That a J^aiad should long to ennoble her breed ;
Or whether his Lordship was charm'd to behold
His face in the stream, like Narcissus of old ;
In handing old Lady Bumfidget and daughter,
This obsequious Lord tumbled into the water ;
But a nymph of the flood brought him safe to the boat,
And I left all the ladies a-cleaning his coat.
Thus the feast was concluded, as far as I hear.
To the great satisfaction of all that were there.
O may he give breakfasts as long as he stays,
For I ne'er ate a better in all born days.
In haste I conclude, Sec. Sec. Sec.
S B N — R — D.
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Miss Prudence B — n — r — d to Lady Eliz. M — d — ss,
at Castle, North.
Miss Prudence B — n — R — d informs Lady Betty that she has been elected
to Methodism by a Vision.*
JtIearken, Lady Betty, hearken,
To the dismal news I tell ;
How your friends are all embarking
For the fiery gulph of hell.
* The following very humorous and whimsical Translation of the above Letter,
by the Author, will not be unacceptable to the learned Reader :
Audi moestum, Eliza, questum,
Nuntium audi horridum;
It devota domus tota
Barathrum Orci torridum.
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Brother Simkin's grown a rakehell,
Cards and dances ev'ry day,
Jenny laughs at tabernacle,
Tabby Runt is gone astray.
Blessed I, tho' once rejected,
Like a little wand 'ring sheep,
Who this morning was elected
By a vision in my sleep :
SiMKiN frater desperatur,
Ludit, salit, turpiter,
Ridet J ANA sacra fana,
Tabitha Runt deperditm\
Ego, ut ovis, errans quovis,
Scomma nuper omnium,
Ter beata, quae vocata
Mane sum per somnium ;
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For 1 dream'd an apparition
Came, like Roger, from above ;
Saying, by divine commission
I must fill you full of love.
Just with Roger's head of hair on,
Roger's mouth, and pious smile ;
Sweet, methinks, as beard of Aaron
Dropping down with holy oil.
Nam procero par Rogero
Spectrum venit coelitus ;
Dicens, Ego amore implebo
Te divino peniti^s.
Cum Rogeri crine vciri,
Cumque barba apparuit,
Barba, gravi, oleo suavi,
Qualem Aaron habuit.
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I began to fall a kicking,
Panted, struggled, strove in vain ;
When the spirit whipt so quick in,
I was cur'd of all my pain.
First I thought it was the night-mare
Lay so heavy on my breast ;
But I found new joy and light there,
When with heavenly love possest.
Ego tremere, fremere, gemere,
At me superat, deinde recuperat
Spiritus intrans propere.
Dixi primi^m, pectus imum
Graviter pulsat incubus ;
At laetabar, illuminabar,
Rapta sacris ignibus.
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Come again, then, apparition,
Finish what thou hast begun ;
Roger, stay, thou soul's physician,
I with thee my race will run.
Faith her chariot has appointed,
Now we're stretching for the goal ;
All the wheels with grace anointed,
Up to heav'n to drive my soul.* —
Quin dilectum redi spectrum,
Perfice haec negotia ;
O mi Medice, tecum reduce,
Cursus ibo socia.
Ego metam tecum petam,
Currum nunc ascendimus.
Fides junxit, gratia inunxit,
Adque coelos tendimus. —
♦ The editor, for many reasons, begs to be excused giving the public the
sequel of this young lady's letter ; but if the reader will please to look into
the Bishop of Exeter's book, intitled, " The Enthusiasm of Methodists and
" Papists compared," he will find many instances (particularly of young
people) who have been elected in the manner above.
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Mr. SiMKiN B — N — R — D to Lady B — n — r — d, at -
SeriousREFLECTiONsof Mr. B — n — R — d. His Bill of Expences.
The Distresses of the Family, A Farewell to Bath.
Alas, my dear mother, our evil and good
By few is distinguish'd, by few understood !
How oft are we doom'd to repent at the end,
The events that our pleasantest prospects attend !
As Solon declar'd, in the last scene alone,
All the joys of our life, all our sorrows are known.
When first I came hither for vapours and wind,
To cure all distempers, and study mankind,
How little I dream'd of the tempest behind !
1 never once thought what a furious blast,
What storms of distress would o'erwhelm me at last.
How wretched am I ! what a fine declamation
Might be made on the subject of my situation
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Tm a fable ! — an instance ! — and serve to dispense
An example to all men of spirit and sense,
To all men of fashion, and all men of wealth,
Who come to this place to recover their health :
For my means are so small, and my bills are so large,
I ne'er can come home till you send a discharge.
Let the Muse speak the cause, if a Muse yet remain
To supply me with rhymes, and express all my pain.
Paid bells, and musicians,
Drugs, nurse, and physicians,.
Balls, raffles, subscriptions, and chairs ;
Wigs, gowns, skins, and trinaming.
Good books for the women,
Plays, concerts, tea, negus, and prayers.
Paid the following schemes.
Of all who it seems
Make charity-bus'ness their care :
A gamester decay 'd.
And a prudish old maid
By gaiety brought to despair :
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A fidler of note,
Who, for lace on his coat,
To his taylor was much in arrears :
An author of merit,
Who wrote with such spirit
The pillory took off his ears.
A sum, my dear mother, far heavier yet,
Captain Cormorant won when I leam'd lansquenet ;
Two hundred I paid him, and five am in debt.
For the five I had nothing to do but to write.
For the Captain was very well bred and polite.
And took, as he saw my expcnces were great.
My bond, to be paid on the Clodpole estate ;
And asks nothing more while the money is lent,
Than interest paid him at twenty per cent.
But I'm shock 'd to relate what distresses befall
Miss Jenny, my sister, and Tabby and all :
Miss Jenny, poor thing, from this Bath expedition.
Was in hopes very soon to have chang'd her condition :
But rumour has brought certain things to her ear,
Which I ne'er will believe, yet am sorry to hear
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* That the Captain, her lover, her dear Romeo,
' Was banish'd the army a great while ago :
* That his friends and his foes he alike can betray,
' And picks up a scandalous living by play.'
But if e'er I could think that the Captain had cheated.
Or my dear cousin Jenny unworthily treated,
By all that is sacred I swear, for his pains
rd cudgel him first, and then blow out his brains.
For the man I abhor like the devil, dear mother,
Who one thing conceals, and professes another.
O how shall we know the right way to pursue ! —
Do the ills of mankind from religion accrue !—
Religion, design'd to relieve all our care,
Has brought my poor sister to grief and despair ;
Now she talks of damnation, and screws up her face ;
Then prates about Roger, and spiritual grace;
Her senses, alas ! seem at once gone astray —
No pen can describe it, no letter convey^
But the man without sin, that Moravian Rabbi,
Has perfectly cur'd the Chlorosis of Tabby ;
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And, if right I can judge, from her shape and her face,
She soon may produce him an infant of grace.
Now they say that all people, in our situation,
Are very fine subjects for regeneration ;
But I think, my dear mother, the best we can do,
Is to pack up our all, and return back to you.
Farewell then, ye streams,
Ye poetical themes !
Sweet fountains for curing the spleen !
I'm griev'd to the heart
Without cash to depart,
And quit this adorable scene !
Where gaming and grace
Each other embrace.
Dissipation and piety meet : —
May all, who've a notion
Of cards or devotion,
Make Bath their delightful retreat !
S B— N— R— D.
Criticisms, and the Guide's Conversation with three Ladies
of Piety, Learning, and Discretion.
A Letter to Miss Jenny W — d — r at Bathj from Lady Eliz.
M — D — ss, her Friend in the Country; a young Lady of
neither Fashion, Taste, nor Spirit.
The Conversation continued. — ^Their Ladyships' Receipt for
a Novel. — ^The Ghost of Mr. Quin.
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Criticisms, and the Guide's Conversation with three Ladies of
Piety, Learning, and Discretion.
1 HERE are who complain that my verse is severe,
And what is much worse — that my Book is too dear :
The Ladies protest that I keep no decorum
In setting such patterns of folly before 'em :
Some cannot conceive what the Guide is about,
With names so unmeaning to make such a rout.
Lady Dorothy Scrawl would engage to bespeak
A hundred such things to be made in a week :
Madam Shuffledumdoo, more provoking than that,
Has sold your poor Guide for two fish and a mat;
A sweet medium paper, a book of fine size.
And a print that I hop'd would have suited her eyes.
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And another good lady, of delicate taste,
Cries, *' Fie ! Mr. Bookseller, bring me some paste ;
" I'll close up this leaf, or my daughter will skim
" The cream of that vile methodistical hymn." —
Then stuck me down fast — so unfit was my page
To meet the chaste eyes of this virtuous age.
Guide.] O spare me, good Madam, it goes to my heart
With my sweet methodistical letter to part.
Away with your paste ! 'tis exceedingly hard
Thus to torture and cramp an unfortunate bard :
How my Muse will be shock'd, when she's just taking flight,
To find that her pinions are fasten'd so tight !
First Lady.] Why you know, beyond reason, and de-"
Beyond all respect to religion that's due.
Your dirty satirical work you pursue.
I veiy well know whom you meant to affront
In the pictures of Prudence, and Tabitha Runt. —
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Guide.] Indeed my good ladies, religion and virtue
Are things that I never design'd any hurt to.
All poets and painters, as Horace agrees,
May copy from nature what figures they please ;
Nor blame the poor poet, or painter, if you
In verse or on canvas your likeness should view.
I hope you don't think I would write a lampoon ;
I'd be hang'd at the foot of Parnassus as soon.
Second Lady.] Prithee don't talk to me of your Horace
When you come like an impudent wretch to attack us.
What's Parnassus to you? Take away but your rhyme,
And the strains of the bell-man are full as sublime.
Third Lady.] Dost think that such stuflP as thou writ'st
Will procure thee a busto in Westminster- Abbey P
Guide.] 'Tis true, on Parnassus I never did dream,
Nor e'er did I taste of sweet Helicons stream ;
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My share of the fountain I'll freely resign
To those who are better belov'd by the Nine :
Give bustos to poets of higher renown,
I ne'er was ambitious in marble to frown :
Give laurels to those, from the god of the lyre
Who catch the bright spark of etherial lire ;
Who, skill'd every passion at will to impart,
Can play round the head while they steal to the heart ;
Who, taught by Apollo to guide the bold steed.
Know when to give force, when to temper his speed :
My nerves all forsake me, my voice he disdains,
When he rattles his pinions, no more hears the reins.
But thro' the bright ether sublimely he goes,
Nor earth, air, or ocean, or mountains oppose. —
For me, 'tis enough that my toil I pursue,
Like the bee drinking sweets that exhale from the dew.
Content if Melpomene joins to my lay
One tender soft strain of melodious Gray ;
Thrice happy in your approbation alone.
If the following ode for my hymn can atone.
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To Miss Jenny W — d — e, al Bath ; from Lady Eliz.
M — D — ss, her Friend in the Country;
A young Lady of neither Fashion, Taste, nor Spirit.
Oft I've invok'd th' Aonian quire,
And Phcebus oft in vain,
Like thee, my friend, to tune my lyre,
Like thee to raise my strain :
And when of late I sought their aid
The flow'ry bank beside,
Methought, along the silent glade,
I heard a voice that cry'd,
" Mistaken maid ! why idly waste
*' Your hours in fruitless toil?
" You ne'er the hallow'd brook can taste,
" Or tread poetic soil :
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" For since your friend pursues the path
" Where wit and pleasure reigns,
•* With her has fled each Muse to Bath,
" From these neglected plains :
" There many a bard's inspir'd with song,
" With epigram and ode ;
*' And one^ the meanest of the throng,
" Takes satire's thorny road;
" For him Bath's injur'd genius now
" The hemlock juice prepares,
" And deadly nightshade o'er his brow
*' For laurel wreaths he wears :
" Him, like the Thracian bard, shall curse
" £ach nymph, each angry dame;
'* Tho' far inferior be his verse,
*' His hapless fate the same ;
" Torn be the wretch, whose impious strains
" Profan'd their beauty's pride,
" No Muse to gather his remains
" That flow down Avons tide ;
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"But him shall many a drone pursue
" That hums around the stream ;
*' Him frantic priests, an insect crew
" That cloud Light's heav'nly beam.
" Then, lest his destiny you share,
** Rash nymph, thy strains give o'er !
" Be warn'd by me, of rhyme beware !'* —
The voice was heard no more.
Yet tho' I cease my artless lay,
Nor longer court the Nine,
This faithful tribute will I pay
At friendship's sacred shrine.
Here will I offer incense sweet,
Here light the hallow'd fires :
And oh ! with kind acceptance meet
What true regard inspires.
Nor let my friendly verse offend
*That poor deluded maid,
Whose faith I ne'er can comprehend,
Or grace in dreams convey *d.
* Miss Prudence B — nd — rh — o.
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May no such grace my thoughts employ,
Nor I with envy view
Those scenes of dissipated joy,
So well describ'd by you !
Think not a parent's harsh decrees
From me those scenes withhold ;
His soft request can ne'er displease
Who ne'er my joys control'd,
But pining years opprest with grief
My tender care demand ;
The bed of sickness asks relief
From my supporting hand.
Well do I know, how sorrow preys,
E'er since the hour that gave
The partner of his happier days
To seek the silent grave.
In that sad hour my lips she prest,
Bedew'd with many a tear ;
And " Take," she cry'd, " this last bequest,
*' A dying mother's pray'r.
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" O let the maxims I convey
" Sink deep into thy breast,
" When I no more direct thy way,
" Retir'd to endless rest.
" Look on thy aged father's woe !
" 'Tis thine to sooth his pain ;
" With Grace like this, Religion shew.
" And thus her cause maintain.
'' Nor is't enough that Grace displays,
" Or Faith her light divine;
" In all thy works, in all thy ways,
" Let heav'nly Virtue shine :
" O ! may the Fountain of all truth
" Each Perfect Gift impart,
" With Innocence protect thy youth,
" With Hope support thy heart \
" So may'st thou learn thyself to know,
** Of all extremes beware,
** Nor find in age thy cup o'erflow
" With shame, remorse, and care :
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" Then shall no madmen Light reveal,
" No visionary priest,
**^ith falsehood, ignorance, and zeal,
" Torment thy peaceful breast :
** Then shall no fears thy soul distress,
" Religion's doubts shall cease ;
*' Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
" And all her paths are peace."^ —
Such were the truths, ere lost in death.
Her parting voice convey 'd ;
Such may I keep 'till latest breath,
Thou dear lamented shade !
What tho' no Muse will deign, my friend,
My homely joys to tell ;
Tho' Fashion ne'er will condescend
To seek this humble cell ;
Yet freedom, peace, and mind serene,
Which modish life disdains,
(Perpetual sweets ! ) enrich the scene
Where conscious virtue reigns :
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Blest scenes ! such unrepented joys,
Such true delights ye give,
Remote from fashion, vice, and noise,
Contented let me live.
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The Conversation continued. — The Ladies* Receipt for a Novel. — ^The
Ghost of Mr. Quin.
Guide.] JN ow I hope that this letter from young Lady Betty^
Will be reckon'd exceedingly decent and pretty :
That you, my good ladies, who ne'er could endure
A hymn so ineffably vile and impure^
My indelicate Muse will no longer bewail^
Since a sweet little moral is pinn'd to her tail :
If not, as so kindly I'm tutor'd by you.
Pray tell a poor poet what's proper to do.
First Lady.] Why if thou must write, thou hadst better
Some novels^ or elegant letters in prose.
Take a subject that's grave, with a moral that's good,
Throw in all the temptations that virtue withstood,
In epistles like Pamela's chaste and devout —
A book that my family s never without, —
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Second Lady.] O ! pray let your hero be handsome and
Taste, wit, and fine sentiment, flow from his tongue,
His delicate feelings be sure to improve
With passion, with tender soft rapture and love.
Third Lady.] Add some incidents too, which I like,
Such as those which Fve heard are esteem'd as a treasure
In a book that's intitled — The Woman of Pleasure.
Mix well, and you'll find 'twill a novel produce
Fit for modest young ladies — so keep it for use.
Guide.] Damnation — (aside.) Well, ladies, I'll do what I
And ye'll bind it, I hope, with your Duty of Man.
Guide mutters.] — Take a subject thafs grave, with a moral
that's good !
Thus musing, I wander'd in splenetic mood
Where the languid old Cam rolls his willowy flood.
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When lo ! beneath the poplar's glimm'ring shade,
Along the stream where trembling oziers play'd,
What time the bat low-flitting skims the ground,
When beetles buz, when gnats are felt around,
And hoarser frogs their am'rous descant sound.
Sweet scenes ! that heavenly contemplation give,
And oft in musical description live !
When now the moon's refulgent rays begin
0-<er twilight groves to spread their mantle thin,
Sudden arose the awful form of Qum :
A form that bigger than the life appear'd.
And head like Patagonian hero rear'd.
Aghast I stood ! when lo ! with mild command
And looks of courtesy, he wav'd his hand.
Me to th' embow'ring grove's dark path convey 'd,
And thus began the venerable Shade :
" Forth from Elysium's blest abodes I come,
*' Regions of joy, where Fate has fix'd my doom:
" Look on my face — I well remember thine :
" Thou knew'st me too, when erst in life's decline
" At Bath I dwelt — there late repos'd mine age,
" And unrepining left this mortal stage :
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" Yet do those scenes, once conscious of delight,
" Rejoice my social ghost ! there oft by night
" I hold my way :
" And from the mullet, and the sav'ry jole,
" Catch fragrant fumes, that still regale my soul :
" Sweet Bath^ which thou these dreary banks along
" Oft makes the subject of thy wayward song." —
Guide.] O spare me, blest spirit-
Ghost.] Quit thy vain fears ; I come not to accuse
The motley labours of thy mirthful Muse,
For well I ween, if rightly understood.
Thy themes are pleasant, and thy moral good.
Oft have I read the laughter-moving phrase,
And splayfoot measures of thy Simkin's lays,
Nor aught indecent or obscene I find,
That virtue wounds, or taints the virgin's mind :
Beware of that — O ! why should I describe
What ills await the caitiff scribbling tribe ?
First see the mob who novels lewd dispense,
The bane of virtue, modesty, and sense :
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Next that infernal crew, detractors base,
Who pen lampoons ; true satire's foul disgrace :
Nor less the punishment in realms below
For those who praise unmerited bestow.
Those pimps in science, who, with dulness bold,
The sacred Muses prostitute for gold :
Those too whom zeal to pious wrath inclines,
Pedantic^ proud^ polemical divines :
Bad critics last, whom Rhadamanth severe
Chastises first, then condescends to hear :
All, all, in fiery Phlegethon must stay.
Till gall, and ink, and dirt, of scribbling day,
In purifying flames are purg'd away. —
Guide.] O trust me, blest spirit, I ne'er would offend
One innocent virgin, one virtuous friend :
From nature alone are my characters drawn,
From little Bob Jerom to bishops in lawn :
Sir Boreas Blubber, and such stupid faces,
Are at London^ at Bath, and at all public places ;
And if to J^ewmarket I chance to repair,
*Ti5 odds but I see Captain Cormorant there :
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But he who his cash on physicians bestows,
Meets a tight little doctor wherever he goes.
Ghost.] Tis true, such insects as thy tale has shown
Breathe not the atmosphere of Bath alone,
Tho' there, in gaiety's meridian ray,
Vain fools, like flies, their gaudy wings display ;
Awhile they flutter, but, their sunshine past,
Their fate, like Simkin, they lament at last.
Worse ills succeed ; oft Superstition's gloom
Shed's baneful influence o'er their youthful bloom —
Such Heav'n avert from fair Britannia's plains,
To realms where bigotry and slavery reigns !
No more of that. — But say, thou tim'rous bard,
Claim not the Wines of Bath thy just regard?
Where oft, I ween, the brewer's cauldron flows
With elder's mawkish juice and puck'ring sloes,
Cyder aud hot geneva they combine,
Then call the fatal composition Wine.
By Cerberus I swear, not those vile crews,
Who vend their pois'nous med'cines by the news,
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For means of death, air, earth, and seas explore,
Have sent such numbers to the Stygian shore :
Shun thou such base potations ; oft I've thought
My span was short'ned by the noxious draught. —
But soft, my friend ! — is this the soil, the clime,
That teaches Granta's tuneful sons to rhime?
On me unsavoury vapours seem to fix.
Worse than Cocytus or the pools of Styx ;
Inspir'd by fogs of this slow-winding Cam,
O say, does * * >'^ presume thy strains to damn?
Heed not that miscreant's tongue ; pursue thy ways
Regardless of his censure or his praise.
GumE.] But if any old lady, knight, priest, or physician,
Should condemn me for printing a second edition.
If good Madam Squintum my work should abuse.
May 1 venture to give her a smack of my Muse ?
Ghost.] By all manner of means : if thou find'st that the'
Tho' she cant, whine, and pray, never mind her grimace,
Take the mask from her d — mn'd hypocritical face.
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Guide.] Come on then, ye Muses, I'll laugh down my day,
In spite of them all will I carol my lay ;
But perish my voice, and untun'd be my lyre,
If my verse one indelicate thought shall inspire :
Ye angels ! who watch o'er the slumbering fair.
Protect their sweet dreams, make their virtue your care !
Bear witness, yon moon, the chaste empress of night I
Yon stars, that diffuse the pure heavenly light 1
How oft have I mourn'd that such blame should accrue
From one wicked letter of pious Miss Prue !
May this lazy stream, who to Grant a bestows
Philosophical slumbers, and learned repose,
To Granta, sweet Granta, (where studious of ease
Seven years did I sleep, and then lost my * degrees)
May this drowsy current (as oft he is wont)
O'erflow all my hay, may my dogs never hunt,
May those ills to torment me, those curses conspire.
Which so oft plague and crush an unfortunate 'Squire,
Some may'r to cajole me, some lawyer to chowse, .
For a seven months seat in the parliament-house,
* Vide University Register, Proctors Books, &c.
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There to finish my nap for the good of the nation,
'Wake — frank — and be thank'd — by the whole corporation:
Then a poor tenant come, when my cash is all spent.
With a bag-full of tax-bills to pay me his rent ;
And O ! may some daemon, those plagues to complete,
Give me taste to improve an old family seat
By lawning an hundred good acres of wheat !
Such ills be my portion, and others much worse.
If slander or calumny poison my verse,
If ever my well-behav'd Muse shall appear
Indecently droll, unpolitely severe.
Good ladies, uncensur'd Bath's pleasures pursue.
May the springs of old Bladud your graces renew !
I never shall mingle with gall the pure stream,
But make your examples and virtue my theme :
Nor fear, ye sweet virgins, that aught I shall speak
To call the chaste blush o'er your innocent cheek.
O frown not, if haply your poet once more
Should seek the delightful Avonian shore,
Where oft he the winter's dull season beguiles,