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GOOD den,* sir Richard, -God-a-mercy, fellow; And if his name be George, I'll call him Peter: For new made honour doth forget men's names; 'Tis too respective, and too sociable, For your conversion. Now your traveller,He and his tooth-pick at my worship's mess; And when my nightly stomach is suffic'd, Why then I suck my teeth, and catechise My picked man of countries: My dear sir, (Thus, leaning on mine elbow, I begin,) I shall beseech you—That is question now: And then comes answer like an ABC-book:llO sir, says answer, at your best command; At your employment; at your service, sir : No, sir, says question, I, sweet sir, at
yours; And so, ere answer knows what question would, (Saving in dialogue of compliment; And talking of the Alps, and Appenines; The Pyrenean, and the river Po,) It draws towards supper in conclusion so. But this is worshipful society, • Good evening.
+ Respectable. $ Change of condition. § My travelled fop. i Catechism.
And fits the mounting spirits, like myself:
DESCRIPTION OF ENGLAND.
That pale, that white-fac'd shore, Whose foot spurns back the ocean's roaring tides, And coops from other lands her islanders, Even till that England, hedg'd in with the main, That water-walled bulwark, still secure And confident from foreign purposes, Even till that utmost corner of the west Salute thee for her king.
DESCRIPTION OF AN ENGLISH ARMY.
His marches are expedient* to this town,
* Immediate, expeditious.
DESCRIPTION OF VICTORY BY THE FRENCH.
day hath made
VICTORY DESCRIBED BY THE ENGLISH.
Rejoice, you men of Angiers, ring your bells;
A COMPLETE LADY
If lusty love should go in quest of beauty,
POWERFUL EFFECTS OF SELF-INTEREST.
Roundedt in the ear With that same purpose-changer, that sly devil, * Pious. + Conspired.
That broker, that still breaks the pate of faith;
sway of motion, this commodity,
A WOMAN'S FEARS. Thou shalt be punish'd for thus frightening me, For I am sick, and capable of fears: Oppress’d with wrongs, and therefore full of fears; A widow, husbandless, subject to fears; A woman naturally born to fears; And though thou now confess, thou didst but jest, With my vex'd spirits I cannot take a truce, But they will quake and tremble all this day.
TOKENS OF GRIEF. What dost thou mean by shaking of thy head? Why dost thou look so sadly on my son? What means that hand upon that breast of thine? Why holds thine eye that lamentable rheum, Like a proud river peering o'er his bounds: Be these sad signs confirmers of thy words? Then speak again; not all thy former tale, But this one word, whether thy tale be true. * Interest.
† Poised, balanced. Susceptible
MOTHER'S FONDNESS FOR A BEAUTIFUL CHILD. If thou, that bid'st me be content, wert grim, Ugly, and sland'rous to thy mother's womb, Full of unpleasing blots, and sightless* stains, Lame, foolish, crooked, swart, prodigious,t Patch'd with foul moles, and eye-offending marks, I would not care, I then wonld be content; For then I should not love thee; no, nor thou Become thy great birth, nor deserve a crown. But thou art fair; and at thy birth, clear boy! Nature and fortune join'd to make thee great; Of nature's gifts thou may'st with lilies boast, And with the half-blown rose,
I will instruct my sorrows to be proud;
COWARDICE AND PERJURY,
THE HORRORS OF A CONSPIRACY.
* Unsightly. + Portentous. I Do off.