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3 The great, the gay, shall they partake The heaven that thou alone canst make ?
And wilt thou quit the stream
To be a guest with them?
4 For thee I panted, thee I prized,
Whate'er I loved before ;
Farewell ! we meet no more?
1 WEAK and irresolute is man ;
The purpose of to-day,
To-morrow rends away.
2 The bow well bent, and smart the spring,
Vice seems already slain ;
And it revives again.
3 Some foe to his upright intent
Finds out his weaker part;
But Pleasure wins his heart.
4 'Tis here the folly of the wise
Through all his art we view;
His conscience owns it true.
5 Bound on a voyage of awful length
And dangers little known,
Man vainly trusts his own.
6 But oars alone can ne'er prevail
To reach the distant coast;
Or all the toil is lost.
THE MODERN PATRIOT.
1 REBELLION is my theme all day ;
I only wish 'twould come
A little nearer home.
2 Yon roaring boys, who rave and fight
On t'other side the Atlantic,
But most so when most frantic.
3 When lawless mobs insult the court,
That man shall be my toast,
Who bravely breaks the most.
4 But oh! for him my fancy culls
The choicest flowers she bears,
Your house about your ears.
5 Such civil broils are my delight,
Though some folks can't endure 'em,
And that a rope must cure 'em.
6 A rope ! I wish we patriots had
Such strings for all who need 'em-
Then farewell British freedom.
REPORT OF AN ADJUDGED CASE
NOT TO BE FOUND IN ANY OF THE BOOKS.
1 BETWEEN Nose and Eyes a strange contest arose,
The spectacles set them unhappily wrong ;
To which the said spectacles ought to belong.
2 So Tongue was the lawyer, and argued the cause
With a great deal of skill, and a wig full of learning; While chief baron Ear sat to balance the laws,
So famed for his talent in nicely discerning.
3 In behalf of the Nose it will quickly appear,
And your lordship, he said, will undoubtedly find, That the Nose has had spectacles always in wear,
Which amounts to possession time out of mind.
4 Then holding the spectacles up to the court
Your lordship observes they are made with a straddle, As wide as the ridge of the Nose is ; in short,
Design'd to sit close to it, just like a saddle.
5 Again, would your lordship a moment suppose
('Tis a case that has happen'd, and may be again) That the visage or countenance had not a Nose,
Pray who would, or who could, wear spectacles then ?
6 On the whole it appears, and my argument shows,
With a reasoning the court will never condemn, That the spectacles plainly were made for the Nose,
And the Nose was as plainly intended for them.
7 Then shifting his side, as a lawyer knows how,
He pleaded again in behalf of the Eyes :
For the court did not think they were equally wise.
8 So his lordship decreed, with a grave solemn tone,
Decisive and clear, without one if or butThat, whenever the Nose put his spectacles on,
By daylight or candlelight-Eyes should be shut !
BURNING OF LORD MANSFIELD'S LIBRARY, TOGETHER WITH HIS MSS. BY THE MOB, IN THE MONTH
OF JUNE 1780.
1 So then the Vandals of our isle,
Sworn foes to sense and law,
Than ever Roman saw!
2 And Murray sigtes o'er Pope and Swift,
And many a treasure more,
That graced his letter'd store.
3 Their pages mangled burnt, and torn,
The loss was his alone;
The burning of his own.
ON THE SAME.
1 Whey wit and genius meet their doom
In all-devouring flame,
And bid us fear the same.
2 O’er MURRAY's loss the Muses wept,
They felt the rude alarm;
His sacred head from harm.
3 There Memory, like the bee that's fed
From Flora's balmy store,
Had treasured up before.
4 The lawless herd, with fury blind,
Have done him cruel wrong;
The honey on his tongue.