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See! where the British youth, engag'd no more At Fig's, at White's, with felons, or a whore, Pay their last duty to the Court, and come All fresh and fragrant, to the drawing-room; 215 In hues as gay, and odours as divine, As the fair fields they fold to look so fine. to That's velvet for a King!” the flatt'rer swears; 'Tis true, for ten days hence 'twill be King Lear’s. Our Court may justly to our stage give rules, 220, That helps it both to fools-coats and to fools. And why not players strut in courtiers cloaths? For these are actors too, as well as those : Wants reach all states; they beg but better drez, And all is splendid poverty at best.. 22 5
NOTES: ing-house: Fig's, a Prize-fighter's Academy, where the young Nobility receiv'd instruction in those days: It was also customary for the nobility and gentry to visit the condemned criminals in Newgate.
Р. VER. 220. our stage give rules;] Alluding to the Chambers lain's Authority. . Vol. IV.
At stage, as courts; all are players. Whoe'er looks
As pirates (which do know That there cameweak ships fraught withCutchanel) The men board them; and praise (as they think)
well, Their beauties; they the mens wits; both are bought. Why good wits ne'er wear scarlet gownsd, I thought This cause, These men, mens wits for speeches buy, And women buy all red which scarlets dye. He call'd her beauty lime-twigs, her hair net : She fears her drugs ill lay'd, her hair loose set . Wouldn't Heraclitus laugh to see Macrine From hat to shoe, himself at door refine, As if the Presence were a Mosque: and lift His skirts and hose, and call his clothes to fhrift, Making them confess not only mortal Great stains and holes in them, but venial Feathers and dust, wherewith they fornicate : And then by Durer's rules furvey the state
NOTES. 4 i. e. Arrive to worship and magistracy. The reason he gives is, that those who have wit are forced to sell their stock, inftead of trading with it. This thought, tho' not amiss, our Poet has not paraplıraled. It is obscurely expressed, and poffibly it escaped him.
*i. e. Concious that both her complexicn and her hair are
Painted for fight, and essenc'd for the smell, Like frigates fraught with spice and cochine'l, Sail in the Ladies : how each pyrate eyes So weak a vessel, and so rich a prize! Top-gallant he, and the in all heř trim, 230 He boarding her, she striking fail to him: “Dear Countess! you have charms all hearts to hit!" And “Sweet Sir Fopling! you have so much wit!". Such wits and beauties are not prais'd for nought, For both the beauty and the wit are bought. 235 'Twou'd burst ev’n Heraclitus with the spleen, To see those anticks, Fopling and Courtin : The Presence seems, with things so richly odd, The mosque of Mahound, or some queer Pa-goda See them survey their limbs by Durer's rules, 240 Of all beau-kind the best proportion'd fools! Adjust their cloaths, and to confession draw Those venial fins, an atom, or a straw;
NOTES borrowed, she suspects that, when, in the common cant of 9a -terers, he calls her beauty lime-twigs, and her hair a net to catch lovers, he means to insinuate that her colours are coarsely laid on, and her borrowed hair loosely woven.
VER. 240. Durer's rules,] Albert Durer,
Of his each limb, and with strings the odds tries
NOTES. f Because all the lines drawn from the centre to the circum ference are equalo
But oh! what terrors must distract the soul
Nature made ev'ry Fop to plague his brother,