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NATURE and FORTUNE.

To the Earl of CHESTERFIELD.

1 NATURE and fortune blith and gay,
2 To pass an hour or two,
3 In frolick mood agreed to play
4 At "What shall this man do?"
5 Come, I'll be judge then, FORTUNE cries,
6 And therefore must be blind;
7 Then whipt a napkin round her eyes,
8 And ty'd it fast behind.
9 NATURE had now prepar'd her list
10 Of names on scraps of leather,
11 Which roll'd, she gave them each a twist,
12 And husled them together.
13 Thus mixt, which ever came to hand
14 She very surely drew;
15 Then bade her sister give command,
16 For what that man should do.
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17 'Twould almost burst one's sides to hear
18 What strange commands she gave;
19 That C—R should the laurel wear,
20 And C—E an army have.
21 At length when STANHOPE'S name was come,
22 Dame NATURE smil'd and cry'd,
23 Now tell me, sister, this man's doom,
24 And what shall him betide?
25 That man, said FORTUNE, shall be one
26 Blest both by you and me:
27 Nay, then, quoth NATURE, let's have done;
28 Sister, I'm sure you see.

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    Title (in Source Edition): NATURE and FORTUNE. To the Earl of CHESTERFIELD.
    Themes: politics; fate; fortune; providence; high society; court, the
    Genres: ballad metre; Chevy Chase stanza; address
    References: DMI 19487

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. III. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 281-282. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.003) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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