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Upon the Duke of MARLBOROUGH'S Houfe at Woodstock.
Atria longè patent ; fed nec cœnantibus ufquam,
SEE, Sir, here's the grand approach,
The fpacious court, the colonnade,
Thanks, Sir, cry'd I, 'tis very fine,
But where d'ye sleep, or where d'ye dine?
That 'tis a house, but not a dwelling *.
• The fame idea is ufed by Lord Chesterfield in his Epigram on Burlington House:
"How well you build, let flatt'ry tell;
And all mankind, how ill you dwell!"
Verfes left by Mr. POPE, on his lying in the fame Bed which WILMOT, the celebrated Earl of ROCHESTER, Лlept in, at Adderbury, then belonging to the Duke of ARGYLE, July 9th, 1739.
I prefs the bed where Wilmot lay;
Beneath thy roof, Argyle, are bred
Such thoughts as prompt the brave to lie Stretch'd out in honour's nobler bed, Beneath a nobler roof-the sky.
Such flames as high in patriots burn
Yet ftoop to bless a child or wife; And fuch as wicked kings may mourn, When freedom is more dear than life.
A COURT BALLAD.
To the Tune of "To all you Ladies now at Land, &c.”
one fair lady out of court,
Who think the Turk* and Popet a sport,
Come, these foft lines, with nothing stiff in,
With a fa, la, la.
* 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 First. †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 chriflening, when the Prince and all his household were ordered to quit St. James's:
"But Bellenden we needs muft praise,
Sings, "Over Hills, and far away,"
This lovely and elegant woman rejected the addrefies of the Prince, and elpoufed 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 garrets hung with green;
Then why to courts fhould I repair,
And ev'ry speech with Zounds end;
Alas! like Schutz I cannot pun,
Tell Pickenbourg how flim fhe's grown,
+ Mentioned before in the Verses to Mrs. Howe.
In truth, by what I can discern,
Of courtiers 'twixt you three,
From court, than Gay or Me:
At Leicester-Fields, a house full high,
(A Milliner I mean;)
There may you meet us three to three,
But fhou'd you catch the prudish itch,
With a fa, la, la.
• 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.