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10 Let lean-ey'd Honesty bears for space foaf
His merited weight of care, 1963.2003
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And sure she is wonderous wise, .
Is a fair, but a faithless disguise.
That the modes of a court education,
Are train-pits and traitors to youth; And the only fine language in fashion,
A tongue that is foreign to truth,
Where Honour is barely an oath,
Where knaves are with noblemen classed ; Where Natures’ a stranger to both,
And Love an old tale of times past.
Where laughter no pleasure dispenses,
Where smiles are the envoys of art; Where joy lightly swims on the senses,
But never can enter the heart.
Where hopes and kind hugs are trepanners, .. Where Virtue's divorced from success; Where cringing goes current for manners,
And worth is no deeper than dress.
Where Fayour creeps lamely on crutches,
Where Friendship is nothing but face; And the title of duke, or of duchess,
Is all that entitles to Grace.
· Tune. - You Commons and Peers.'
The time to beguile, Now listen a-while, And I'll shew you an excellent plot ; How husband and wife, Through the crosses of life, May be held by the true lover's knot.
As mortals are frail,
My Dolly so bright,
When your wives they grow grey,
Prologue for the Opening of a Theatre. When lazy moralists from cloisters taught The frosty precepts of unpractised thought, Howe'er the judgment coldly was inform’d, No worth was kindled, for no heart was warm’d. But when some good Man to the publick read, The generous lecture of a life well led; When patriots stood for liberty and laws, Or fell the victims of their country's cause; Then hearts were taught to glow, and eyes to melt, And hands to act the lesson that was felt.
In languid maxims, which we barely hear,
Hence, was the Stage, from earliest times, design'd
Though Time and Death have closed their ancient
Whate'er of worth informs the social breast,