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She wept--but wept not long; to arms she flew,
THE MODERN FINE GENTLEMAN.
Quale portentum neque militaris
Just broke from school, pert, impudent, and raw,
A monster of such complicated worth
Next, because business is now all the vogue,
[full. Fierce without strength; o'erflowing, though not
Now quite a Frenchman in his garb and air,
Though deep, yet clear; though gentle, yet not dull,
Next morn disowns the losses of the night,
Devoted thus to politics and cards,
Thus poor in wealth, he labours to no end,
And yet in this so bad is his success,
* Two noted pugilists.
Quickly again distress'd for want of coin, He digs no longer in the exhausted mine, But seeks preferment as the last resort, Cringes each morn at levees, bows at court, And, from the hand he bates, implores support: The minister, well pleased at small expense To silence so much rude impertinence, With squeeze and whisper yields to his demands, And on the venal list enroll'd he stands; A ribbon and a pension buy the slave, This bribes the fool about him, that the knave. And now arrived at bis meridian glory, He sinks apace, despised by Whig and Tory; Of independence now he talks no more, Nor shakes the senate with his patriot roar, But silent votes, and, with court trappings hung, Eyes his own glittering star, and holds his tongue. In craft political a bankrupt made, He sticks to gaming as the surer trade; Turns downright sharper, lives by sucking blood, And grows, in short, the very thing he would : Hunts out young heirs who have their fortunes
spent, And lends them 'ready cash at cent. per cent. Lays wagers on his own and others' lives, Fights uncles, fathers, grandmothers, and wives, Till death at length, indignant to be made The daily subject of his sport and trade, Veils with his sable hand the wretch's eyes, And, groaning for the bets he loses by't, he dies.
LOVES OF THE TRIANGLES,
A MATHEMATICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL POEM.
INSCRIBED TO DR. DARWIN.
Argument. Warning to the Profane not to approach-Nymphs and Deities
of Mathematical Mythology-Cyclois of a pensive turnPendulums, on the contrary, playful—and why?-Senti. mental onion of the Naiads and Hydrostatics Marriage of Euclid and Algebra-Pulley the emblem of MechanicsOptics of a licentious disposition–distinguished by her TeJescope and Green Spectacles.-Hyde-park Gate on a Sun. day morning-Cockneys-Coaches.-Didactic Poetry-Non. sensia – Love delights in Angles or Corners- Theory of Fluxions explained-Trochais, the Nymph of the Wheel Smoke-jack described-Personification of elementary or cnli. pary Fire.-- Little Jack Horner-Story of Cinderella--Rect. angle, a Magician, educated by Plato and Menecmus--in love with three Curves at the same time-served by Gins, or Genii-transforms himself into a Cone-The three Curves requite bis Passion-description of them-Parabola, Hyperbola, and Ellipsis-Asymptotes-Conjugated Axes---Hlustrationy-Rewbell, Barras, and Lepeaux-the three virtuous Directors-Macbeth and the three Witches-the three Fates--the three Graces-King Lear and his three Daughters--Derby Diligence-Catherine Wheel.-Catastrophe of Mr. Gingham, with his wife and three Daughters overturned in a one horse Chaise-Dislocation and Contusion two kindred Fiends Mail Coaches-Exhortation to Drivers to be careful-Genias of the Post Office-Invention of Letters Digamma-Double Letters-remarkable Direction of one-Hippona, the Goddess of Hack-horses-Parameter and Abscissa unite to overpower the Ordinate, who retreats down the Axis Major, and forms himself in a Square-Isosceles, a Giant-Dr. Rhomboides, Fifth Proposition, or Asses' Bridge-Bridge of Lodi -Buonaparte--Raft and Windmills Exhortation to the recovery of our Freedom-Conclusion.
STAY your rude steps, or e'er your feet invade The Muses' haunts, ye sons of War and Trade!