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HIND AND THE PANTHER.
Much malice, mingled with a little wit, Perhaps may censure this mysterious writ; Because the muse has peopled Caledon With panthers, bears, and wolves, and beasts' unAs if we were not stocked with monsters of our own. Let Æsop answer, who has set to view Such kinds as Greece and Phrygia never knew; And mother Hubbard, in her homely dress, Has sharply blamed a British lioness; That queen, whose feast the factious rabble keep, Exposed obscenely naked, and asleep. Led by those great examples, may not I The wonted organs of their words supply? If men transact like brutes, 'tis equal then For brutes to claim the privilege of men.
Others our Hind of folly will indite, To entertain a dangerous guest by night. Let those remember, that she cannot die, Till rolling time is lost in round eternity;
Nor need she fear the Panther, though untamed,
For now the Hind, whose noble nature strove To express her plain simplicity of love, Did all the honours of her house so well, No sharp debates disturbed the friendly meal. She turned the talk, avoiding that extreme, To common dangers past, a sadly-pleasing theme; Remembering every storm which tossed the state, When both were objects of the public hate, And dropt a tear betwixt for her own childrens' fate.
Nor failed she then a full review to make Of what the Panther suffered for her sake; Her lost esteem, her truth, her loyal care, Her faith unshaken to an exiled heir, Her strength to endure, her courage to defy, Her choice of honourable infamy. On these, prolixly thankful, she enlarged; Then with acknowledgment herself she charged; For friendship, of itself an holy tie, Is made more sacred by adversity.
+ The Declaration of Indulgence. I The Convocation.
The adherence of the church of England to the interests of James, while he was an exile at Brussels, and the Bill of Exclusion against him was in dependence, is here, as in other places, made the subject of panegyric. Had the church joined with the sectaries, the desiruction of the Catholics, at the time of the plot, would have been inevitable.
Now should they part, malicious tongues would say,
The Panther nodded, when her speech was done,
This heard, the matron was not slow to find
The church of England complained, with great reason, of the coldness which they experienced from James, in whose behalf they had exerted themselves so successfully.