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in case he survived him ; but Mr. Roubiliac dying first, rendered the gentleman's grateful intention of no effect.

Parody of the Soliloquy in Hamlet.

To hunt, or not to hunt? That is the question-
Whether 'tis prudent in the soul to suffer
The pangs of self-denial, or to urge
With enthusiastic rage and bold defiance
The rapid chace-to hunt- to ride
No more-and by that ride to say we fly
From thought, that cankerworm to gay desires;
From cares, that feed upon the lamp of life;
'Tis a fruition devoutly to be wish’d.
To bunt—to ride to ride-perchance to fall;
Ay, there's the rub—
For in the mad pursuit what falls may come,
When ev'ry hound each hardy sinew strains,
And every breeze conveys enraptring sounds :
Must give us pause.—There's the respect
That gives the fatal blow to promis'd joys;
That taints with baleful blight each blooming hope.
Who wou'd forego this madness of delight,
Who without pain could hear a chace describ’d,
Or silent sit while others boast their feats,
When he himself might mount the neighing steed,
And urge the sprightly chace ? Beneath a roof,
Who wou'd wear out the tedious, doleful day,
Oppress’d with discontent and dire remorse?
But that the dread of fall precipitate,
That unknown field, where, destitute of aid,
With shiver'd limb he haply may repent
His forward zeal and fury uncontrould,

Puzzles the will, and makes us rather pines
In humble cell than seek for distant joys
Where pain and death th' advent'rous hunter wait.
But hark
The hunter's notes, on Zephyr's pinion borne,
Assail my ears—
Already Phæbus gilds the mountain top.
Great Phæbus, patron of the hunting crew,
Propitious smile and vanish ev'ry doubt!

The Greyhound :-A Fable.

Altera poscit opem res, et conjurat amice.

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As o'er his prey a greyhound stood,
And lick’d his lips upon his food ;
Thus in himself he justly weighs,
Which of his limbs deserves most praise.
The tail suggests,—'tis I thee steer;
The legs reply, but we thee bear;
I, says the nose, the prey must trace;
We, say the eyes, direct the chace;
True, says the mouth, but prithee hear,
Can either of ye catch a hare?
Cease strife, says Spring, distraction smother, ..
For none subsists without another.

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Lymington, April 3, 1765.

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A letter from Algernon Sidney, Esq. in answer to one, persuading his return to England quickly after the Restoration.—Sir,—I am sorry I cannot in all things conform myself to the advice of my

friends; if theirs had any joint concernment with mine, I would willingly submit my interest to theirs; but when I alone am interested, and they only advise me to come over as soon as the act of indemnity is past, because they think it is best for me, I cannot wholly lay aside my own judgment and choice. I confess we are naturally inclined to delight in our own country, and I have a particular love to mine; I hope I have given some testimony of it. I think that being exiled from it is a great evil, and would redeem myself from it with the loss of a great deal of my blood. But when that country of mine, which used to be esteemed a paradise, is now like to be made a stage of injury; the liberty which we hoped to establish oppressed; all manner of profaneness, looseness, luxury, and lewdness set up in its height, instead of piety, virtue, sobriety, and modesty, which we hoped God, by our hands, would have introduced; the best of our nation made a prey to the worst ; the parliament, court, and army corrupted; the people enslaved ; all things vendible ; and no man safe but by such evil and infamous means as flattery and bribery ; what joy can I have in my own country in this condition? Is it a pleasure to see all that I love in the world sold and destroyed ? Shall I renounce all my old principles, learn the vile court arts, and make my peace by bribing some of them? Shall their corruption and vice be my safety? Ah! no: better is a life among strangers than in my own country upon such conditions. Whilst I

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live, I will endeavour to preserve my liberty, or at least not consent to the destroying of it. I hope I shall die in the same principles in which I have lived, and will live no longer than they can preserve me, I have in my life been guilty of many follies; but, as I think, of no meanness. I will not blot and defile that which is past by endeavouring to provide for the future. I have had in my mind, that when God should cast me into such a condition as that I cannot save my life but by doing an indecent thing, he shews me the time is come wherein I should resign it. And when I cannot live in my own country but by such means as are worse than dying in it, I think he shews me that I ought to keep myself out of it. Let them please themselves with making the king glorious, who think a whole people may justly be sacrificed for the interest and pleasure of one man and a few of his followers. Let them rejoice in their subtlety, who live and be employed ; can it be expected that I should serve a government that seeks such detestable ways of establishing itself? Ah! no I have not learnt to make my own peace by persecuting and betraying my brethren, more innocent and worthy than myself. I must live by just means, and serve to just ends, or not at all. After such a manifestation of the ways by which it is intended the king shall govern, I should have renounced any place of favour into

which the kindness and industry of my friends : might have advanced me, when I found those

that were better than I were only fit to be destroyed. I had formerly some jealousies; the fraudulent proclamation for indemnity increased them. The imprisoning of those three men, and turning out all the officers of the army, contrary to promise, confirmed me in my resolutions not to return.

To conclude, the tide is not to be diverted, nor the oppressed delivered; but God, in his time, will have mercy on his people. He will save and defend them, and avenge the blood of those who shall now perish, upon the heads of those who in their pride think nothing is able to oppose them. Happy are those whom God shall make instruments of his justice to so a blessed a work; if I can liye to see that day, I shall be ripe for the grave, and able to say with joy, “ Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, &c.

Farewell. My thoughts as to king and state, depending upon their actions, no man shall be a more faithful servant to him than I, if he make the good and prosperity of his people his glory; none more his enemy if he does the contrary. To my particular friends I shall be constant in all occasions, and to you, A most affectionate servant,

ALGERNON SIDNEY,

Oxfordshire Nancy Bewitched.- A Ballad.

- By the late Mr. Garrick.

Set to Music by Mr. Shield. Tho' I'm slim, and am young, and was lively, and fair, Cou'd sing 'a sweet song, and in others kill care,

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