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She next instructs him in the kiss; "lis now a little one, like Miss, And now a hearty smack.

IV.

At first he aims at what he hears; And, list'ning close with both his ears,

Just catches at the sound; But soon articulates aloud, Much to th' amusement of the crowd,

And stuns the neighbours round.

V.

A querulous old woman's voice
His hum'rous talent next employs,

He scolds and gives the lie.
And now he sings, and now is sick.
Here Sally, Susan, come, come quick,

Poor Poll is like to die!

VI.

Belinda and her bird! 'tis rare,

To meet with such a well-match'd pair,

The language and the tone, Each character in ev'ry part Sustain'd with so much grace and art,

And both in unison.

VII.

When children first begin to spell,
And stammer out a syllable,

We think them tedious creatures;
But difficulties soon abate,
When birds are to be taught to prate,

And women are the teachers.

TRANSLATION OF

PRIOR'S CHLOE AND EUPHELIA.
I.

Mercator, vigiles oculos ut fallere possit,
Nomine sub ficto trans mare mittit opes;

Lene sonat liquidumque meis Euphelia chordis,
Sed solam exoptant te, mea vota, Chide.

II.

Ad speculum ornabat nitidos Euphelia crines,
Cum dixit mea lux, heus, cane, sume lyram.

Namque lyram juxta positam cum carmine vidit,
Suave quidem carmen dulcisonamque lyram.

III.

Fila lyrae vocemque paro, suspiria surgunt,
Et miscent numeris murmura maesta meis,

Dumque tuae memoro laudes, Euphelia, formae,
Tota anima interea pendet ab ore Chloes.

IV.

Subrubet illa pudore, et contrahit altera frontem, Me torquet mea mens conscia, psallo, tremo;

Atque Cupidinea dixit Dea cincta corona, lieu! fallendi artem quam didiccre parum.

THE

DIVERTING HISTORY

JOHN GILPIN;

SHOWING HOW HE WENT FARTHER THAN HE INTENDED, AND CAME SAFE HOME AGAIN.

John Gilpin was a citizen

Of credit and renown,
A trainband captain eke was he

Of famous London town.

John Gilpin's spouse said to her dear,
Though wedded we have been

These twice ten tedious years, yet we
No holiday have seen.

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To morrow is our wedding day,

And we will then repair Unto the Bell at Edmonton

All in a chaise and pair.

My sister, and my sister's child,

Myself, and children three, Will fill the chaise; so you must ride

On horseback after we.

He soon replied, I do admire

Of womankind but one,
And you are she, my dearest dear,

Therefore it shall be done.

I am a linendraper bold,

As all the world doth know, And my good friend the calender

Will lend his horse to go.

Quoth Mrs. Gilpin, That's well said;

And for that wine is dear, We will be furnish'd with our own,

Which is both bright and clear.

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