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When she comes in my way, the motion, the pais,
O wonderful creature! a woman of reason!
Never grave out of pride, never gay out of season!
Would one think Mrs. Howard ne'er dreamt it was she ?
Or all the girls that e'er were seen,
For charming face and shape and mien,
And what's not fit to tell ye :
Oh! the turn'd neck, and smooth white skin
Of lovely dearest Nelly!
For many a swain it well had been
For when, as Nelly came to France
The king, as he at dinner sat,
Did beckon to his hussar,
And bid him bring his tabby cat,
For charming Nell to buss her.
The ladies were with rage provok'd
The men look'd arch, as Nelly strok'd,
But not a man did look employ,
Then said the duke de Villeroy,
But who's that grave philosopher,
I wish he has no mind to try
The courtiers all with one accord
In Marli's gardens, and St. Clou,
But Venus had a brazen face,
Both at Versailles and Meudon, Or else she had resign'd her place, And left the stone she stood on.
Were Nelly's figure mounted there, 'Twould put down all th' Italian :
Lord! how those foreigners would stare!
As does that part that lies between
ODE FOR MUSIC.
ON THE LONGITUDE.
THE longitude mniss'd on
So Ditton and Whiston
Sing Ditton and Whiston,
And Whiston and Ditton,
Besh-t and bep-st on,
Bep-st and besh-t on.
ON THE FEUDS ABOUT HANDEL AND BONONCINI.
STRANGE! all this difference should be
ON MRS. TOFTS.*
So bright is thy beauty, so charming thy song,
That the beasts must have starv'd, and the poet have died.
* Mrs. Tofts was the daughter of a person in the family of Dr. Burnet, bishop of Salisbury. She lived at the introduction of the opera into this kingdom, and sang in company with Nicolini; but, being ignorant of Italian, chanted her recitative in English, in answer to his Italian: but the charms of their voices overcame this absurdity Her character may be collected from the above epigram. She retired from England, and died at Venice about the year 1760, N.
TWO OR THREE:
OR, A RECEIPT TO MAKE A CUCKOLD.
Two or three visits, and two or three bows,
Two or three squeezes, or two or three towzes,
IN A MAID OF HONOUR'S PRAYER BOOK.
WHEN Israel's daughters mourn'd their past offences,
THE BALANCE OF EUROPE.
Now Europe's balanc'd, neither side prevails;