1749 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Fielding

Anonymous, "A String of Similies, in the true Christmas, Frigid, or F—ldingian Stile" London Evening Post (23 December 1749).



As at your Gate each Tradesman's Servant knocks,
To tell the Season, and request his Box;
As Gratulations pass 'twixt great and small Men,
From Watch-men, News-men, Tyth-men, Tax-men, all Men,
But chief, the Bell-man wishes Length of Life,
Good Health, good Cheer, and — Kisses for your Wife:
As Bills from Taylor come, and 'Pothecary;
As F—LD—G'S Heroes timely hang — or marry:
As Partners state their Books, which might be dark;
With Landlords, Tenants settle; with Justice, Clerk;
As M—rs give something — call'd Account,
To what Expences, Savings, Debts, amount:
As each Man hopes, tho' Hope has oft' been greater,
That, bad tho' last Year, next Year will be better.—
So, taught b' Example BRITAIN We address,
To wish her Wants, and Woes may soon be less:
That Westminster may strike off all her Wood' Men:
That, spite of Custom, St—men may be good Men;
That PROVIDENCE may send, to crown our Wishing,
Prosperity to TRADE, DISCOVERY, FISHING.