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My Mafe, like a weather-cock, turns round its joint,
But he never fixes at any one point.

F hopeless in love, you should torments
Take abfence and time; they'll most certainly
Who ftrives to get, and strives to fave,
In ten years time will riches have.

You may fret at all evils which shall you betide,

Except what you can, and you cannot avoid.

Though fashions fhould vary as oft as they
[look ill.
Yet whate'er is in fashion will feldom

If to old age you would be blefs'd,
Let peace of mind poffefs your breast.
Have you a wife who murders peace?
Be filent, and her tongue will ceafe.

If you no enemy would make,
Against another never fpeak.

Reeds bead their long back, a rush flands
the wind's rage:

Thus tall men the fooneft bend under old age.

"Trade makes the man," fome have de.

'Tis when he has that trade created.
Form a friendship with no man addicted
to ftrife,

And then all your friendships may laft during
You talk much of chastity; who can abufe
[lofe it!
When the, who's the owner on't, wishes to
Our honour stands fair till temptations abound;
Then bonour, like echo, is all empty found.
Truft your cash to a rogue, who has riches
[his own.
Before him, who, tho' honeft, has none of
The grand fupport of life in hope is found,
Just as the body's held up by the ground.

To fear no man should be a stranger;
This tends to keep him out of danger:
For if a dog fight he'd be in,
Perhaps may meet a broken thin.

A rofe, a bright guinea, and beautiful lass,
Are the finest of pictures, but away
fooneft pafs.

A confcience and a cabbage-net

Are by one rule attended,
They'll narrow to an inch, and yet
May widely be extended.

If he who speaks has intereft in the cafe,
Sufpect at least one balf the words he fays.

He who of honour boasts away,

And be who boasts her virtue, Give reafon to fufpect that they

Tell neither him nor her true. ~

What cant he married state excel,
When both love equal, both love well!
Is Tummy naught? give a frown, word,

or nod,

But never, never, treat him with the rod;
Or, if he quell performs what you intend,
Give him due praifes, and he'll rive to


He, whofe theme is divine, and whose actions are wrong,

Proves religion is folely confin'd to his tongue.

Defpite no bodily defect,

Favour'd or not, with pelf,
Except the owner by neglect,
Made that defect himself.
Of the two fexes' love 'tis faid,
Difprove it if you can,

Woman, loves leat before she's wed,

But, after wed, the man.

Some diff'rence the loving wife foon can
Between a
[when a lover;
man when he's wed, and
While a lover, he smiles, and will let a yes
[word no.
While a husband, he frowns, with the little
Your mild replies, if you but hold in,
Will never make, but cure a scolding:
After a quarrel, while you live,
Let the next thing be to-forgive.
From pride, bright actions fpring; 'tis
july fai

The tulip rifes from a filthy bed.
From human minds important trifles

Like empty bubbles floating on the wing;
The child at four is pleas'd with taw and

I, at fourfcore, to view a broken wall,
Time changes our paffions; dress in youth
is the rage,

A mode most compleatly despis'd in old age
Some proud of humility are found:
Thus the lac'd fhoe treads on the dirty

Men have reafon to vary, as much as in faces.
Religions treat kindly, whatever the cafe is;

The man inur'd to court foft ease
Need do no more to court disease.
Ne'er wafte your fubftance like a careless

Except you'll be contented when 'tis gone.
If you would be happy, this truth never


Attempt to make happy the people about-yes
For fear, in wrath, you play the fool,
Take four and twenty hours to cool.

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Original Letter from the late Earl of ORFORD to a FRIEND.



Oct. 12, 1794.

DEAR SIR, ****HERE has been publifhed, this year, a book with fo uncaptivating a title, that it may not have attracted your notice; yet, in fome parts, I think it would pleafe and amufe you; and from one chapter, I can confidently fay, it deferves to be highly commended and recommended, for the effect it, may have on others; though not perhaps on those readers for whom it was principally calculated, and on whom good fenfe is not apt to make much impreffion-I mean Antiquaries-Lord help them!

The book is called, "The Hiftory and Antiquities of the Abbey and Borough of Evesham," a quarto, printed there; the author, W. Tindal, M. A. late Fellow of Trinity College, Oxon. I know nothing at all of the gentleman, nor whether he is a clergyman or a laic. I am fond of English local hiftory; a ftudy, if it may be called fo, that requires little but patience, and a memory for trifles; and which, to be fure, from the general manner in which it is executed, produces as little fatisfaction as any kind of reading can do. Thus, you fee, I prove I am one of thofe infipid beings, at whom I hinted, who demand nothing but to be told facts and circumstances of no importance, that commonly are obfolete, and little worth reviving.

To my great furprize (for I never fet out in fuch talks with fanguine hopes of entertainment) I found the work in queftion written with the utmost impartiality and liberality; as you will judge, if you will


please to turn to a few lines at the clofe of the fourth chapter,.p. 125; and ftill better, if you look at the conclufion of the fifth chapter, beginning in p. 144, with thefe words, "But these poor abbots, &c."

I think, Sir, you will difcern excellent and rational reflections, and an admirable contraft between just ferioufnefs and fuperftition, with an amiable picture of melancholy contemplation on the viciffitude of human affairs.

But what I chiefly mean to recommend to your obfervation, and wish to fee specified with proper encomium (the real object of this letter), are the fevere but merited ftrictures on the French revolution; on their infolent philofophers, and on all those monsters that have been, and are fill, their difciples. Thofe ftrictures extend to the end of the fifth chapter; and, in my humble opinion, no reprobation of the conduct of the French, for the last five years, has been fo well expreffed, in the compafs of fix pages. How concifely has the author, towards the bottom of p. 146, painted the apilh and pedantic affectation of their writers, in imitation of the clafficks!

I beg your pardon, good Sir, for giving you this trouble, though, I truft, I have introduced to you an author worthy of your acquaintance. I beg too not to have this letter fhewn, as I write to you fidentially, and fhould be very forry to offend thofe very inoffenfive per fonages, our Antiquaries, for a few of whom I have great efteem.

moft con

I am, with fincere refpect, Sir,' Your moft obedient hunible fervant,


P. S. Pray read the account of the battle of Evetham; it is a fine piece of history.


Mr. URBAN, Stapleton, Jan. 6.

H be to my feelings to anfwer

TOWEVER unpleafant it may

an anonymous writer, yet I conceive it is a duty-incumbent upon me to notice a letter, figned G. H. C. vol, LXXII. p. 111. The author, after ftating that it is afferted in p. 1066, of the fame voJume, that Mr. Jofeph Harford "was bred up a Quaker, but, from a thorough conviction of the fuperior excellency of the doctrines of the Church of England, he became a member of it many years before his death," thus proceeds: "From an accurate account of facts well known to near relations, from their intimate knowledge of Mr. Harford, I can affure you, that he left the Society only on account of his affuming the magifterial character; which, he avowed to the Society, he entered into from a conviction that he might become more useful to his fellow-citizens, than in his private rank.

Permit me to affure you, that the information of G. H. C. refpecting my father's fentiments, and the other circumstances of the family, are very inaccurate your biographical account (p. 1066) is strictly True; and I can venture to affert, that, as my father, whilft a Quaker, was not one merely to avoid the duties of public life, fo, when he quitted the Society, he did not do it becaufe he was defirous of being a magiftrate, but purely and confcientiously for the reafon af figned by your biographical correfpondent. CH, os. HARFORD.

tance to the religious and political establishments of the kingdom,

Sir, in the first place, I do firmly believe that more injury has been done to the cause of our holy religion by the many delufive publications on the hiftory of our globe, than the excellent and not fufficiently to be extolled publications for the defence of it..

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