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Reach distant MUNDY, Muse, with sounding
strains, Th’excelling maid that wastes her time in plains; 280 Bid her appear
and bless the longing sight :
Certain as Fate, and swift as feather'd darts,
Like banks adorn’d with Nature's flowery train, Alston's sweet look delights th'admiring swain : Pleas’d, not content, he lets his wishes rise, And would regale more senses than his eyes, But, hid in bloom, that serpent, scorn, destroys The lover's fondest hopes, and poisons all his joys. 300
The DASHWoods are a family of charms, Each Nymph's appointed with resistless arms, So soft, so sweet, so artless, and so young,
Pride of the sight, and pleasure of the tongue.
Nor less renown'd in charms the Herveys stand : How fair they seem ! how fashion'd for command ! Each of herself might singly challenge praise, One were a tempting task for endless lays, Did not Another and Another shine, Splendid alike, and equally divine, As if imperial Beauty meant no more To reign at large, and spread her mighty power; But with unequal favor would confine Her numerous treasures to that darling Line.
Can Smith unnoted pass, so fram’d for praise ? Ev'n Britain's court grows brighter with her rays.370 Oh lovely conflict of her varying hue ! Lily and Rose by grateful turns subdue. Promiscuous charms our ravish'd senses greet, Here April's bloom, and August's ripeness meet; Delights, which seem but to salute the year, Eternally reside, and forish here ; Who can express which season cheers him most? How gay the minutes fly, when she 's the toast!
Bright as the stone, with which the glass we wound, Inspiring as the juice, which with the glass is 330
Oh, WILKINSON! who can of beauty sing,
One pleasure more, indulgent Muse, afford,
Ye numerous CHARMERS, who remain unsung, Forgive th' unequal tribute of my tongue, Not that your conquests fail, my strains expire, I own your pow'rs and feel a silent fire; No more my present raptures can pursue, But when my Muse takes breath, I'll soar, and sing
BY THE HONORABLE
DeSPONDING Artist, talk no more