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Assuring Beauties that the border
Lend me-lend me some disguise ;
First, I relate how all the nation
Thus I waken doubts and fears
Next, I announce to hall and hovel
Thus I babble to the host
Then to the artist of my raiment
Off my troubled victims go,
I've sent the learned Doctor Trepan
Man of brief, and man of pill,
And then to her whose smile shed light on
Thus I whisper in the ear
And to the world I publish gaily,
Pleasant visions !—but alas,
Last, to myself, when night comes round me,
Wisdom is a mine, no doubt,
SCHOOL AND SCHOOLFELLOWS.
TWELVE years ago I made a mock
Of filthy trades and traffics :
I wrote delightful sapphics;
I supped with Fates and Furies,–
A happy boy, at Drury's.
Of faded pains and pleasures
From Memory's hoarded treasures !
The glories and disgraces,
Of all familiar faces !
As bright as when we parted ;
Stout-limbed, and simple-hearted !
And shunning every warning ;
No chill except Long Morning :
That rattled like a rocket;
And striking for the pocket;
Now feasting on a cheese and fitch,
Now drinking from the pewter ;
Now laughing at my tutor.
No playmate shares my beaker :
And some—before the Speaker ; And some compose a tragedy,
And some compose a rondeau ; And some draw sword for Liberty,
And some draw pleas for John Doe.
Without the fear of sessions ;
As much as false professions;
A magistrate pedantic ;
Beneath the wide Atlantic.
Does Dr. Martext's duty;
Is married to a Beauty;
His Mant, and not his Manton ;
Is very rich at Canton.
The world's cold chains have bound me; And darker shades are on my brow,
And sadder scenes around me;