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The chimney to a fteeple grown,
The jack wou'd not be left alone;
But, up against the steeple rear'd,
Became a clock, and still adher'd;
And ftill its love to houfhold cares
By a fhrill voice at noon declares,
Warning the cook-maid not to burn
That roaft-meat, which it cannot turn.

The groaning-chair began to crawl,
Like a huge snail, along the wall;
There ftuck aloft in publick view,
And, with small change, a pulpit grew.
The porringers, that in a row
Hung high, and made a glitt'ring fhow,
To a lefs noble fubftance chang'd,
Were now but leathern buckets rang'd.
The ballads pafted on the wall,
Of Joan of France, and English Moll,
Fair Rofamond, and Robin Hood,
The Little Children in the Wood,
Now feem'd to look abundance better,
Improv'd in picture, fize, and letter;
And, high in order plac'd, defcribe
The * heraldry of ev'ry tribe.

* Of the twelve tribes of Ifrael, enfigns appropraited to them by which in country churches are Jacob on his death-bed. fometimes diftinguished by the

D. 4.

A bed

A bedstead of the antique mode,
Compact of timber many a load,
Such as our ancestors did use,
Was metamorphos'd into pews;
Which still their ancient nature keep
By lodging folks difpos'd to fleep.

The cottage by fuch feats as these
Grown to a church by juft degrees,
The hermits then defir'd their hoft
To afk for what he fancy'd moft.
Philemon, having paus'd a while,
Return'd 'em thanks in homely ftyle;
Then faid, my houfe is grown fo fine,
Methinks, I ftill wou'd call it mine :
I'm old, and fain wou'd live at eafe;
Make me the parfon, if you please.


He fpoke; and prefently he feels His grazier's coat fall down his heels ; He fees, yet hardly can believe, About each arm a pudding-fleeve ; His waistcoat to a caflock grew, And both affum'd a fable hue; But, being old, continu'd just As thread-bare, and as full of duft. His talk was now of tythes and dues : He fmok'd his pipe, and read the news; Knew how to preach old fermons next, Vamp'd in the preface and the text ;


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At chrift'nings well could act his part,
And had the fervice all by heart;"
Wish'd women might have children fast,
And thought whofe fow had farrow'd laft;
Againft diffenters would repine,
And stood up firm for right divine;
Found his head fill'd with many a system :
But claffick authors,--he ne'er mifs'd 'em.
Thus having furbish'd up a parfon,
Dame Baucis next they play'd their farce on.
Inftead of home-fpun coifs, were feen
Good pinners edg'd with colberteen ;
Her petticoat, transform'd a-pace,
Became black fattin flounc'd with lace.
Plain goody would no longer down;
'Twas madam, in her grogram gown.
Philemon was in great furprize,
And hardly could believe his eyes,
Amaz'd to fee her look fo prim;
And the admir'd as much at him.

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Thus happy in their change of life Were fev'ral years this man and wife; When on a day, which prov'd their last, Difcourfing o'er old ftories past, They went by chance amidst their talk To the church-yard to take a walk; When Baucis haftily cry'd out, My dear, I fee your forehead sprout


Sprout! quoth the man; what's this tell us?

I hope you don't believe me jealous
But yet, methinks, I feel it true;
And really yours is budding too
Nay, now I cannot ftir my foot;
It feels as if 'twere taking root.
Description would but tire my muse;
In fhort, they both were turn'd to yews.
Old goodman Dobfon of the green
Remembers, he the trees has feen;
He'll talk of them from noon till night,
And goes with folks to fhew the fight;
On Sundays, after ev'ning pray'r,
He gathers all the parish there;
Points out the place of either yew;
Here Baucis, there Philemon grew:
Till once a parfon of our town
To mend his barn cut Baucis down;
At which 'tis hard to be believ'd
How much the other tree was griev'd,
Grew fcrubby, dy'd a-top, was ftunted;
So the next parfon ftubb'd and burnt it.

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In Imitation of Virgil's Georgicks.

AREFUL obfervers may foretel the hour (By fure prognofticks) when to dread a fhow'r.

While rain depends, the penfive cat gives o'er Her frolicks, and pursues her tail no more. Returning home at night, you'll find the fink Strike your offended sense with double ftink. If you be wife, then go not far to dine; You'll fpend in coach-hire more than fave in wine.

A coming fhow'r your shooting corns prefage,
Old aches throb, your hollow tooth will rage:
Saunt'ring in coffee-house is Dulman feen ;
He damns the climate, and complains of fpleen.
Mean while the South, rifing with dabbled

A fable cloud athwart the welkin Aings,
That fwill'd more liquor than it could contain,
And, like a drunkard, gives it up again.

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