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Thy neck is fairer than the Alpine snows,

And, sweetly swelling, beats the down of doves; Thy cheek of health, a rival to the rose;

Thy pouting lips, the throne of all the loves; Yet, though thus beautiful beyond expression, That beauty fadeth by too much possession.

Economy in love is peace to nature,
Much like economy in worldly matter;
We should be prudent, never live too fast;
Profusion will not, can not, always last.

Lovers are really spendthrifts—’t is a shame-
Nothing their thoughtless, wild career can tame,

Till penury stares them in the face;
And when they find an empty purse,
Grown calmer, wiser, how the fault they curse,

And, limping, look with such a sneaking grace!
Job's war-horse fierce, his neck with thunder hung,
Sunk to an humble hack that carries dung.

Smell to the queen of flowers, the fragrant rose-
Smell twenty times—and then, my dear, thy nose
Will tell thee (not so much for scent athirst)
The twentieth drank less flavor than the first.

Love, doubtless, is the sweetest of all fellows;

Yet often should the little god retireAbsence, dear Chloe, is a pair of bellows,

That keeps alive the sacred fire.




An! poor intoxicated little knave,
Now senseless, floating on the fragrant wave;

Why not content the cakes alone to munch?
Dearly thou pay'st for buzzing round the bowl;
Lost to the world, thou busy sweet-lipped soul-

Thus Death, as well as Pleasure, dwells with Punch.

Now let me take thee out, and moralize-
Thus 't is with mortals, as it is with flies,

Forever hankering after Pleasure's cup:
Though Fate, with all his legions, be at hand,
The beasts, the draught of Circe can't withstand,

But in goes every nose—they must, will sup.

Mad are the passions, as a colt untamed !

When Prudence mounts their backs to ride them mild, They fling, they snort, they foam, they rise inflamed,

Insisting on their own sole will so wild.

Gadsbud! my buzzing friend, thou art not dead;
The Fates, so kind, have not yet snapped thy thread;
By heavens, thou mov'st a leg, and now its brother,
And kicking, lo, again, thou mov’st another!

And now thy little drunken eyes unclose,
And now thou feelest for thy little nose,

And, finding it, thou rubbest thy two hands
Much as to say, “I'm glad I'm here again.”
And well mayest thou rejoice—'t is very plain,

That near wert thou to Death's unsocial lands.

And now thou rollest on thy back about,
Happy to find thyself alive, no doubt-

Now turnest-on the table making rings;
Now crawling, forming a wet track,
Now shaking the rich liquor from thy back,

Now fluttering nectar from thy silken wings:

Now standing on thy head, thy strength to find,
And poking out thy small, long legs behind;
And now thy pinions dost thou briskly ply;
Preparing now to leave me-farewell, fly!

Go, join thy brothers on yon sunny board,
And rapture to thy family afford-

There wilt thou meet a mistress, or a wife,
That saw thee drunk, drop senseless in the stream;
Who gave, perhaps, the wide-resounding scream,

And now sits groaning for thy precious life.

Yes, go and carry comfort to thy friends,
And wisely tell them thy imprudence ends.

Let buns and sugar for the future charm ;
These will delight, and feed, and work no harm-

While Punch, the grinning, merry imp of sin,
Invites th' unwary wanderer to a kiss,
Smiles in his face, as though he meant him bliss,

Then, like an alligator, drags him in.



“Man may be happy, if he will :"
I've said it often, and I think so still;

Doctrine to make the million stare !
Know then, each mortal is an actual Jove;
Can brew what weather he shall most approve,

Or wind, or calm, or foul, or fair.

But here's the mischief-man's an ass, I

say; Too fond of thunder, lightning, storm, and rain; He hides the charming, cheerful ray

That spreads a smile o'er hill and plain! Dark, he must court the skull, and spade, and shroudThe mistress of his soul must be a cloud !

Who told him that he must be cursed on earth ?

The God of Nature ?-No such thing; Heaven whispered him, the moment of his birth,

“Don't cry, my lad, but dance and sing; Don't be too wise, and be an ape:In colors let thy soul be dressed, not crape.

“Roses shall smooth life's journey, and adorn;

Yet mind me-if, through want of grace,

Thou mean'st to fling the blessing in my face, Thou hast full leave to tread upon a thorn."

Yet some there are, of men, I think the worst,
Poor imps! unhappy, if they can't be cursed

Forever brooding over Misery's eggs,
As though life's pleasure were a deadly sin;
Mousing forever for a gin

To catch their happiness by the legs.

Even at a dinner some will be unblessed,
However good the viands, and well dressed:

They always come to table with a scowl,
Squint with a face of verjuice o'er each dish,
Fault the poor flesh, and quarrel with the fish,

Curse cook and wife, and, loathing, eat and growl.
A cart-load, lo, their stomachs steal,
Yet swear they can not make a meal.
I like not the blue-devil-hunting crew!

I hate to drop the discontented jaw!
O let me Nature's simple smile pursue,

And pick even pleasure from a straw.




My curse upon thy venom'd stang,
That shoots my tortur'd gums alang ;
And thro' my lugs gies mony a twang,

Wi' gnawing vengeance;
Tearing my nerves wi' bitter pang,

Like racking engines !

When fevers burn, or ague freezes,
Rheumatics gnaw, or cholic squeezes;
Our neighbors' sympathy may ease us,

Wi' pitying moan;
But thee—thou hell o' a' diseases,

Aye mocks our groan!

Adown my beard the slavers trickle !
I kick the wee stools o'er the mickle,

As round the fire the giglets keckle,

To see me loup;
While, raving mad, I wish a heckle

Were in their doup.

O' a' the num'rous human dools,
Ill har'sts, daft bargains, cutty-stools,
Or worthy friends rak'd i' the mools,

Sad sight to see!
The tricks o' knaves, or fash o' fools,

Thou bear'st the gree.

Where'er that place be priests ca' hell,
Whence a' the tones o' mis'ry yell,
And ranked plagues their numbers tell,

In dreadfu' raw,
Thou, Toothache, surely bear'st the bell,

Amang them a';

O thou grim mischief-making chiel,

gars the notes of discord squeel,
'Till daft mankind aft dance a reel

In gore a shoe-thick ;-
Gie a' the faes o' Scotland's weal

A towmond's Toothache!




Jacob ! I do not like to see thy nose
Turn'd up in scornful curve at yonder pig,
It would be well, my friend, if we, like him,
Were perfect in our kindl.. And why despise
The sow-born grunter ?.. He is obstinate,
Thou answerest; ugly, and the filthiest beast
That banquets upon oftal. ... Now I pray you
Hear the pig's counsel.

Is he obstinate ?
We must not, Jacob, be deceived by words;
We must not take them as unheeding hands

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