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Speak, goddess : Ince 'tis thou that belt canst tell, , Whence their mechanic powers the spirits claim ;
How ancient leagues to modern difcord fell; How great their force, how delicate their frame;
And why physicians were so cautious grown How the same nerves are fashion'd to sustain
Of others' lives, and lavish of their own;

The greatest pleasure and the greatest pzio;
How by a journey to th' Elysian plain

Why bilious juice a golden light puts on, Peace triumph'd, and old time return'd again. And floods of chyle in Gilver currents run; Not far from that most celebrated place,

How the dim speck of entity began Where angry * justice Mews her awsul face; T'extend is recent form, and stretch to man; Where little villains niust submit to fate,

To how minute an origin we owe
That great ones may enjoy the world in state; Young Ammon, Casar, and the great Nassau ;

There stands af dome, majestic to the fight, Why paler looks impetuous rage proclaim,
And sumptuous arches bear its oval height; And why chill virgins redden into flame;
A golden globe, plac'd high with artful skill, Why envy oft' transforms with wan disguise,
Seems, to the distant fight, a gilded pill;

And why gay mirch lits smiling in the eyes;
This pile was, by the pious patron's aim,

All ice why Lucrece; or Sempronia, fire; Rais'd for a use as noble as its frame;

Why Scarsdale rages to survive desire; Nor did the learn'd society decline

When Milo's vigeur at th' Olympick's shown, The propagation of that great defign;

Whence tropes to Finch, or impudence to Sloane;(b) In all her mazes, nature's face they vicw'd, How matier, by the vary'd shape of pores, And, as she disappear'd, their search pursued.(a) Or ideots frames, or folemn fenators. Wrapt in the shade of night the goddess lies,

Hence 'tis we wait the wondrous cause to Yet to the learn'd unveils her dark disguise,

find, But thuns the gross access of vulgar eyes.

How body acts upon impassive mind; Now she unfolds the faint and dawning strife Hi w funies of wine the thinking part cap fire, Of infant atoms kindling into life;

Past hopes revive, and present joys inspire; How ductile matter new meanders takes,

Why our complexions oft' our foul declare, And slender trains of twisting fibres makes ; And how the palions in the feature are; And how the viscous seeks a closer tone,

How touch and harmiony arise between By just degrees to harden into bone ;

Corporeal figure, and a form unseen; While the more loose flow from the vital urn, Hou quick their faculties the limbs fulfil, And in full tides of purple streams return; And act at every suoimons of the will; How lambent flames from life's bright lamps arise, With mighty truths, mytterious to descry, And dart in emanacions through the eyes;

Which in the womb of diftant causes lie.
How from each luice a gentle torrent pours, But now no grand inquiries are descry'd,
To flake a feverish heat with ambient thowers; Mean faction reigns where knowledge should

prcfide,
Feuds are increaf'd, and learning laid aside.

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Thus fynods oft concern for faith conceal, Each faculty in blandishments they lull,
And for important nothings ihew a zeal:

Aspiring co he venerably dull ;/
The drooping sciences neglected pinc,

Nii learn'd debates molest their downy trance; And Pæan's beams with fading lustre shine, Or discompose their pompous ignorance ; No readers here with hectic looks are found, But, undisturb'd, they kiter life away, Nor eyes in rheum, through midnight-watching, vo wither green, and blossom in decay; drown'd;

Deep sunk in down, they, by my gentle care, The lonely edifice in sweats complains

Avoid th' inclemencies of morning air, (prayer. That nething there but sullen Gilence reigns. And leave to tatter'd' crape the drudgery of This place, fu fit for undisturb'd repose,

Urim t was civil, and not void of sense, The god of floth for his asylum chose;

Had humour, and a courteous confidence : Upon a conch of down in these abodes,

So spruce he moves, so gracefully he cocks,
Supine with folded arnis he thoughtiess rindo ; The hallow'd rose declares him orthodox :
Indulging dreams his godhead lull to ease,

He pass'd his easy hours, instead of prayer,
With murmurs of soft rills, and whispering trees : In madrigals, and phillyling the fair;
The poppy and each numbing plant dispense Constant at feasts, and each decorum knew,
Their drowzy virtue, and dull indolence;

And, soon as the desert appear'd, withdrew; No passions interrupt his easy reign,

Always obliging, an; without offence, No problems puzzle his lerhargic brain ;

And fancy'd, for his gay impertinence. But dark oblivion guards his peaceful bed,

But see how ill-mistaken parts succeed;
And lazy fogs hang lingering o'er his head, Hr threw off my dominion, and would read;

As at full length the pamper'd monarch lay, Engag'd in controversy, wrangled well!
Bartening in eale, and flumbering life away; In convocation larguage could excel;
A spiteful noise his downy chains unties,

In volumes prov'd the church without defence, Haltes forward, and increases as it flies.

By nothing guarded but by Providence; First, fone to cleave the stubborn * slint engage, How grace and moderation disagree; Till, urg'd by blows, it sparkles into rage :

And violence advances charity. Some temper luie, some spacinus vesels move; Thus writ till nolle would read, becoming soon These furnaces erect, and those approve;

A wretched fcribbler, of a rare buffoon. Here phials in nice discipline are fet,

Mankind my fond propitious power has try'de There gallipots are rang'di in alphabet.

Too oft' to own, coo much to be deny'd. In this place, magazines of pills you spy:

And all I ask are shades and filent bowers, In that, like forage, herbs in bundles lie;

To pass in soft forgetfulness my hours. While lifted perties, brardıih'd in the air,

Ost' have my fears some distant villa chose, Descend in peals, and civil wars declarc. (rend, U'er thcir quietus where fat judges dose, Loud strokes, with pounding spice, the fabric And lull their cough and conscience to repose : and are maric cluuds in fpires ascend.

Or, if fonie cloister's refuge I implore, (o) So when the Cyclops o'er their anvils sweat, Where holy drones o'er dyiog capers fnore, And swelling snews echoirg blows repeat; The peals of * Nafsau's arms these eyes unclose; from the volcaroa groís eruptions sise,

Mine he molelts, to give the world repose. and curling theet of smoke chícure the skics. That ease I offer with contempt he flies,

The slumbering God, amaz'd at this new din, His ciuch a trench, his canopy the skies. Thrice strove to use, and thrice lunk down again, Nor climes nor seasons his refolves controul, Liftless he itrerch'd, and gaping rubb'd his eyes, Th’equator has no heat, no ice the pole. Then falter'd shus betvi ixt half words and signs : Wih arms refiftless o'er the globe he flies, How inipoient a deity an !!

And leaves to love the cmpire of the skies. With godhead born, but curs'd, that cannot die ! But, as the slothful god to yawn begun, Thrcugh my indulgence, mortals hourly share He look off the dull mist, and thus went on: A grateful negligence, and rase from care. Lull'd in my arms, how long have I wi-b-held The northern monarchs froni the duty field!

VARIATIONS. How I have kept ihc British feet :: case. From tempting the rrugh dangers of the scas! (c) Soroctimes among the Caspian cliffs I creep, . Hibernia owns the milciorss of ny reign,

Where folitary lats and swallows Sleep; And my divinity's ador'd in Spain,

Or, if some cloister's refuge limploie,
I swains to sylvan folitudes convey,

Where holy cirolle n'er dying tapers snore,
Where, stretch'd on mosty beds, they wałeaway Suill Nailau' arnis a soft repose degy,
In gentle joys the night in vows the day.

Keep me awake, and follow where I fly,
What marks of wondrous elemency I've shown,

Since lic has blets'd the weary world with peace, Sarre reverend worthies of the gown canr.wo: And with a nod has bid Bellona cease ; Triumphant plenty, with a clicesful grace,

I fought the covert of some peaceful cell, Bisks in their eyes, and sparkles in their lace. Where filent thades in harmless raptures dwell; How fleck their locks, how goodly is their mien, That ich miglit paft tranquillity restore, Wheo big they Itrus behind a double chin! An inuital never intoriujt me trore. * The buiiding ortie rispensary,

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THE DISPENSARY.

$f Twas in this reverend dome I fought repose,

Since mortals will dispute my power, I'll try
These walls were that asylum I had chose. (d) Who has the greatest empire, they or I.
Here have I ruld long unaifturb'd with broils, Find envy out, some prince's court attend,
And laugh'd at heroes, and their glorious coils. Most likely there you'll meet the familh'd
My annals are in mouldy mildews wrought,

fiend;(e) With easy insignificance of thought.

Or where dull critics authors' fate foretell; But now some busy, enterprising brain

Or where stale maids, or meagre eunuchs, dwell; Invents new fancies to renew my pain,

Tell the bleak fury what new projects reign And labours to diffolve my easy reign.

Among the homicides of Warwict-lane ;
With that, the god his darling phantom calls, And what th' event, unless she strait inclines
And from his faltering lips this message falls : To blast their hopes, and baffle their designs.

More he had spoke, but sudden vapours rise,
And with their filken cords tie down his eyes.

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VARIATIONS.

VARIATIONS.

(d) Nought underneath this roof but damps are

fuund,
Nought heard but drowsy beetles buzzing round, () Or in cabals, or camps, or at the bar,
Spread cobwebs hide the walls, and duft the floors,' Or where ill poets pennyless confer,
And midnight filence guards the noiseless doors. Or in the fenate-house at Westminster.

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as the evening veil'd the mountains heads
And winds lay hush'd in subterranean beds;
Whild fickening flowers drink up the silver dew,
And beaux for some assembly dress anew;
The city faints to prayers and play.house halte;
The rich to dinner, and the poor to rest :
Th' officious-phantom then prepar'd with care
To slide on tender pinions through the air.
Oft' he attempts the summit of a rock,
And oft' the hollow of some blasted oak;
At length approaching where bleak envy lay;
The hilling of her snakes proclaim'd the way.

Beneath the gloomy covert of an yew,
That taints the grass with fickly sweats of dew;
No verdant beauty entertains the fight,
But baneful hemlock, and cold aconite;
In a dark grot thé baleful haggard lay,
Breathing black vengeance, and infecting day.
But how deform'd, and worn with spiteful woes,
Wheñ Accius has applause, Dorsennus thews.
The cheerful blood her meagre cheeks forsook,
And basiliks fate brooding in her look;
A bald and bloated toad-tool rail'd her head;
The plumes of boding ravens were her bed :
From her chapp'd nostrils (caiding torrents fall,
And her funk eyes boil o'er in floods of gall.
Volcanos labour thus with inward pains,
While seas of melted ore lay waste the plains.

Around the fiend in hideous order fate
Foul bawling infamy, and bold debate;
Gruff discontent, through ignorance milled,
And clamorous faction at her party's head;
Restless fedition ftill diffembling fear,
And Dy hypocrify with pious leer.

Glouting with fullen spite the fury tes
Her clotted locks, and blasted with each look;
Then tore with canker'd teeth the pregnant scrolle,
Where fame the acts of demi-gods enrols;
And, as the rent-records in pieces fell,
Each scrap did some immortal action tell.

This show'd, how fix'd as face Torquatus stood,
That, the fam'd passage of the Granic flood;
The Julian eagles, here, their wings display,
And there, lıke setting stars, the Decii lay;
This does Camillus as a god extol,
Thac points at Manlius in the capitol;
How Cocles did the Tiber's surges brave,
How Curtius pluog'd into the gaping grave.
Great Cyrus, here, the Medes and Persians join,
And, there, th' immortal battle of the Boyne,

As the light messenger the fury spy'd,
Awhile his curdling blood forgot to glide:
Confusion on his fainting vitals hung,
And ialtering accents flutter'd on his tongue :
At length, assuming courage, he convey'd
His errand, then he shrunk into a shade.

The hag lay long revolving what might be
The blest event of such an embaffy:
Then blazins in dread smiles her hideous form;
So lightning gilds the unrelencing storm. (f)

VARIATICNS.

(f) Then she: Alas how long in vain hare I
Aim'd at there noble ills tlı- fates deny?
Within this ille for cvir mu't I find
Dilafors to distract my reit less mind?

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Thus shco-Mankind are blest, they riot still The patient's ears remor feless he affails,
Ünbounded in exorbitance of ill.

Murders with jargon where his medicine fails, By levaslation the sough warrior gains,

The fury thus affuming Colou's

grace, And farmers fatten most when famine reigns; So sluog her arms, so shum'd in her pace. For fickly seafows the physicians wait,

Onward she haftens to the fam'd abodes, And politicians thrive in broils of state;

Where Horoscope * invokes th' infernal gods; The lover's easy when the fair-one fighs,

And reach'd the mansion where the vulgar run, And gods subfist not but by facrifice.

For ruin throng, and pay to be undone. Each other being some indulgence knows :

This visionary various projects tries, Few are my joys, but infinite my woes.

And knows that to be rich is to be wise. My present pain Britannia's genius wills,

By useful observations he can tell And thus the fates record my future ills.

The sacred charnıs that in true sterling dwell, A heroine shall Albion's sceptre bear,

How gold makes a patrician of a flave, With arms shall vanquish earth, and heaven with A dwarf an Atlas, a Thersites brave. prayer.

It cancels all defects, and in their place She on the world her clemency shall shower, Finds sense in Brownlow, charms in Lady Grace; And only to preserve exert her power.

it guides the fancy, and directs the nind; Tyrants shall then their impious aims forbear, No bankrupt ever found a fair-one kind. And Blenheim's thurider more than Ætna's fear. So truly Horoscope its virtues knows, Since by no arts I therefore can defeat

To this lov'd idol 'tis, alone, he bows; The happy enterprises of the great,

And fancies such bright heraldry can prove, l'll calmly stoop co more inferior things,

The vile plebeian but the third from Jove.
And try if my lov'd snakes have teeth or flings. Long has he been of that aniphibious (ry,
She said, and straight fhrill Colon’s • perfon Bold to prescribe, and busy to apply.
cook,

His shop the gazing vulgar's eyes employe
In morals loose, but most precise in look.

With foreign trinkets, and domestic toys. Black-friars annals lately pleas'd to call

Here mummies lay most reverendly stale Him warden of apothecaries-hall;

And there the tortoise hung her coat of nail; And, when su dignify'd, did not forbear

Not far from fome huge shark's devouring head · That operation which the learn'd declare

The flying fish their finny pinions spread; Gives colics ease, and makes the ladies fair. Aloft in rows large poppy-heads were ftrung, In trifling show his tinsel talent lies;

And near, a fcaly alligator hung; And form the want of intellects supplies.

In this place, drugs in niusty heaps decay'd; In aspect grand and goodly he appears,

In that, dry'd bladders and drawn teeth were laid. Rever'd as patriarchs in primæval years.

An inner room receives the numerous shoals Hourly his learn'd impertinence affords

Of such as pay to be reputed fools.
A barren superfluity of words; (g)

Globes stand by globes, volumes on volumes lie,
And planetary schemes an use the eye.
The lage, in velvet chair, here lolls at ease,
To promise future health for present fees;

Then, as from tripod, folemn thamc reveals,
Good Tenison's celestial piety

And what the stars know nothing of, foretels.

One asks how soon Panthea may be won, At last has rais'd him to the sacred fec. Somers does sickening cquity restore,

And longs to feel the marriage-fetters on : And helpless orphans are oppress'd no more. Others, convinc'd by melancholy proof, Pembroke to Britain endless blessings brings. Inquire when courteous fates will strike them off. He spoke; and peace clapp'd her triumphant wings. Some, by what means they may redress their Great Ormond shines illustriously bright

wrong, With blazes of hereditary right.

When fathers the possession keep too long.

And some would know the iffue of their cause, The noble ardour of a royal fire

And whether gold can folder up its flaws.
Inspires the generous breast of Devonshire.
And Macclesfield is active to defend

Poor pregnant Lais his advice would have,

To lose by art what fruitful nature gave; His country with the zeal he loves his friend.

And Portia, old in expectation grown, Like Leda's radiant sons divinely clear,

Laments her barrea curse, and begs a fon : Portland and Jersey deck'd in rays appear,

Whilft Iris his cosmetic wash would try, To gild by turns the Gallic hemisphere.

To make her bloona revive, and lovers die. Worth in distress is rais'd by Montague;

Some ask for charnis, and others philters choose, Augustus listens if Mæcenas fue;

To gain Corinna, and their quartans Jose. And Vernon's vigilance no flumber tales,

Young Hylas, botch'd with stains too foul to name, Whilst faction pceps abroad, and anarchy awakes.

In cradle here renews his youthful frame;

Cloy'd with desire, and surfeited with charms, (g) In hafte he strides along, to recompense

A hoc-house he prefers to Julia's arms, The want of business with its vain pretence,

VARIATIONS.

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93 And old Lucullus would th' arcanum prove, So glow-wornis may compare with Titan's beams, Of kindling in colad veins the sparks of love, And Hare-court pump with Aganippe's streams. Bleak envy these dull frauds with pleasure | Our mannfactures now they meanly sell, fees,

And their true value treacheroudly tell; And wonders at the senseless mysteries.

Nay, they discover too, their spite is such, In Colon's voice she thus calls out aloid

That health, that crowns more valued, costs not Or Horoscope environ'd by the crowd :

much; Forbear, forkvar, thy vain amusements cease, Whilst we must fteer our conduct by these rules, Thy woodcocks from their gins awhile release; To cheat as tradełnien, or to iturve as fools. (a) And to that dire :nisfortune listen well,

At this fam'd Horoscope turo'd pale, and Which thou should'It fear to know, or I ro tell.

traight ' l'is true, thou ever wast esteem'd by me

In filence tumbled from his chair of state : The great Alcides of our company.

The crowd in great confusion sought the door, When we with noble scorn resolv'd to ease

And left the magus fainting on the fior; Ourselves from all parochial offices;

Whilft in his breat the fury breath'd a storm, And to our wealthier patients left the care

Then fought her cell, and re-aflum'd her form, And draggled dignity of scavenger;

Thus from the fore although the infed flies,
Such zeal in that affair thou didst express,

It leaves a brood of maggots in disguse.
Nought could be equal, but the great success. Officious Squirt in haste forsook his shop,
Now call to mind thy generous prowess past, To succour the expiring Horoscope.
Be what thou thould'it, by thinking what chou Oft' he eflay'd the nagus to restore,
walt :

By salt of succinum's prevailing power;
The faculty of Warwick-lane design,

Yet still supine the solid lumber lay, It not to storm, at lealt to undermine.

An image of fcarce-animated clay; Their gates each day ten thousand night-caps Till fates, indulgent when disasters call, crowd,

By Squirt's nice hand apply'd a urinal. And mortars utter their attempts aloud.

The wight no sonner did the stream receive, If they thould once unmark nur mystery,

But rouz'd, and bless'd the tale restorative.
Each nurse, ere long, would be as learn'd as we; The springs of life their former vigour feel;
Our art expos'd to every vulgar ege;

Such zeal he had for that vile utensi).
And nonc, in complaifance to us, would die.“ So when the great Pelides Thetis found,
What if we claim their right t'affaslinate,

He knew the fea-Weed scent, and th' azure god. Must they needs turn apothecaries straight?

dess own'd. Prevent it, gods! all itratagems we try, To crowd with new inhabitants your sky. ' l'is we who wait the destinies' command, To purge the troubled air, and weed the land. And dare the college infolently ain

(a) Whilft we, at our expence, must persevere, To equil our fraternity in fame?

And for another world, be ruin'd here.
Then ler crabs-eyes with pearl for virtue try,
Or Highgate-hill with lofty Pindus vie ;

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Of what frill Colon said the day before.
Cowslips and poppies o'cr his eyes he spread,
And Salmon's works he laid beneath his head,
But those bless'd opiates still in vain he tries,
Sleep's gentle inage his embraces flies :
Tumultuous cares lay rolling in his breast,
And thus his anxious thoughts the fage exprest.

Oft has this planet rollid around the fun,
Since to consult the skies I first begun :

show;

You'll ne'er convince a fool, bimself is fo:
He hates realities, and hugs the cheat,
And still the only pleasure's the deceit.

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