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CHARACTERS

OF THE

COURT.

A POEM

WITH NOTES.

« Omne animi vitium tantò conspectius in se
“ Crimen habet, quantò major, qui peccat, habetur.”

JUVENAL.

Orford:

PRINTED AND SOLD BY MUNDAY AND SLATTER, HIGH-STREET.

1816.

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« Could Laureat Dryden pimp and friar engage,
“ Yet neither Charles nor James be in a rage;
" And I not strip the gilding off a knave,
Unplaced-unpensioned—no man's heir or slave.”

POPE.

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“ Are there no sins for satire's bard to greet?
“Stalks not gigantic vice in every street ?
“ Shall Peers and Princes tread pollution's path,
“ And 'scape alike the law's and muse's wrath ?”

BYRON.

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CHARACTERS OF THE COURT.

IN these our days, when vice and folly reign,
When crimes flagitious are no more a stain;
When wealthy knaves, and titled villains rise,
By the same arts, for which the poor man dies.
When men of taste, who ne'er had taste before,
Are ruined by their books, and not their w;
And a black-lettered mania succeeds
To joys the turf affords, and generous steeds.
When each young Lordling launching on the town,
A Quarto * publishes, and gains renown;

* Thus Lord George G-ny-le, Lord D-11-n, &c. &c.; who have all, as they respectively arrived at the age, I will not say of

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