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1 IN Soto's Bosom you may find
2 The Glimm'ring of a worthy Mind:
3 Tis but a faint and feeble Ray,
4 Imperfect as the dawning Day;
5 Yet were the jarring Passions tun'd,
6 And the wild Branches nicely prun'd,
7 The Soil from Thorns and Thistles clear,
8 Some latent Virtues might appear:
9 I'th' Morning catch him, (early tho'
10 Your Bird will else be flown, I trow,)
11 E'er he has reach'd the bowzing Can,
12 You'll find the Stamp of reas'ning Man:
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13 Then see the Wretch whom none can rule,
14 E'er Night a Mad-man and a Fool;
15 The witty Soto then you'll find,
16 Just level with the brutal Kind.
17 With crimson Face and winking Eyes,
18 That look like Woodcocks, mighty wise:
19 See streams a Current down his Chin,
20 From soft Tobacco lodg'd within;
21 Be pleas'd to steal a Glance or two,
22 But one may serve to make you
23 He fain wou'd walk, but cannot stand,
24 And see a Palsy in his Hand;
25 And tho' his Throat has swallow'd down
26 Two Gallons of October brown,
27 His greedy Guts impatient roar,
28 And seem to call aloud for more:
29 More they shall have: But hark, within
30 Is heard a rude and lawless Din:
31 Wind, Ale, and Phlegm their Powers wage,
32 And Hickups call them to engage;
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33 And now, Ah now! incessant flows
34 The frothy Tide from Mouth and Nose:
35 No more is seen the cover'd Ground,
36 But a huge River floating round:
37 Down drops the Youth, his giddy Head
38 Falls easy on the liquid Bed:
39 So swam Achilles fierce and brave,
40 On angry Xanthus's swelling Wave;
41 And 'scap'd with being wet to th' Skin;
42 For Pallas held him up by th' Chin:
43 So Bacchus saves, by mighty Charms,
44 His helpless Devotee from Harms:
45 And Soto sleeps till break of Day,
46 Then shakes his Ears and walks away.


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Title (in Source Edition): SOTO. A CHARACTER.
Author: Mary Leapor

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Poems upon several occasions: By Mrs. Leapor ... London: printed: and sold by J. Roberts, 1748, pp. 175-177. 15,[5],282p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T127827; Foxon p. 413)

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