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The following poems are extracted from the manuscript of Lord Lanesborough, called the Whimsical Medley. They are here inserted in deference to the opinion of a most obliging correspondent, who thinks they may be juvenile attempts of Swift. own I cannot discover much internal evidence in support of the supposition.
ON MR. ROBARTS,
BY THE NAME OF PETER QUINCE.
As one Peter Quince,
With Pacolet's horse
Young Quince took his course,
And wisely took care,
In the hazard of war,
To prevent all mischances by flight.
Let the nation's scum,
For the time that's to come,
Lose a leg or an arm in the fray:
When his heels to Breda made his way.
That head-piece of thine
On one of the Parliament benches :
But, on second thought,
Wit is always best bought,
And, Quince, be thou safe among [wenches.]
For all thy ill stars,
In the house thou hast peers,
Or else the dull fools would ne'er choose you,
Of taxes complain,
But shun the campaign,
For soldiers will always abuse thee.
Thy pretty white hand
To meddle with dirty cold iron;
For another guess trade,
When thy beauties the ladies environ.
Made Quince for to shine,
And scorn the poor rogues that are valiant.
* Sir John Cutler, a noted usurer.
THE POPE'S GIVING A CARDINAL'S CAP TO A JESUIT,
ON THE DEATH OF CARDINAL DE TOURNON.
TOURNON, the illustrious cardinal, is dead!
The pope, however, unconcerned stands,
And puts a Jesuit in his place.
FABLE OF THE BELLY
AND THE MEMBERS.
THE members on a time did meet,
And were resolved, with hands and feet,
The Belly to o'erthrow.
The idle paunch they all decreed
So 'twas resolved in Parliament,
That trustees should be thither sent
But when they found the Belly flagg'd
THE HUMBLE PETITION
GOSSIP JOAN TO HER FRIEND,
A NORTH BRITAIN LADY,'
WHO HAD PROMISED HER SOME SNUFF AT HER RETURN OUT OF
IN forma pauperis I to you
Thus by petition humbly show:
Our little isle being barren of mundungus,
We plead a right to what you claim.
* "Whom he brings in among us,
And bribes with mundungus."-Lady's Lamentation.