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Every privilege rank confers :
Flagon of ale at Holborn Bar;
Every one knows the speech he made ;
Waved to the crowd with his gold-laced hat;
Turned to the Topsman undismayed ...
And this is the Ballad that seemed to hide
“ Humbly Inscrib'd” (with curls and tails) By the Author to FREDERICK, Prince of WALES:
“ Published by FRANCIS and OLIVER PINE; Ludgate-Hill, at the Blackmoor Sign. Seventeen-Hundred-and-Thirty-Nine."
A RHYMED MONOLOGUE IN THE LOUVRE.
“ Belle Marquise, vos beaux yeux me font mourir d'amour."
As you sit there at your ease,
O Marquise !
Thick as bees,
“ Belle Marquise !”—
And your ringed hands glance and go,
“ beaux yeux" flash and glow ;-
As you know,
Or at least be told you so ;
Growing proud, I say, and prouder
To the crowd that come and go, Dainty Deity of Powder,
Fickle Queen of Fop and Beau, As you sit where lustres strike you,
Sure to please, Do we love you most or like you,
" Belle Marquise !"
Well, Marquise ;
On his knees; And he called all heaven to witness Of his ballad and its fitness,
“Belle Marquise !"You were everything in ère (With exception of sévère),– You were cruelle and rebelle, With the rest of rhymes as well ; You were
Reine,” and “ Mère d'Amour"; You were
Vénus à Cythère”; Sappho mise en Pompadour,"
And “Minerve en Parabère"; You had every grace of heaven
In your most angelic face,
With the nameless finer leaven
Lent of blood and courtly race ; And he added, too, in duty, Ninon's wit and Boufflers' beauty; And La Vallière's yeux veloutés
Followed these ; And you liked it, when he said it
(On his knees), And you kept it, and you read it,
“ Belle Marquise ! ”
Yet with us your toilet graces
Fail to please,
And your mise ;
“ Belle Marquise! ”
Calm and ease, As the Venus there, by Coustou,
That a fan would make quite flighty,
Is to her the gods were used to,-
Sprung from seas.
" Belle Marquise!”
O Marquise !
"Belle Marquise ! ”
No, Marquise !
For your Cupid, you have clipped him,
“Belle Marquise !” Just to arm you through your wife-time, And the languors of your life-time,
“ Belle Marquise !" Say, to trim your toilet tapers, Or,-to twist your hair in papers,