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bring in Priests of the Church, and let them pray. over him, anointing him with oil in the 'narn: of the Lord; and the prayer of faith fhall fave the fick man: and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he be in fins, they shall be forgiven him. i

Mof. An outward and visible sign,' . ; An inward and spiritual grace,

The two requisites marked out in your Com. mon.Prayer-Book for making à Sacrament, are . so fully complied with by the Apostle, that no. thing can be added, nor loop-hole for cavil.

Luth. I have gone beyond past bearing, and can hold forth not the twinkling of an eye longer; you are accustonied to starving, which disease I abhor; your looks betray your deplo. rable state. I feel convulfed ; the violence of a craving ftomach might be compared to a man beset by wild beasts; on the reverse, a full belly is a heaven upon earth ; a blessing of blessings, and a great blessing. With heart-felt joy we have finilhed the facraments, and the Conference is over. Leave me; I beseech you, have mercy on me.

Móf. Reverend Sir, why so complying to a monster that devours you ? An avarijous appetite should be moderated and kept in subjection; or you level yourself with the beasts that have no understanding. Your goggle eyes ftare, your face ghastly, Your greasy corpse appears quite nally.'

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Luth. Happy riddance; I shall now revis
What have you here? I feel all alive.

Weesel-face, vain, meagre crew,
• Who wither without merit,
But me, feated at my stew,

Preach out Old Luther's fpirit.
Hoft. I acknowledge it an extraordinary dish.
In the middle you see the old domestick.'

Luth. My darling meat, the old raven. :'

Hoft. Round-ball that flanks the crow, is the head of another domestick, the old ram cat.

Luth. Both out of the common, happy man!

Hoft. The environs, you will note, is interlaced, or enchained, by fix old he-rais.

uth. All to a little, in obedience to my orders. Hoft. The different entrails of these several creatures, with herbs, Spices and a cabbage, compose the pap, or paste, that fills the vessel.

Hoft. Who raps at the door? pray come

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Waiter. An English Gentleman, just arrived from Liege in his journey to London, desires to know what English families are in town.

Luth. What is his figure, Ninny-hammer ?-?

Waiter. The Gentleman is plain, tall and meagre, a long slender nose, lank hair, and takes inuch snuff.

Hoft. I will nep, and make enquiry. .

Luth. A full hospitable purse and jovial companion, you may lawfully admit; but miserly liggards, exclude my presence. Do, you muna gea, or the like of that, as the saying is.

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. · Hoft. I have spoke to the Gentleman; I fancy you will prove him a Son of the Church.

Luth. Aye, peradventure one of my old potcompanions, Does he appear full-fledged you scan my meaning; not his perriwig ?

Host. I understand your meaning by your leer and squint, with attendant skew or skree lip; he seems no swindler. I wish all travellers were free from legerdemain. .,..

Luth. I am upon nettles. I cannot avoid nest. ling. I lot upon eggs, and shall bring on the gripes unless I ain relieved. You say, the parfon, or the like of ihat, do ye mungea, is plain, tall, meagre, long and slender nose, lạnk hair, and divers such ftuff. Pray, does this plain dealing appear in his garb, his face, or what other auguration do you draw your surmise from, or the like of that? Do, ye mungea ? Is the nose ftraight, hooked, or turned cock a hoop? Is it pointed, or a nub at the end ? Lank hair, and a Parson's bushy wig do not chime well, unless fome mishap has obliged him to decamp, and probably pass under a borrowed dress, I am egged on to diílect the rogue, but am afraid of an incumbrance, a knave I compare to bird-lime, a spider's net, or fly-trap, to entice the unwary; but it is not easy to take old birds with chaff, or the like of that, as the saying is. Do, ye mungea, invite hiin in, or the like of that. I shall fist my Jittle urchin; do, ye mungea.

Priest, I am your Reverence's most humble servant. i :

Lu?!. Luth. I am extremely obliged to you. I suppofe, or the like of that, as the saying is, do, ye mungea, that you are intitled to the honour of Reverence. I am your Reverence's molt devoted, or the like of that, as the saying is; do, your Reverence, mungea.

Priest. Your Reverence do me much honour. I am an Ecclefiaftic, much at your service.

Luth. What pleasantry from our convivial co-operators; I hope, you left all well ?

Priest. Extremely well, praying every blessing 10 friends and acquaintance.

Luth. I much desire to be fifty years back, to join the dance of Cuckolds-rout; them were truly happy times, pure and undefiled; when simplicity and vigorous nature infused into the beart the amorous injection of love's holy water. The shepherd, or the like of that (not like the hireling who quits his flock) gently lies down, and fondles his pretty lambkins, with genial warmth, of fpiritual carelles, as the saying is, or the like of that; do ye, mungea.

Priest. Your Reverence have been an old practitioner in the wars of Venus, and appears to have finished your carreer with robustness, whereas in general the clients of this alluring dame lel. dom quit the field without displaying some mark of her esteem, either the loss of a nole, or lone part of the out-scouts, or van; and sometimes the trunk (if with life) is so shattered, leared, and maimed, that it retains very little relemblance of the human species.

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Luth. Luth.. Hah! bab! ha! ha! You are a nin. com-poop! fi.del-de.dea; a downright ninnyhammer, mungril, 'poor puny pup. Where, in ihe name of Jeffrey, have you imbibed and fucked insipidity, and lost in the horrors of puGillanimity. I could venture three skips of a louse's liver, you are no Oxonian; neiiber have you breathed the air of Cambridge. How did you divert your time in the circles of London, or the like of that? Not to summons of tattoo, when :he whistle is founded for rendezvous; do you, mungea; driving the rounds of the divine Garden, which gallants you into the arms of the Goddess, and sometimes finishes in a conflict, under the banner of the God Mars, either by a settoo of cudgelling or fisticuffs, that for many years was my lot, being a Hercules, and well trained at Father Broughton's theatre,or the like of that; so that I may avow, I long subsisted by the ftrength and dexterity of my filt; as I stood foremost in all quarrels that required the like of that; and, for my wages, my money-concerns were discharged by our spiritual íraternity.

Priest. You have been a general warrior, and often, no doubt, been obliged to mount the pulpit, with swelled eyes and bruised face, a pretty Ipectacle, to preach the meekness of the gospel.

Luh. Who raps, or the like of that? Buzzard, come in ; do, you mungea.

Hoft. All things are ready, Sir, and upon the table,

Priest. I pray your Reverence's excufe.

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