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O DE IX.

The Author apologizes to a Lady, for his being a little man..

Natura nufquam magis, quam in minimis tota eft.. PLIN.

Ολιγον τε φίλον τε.

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ES, contumelious fair,

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The amorous dwarf, that courts you to his arms,, But ere you leave him quite forlorn,

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And to fome youth gigantic yield your charms, Hear him---oh hear him, if you will not try,

And let your judgment check th' ambition of your eye.

IF

Say, is it carnage makes the man?

Is to be monftrous really to be great ?
Say, is it wife or just to scan

Your lover's worth by quantity, or weight?
Ask your mamma and nurse, if it be fo;

Nurse and mamma, I ween, fhall jointly anfwer, no,

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The lefs the body to the view,

The foul (like springs in clofer durance pent)

Is all exertion, ever new,

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Unceafing, unextinguifh'd, and unfpent;

Still pouring forth executive defire,

As bright, as brisk, and lafting, as the vestal fire..

IV.

Does thy young bofom pant for fame;
Woud'st thou be of posterity the toast ?

The poets shall ensure thy name,
Who magnitude of mind not body boast.
Laurels on bulky bards as rarely grow,
As on the sturdy oak the virtuous mifletoe.
V.

Look in the glass, furvey that cheek---
Where FLORA has with all her roses blush'd;

The shape so tender,---looks fo meek,--

The breasts made to be prefs'd, not to be crush'd--Then turn to me,---turn with obliging eyes, Nor longer Nature's works, in miniature, despise. VI.

Young AMMON did the world fubdue, Yet had not more external man than I; Ah! charmer, fhould I conquer you, With him in fame, as well as fize, I'll vie. Then, fcornful nymph, come forth to yonder grove, Where I defy, and challenge, all thy utmost love.

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O DE X.

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ONG, with undiftinguish'd flame,
I lov'd each fair, each witty dame,
My heart the belle-affembly gain'd,
And all an equal fway maintain'd..
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But when you came, you ftood confefs'd
Sole fultana of my breast;

For you eclips'd, fupremely fair,
All the whole feraglio there.

III.

In this her mien, in that her grace,
In a third I lov'd a face;

But you in ev'ry feature shine.
Univerfally divine.

IV.
What can those tumid paps excel,
Do they fink, or do they swell?
While thofe lovely wanton eyes
Sparkling meet them, as they rise..
V.
Thus is filver Cynthia seen,
Glistening o'er the glaffy green,

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While attracted fwell the waves,

Emerging from their inmoft caves.
VI.

When to sweet founds your steps you fuit,

And weave the minuet to the lute,

Heav'ns! how you glide !---her neck---her chest---
Does she move, or does the reft?
VII.

As those roguish eyes advance,
Let me catch their fide-long glance,
Soon---or they'll elude my fight,
Quick as light'ning, and as bright.
VIII.
Thus the bafhful Pleiad cheats
The gazer's eye, and still retreats,
Then peeps agen---then skulks unseen,
Veil'd behind the azure skreen.

IX.
Like the ever-toying dove,
Smile immensity of love;
Be Venus in each outward part,
And wear the vestal in your heart.
X.
When I ask a kifs, or fo---
Grant it with a begging no,
And let each rofe that decks
Blush affent to my embrace.

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EPITHALAMIU M.

ODE XI.

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Efcend, defcend, ye sweet Aonian maids,
Leave the Parnaffian fhades,

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The joyful Hymeneal fing,

And to a lovelier Belle

Than fiction e'er devis'd, or eloquence can tell,
Your vocal tributes bring.

And you, ye winged chorifters, that fly
In all the penfile gardens of the fky,
Chant thro' th' enamel❜d grove,
Stretch from the trembling twigs your little throats,
With all the wild variety of artless notes,

But let each note be love.
Fragrant Flora, queen of May,

All bedight with garlands gay,
Where in the fmooth-fhaven green
The spangled cowflips variegate the scene,
And the rivulet between,

Whispers, murmurs, fings,

As it stops, or falls, or springs;

There spread a fofa of thy fofteft flowers,
There let the bridegroom stay,

There let him hate the light, and curfe the day,
And dun the tardy hours.

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