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She, half an angel in her own account, Doubts not hereafter with the saints to mount, Though not a grace appears, on strictest search, But that she fasts, and, item, goes to church. Conscious of age, she recollects her youth, And tells, not always with an eye to truth, Who spann'd her waist, and who, where'er she came, Scrawld upon glass miss Bridget's lovely name; Who stole her slipper, fill'd it with tokay, And drank the little bumper ev'ry day. Of temper as envenom’d as an asp; Censorious, and her every word a wasp; In faithful mem'ry she records the crimes, Or real, or fictitious, of the times; Laughs at the reputations she has torn, And holds them, dangling at arms length, in scorn.

Such are the fruits of sanctimonious pride, Of malice fed while flesh is mortified: Take, Madam, the reward of all your pray’rs, Where hermits and where bramins meet with theirs ; Your portion is with them. - Nay, never frown; But, if you please, some fathoms lower down.


THE path to bliss abounds with many, a snare;
Learning is one, and wit, however rare.
The Frenchman, first in literary fame,
(Mention him, if you please. Voltaire? --The same.)
With spirit, genius, eloquence, supplied,
Liv'd long, wrote much, laugh'd heartily, and died.
The scripture was his jest book, whence he drew
Bon mots to gall the Christian and Jew.
An infidel in health, but what when sick?
Oh--then a text would touch him at the quick.
View him at Paris, in his last career,
Surrounding throngs the demi-god revere,
Exalted on his pedestal of pride,
And fum'd with frankincense on ev'ry side,
He begs their flatt'ry with his latest breath;
And, smother'd in't at last, is prais'd to death!

Yon cottager, who weaves at her own door,
Pillow and bobbins all her little store;
Content, though mean; and cheerful, if not gay;
Shuffling her threads about the live-long day,

Just earns a scanty pittance; and at night
Lies down secure, her heart and pocket light:
She, for her humble sphere by nature fit,
Has little understanding, and no wit,
Receives no praise; bát, though Iter lot be such,
(Toilsome and indigent) she renders much;
Just knows, and knows no more, her Bible true-
A truth the brillian't Frenchman never knew;
And in that charter roads, with sparkling eyes,
Her title to a treasure in the skies.

Oh, happy peasant! Oh, unhappy bard!
His the mère tinsel, her's the i'ich reward;
He prais’d, perhaps, for ages yet to come;
She never heard of half a mile from home:
He, lost in errors, his vain heart prefers:
She, safe in the simplicity of hers.

Not many wise, rich, noble, or profound
In science, win one inch of heavînly ground.
And is it not a mortifying thought

poor should gain it, and the rich should not? No-the voluptaries, who ne'er forget One pleasure lost, lose heaven without regret; Regret would rouse them, and give birth to pray't; Pray’r would add faith, and faith wolila fix tucan there,



To rise at noon, sit slipshod and undress’d,
To read the news, or fiddle, as seems best,
Till half the world comes rattling at his door,
To fill the dull vacuity till four;
And, just when ev'ning turns the blue vault gray,
To spend two hours in dressing for the day;
To make the sun a bauble without use,
Save for the fruits his heav'nly beams produce;
Quite to forget, or deem it worth no thought,
Who bids him, shine, or if he shine or not;
Through mere necessity to close his eyes
Just when the larks and when the shepherds rise;
Is such a life, so tediously the same,
So void of all utility or aim,
That poor JONQUIL, with almost ev'ry breath,
Sighs for his exit, vulgarly call'd death:
For he, with all his follies, has a mind
Not yet so blank, or fashionably blind,

But now and then, perhaps, a feeble ray
Of distant wisdom shoots across his way,
By which he reads, that life without a plan,
As useless as the moment it began,
Serves merely as a soil for discontent
To thrive in; an incumbrance, ere half spent.
Oh! weariness beyond what asses feel,
That tread the circuit of the cistern wheel;
A dull rotation, never at a stay,
Yesterday's face twin image of to-day;
While conversation, an exhausted stock,
Grows drowsy as the clicking of a clock.


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