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And finish'd Richmond open to his view,

"A work to wonder at, perhaps a" Kew. 70

Nor rest we here; but, at our magic call,
Monkies shall climb our trees, and lizards crawl;
Huge dogs of Tibet bark in yonder grove;
Here parrots prate, there cats make cruel love:
In some fair island will we turn to grass 75

(With the Queen's leave) her elephant and ass.
Giants from Africa shall guard the glades,
Where hiss our snakes, where sport our Tartar

maids; Or, wanting these, from Charlotte Hayes we bring Damsels alike adroit to sport and sing. 80

Now to our lawns of dalliance and delight,

Join we the groves of horror and affright;

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Page 42. "Sometimes in this romantic excursion, the passenger finds himself in extensive recesses, surrounded with arbours of jessamine, vine, and roses; where beauteous Tartarean damsels, in loose transparent robes that flutter in the air, present him with rich wines, &c. and invite him to taste the sweets of retirement, on Persian carpets, and beds of Camusathkin down." Page 40.

This to achieve no foreign aids we try:
Thy gibbets, Bagshot! shall our wants supply;
Hounslow, whose heath subliraer terror fills, 85
Shall with her gibbets lend her powder-mills.
Here too, O King of Vengeance, in thy fane,
Tremendous Wilkes shall rattle his gold chain;

Verse 84. Thy gibbets, Bagshot.] "Their scenes of terror are composed of gloomy woods, &c. Gibbets, crosses, wheels, and the whole apparatus of torture, are seen from the roads. Here too they conceal in cavities, on the summits of the highest mountains, founderies, limekilns, and glass works, which send forth large volumes of flame, and continued columes of thick smoke, that give to these mountains the appearance of volcanoes." Page 37. "Here the passenger from time to time is surprised with repeated shocks of electrical impulse; the earth trembles under him by the power of confined air," &c. Now to produce both these effects, viz. the appearance of volcanoes and earthquakes, we have here substituted the occasional explosion of a powder-mill, which (if there be not toomuch simplicity in the contrivance) it is apprehended wilt at once answer all the purposes of lime-kilns and electricalmachines, and imitate thunder and the explosion of cannon into the bargain, page 40.

Verse 87. Here too, 0 King of Vengeance, &c] "In the most dismal recesses of the woods, are temples dedicated to the King of Vengeance, near which are placed

And round that fane, on many a Tyburn tree,
Hang fragments dire of Newgate history: SO
On this shall H*U*d's dying speech be read;
Here B—te's confession, and his wooden head;
While all the minor plunderers of the age,
(Too numerous far for this contracted page)
The R*g*ys» C*lc*ft's, Mungos, B*ds*ws there, 95
In straw-stuff d effigy, shall kick the air.
But say, ye powers, who come when Fancy calls,
Where shall our mimic London rear her walls f

pillars of stone, with *' pathetic description of tragical events; and many acts of cruelty perpetrated there by outlaws and robbers," page 37.

Verse 88. Tremendous Wilkes.] This was written while Mr. Wilkes was Sheriff of London, and when it was to be feared he would rattle his chain a year longer as Lord Mayor.

Verse 98. Where shall our mimic London, &c] "There is likewise in the same garden, viz. Yven-Ming-Yven, near Fekin, a fortified town, with its ports, streets, public squares, temples, markets, shops, and tribunals of justice; in short, with every thing that is at Pekin, only on a smaller scale.

"In this town the Emperors of China, who are too mncb the slaves of their greatness to appear in public, and their women, who are excluded from it by custom, are frequently

That Eastern feature, Art must next produce,
Tho' not for present yet for future use. 100

Our sons some slave of greatness may behold,
Cast in the genuine Asiatic mould,
Who of three realms shall condescend to know
No more than he can spy from Windsor's brow;
For him that blessing of a better time, 105

The Muse shall deal awhile in brick and lime;
Surpass the bold A'AEA*I in design,
And o'er the Thames fling one stupendous line
Of marble arches, in a bridge, that cuts 109
From Richmond Ferry slant to Brentford Butts.
Brentford with London's charms will we adorn;
Brentford, the bishopric of Parson Home.
There at one glance, the royal eye shall meet

Each varied beauty of St. James's street;

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diverted with the hurry and bustle of the capital, which is there represented, several times in the year, by the eunuchs of the palace." Page 32.

Verse 109. Of marble arches.'} See Sir William's enormous account of Chinese bridges, too long to be here inserted, page 53.

Stout T*lb*t there shall ply with hackney chair,
And Patriot Betty fix her fruit-shop there. 1 iff
Like distant thunder now the coach of state
Rolls o'er the bridge,that groans beneath its weight.
The court hath cross'd the stream; the sports
Now N**l preaches of rebellion's sin: [begin;
And as the powers of bis strong pathos rise, 121
Lo! brazen tears fall from Sir Fl**r's eyes;
While, skulking round the pews,that babe of grace,
Who ne'er before at sermon shew'd his face, 126
See Jemmy Twitcher shambles—stop! stop thief!
He's stol'n the E* of D*nb*h's handkerchief.

Verse 115. Stout T**t, &c] "Some of these eunuchs personate porters." Page 32.

Verse 116. And Patriot Betty.] "Fruits, and all sorts of refreshments, are cried about the streets in this mock city." Page 33.

Verse 122. Lo! brazen tears, &c]

Drew Ibon tears down Pluto's cheek. Milton.

Verse 125. See Jemmy Twitcher shambles.] "N#ither are thieves, pickpockets, and sharpers, forgot in these festivals; that noble profession is usually allotted to a great number of the most dexterous eunuchs." Milton.

Verse 127. Let B**n.] "The watch seizes on the culprit." Page 33.

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