Poems. By ***** (Google eBook)

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R. Dodsley, 1752 - 194 pages
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Page 24 - And fee, the fprighdy dance is now begun ! Now here, now there the giddy maze they run, Now with flow fteps they pace the circling ring, Now all confus'd, too fwift for fight they fpring ; So, in a wheel with rapid fury toft, The undiftinguifh'd fpokes are in the motion loft. The dancer here no more requires a guide, To no ftrift fteps his nimble feet are ty'd, The Mufe's...
Page 20 - And flies like her thro' crowds of heroes flain. Now when the Minuet oft repeated o'er, (Like all terreftrial joys) can pleafe no more, And ev'ry nymph, refufing to expand Her charms, declines the circulating hand ; Then let the jovial Country-dance begin, And the loud fiddles call each ftraggler in : But ere they come, permit me to difclofe, How firft, as legends tell, this paftime rofe.
Page 27 - With ready hands, obfequious youths prepare Safe to her coach to lead each chofen fair, And guard her from the morn's inclement air : Let a warm hood enwrap her lovely head, And o'er her neck a handkerchief be fpread...
Page 35 - Of its diverfions, or its care ; For feldom I with 'fquires unite, Who hunt all day and drink all night ; Nor reckon wonderful inviting, A quarter-feffions, or cock-fighting. But then no farm I occupy, With fheep to rot, and cows to die : Nor Nor rage I much, or much defpair, Tho...
Page 52 - Oh ! would mankind but make these truths their guide, And force the helm from prejudice and pride; Were once these maxims fix'd, that God's our friend, Virtue our good, and happiness our end, How soon must reason o'er the world prevail, And error, fraud, and superstition fail! None wou'd hereafter then with groundless fear Describe th...
Page 6 - The milk-maid fafe thro' driving rains and fnows, Wrap'd in her cloak, and prop'd on pattens goes ; Whilft the foft Belle, immur'd in velvet chair, Needs but the filken fhoe, and trufts her bofom bare : The woolly drab, and Englifh broad-cloth warm, Guard well the horfeman from the beating ftorm...
Page 37 - On all our neighbours faults debating, And having nine times view'd the garden, In which there's nothing worth a farthing, In comes my lady, and the pudden : You will excufe, fir, — on a fudden -— Then, that we may have four and four, The bacon, fowls, and colly-flow'r Their ancient unity divide, The top one graces, one each fide ; And by and by the fecond courfe Comes lagging like a diftanc'd...
Page 14 - Reflected back from gems, and eyes below : Unnumber'd fans to cool the crowded fair, With breathing ZEPHYRS move the circling air; The fprightly fiddle, and the founding lyre, Each youthful breaft with gen'rous warmth infpire ; * Fraught Fraught with all joys the blifsful moments fly, Whilft mufic melts the ear, and beauty charms the eye.
Page 46 - Hence youth good-humour, frugal craft old-age, Warm politicians term It party-rage, True churchmen zeal right orthodox ; and hence Fools think it gravity, and wits pretence ; To conftancy alone fond lovers join it, And maids unafk'd to chaftity confine it. But have we then no law befides our will ? No juft criterion fix'd to good and ill ? As well at noon we may...
Page 138 - ... non incisa notis marmora publicis, per quae spiritus et vita redit bonis post mortem ducibus, non celeres fugae 15 reiectaeque retrorsum Hannibalis minae, [non incendia Carthaginis impiae] eius, qui domita nomen ab Africa lucratus rediit, clarius indicant laudes, quam Calabrae Pierides ; neque 20 si chartae sileant, quod bene feceris, mercedem tuleris.

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