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V E R S E S,

OCCASIONED BY A COMPARISON WHICH WAS MADE

BETWEEN A YOUNG + LADY OF QUALITY,

OF DISTINGUISHED BEAUTY AND MERIT,

AND MISS LAWRENCE.

A SPASIA, Laura, lovely pair!

Each with love's fires the bosom warm, Both tender, virtuous, young and fair,

But yet by different means they charm.

Afpafia, birth and titles grace,

Yet is she humble, mild and free ; While Laura's stem no heralds trace, Yet

every look has majesty.

When blushes paint Aspasia's face,

Bespeaking modesty and sense, We almost think a court the place

To seek for conscious innocence.

When awful grace and dignity,

In low-born Laura's eye we find,
We then confess to no degree
True grace and greatness are confin'd.

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Aspalia, , Aspasia, every tongue must own, A NEW TALE

| Lady D. S----F,

Adds luftre e’en to princely state ;
While Laura proves (though fortune frown)

I hat merit needs not to be great.

Though bless’d with ev'ry charm and grace,

Afpafia, grieve not then to see A lowly maid, in iniud and face,

Nam'd thus a rival e’en to thee.

And, Laura, thou this lesson hear,

That gentlest manners may be found, E’en in the high-exalted fair,

Whom poinp and vanity surround.

THE NAIAD OF BATH.

TO COLONEL S-----,

1

DEAR col’nel, you enjoind the task,

An easy one for you to ask,

As easy me to grant ; For where both join in sympathy, 'Tis very easy to agree,

To leek what both we want.

You bid me sing a hymn to health,
For what are talents, titles, wealth,

Without her favours bleft?

Come,

Come, goddess, come, propitious hear,
In all thy rosy trim appear,

And lull our pains to rest.

And said,

I sung ;-the goddess heard my prayer,

“ To Avon's banks repair, " Where Bladud's waters fluw; “ There have I plac'd a lovely maid, "Lawrence, fair mistress of my trade,

" And substitute below.”

How

-Bat, oh! ye invalids beware

you approach the pump! for there

Cupid in ambush lies;
There, while her hands deal health around,
The wanton rogue is sure to wound,

And kills us through her eyes.

But what kind caution e'er could fave,
From her sweet chains, the willing flave,

As we too fondly know;
The god at random lanc'd a dart,
Which wounded you quite through the heart,

And me from head to toe.

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GRAFTED ON AN OLD STORY,

THRO' Moorfields, at the peep of day,

A troop of sportsment took their way;
In rustic state they rode along,
A ranting, purse-proud, thoughtless throng,
With modifh nabs, and tight surtouts,
And bright spring spurs, and jemmy boots ;
These in the foremost ranks appear ;
Falc'ners, hawks, dogs, compose the rear.

A bedlamite, by chance let out, With gaping grin admir'd the rout; And when the cava cade had passid, Beckon’d and bawld to stop the last. “Good friend (said he) pray let me know " What means this sort of raree show, “ And who's yon green coat riding there, " That cracks his whip with such an air ; “ Is he your brother? sure he is; “ For you're much like in dress and phyz.

No, he's our 'quire (reply'd the other) But loves me better than a brother:

And

And well he may, for ne'er a man
Could train his falcons as I can :
This, on my hand, tho' lately made,
Is quite a master of his trade,
And shews more sense, if I may say't,
Than all yon folks have in their pate :
'Tis that has brought them all together,
To try his blood, this charming weather.

“Well (faid the first) and pray what hire “May you have yearly from the 'squire ?"

A score (faid he) of yellow boys,
Besides fome other casual toys;
A waistcoat lac'd, unfoii'd and clever,
Or ruffed shirts as whole as ever,
And oftentimes a lucky pounce
Tempts him to throw me half an ounce ;
Besides the best of meat and drink,
And all too little, you may think,
For the fatigue that I endure
In bringing young ones to the lure :
But such an ord’nary, you know,
Is no bad thing, as markets go,

“ Has he a fon?” rejoin'd the fool ! Ay, but he's boarded out at school.

" What has his tutor by the year ?". As much as I, or very near.

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