the public Good!

The mighty Heroes of your Tribe survey,

Their ev’ry hidden Excellence display;

Aa Or Aav 178

Or dead, or living, set their Virtues forth;

Let all, united, vie with Thanet’s Worth;

Free-thinkers, Moralists, on you I call,

Can Thanet’s Worth be equall’d by you all?

Accept, illustrious Shade! these artless Lays;

My Soul this Homage to thy Virtue pays:

Led by that sacred Light, a Stranger-Muse

Attempts those Paths, which abler Feet refuse;

In distant Climes thy Virtue she admires,

In distant Climes thy Worth her Strain inspires.

Long to thy Tomb the Wretched shall repair,

And to thy Ashes pay a silent Tear;

Shall to the Traveller thy Worth relate,

And Emulation thro’ the World create:

Ages to come shall celebrate thy Fame,

And Orphans, yet unborn, shall bless thy Name.

When Aa2r 179

When the firm Basis of the Earth gives Way,

And Nature’s Self shall feel her last Decay;

When those, who from the Wretched turn’d their Eye,

Too late relenting, shall for Mercy cry;

The Thousands thou hast fed, shall, in thy Praise,

Their loud Hosanna’s to Jehovah raise;

Thy modest Worth shall veil itself no more;

Angels shall tell what Thanet hid before.

Aa2 To Aa2v 180

To Mrs. Anne Donnellan, with the fourth
Essay on MAN

Dear Philomela, of you condescend,

With Notes Seraphic, to transport your Friend:

Then in Return, let Verse your Soul rejoice,

Wise, as your Converse, rapt’rous, as your Voice.

Written Aa3r 181

Written for my Son, and spoken by him, at
a public Examination for Victors.

To you, Athenians, we again submit;

Reward, or punish us, as you think fit.

Let Idleness, unpity’d, meet Disgrace;

For Idleness, this year, is doubly base.

This is the Æra, this the destin’d Year,

For Arts and Sciences to flourish here.

The Muses, exil’d long, to Court repair;

And—strange to think! are all the Fashion there.

Who feels not now a gen’rous Emulation,

When Merit raises to the highest Station?

Scholars may surely hope a better Fate,

While Carteret directs the Helm of State

O would Aa3v 182

O would he govern here by Grecian Rules,

And chuse a Senate, to preside o’er schools;

Honour, alone, to pay the glorious Task,

(A Recompence no Foreigner would ask)

Then kind Britannia, doubtless, would consent,

Hibernia should supply a President.

Too oft, alas! are Talents misapply’d,

By Parents Fondness, Ignorance, and Pride.

This Grievance then would cease, and we should be

Regarded, as the Publick’s Property:

Genius alone would be consulted then,

(The only Way to make us useful Men)

And each would have his sev’ral Task assign’d,

As Nature gave the Bias to his Mind.

Boys of a brutal, cruel Disposition,

Should go to Spain, to serve the Inquisition.

O what a Change in Landlords would appear!

Next Age, not one would rack his Tenants here.

The Aa4r 183

The Lads, who study but to dress and dance,

Should cultivate their Worthlesness in France.

Those who love Liberty, to Albion roam;

But, could they bear Oppression, stay at home.

Then glorious Ancestors would cease to be

Degraded by a worthless Progeny.

None should from noble Blood their Lineage trace,

Unless they added Lustre to their Race.

That the degen’rate Off-spring of the Great

Might be no more a Burden to the State;

The Sons of Peers, with mean, ignoble Hearts,

In Holland should be taught mechanic Arts;

And Boys of Genius to those Honours soar,

Which high-born Dunces but disgrac’d before:

See Nature, thus, the gen’rous Juice divide;

The Spirit rises, and the Dregs subside.

Thus Aa4v 184

Thus modell’d, we may hope for happier Times;

Our Isle will be rever’d by distant Climes:

And, lest Posterity should think us rude,

And lost, at once, to Shame and Gratitude;

A Patriot Race shall sing the Drapier’s Praise,

And civic Crowns shall mingle with His Bays:

Nor shall His Works alone His Worth proclaim,

(Tho’ none, like those, can eternize His Name)

His Statue shall be rais’d in ev’ry Street,

With proud Oppression, writhing at His Feet;

At His Right-hand fair Liberty shall smile,

Protected by the Guardian of our Isle;

On t’other Side, the Goddess Fame shall stand,

With His immortal Labours in her Hand:

Then shall each gen’rous Youth, who passes by,

And sees the Patriot’s Image, plac’d on high,

With Emulation feel his Bosom fir’d,

And thus break forth, by Gratitude inspir’d.

“O Bbr 185

O Thou, whose Genius rose, to save the State,

And snatch Thy Country from the Brink of Fate!

When for Thy Life Hibernia sues in vain,

And Heav’n no longer will Thy Crown detain;

Her grateful Sons, already rob’d in White,

Shall hail Thee, glorious, in the Realms of Light.

Bb To Bbv 186

To Mrs. Armine Cartwright, at Bath.

Lovely Armina, o’er her Books reclin’d,

Impairs her Body, to improve her Mind:

Of Wisdom fond, as others are of Wealth,

In that Pursuit will sacrifice her Health:

Then, Miser-like, when she has gain’d the Prize,

Hides both Herself, and Treasure, from our Eyes.

In this alone, Armina, you’re to blame:

Regardless of your Health, or Friendship’s Claim:

A giddy, thoughtless World your Aid require;

And Ignorance prevails, when you retire.

Why, Form’d to please! and why, Improv’d with Care!

Is there no End, in being Wise, and Fair?

To Bb2r 187

To the Right Honourable the Earl of Thomond,
at Bath; who charg’d the Author
with making an Irish Bull.

OBrian, we’re in Story told,

Thy Ancestors wore Crowns of old:

In fair Hibernia’s Isle they reign’d;

A Country, by their Sons disdain’d!

Too apt to charge their native Isle

With ev’ry Vice of Speech and Style:

Yet thy Eliza, Elizabeth Countess of Thomond, Daughter of Charles Duke of Somerset,
and Lady Elizabeth Piercy.
great and good,

Of Seymour’s, and of Piercy’s Blood,

(Whose Ancestors, to Fame well known,

When injur’d, shook the British Throne;)

Bb2 Will Bb2v 188

Will not thy native Isle deride,

Tho’ to an higher Crown ally’d.

And shall Hibernia fear Disgrace,

From Thomond, of Milesian Race?

It ill becomes thee thus to treat

Thy Family’s Imperial Seat.

Great Boiroimke! Bryen Boiroimke, King of Ireland, remarkable in History for his Valour in
Defence of his Country, Hospitality, &c. from whom the present Earl of Thomond
is lineally descended.
look down and see

This Change in thy Posterity;

Who quit all Titles to thy Throne,

But Hospitality alone.

To Bb3r 189

To Mrs. Strangeways Horner, with a Letter
from my Son; wherein he desires me
to accept his first Prize of Learning, conferr’d
on him by the University of Dublin.

O Thou, with ev’ry Virtue grac’d,

Adorn’d with Wit, and Sense, and Taste;

Who, with a Goodness unconfin’d,

Delight’st in blessing human Kind,

Whose Woes so oft thy Peace destroy;

’Tis just, thou shouldst partake their Joy:

Then in my Transport deign to share;

Behold this Letter from my Heir:

There see the Picture of a Mind,

In Duty, as in Arts, refin’d;

Who, Bb3v 190

Who, in full Triumph, could submit

His Trophies at his Parent’s Feet.

So he, in Roman Story fam’d,

Who from Corioli was nam’d,

With Joy engag’d in glorious Toils,

To glad his Mother with the Spoils:

Her Son, by Roman Arms, o’ercame;

By Roman Arts, mine soars to Fame.

Methinks, I see your Friendship rise,

And sparkle in your lovely Eyes.

Your Heir! (I hear you now repeat)

I long to know of your Estate.

Say — Is it an Hibernian Bog,

Where Phœbus seldom shines for Fog?

Hortensia, there he sometimes shines;

But oft’ner hides his Head, and pines,

On happier Climes to look, nor see

Such dismal Scenes of Poverty;

Nor Bb4r 191

Nor see an Isle, by Nature bless’d,

By ill-judg’d Policy oppress’d;

Her Trade usurp’d by foreign Lands,

Whilst Albion fast ties up her Hands:

Nor see her Sons in Science skill’d,

And yet her Posts by Strangers fill’d.

But, since of my Estate you ask,

The Answer is no easy Task.

Criticks, not Lawyers, are to show,

Whether my Title’s good, or no.

Ovid has long ago defin’d,

What Lands are to the Muse assign’d:

’Tis but a barren Soil, ’tis true,

Not such as Heav’n bestow’d on You;

(Yet, Miser-like, our Lands you seize;

And win, but will not wear, the Bays:)

A steep, a slipp’ry, dang’rous Hill,

Which we, alas! are climbing still;

Still Bb4v 192

Still think there’s better Land up higher,

Which all would gain, but few acquire.

If low or beaten Paths we trace,

We’re deem’d an abject, grov’ling Race:

And oft, when we attempt to soar,

We miss our Aim, and fall the lower:

Tho’ some by magic Numbers found

The Art to gain the highest Ground;

Yet most of those, alas! we know,

Had Cause to wish they’d stay’d below;

Rather than be exalted there,

To starve in pure poetic Air;

Whilst tasteless Wights, in Valleys fed,

Despise the Wits in Want of Bread.

Yet sometimes we in Story find

An Instance of a noble Mind,

That made Apollo’s Shrine its Care,

And bless’d the Tribe that worshipp’d there.

High Ccr 193

High in the deathless Lists of Fame,

Revere the godlike Sidney’s Name:

There Dorset, and Southampton, view;

And there the Poets Montagu.

Eliza paid her Spencer’s Toil

With Acres of Hibernian Soil:

And now illustrious Caroline

Resolves to raise the drooping Nine;

With Pleasure saw the lab’ring Hind

Studious to cultivate his Mind;

And deign’d to smile on Duck’s Poems. rural Lines,

Where so much native Beauty shines.

Hortensia, I revere your Mrs. Clayton. Friend:

May Blessings on her Head descend,

Who made a Peasant’s Merit known,

And plac’d the Poor before the Throne:

Thus imitates the Pow’r Divine,

And proves her Soul ally’d to thine.

Cc On Ccv 194

On imagining a Friend had treated the
Author with Indifference.

Go, Jealousy, Tormentress dire;

On Lovers only seize:

In Love, like Winds, you fan the Fire,

And make it higher blaze.

But Friendship’s calmer, purer Joy

Thou dost not heighten, but destroy.

To Cc2r 195

To the Right Honourable Charlotte Lady
, on her resolving to leave Bath.

O Charlotte, truly pious, early wise!

The Pleasures sought by others, you despise:

Nor Bath, nor Bath’s Allurements thee detain;

Unmov’d, you quit them to the Gay and Vain.

But tho’ nor Health, nor Pleasure will prevail;

The Happiness you give, should turn the Scale.

O stay, and teach the Virtues of thy Breast:

Thousands by thy Example may be blest:

A Mind so humble, and so truly great,

So fitted to oblige in ev’ry State;

A Manner, so engaging and discrete,

A Manner, so inimitably sweet!

These, and thy thousand Charms, who can express?

Seymour, how vast a Treasure you possess!

Cc2 An Cc2v 196

An Invitation to Edward Walpole, Esq;
upon hearing he was landed in Dublin.

When I heard you were landed, I flew to the Nine,

Intreating their Aid, to invite you to dine.

They told me, I came on that Errand too late;

For you were engag’d by the Rich, and the Great.

Already! said I, they were speedy indeed:

However I’ll try, and I hope to succeed.

Those Creatures of Pow’r, who your Levee attend,

If your Father were out, their Conge’s would end:

Tho’ your personal Merit is great, ’tis allow’d;

’Tis the Son of the Statesman, that weighs with the Croud.

I expect not a Place, nor hope for a Pension.

The Love of the Muse is my only Pretension.

I Cc3r 197

I hate to abuse — and I never can flatter:

I write for no Party, nor either bespatter.

From the Lands of Parnassus the Rents are ill-paid,

And England has cruelly cramp’d us in Trade:

So look not for China, or Service of Plate,

Or ought that is costly, to tempt you to eat.

Yet a Way to engage you I think I have hit on:

I mean, to remember our Friends in Great-Britain.

Two Bottles of Wine, and two Dishes I’ll give:

Then fly from the Crouds that oppress you — and live.

The first Glass shall welcome you, Sir, to our Coast;

And dear Lady Conway Charlotte Lady Conway. shall be my next Toast.

With Mirth, and Good-humour, I’ll make up the Treat;

I know you’re too wise, to love dining in State.

To Cc3v 198

To the Reverend Mr. Mabell, of Cambridge,
who has publish’d Proposals for a Translation
of Longinus.

By William Ward, Esq;

Tho’ great Longinus claims thy aiding Hand,

And hopes, thro’ thee, t’instruct a barb’rous Land,

Where vile Conceits the Pow’r of Wit confound,

And true Sublimity is lost in Sound;

Where Folly, dress’d ten thousand various Ways,

The Bar, the Play-house, and the Pulpit sways;

Yet to my Verse thy kind Attention lend;

Pardon the Poet, and indulge the Friend.

From Noise, and Nonsense, and vain Laughter free,

I steal a thoughtful Hour, and give to thee;

To Cc4r 199

To thee, Conductor of my heedless Youth,

Who taught me first to rev’rence Sense, and Truth;

Virtue to praise; and boldly Vice deride,

With all the Pomp of Fashion on her Side.

Behold the Scene a motley Tribe compose,

Wives, Widows, Maids, and intermingled Beaux,

All Orders, Ages, in one League unite,

And to dear Passage consecrate the Night!

Now the Dice rattle in the sounding Box;

Now groans the Table with repeated Knocks;

(Delightful Music to the Gamester’s Ear!)

While ev’ry Bosom beats with Hope or Fear.

A Pass resounds — What wond’rous Transports rise

In Celia’s Breast, and lighten in her Eyes!

She sweeps the Board — The Fop, with ardent Gaze,

Admires the Beauty that her Arm displays.

But who, unmov’d, can bear the piteous Sight,

While Cynthia frets and raves at Fortune’s Spite?

Fled Cc4v 200

Fled from her Cheek are ev’ry Love and Grace,

And all the Fury threatens in her Face:

Distracted, lost, with Grief and Rage o’ercome,

She quits the Dice, and flies to storm at home.

When I a Curse implore, may courteous Fate

With such a Consort curse the Man I hate!

But is there One amongst the Many found,

Adorn’d with Modesty, with Reason crown’d;

Who treads the slipp’ry Paths of Youth with Care,

And uninfected breathes in tainted Air?

If such there be, kind Heav’n, afford thy Aid,

And soften to my Wish the virtuous Maid!

See the Belle flutter with the sprightly Beau!

They trip it on the light, fantastic Toe:

Nor Words, nor Sighs, their am’rous Thoughts impart;

They dance, and glitter at each other’s Heart!

With honest Scorn survey yon various Croud,

Of supple Slaves, or Lords of Titles proud!

Stiff- Ddr 201

Stiff-nodding Fools! a Mob in Masquerade!

Whom Honours brand, and Dignities upbraid.

Yet some there are, with Worth and Wisdom blest,

A noble Few! who satirize the rest;

Who scorn to boast their great Fore-father’s Rays,

Shine of themselves, and mingle Blaze with Blaze.

And such is Orrery; whose gen’rous Mind,

Still prone to Pity, feels for human Kind.

A Zeal for Piety inflames his Breast,

Temper’d with Charity, in Meekness dress’d:

Grandeur and Ease his ev’ry Action guide;

He nor assumes, nor condescends, in Pride:

Add sprightly Wit, by prudent Laws confin’d,

A Judgment sober, and by Books refin’d:

Add, that the Muses ev’ry Charm dispense,

To tune his Voice, and beautify the Sense.

Dd This Ddv 202

This to my Friend: And, O! may this inspire

Love of fair Fame, and fan the sacred Fire!

Dare to have Taste, and urge thy glorious Toil,

To teach th’Unknowing, and to please a Boyle.

To Dd2r 203

To the Right Honourable the Earl of Orrery,
in Dublin: Upon receiving an Account
from Mrs. Barber, of his Lordship’s
great Generosity to her.

By the Same.

Let Others speak your Titles, and your Blood;

Accept from Me the glorious Name of Good.

This Honour only from fair Virtue springs,

Ennobles Slaves, adds Dignity to Kings.

O born to shew Nobility design’d

Not to insult, but to protect Mankind!

Well you discern to spare, or to bestow;

Nor waste in Riot, what to Worth you owe.

Dd2 Judgment Cc2v 204

Judgment your Bounty guides; and all agree,

’Tis Praise, ’tis Glory, to recieve from Thee.

Gen’rous thy Gifts; but more thy matchless Art,

To spare the Blush, and doubly bind the Heart.

Tho’ Fortune place me in a distant Scene;

And Mountains rise, and Oceans roll between;

O’er Mountains, Oceans, Gratitude conveys

The good Man’s Act, and wide extends his Praise.

Strange! that your Judgment errs in this alone;

Barber you bless, yet hope your Gifts unknown.

’Tis Hers to bring each lovely Deed to Light,

And force unwilling Virtue to the Sight:

’Tis Hers, and ’tis Her Muse’s greatest Pride,

A Favour never to forget, or hide.

Illustrious Youth! and let me style you Friend!

O look with Candour on the Lines I send!

Warm from the Heart my artless Numbers fall;

Nor wait Correctness, when your Virtues call.

Here, Cc3r 205

Here, bless’d with all that human Life requires,

Superior to vain Fears, or low Desires;

In chearful Solitude, in studious Ease;

Careful my Conscience, and my God, to please;

I think on Thee, when Want, or Worth implore;

And unrepining share my little Store.

So Stars attend the beauteous Queen of Night;

And faintly shine, nor emulate her Light.

Edmonton, April 5. 1733.

To Cc3v 206

To Mrs. Ward.

By the Same.

O Thou, my beauteous, ever tender Friend,

Thou, on whom all my worldly Joys depend,

Accept these Numbers; and with Pleasure hear

Unstudy’d Truth, which Few, alas! can bear;

While conscious Virtue takes the Muse’s Part,

Glows on thy Cheek, and warms thy gen’rous Heart.

Let Birth-day Suits be thoughtless Celia’s Care,

And Rows of Di’monds recommend the Fair;

While gazing Crouds around the Pageant press,

Charm’d with her Pride, and Luxury of Dress:

Far other Joys thy just Ambition move,

To cherish and reward a Husband’s Love;

To Cc4r 207

To slight vain Titles, in Retreat to shine,

Shun public Praise, and call a Poet thine.

And know, ye Fair, a Poet can supply

What Wealth, and Pow’r, and Equipage deny.

When the vain Bus’ness of your Lives is o’er,

And the Glass frightens whom it charm’d before,

When not a Trace remains of what you were,

And not a Compliment salutes your Ear;

Without one Virtue, to redeem Respect,

Without one Beauty, to forbid Neglect:

With Tears unpity’d, you may then lament

The gloomy Setting of a Life mis-spent;

Nor Delia’s Choice with witty Malice blame,

Who gave up Show for Happiness and Fame.

O! If the Muse, not uninspir’d, divine,

Thy bright Example shall for ever shine;

Teach the wise Virgin where to fix her Choice,

And weigh no Marriage by the common Voice;

To Dd4v 208

To yield with Dignity; reject with Grace;

Nor tire the Lover with a tedious Chace.

With Ease to conquer, and with Ease retain,

Brighten Prosperity, or soften Pain:

Know Woman’s Glory, and her proper End,

Live to her Husband, Family, and Friend;

Thro’ varying Life her various Virtues prove,

Honour her Portion here, and Bliss above.

Say, What Persuasion, or what Arts of mine,

Could gain a Passage to a Soul like thine?

Where Female Softness, Strength of Reason meet,

A piercing Judgment, and a Wit discrete;

Where ev’ry Passion, ev’ry Duty, knows

Its proper Bounds, and not unlicenc’d flows.

Say, for thou know’st, my ever-ablest Guide,

(One doubtful Act remains unjustify’d)

On Me, on Me, thy choicest Favours fell;

Could You so err, or I deserve so well?

Instruct Eer 209

Instruct me thou the happy Art to steer,

And still with Modesty thy Conduct clear:

So in thy Praises may the World agree;

Nor load with Vanity the Muse and Me.

With Song still usher’d shall the Morn arise,

That shew’d thee first, all-charming, to my Eyes:

I gaz’d with Rapture, yet chastiz’d with Awe:

So the First Man descending Angels saw.

Speaking, or silent, O! secure to charm,

To win with Wisdom, or with Beauty warm;

The Graces unobserv’d, with easy Care,

Form thy soft Accents, and compose thy Air,

I saw, and heard, nor heard, nor saw, unmov’d,

Unknowing, or I durst not know, I lov’d.

What thence I suffer’d, let high Heav’n declare,

Pitying my Grief, propitious to my Pray’r.

Heav’n try’d my Passion, and pronounc’d it true;

Hence I embolden’d, and hence softer You.

Ee Yet Eev 210

Yet oft with-held, and falt’ring oft with Pain,

My Tongue half utters, what my Eyes explain.

Nor prone to flatter, nor to Virtue blind;

Not void of Knowledge, and to learn inclin’d;

Nor sprung from noble, nor ungen’rous Blood;

Boasting a Father honest, wise, and good;

Such long observ’d, and by long Converse shown;

My Temper, Manners, and my Failings known;

You trust my Vows, and pity Love sincere;

Haste to relieve, and smile away my Fear;

Give all you can, and all the rest forsake,

The noblest Sacrifice that Love could make!

Of what Avail the Use of Wealth to Thee?

Or what the Blessing, if unshar’d with Me?

O doubly honour’d by the grateful Mind,

For what you bring, and what you leave behind!

Is there a Man in Science not unread,

In simple Neatness elegantly bred,

2 Of Ee2r 211

Of what or Health or Nature asks, possess’d,

Receiv’d by all, and by his Friends caress’d,

False and insidious can the Fair pursue,

And look on Beauty with a Miser’s View?

Taught by the Muse such abject Souls to hate,

And hope sweet Converse from the Marriage-State;

I place my Triumphs in a matchless Wife,

Nor seek superfluous Vanities of Life:

Thus, unobnoxious to Detraction’s Aim,

Nor base Suspicion can attaint my Fame.

Degen’rate Thought! Let sland’rous Tongues assail,

Spread all their Poison, all their Rage prevail;

So gracious Heav’n restore thee to enjoy

What Love could leave, but Wisdom could employ.

Meanwhile my Delia manifests her Worth;

The Loss of Riches calls her Prudence forth:

Behold her now with Dignity descend;

And low, but necessary, Cares attend;

Ee2 Chearful, Ee2v 212

Chearful, what Fortune not allows, resign;

And (harder still) her Charities confine:

But Heav’n in secret sees the kind Intent,

Each Act of Pity, or of Bounty, meant;

Heav’n sees in secret; but in open Day

Will crown thy Merit, and thy Praise display.

Tho’ small thy Store, not Millions could suffice,

To furnish all thy lib’ral Thought supplies.

How oft thy lov’d Sapphira melts thy Breast,

Obscur’d her Worth, her Genius half-depress’d!

How oft thy Fancy helps Old-Age along,

Or hears the Widow’s, and the Orphan’s Song!

Now visionary Temples rise around;

And half thy Empire, George, is sacred Ground.

From Thee, my Delia, from thy watchful Care,

My Little lasts, my Little, Friends can share:

Nor Debts distract, nor Usuries devour;

Poor if I am, within my Fortune poor.

2 Smile Ee3r 213

Smile on, my Fair, tho’ cautious, void of Fear,

Wise to shun Sorrows, or prepar’d to bear.

Who copies Thee, shall never fail to find,

’Midst Clouds and Storms, the Sun-shine of the Mind:

For Piety (whatever Ill impends)

Omniscience guides, Omnipotence defends.

Bless’d in Retirement, Competence, and Love,

Below all Envy, and all Vice above,

Crown’d with Content, I only burn to show,

(Hopeless to recompense) how much I owe.

O born with Genius, and with Learning fill’d,

In ev’ry Rule of happy Writing skill’d;

Whom Beauties strike, false Ornaments offend;

Who weigh with Care each Author’s Scope and End;

Know why Pope slackens, or augments his Fire;

And oft, where others damn, the most admire;

(So shallow Wits, with bolder Folly, blame,

From Parts, the faultless Universal Frame:

But Ee3v 214

But Newton’s Genius could the Whole explore,

See All was good, and Wisdom’s Hand adore)

This Verse (you know me free from faulty Pride)

Or kindly authorize, or kindly hide:

Approve; and Fame shall sanctify my Lays:

Suppress; yet Love my grateful Labour pays.

Written Ee4r 215

Written at Tunbridge-Wells, where the
Author had, the Year before, been honour’d
with the Acquaintance of Mrs.
Strangeways Horner, who, after, went
abroad on account of her Health.

These Plains, so joyous once to me,

Now sadly chang’d appear:

Hortensia I no more can see,

Who patroniz’d me here.

Fair Excellence, where-e’er you go,

May Kindred Angels wait,

To guard you thro’ this Vale of Woe,

To your celestial Seat.

Sage Ee4v 216

Sage Boerhaave! now exert your Art,

New Medicines explore:

A purer, or a nobler Heart,

Ne’er sought thy Aid before.

Your choicest Springs, Germania, give:

Goddess of Health, attend:

Long, long, and happy may she live,

The lonely Stranger’s Friend.

An Ffr 217

To Novella, on her saying deridingly, that a Lady
of great Merit, and fine Address, was bred in
the Old Way.

An Epigram:

You cry, “She’s bred in the Old Way”;

Then into Laughter fall:

Were she as just to you, she’d say,

“You are not bred at all”.

Ff The Ffv 218

The Speech of Cupid, upon seeing himself
painted by the Honourable Miss Carteret,
(now Countess of Dysert) on a Fan.

Written by Mrs. Grierson.

In various Forms have I been shown,

Tho’ little yet to Mortals known;

In antient Temples painted blind,

Nor less imperfect in my Mind:

Abroad I threw my random Darts,

And, spiteful, pierc’d ill-suited Hearts:

The steady Patriot, wise and brave,

Is to some giddy Jilt a Slave;

The thoughtful Sage oft weds a Shrew;

And Vestals languish for a Beau:

The Ff2r 219

The fiery Youth’s unguided Rage;

The childish Dotages of Age;

These, and ten thousand Follies more,

Are plac’d to injur’d Cupid’s Score.

As such, is Love by Realms ador’d,

As such, his giddy Aid implor’d:

Tho’ oft the thoughtless Nymph, and Swain,

That su’d me thus, have su’d in vain.

Yet, long insulted by Mankind,

Who from false Figures judg’d my Mind;

And on me all the Faults have thrown,

They were themselves asham’d to own;

I from this Picture plainly see,

A Mortal can be just to me;

That awful Sweetness can display,

With which Angelic Minds I sway;

With which I rule the Good on Earth,

And give exalted Passions Birth:

Ff2 The Ff2v 220

The Form of Love, so long unknown,

At last by bright Charissa’s shown:

Her Hand does ev’ry Beauty trace,

That can adorn a heav’nly Face;

And of my Graces more unfold,

Than ever Paint, or Verse, of old.

Now hear the God, whom Worlds revere,

What He decrees for Her, declare.

Thou, lovely Nymph! shalt shortly prove

Those Sweets, thou paint’st so well in Love:

Thou soon that charming Swain shalt see,

Whom Fate and I design for Thee;

His Head adorn’d with ev’ry Art;

With ev’ry Grace his glowing Heart,

That throbs with ev’ry fond Desire,

Thy Charms can raise, or Love inspire.

You from each other shall receive

The highest Joys I know to give:

(Tho’ Ff3r 221

(Tho’ to thy Parents, long before,

I thought I empty’d all my Store)

While your exalted Lives shall show

A Sketch of heav’nly Bliss below;

The Bliss of ev’ry god-like Mind,

Beneficent to human Kind;

And I to Mortals shine confess’d,

Both in your Paint, and in your Breast.

To Ff3v 222

To the Honourable Mrs. Spencer, on her
removing from Windsor to Rookly in

Where-e’er you go, some Actions still we hear,

Which make the Goodness of your Mind appear.

Hibernia early saw those Seeds of Worth,

In your fair Breast, which now shoot nobly forth;

Foresaw the Hopes you gave, matur’d by Time,

And griev’d to yield you to a happier Clime.

Tho’ to the Height of all your Wishes bless’d,

Yet still your Sighs can rise for the Distress’d:

So young, so good! Georgina, ’tis thy Fate,

To be admir’d, and lov’d in ev’ry State.

How Ff4r 223

How does thy Manner to thy Words impart

Some wond’rous Pow’r to gain upon the Heart,

Engaging All! — Beneficence we see,

Tho’ fair Herself, yet owing Charms to Thee:

O fitted Thou for Spencer’s Race, who scorn

To think they only for Themselves were born!

London, 1734-09-20September
20. 1734.
To Ff4v 224

To a Gentleman, who shew’d a fine Poem
as his own.

No more at Criticks, Ned, repine,

Who say those Numbers are not thine.

I own I was suspicious too,

And thought the Verse too good for You:

But since you say those Lines you writ,

The Proof is full, and I submit.

So, if Thaumantia should profess,

She owes Herself her glorious Dress;

And Cynthia, Empress of the Night,

Declare she shines by native Light;

(Tho’ envious Criticks vent their Gall)

“I’d equally believe you all”.

To Ggr 225

To the Right Honourable John Barber, Esq;
Lord Mayor of London, on committing
one of my Sons to his Care.

To the late King of Britain a Savage was brought,

Which wild in the Woods of Germania was caught.

This Present so princely was train’d up with Care;

And knew how to eat, and to jump, and to stare;

The Beaux, and the Belles, beheld it with Joy;

And at Court the high Mode was to see the Wild Boy

Reflecting on this, with a politic View,

I determin’d to send such a Present to You.

In the Wilds of Hibernia this Boy was beset,

And caught (as the Natives are there) in a Net:

Gg The Ggv 226

The Creature has Sense, and, in my Eyes, is pretty,

With Talents to make a good Man The City-Phrase for a rich Man. in the City;

Industrious, and orderly, prudent, and smart,

And not too much Conscience, nor too little Art;

Not scrup’lous, but honest, a Heart set on Gain,

Whose highest Ambition is fix’d on the Chain.

From You may he copy to wear it with Glory;

Like You, in Return—be honour’d in Story.

September 29, 1733.
Spoken Gg2r 227

Spoken extempore, to the Right Honourable
the Lady Barbara North, on her presenting
the Author with a white Ribband at

This Present from a lovely Dame,

Fair and unsully’d, as her Fame,

Shall to Hibernia be convey’d,

Where once, rever’d, her Thomas late Earl of Pembroke. Father sway’d;

And taught the drooping Arts to smile,

And with his Virtues bless’d our Isle.

Gg2 To Gg2v 228

To his Grace the Duke of Buckingham
and Normanby
, at the Camp before

Return, brave Youth! suspend thy Martial Fire,

Nor, like great Berwick, in the Field expire.

Illustrious Exile! thou art gone at last;

Thy Toils, and various Dangers now are past:

The royal Blood, which flow’d in Berwick’s Veins,

Is now pour’d out on hostile German Plains:

But tho’ in Dust thy mortal Part be laid,

Yet shall thy dear-bought Laurels never fade:

Tho’ to a foreign Prince’s Service ty’d,

You liv’d with Glory, and with Glory dy’d.

Muse, Gg3r 229

Muse, look not back, nor vainly mourn the Fate,

Which robb’d Britannia of an Arm so great.

On the sad Scene may Princes turn their Eye;

And from Oppression’s fatal Footsteps fly;

Of arbitrary Pow’r the Danger see,

To British Monarchs the forbidden Tree;

Which, like the first, forbid by Pow’r divine,

Hurts not themselves alone, but taints their Line.

Sheffield, since Martial Ardor fires your Breast,

Make Albion only in that Ardor blest;

Nor yet by War alone exalt thy Name;

Give Science her hereditary Claim:

Return, brave Youth! your longing Country grace;

Think what you owe Britannia, and your Race.

By Gg3v 230

By a Person of Quality.

Remote from Strife, from urban Throngs, and

Here dwells my Soul amidst domestic Joys:

No rattling Coaches serious Thoughts annoy;

Nor busy prating Fools my Peace destroy:

Wrapt up in all the Sweets of rural Ease,

My great Creator’s Works my Senses please.

The Mind, in peaceful Solitude, has Room

To range in Thought, and ramble far from home.

Others may court the Joys which Princes give,

Whilst I, in sacred Silence, truly live.

Verses Gg4r 231

Verses occasion’d by the Sickness of Mrs.
Anne Donnellan.

Goddess of Health, where-e’er you dwell,

To Philomela fly;

O hasten from your rural Cell,

Nor let the Fair one die.

Again her Voice divine restore,

And give her Eyes their Fire;

So shall a World thy Pow’r adore,

And raise thy Altars higher.

An Gg4v 232

An Epigram.

Since Milo rallies sacred Writ,

To win the Title of a Wit;

’Tis Pity but he should obtain it,

Who bravely pays his Soul to gain it.

On Hhr 233

On seeing an Officer’s Widow distracted,
who had been driven to Despair, by a
long and fruitless Sollicitation for the
Arrears of her Pension.

O Wretch! hath Madness cur’d thy dire Despair?

Yes—All thy Sorrows now are light as Air:

No more you mourn your once-lov’d Husband’s Fate,

Who bravely perish’d for a thankless State.

For rolling Years thy Piety prevail’d;

At length, quite sunk—thy Hope, thy Patience fail’d:

Distracted now you tread on Life’s last Stage,

Nor feel the Weight of Poverty and Age:

How blest in this, compar’d with those, whose Lot

Dooms them to Miseries, by you forgot!

Hh Now, Hhv 234

Now, wild as Winds, you from your Off-spring fly,

Or fright them from you with distracted Eye;

Rove thro’ the Streets; or sing, devoid of Care,

With tatter’d Garments, and dishevell’d Hair;

By hooting Boys to higher Phrenzy fir’d,

At length you sink, by cruel Treatment tir’d,

Sink into Sleep, an Emblem of the Dead,

A Stone thy Pillow, the cold Earth thy Bed.

O Tell it not; let none the Story hear,

Lest Britain’s Martial Sons should learn to fear:

And when they next the hostile Wall attack,

Feel the Heart fail, the lifted Arm grow slack;

And pausing cry—Tho’ Death we scorn to dread,

Our Orphan Off-spring, must they pine for Bread?

See their lov’d Mothers into Prisons thrown;

And unreliev’d in Iron Bondage groan?

Britain, Hh2r 235

Britain, for this impending Ruin dread;

Their Woes call loud for Vengeance on thy Head:

Nor wonder, if Disasters wait your Fleets;

Nor wonder at Complainings in your Streets:

Be timely wise; arrest th’ uplifted Hand,

Ere Pestilence or Famine sweep the Land.

Hh2 To Hh2v

To Mrs. Mary Cæsar, upon seeing her just
after the Marriage of her Friend, the
Lady Margaret Harley.


I Read in your delighted Face,

The Nuptial Bands are ty’d:

From Me congratulate her Grace,

Young Portland’s lovely Bride.


Tell her, an humble artless Muse

Would hail the happy Pair;

But that, like Flow’rs by deadly Dews,

Her Strains are damp’d by Care.

III. 237


Those whom the tuneful Nine inspire,

Have now a spacious Field:

To them I must resign the Lyre,

To none in Wishes yield.


May Prudence still the Fair attend,

Who, with distinguish’d Taste,

In Cæsar early chose a Friend,

With ev’ry Virtue grac’d:


Who back a thousand Years may trace,

And her Descent maintain,

From Ademar’s Sir Julius Ademar, descended from Baron Ademar, who was Count of Genoa
in the Reign of Charlemain, added the Name of sar to his own, by the Command
of Queen Elizabeth, he being Grandson by the Female Line to the Duke De sarini.
illustrious Race,

Ally’d to Charlemain.

To Hh3v 238

To Sophronia.

Sophronia, all the World agree,

The Soul of Friendship dwells in Thee:

Let Envy other Gifts dispute,

Since here the Fury must be mute.

Without one vain, one venal View,

The Muse inscribes these Lines to you.

Tho’ I thy Favour shall not share,

Thy Worth I’m destin’d to revere;

And in Sophronia must commend

The firm disinterested Friend:

To Virtue I this Homage pay;

Rewarded, tho’ you slight the Lay.

Those Hh3r 239

Those who thy Favour once obtain,

Need not sollicit thee again;

Nor ever at Neglect repine:

Their Wishes and their Cares are thine:

Nor at the Grave thy Friendship ends;

But to Posterity descends.

Hail, sacred Friendship! seldom found,

Tho’ sought for all the World around:

Say, Blessing of the peaceful Cell!

How cam’st thou in a Court to dwell?

Advice Hh4v 240

Advice to the Ladies at Bath.

Written by a Lady.

Ye heedless Fair, who trifle Life away,

Let either Brownlow Lady Elizabeth Brownlow, and her Daughter, now Lady Vesey. set your Notions right:

Be, like the Daughter, innocently gay;

Or, like the Mother, prudent and polite.

To Iir 241

To a Gentleman, who took a very grave
Friend of his, to visit one of quite a
different Turn.

I Hope, Sir, by this you have found your Account,

In visiting Airy, and seeing his Mount:

If Froth can delight you, you’re wonderous happy;

And we know it gives Joy on a Bottle of Nappy.

Your Friend would be very much mended, in troth,

Should Airy bestow him a Dash of his Froth.

To keep up the Metaphor, ’twould make him mellow,

And, of a sour Stoic, a pleasant young Fellow;

And Airy be recompens’d well for that Favour,

If your Friend, in Return, should make him grow graver.

This Exchange should they make, it would set ’em both

Since one is too solid, and t’other too light.

Ii To Iiv 242

To a Lady, who valu’d herself on speaking
her Mind in a blunt Manner, which she
call’d being sincere.

Well you Sincerity display,

A Virtue wond’rous rare!

Nor value, tho’ the World should say,

You’re rude, so you’re sincere.

To be sincere, then, give me leave,

And I will frankly own,

Since you but this one Virtue have,

’Twere better you had none.

Prologue Ii2r 243

Prologue to Theodosius: Spoken by
Athenais at the Theatre in Dublin, when
Lord and Lady Carteret were in Ireland.

Written by Mrs. Grierson.

You look surpriz’d, in this deriding Age,

To find that Love dares venture on the Stage;

Where you, of late, seem nothing to approve,

But what, in Men of Sense, Contempt must move;

That after all your Concerts, Farces, Shows,

You must attend a dying Lover’s Woes.

I know you’ll be amaz’d at what I mean,

In all my height of Fortune to complain:

Ador’d by Monarchs, and an Emp’ror’s Bride,

You’ll say, I need not in a Fret have dy’d.

Ii2 Forbear; Ii2v 244

Forbear; nor witless Jests on Love employ,

Alike unknowing in its Pain and Joy:

When you despise its Happiness, or Woe,

You but your Want of Sense, or Virtue, show:

Be humane then; be touch’d with Scenes refin’d;

Which, while they raise the Passions, mend the Mind:

And, by your Pity of my Woes To-night,

Convince the World, your Hearts are form’d aright.

Or, if you scorn to hear what I advise,

Let great Examples teach you to be wise.

Lovers are not so out of Fashion here,

That Athenais blushes to appear:

As fam’d a Pair Lordand Lady Carteret. adorns this Isle and Age,

As ever could each other’s Heart engage;

Endow’d with ev’ry Grace of Form and Mind,

To raise the Love and Wonder of Mankind;

Tho’ Ii3r 245

Tho’ bless’d with ev’ry Gift to merit Fame,

Their highest Glory is their mutual Flame;

A Flame, like that my tender Bosom fir’d;

But rul’d by Reason, and by Heav’n inspir’d;

Their Love like mine, but diff’rent far their Fate;

As happy they, as I unfortunate.

But my Distress had never reach’d the Stage,

Had Heav’n reserv’d me to the present Age:

None would have dar’d my Fondness to abuse,

Had I from beauteous Worsley learn’d to chuse;

Nor I my Heart on rash Varanes set,

Had I, like her, but known a Carteret.

A Let- Ii3v 246

A Letter to Mrs. Barber, at Tunbridge-

Thou glorious Ruler of the beauteous Day!

Have sev’nteen Years so swiftly roll’d away?

Hast thou so oft the heav’nly Circle run,

When scarce I thought thy radiant Course begun?

Never shall I my fleeting Time renew:

Must it all perish in one transient View?

I wish—Alas! my Wishes are in vain:

Those flying Years they never can regain:

With rapid Haste Old Time the Moments drives;

And scarce a Trace of Youth in Age survives:

So, when the weary’d Mortal sinks to Rest,

And ev’ry Tumult ceases in his Breast;

Imagin’d Ii4r 247

Imagin’d Scenes, and wish’d-for Views arise;

A new Creation feeds his wond’ring Eyes;

Till Phœbus, rising o’er the spangled Plain,

Recalls him from the bright, delusive Scene;

With Grief he then perceives th’ enchanting Sight,

The fleeting Creature of oblivious Night.

When some fine Voice delights the raptur’d Heart,

By Nature pleasing, yet improv’d by Art;

Tho’ trembling each seraphic Sound decay,

And with melodious Cadence melt away;

The faithful Echo still revives the Strain,

And sweetly charms the list’ning Ear again:

But Life, once vanish’d, will return no more;

No mimic Thought its Presence can restore.

Say then, my Soul, how must I now survey

So many Years, so quickly snatch’d away?

Awake, my Muse! Thou only canst impart

Ease to my Griefs, and heal the wounded Heart:

What Ii4v 248

What Theme shall now employ my youthful Lays?

Say! Next to Heav’n, what Subject claims my Praise?

O impious Question! Dare I ask the Theme,

When a lov’d Parent does that Duty claim?

The Infant Tree, that, with judicious Care,

Some Hand defended from the piercing Air,

With cooling Streams reliev’d the burning Root,

Or lopp’d, with tender Skill, each sickly Shoot,

Soon as it learns the Tempest to despise,

And with diffusive Branches hides the Skies,

Gladly rewards the weary’d Peasant’s Pains,

And loads the Parent Hand with annual Gains.

Haste then, my Muse, Sapphira is the Theme;

O strive, tho’ vainly, to enhance her Fame:

Her Guardian Care did all my Griefs assuage,

Those sure Attendants of an Infant Age!

By her conducted to the Light of Truth,

I sail, unshipwreck’d, thro’ the Storm of Youth:

The Kkr 249

The heav’nly Influence of her sage Advice

Points from afar the dang’rous Rocks of Vice;

Shews, with discerning Eye, the blissful Plains,

Where Peace, eternal, with fair Virtue reigns.

O Thou, whom ev’ry Grace and Worth attends,

Thou best of Mothers, and thou best of Friends!

Indulgently accept these filial Lays;

Accept thy Son’s inartificial Praise:

May Heav’n restore thee to these Eyes again,

And safely waft thee o’er th’ Iernian Main:

O quickly to my longing Eyes repair,

And ever bless me with thy Guardian Care!

Dublin, 1731-08-28August 28. 1731.
the Author’s Birth-day.

Constantine Barber.

Kk To Kkv 250

To the Right Honourable the Lady Elizabeth
, Daughter to the Right Honourable
John Earl of Orrery, on her Birth-day,
May 7. 1733.

By the Same.

May each new Year some new Perfection give,

Till all the Mother in the Daughter live:

May’st Thou her Virtues to the World restore!

And be what Henrietta Late Countess of Orrery. was before!

And when revolving Years mature thy Charms,

When Pride of Conquest thy fair Bosom warms;

May some great Youth, for ev’ry Grace renown’d,

With Taste and Science bless’d, by Virtue crown’d,

Who Kk2r 251

By Virtue guarded from Ambition’s Wiles,

Superior both to Fortune’s Frowns and Smiles;

Who wears the Honours of a glorious Name,

Yet to Distinction bears a nobler Claim;

Like a new Star, in native Lustre bright,

That boasts no Radiance from reflected Light;

Allow’d the rising Genius of his Age;

By ev’ry Excellence thy Heart engage;

Like Him who bless’d thy Mother’s Nuptial State;

But O! may Heav’n give Thine a longer Date.

Kk2 To Kk2v 252

To Mrs. Frances-Arabella Kelly, with a
Present of Fruit.

By the Same.

Tho’ the Plumb, and the Peach, with Apollo conspire,

To present you their Softness, and Sweetness,
and Fire;

Their Aid is in vain; for what can they do,

But blush, and confess themselves vanquish’d by you?

Where Virtue and Wit with such Qualities blend,

What Mortal, what Goddess would dare to contend?

Verses Kk3r 253

Verses ty’d about a Fawn’s Neck, which was
presented to a very young Lady, call’d by
her Friends the Ivory Maid.

By the Same.

As thro’ this sylvan Scene I stray’d,

I saw and lov’d the Iv’ry Maid:

And hearing that she fled from Man,

I begg’d this Form of mighty Pan,

To try, by ev’ry winning Art,

To gain Possession of her Heart;

When raging Tempests cloud the Sky,

Transported at her Feet to lie;

When Phoebus brightens up the Weather,

To trip it o’er the Lawns together.

To Kk3v 254

To Mrs. Barber.

By the Same.

See, the bright Sun renews his annual Course,

Each Beam re-tinges, and revives its Force;

By Years uninjur’d, so may’st thou remain,

Not Time from thee, but thou from Time may’st gain.

O might the Fates thy vital Thread prolong,

And make thy Life immortal as thy Song!

Less Lustre waits the God, when he refines

The rip’ning Metal in Peruvian Mines;

Brightens the Crystal with transparent Day,

Or points the Di’mond with its sparkling Ray;

Than Kk4r 255

Than when, delighted, he thy Soul inspires,

Informs thy Judgment, and thy Fancy fires;

Assists thee striking out some bold Design,

And breathes immortal Honours on each Line:

In common as His Rays on all descend,

So You the Great delight, the Poor befriend:

As Heat productive His bright Beams bestow,

So, warm with Life, your pow’rful Numbers flow:

As He from Clouds bursts forth divinely bright,

So Envy sets You in a fairer Light:

Yet tho’ thus far Similitude we see,

One Thing disturbs the wond’rous Harmony;

With faded Light the Winter Sun appears,

Whilst You shine brighter in Decline of Years.

An Kk4v 256

An Apology to the Earl of Orrery, Dr.
, and some others of my Friends, for
falling into Tears before them, on my
leaving Ireland.

Not Persia’s Monarch could, unmov’d, survey

Those num’rous Hosts, which time must sweep

He wept Misfortunes of a distant Date;

I mourn the Rigour of my instant Fate.

The dreaded Hour, approaching fast I see,

When you, alas! will all be dead to me.

Then cease to wonder, if my Bosom rise,

And Tears, unbidden, rush into my Eyes.

’Tis thus, and only thus, a grateful Breast

Pours out those Thanks, which cannot be express’d.

For, O Hibernia! when I quit thy Coast,

Such Friends I leave, as few could ever boast.

The Llr 257

The Peacock. A Tale.

Inscrib’d, (once at a Wedding) to the Bashaws
of Utopia.

Once Juno’s Bird (as Authors say)

Was seiz’d on by some Birds of Prey:

They pluck’d his Feathers, one by one,

Till all his useful Plumes were gone;

Stript him of ev’ry thing beside;

But left his Train, to please his Pride.

Some other Birds admir’d to see,

He tamely bore such Injury;

And often on his Patience jok’d——

He cry’d—“They must not be provok’d”:

Ll I’m Llv 258

I’m in their Pow’r, nor shall debate,

But yield to my unhappy Fate.

Oft in this Plight would he resort,

To where the Eagle kept his Court:

For, tho’ oppress’d, he still was proud

To make his Bows among the Croud.

The Eagle, gracious, saw him there;

Which envious Courtiers could not bear;

Well knowing, should he tread that Soil,

He would in time put in for Spoil.

As Tameness Injuries provokes,

In Birds, as well as mortal Folks;

The Peacock they assault again,

And strip him of his glitt’ring Train.

Enrag’d at this, he stampt and tore,

And quoted Precedents a Score,

That Ll2r 259

That Peacocks ever were allow’d

To shew their Beauty to the Croud.

At this the haughty Courtiers sneer,

And cry, What Bus’ness have you here?

He had a Right, they plainly saw;

But let him know, that Pow’r is Law.

At length a Pheasant standing by,

Beheld him with a pitying Eye;

And said, You now begin too late,

To stem the Torrent of your Fate:

Yet are you not of all bereft;

For still a fair Retreat is left:

Why will you here neglected roam,

When you might be rever’d at home?

Ll2 To Ll2v 260

To a Lady in the Spleen, whom the Author
was desir’d to amuse.

Why, lovely Lelia, so depress’d?

With wonted Smiles your Eyes adorn;

Drive gloomy Sorrow from your Breast,

And shine out, beauteous, as the Morn.

The fair Pendarvis bid me try,

For you to tune my Lyre again,

To your lov’d Presence instant fly,

And sooth you with some joyous Strain.

But if Pendarvis, born to please,

Does in her native Province fail,

Nor can your anxious Bosom ease;

Alas! how should my Muse prevail?

Shall Ll3r 261

Shall Heav’n, that form’d thee wond’rous fair,

Behold thee thus repining lie?

Dependent on that Guardian Care,

To blissful Prospects turn your Eye.

Lelia, thy lovely Form survey,

Let blooming Beauty plead her Cause:

Her pow’rful Empire fleets away

Too soon, alas! by Nature’s Laws.

On Ll3v 262

On the Earl of Oxford and Mortimer’s
giving his Daughter in Marriage in

See, in the Temple rais’d by Harley’s Hand,

His beauteous Off-spring at the Altar stand:

There Mortimer resign’s his darling Care;

To happy Portland gives the blooming Fair.

Where had the Parent’s Pray’r like Favour found?

Where soar’d so high, as from that sacred Ground?

What Bosom, but Devotion’s Ardor feels,

When, at the Shrine he hallow’d, Harley kneels?

At such a Sight superior Beings pleas’d,

To higher Notes their Hallelujahs rais’d.

To Ll4r 263

To her Grace the Dutchess of Portland, with
the foregoing Lines.

’Tis theirs, who but to please aspire,

On Fiction to employ the Lyre;

Make Gods and Goddesses display

The Splendor of the Nuptial Day.

To paint thee at the hallow’d Shrine,

A solemn, glorious Scene! be Mine;

Now lightly touch’d—Some other Hour,

(If e’er the Cloud-dispelling Pow’r

Remove the Damps, that chill my Vein)

I’ll trace the slight-drawn Lines again;

Warm Col’ring on the Piece bestow,

Till Life shall from the Pencil flow.

Lovely Ll4v 264

Lovely Bride! with Bliss be crown’d,

Diffusing Happiness around:

Beneficent, like Harley, shine;

Like Henrietta, grace your Line.

Verses Mmr 265

Verses written by Mrs. Elizabeth Rowe, on
her drawing the Lord Boyle’s Picture.

In vain with mimic Skill my Pencil tries

To paint the Life, that sparkles in those Eyes.

What Art, what Rules of Symmetry, can trace

That Air of Wit, that Bloom, and modest Grace?

What soft Degrees of Shade or Light express

The inward Worth, those speaking Looks confess?

’Tis more than Beauty here, that charms the Sight;

And gives our Souls an elegant Delight:

Were Virtue seen to mortal Eyes, she’d wear

Those peaceful Smiles, and that engaging Air.

Froom, Oct. 6. 1734.
Mm Lord Mmv 266

Lord Boyle’s Answer to the foregoing Verses.

No Air of Wit, no beauteous Grace I boast;

My Charms are native Innocence, at most.

Alike thy Pencil, and thy Numbers charm,

Glad ev’ry Eye, and ev’ry Bosom warm.

Mature in Years, if e’er I chance to tread,

Where Vice, triumphant, rears aloft her Head,

Ev’n there the Paths of Virtue I’ll pursue,

And own my fair and kind Director You.

To Mm2r 267

To Robert Barber Esq; Deputy to the
Treasurer’s Remembrancer in the Court
of Exchequer, on his attending, whilst
his Son repeated Gay’s Fable of the
Hare and Many Friends.

Whilst Gay’s unhappy Fate thy Ear attends,

Thy Heart, indignant, scorns his faithless Friends;

Thy gen’rous Heart, which never learnt the Way,

A Friend or to deceive, or to betray:

With Honour and Integrity so blest,

Not Law, infectious, can pollute thy Breast:

With Justice and Humanity endow’d,

You shine, distinguish’d, ’midst a venal Croud.

Mm2 Verses Mm2v 268

Verses sent to a Lady, who took Delight in
ridiculing a Person of very weak Understanding,
whom she reliev’d from Want.

Should you employ your Ridicule,

On those who Pity claim?

Think, Birtha, is the native Fool

For Wit a proper Theme?

On Vice your hum’rous Vein display;

’Tis meritorious there;

Or tow’ring Vanity allay;

But, O! Misfortune spare.

With Mm3r 269

With Wisdom who endows the Brain,

To thy Remembrance call;

Nor, while the Wretched you sustain,

Tincture their Cup with Gall.

To Mm3v 270

To Lady H——r, who ask’d, Had the
Author done writing Verses?

Tell me, my Patroness, and Friend,

Can Age Parnassian Heights ascend?

Sweet Poesy’s light Footsteps trace?

Ah no! I must give up the Chace:

When Time the Head hath silver’d o’er,

The dear Delusion charms no more.

But why hast thou, with Taste endow’d,

At Phoebus’ Altar never bow’d?

Shall Books engross thee all the Day?

When, lo! he waits to grace thy Lay.

On Mm4r 271

On seeing the Captives, lately redeem’d from
Barbary by His Majesty.

A Sight like this, who can unmov’d survey?

Impartial Muse, can’st thou with-hold thy Lay?

See the freed Captives hail their native Shore,

And tread the Land of Liberty once more:

See, as they pass, the crouding People press,

Joy in their Joy, and their Deliv’rer bless.

Now, Slavery! no more thy rigid Hand

Shall drag the Trader to thy fatal Strand:

No more in Iron Bonds the Wretched groan;

Secur’d, Britannia, by thy Guardian Throne.

Say, mighty Prince! can Empire boast a Bliss,

Amidst its radiant Pomp, that equals this?

2 To Mm4v 272

To see the Captives, by thy Pow’r set free,

Their Supplications raise to Heav’n for Thee!

The god-like Bounty scatters Blessings round,

As flowing Urns enrich the distant Ground:

No more shall Woes the fainting Heart destroy;

The House of Mourning now is turn’d to Joy:

See Arms in Grief long folded up, extend,

To clasp a Husband, Brother, Kinsman, Friend:

See hoary Parents tott’ring o’er the Grave,

A Son long-wail’d, to prop their Age, receive:

And, Have we liv’d to see thy Face? they cry;

O! ’tis enough — We now in Peace shall die:

O bless’d be Heav’n! and bless’d, while Life remains,

Shall be the Hand, that has unbound thy Chains!

Forbear, my Muse; know Art attempts in vain,

What Nature pictures to the Breast humane.

2 To Nnr 273

To Wager Sir Charles Wager, who entertain’d the Captives at their coming to London,
1734-11-11Nov. 11. 1734.
turn; for Wager raise thy Voice:

To feed the Hungry, long has been his Choice,

And make the Heart, born down by Care, rejoice.

Say, ye Luxurious, who indulge your Taste,

And, by one Riot, might a Thousand feast;

Do you not blush to see his Care to feed

The Captives by your Monarch’s Bounty freed?

The bitter Cup of Slavery is past;

But pining Penury approaches fast.

And shall the Royal Race When the Captives attended his Majesty at St. James’s in their slavish Habits, to
return Thanks for their Deliverance, his Majesty was graciously pleas’d to order 100
Guineas to be distributed among them; and their Royal Highnesses the Duke and the
Princesses gave above 50 more.
alone bestow?

Shall not Compassion from the Subject flow?

Nn Shall Nnv 274

Shall not each free-born Briton’s Bosom melt,

To make the Joys of Liberty more felt?

So, Albion, be it ever giv’n to thee,

To break the Bonds, and set the Pris’ners free.

To Nn2r 275

To a Lady, who commanded me to send her
an Account in Verse, how I succeeded in
my Subscription.

How I succeed, you kindly ask;

Yet set me on a grievous Task,

When you oblige me to rehearse

The Censures past upon my Verse.

Tho’ I with Pleasure may relate,

That many, truly good, and great,

With candid Eye my Lines survey,

And smile upon the artless Lay;

To those with grateful Heart I bend —

But your Commands I must attend.

Nn2 Servilla Nn2v 276

Servilla cries, “I hate a Wit”;

Women should to their Fate submit,

Should in the Needle take Delight;

’Tis out of Character to write:

She may succeed among the Men;

They tell me, Swift subscribes for Ten;

And some say, Dorset does the same;

But she shall never have my Name:

Her Poetry has cost me dear;

When Lady Carteret was here,

The Widow Gordon got my Guinea;

For which I own myself a Ninny.

Olivia loses oft at Play;

So will not throw her Gold away.

Thus Sylvia, of the haughty Tribe:

She never ask’d me to subscribe,

Nor Nn3r 277

Nor ever wrote a Line on me,

I was no Theme for Poetry!

She rightly judg’d; I have no Taste —

For Womens Poetry, at least.

Then Fulvia made this sage Reply;

(And look’d with self-sufficient Eye:)

I oft have said, and say again,

Verses are only writ by Men;

I know a Woman cannot write;

I do not say this out of Spite;

Nor shall be thought, by those who know me,

To envy one so much below me.

Sabina, fam’d in Wisdom’s School,

Allows I write — but am a Fool:

What! — must our Sons be form’d by Rhyme?

A fine Way to employ one’s Time!

Albino Nn3v 278

Albino has no Gold to waste,

Far gone in the Italian Taste:

He vows he must subscribe this Year,

To keep dear Carestini Two famous Italian Singers, zealously supported by different Parties. here;

Not from a narrow Party View;

He doats on Senesino Two famous Italian Singers, zealously supported by different Parties. too;

By Turns their Int’rest he’ll espouse;

He’s for the public Good, he vows;

A gen’rous Ardor fires his Breast.

Hail, Britain, in such Patriots blest!

Says Belvidera, Since a Wit

Or Friend or Foe alike will hit,

Deliver me from Wits, I say;

Grant Heav’n, they ne’er may cross my Way!

Besides, I oft have heart it hinted,

Her Poems never will be printed:

2 Her Nn4r 279

Her Sickness is a Feint, no Doubt,

To keep her Book from coming out.

Of Wit, says Celia, I’ll acquit her;

Then archly fell into a Titter.

A female Bard! Pulvillio cries;

’Tis possible she may be wise;

But I could never find it yet,

Tho’ oft in Company we met:

She talks just in the common Way:

Sure Wits their Talents should display;

Their Language surely should be bright,

Before they should pretend to write:

I’ll ne’er subscribe for Books, says he;

’Fore Gad, it looks like Pedantry.

High-born Belinda loves to blame,

On Criticism founds her Fame:

When-e’er Nn4v 280

Whene’er she thinks a Fault she spies,

How Pleasure sparkles in her Eyes!

Call it not Poetry, she says;

No — Call it Rhyming, if you please:

Her Numbers might adorn a Ring,

Or serve along the Streets to sing:

Stella and Flavia’s well enough;

What else I saw, was stupid Stuff;

Nor Love nor Satire in her Lays,

Insipid! neither pain nor please:

I promis’d once to patronize her;

But on Reflection, I was wiser:

Yet I subscrib’d among the rest;

I love to carry on a Jest.

Belinda thus her Anger shows,

Nor tells the World, from whence it flows:

With more Success to wound my Lays,

She gilds the Dart with other Praise:

2 To Oor 281

To her own Breast I leave the Fair,

Convinc’d I stand acquitted there.

Amanda, your Commands, you see,

Tho’ grievous, are obey’d by me.

What my Friends told me had been said,

Just as it came into my Head,

No matter for the Place or Time,

To shew your Pow’r, I tag with Rhyme.

Now let some News salute your Ear,

Tho’ I have weary’d you, I fear:

Know,—has Vengeance vow’d,

And in the Furies Temple bow’d:

He but suspends his Wrath, he says,

Till he can criticise my Lays.

Malice, thy Rancour I expect,

And shall return it—with Neglect:

Go on, display your treasur’d Rage;

Invectives shall not blot my Page:

Oo What Oov 282

What real Faults you note, I’ll mend:

So now your Efforts I attend;

Taught early, Dryden, by thy Song,

“They ne’er forgive, who do the Wrong”.

Now to the Muse I bid Adieu;

Nor rail at her, as Poets do:

Protected by the Good and Great,

I’ll not repine, but bless my Fate.

You, Madam, who your Sex adorn,

Who Malice and Detraction scorn,

Who with superior Sense are bless’d,

Of ev’ry real Worth possess’d;

With Eye indulgent view my Lays:

You know to blame, but love to praise:

You know my Faults, and know beside,

I want not to be mortify’d.

One Merit I presume to boast,

And dare to plead but one at most:

The Oo2r 283

The Muse I never have debas’d;

My Lays are innocent at least;

Were ever ardently design’d

To mend and to enlarge the Mind.

This must be own’d a virtuous Aim.

The Praise of Wit — let others claim.


Oo2v Oo3r


  • Page 143. Line 1. for “Mac-Cashel”, read Mount-Cashel.
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    for “Sight”, read Light.