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"Who, not self-taught and proudly wife,
Seeks more to comfort than advise,
Who less intent to shine than please,
Wears his own mirth with native ease;
And is from sense, from nature's plan,
The jovial guest, the honeft man;
In short, whose picture, painted true,
In ev'ry point resembles you.
friend for once excuse This off’ring of a lazy muse, Most lazy, -left you think her not, I'll draw her picture on the spot. A perfect ease the dame enjoys ; Three chairs her indolence employs : On one she squats her cushion'd bum, Which wou'd not rise, tho'kings should come; An arm lolls dangling o'er another, A leg lies couchant on its brother. To make her look supremely wise, At least like wisdom in disguise, The weed, which first by Raleigh brought, Gives thinking looks instead of thought, She smokes, and smokes; without all feeling, Save as the eddies climb the cieling,
And waft about their mild perfume,
She marks their passage round the room,
When pipe forsakes the vacant mouth,
A pot of beer prevents her drowth,
Which with potations pottle deep
Lulls the poor maudlin muse to sleep.
Her books of which th'as wondrous need,
But neither pow'r nor will to read,
In scatter'd tomes lie all around
Upon the lowest shelf-the ground.
Such ease no doubt suits easy rhyme ;
Folks walk about who write SUBLIME,
While RECITATION's pompous found
Drawls words sonorous all around,
And ACTION waves her hand and head,
As those who bread and butter spread.
You bards who feel not fancy’s dearth,
Who strike the roof, and kick the earth,
Whose muse superlatively high
Takes lodgings always near the sky;
And like the lark with daring Aight
Still soars and sings beyond our fight;
May trumpet forth your grand sublime,
And scorn our lazy lounging rhyme.
Yet tho' the lark in æther floats,
And trills no doubt diviner notes,
Carelesly perch'd on yonder spray,
The linnet sings a pretty lay.
What horrid, what tremendous fight Shakes all my fabric with affright! With ARGUS' hundred eyes he marks, With triple mouth the monster barks; And while he scatters flaming brands BRIAREUS lends him all his hands.
Hist! 'tis a CRITIC.-Yes --'tis he What wou'd your graceless form with me? Is it t’upbraid me with the crime Of spinning unlaborious rhyme, Of stringing various thoughts together In verse, or prose, or both, or neither ? A vein, which tho' it must offend You lofty firs who can't defiend, To fame has often made its
way From BUTLER, PRIOR, Swift and GAY; Is it for this your brow austere Frowns me to stone for
fear? Hear my just reason first, and then Approve me right, or split my pen.
I seek not by more labour'd lays
To catch the flipp'ry tail of praise,
Nor will I run a mad career
'Gainst genius which I most revere;
When Phoebus bursts with genuine fire,
The little stars at once retire;
Who cares a farthing for those lays
Which you can neither blame, nor praise ?
I cannot match a CHURCHILL's skill,
But may be LANGHORNE when I will.
Let the mere mimic, for each season bears
Your mimic Bards as well as mimic play’rs,
Creep servilely along, and with dull pains
Lash his slow steed, in whose enfeebled veins
The cold blood lags, let him with fruitless aim
By borrow'd plumes assume a borrow'd fame,
With studied forms th' incautious ear beguile,
And ape the numbers of a CHURCHILL's style.
Slaves may some fame from imitation hope;
Who'd be PAULWHITEHEAD, tho’he honoursPope?
If clinking couplets in one endless chime
Be the fole beauty, and the praise of rhyme;
If found alone an easy triumph gains,
While fancy bleeds, and sense is hung in chains,
Ye happy triflers hail the rising mode;
See, all Parnassus is a turnpike road,
Where each may travel in the highway track
On true' bred hunter, or on common hack,
For me, who labour with poetic fin,
Who often woo the muse I cannot win,
Whom pleasure first a willing poet made,
And folly spoilt by taking up the trade,
Pleas'd I behold superior genius shine,
Nor ting’d with envy wish that genius mine.
To CHURCHILL's muse can bow with decent awe,
Admire his mode, nor make that mode my law:
Both may, perhaps, have various pow'rs to please ;
Be his the STRENGTH OF NUMBERS, mine the ease.
Ease that rejects not, but betrays no care :
Less of the coxcomb than the sloven's air,
Your taste, as mine, all metre must offend,
When imitation is its only end.
I could perhaps that servile talk pursue,
And copy CHURCHILL as I'd copy you,
But that my flippant muse, too faucy grown,
Prefers that manner she can call her own,