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That Eastern feature, Art must next produce,
diverted with the hurry and bustle of the capital, which is there represented, several times in the year, by the eunuchs of the palace.” Page 32.
Verse 109. Of marble arches.] See Sir William's enormous account of Chinese bridges, too long to be here inserted, page 53.
Stout T*Ib*t there shall ply with hackney chair,
Verse 115. Stout T**t, &c.] “Some of these eunuchs personate porters.” Page 32.
Verse 116. And Patriot Betty.] “ Fruits, and all sorts of refreshments, are cried about the streets in this mock city.” Page 33. Verse 122. Lo! brazen tears, &c.]
Drew iron tears down Pluto's cheek. Milton. Verse 125. See Jemmy Twitcher shambles.] “ Neither are thieves, pickpockets, and sharpers, forgot in these festivals; that noble profession is usually allotted to a great number of the most dexterous eunuchs.” Milton.
Verse 127. Let B**n.] « The watch seizes on the culprit.” Page 33.
Let B*rr*t*n arrest him in mock fury,
Be these the rural pastimes that attend 135 Great B*nsw*k's leisure: these shall best unbend His royal mind, whene'er, from state withdrawn, He treads the velvet of his Richmond lawn; These shall prolong his Asiatic dream, Tho’Europe's balance trembles on its beam. 140
Verse 128. And M**d, &c.] He is conveyed before the judge, and sometimes severely bastinadoed.” Ibid.
Verse 129. But hark, &c.] “ Quarrels happen-battles ensue.” Ibid.
Verse 132. Circumcise C* F*] « Every liberty is permitted; there is no distinction of persons.” Ibid.
Verse 134. And all the Maids of Honour, &c.] “ This is done to divert his Imperial Majesty, and the ladies of his train.” Ibid.
And thou, Sir William ! while thy plastic hand
Occasioned by their favourable reception of a late Heroic
Epistle to Sir William Chambers, Knt. &c.
BY THE AUTHOR OF THAT EPISTLE.
Sicelides Musæ, paulo majora canamus.
I THAT of late, Sir William's Bard, and Squire, March'd with his helm and buckler on my lyre, (What time the Knight prick'd forth in ill-starr'd
haste, Comptroller General of the works of taste), Now to the public tune my grateful lays, 5 Warın'd with the sun-shine of the public praise :
Verse 1. I that of late.]
VIRGIL, or somebody for hins Verse 4. Works of taste.] Put synonimously for his Majesty's works. See Sir William's title-page.