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So have I known those insects fair
(Which curious Germans hold so rare)

Still vary shapes and dyes ;
Still gain new titles with new forms;
First grubs obscene, then wriggling worms,

Then painted butterflies.

DR. SWIFT.

THE HAPPY LIFE OF A COUNTRY PARSON.

Parson, these things in thy possessing
Are better than the bishop's blessing:
A wife that makes conserves; a steed
That carries double when there's need;
October store, and best Virginia,
Tythe pig, and mortuary guinea ;
Gazettes sent gratis down and frank’d,
For which thy patron's weekly thank'd;
A large concordance, bound long since;
Sermons to Charles the First, when prince;
A chronicle of ancient standing;
A Chrysostom to smooth thy band in :
The Polyglott-three parts—my text:
Howbeit-likewise-now to my next :
Lo here the Septuagint-and Paul,
To sum the whole—the close of all.)

He that has these may pass his life, Drink with the 'squire, and kiss his wife; On Sundays preach, and eat his fill, And fast on Fridays—if he will: Toast church and queen, explain the news, Talk with churchwardens about pews, Pray heartily for some new gift, And shake his head at Doctor S-t.

END OF VOL. II.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY C. WHITTINGHAM, TOOKS COURT,

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