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Hoop founds (and with justice to most apprehensions)
For the third, if at Court we his character scan,
But hark ! proclamation and silence intreated; The inspectors arranged--the polling clerks seated With Bibles in hand, to purge willing and loth, **!! With the Catholic Test, and the Bribery Oath." In clamour and tumult mobs thicken around
me And for one voice to vote there are ten to confound : 111 St. Giles's with Wapping unites Garretteers, 1." ct " Hood and Wray and Prerogative, Pitt and three cheers! 'Tis the day for the Court the grand Treasury push! And the pack of that kennel well trained to the brusb,' Dash noisy and fearless through thick and through thin, The huntsman unseen, but his friends whippers-in.
Now follow fresh tribes, scarce a man worth a louse, Till put into plight at NORTHUMBERLAND HOUSE; Ten poll for one mansion, each proving he keeps it, And one for each chimney-he'll prove that he sweeps itWith these mix the great, on rights equally fables, Great Peers from poor lodgings, great Lawyers from stables ;
Ev'n the Soldier, whose household's a'centinel box, - .'
What troops too of females 'mong'st CHARLES's op
posers ? Old tabbies and gossips, scolds, gigglers, and sprosers! ' And Lady LACKPENsion, and Dowager THRITTY, And many a maiden the wrong side of fifty; And Fußzy, with flesh and with flabbiness laden .. (And in all things indeed the reverse of a maiden), And hags after hags join the barbarous din, More hateful than serpents, more ugly than Sin.
Thus * the Bacchanal tribes when they Orpheus as
sailed, Drowned his notes with their yells ere their vengeance
prevailed, Well knowing the sound of his voice or his lyre, .. Had charms to allay diabolical ire. Our Bacchanals find a more difficult foe; For what strains can inchant, though from Orpheus they
flow, Like the orator's spell o'er the patriot mind, When pleading to reason the cause of mankind ?
Now for councils more secret that govern the plan , A Calif is nothing without a Divan. With invisible step let us steal on the quorum, Where MAINWARING sits in the Chair of Decorum. And Wilmot harangues to the brethren elect, * On his master's commands---" Carry law to effect." . “ The true reading, my friends, in the jus bacculinum, “ When the Foxites are drubbed, then imprison or
fine 'em; “ And let him who would construe th effective still further, “ Knock out a friend's brains to accuse them of murder. “ I have ready some hundreds of resolute knaves, . .
With bludgeons well shaped into Constables' staves, “ In WESTMINSTER strangers-true creatures of power, “ Like the lions-ferociously nursed at the Tower f. “ Do we want more support? - Mark! that band of red
coats! “ Whose first service over, of giving their votes, “ Why not try for a second—the cutting of throats! “ From the Savoy they march-their mercy all lie at, “ When the Bench gives the call, and St. J- s's the fiat." Thus the law of effect the wise justice expounds, This is Wilmot's abridgment compris’d in twelve rounds ; The new Middlesex Code-which treats subjects like
partridge, While the Statutes at large are cut up into cartridge,
Enough of these horrors-a milder design,
* See the letter of the Lord Lieutenant of M- , May 8th.
+ These strange Constables were avowedly brought from the Tower Hamlets.
Thy employers who ranged on the Treasury Bench,
They shall hold, that an indigent party's defence,
* See the speech of a young orator in a late debate.
ADDRESSED TO MR. HAYLEY.
To thy candour now, HAYLEY, I offer the line, Which after thy model I fain would refine. Thy skill, in each trial of melody sweeter, Can to elegant themes adapt frolicksome metre; And at will, with a comic or tender controul, Now speak to the humour, and now to the soul. We'll turn from the objects of satire and spleen, That late, uncontrasted, disfigured the scene; To Wray leave the rage the defeated attends, And the conqueror hail in the arms of his friends ; Count with emulous zeal the selected and true, Enroll in the list, and the triumph pursue. These are friendships that bloomed in the morning of life, Those were grafted on thorns midst political strife ; Alike they matured from the stem, or the flower, Unblighted by int’rest, unshaken by power. Bright band! to whose feelings in constancy tried, Disfavour is glory, oppression is pride ; Attached to his fortunes, and fond of his fame, Vicissitudes pass but to shew you the same.
But whence this fidelity, new to the age ? Can parts, though sublime, such attachments engage? No: the dazzle of parts may the passions allure, 'Tis the heart of the friend makes affections endure,