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ON RECEIVING FROM

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

THE LADY FRANCES SHIRLEY*

A STANDISH AND TWO PENS.

YES, I beheld th’ Athenian queen

Descend in all her sober charms; “ And take (she said, and smil'd serene)

« Take at this hand celestial arms :

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“ Secure the radiant weapons wield ;

“ This golden lance shall guard desert, “ And if a vice dares keep the field,

“ This steel shall stab it to the heart.”

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Aw'd, on my bended knees I fell,

Receiv'd the weapons of the sky; And dipt them in the sable well,

The fount of fame or infamy.

« What well? what weapon? (Flavia cries)

" A standish, steel and golden pen!

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* Fourth daughter of Earl Ferrers.

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“ It came from Bertrand's, not the skies;

“ I gave it you to write again.

“ But, friend, take heed whom

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attack; “ You'll bring a house (I mean of peers) “ Red, blue, and green, nay white and black,

“ Land all about your ears.

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“ You'd write as smooth again on glass,

“ And run, on ivory, so glib, “ As not to stick at fool or ass,

“ Nor stop at flattery or fib.

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Athenian queen! and sober charms!

“ I tell ye, fool, there's nothing in't: “ 'Tis Venus, Venus gives these arms;

“ In Dryden's Virgil see the print.

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Come, if you'll be a quiet soul,

“ That dares tell neither truth nor lies, I'll list you in the harmless roll

“ Of those that sing of these poor eyes.”

V2R. 15. Bertrand's,] A famous toy-shop at Bath..

1740.

A PO E M.

O WRETCHED B --- jealous now of all,

What God, what mortal, shall prevent thy fall? Turn, turn thy eyes from wicked men in place, And see what succour from the patriot race.

C-- his own proud dupe, thinks monarchs things Made just for him, as other fools for kings;

6 Controls, decides, insults thee every hour, And antedates the hatred due to pow'r.

Thro' clouds of passion P --'3 views are clear,
He foams a patriot to subside a peer ;
Impatient sees his country bought and sold,
And damns the market where he takes no gold.

Grave, righteous S - joggs on till, past belief,
He finds himself companion with a thief.
To

purge and let thee blood, with fire and sword, Is all the help stern "S -- wou'd afford.

16 That those who bind and rob thee, would not kill, Good °C -- hopes, and candidly sits still.

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a Britain.
* Shippen.

b Cobham. c Sandy's.
e Perhaps the Earl of Carlisle.

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Of' Ch - 8 W. who speaks at all, No more than of Sir Har-y or Sir P... Whose names once up, they thought it was not wrong To lie in bed, but sure they lay too long.

G--r, C-m, B - t, pay thee due regards, Unless the ladies bid them mind their cards.

with wit that must And ic -d who speaks so well and writes, 25 Whom (saving W.) every S. barper bites,

must needs Whose wit and

equally provoke one, Finds thee, at best, the butt to crack his joke on.

As for the rest, each winter up they run, And all are clear, that something must be done. 30 Then urg'd by *C.-t, or by C-ot stopt, Inflam'd by 'P and by Pi. dropt ; They follow rev'rently each wond'rous wight, Amaz'd that one can read, that one can write : So geese to gander prone obedience keep,

35 Hiss if he hiss, and if he slumber, sleep. Till having done whate'er was fit or fine, Utter'd a speech, and ask'd their friends to dine ; Each hurries back to his paternal ground, Content but for five shillings in the pound,

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f Sir Charles Hanbury Williams.
& Sir Henry Oxenden and Sir Paul Methuen.
^ Lords Gower, Cohham, and Bathurst.
i Lord Chesterfield.

k Lord Carteret. ? William Pulteney, created in 1742 Earl of Bath.

Yearly defeated, yearly hopes they give,
And all agree, Sir Robert cannot live.

Rise, rise, great m W --, fated to appear,
Spite of thyself a glorious minister !
Speak the loud language princes ....

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And treat with half the ..
At length to B -- kind, as to thy ..
Espouse the nation, you

What can thy “H.. Dress in Dutch ....

50 Tho' still he travels on no bad pretence, To show....

Or those foul copies of thy face and tongue, Veracious °W

and frontless P Young ; Sagacious · Bub, so late a friend, and there

35 So late a foe, yet more sagacious " H -..? Hervey and Hervey's school,'F-H--y,'H.-n, Yea, moralo Ebar, or religious Winton. How! what can * O --w, what can D... The wisdom of the one and other chair,

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m Walpole.

Either Sir Ro'ert's brother Horace, who had just quitted his embassy at the Hague, or his son Horace, who was then on his travels.

0 W. Winnington. P Sir William Young.
9 Doddington. * Probably Hare, Bishop of Chichester.
s Fox and Henley.

· Hinton. u Blackburn, Archbishop of York, and Hoadley, Bishop of Winchester.

* Onslow, Speaker of the House of Commons, and the Earl of Delawar, Chairman of the Committees of the House of Lords.

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