The poetical works of ... William Meston

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Page 135 - The firm patriot there, (Who made the welfare of mankind his care) Though still, by faction, vice, and fortune crost, Shall find the generous labor was not lost.
Page 74 - And atheift fools for dear religion fight. The priefts their boafted principles difown, And level their harangues againft the throne. Vain promifes the people's minds allure, Slight were their ills, but defperate the cure. 'Tis hard for kings to fteer an equal courfe, And they who banifh one, oft gain a worfe.
Page 83 - When got o' th' infide of his Breaft ! The waking Dreamer groans and fwells,. And Pangs imaginary feels ;. Catches, and Scraps of Tunes he hears For ever ringing in his Ears ; Ill-favour'd...
Page 75 - Yet when she drank cold tea in liberal sups, The sobbing dame was maudling in her cups. But brutal Tarquin never did relent, Too hard to melt, too wicked to repent; Cruel in deeds, more merciless in will, And blest with natural delight in ill.
Page 84 - Doclor, having heard the Cafe, Burft into Laughter in his Face ; Told him, he needs no more than rife, Open his Windows, and his Eyes, Whiftling and ftitching there to fee The Cobler, as he us'd to be. Sir, quoth the Patient, your Pretences Shall ne'er perfuade me from my Senfes : How fhould I rife ? the heavy Brute Will hardly let me wag a Foot : Tho...
Page 7 - ... star, But languished with sore disease, And droop'd in times of peace and ease. No wonder then if still he hates All peaceful and well-order'd states ; For, to his glory or his shame, He cannot live but in a flame. He's still resolv'd, whate'er betide him, That none shall live in peace beside him. A pair of gauntlet gloves he had, For boxing, and for preaching made, With which he dealt his deadly blows, And thump'd the pulpit and his foes ; Well vers'd he was in both these trades, Of handling...
Page 83 - Laft, Ends, and Hammer, Strap, and Awl : No fooner down, than with a Jerk He fell to Mufick, and to work. If much he griev'd our Don before, "When but o...
Page 72 - TN times when princes cancel'd nature's law, •*• And declarations which themfelves did draw ; When children us'd their parents to dethrone, And gnaw their way, like vipers, to the crown ; Tarquin, a favage, proud, ambitious prince, Prompt to expel, yet thoughtlefs of defence, The envied fcepter did from Tullius fnatch, The Roman king, and father by the match.
Page 5 - ... you'll still Find, that they meet on the dunghill. So some alledge our doughty knight Was come of Chaos and old Night, Proving that he came from that border Because he hates all form and order. Could we believe himself, he'll tell us, He is one of th' apostles' fellows, With whom he did sit cheek by jowl, And voted when they made their poll, As member of their first assembly, Which makes him be with them so homely. He'll not call any of them saint Unless they'd take the covenant ; But this is...
Page 87 - And then, not to be feen as yet, Behind the Door made his Retreat. The fick Man now takes Breath a-while, Strength to recruit for farther Toil. Unblinded he, with joyful Eyes, The ^Tackle floating there efpies; Fully...

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