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How much, egregious Moore, are we
Deceiv'd by fhews and forms!

Whate'er we think, whate'er we fee,
All Humankind are Worms.

Man is a very Worm by birth,
Vile, reptile, weak, and vain!
A while he crawls upon the earth,
Then shrinks to earth again.

That Woman is a Worm, we find
E'er fince our Grandame's evil;
She first convers'd with her own kind,
That ancient Worm, the Devil.

The Learn'd themselves we Book-worms name,
The Blockhead is a Slow-worm;

The Nymph whose tail is all on flame,

Is aptly term'd a Glow-worm.

The Fops are painted Butterflies,

That flutter for a day;

First from a Worm they take their rife,

And in a Worm decay.


The Flatterer an Earwig grows;

Thus Worms fuit all conditions;

Mifers are Muck-worms, Silk-worms Beaus,

And Death-watches Physicians.

That Statesmen have the Worm, is seen,

By all their winding play;

Their Confcience is a Worm within,
That gnaws them night and day.

Ah Moore! thy skill were well employ'd,
And greater gain would rife,

If thou couldst make the Courtier void
The worm that never dies!

O learned Friend of Abchurch-Lane,
Who fett'ft our entrails free!
Vain is thy Art, thy Powder vain,
Since Worms fhall eat ev'n thee.

Our Fate thou only canft adjourn
Some few fhort years, no more!

Ev'n Button's Wits to Worms shall turn,
Who Maggots were before.





FLUTT'RING fpread thy purple Pinions,
Gentle Cupid, o'er my Heart;

I a Slave in thy Dominions;

Nature must give way to Art.


Mild Arcadians, ever blooming,
Nightly nodding o'er your Flocks,

See my weary Days confuming,
All beneath yon flow'ry Rocks.


Thus the Cyprian Goddefs weeping,
Mourn'd Adonis, darling Youth:
Him the Boar, in Silence creeping,
Gor'd with unrelenting Tooth,


Cynthia, tune harmonious Numbers;
Fair Discretion, string the Lyre;
Sooth my ever-waking Slumbers;
Bright Apollo, lend thy Choir.

V. Gloomy


Gloomy Pluto, King of Terrors,
Arm'd in adamantine Chains,
Lead me to the Crystal Mirrors,
Wat'ring foft Elysian plains.


Mournful Cypress, verdant Willow,
Gilding my Aurelia's Brows,
Morpheus hov'ring o'er my Pillow,
Hear me pay my dying Vows.


Melancholy fmooth Maander,
Swiftly purling in a Round,

On thy Margin Lovers wander,

With thy flow'ry Chaplets crown'd.


Thus when Philomela, drooping,

Softly feeks her filent Mate, See the Bird of Juno stooping; Melody refigns to Fate.

THE above is a pleasant burlefque on the gawdy, glittering, florid ftyle and manner of certain descriptive poets. I think the reader will pardon me for laying before him part of a piece of ridicule on the fame subject, and of equal merit, which made its first appearance many years ago in the Oxford Student, and is thus entitled, "Ode to Horror, in the Allegoric, Defcriptive, Alli. terative, Epithetical, Fantastic, Hyperbolical, and Diabolical Style of our Modern Ode- Writers and Monody-Mongers."

"Ferreus ingruit Horror."

"O Goddefs of the gloomy fcene,

Of fhadowy shapes, thou black-brow'd Queen;
Thy treffes dark with ivy crown'd,

On yonder mould'ring abbey found;
Oft wont from charnels damp and dim,
To call the fheeted fpectre grim,
While as his loose chains loudly clink,
Thou add'ft a length to ev'ry link:
O thou, that lov'ft at eve to feek
The penfive-pacing pilgrim meek,
And fett'it before his fhudd'ring eyes
Strange forms, and fiends of giant-size,
As wildly works thy wizzard will,
Till fear-ftruck fancy has her fill:
Dark pow'r, whofe magic-might prevails
O'er hermit-rocks and fairy-vales ;
O Goddefs, erft by Spenfer view'd,
What time th' Enchanter vile embru'd
His hands in Florimel's pure heart,
Till loos'd by fteel-clad Britomart:
O thou that erft on fancy's wing
Didft terror-trembling Taffo bring,
Το groves where kept damn'd Furies dire
Their blue-tipt battlements of fire;
Thou that thro' many a darksome pine,
O'er the rugged rock recline,


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