The School for satire; or A collection of modern satirical poems written during the present reign

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Page 187 - If Vice appal thee, — if thou view with awe Insults that brave, and crimes that 'scape the law ; Yet may the specious bastard brood, which claim A spurious homage under Virtue's name, Sprung from that parent of ten thousand crimes, The New Philosophy of modern times, — Yet, these may rouse thee ! — With unsparing hand, Oh, lash the vile impostures from the land ! First, stern...
Page 193 - Candour, which loves in see-saw strain to tell Of acting foolishly, but meaning well; Too nice to praise by wholesale or to blame, Convinced that all men's motives are the same ; And finds, with keen discriminating sight, Black's not so black, nor white so very white.
Page 191 - The dawdling balance dangling in her hand, Adjusting punishments to fraud and vice, With scrupulous quirks, and disquisition nice :— . But firm, erect, with keen reverted glance, The' avenging angel of regenerate France, Who visits ancient sins on modern times, And punishes the Pope for Caesar's crimes...
Page 193 - Both must be blamed, both pardon'd ; — 'twas just so With Fox and Pitt full forty years ago ; So Walpole, Pulteney ; — factions in all times, Have had their follies, ministers their crimes.' Give me the avow'd, the erect, the manly foe, Bold I can meet — perhaps may turn his blow ; But of all plagues, good Heaven, thy wrath can send, Save, save, oh ! save me from the Candid Friend ! ' Barras loves plunder, — Merlin takes a bribe, — What then?
Page 25 - Against that People lift their rebel voice, And basely crouching for their paltry pay, Vote the best birthright of her sons away, Permit a nation's in-born wealth to fly In mean, unkingly prodigality ; 100 Nor, ere they give, ask how the sums were spent, So quickly squander'd tho...
Page 3 - Let these, then, be reminded, that it is the author's profest^jm in extolling the taste of the Chinese, to condemn that mean and paltry manner which Kent introduced; which Southcote, Hamilton, and Brown followed, and which, to our national disgrace, is called the English style of gardening.
Page 189 - No — through th' extended globe his feelings run, As broad and general as th' unbounded sun ! No narrow bigot he ; his reason'd view Thy interests, England, ranks with thine, Peru ! France at our doors, he sees no danger nigh, But heaves for Turkey's woes th' impartial sigh ; A steady patriot of the world alone, The friend of every country — but his own.
Page 186 - Through the mix'd mass yet truth and learning shine, And manly vigour stamps the nervous line : And patriot warmth the generous rage inspires, And wakes and points the desultory fires ! Yet more remain unknown : for who can tell What bashful genius, in some rural cell, As year to year, and day succeeds to day, In joyless leisure wastes his life away ? In him the flame of early fancy shone ; His genuine worth his old companions own...
Page 202 - Couriers and Stars, Sedition's evening host, Thou Morning Chronicle and Morning Post, Whether ye make the Rights of Man your theme, Your country libel, and your God blaspheme, Or dirt on private worth and virtue throw, Still blasphemous or blackguard, praise LEPAUX. " And ye five other wandering bards, that move In sweet accord of harmony and love, COLERIDGE and SOUTHEY, LLOYD, and LAMB and Co. Tune all your mystic harps to praise LEPAUX ! " PRIESTLEY and WAKEFIELD, humble, holy men, Give praises...
Page 216 - The indignation raised by cruelty and injustice, and the desire of having it punished, which persons unconcerned would feel, is by no means malice. No; it is resentment against vice and wickedness: it is one of the common "bonds by which society is held together; a fellow-feeling which each individual has in behalf of the whole species, as well as of himself.

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