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Great physician of state!
(Tho' call'd in so late
To a truly well-meant consultation)
In this fever of war,
Like the spirit of tar,
Thy skill must preserve this poor nation.
Tho' now quite exhausted,
Her vitals all wasted,
She's as meagre, and weak as a lath ;
Yet we hope that thy art
Will recover each part,
Without the assistance of BATH.
CHARLES STANHOPE, ESQ.
WHEN Charles by rule episcopal *
Methinks, he cry'd, I feel myself
Its prowess he resolv'd to try,
But oh with shame and trouble,
He found of all his boasted parts,
Enrag'd, he curst the silly book,
The bishop and the tar;
And swore the beggar's blessing was
A better boon by far.
SIR CHARLES HANBURY WILLIAMS.
DEAR merry knight, whose sportive vein Makes am'rous duchesses complain,
While peers stand titt'ring by: Now since you've fairly crack'd your jest, And Pegasus retires to rest,
Permit me to reply.
And trust me, Charles, no real Muse
Such groveling pertness e'er could use,
Virgins are always something shy,
And language that charms Hanbury,
Their lips disdain to mention.
But since you've found this easier road To furnish out a wanton ode,
I'll readily submit;
Where Drury's dames the lays inspire,
Smut shall be styl'd poetic fire,
Besides these nymphs are ready still
Your every pleasure to fulfil,
And ne'er with coyness tease ye:
But shy Apollo's tuneful train
Are skittish, fanciful, and vain,
And oft refuse to ease ye.
Prudent thy deed then, gentle knight,
Their inspirations raise the song,
As thy own odes can tell.
* Needham a famous Courtezan.
How sweet thy strains on Master Prior,
Of Dublin town, tar-water 'squire,
When pleas'd thy verse reveals
Each female fissure from below,
Equal thine odes, courageous knight,
How keen thy pointed satire shines!
Hence then, Apollo, with your skill, Your Nine, your fountain, and your hill,
And learn your future distance:
Without such aids our verses flow,
As Charles's strains and these may show, If Needham deigns assistance.
But Hussey, frowning, shakes his cane, And Charles flies trembling o'er the main