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Thence the prevailing manners take their cast, Extravagant or sober, loose or chaste. And, though I would not advertise them yet, Nor write on each—This Building to be Let, Unless the world were all prepar'd t embrace A plan well worthy to supply their place ; Yet, backward as they are, and long have been, To cultivate and keep the MORALS clean, (Forgive the crime) I wish them, I confess, Or better manag’d, or encourag'd less.,

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Ye nymphs! if e'er your eyes were red
With tears o'er hapless fav’rites shed,

O share Maria’s grief!
Her fav’rite, even in his cage,
(What will not hunger's cruel rage?)

Affaffin'd by a thief.

Where Rhenus strays his vines among,
The egg was laid from which he sprung,

And though by nature mute,
Or only with a whistle bleft,
Well-taught, he all the sounds express’d

Of Aagelet or flute.

The honours of his ebon poll
Were brighter than the sleekest mole;

His bosom of the hue
With which Aurora decks the skies,
When piping winds shall soon arise

To fweep up all the dew,

Above, below, in all the house,
Dire foe, alike to bird and mouse,

No cat had leave to dwell;
And Bully's cage supported stood,
On props of smoothest-shaven wood,

Large-built and lattic'd well.

Well-lattic'd—but the grate, alas !
Not rough with wire of steel or brass,

For Bully’s plumage fake,
But smooth with wands from Ouse's side,
With which, when neatly peeld and dried,

The swains their baskets make,' .

Night veild the pole. All seem'd secure.
When led by instinct sharp and sure,

Subsistence to provide,
A beast forth-fallied on the scout,
Long-back’d, long-tail'd, with whisker'd snout,

And badger-colour'd hide.

He, ent’ring at the study-door,
Its ample area 'gan explore;

And something in the wind
Conjectur’d, sniffing round and round,
Better than all the books he found,

Food, chiefly, for the mind.

Just then, by adverse fate impress’d,
A dream disturb'd poor Bully's relt;

In Neep he seem'd to view
A rat, fast-clinging to the cage,
And, screaming at the sad presage,

Awoke and found it true.

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