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Lest some thu' elsewhere should still sit on thorns, .
A FAREWELL ADDRESS
To the Company at Hari owgate in the Summer, 1801, upon closing the Theatre there for the Season, and
written for Miss De C.’s Benefit.
10-night, nur season ended, give me leave
Nor hasty pluck à flow'r, where'er it grows, For fear you get the nettle, not the rose.' If then your minds on marriage are intent, Remember well this word, “repent, repent.' . . To you, mamas, I give this short advice, For I have known mamas by much too nice; ! Let not ambitious views direct your aim, And make your daughter wed, to get a name, Whether she feel or not love's sacred Aame. Let wealth nor title be your only guide, These of themselves can't make the happy bride ; But hark! some mother says, whence all this knowledge, Sure that pert Miss was brought up at a College, A girl so wise she surely ne'er could be, Unless she added to her name B. D. You quiz me, madam, but I'll quiz again, 'Tis a fair shot to try to hit the men, Those lordly men, who thinking us fair game, Shoot at the women's hearts with love's unerring aim. "Tis now the season too, September time, Would birds were shot at only in my rhyme. B. D. implies in that great College, whence I had my knowledge, a great want of sense.
It means not learning, but a want of that,
Of this fam'a spring three glasses take, but stop, - M. D. must not forget the bolus shop.
Yet ah! from those wry faces which I see,
The following Stanzas were written on being favored with a sight of that Lady's uncommonly elegant
W HEN gentle Lillystone, with matchless skill,
On her chaste canvass some fair form pourtrays, What secret transports in the bosom thrill,
How lost in wonder we admiring gaze,
So finely animate her pencil'd bust,
We, starting, think the canvass teems with life, In rapt'rous bliss delusive senses trust,
And claim the lovely image for a wife.
With stretch'd out arms arrest the peerless fair,
To shew our fondness by a close embrace; When ah! the form untangible as air,
Our grasp eludes, and keeps its destin'd place.