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A while all eyes intent and steddy
Parsue him whirling down the eddy :
But, out of mind when out of view,
Some other mounts the twig anew;
And bus'ness, on each monkey fhore,
Runs the same track it run before.


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N fable all things hold discourse;

Then word's, no doubt, must talk of course.
Once on a time, near Channel-row to
Two hoftile adverbs, Ay and No,
Were haft'ning to the field of fight,
And front to front stood opposite.
Before each gen’ral join'd the van,
Ay, the more courteous knight, began :

STOP, peevith particle, beware!
I'm told you are not such a bear,
But sometimes yield, when offer'd fair.
Suffer yon folks a while to tattle ;

Tis we who must decide the battle.
Whene'er we war on yonder stage
With various fate and equal rage,

The nation trembles at each blow,
That No gives y, and dy gives No:
Yet in expensive long contention
We gain nor office, grant, or pension:
Why then should kinsfolks quarrel thus?
(For two of you make one of us ).
To some wise statesman let us go,
Where each his proper use may know':

+ Channel-row is a dirty street near the parliament house, Westminster.

In English two negatives make an affirmative,




He may admit two such commanders,
And make thoic wait who serv'd in Flanders.
Let's quarter on a great man's tongue,
A treas'ry-lord, not Master Yg.
Obsequious at his high command
A, shali march forth to tax the land.
Impeachments No can beit refift,
And ty support the civil lift :
Av quick as Cæsar wins the day ;,
And No, like Fabius, by delay.
Sometimes in mutual sly disguise,
Let 4y's seem No's, and Nu's feem Ay's ;
Ay's be in court's denials meant,
And No's in bishop's give consent.

Thus dy propos’dand for reply
No for the first time answer'd Ay.
They parted with a thousand kisses,
And fight e'er since for pay, like Swisses.





The PROGRESS of love.

Written in the year 1716.

DESPONDING Phillis was endu'd

With ev'ry talent of a prude :
She trembled when a man drew near ;
Salute her, and see turn d her ear ;
If o'er against her you were plac'd,
She durft not look above your

waist : She'd rather take you to her bed, Than let you see her dress her head:

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In church you hear her, thro' the croud,
Repeat the absolutron loud :
In church, fecure behind her fan,
She durst behold that monster man ;
There praclis'd how to place her head,
And bit her lips to make them red;
Or, on the mat devoutly kneeling,
Would lift her eyes up to the ceiling,
And heave her bofom unaware,
For neighb'ring beaux to see it bare.
At length a lucky lover came,
And found admittance to the dame.
Suppose all parties now agreed,
The writings drawn, the lawyer fee'd,
The vicar and the ring bespoke :
Guess, how could such a match be broke?
See then what mortals place their bliss in !
Next morn by times the bride was missing :
The mother scream'd, the father chid;
Where can this idle wench be hid ?
No news of Phil! the bridegroom came,
And thought his bride had fculk'd for shame;
Because her father us'd to say,
The girl had such a bajhful way.

Now John the butler must be fent
To learn the road that Phillis went.
The groom was with’d to faddle Crop ;
For John must neither light nor stop,
But find her, wherefoe'er she fled,
And bring her back, alive or dead.

See here again the devil to do;
For truly John was missing too:
The horse and pillion both were gone !
Phillis, it seems, was fled with John.

Old Madam, who went up to find
What papers Phil had left behind,







A letter on the toilet fees,
To my mu. h honour'd father these,
('Tis always done, romances tell us,
When daughters run away with fellows),
Fill'd with the choiceft commen-places,
By others us’d in the like cases.
" That long ago a fortune-teller
“ Exactly said what now. befel her ;
“ And in a glass had made her fee
“ A serving man of low degree.
" It was her fate, must be forgiven ;
• For marriages were made in heav'n :
“ His pardon begg'd; but, to be plain,
“ She'd do's, if 'twere to do again:
“ Thank'd God, 'twas neither shame nor fin ;
« For John was come of honejt kin.
« Love never thinks of rich and poor :
She'd beg with John from door to door.
'Forgive her, if it be a crime;
5. She'll never do't another time.
" She ne'er before in all her life
" Once disobey'd bim, maid nor wife.
"s One argument she summ'd


all in,
* The thing was done, and past recalling ;
" And therefore hop'd the should recover
• His favour, when his passon's over.
" She valu'd not what others thought her,
* And was - his most obedient daughter."

FAIR maidens, all attend the mufe,
Who now the wand'ring pair pursues:
Away they rode in homely fort,
Their journey long, their money short;
The loving couple well bemir'd ;
The horse and both the riders tir'd :
Their victuals bad, their lodging worfe ;
Phil cry'd, and John began to curse :

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Phil with'd, that she had strain'd a limb,
When first she ventur'd out with him ;
John wish'd, that he had broke a leg,
When firft for her he quitted Peg.

· Bur what adventures more befel 'em,
The muse hath now no time to tell 'em,
How Johnny wheedled, threaten d, fawn'd,
Till Phillis all her trinkets pawn’d:
How oft she broke her marriage-vows
In kindness to maintain her spoule,
Till swains unwholesome spoil'd the trade;
For now the furgeons must be paid,
To whom those perquisites are gone,
In Christian justice due to John.
When food and raiment now grew scarce,
Fate put a period to the farce,
And with exact poetic justice ;
For John is landlord, Phillis hostess :
They keep at Staines the old Blue Boar,
Are cat and dog, and rogue and whore.





Written in the year 1720.

HE farmer's goose, who in the stubble

Has fed without restraint or trouble,
Grown fat with corn, and fitting still,
Can scarce get o‘er the barn-door fill;
And hardly waddles forth to cool
Her belly in the neighb'ring pool ;
Nor loudly cackles at the door ;
For cackling shews the goose is poor.

But, when she must be turn’d to grase,
And round the barren common strays,

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