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That each of life sought other to deprive,
All mindless of the golden-fleece which made them frive

And eke of private persons many moes
That were too long a worke to co!int them all ;

Some of sworne friends, that did their faith forgoe ;
Some of borne brethren, prov'd unnatural;
Some of dcare lovers, foes perpetual ;

Witness their broken bands there to be seen, Their girlonds rent, their bowres dispoiled all;

The monuments whereof there byding been, As plaine as at the first, when they were fresh and green.

Such was the house within; but all without The barren ground was full of wicked weeds,

Which she herself had sowen all about, Now growen great, at first of little seedes, The feeds of evil words, and fa&tious deedes ;

Which when to ripeness due they growen are,
Bring forth an infinite increase, that breedes

Tumultuous trouble, and contentious jarrc,
The which most often end in blood-shed and in warre.

And those fame cursed feeds do also serve
To her for bread, and yield a living food :

For life it is to her, when others serve Through mischievous debate, and deadly feood, That she

may

suck their life, and drink their blood, With which she from her childhood had been fed, For the at first was born of hellish brood,

And by infernal furies nourished,
That by her monstrous shape might casily be read,

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Her face most fóule and filthy was to see, With squinted eyes contrary ways extended,

And loathly mouth, unmeet a mouth to be;
That nought but gall and venim comprehended,
And wicked words that God and man offended :

Her lying tongue was in two parts divided,
And both the parts did fpeak, and both contended ;
And as her
tongue,

her heart decided, That never thought one thing, but doubly fill was

guided.

fo was

Als as the double speake, so heard the double,
With matchless eares deformed and dislori,

Fild with false rumours, and seditious trouble,
Bred in assemblies of the vulgar sort,
That ftill are led with every light report.

And as her eares, so eke her feete were odde,
And much unlike; th’one long, the other short,

And both misplac't; that when th' one forward gode.
The other back retired, and contrary trode,

, Likewise unequal were her handes twaine :: That one did reach, the other pusht away :

The one did make, the other mar'd againe, And fought to bring all things unto decay ; Whereby great riches, gathered many a day,

She in fuft fpace did often bring to bought,
And the ir polleifours often did d finay.

For all her ftudy was, and all her thought,
How she could overthrowe the thing that concord
wrought,

So

So much her malice did her might furpassie That even th’ Almighty self she did maligne,

Because to man so merciful he was, And unto all his creatures so benigne, Sith fhe her self was of his grace indigne :

For all this world's faire workmanship she tride,
Unto his last confusion to bring

And that great golden chain quite to divide,
With which it blessed concord hath together tide.

Report of an adjudged Case, not to be found in any of the Books.

COWPER.

BETWEEN Nose and eyes a frange conteft arole,

The spectacles set thein unhappily wrong: The point in dispute was, as all the world knows;

To which the faid spectacles ought to belong.

So the tongue was the lawyer, and argued the cause

With a great deal of skill, and a wig full of learning i While chief baron Ear fat to balance the laws,

So fam'd for his talent in nicely discerning In behalf of the Nose, it will quickly appear,

And your lordship, he said, will undoubtedly find, That the Nose has had spectacles always in wear, Which aniounts to possession time out of mind.

Then

Then holding the fpectacles up to the court

Your lordship observes they are made with a straddle, As wide as the ridge of the Nose is ; in short,

Design'd to fit close to it, just like a faddle. Again would your lordship a moment suppose

('Tis a case that has happen'd, and may be aga in) That the visage or countenance had not a Nose,

Pray who would or who could wear spectacles then ? On the whole it appears, and my argument fhews,

With a reasoning the court will never condemn, That the spectacles plainly were made for the Nose,

And the Nose was as plainly intended for them. Then shifting his side, as a lawyer knows how.

He pleaded again in behalf of the Eyes ; But what were his arguments few people know,

For the court did not think they were equally wiscs So his lord ship decreed, with a grave folemn tone,

Decisive and clear, without one if or but-That whenever the Nose put his spectacles on,

By day-light or candle-light Eyes should be fhut,

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HEN Cortez' furious legions flew

O'er ravag'd fields of rich Peru,
Struck with his bleeding people's woes,
Old India's awful genius rose :
He sat on Andes' topmost fone,
And heard a thousand nations

groan; For grief his feathery crown he tore. To see huge Plata foam with

gore ;
He broke his arrows, stamp'd the ground,
To view his cities smoaking round.

What woes, he cried, hath luft of gold
O'er my poor country widely rollid !
Plund'rers proceed ! my bowels tear,
But ye shall meet destruction there.
From the deep-vaulted mine shall rise
Th'insatiate fiend, pale Avarice ;
Whose fteps shall trembling Justice fly,
Peace, Order, Law, and Amity!
I see all Europe's children curft
With lucre's universal thirst:
The rage that sweeps my sons away
My bane ful gold thall well repay.

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