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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
* 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,
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,
Her tongue like nimble lightning plies,
But some Zelinda, while I sing,
Denies my Lyce shines;
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,
Condemn'd to Hope's delusive mine,
By sudden blasts, or slow decline,
Well try'd through many a varying year,
Officious, innocent, sincere, Of ev'ry friendless name the friend
Yet still he fills Affection's eye,
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,
And lonely want retir'd to die.
No summons mock'd by chill delay,
His virtues walk'd their narrow round,
The busy day—the peaceful night,
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
* 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
THOMAM HANMER, Baronettum,
Hono'rabilis admodum Thomas Hanmer, Baronettus, Wilhelmi Hanmer armigeri, & Percgrina Henrici * North
De Mildenhall in Com. Suffolcias Baronetti sorore
Johannis Hanmer de Hanmer Baronetti
Alteram Elizabetham Thomae Foulkes de Barton in
Postquam excessit ex ephebis,
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