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And, wrapt in happier dreams of future days,
His patron's triumphs in his own surveys; - 145
Admiring barristers in crouds resort
From Figtree ---Brick--Hare--Pump and Garden

court. Anxious they gaze-and watch with silent awe The motley son of politics and law, Meanwhile, with sofiest smiles and courteous bows, 150 He, graceful bending, greets their ardent vows. “ Thanks, generous friends," he cries," "kind Tem

“ plers, thanks ! Tho' now, with Lansdowne's band your Jekyll

“ ranks, . . “ Think not, he wholly quits black-letter cares; “ Still—still the lawyer with the statesman shares.” 155

But, see! the shades of night o'erspread the skies ! Thick fogs and vapours from the Thames arise. Far different hopes our separate toils inspire ; To parchment you, and precedent retire. . With deeper bronze your darkest looks imbrown, 160 Adjust your brows for the demurring frown: Brood o'er the fierce rebutters of the bar, And brave the issue of the gowned war. Me, all unpractis’d in the bashful mood, Strange, novice thoughts, and alien cares delude. 165 Yes, modest Eloquence! ev'n I inust court For once, with mimic vows, thy coy support ; Oh! would'st thou lend the semblance of my charms! Fei n'd agitations, and assum'd alarms! "Twere all I'd ask :-but for one day alone To ape thy downcast look—my suppliant tone: To pause—and bow with hesitating grace Here try to faulter—there a word misplace : Long-banish'd blushes this pale cheek to teach, And act the iniseries of a maiden speech.



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HAVING, in the year seventeen hundred and seventy-six, put forth A HISTORY OF Music, in five volumes quarto (which buy), notwithstanding my then avocations as Justice of the Peace for the county of Middlesex and city and liberty of Westminster; I, Sir John Hawkins, of Queen-square, Westminster, Knight, do now, being still of sound health and understanding, esteem it my bounden duty to step forward as Editor and Revisor of THE PROBATIONARY ODES. My grand reason for undertaking so arduous a task is this: I do from my soul believe that Lyric Poetry is the own, if not twin sister of Music ; wherefore, as I had before gathered together every thing that any way

relates to the one, with what consistency could I forbear to collate the best effusions of the other? I should premise, that in volume the first of my quarto history, chap, i. page 7, I lay it down as a principle never to be departed from, that, “ The Lyre is the prototype. of tbe Adicinal species. "I'And accordingly I have therein discussed at largė, both the origin, and various improvements of the Lyre, from the Tortoise-shell scooped and strung by Mercury on the banks of the Nite, to the Testudo, exquisitely 'polished by Terpander, and exhibited to the Ægyptian Priests." I have added also mariy choice engravings of the various 'ahitique Lyrés, viz. the Lyre of Goats-horns, the Lyre of Bulisa Horns, the Lyre of Shells, and the Lyre of both Shells' and Horns compounded; from all which, I'fattet myself, I have indubitably proved the Lyre to be very far superior to the shank bone of a crane," or any other Pike, Fistula," or Calamus, eithet of Ot. pheus's or Linus's'invention ; ay, or even the best of those pulsatile instruments, como monly known by the denomination of the - Gruń, wieds is al..we i : vil 1:17": : **Forasīmuch, therefore,' as all this was the

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