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The best, in fome unguarded hour,
Have bow'd the knee, and own'd her pow's.
Then let the Poet not reveal
What candour wishes to conceal.

If I beheld some faulty fair,
Much worse delinquents crowded there;
Prelates in sacred lawn I saw,
Grave physic, and loquacious law;
Courtiers, like summer fies, abound,
And hungry poets swarm around.
But now my partial story ends,
And makes


females full amends.
If Albion's ifle such dreams fulfils,
'Tis Albion's ille which cures these ills;
Fertile of every worth and grace,
Which warm the heart, and flush the face.

Fancy disclos'd a smiling train
Of British nymphs that tripp'd the plain :
Good-nature first, a sylvan queen,
Attir'd in robes of chearful green:
A fair and smiling virgin fhe!
With ev'ry charm that shines in thee.
Prudence assum'd the chief command,
And bore a mirror in her hand;
Grey was the matron's head by age,
Her mind by long experience fage ;
Of every distant ill afraid,
And anxious for the fimp’ring maid.
The graces danc'd before the fair ;
And white-rob'd Innocence was there,

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The trees with golden fruits were crown'd,
And rising flow'rs adorn'd the ground;
The sun display'd each brighter ray,
And shone in all the pride of day.

When Slander, ficken'd at the fight,
And kulk'd away to thun the light.



'Twas on a lofty vase’s fide,
Where China's gayest art had dy'd

The azure flow'rs that blow;
Demurest of the tabby kind,
The penfive Selima reclin's,

Gaz'd on the lake below.

Her conscious tale her joy declar'd,

The fair round face--the snowy beardees
The velvet of her

The coat that with the tortoise vies--
Her ears of jet, and emrald eyes-

She faw, and purr'd applause.

Still had the gaz'd; but 'midst the tide
Two beauteous forms were seen to.glide,

The genii of the stream ;


Their scaly armours tyrian hue,
Thro' richest purple to the view,

Betray'd a golden gleam.

The hapless nymph with wonder faw
A whisker first, and then a paw ;

With many an ardent with,
She stretch'd in vain to reach the prize ;
What female heart can gold despise ?

What Cat's averse to fish?
Presumptuous maid! with looks intent,
Again the stretch'd-again the bent,

Nor knew the gulf between :
Malignant fate fat by and smild,
The slipp'ry verge her feet beguild-

She tumbl'd headlong in,
Eight times emerging from the flood,
She mew'd to ev'ry wat'ry god,

Some speedy aid to send;
No dolphin came-no nereid ftirr'd;
Nor cruel Tom nor Susan heard.

A fav'rite has no friend.

From hence, ye beauties undeceiv'd,
Know, one false step is ne'er retriev'd,

And be with caution bold;
Not all that tempts your wandring eyes
And heedless hearts, is lawful prize ;

Nor all that glitters gold.

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To be good, is to be happy.-Angels
Are happier than men, because they are better.
Guilt is the source of sorrow; 'tis the fiend
Th’avenging fiend, that follows us behind
With whips and stings: the bleft know none of this,
But reft in everlasting peace of mind,
And find the height of all their hear'n is goodness


When recent in the womb I lay,

'Ere yet my life began ;
Thy care preserv'd the sleeping clay,

And form'd it into man.

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Oh! may this frame that rising grew

Beneath thy plastic hands,
Be studious ever to pursue

Whate'er thy will commands.
The foul that moves this earthly load,

Thy femblance let it bear;
Nor. lose the traces of the God

Who ftamp'd his image there.

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