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Then why to courts should I repair,
Alas! like Schutz I cannot pun,
In truth, by what I can discern,
+ Mentioned before in the verses to Mrs. Howe,
At Leicester-Fields, a house full high,
There may you meet us three to three,
But shou'd you catch the prudish itch,
And thus, fair maids, my ballad ends;
With a fa, la, la.
*This Ballad was written anno 1717.
NOTWITHSTANDING Pope's affected contempt of the Court, he was proud of the acquaintance of some of the beautiful young women belonging to it.
The Ladies mentioned in this Ballad, Pope speaks of in a letter: "I met the Prince, with all his Ladies on horseback, coming from hunting.
"Mrs. B-(Bellenden) and Mrs. L-(Lepell) took me into protection (contrary to the law against harbouring Papists), and gave me a dinner."
THE THREE GENTLE SHEPHERDS.
Or gentle Philips will I ever sing,
With gentle Philips shall the valleys ring.
Ver. 1. Philips] Ambrose Philips.
Ver. 4. Carey,] Henry Carey.
Ver. 10. And from all wits that have a knack,] Curl said, that in prose he was equal to Pope, but that in verse Pope had merely
a particular knack.
ENGRAVED ON THE COLLAR OF A DOG, WHICH I GAVE TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS.
I AM his Highness's Dog at Kew;
The idea of this inscription is taken from Sir William Temple's "Heads designed for an Essay on Conversation."
"Mr. Grantam's Fool's reply to a great Man that asked, whose fool he was"-I am Mr. Grantam's fool-pray tell me whose fool are you?"—Vol. i. p. 311, fol. ed. 1720.