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't is the rich banker wins the fair,
ADVICE TO THE LADIES. Who now regards Chloris, her tears, and her whining, her sighs and fond wishes, and awkward repining? what a pother is here, with her amorous glances, sost fragments of Ovid, and scraps of romances! A nice prude at fifteen! and a romp in decay! cold December affects the sweet blossoms of May; to fawn in her dotage, and in her bloom spurn us, is to quench love's bright torch, and with touchwood
to burn us. Believe me, dear maids, there's no way of evading ; while ye pish, and cry nay, your roses are fading: though your passion survive, your beauty will dwindle, and our languishing embers can never rekindle. When bright in your zeniths, we prostrate before ye, when ye set in a cloud, what fool will adore ye? then, ye fair, be advis'd and snatch the kind blessing, and show your good conduct by timely possessing.
" In jus acres procurrunt, maguum spectaculum uterque.” Hor. Two comrades, as grave authors say,
(but in what chapter, page, or line,
ye critics, if ye please, define) had found an oyster in their way. Contest and foul debate arose,
both view'd at once with greedy eyes, both challeng'd the delicious prize, and high words soon improv'd to blows. · Actions on actions hence succeed,
each hero's obstinately stout,
green bags and parchments fly about, · pleadings are drawn and counsel feed.
The parson of the place, good man!
in human ills still bore a part, thrice shook his head, and thus began. i “ Neighbours and friends, refer to me
this doughty matter in dispute,
he opens it, and at one sup
gulps the contested trifle up,
your oyster's good as e'er was eat;
I thank you for my dainty treat,
from this learn common sense!
for every slight offence. Banish those vermin of debate,
that on your substance feed! the knaves, who now are serv'd in plate,
would starve, if fools agreed, i
THE TRUE USE OF THE LOOKING-GLASS.
... A TALE. Tom Careful, had a son and heir, exact bis shape, genteel his air, Adonis was not half so fair. But then, alas! his daughter Jane was but so-so, a little plain. In mam's apartment, as one day . the little romp and hoyden play, their faces in the glass they view'd, which then upon her toilet stood; where, as Narcissus vain, the boy beheld each rising charm with joy ; with partial eyes survey'd himself, but for his sister, poor brown elf, on her the self-enamour'd chit. was very lavish of his wit. She bore, alas! whate'er she could, but 'twas too much for flesh and blood; - . what female ever had the grace
to pardon scandal on her face?
Life of Somerville, .. page 3|To Phyllis. ..... 8
Man, ... • • • • • The Oyster, .. • • 10
WILLIAM PATTISON, was born at Peasnarsh near Rye, in Suffolk, in 1706, where his father rented a considerable estate belonging the earl of Thanet. Having shewn a great propensity to learning and discovered some strong indica 'ions of genius, his father being unable to give him a suitable education, he obtained for him the attention and patronage of the earl of Thanet, who placed him at the free-school of Appleby in Westmoreland, under the tuition of Bancks. His successor was Thomas Nevinson, of Queen's College, Oxford, with whom Pattison applied himselt chiefly to the study of classical literature and poetry. Perhaps the most valuable friend our poet ever met with was the rev.-- Noble, schoolmaster, at Kirby Stephen, a man of letters, and an excellent critic. It was this man, who read with him the classics, taught him to discern the beauties and defects of authors, shewed him the difference between solid learning and that which is superficial, and gave him instructions towards the advancement of knowledge, and the refinement of taste. While at school he contracted a debt of about ten pounds which he could not pay; fortunately, however, Sir Christopher Musgrave, bart, at Eden-hall, was so much pleased with an Ode on Christmas Day, written and presented by Pattison, that he directed his chaplain to discharge the debt he owed for books. In 1723 he unfortunately offended a branch of the Thanet family, which produced the neglect of his patron. He therefore left Appleby school, which prevented his election to Queen's-College Oxford. No. 80.