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Aptly the manling's tongue, I deem,
And hence the motley crowd whoe'er Bear Fashion's badge, or wish to bear, From Hockley-Hole to Rotten-Row Unite to dub Sir Philip—beau.
And such is Fashion's empty fame> Squire Robert loathes the very name; The rockets hiss, the bonfires blaze, The peasants gape in still amaze; The field unplough’d—the ox unyok'd, The farmer's mouth with pudding chok'd, The sexton's vest of decent brown, The village maiden's Sunday gown, In joyful union seem to say, “Squire Robert is of age to-day.”
The bumpkins hurry to the Bell, And clam'rous tongues in riot swell;
Anger is hot—and so is liquor ;
Right justly may the youthful squire These transports in his slaves inspire; At every fireside through the place He's welcome as the curate's grace; He tells his story, cracks his joke, And drinks his ale “like other folk ;) Fearless he risks that cranium thick At cudgelling and single-stick; And then his stud !-why! far and wide It is the county's chiefest pride! Ah ! had his steed no firmer brains Than the mere thing that holds the reins, Grief soon would bid the beer to run Because the squire's mad race was done, Not less than now it froths away, Because “the squire's of age to-day.”
Far different pomp inspird of old The youthful Roman's bosom bold, Soon as a father's honored hand Gave to his grasp the casque and brand, And off the light prætexta threw, And from his neck the bulla drew,
Bade him the toga's foldings scan,
Such was the hope, the barbarous joy, That nerved to arms the German boy ; A flame as ardent, more refin’d, Shall brightly glow in Julio's mind; But yet I'd rather see thee smile Grimly on war's embattled file, I'd rather see thee wield in strife The German butcher's reckless knife, Thinking thy claims to manhood grow From each pale corse that bleeds below;I'd rather view thee thus,—than see A modern blockhead rise in thee.
Is it a study for a Peer
Far nobler studies shall be thine-
PREPARING FOR HER FIRST SEASON IN TOWN.
Julia, while London's fancied bliss
Four miles from Town, a neat abode