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To Lady FIREBRACE*

AT BURY ASSIZES.

At length must Suffolk's beauties shine in vain,

So long renown'd in 13 ais deathless strain?

Thy charms, at least, fair Firebrace, might inspire
Some zealous bard to wake the sleeping lyre;
For, such thy beauteous mind and lovely face,
Thou seem st at once, bright nymph, a Muse and
Grace.

* This lady was Bridget, third daughter of Philip Bacon, Esq. of Ipswich, and relict of Philip Evers, Esq. of that town. She became the second wife of Sir Cordell Firebrace, the last Baronet of that name (to whom she brought a fortune of £.25,000), July 26, 1737. Being again left a widow in 1759, she was a third time married, April 7, 176-2, to William Campbell, Esq. uncle to the present Duke of Argyle; and died July 3, 1782.

To LYCE, AN ELDERLY LADY.

Ye Nymphs whom starry rays invest,

By flatt'ring poets given,
Who shine, by lavish lovers drest, In all the pomp of Heaven;

Engross not all the beams on his*

Which gild a lover's lays, But, as your sister of the sky,

Let Lyce share the praise. z 3 Her Her silver locks display the moon,

Her brows, a cloudy show; Strip'd rainbows round her eyes are seen,

And showVs from either flow.

Her teeth the night with darkness dyes,
She's starr'd with pimples o'er;

Her tongue like nimble lightning plies,
And can with thunder roar.

But some Zelinda, while I sing,

Denies my Lyce shines;
And all the pens of Cupid's wing

Attack my gentle lines.

Yet spite of fair Zelinda's eye,

And all her bards express, My Lyce makes as good a sky,

And I but flatter less.

ON THE DEATH OF

Mr. ROBERT LEVET,
A Practiser in Physic.

Condemn'd to Hope's delusive mine,
As on we toil from day to day,

By sudden blasts, or slow decline,
Our social comforts drop away.

Well try'd through many a varying year,
See Levet to the grave descend,

Officious, innocent, sincere, Of ev'ry friendless name the friend

Yet still he fills Affection's eye,
Obscurely wise, and coarsely kind;Nor, letter'd Arrogance, deny
Thy praise to merit unrefin'd.

When fainting nature call'd for aid, And hov'ring Death prepar'd the blow, His vig'rous remedy display'd

The powV of art without the show.

In misery's darkest cavern known,

His useful care was ever nigh,
Where hopeless anguish pour'd his groan,

And lonely want retir'd to die.

No summons mock'd by chill delay,
No petty gain disdain'd by pride, The modest wants of ev'ry day
The toil of ev'ry day supply'd.

His virtues walk'd their narrow round,
Nor made a pause, nor left a void;
And sure th' Eternal Master found
The single talent well employ'd.

The busy day—the peaceful night,
Unfelt, uncounted, glided by; His frame was firm—his powers were bright,
Though now his eightieth year was nigh.

Then with no fiery throbbing pain,

No cold gradations of decay, Death broke at once the vital chain,

And freed his soul the nearest way.

EPITAPH On CLAUDE PHILLIPS,

AN ITINERANT MUSICIAN*.

Phillips! whose touch harmonious could remove
The pangs of guilty pow'r, and hapless love,
Pest here, distrest by poverty no more,
Find here that calm thou gav'st so oft before;
Sleep undisturb'd within this peaceful shrine,
Till angels wake thee with a note like thine.

* These lines are among Mrs.Williams's Miscellanies: they are nevertheless recognized as Johnson's in a memorandum of his hand-writing, and were probably written at her request. Phillips was a travelling fiddler up and down Wales, and was greatly celebrated for his performance.

EPITAPH IUM f

IN

THOMAM HANMER, Baronettum,

Hono'rabilis admodum Thomas Hanmer, Baronettus, Wilhelmi Hanmer armigeri, & Percgrina Henrici * North

De Mildenhall in Com. Suffolcias Baronetti sorore
et haerede,
Filius;

Johannis Hanmer de Hanmer Baronetti
•J At Hanmer church, in Flintshire.

Hseres

Hteres patruelis
Antique gentis suae et titulo et patrimonio successit.
Duas uxores fortitus est;
Alteram Isabellam, honore a patre derivato, de
Arlington comitissam,
Deindfe cebissimi principis ducis de Grafton viduam
dotariam:

Alteram Elizabetham Thomae Foulkes de Barton in
Coin. SufF. armigeri
Filiam et haeredem.
Inter humanitates stadia feliciter enutritus,
Omnes liberalium artium disciplinas avide arripuit,
Quas morum suavitate haud leviter ornavit.

Postquam excessit ex ephebis,
Continuo inter populares suos fama eminens,
Et comitates sui legatus ad Parliamentum missus,
Ad ardua regni negotia per annos prope triginta,
se accinxit:

Cumque apud illos amplissimorum virorum ordines Solent nihil temere efFutire, Sed probi perpensa dissert^ expromere, Orator gravis et pressus; Non minus integritatis quam eloquentias laude commendatus, jEqufe omnium, utcunque inter se alioqui dissidentium, Aures atque animos attraxit. Annoque demum M.dcc.xiii, regnante Anna, Felicissimae florcntissimasque memoriae regina, Ad Prolocutoris cathedram Communi Senatus universi voce designatus est; Quod munus, Cum nullo tempore non difficile. Turn illo certe, negotiis

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