1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Francis Fawkes

Anonymous, "Verses sent to a young Nobleman, with Mr. Fawkes's Eclogue, intitled Partridge-Shooting" St. James's Chronicle (12 July 1769).



From that gay Ball where in the mimic Round,
Monkies, Nabobs, and Cherokees were found;
Where Statesmen to the View Old Women seem'd,
Statesmen Old Women evermore esteem'd;
Where E—t stood like *Chastity array'd,
Who, ceasing to be one first, knew she was a Maid;
Where Rakes turn'd Methodists intrigu'd at Will;
Where Judges danc'd whilst Harlequins stood still;
With me will K— to healthful Fields repair
From White's, from Betty's, and from Soho-Square;
From Scenes of busy Idleness retreat,
From Jockey Lords, and all the Vulgar Great,
Leave Gamester-Countesses to slip the Cards,
And know that Exercise with Health rewards—
—Fly Folly, K—, thy riper Judgement use,
Lo thus of thy lov'd Sport sings Fawkes's Muse.

* Miss E— appeared at the K. of Denmark's Masquerade in the Character of Pallas.