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IMITATIONS OF ENGLISH POETS.
A TALE, LATELY Found IN AN or D MANUSCRIPT.
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Women, though nat sans leacherie,
“O moder, moder,” quoth the daughter,
“Be thiike same thing maids longen alter?
Bette is to pyne on coals and chalke, *Then trust on mon, whose yerde can talke *.” "
In ev'ry town where Thamis rolls his tide,
And on the broken pavement here and there
A brandy and tobacco shop is near,
* Dr. Warton very properly observes, that this is “a gross and dull caricature of the father of English poetry, and very unworthy of its author at any age;” yet, bad as it is, Mr. Pope has taken the trouble to alter it materially in his own publication, though not at all to improve its delicacy. N.
+ He that was unacquainted with Spenser, and was to form his ideas of the turn and manner of his genius from this piece, would undoubtedly suppose that he abounded in filthy images, and excelled in describing the lower scenes of life. Dr. Waxton.