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Why should I stay? Both parties rage ;
My vixen mistress squalls;
And Homer (damn him !) calls.
In Halifax's urn;
Has yet the grace to mourn.
Betray, and are betray'd:
And B******ll is a jade.
When I no favour seek?
I need but once a week.
Deep whimsies to contrive ; The gayest valetudinaire,
Most thinking rake alive. Solicitous for others' ends,
Though fond of dear repose; Careless or drowsy with my friends,
And frolic with my foes.
For sober, studious days !
For sallads, tarts, and pease!
Whose soul sincere and free,
And so may starve with me.
Pope. SINCE my old friend is grown so great,
As to be minister of state,
That Craggs will be asham'd of Pope.
To grow the worse for growing greater;
EPIGRAM, Engraved on the Collar of a Dog, which I gave
to his Royal Highness.
I AM his Highness' dog at Kew;
Pray tell me, sir, whose dog. are you?
IN the lines that you sent are the muses and
graces; You've the nine in your wit, and the three in your ON AN OLD GATE,
Erected in Chiswick Gardens.
O GATE, how cam’st thou here?
Gate. I was brought from Chelsea last year,
Batter'd with wind and weather.
Sir Hans Sloane
Let me alone :
A FRAGMENT. WHAT are the falling rills, the pendent shades,
The morning bowers, the evening colonades, But soft recesses for th' uneasy mind To sigh unheard in, to the passing wind! So the struck deer, in some sequester'd part, Lies down to die (the arrow in his heart); There hid in shades, and wasting day by day, Inly he bleeds, and pants his soul away.
VERSES LEFT BY MR. POPE, On his lying in the same Bed which Wilmot the
celebrated Earl of Rochester slept in, at Adder. bury, then belonging to the Duke of Argyle.
July 9th, 1739.
I press'd the bed where Wilmot lay;
Begets no numbers grave pr gay.
But in thy roof, Argyle, are bred
Such thoughts as prompt the brave to lie Stretch'd out in honour's nobler bed,
Beneath a pobler roof.--the sky. Such fames as high in patriots burn,
Yet stoop to bless a child or wife; And such as wicked kings may mourn,
When freedom is more dear than life.
VERSES TO MR. C.
FEW ; ;
Bethel, I'm told, will soon be here: Some morning-walks along the Mall,
And evening friends, will end the year. If, in this interval, between
The falling leaf and coming frost, You please to see, on Twit'nam green,
Your friend, your poet, and your host; For three whole days you here may rest,
From office, business, news, and strife; And (what most folks would think a jest)
Want nothing else, except your wife.
His saltem aecumulem donis, et fungar inani
ON CHARLES EARL OF DORSET,
In the Church of Withyam, in Susser.
DORSET, the grace of courts, the muses' pride,
Patron of arts, and judge of nature, died. The scourge of pride, though sanctified or great, Of fops in learning, and of knaves in state : Yet soft his nature, though severe his lay, His anger moral, and his wisdom gay. Blest satirist! who touch'd the mean so true, As show'd vice had his hate and pity too. Blest courtier! who could king and country please, Yet sacred keep his friendships, and his ease. Blest peer! his great forefathers' every grace Reflecting, and reflected in his race; Where other Buckhursts, other Dorsets shine, And patrons still, or poets, deck the line.