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A scheme, forsooth! to benefit the nation!
Yet, after all, to give the Devil his due,
P R O LOGŲ E.
MR. THOMSON'S AGAMEMNON.
HE N this decisive night, at length, appears,
The night of every author's hopes and fears,
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Nor poorly fearful, nor securely vain, Ours would, by honest ways, that grace
obtain ; Would, as a free-born wit, be fairly try'd : And then – let candor, fairly too, decide. He courts no friend, who blindly comes to praise; He dreads no foe-but whom his faults
raise, Indulge a generous pride, that bids him own, He aims to please, by noble means alone ; By what may win the judgment, wake the heart, Inspiring nature, and directing art; By scenes, so wrought, as may applause command More from the judging head, than thundering han.l.
Important is the moral we would teach Oh may this island practise what we preachVice in its first approach with care to Thun; The wretch, who once engages, is undone. Crimes lead to greater crimes, and link so streight, What first was accident, at last is fate : Guilt's hapless servant sinks into a flave ; And Virtue's last fad strugglings cannot fave.
" As such our fair attempt, we hope to see " Our judges,-here at least--from influence free: “ One place,-ubiass’d yet by party-rage, " Where only honour votes-the British stage, “ We ask for justice, for indulgence sue : « Our last belt licence must proceed from you."
I M P R O M P T U, On a LADY, who had passed some time in playing with a very young child.
. WHY, on this leaft of little Misses,
Did Celia waste so many kisses ? Quoth Love, who stood behind and smil'd, She kiss'd the father in the child.
E PIG RAM, On seeing two persons pass by, in very different
See what the Muses have to brag on :
A SIMILE IN PRIOR,
Applied to the same Person.
DEAR Thomas, didł thou never pop
Thy head into a tin-man's shop?
So fares it with this little Peer,
ON AN AMOROUS OLD MAN.
TILL hovering round the fair at fixty-four,
Unfit to love, unable to give o'er ;
HE youth liad wit himself, and could afford
A witty neighbour his good word.
An oath had made the ladies stare.
His only mistress was the fashion.
His profe, with fenfe, correctly quaint.
Trisles he lov'd; he tasted arts : At once a fribble, and a man of parts.
A F R A. G M E N T.
AIR morn ascends : soft zephyr's wing
O'er hill and vale renews the spring : Where, sown profusely, herb and flower, Of balmy smell, of healing power,