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Councils, like fenates, that enforce debate
In a dark bottom lunk, O Bristol now, With native malice, lift ihy lowering brow ! 30 Then as some hell-born sprite in mortal guise, Borrows the Mape of goodness and belies, All fair, all finug, to yon proud hall invite, To feast all strangers ape an air polite ! From Cambria di ain'd, or England's western coast, 35 Not elegant, yet costly banquets boast ! Revere, or seem the stranger to revere ; Praise, fawn, profess, be all things but sincere ; Insidious now, our bofom secrets steal, And there with ny sarcastic (neer reveal. Present we meet thy sneaking treacherous smiles ; The harmless absent still thy sneer reviles; Such as in thee all parts superior find, The sneer that marks the fool and knave combin'd; When melting pity would afford relief,
45 The ruthless sneer that insult adds to grief. | What friendship canst thou boast? what honours claim? To thee each ftranger owes an injur'd name. What smiles thy fons mult in their foes excite! Thy fons, to whom all discord is delight; 50
From whom eternal mutual railing flows;
schools, Will scorn all learning's as all virtue's rules ; 70 And, though by nature friendly, honest, brave, Turn a fly, felfilh, fimpering, sharping knave. Boast petty-courts, where 'stead of fluent ease, Of cited precedents and learned pleas; 'Stead of fage counsel in the dubious cause, 75 Attornies, chattering wild, burlesque the laws (So shameless quacks, who doctors rights invade, Of jargon and of poison form a trade, O
So canting coblers, while from tubs they teach,
90 Bid the large lawless fine his fate foretel; Bid it beyond his crime and fortune swell ; Cut off from service due to kindred blood, To private welfare and to public good, Pitied by all, but thee, he sentenc'd lies;
95 Imprison’d languishes, imprison'd dies.
Boast swarming vessels, whose plebeian state
Boast thy base * Tolsey, and thy turn-fpit dogs,
Proceed, great Bristol, in all-righteous ways,
* A place where the merchants used to meet to transact their affairs before the Exchange was erected. See Gentleman's Magazine, Vol. XIII. p. 496.
Halliers are the persons who drive or own the fledges, which are here used instead of carts.