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ON A CERTAIN LADY AT COURT.:
(Envy be silent, and attend !)
Handsome and witty, yet a friend.
Not grave through pride, or gay through folly;
And sensible soft melancholy.
Yes, she has one, I must aver;
The woman's deaf, and does not hear.
TO MR. GAY,
WHO CONGRATULATED HIM ON FINISHING HIS HOUSE AND
Ah, friend ! 'tis true—this truth you lovers know-
What are the gay parterre, the checkered shade, The morning bower, the evening colonnade, But soft recesses of uneasy minds, To sigh unheard in, to the passing winds ? So the struck deer in some sequestered part Lies down to die, the arrow at his heart; He, stretch'd unseen in coverts hid from day, Bleeds drop by drop, and pants his life away. 1 Mrs. Howard, bedchamber woman to Queen Caroline. George II. created her Countess of Suffolk.
2 John Gay, born 1688, died 1732. His “Beggar's Opera” was the first ballad opera ever produced. He was the friend of all the poets and wits of the time, and was a most amiable man, His“Fables" are well known,
PROLOGUE DESIGNED FOR MR. D’URFEY'S
FIRST PUBLISHED IN POPE AND SWIFT'S MISCELLANIES.
GROWN old in rhyme 'twere barbarous to discard
1 Thomas D'Urfey, a comic poet of the time of Charles II., who used to lean on his shoulder, and hum the tunes of his songs. He was born 1628, and died in London in 1723,
A PROLOGUE BY MR. POPE,
TO A PLAY FOR MR. DENNIS'S BENEFIT IN 1733, WHEN HE WAS OLD, BLIND, AND IN GREAT DISTRESS, A LITTLE
BEFORE HIS DEATH,
As when that nero,' who in each campaign,
MACER:2 A CHARACTER.
1 Belisarius. the general of Justinian. In 533 he took Carthage. and made the king of the Vandals prisoner. Being accused afterwards of joining in a conspiracy against the Emperor, his estates were confiscated, and he was reduced to beggary. The tradition that his eyes were put out was not correct.
* Supposed to be James Moore Smyth, author of the “Rival Modes,"
Some ends of verse his betters might afford,
So some coarse country wench, almost decayed,
TO MR. JOHN MOORE,
Deceived by shows and forms!
All humankind are worms.
Man is a very worm by birth,
Vile, reptile, weak, and vain!
Then shrinks to earth again.
That woman is a worm, we find
E’er since our grandam's evil;
That ancient worm, the devil.
Bee Dunciad. But Bowles thinks it might have been meant for Phil. ips, who was devoted to Steele, and whose “Distressed Mother" was taken from the French of Racine.
The learned themselves we book-worms name,
The blockhead is a slow-worm ; The nymph whose tail is all on flame,
Is aptly termed a glow-worm :
The fops are painted butterflies,
That flutter for a day;
And in a worm decay.
The flatterer an ear-wig grows;
Thus worms suit all conditions: Misers are muck-worms, silk-worms beaux,
And death-watches physicians.
That statesmen have the worm, is seen,
By all their winding play ;
That gnaws them night and day.
Ah, Moore! thy skill were well employed,
And greater gain would rise,
The worm that never dies!
O learned friend of Abchurch Lane,
Who settest our entrails free, Vain is thy art, thy powder vain,
Since worms shall eat ev’n thee.
Our fate thou only canst adjourn
Some few short years, no more!
Who maggots were before.
i The club in Russell Street, Covent Garden, where Swift, Gay, Pope, and Addison, &c., met. Button had been a butler of Lady Warwick's, Addison's wife.