The Art of Dancing: A Poem, in Three Canto's ...

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W.P. and sold by J. Roberts, 1729 - Dance - 55 pages
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Page 42 - While others love the more fubftantial fair. But let not outward charms your judgments fway. Your reafon rather than your eyes obey, And in the dance, as in the marriage noofe...
Page 21 - Now let the youth, to whofe fuperior place It firft belongs the fplendid ball to grace, With humble bow, and ready hand prepare, Forth from the crowd to lead his chofen fair; The fair fhall not his kind requeft deny, But to the pleafing toil with equal ardour fly.
Page 49 - If to his fhare it falls the dance to lead, In well-known paths he may be fure to tread ; If others lead, let him their motions view, And in their fteps the winding maze purfue. In...
Page 15 - Say from what caufe it firft deriv'd its birth, How form'd in heav'n, how thence deduc'd to earth. Once in ARCADIA, that fam'd feat of love, There liv'da nymph, the pride of all the grove, A lovely nymph, adorn'd with ev'ry grace, An eafy fhape, and...
Page 14 - Nor truft in fuch a flight thy tender wing; Rather do you in humble lines proclaim, From whence this engine took its form and name^ Say from what caufe it firft deriv'd its birth, How form'd in heav'n, how thence deduc'd to earth.
Page 54 - Thus thro* each precept of the dancing art The Mufe has play'd the kind irtftruftor's part, Thro ' ev'ry maze her pupils fhe has led, And pointed out the fureft paths to tread; No more remains; no more the goddefs fings, But drops her pinions, and unfurls her wings ; On downy beds the...
Page 16 - As FIELDING'S now, her eyes all hearts inflame, Like her in beauty, as alike in name. 'Twas when the fummer fun now mounted high, With fiercer beams had fcorch'd the glowing...
Page 50 - Now near approach, and now far diftant fly, Now meet in the fame order they begun, And then the great celeftial dance is done. Where can the Mor'lift find a jufter plan Of the vain labours, and the life of man ? • A while thro...
Page 14 - Tli' afflicted fair one's blubber'd beauties hide, When fecret forrows her fad bofom fill, If STREPHON is unkind, or SHOCK is ill: Its flicks, on which her eyes dejected pore, And pointing fingers number o'er and o'er, When the kind virgin burns with fecret fhame, Dies to confent, yet fears to own her flame : Its {hake triumphant, its victorious clap, Its angry flutter, and its wanton tap ? Forbear, my Mufe, th...
Page 43 - Yet ne'er can teach fo faft, as me can ftray, Beneath her follies he muft ever groan, And ever blufh for errors not his own. But now behold united hand in hand, Rang'd on each fide, the well-pair'd couples ftand!

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