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Such grofs delufions could not pass
But gold defiles with frequent touch;
Which while the fenate ftrove to scour,
Here fell a penfion, there a place;
Commiffions, perquifites, and bribes ;
By their own weight funk to the bottom;
With affes' ears, and dirty hands.
AN EXCELLENT NEW SONG: 1711.
BEING THE INTENDED SPEECH OF
A FAMOUS ORATOR AGAINST PEACE*.
N Orator difmal of Nottinghamshire,
Who has forty years let out his conscience to hire, Out of zeal for his country, and want of a place, Is come up, vi & armis, to break the queen's peace.
*The lord treasurer having hinted a wish one evening that a ballad might be made on the earl of Nortingham; this fong was written and printed the next morning.
He has vamp'd an old fpeech, and the court, to their
Shall hear him harangue against Prior to-morrow.
But repeats the fame note a whole day, like a Finch.
Mistakes to prevent, I've obtained a copy."
WHEREAS, notwithstanding, I am in great pain, To hear we are making a peace without Spain; But, moft noble Senators, 'tis a great shame, There should be a peace, while I'm Not-in-game. The duke fhew'd me all his fine houfe; and the dutchefs From her closet brought out a full purfe in her clutches, I talk'd of a peace, and they both gave a start, His grace fwore by G-d, and her grace let a f-t: My long old-fashion'd pocket was presently cramm'd; And fooner than vote for a peace I'll be damn’d.
But fome will cry Turn-coat, and rip up old stories, How I always pretended to be for the Tories: I answer; the Tories were in my good graces, Till all my relations were put into places.
But ftill I'm in principle ever the fame,
And will quit my best friends, while I'm Not-in-game. When I and fome others fubfcribed our names
To a plot for expelling my mafter king James;
I withdrew my fubfcription by help of a blot,
I fwore to the Queen, that the prince of Hanover
Now my new benefactors have brought me about, And I'll vote against Peace, with Spain, or without: Though the Court gives my nephews, and brothers, and coufins,
And all my whole family, places by dozens;
Yet, fince I know where a full-purse may be found,
THE WINDSOR PROPHECY *. 1711.
́HEN a holy black Swede, the son of Bob †,
With a faint at his chin, and a seal ‡ at his fob, Shall not fee one § New-year's-day in that year, Then let old Englond make good chear: Windsor || and Bristow || then shall be Joined together in the Low-countree ||. Then shall the tall black Daventry Bird** Speak against peace right many a word;
It is faid, that Queen Anne had nominated Dr. Swift to an English bishoprick; which was opposed by Dr. Sharp, archbishop of York, and the dutchess of Somerfet, who had prevailed on his grace to go with her to the queen to lay afide the nomination, which her majefty refused; but, the dutchefs falling on her knees, and fhewing the above prophecy to her majefty, the bishoprick was given to another. See p. 93.
+ Dr. John Robinson, bishop of Bristol, one of the plenipotentiaries at Utrecht.
He was dean of Windfor, and lord privy feal.
The New Style (which was not used in GreatBritain and Ireland till 1752) was then observed in moft parts of Europe. The bishop fet out from England the latter end of December, O. S.; and, on his arrival at Utrecht, by the variation of the style, he found January fomewhat advanced.
Alluding to the deanry and bishoprick being poffeffed by the fame perfon, then at Utrecht.
**Earl of Nottingham.
And some shall admire his conying wit,
For many good groats his tongue shall flit.
Their † Conyngs mark thou; for I have been told,
*The dutchefs of Somerfet.
Thomas Thynne of Longleate, efq; a gentleman of very great estate, married the above lady after the death >of her first husband Henry Cavendish earl of Ogle, only fon to Henry duke of Newcastle, to whom she had been betrothed in her infancy.
** Lady Masham's maiden name was Hill.