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The Learn’d themselves we Book-worms name,
The Blockhead is a Slow-worm; The Nymph whose tail is all on flame,
Is aptiy term’d a Glow-worm :
That flutter for a day;
And in a Worm decay.
Thus Worms suit all conditions ;
And Death-watches Physicians. -
By all their winding play;
That gnaws them night and day.
And greater gain would rise, .
The Worm that never dies! :
Who sett'st our entrails free;
Since Worms shall eat ev’n thee.
Some few short years, no more ! Ev'n Button's Wits to Worms shall turn, · Who Maggots were before.
SONG, by a Person of Quality.
Written in the Year 1733.
Nightly nodding o’er your Flocks,
Mourn’d Adonis, darling Youth :
Gor'd with unrelenting Tooth.
Cynthia, tune harmonious Numbers ;
Fair Discretion, string the Lyre ; Sooth my ever-waking Slumbers : Bright Apollo, lend thy Choir.
v. Gloomy Pluto, King of Terrors,
Arm'd in adamantine Chains, Lead me to the Crystal Mirrors,
Wat’ring soft Elyfian Plains.
VI. Mournful Cypress, verdant Willow,
Gilding my Aurelia's Brows, Morpheus hov’ring o'er my Pillow, Hear me pay my dying Vows.
. . .VII. ** Melancholy smooth Mæander,
Swiftly purling in a Round,
VÍII. - november Thus when Philomela, drooping, '
Softly seeks her filent Mate,
On a certain LADY at COURT.
I Know the thing that's most uncommon; ,
(Envy be silent, and attend !) I know a reasonable Woman,
Handsome and witty, yet a Friend. ..
Not warp'd by Pasion, aw'd by Rumour, i
Not grave thro' Pride, nor gay thro' Folly, An equal Mixture of good Humour,
And sensible foît Melancholy.
" Has she no faults then (Envy says) Sir?”..
Yes, she has one, I must aver ::,:, iris When all the World conspires to praise her, ,
The Woman's deaf, and does not hear. Les
On his GROTTO at Twickenham,
MIN ER ALS.
VARIATIONS After ver. 6. in the MS.
You see that Ifand's wealth, where, only free,
Earth to her entrails feels not Tyranny. i. e. Britain is the only place on the globe which feels not Tyranny even to its very entrails. Alluding to the condemnation of Criminals to the Mines, one of the inflictions of civil justice in most Countries. The thought was exceeding natural and proper in this place, where the Poet was describing a Grotto incruited and adorni. ed with all sorts of Minerals, collected, by the means of commerce, from the fout quarters of the Globe.
Ver. 11. Wbere British fighs from dying Wyndham stole,] In his MS. it was thus, ,
To Wyndham's breast the patriot paffions-stole, which made the whole allude to a certain Anecdote of not much consequence to any but the parties concerned.
NOTES.. . On his Grotto.] The improving and finishing his Grotto was the favourite amusement of his declining Years; and the beauty of his poetic genius, in the disposition and ornaments of this romantic recess, appears to as much advantage as in his best contrived Poems.
VER. 9. Ægerian Grott,] Alluding to Numa's projecting his system of Politics in this Grott, affifted, as he gave out, by the Ġoddess Ægeria.
Where British fighs from dying Wyndham stole,
Soul. .'' i
To Mrs. M. B. on her Birth-DAY.
Long Health, long Youth, long. Pleasure, and a
Let Joy or Ease, let AMuence or Content,
And oh since Death must that fair frame destroy,