VERSES UNDER THE BUSTO OF COMUS IN A BUFFET AT HAMMERSMITH.
E AUGUST MDCCL.
1 WHILE rosy wreaths the goblet deck,
2 Thus Comus spoke, or seem'd to speak:
3 "This place for social hours design'd,
4 " May Care and Business never find.
5 "Come, every Muse, without restraint,
6 " Let Genius prompt, and Fancy paint;
7 "Let Wit and Mirth, with friendly strife,
8 " Chase the dull gloom that saddens life:
9 "True Wit, that firm to Virtue's cause
10 " Respects religion and the laws;
11 "True Mirth, that chearfulness supplies
12 " To modest ears and decent eyes;
13 "Let these indulge their liveliest sallies,
14 " Both scorn the canker'd help of Malice;
15 "True to their country and their friend,
16 " Both scorn to flatter or offend. "
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Title (in Source Edition): VERSES UNDER THE BUSTO OF COMUS IN A BUFFET AT HAMMERSMITH. E AUGUST MDCCL.
Themes: entertainments; pastimes
References: DMI 32308
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