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The timber all was rotten grown,
The first congratulations o'er, divers
• I long have been surpris'd to find
And counted, over all the plain, • Opposers of the Lion's reign.
• Now I conceiv'd a scheme last night • Would doubtless set this matter right: * These parties should unite together, • The Lion partial be to neither, • But let them both his favour share, • And both consult in peace and war
. This method (were this method tried)
Some have abus'd the Lion's ear;
That wicked Leopard leads him wrong: · Were he but banish'd far away“ "You don't attend to what I say!'
“Why really, Coz,' the Sage rejoin'd, • The rain, and snow, and driving wind, . Beat thro' with such prodigious force, • It made me deaf to your discourse.
Now, Coz, were my advice pursu'd, i • (And sure I mean it for your good)..
Methinks you should this house repair ; • Be this your first and chiefest care. • Your skill the voice of prudence calls • To stop these crannies in the walls, * And prop the roof before it falls.
If you this needful task perform, -You'll make your mansion dry and warm; "And we may then converse together, Secure from this tempestuous weather.'
THE TWO STATUES. .
By John Whaley.
But he, whose vanquish'd hand shall foil, • Disgrace alone shall pay his toil.' ::;
Each then with equal hopes began,
The one each soul with pleasure struck; On that all eyes directed look. Ten thousand charms adorn the piece, I The waist grew beautifully less;
! With happy roundings swell’d the breast, I A master's hand each stroke confess'd: ?116 With such bright lightnings flashed the eyes, 1 As ne'er had lost the golden prize: ':', Charms o'er each attitude were thrown, iis And harmony inform'd the stone. i hud
From t' other wretched piece, with scorn !!! And indignation mix'd, they turn; * 20.00 The awkward, rough, unpolish'd stone *33*adT Scarce seem'd the chissel's touch to own. I The eyes with clumsy largeness glar'd; - bra The face was masculinely hard : .. do 17 The wretched sculptor they despise, T And undisputed thought the prize. .!19)
The artist stood attentive by,
* Hold, hold, good folks, not quite so fast, • Nothing is gain'd by too much haste. • Pray, neighbours, was this statue made "To be i' th' portico survey'd, • Or to be plac'd upon the dome?", beton * That is the statue's proper home..... • And, then, let brother Phidias see: 18% • Who's in the right, himself, or me.' vr ,
Up then with speed both ladies mount; And, oh! how different the account. The statue, erst sp much desir’d, By ev'ry eye so much admir'd, most ró In vain its curious strokes displays, the Surpris'd its old admirers gaze; V While to the distant failing eyes Each feature's lost, each beauty dies.
The other, now, by distance grac'd, t h And in its light intended plac'd; With beauties shines, till then unknown, And looks with air majestic down. The shield a reg'lar orb displays, WA MÀ The snakes in just proportion blaze: And the whole fills the gazing eye piatt With splendours as it seeks the sky. in
To judge aright in ev'ry case, -- . Let each thing hold its proper place. In ditu
By Christopher Smart