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To Lady F I R E B R A C E *,
AT BURY ASSIZ ES.
At length must Suffolk's beauties shine in vain,
So long renown'd in B n's deathless strain f
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, 1762, to William Campbell, Esq. uncle to the present Duke of Argyle; and died July 3, 1782.
To L Y CE, AN ELDERLY LADY.
YE Nymphs whom starry rays invest,
Who shine, by lavish lovers drest,
Engross not all the beams on high
But, as your sister of the sky,
Z 3 Her
Her silver locks display the moon,
Strip'd rainbows round her eyes are seen,
Her teeth the night with darkness dyes,
Her tongue like nimble lightning plies,
But some Zelinda, while I sing,
ON THE DEATH OF
CoNDEMN’D to Hope's delusive mine,
By sudden blasts, or slow decline,
Well try'd through many a varying year,
Nor, letter'd Arrogance, deny
When fainting nature call'd for aid,
His vigorous remedy display'd
In misery's darkest cavern known,
No summons mock'd by chill delay,
The modest wants of ev'ry day
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,
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 P IT A P II I U M + w IN TH O M A M H A N M E R, BARONETTUM.
Honorabilis admodum THOMAS HANMER, Baronettus, Wilhelmi Hanmer armigeri, e Peregriná Henrici North De Mildenhall in Com. Suffolcia Baronetti sorore et hasrede, Filius; Johannis Hanmer de Hanmer Baronetti.
4. At Hanmer church, in Flintshire. Haeres
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