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That each of life fought other to deprive,
And eke of private persons many moc,
Some of sworne friends, that did their faith forgoe;
Witness their broken bands there to be seen, Their girlonds rent, their bowres dispoiled all;
The monuments whereof there byding been, As plaine as at the first, when they were freíh and green.
Such was the house within ; but all without The barren ground was full of wicked weeds,
Which she herself had sowen all about, Now growen great, at first of litile seedes, The seeds of evil words, and fa&tious deedes;
Which when to ripeness due they growen are,
Tumultuous trouble, and contentious jarre,
And thofe fame cursed feeds do also serve
For life it is to her, when others serve
With which she from her childhood had been fed,
And by infernal furies nourished,
Her face most foule and filthy was to see, With squinted eyes contrary ways extended,
And loathly mouth, unmeet a mouth to be;
Her lying tongue was in two parts divided,
her heart decided, That never thought one thing, but doubly ftill was
Als as the double speake, so heard the double,
Fild with false rumours, and feditious trouble,
And as her eares, so eke her feete were odde,
And both misplac't; that when th’one forward gode. The other back retired, and contrary trode,
Likewise unequal were her handes twaine : That one did reach, the other pusht away :
The one did make, the other mar'd againe, And fought to bring all things unto decay ; Whereby great riches, gathered many a day,
She in fuft fpace did often bring to nought, And their polleilours often did dilinay.
For all her fudy was, and all her thought, How she could overthrowe the thing that concord wrought,
So much her malice did her might furpass,
Because to man so merciful he was,
For all this world's faire workmanship the tride,
And that great golden chain quite to divide,
Report of an adjudged Case, not to be found in any of the Books.
BETWEEN Nose and eyes a Atrange conteft arose,
The spectacles set thein unhappily wrong i The point in dispute was, as all the world knows ;
To which the said spectacles ought to belong.
So the tongue was the lawyer, and argued the cause
With a great deal of skill, and a wig full of learning; While chief baron Ear fat to balance the laws,
So fam’d for his talent in nicely discerning. 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 aniounts to possession time out of mind.
Then holding the fpectacles 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 fit close to it, just like a faddle. 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 ? On the whole it appears, and my argument fhews,
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.
He pleaded again in behalf of the Eyes ;
For the court did not think they were equally wisça So his lordship decreed, with a grave solemn tone,
Decisive and clear, without one if or but-That whenever the Nose put his fpectacles on,
By day-light or candle-light-Eyes should be fhut,
The Revenge of America
THEN Cortez' furious legions flew
O'er ravag'd fields of rich Peru,
What woes, he cried, hath luft of gold
shall meet destruction there.