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TO MR. JOHN MOORE,
AUTHOR OF THE CELEBRATED WORM-POWDER,
ow much, egregious Moore, are we
Man is a very Worm by birth,
Vile, reptile, weak and vain!
That Woman is a Worm, we find
E'er fince our Grandame's evil; She first convers'd with her own kind, That ancient Worm, the Devil.
The Learn'd themselves we Book-worms name,
The Nymph whofe tail is all on flame,
The Fops are painted Butterflies,
First from a Worm they take their rise,
The Flatterer an Earwig grows;
Thus Worms fuit all conditions; Mifers are Muck-worms, Silk-worms Beaus, And Death-watches Physicians.
That Statesmen have the Worm, is seen,
Ah Moore! thy fkill were well employ'd,
If thou couldst make the Courtier void
O learned Friend of Abchurch-Lane,
Our Fate thou only canst adjourn
Who Maggots were before.
BY A PERSON OF QUALITY.
WRITTEN IN THE YEAR 1733.
FLUTT'RING fpread thy purple Pinions,
I a Slave in thy Dominions;
Mild Arcadians, ever blooming,
Thus the Cyprian Goddess weeping,
Cynthia, tune harmonious Numbers;
Gloomy Pluto, King of Terrors,
Mournful Cypress, verdant Willow, Gilding my Aurelia's Brows, Morpheus hov'ring o'er my Pillow, Hear me pay my dying Vows.
Melancholy fmooth Maeander,
Thus when Philomela, drooping,
THE above is a pleasant burlesque on the gawdy, glittering, florid style and manner of certain defcriptive poets. I think the reader will pardon me for laying before him part of a piece of ridicule on the fame fubject, and of equal merit, which made its first appearance many years ago in the Oxford Student, and is thus entitled, "Ode to Horror, in the Allegoric, Descriptive, Alliterative, Epithetical, Fantaftic, Hyperbolical, and Diabolical Style of our Modern OdeWriters and Monody-Mongers."
"Ferreus ingruit Horror."
"O Goddess of the gloomy fcene,
Of shadowy shapes, thou black-brow'd Queen ;