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A SONG.

In vain you tell your parting lover,
You wish fair winds may waft him over.
Alas! what winds can happy prove,
That bear me far from what I love ?
Alas! what dangers on the main
Can equal those that I sustain,
From slighted vows, and cold disdain ?

Be gentle, and in pity choose
To wish the wildest tempests loose :
That thrown again upon the coast,
Where first my shipwrecked heart was lost,
I may once more repeat my pain ;
Once more in dying notes complain
Of slighted vows, and cold disdain.

TO A LADY : she refusing to continue a dispute with me, and

leaving me in the argument.

Spare, generous Victor, spare the slave,

Who did unequal war pursue ;
That more than triumph he might have,

In being overcome by you.

In the dispute whate'er I said,

My heart was by my tongue belied ;
And in my looks you might have read

How much I argued on your side.

You, far from danger as from fear,

Might have sustained an open fight :
For seldom your opinions err ;

Your eyes are always in the right.

Why, fair one, would you not rely

On Reason's force with Beauty's joined ?
Could I their prevalence deny,

I must at once be deaf and blind.
Alas! not hoping to subdue,

I only to the fight aspired :
To keep the beauteous foe in view

Was all the glory I desired.
But she, howe'er of victory sure,

Contemns the wreath too long delayed ;
And, armed with more immediate power,

Calls cruel silence to her aid.
Deeper to wound, she shuns the fight :

She drops her arins, to gain the field :
Secures her conquest by her flight ;

And triumphs, when she seems to yield. So when the Parthian turned his steed,

And from the hostile camp withdrew; With cruel skill the backward reed

He sent; and as he fled, he slew.

AN ODE.

The merchant, to secure his treasure,

Conveys it in a borrowed name :
Euphelia serves to grace my measure ;

But Chloe is my real flame.
My softest verse, my darling lyre

Upon Euphelia's toilet lay;
When Chloe noted her desire,

That I should sing, that I should play.
My lyre I tune, my voice I raise ;

But with my numbers mix my sighs :
And whilst I sing Euphelia's praise,
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·my soul on Chloe's eyes.

Fair Chloe blushed : Euphelia frowned :

I sung and gazed : I played and trembled :
And Venus to the Loves around

Remarked, how ill we all dissembled.

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As after noon, one summer's day,

Venus stood bathing in a river;
Cupid a-shooting went that way,

New-strung his bow, new-filled his quiver.
With skill he chose his sharpest dart :

With all his might his bow he drew :
Swift to his beauteous parent's heart

The too-well-guided arrow flew.
I faint ! I die! the goddess cried ;

O cruel, could'st thou find none other
To wreck thy spleen on? Parricide !

Like Nero, thou hast slain thy mother.
Poor Cupid sobbing scarce could speak;

Indeed, mamma, I did not know ye :
Alas ! how easy my mistake !

I took you for your likeness, Chloe.

A BETTER ANSWER 1.

Dear Chloe, how blubbered is that pretty face !

Thy cheek all on fire, and thy hair all uncurled : Prythee quit this caprice; and (as old Falstaff says)

Let us e'en talk a little like folks of this world. How can’st thou presume, thou hast leave to destroy

The beauties, which Venus but lent to thy keeping ? Those looks were designed to inspire love and joy:

More ordinary eyes may serve people for weeping.

Tie. than the ‘Answer to Chloe jealous,' which usyally precedes it. To be vexed at a trifle or two that I writ,

Your judgment at once, and my passion you wrong: You take that for fact, which will scarce be found wit :

Od's life! must one swear to the truth of a song? What I speak, my fair Chloe, and what I write, shews

The difference there is betwixt nature and art :
I court others in verse; but I love thee in prose :

And they have my whimsies ; but thou hast my heart. The god of us verse-men (you know Child) the sun,

How after his journeys he sets up his rest :
If at morning o'er. earth 'tis his fancy to run;

At night he reclines on his Thetis's breast.
So when I am wearied with wandering all day;

To thee, my delight, in the evening I come :
No matter what beauties I saw in my way :

They were but my visits, but thou art my home.
Then finish, dear Chloe, this pastoral war ;

And let us like Horace and Lydia agree : For thou art a girl as much brighter than her,

As he was a poet sublimer than me.

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A SIMILE.

Dear Thomas, did'st thou never pop
Thy head into a tin-man's shop?
There, Thomas, did'st thou never see
('Tis but by way of Simile !)
A squirrel spend his little rage,
In jumping round a rolling cage ?
The cage, as either side turned up,
Striking a ring of bells a-top ?-

Moved in the orb, pleased with the chimes,
The foolish creature thinks he climbs :
But here or there, turn wood or wire,
He never gets two inches higher.

So fares it with those merry blades, That frisk it under Pindus' shades. In noble songs, and lofty odes, They tread on stars, and talk with Gods; Still dancing in an airy round, Still pleased with their own verses' sound; Brought back, how fast soe'er they go, Always aspiring, always low.

EPIGRAM.

To John I owed great obligation ;

But John, unhappily, thought fit To publish it to all the nation :

Sure John and I are more than quit.

ANOTHER.

Yes, every poet is a fool :

By demonstration Ned can show it: Happy, could Ned's inverted rule

Prove every fool to be a poet.

FOR MY OWN TOMB-STONE.

To me 'twas given to die : to thee 'tis given To live : alas! one moment sets us even. Mark! how impartial is the will of Heaven!

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