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And how to hang in a more graceful fashion
Than e'er was known before to the dull English nation.

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In France, the staple of new modes,
Where garbs and miens are current goods ;
That serves the ruder northern nations
With methods of address and treat ;
Prescribes new garnitures and fashions,
And how to drink and how to eat
No out-of-fashion wine or meat;
To understand cravats and plumes,
And the most modish from the old perfumes ;
To know the

and pedigrees
Of points of Flanders or Venise ;
Cast their nativities, and, to a day,

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Foretel how long they 'll hold, and when decay ;
T' affect the purest negligences
In gestures, gaits, and miens,
And speak by repartee-rotines
Out of the most authentic of romances,

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And to demonstrate, with substantial reason,
What ribbands, all the year, are.in or out of seafon ;

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In this great academy of mankind
He had his birth and education,
Where all men are fo' ingeniously inclin'd,
They understand by imitation,

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Improve untaught, before they are aware,
As if they suck'd their breeding from the air,
That naturally does dispense
To all a deep and solid confidence ;
A virtue of that precious use,
That he whom bounteous Heaven endues
But with a moderate share of it,
Can want no worth, abilities, or wit,
In all the deep Hermetic arts
(For so of late the learned call
All tricks, if strange and mystical).
He had improv'd his natural parts,
And with his magic rod could sound
Where hidden treasure might be found :
He, like a lord o'th' manor, feiz'd

upon
Whatever happen’d in his way,
As lawful weft and stray,
And after, by the custom, kept it as his own.

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From these first rudiments he grew
To nobler feats, and try'd his force
Upon whole troops of foot and horse,
Whom he as bravely did subdue;
Declar'd all caravans, that go
Upon the king's highway, the foe;
Made many desperate attacks
Upon itinerant brigades
Of all professions, ranks, and trades,
On carriers' loads, and pedlars' packs i

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Made them lay down their arms, and yield,
And, to the smallest piece, restore
All that by cheating they had gain'd before,
And after plunder'd all the baggage of the field.
In
every

bold affair of war
He had the chief command, and led them on ;
For no man is judg'd fit to have the care
Of others' lives, until he has made it known
How much he does despise and scorn his own.

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Whole provinces, 'twixt fun and sun,
Have by his conquering sword been won;
And mighty sums of money laid,
For ranfoin, upon every man,
And hostages deliver'd till 'twas paid.
Th’excise and chimney-publican,
The Jew-forestaller and enhancer,
To him for all their crimes did answer.
He vanquish'd the most fierce and fell
Of all his foes, the Constable;
And oft had beat his quarters up,
And routed him and all his troop.
He took the dreadful lawyer's fees,
That in his own allow'd highway
Does feats of arms as great as his,
And, when they encounter in it, wins the day :
Safe in his garrison, the Court,
Where meaner criminals are fentenc'd for 't,
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To this fern foe he oft gave quarter,
But as the Scotchman did to’a Tartar,
That he, in time to come,
Might in return from him receive bis fatal doom.

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He would have starv'd this mighty Town,
And brought its haughty spirit down ;
Have cut it off from all relief,
And, like a wise and valiant chief,
Made many a fierce assault
Upon all ammunition-carts,
And those that bring up cheese, or malt,
Or bacon, from remoter parts ;

e'er so strong with food
Durst venture on the desperate road :
He made th' undaunted wagonner obey,
And the fierce higgler contribution pay ;
"The favage butcher and stout drover
Durst not to him their feeble troops discover ;
And, if he had but kept the field,
In time had made the City yield ;
For great towns, like to crocodiles, are found
I'th' belly aptest to receive a mortal wound.

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But when the fatal hour arriv'd
In which his stars began to frown,
And had in close cabals contriy'd
To pull him from his height of glory down,

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And he, by numerous foes opprest,
Was in th' enchanted dungeon cast,
Secur'd with mighty guards,

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Lelt he by force or ftratagem
Might prove too cunning for their chains and them,
And break through all their locks, and bolts, and wards ;
Had both his legs by charms committed
To one another's charge,
That neither might be let at large,
And all their fury and revenge outwitted.
As jewels of high value are
Kept under locks with greater care
Than those of meaner rates,

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Thither came ladies from all parts,
To offer up close prisoners their hearts ;
Which he receiv'd as tribute due,
And made them yield up love and honour too,
But in more brave heroic ways
Thian e'er were practis'd yet in plays :
For those two spiteful foes, who never meet
But full of hot contests and piques
About punctilios and mere tricks,
Did all their quarrels to his duom submit,
And, far more gênerous and free,
In contemplation only of him did agree,
Both fully satisfy'd ; the one
With those fresh laurels he had won,

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