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To Lady FIRE BRACE*,

AT BURY ASSIZES,

At length must Suffolk's beauties shine in vain,
So long renown'd in Bn's 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 Nuse 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 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,
Who shine, by lavish lovers drest,

In all the pomp of Heaven ;

Engross not all the beams on high

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

Let Lyce share the praise.

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Her

Her silver locks display the moon,

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

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.
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

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 pow'r 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 disdaind 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.

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EPITAPH ON CLAUDE PHILLIPS,

AN ITINERANT MUSICIAN *.

PHILLIPS! whose touch harmonious could remove
The pangs of guilty pow'r, and hapless love,
Rest here, distrest by poverty no more,
Find hiere that calm thou gav'st so oft hefore;
Sleep undisturbd 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.

E PITA PHI UM +

IN

THOMAM HAN MER, BARONETTUM,
Honorabilis admodum 'THOMAS HANMER,

Baronettus,
Wilhelmi Hanmer armigeri, è Peregrinå Henrici

North
De Mildenhall in Com. Suffolciæ Baronetti sorore

et hærede,

Filius;
Johannis Hanmer de Hanmer Baronetti

$ At Hanmer church, in Flintshire,

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Hæres patruelis
Antiquo gentis suæ et titulo et patrimonio successit.

Duas uxores fortitus est;
Alteram Isabellam, honore à patre derivato, de

Arlington comitissam,
Deindè celsissimi principis ducis de Grafton viduam

dotariam :
Alteram Elizabetham Thomæ Foulkes de Barton in

Coin. Suff. armigeri

Filiam et hæredem.
Inter humanitates studia felicitèr enutritus,
Omnes liberalium artium disciplinas avidè arripuit,
Quas morum suavitate haud leviter ornavit.

Postquam excessit ex ephebis,
Continuò inter populares suos famâ eminens,
Et comitatûs sui legatus ad Parliamentum missus,
Ad ardua regni negotia per annos prope triginta

se accinxit:
Cumque apud illos amplissimorum virorum ordines

Solent nihil temerè effutire,
Sed probè perpensa dissertè expromere,

Orator gravis et pressus ;
Non minus integritatis quam eloquentiae laude

commendatus,
Æquè omnium, utcunque inter se alioqui dissidentium,

Aures atque animos attraxit.
Annoque demum 1. DCC.XIII. regnante Anâ,
Felicissimæ fiorentissimæque memoriæ regina,

Ad Prolocutoris cathedram
Communi Senatûs umiversi voce designatus est;

Quod munus,
Cum nullo tempore non difficile,
Tum illo certè, negotiis

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