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Him for a happy man I own,
Whose fortune is not overgrown ;
And happy he who wisely knows
To use the gifts that heav'n bestows;
Or, if it please the pow'rs divine,
Can suffer want, and not repine.
The man who, infamy to shun,
Into the arms of death would run,
That man is ready to defend
With life his country, or his friend.

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Verses made for women who cry apples, &c.

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ON I O N S.

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OME, follow me by the smell,

Here's delicate onions to sell,
I promise to use you well.
They make the blood warmer :
You'll feed like a farmer;
For this is ev'ry cook's opinion,
No fav'ry dish without an onion :
But left your kissing fhould be spoil'd,
Your onions must be thoroughly boil'd;

Or else you may spare

Your mistress a share,
The secret will never be known;

She cannot discover

The breath of her lover, But think it as sweet as her own.

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CHAI
HARMING oysters I cry,

My masters, come buy,
So plump and so fresh,
So sweet is their flesh;
No Colchefter oysteri
Is fweeter and moister;.

Your ftomach they settlegili as formas
And rouse up your mettle ;

They'll make you a dad
Of a lafs or a lad;:
And Madam your wife

They'll please to the life;
Be she barren, be the old,
Be she slut, or be she scold,
Eat my oysters, and lie near her,
She'll be fruitful, never fear her.

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H E R. * Malahide, about five miles from Dublin, famous for bertings.

HERRI NG S..

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BE
E not sparing;

Leave off swearing:
Buy my herring
Fresh from Malahide

Better ne'er was try'd.,
Come eat 'em with pure fresh butter and mustard,
Their bellies are foft, and as white as a custard.
Come, fixpence a dozen to get me some bread,
Or, like my own herrings, I foon shall be dead..

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OME buy my COME

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oranges, sauce for your veal, And charming when squeez'd in a pot of brown.

ale. Well roasted with sugar and wine in a cup, They'll make a sweet bishop when gentlefolks fup.

TO LOVE.

IN
N all I wish how happy should I.be,

Thou grand deluder, were it not for thee?
So weak thou art, that fools thy pow'r despise,
And yet so strong, thou triumph'ft o'er the wise.
Thy traps are laid with such peculiar art,
They catch the cautious; let the rath depart.
Most nets are fill’d by want of thought and care,
But too much thinking brings us to thy snare.

Where held by thee, in flavery we stay,
And throw the pleasing part of life away.

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But what does most my indignation move, Difcretion, thou wert ne'er a friend to Love ! Thy chief delight is to defeat those arts, By which he kindles mutual flames in hearts; While the blind loit'ring god is at his play, 15 Thou steal'ft his golden pointed darts away ; Those darts which never fail ; and in their stead Convey'st malignant arrows tipt with lead : - The heedless god suspecting no deceits, Shoots on, and thinks he has done wondrous feats ; But the poor nymph, who feels her vitals burn, And from her shepherd can find no return, Laments and rages at the power divine, When, curs'd Difcretion! all the fault was thine. Cupid and Hymen thou hast set at odds,

25 And bred such feuds betwixt those kindred gods, That Venus cannot reconcile her sons ; When one appears, away the other runs. The former scales, wherein he us’d to poise Love against love, and equal joys with joys, 30 Are now fill'd up with avarice and pride, Where titles, power, and riches still subside. Then, gentle Venus, to thy father run, And tell him how thy children are undone ; Prepare his bolts to give one fatal blow,

35 And strike Discretion to the shades below.

The following lines were wrote upon a very old glass of Sir ARTHUR ACHESON's.

FRAIL

, glass

, thou mortal art, as well as I,
Tho' none can tell, which of us first shall die.

Answered

Anfwered extempore by Dr SWIFT.

WE

E both are mortal; but thou, frailer creature,

May'st die, like me, by chance, but not by na

ture.

Verses cut by two of the Dean's friends *, upon

a pane of glass in one of his parlours. A

Bard, on whom Phoebus his spirit bestow'd,

Resolving t'acknowledge the bounty he ow'd, Found out a new method at once of confefling, And making the most of so mighty a blessing. To the god he'd be grateful, but mortals he'd choufe By making his patron preside in his house;

6 And wisely foresaw this advantage from thence, That the god would in honour bear mot of th' ex

pence : So the bard he finds drink, and leaves Phebus to treat With the thoughts he inspires, regardless of meat. 10° Hence they that come hither expecting to dine, Are always sobb’d off with sheer wit and sheer wine.

i On another window.

ARE

RE the guests of this house still doom.d to be

cheated ? Sure the fates have decreed they by halves should be

treated. In the day of good John t, if you came here to dine, You had choice of good meat, no choice of good wine.

* These were written by Dr Delany in conjunction with Stella, and produced the verses, intitled, Apollo to the Dean. See vol. 6. p. 267.

# Dr John Stearne, late Lord Bishop of Clogher, who had been the predecessor of Dr Swift in the deanery of St Patrick's, and was always distinguished for his great hospitality.

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