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To Mr. J. Hoadly. By the
XXV. From Smyrna, By T.
XXXV. The Spleen. To Mr.
FAMILIAR AND HUMOROUS.
SOAME JENYNS, ESQ.
IN THE COUNTRY,
In days, my Lord, when mother Time,
Though now grown old, was in her prime,
And JOVE was hardly come from school,
How happy was a country life!
How free from wickedness and strife!
But now, whatever poets write, 'Tis sure the case is alter'd quite, B
Virtue no more in rural plains,
The tinker some a better teacher;
These, to the Church they fight for, strangers,
But I, my Lord, who, as you know,
Nor reckon wonderful inviting,