Dedication to the Princess AUGUSTA
F A S T I D I O S U S
S I B I M O L E S T U S.
"Blow winds, and crack your cheeks; rage, blow
"You cataracts and hurricanoes spout
''Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks.
"You sulph'rous and thought-executing fires,
"Vaunt couriers of oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
"Singe my white head! —And thou all-shaking thunder,
"Strike flat the thick rotundity o'th'world,
"Crack nature's mould, all germins spill at once
"That make ingrateful man!—
"Rumble thy belly full, spit fire, spout rain!
"Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire, are my daughters;
"I tax not you, ye elements, with unkindness,
"I never gave you kingdoms, call'd you children,
"You owe me no submission. Then let fall
"Your horrible pleasure; —here I stand your slave,
"A poor, infirm, weak, and despis'd old man!"
"Confederate season, and no creature seeing,
"Thou mixture rank of midnight weeds collected,
"With Hecate's bane, thrice blasted, thrice infected;
"Thy natural magic, and dire property,
"On whelsom life usurps immediately.
"The man that once did sell the lion's skin
"While the beast liv'd, was killed with hunting him.
"And many of our bodies shall no doubt,
"Find native graves; upon the which I trust,
"Shall witness live in brass of this day's work
"And those that leave their valliant bones in France;
"Dying like men, though buried in your dunghills,
[p.15] "They shall be fam'd; for there the sun shall greet them,
"And draw their honours reeking up to heav'n,
"Leaving their earthly parts to choak your clime,
"The smell whereof shall breed a plague in France.
-------------------------- "Tell the Constable
"We are but warriors for the working day;
"Our gainess and our gilt are all be-smurch'd
"With rainy marching in the painful field,
"And time has worn us into slovenry,
"But my poor soldiers tell me, yet ere night
"They'll be in fresher robes, for they will pluck
"The gay new coats o'er the French soldiers heads,
"And turn them out of service. If they do
"(And if God please, they shall) my ransom then
"Will soon be levied. Herald save thy labour.
"Come thou no more for ransom.
"They shall have none I swear but these my joints."
[pointing his finger to his breast, as in the picture]
Nor breaks his order tho' the trumpets sound!
With fearless eye the glitt'ring host surveys,
And glazes directly at the helmet's blaze:
The master's word, the law of war he knows,
And when to stop and when to charge the foes."
"And his Daughter could controul thee if
"now 'twere fit to do't. —(aside.) At
"first sight they have changed eyes.
"MIR. Why speaks my father so ungently?
"This is the third man that e'er I saw:
"the first that e'er I sigh'd for.
"FER. O! if a virgin
"And your affection not gone forth, I'll make
"you Queen of Naples."
C O N Q U E S T O B T A I N E D
M E R C Y S H E W N!
M D C C L X
With music to improve the bowl:
Where art and nature both combine
To raise the mind and charm the soul.
2. A shepherd playing on his pipe and decoying a shepherdess into a wood.
3. New-river-head at Islington, with a family going a walking; a cow milking, and the horns archly fixed over the husband's head.
[p.30] 4. The game of quadrille, and tea
5. Music and singing.
6. Children building houses with cards.
7. A scene in the mock doctor.
8. An archer, and a landscape.
9. The country dancers round the maypole.
10 Thread my needle.
11. Flying the kite.
12. A story in Pamela, who reveals to the house-keeper her wishes of returning home, while Mr. B. behind a curtain over-hears her sentiments; the bundle under the table to which she points contains the cloaths of Mr. B's mother, which he presented to her in order to accomplish his lascivious designs.
13. A scene in the devil to pay: the characters Jobson, Nell, and the conjurer.
14. Children playing at shuttlecock.
15. Hunting the whistle.
16. Another story in Pamela; to understand which we must observe that Mr. B. and [p.31] Pamela had made up their differences, he had carried her down to his country seat, and they had mutually appointed a day for their marriage; but lady Davers, his sister, hearing of it, came down to prevent it; and one evening while Mr. B. was gone out with some of his friends, lady Davers took the opportunity of using Pamela extremely ill, who not liking such treatment, jumped out of the parlour window, and is represented in the painting as flying to the coach which is waiting without the court-yard, while lady Davers sends two of her footmen to stop her; but Mt. B's. gentleman luckily interferes, and threatens to drive them if they stir an inch further.
17. A scene in the merry wives of Windsor, where Sir John Falstaff is put into thebuck-basket.
18. A sea engagement between the Spaniards and African moors. (p.32) Here the paintings end; but the pavillions continue in a sweep which leads to a beautiful piazza and a colonnade five hundred feet in length in the form of a semi-circle of gothic architecture, embellished with rays. The entablature consists of a carved frize with battlements or embrazures over the cornice. In this semi-circle of pavillions are three large ones called temples; one in the middle, and others at each end, adorned with a dome, a pediment, and a beautiful turret at the top; but the two latter are now converted into portals, one as an entrance into the great room, and the other as a passage to view the cascade, which are directly opposite to each other: however the middle temple is still a place for the reception of company, and is decorated with a piece of painting in the Chinese taste, representing Vulcan catching Mars and Venus in a net. This temple is adorned in front with wreathed columns and other gothic ornaments, and [Plate of the Semi-Circle of Gothic Pavillions] [p.33] formerly there were fixed at the top a sun, stars, pinnacles, &c. On each side of this temple the adjoining pavillion is decorated with a painting; that on the right represents the entrance into Vaux-hall, with a gentleman and lady coming into it; and that on the left friendship on the grass drinking.
2. Sliding on the ice
3. Players on bagpipes and hautboys
4. A bonfire at Charing-cross, and other rejoycings; the Salisbury stage overturned, &c.
5. The play of blindman's-buff
6. The play of leap-frog
7. The Wapping landlady, and the tars who are just come ashore.
8. The play of skittles, and the husband upbraided by the wife, who breaks his shin with one of the pins.
2. Madamoiselle Catherina, the famous dwarf.
3. Ladies angling.
5. The play at bob-chery.
6. Falstaff's cowardice detected.
7. The bad family; with the parson coming in to make peace; the husband has the tongs ready lifted up to strike his wife, who is at his feet kneeling and supplicating mercy, and their three children are crying.
8. The good family; the husband is reading; the wife with an infant in her arms, and the other children are listening; the rest are spinning, and the maid is washing the dishes.
[p.36] 9. The taking of the St. Joseph a Spanish register-ship in 1742 by captain Tucker in the Fowey man of war.
See Orpheus rising from th'Elysian seats!
Lost to th'admiring world three thousand years,
Beneath great Handel's form he re-appears.
2. The play of see-saw
3. The fairies dancing on the green, by moonlight.
4. The milk-maid's garland with its usual attendants
5. The kiss stolen.
2. The play of hot cockles
3. An old gypsy telling fortunes by the coffee-cups.
4. The cutting of flower, a Christmas gambol [which is by placing a little ball at the top of a cone of flower into which all are to cut with a knife, and whoever causes the ball to fall from the summit must take it out with their teeth; which is represented in the painting.]
5. The play of cricket.
Observ'd the different objects play?
A statue, tent, alcove or tree,
Now seem to join, now steal away.
For other object claim our view:
Wond'ring, from scene to scene we range,
Ever delightful! ever new!
Diffuses artless beauties o'er the place.
When treading slow th'embower'd walk,
We muse, as in some verdant isle,
Where druids dream, and echoes talk!
Soften'd, and dying on the breeze:
Or from the lamps see magic light,
Dart light a glory through the trees,
Or plaintive nightingales we hear:
Next, rival flutes melodious steal;
Next, the full concert charms our ear.
Hail divinest Melancoly -
—Me goddess bring
To arched walks of twilight groves,
And shadows brown that sylvan loves
Of pine, or monumental oak,
Where the rude axe with heaved stroke
Was never heard the nymphs to daunt,
Or fright them from their hallow'd haunt,
There in close covert -
And let some strange mysterious dream
Wave at his wings in œry stream
Of lively portraiture displayed,
Softly on my eye-lids laid.
Above, about, or underneath,
Sent by some spirit to mortals good
Or th'unseen genius of the wood—
—May at last my weary age
Find out the peaceful hermitage,
The hairy gown and mossy cell,
Where I may sit and nightly spell
Of every star that heaven doth shew
And every herb that sips the dew;
Till old experience do attain
To something like prophetic strain.
These pleasures Melancholy give,
And I with thee will chuse to live.
And teeming nature in thy valley thrives.
The gloomy thickets, and the op'ning glade,
The arch magnific, and the clear cascade,
Whose chrystal sheets in dazzling eddies play,
Pierc'd with th'effulgence of an inward ray;
Feast the fond sight with beauty unconfin'd,
And open endless pleasures to the mind!
How gay the garden, how serene each bow'r,
Where tranquil thought enjoys the blissful hour!
Lo! nature, here, and art, for ever vie;
As art the mind, so nature charms the eye!
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