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Let B*rr*t*n arrest him in mock fury, : :
Be these the rural pastimes that attend 135 Great Binsw*k's leisure: these shall best unbend His royal mind, whene'er, from state withdrawn, He treads the velvet of his Richmond lawn; These shall prolong his Asiatic dream, Tho' Europe's balance trembles on its beam. 140
Verse 128. And M**d, &c.] He is conveyed before the judge, and sometimes severely bastinadoed.” Ibid.
Verse 129. But hark, &c.] “Quarrels happen-battles ensue.” Ibid.
Verse 132. Circumcise C* F*.) « Every liberty is permitted; there is no distinction of persons.” Ibid.
Verse 134. And all the Maids of Honour, &c.] “ This is done to divert his Imperial Majesty, and the ladies of his train.” Ibid.
And thou, Sir William ! while thy plastic hand
THE PUBLIC, Occasioned by their favourable reception of a late Heroic
Epistle to Sir William Chambers, Knt. &c.
BY THE AUTHOR OF THAT EPISTLE.
Sicelides Nusa, paulo majora canamus.
I THAT of late, Sir William's Bard, and Squire, March'd with his helm and buckler on my lyre, (What time the Knight prick'd forth in ill-starr'd
haste, Comptroller General of the works of taste), Now to the public tune my grateful lays, 5 Warm’d with the sun-shine of the public praise :
Verse 1. I that of late.]
VIRGIL, or somebody for him. Verse 4. Works of taste.] Put synonimously for his Majesty's works. See Sir William's title-page.
Warm’d too with mem’ry of that golden time,
-glittering orbs, and,whatendeard them more,
Verse 16. Cadogan's part.] Master of the Mint.
Verse 19. And find him wanting.] Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. Daniel, chap. viii. verse 27.,
While I again the Muse's sickle bring 25
Verse 34. A King of Prose.] Kien-Long, the present Emperor of China, is a poet. M. de Voltaire did him the honour to treat him as a brother above two years ago; and my late patron, Sir William Chambers, has given a fine and most intelligible prose version of an ode of his Majesty upon tea, in his postscript to his Dissertation. I am, however, vain enough to think, that the Emperor's composition would have appeared still better in my heroic verse: but Sir William,forestalled it; on which account I have entirely broke with him.