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Receiving from the Right Hon. the Lady

FRANCES SHIRLEY

A STANDISH and Two Pens.

ES, I beheld th’Athenian Queen

Descend in all her fober charms ; « And take (she faid, and smil'd serene)

« Take at this hand celestial arms:

- Secure the radiant weapons wield;

“ This golden lance shall guard Desert, ç And if a Vice dares keep the field,

" This steel shall stab it to the heart."

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Aw'd, on my bended knees I fell,

Receiv'd the weapons of the sky; And dipt them in the sable Well,

The fount of Fame or Infamy.

The Lady Frances Shirley] A Lady whose great Merit Mr. Pope took a real pleasure in celebrating.

« What Well? what Weapon? (Flavia cries)

“ A standish, steel and golden pen!
It came from Bertrand's“, not the skies;
gave

it

you to write again.

« I

“ But, Friend, take heed whom

you

attack; " You'll bring a House (I mean of Peers) co Red, Blue, and Green, nay white and black,

“ L------ and all about your ears.

“ You'd write as smooth again on glass,

“ And run, on ivory, so glib, “ As not to stick at fool or afs",

“ Nor stop at Flattery or Fib.

« Athenian Queen! and sober charms !

“ I tell ye, fool, there's nothing in't: “ 'Tis Venus, Venus gives these arms;

“ In Dryden's Virgil see the printo.

NOTES

• A famous toy-shop at Bath.
b The Dunciad.
c. The Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot.

Such toys being the usual presents from lovers to their miftreffes.

When she delivers Æneas a suit of heavenly armour.

« Come, if you'll be a quiet soul,

" That dares tell neither Truth nor Lięs“, “ I'll list you in the harmless roll

“ Of those that sing of these poor eyes.”

NOTES. fi. c. If you have neither the courage to write Satire, nor the application to attempt an Epic poem. He was then meditating on such a work.

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