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A view so ungraceful, then taught him to muse on Full many a Campbell who'd died with his shoes
All amazed, and aghast, at this ominous scene, He order'd it straight, to be shut up again, With a clump of Scotch firs by way of a screen.
A DUCHESS'S GHOST*
ORATOR HANOVER PITT.+
AS musing on his bed the Speecher lay,
Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough.
+ We owe the recovery of our affairs to Mr. Pitt; he has placed us at the head of Europe: the splendor of our country, the conquest of Canada, Louisbourg, Guadaloupe, Africa, and the East-nothing is too much for such services. I hope you will not think the Barony of Chatham, and £.3,000 a year for 3 lives to Lady Esther too much; she has this pittance.-W.
The phiz his opening eye no sooner meets,
Down sinks-till now, that unembarrass'd face.
The Spectre thus: "No sooner laid my head, "But all thy patriot sentiments are fled: "And I in my atoning project chous'd, "The latest and the best I e'er espous❜d.
"To my trustees (since fate forbids to me), "Return, base villain! my retaining fee ;*
Bequeath'd to save that country thou would'st sell,
"Refund-not such a Judas roars in hell.
"That soften'd thief, by sense of guilt dismay'd,
"Threw back the price of him he had betray'd;
* The Duchess of Marlborough left Mr. Pitt £.10,000 for the prejudices he had done to the Royal Family.-W.
"But, wretch! my purse in thy polluted paws "Meant to support, thou turn'st to crush, the
"Tho' lost on thee, yet hear these rules I teach :
Usage like this would make the devil preach. "No weight to words can eloquence impart,
"Tho' ne'er so clear the head, if foul the heart: "Men's words, the world will by their actions
"The orator must be the honest man.
"No prostitute the generous bosom arms,
"The whore peeps thro' the bloom, and blasts her charms.
"Once with applause was heard thy flowing
"And on its motions sweet persuasion hung: "But now those lips (and thanks to Sarah's
"That in thy country's struggles drop down