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The Nymph, who dwells in every Tree,
(If all be true that Poets chant) Condemn'd by Fate's supreme Decree,
Must die with her expiring Plant.
Thus, when the gentle Spina found
The Thorn committed to her Care, Receiv'd its last and deadly Wound,
She filed and vanilh'd into Air.
But, from the Root, a dismal Groan
First issuing, struck the Murd'rer's Ears; And in a fhrill revengeful Tone,
This Prophecy he trembling hears.
“ Thou chief Contriver of my Fall,
" Relentless Dean ! to Mischief born, “ My Kindred oft thine Hide shall gall;
Thy Gown and Caffock oft be torn.
“ And thy confed'rate Dame who brags
" That she condemn'd me to the Fire, " Shall rent her Petticoats to Rags,
“ And wound her Legs with ev'ry Bri’r.
". Nor thou, Lord * Arthur, shalt escape,
" To thee I often call'd in vain, “ Against that Affaflin in Crape,
" Yet thou couldft tamely see me Nain.
* Sir ARTHUR ACHESON.
Nor, when I felt the dreadful Blow,
“ Or chid the Dean, or pinch'd thy Spouse; “ Since you could see me treated fo ;
" An old Retainer to your House.
“ May that fell Dean, by whose Command
“ Was form'd this Machi'villian Plot, “ Not leave a Thistle on thy Land j
" Then who will own thee for a Scot?
“ Pigs, and Fanaticks, Cows, and Teagues,
Through all thy Empire I foresee, * To tear thy Hedges join in Leagues,
“ Sworn to revenge my Thorn and me.
“ And thou, the Wretch ordain'd by Fate
“ Neal Gaghagan, Hibernian Clown, “ With Hatchet blunter than thy Pate,
“ To hack my hallow'd Timber down ;
" When thou, suspended high in Air,
“Dy’ft on a more ignoble Tree, “ (For thou shalt steal thy Landlord's Mare)
“ Then, bloody Caitiff, think on me.
DESIRE and POSSESSION.
Written in the Year 1727.
IS strange, what diffrent Thoughts inspire
In Man Possession and Desire ; Think what they wilh so great a Blessing, So disappointed when possessing.
A MORALIST profoundly fage,
Possession, and Desire, his Brother,
Desire, the swifter of the two,
Till entring on a broad High-way,
Possession kept the beaten Road;
Desire had now the Goal in Sight:
POSSESSION's POSSESSION's Load was grown