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HOURS OF IDLENESS.

Eyes like thine were never meant
To hide their orbs in dark restraint;
Spite of all thou fain wouldst say,
Still in truant beams they play.
Thy lips—but here my modest Muse
Her impulse chaste must needs refuse:
She blushes, curt'sies, frowns,—in short She
Dreads lest the Subject should transport me;
And flying off, in search of Reason,
Brings Prudence back in proper season.
All I shall, therefore, say (whate'er[1]
I think, is neither here nor there,)
Is, that such lips, of looks endearing,
Were form'd for better things than sneering.
Of soothing compliments divested,
Advice at least's disinterested;
Such is my artless song to thee,
From all the flow of Flatt'ry free;
Counsel like mine is as a brother's,
My heart is given to some others;
That is to say, unskill'd to cozen,
It shares itself among a dozen.


Marion, adieu! oh, pr'ythee slight not
This warning, though it may delight not;

And, lest my precepts be displeasing,[2]
  1. All I shall therefore say of these,
    (Thy pardon if my words displease).—[MS. Newstead.]

  2. And lest my precepts be found fault, by
    Those who approved the frown of M——lt-by.—[MS, Newstead.]