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The horned moon, which heretofore
Thus Partridge, by his wit and parts,
Besides, he could confound the spheres,
Great scholars have in Lucian read,
Thus Partridge still shines in each art,
of the Cæsars are.
Thou, high exalted in thy sphere,
* « Tibi brachia contrahit ingens Scorpius," &c.
Weep, all you customers that use
you that did your fortune seek,
MERLIN'S PROPHECY. 1709. SEVEN and ten, addyd to nine, Of Fraunce her woe this is the sygne, Tamys rivere twys y-frozen, Walke sans wetyng shoes ne hozen. Then comyth foorthe, ich understonde, From towne of stoffe to fattyn londe, An hardie chyftan,* woe the morne, To Fraunce that evere he was born. Then shall the fyshe † beweyle his bosse: Nor shall grin berrys I make up the losse. Yonge Symnele || shall again miscarye: And Norway's pryd į again shall marrye. . And from the tree where blosums feele, Ripe fruit shall come, and all is wele. Reaums shall daunce honde in honde, And it shall be merrye in olde Inglonde, * Duke of Marlborough. H.
+ The Dauphin. H. Duke of Berry. H.
|| The young Pretender. H. § Queen Anne, H.,
T By the Union. H. G 2
Then old Inglonde shall be no more,
A DESCRIPTION OF THE MORNING.
WRITTEN IN APRIL 1709;
A DB* A king of Spain slain by Hercules. H. † The archduke Charles was of the Hapsburg family. H.
I Walter Wagstaff, Esq. (as he styles himself) translator of the “ Annotations of the Tatler," has an annotation on this pas
A DESCRIPTION OF A CITY SHOWER.*
IN IMITATION OF VIRGIL'S GEORGICS.
WRITTEN IN OCTOBER, 1710);
AND FIRST PRINTED IN THE TATLER.
CAREFUL observers may
foretel the hour, (By sure prognostics) when to dread a shower. While rain depends, the pensive cat gives o'er Her frolics, and pursues her tail no more. Returning home at night, you'll find the sink Strike your offended sense with double stink.
sage, which ascertains a story related of Steele, by Dr. Johnson, on the authority of Savage. “ This image of the morning at the other end of the town is
familiar and entertaining, that to make it yet more familiar, and to give it the economical and domestic air, a gentleman of those parts has always by him a set of liveries of the largest size, in order to equip the most officious of this rank of men, upon the very first tender of their service ; this method establishes him in the character of being the best master in the world, because he gives fees, as well as wages: and his people at the same time are no les famed for diligence and fidelity, for he is always sure of a very strict and close attendance."
" Annotations, &c.” Part I. p. 32. The following passage in the Examiner is a farther confirmation of the same story : “ I have beard of a certain illustrious person, who, having a guard du corps,
that forced their attendance upon him, put them into a livery, and maintained them as his servants : thus answering that famous question,
Quis custodiet ipsos custodies ?” Examiner, No 11. N. * “ This day came out the TATLER, made up wholly of my Shower, and a preface to it. They say it is the best thing I ever writ, and I think so too. I suppose the bishop of