Satirical Poems Published Anonymously by William Mason: With Notes by Horace Walpole, Now First Printed from His Manuscript

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Clarendon Press, 1926 - Satire, English - 158 pages

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Page 45 - Like thee to scorn dame Nature's simple fence; Leap each ha-ha of truth and common sense; And proudly rising in her bold career, Demand attention from the gracious ear Of him, whom we and all the world admit, Patron supreme of science, taste, and wit. Does envy doubt 1 Witness, ye chosen train, Who breathe the sweets of his Saturnian reign; Witness, ye Hills, ye Johnsons, Scots, Shebbeares, Hark to my call, for some of you have ears.
Page 46 - ... Pope beheld them with auspicious smile, And own'd that Beauty blest their mutual toil. Mistaken Bard ! could such a pair design Scenes fit to live in thy immortal line ? Hadst thou been born in this enlighten'd day, Felt, as we feel, Taste's oriental ray, Thy satire sure had given them both a stab, Called Kent a Driveller, and the Nymph a Drab.
Page 140 - In me, the Spirit of the Cape behold — That rock by you the Cape of Tempests named, By Neptune's rage in horrid earthquakes framed, When Jove's red bolts o'er Titan's offspring flamed. With...
Page 35 - But though the images be borrowed, the author claims some small merit from his application of them. Sir William says too modestly, " that European artists must not hope to rival Oriental splendor.
Page 76 - wonders how the devil he came there." Whate'er his fame or fate, on this depend — He is, and means to be, his Country's friend. 'Tis but to try his...
Page 110 - So when great Cox, at his mechanic call, Bids orient pearls from golden dragons fall, Each little dragonet, with brazen grin, Gapes for the precious prize, and gulps it in. Yet when we peep behind the magic scene, One master-wheel directs the whole machine: The self-same pearls, in nice gradation, all Around one common centre, rise and fall...
Page 46 - Prolong the peal, yet fpite of all your clatter, The tedious chime is ftill ground, plants, and water. So, when fome John his dull invention racks, To rival Boodle's dinners, or Almack's, 50 Three uncouth legs of mutton ihock our eyes, Three roafted geefe, three butter'd apple-pies.
Page 9 - ... of my writings could ever lead you, by their analogy,' to form so peremptory a judgment. I acquit you, however, in this procedure of every, even the slightest degree of ill nature; and believe that what you have said was only to show your critical acumen. I only mention it that you may be more cautious of speaking of other persons in like manner, who may throw such anonymous bantlings of their brain into the wide world.
Page 104 - Could hardly hop beyond a third edition. Yes 'tis a general truth, and strange as true, (Kenrick shall prove it in his next Review) That no one bard, in these degenerate days, Can write two works deserving equal praise.
Page 46 - Vide (if it be extant) a poem under this title, for which (or for the publication of Lord Bolingbroke's philofophical writings) the perfon here There was a time, ' in Efher's peaceful grove, . 35 When Kent and Nature vy'd for Pelham's love,'* That Pope beheld them with aufpicious fmile, And own'd that Beauty bleft their mutual toil.

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