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A constant bounty, which no friend has made;
He dies, sad outcast of each church and state,
Yet in this search the wisest may mistake,
Were means, not ends; ambition was the vice.
In this one passion man can strength enjoy,
Old politicians chew on wisdom pass'd,
Behold a reverend sire, whom want of grace Has made the father of a nameless race, Shoved from the wall, perhaps, or rudely press'd By his own son, that passes by unbless'd; Still to his wench he crawls on knocking knees, And envies every sparrow that he sees.
A salmon's belly, Helluo, was thy fate; The doctor call'd, declares all help too late. 'Mercy! (cries Helluo) mercy on my soul! Is there no hope?-Alas!-then bring the jowl.' The frugal crone, whom praying priests attend, Still strives to save the hallow'd taper's end, Collects her breath, as ebbing life retires, For one puff more, and in that puff expires.
'Odious! in woollen ! 'twould a saint provoke, (Were the last words that poor Narcissa spoke) No, let a charming chintz and Brussels lace Wrap my cold limbs and shade my lifeless face: One would not, sure, be frightful when one's deadAnd-Betty-give this cheek a little red.'
The courtier smooth, who forty years had shined An humble servant to all humankind, [stir, Just brought out this, when scarce his tongue could 'If-where I'm going-I could serve you, sir?' I give and I devise (old Euclio said,
And sigh'd) my lands and tenements to Ned.'
• Your money, sir?- My money, sir, what, all? Why-if I must-(then wept) I give it Paul.'
The manor, sir!'-' The manor! hold, (he cried) Not that I cannot part with that'—and died. And you, brave Cobham! to the latest breath Shall feel your ruling passion strong in death; Such in those moments as in all the past, 'O save my country, Heaven!' shall be your last.
To a Lady,
OF THE CHARACTERS OF WOMEN.
That the particular characters of women are not so strongly marked as those of men, seldom so fixed, and still more inconsistent with themselves.-Instances of contrarieties given, even from such characters as are more strongly marked, and seemingly, therefore, most consistent: as, 1. In the affected.-2. In the soft-natured.-3. In the cunning and artful.-4. In the whimsical.-5. In the lewd and vicious.-6. In the witty and refined.-7. In the stupid and simple. The former part having shown that the particular characters of women are more various than those of men, it is nevertheless observed that the general characteristic of the sex, as to the ruling passion, is more uniform. This is occasioned partly by their nature, partly by their education, and in some degree by necessity.What are the aims and the fate of this sex:-1. As to power.-2. As to pleasure.-Advice for their true interest. -The picture of an estimable woman, with the best kind of contrarieties.
NOTHING So true as what you once let fall,
Let then the fair one beautifully cry,
In Magdalen's loose hair and lifted eye;
Come then, the colours and the ground prepare!
How soft is Silia! fearful to offend; The frail one's advocate, the weak one's friend. To her Calista proved her conduct nice, And good Simplicius asks of her advice. Sudden she storms! she raves! you tip the wink; But spare your censure; Silia does not drink. All eyes may see from what the change arose; All eyes may see-a pimple on her nose. Papilia, wedded to her amorous spark, Sighs for the shades- How charming is a park!' A park is purchased; but the fair he sees
All bathed in tears-' Oh, odious, odious trees!' Ladies, like variegated tulips show;
'Tis to their changes half their charms we owe: Fine by defect, and delicately weak, Their happy spots the nice admirer take.
'Twas thus Calypso once each heart alarm'd,
To make a wash would hardly stew a child;