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To Lady FIRE BRACE*,
AT BURY ASSIZES,
At length must Suffolk's beauties shine in vain,
* 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 wise of Sir Cordell Firebrace, the last Baronet of that name (to whom she brought a fortune of 6.25,000), July 26, 1737. Being again left a widow in 1759, she was a third time married, April 7, 1762, to William Campbell, Esq. uncle to the present Duke of Argyle; and died July 3, 178.2.
To LYCE, AN ELDERLY LADY.
Ye Nymphs whom starry rays invest,
By flatt ring poets given,
In all the pomp of Heaven ;
Engross not all the beams on high
Which gild a lover's lays,
Let Lyce share the praise.
Her silver locks display the moon,
Her brows, a cloudy show;
And show'rs from either flow.
Her teeth the night with darkness dyes,
She's starr'd with pimples o'er ; Her tongue like niinble lightning plies,
And can with thunder roar.
Denies my Lyce shines ;
Attack my gentle lines.
And all her bards express,
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,
Our social comforts drop away.
See Levet to the grave descend,
Of ev'ry friendless name the friend,
Yet still he fills Affection's eye,
Obscurely wise, and coarsely kind;
Thy praise to merit unrefin'd.
And hov'ring Death prepar'd the blow,
The pow'r 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 petty gain disdaind by pride,
The toil of ev'ry day supply d.
Nor made a pause, nor left a void;
The single talent well employ’d.
Unfelt, uncounted, glided by;
Though now his eightieth year was nigh.
No cold gradations of decay,
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.
E PITA PHI UM +
THOMAM HAN MER, BARONETTUM,
$ At Hanmer church, in Flintshire,
Duas uxores fortitus est;
Coin. Suff. armigeri
Filiam et hæredem.
Postquam excessit ex ephebis,
Solent nihil temerè effutire,
Orator gravis et pressus ;
Aures atque animos attraxit.
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