Letters to Julia, in Rhyme; To Which Are Added Lines Written at Ampthill-Park

 
9781231188514: Letters to Julia, in Rhyme; To Which Are Added Lines Written at Ampthill-Park

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1822 Excerpt: ...the voice of Slander here; Not half her venom taints the ear. Few feel the fulness of her power, "Her iron scourge, or torturing hour;" And yet, so general is the scrape, Few from her malice quite escape. All, in a common fate confounded, Are slightly scratched, none deeply wounded. Such is The Town!--Do right or wrong, None will abuse or praise you long. The moments you enjoy or bear Soon pass, and then you 've had your share. The idlest babbler can't afford To treat you with another word; The jest has lost its sting, the tale Grows, in its very utterance, stale; Trifling, important, many, few, All, to be talked of, must be new. Here stands proclaimed a general mart. Traffic who will. Here science, art, Wit, learning, courage, genius, sense, And every kind of excellence In the thronged lists of wealth and fame, Contend for fortune, or a name. Say that, from feebleness of will, From indolence, or want of skill, Not venturing on a game so high, You view it as a stander-by; A risk so great, so large a stake, Would keep the heaviest eyes awake. Here, all the senses are on duty. Mark how the streets are paved with beauty! Mark with what triumph in their eye The charmers of the sex pass by! Shine but the sun, they swarm uncounted, On foot, in carriages, or mounted; Or, smiling, people the balconies Near which stands many a smart Adonis, Up-gazing at his fair Amanda, Who, gently pacing the veranda, Seems with her fairy-foot to set The stock, sweet-pea, and mignonette,(2) Whose mingled Covent-garden sweets Are wafted o'er the watered streets. Cousin, if still you play the prude, Can Charles in such a multitude Look round untempted long? Whereere His fancy points, to brown or fair, Whether, allured by thin or plump, He likes a May-pole or a dump, Say, can...

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