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To the Tune of "To all you Ladies now at Land, &c.”


one fair lady out of court,
And two fair ladies in,

Who think the Turk* and Popet a fport,
And wit and love no fin;

Come, these foft lines, with nothing stiff in,
To Bellenden, Lepellt, and Griffin.

With a fa, la, la.

II. What


* Warton has a note upon these words, Urick, the little Turk." One is tempted to fay, in the language of the Author of the Critic, "The interpreter is the hardest to be underflood of the two." The expreffion of the "Turk and the Pope," is very common; it is here applied equivocally, to the author, and perhaps to one of the Turks, who came to England with George the Firft.

†The Author.

Mifs Lepell has been spoken of before. Mary Bellenden, the most beautiful and lovely woman of her time, maid of honour to Caroline when Princefs of Wales, was daughter of Lord Bellenden. She is thus defcribed, fays Mr. Coxe, in an old ballad, made upon the quarrel between George the First and the Prince of Wales at the chriftening, when the Prince and all his household were ordered to quit St. James's:

"But Bellenden we needs must praise,
Who, as down ftairs fhe jumps,

Sings, "Over Hills, and far away,"
Defpifing doleful dumps."

This lovely and elegant woman rejected the addreffes of the Prince, and efpoused in 1720 John Campbell then groom of the bed chamber to the Prince of Wales, and afterwards Duke of Argyle. See Coxe's Memoirs.


What paffes in the dark third row,
And what behind the fcene,
Couches and crippled chairs I know,

And garrets hung with green;
I know the swing of finful hack,
Where many damfels cry alack.
With a fa, la, la.

Then why to courts fhould I repair,
Where's fuch ado with Townshend?
To hear each mortal stamp and fwear,

And ev'ry speech with Zounds end;
To hear 'em rail at honeft Sunderland,
And rafhly blame the realm of Blunderland*.
With a fa, la, la.


Alas! like Schutz I cannot pun,
Like Grafton court the Germans;

Tell Pickenbourg how flim fhe's grown,
Like Meadowst run to fermons ;
To court ambitious men may roam,
But I and Marlbro' stay at home.

With a fa, la, la.



+ Mentioned before in the Verfes to Mrs. Howe.

V. In


In truth, by what I can discern,

Of courtiers 'twixt you three,
Some wit you have, and more may learn

From court, than Gay or Me:
Perhaps, in time, you'll leave high diet,
To fup with us on milk and quiet.
With a fa, la, la.


At Leicester-Fields, a house full high,
With door all painted green,
Where ribbons wave upon the tye,

(A Milliner I mean ;)

There may you meet us three to three,
For Gay can well make two of Me.
With a fa, la, la.


But fhou'd you catch the prudish itch,
And each become a coward,
Bring sometimes with you lady Rich*,
And fometimes miftrefs Howard t;
For virgins to keep chafte must go
Abroad with fuch as are not so,

With a fa, la, la.

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Lady Rich was a correfpondent of Lady M. W. Montagu. + Mrs. Howard, miftrefs to George II. afterwards Countess of Suffolk. See "Verfes to a Lady at Court," in this Volume.


And thus, fair maids, my ballad ends;

God fend the king fafe landing*; And make all honeft ladies friends

To armies that are standing; Preferve the limits of thofe nations, And take off ladies limitations. With a fa, la, la.


*This Ballad was written anno 1717.

NOTWITHSTANDING Pope's affected contempt of the Court, he was proud of the acquaintance of fome of the beautiful young women belonging to it.

In 1776 were published, two small volumes, intitled, Additions to Pope's Work. Warton has filently adopted all the notes, and the information that the Turk, alluded to in the first stanza, "little Ulrick." Are we to infer that Warton was the editor of the two volumes I have mentioned?


The Ladies mentioned in this Ballad, Pope (peaks of in a letter : "I met the Prince, with all his Ladies on horfeback, coming from hunting.

"Mrs. B-(Bellenden) and Mrs. L-(Lepell) took me into protection (contrary to the law against harbouring Papifts), and gave me a dinner.” Letters to feveral Ladies.



F gentle Philips will I ever fing,

With gentle Philips fhall the vallies ring. My numbers too for ever will I vary, With gentle Budgell, and with gentle Carey. Or if in ranging of the names I judge ill, With gentle Carey and with gentle Budgell, Oh! may all gentle bards together place ye, Men of good hearts, and men of delicacy. May fatire ne'er befool ye, or beknave ye, And from all wits that have a knack, God fave ye. 10



Ambrofe Philips.
Euftace Budgell.
Henry Carey.

VER. 10. And from al wits that have a knack,] Curl faid, that in profe he was equal to Pope, but that in verfe Pope bad merely a particular knack.

VER. 1. Philips]
VER. 4 Budgell,]
VER. 4. Carey,]

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