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SONGS, ODES, AND A MASQUE.

THE FAIR STRANGER, A SONG.*

HAPPY and free, securely blest,
No beauty could disturb my rest ;
My amorous heart was in despair,
To find a new victorious fair.

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Till you descending on our plains,
With foreign force renew my chains ;
Where now you rule without control
The mighty sovereign of my soul.

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Your smiles have more of conquering charms
Than all your native country arms :
Their troops we can expel with ease,
Who vanquish only when we please.

But in your eyes, oh! there's the spell,
Who can see them, and not rebel ?
You make us captives by your stay,
Yet kill us if you go away.

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* This song is a compliment to the Duchess of Portsmouth, on her first coming to England. D.

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VOL. III.

ON THE YOUNG STATESMEN.

CLARENDON had law and sense,

Clifford was fierce and brave; Bennet's grave look was a pretence, And Danby's matchless impudence

Help'd to support the knave.

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But Sunderland, Godolphin, Lory,
These will appear such chits in story,

'Twill turn all politics to jests, To be repeated like John Dory,

When fiddlers sing at feasts.

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Protect us, mighty Providence,

What would these madmen have?

V. 6. But Sunderland] This nobleman had certainly great and various abilities, with a complete versatility of genius, and a most insinuating address; but he was totally void of all principles, moral or religious, and a much more abandoned character than Shaftesbury, whom it is so common to calumniate. He certainly urged James II. to pursue arbitrary and illegal measures, that he intended should be his ruin, and betrayed him to the Prince of Orange. The Abbé de Longuerue relates, that Dr. Massey, of Christ Church, assured him, he once received an order from King James to expel twenty-four students of that college in Oxford, if they did not embrace popery. Massey, astonished at the order, was advised by a friend to go to London, and show it to the king ; who assured him he had never given him such an order, and commended Massey for not having obeyed it; yet still this infatuated monarch continued to trust Sunderland. Dr. J. W.

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