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Such be the dog I charge thou meanst to train; His back is crooked and his belly plain,
70 Of fillet stretch'd, and huge of haunch behind, A tap’ring tail that nimbly cuts the wind, 'Truss thigh’d, straight hamim'd,and foxlike form'd his Large legg'd, dry sold, and of protended claw; [paw, His flat wide noftrils fnuff the fav'ry steam, 75 And from his eyes he shoots pernicious gleam; Middling his head, and prone to earth his view, With ears and chest that dah the morning dew: He best to Aem the flood, to leap the bound, And charm the Dryads with his voice profound, 80 To pay large tribute to his weary lord, And crown the sylvan hero's plenteous board.
The matron bitch whose womb shall best produce The hopes and fortune of th' illustrious houfe, Deriv'd from noble but from foreign seed, 85 For various nature loathes incest'ous breed, Is like the fire throughout; nor yet difplease Large flanks and ribs, to give the teemer ease.
In spring let loose thy pairs; then all things prove The stings of pleasure and the pangs of love; 90 Ethereal Jove then glads with genial show'rs Earth's mightywomb,and strews her lap with flow'rs; Hence juices mount, and buds embolden'd try More kindly breezes and a softer sky. Kind Venus revels. Hark! on ev'ry bough 95 In lalling strains the feather'd warblers woo;
Fell tigers soften in th' infectious flames,
-All Nature smiles. Come now, nor fear, my Love!
JOS And sweetly swearing languish life away. An altar bound with recent flow'rs I rear To thee, best season of the various year! All hail! such days in beauteous order ran So fwift, so sweet, when first the world began, IIO In Eden's bow'rs when man's great fire aflign'd The names and natures of the brutal kind; Then lamb and lion friendly walk'd their round, And hares undaunted lick'd the fondling hound; Wondrous to tell ! but when with luckless hand 115 Our daring mother broke the sole command, Then Want and Envy brought their meagre train, Then Wrath came down and Death had leave to reign; Hence foxes earth'd, and wolves abhorr'd the day, And hungry churls enfnar'd the nightly prey; Rude arts at first, but witty Want refind The huntsman's wiles, and Famine form'd the mind.
· Bold Nimrod first the lion's trophies wore, The panther bound, and lane'd the bristling boar:
He taught to turn the hare, to bay the deer, 125
And now thy female bears in ample womb 133
140 Near thy full table let the fav'rite stand, Strok'd by thy fon's or blooming daughter's hand. Caress, indulge, by arts the matron bribe T'improve her breed and teem a vig'rous tribe.
So, if small things may be compar'd with great, And Nature's works the Muse's imitate,
146 Softretch'd in shades and lull’d by murm'ring streams Great Maro's breast receiv'd the heav'nly dreams; Recluse, serene, the musing prophet lay Till thoughts in embryo rip’ning burst their way. Hence bees in state and foaming coursers come, Heroes and gods, and walls of lofty Rome.
THE FATAL CURIOSITY.
Muca had I heard of fair Francelia's name,
Thus the fond noth around the taper plays, And sports and Autters near the treach'rous blaze;. Ravilh'd with joy he wings his eager flight, Nor dreams of ruin in so clear a light; He tempts his fate and courts a glorious doom, A bright destruction and a shining tomb. 18
TO A LADY,
WITH A DESCRIPTION OF THE PHENIX.
Lavish of wit, and bold appear the lines
A tale more strange ne'er grac'd the poet's art, 5
Each fabled charm in matchless Celia mects,
Now buds your youth, your cheeks their bloom
In utmost ocean lies a lovely ille