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The CEREMONIAL.

1 "SIR, will you please to walk before?"
2 No pray, Sir you are next the door.
3 "Upon mine honour, I'll not stir!"
4 Sir, I'm at home; consider, Sir.
5 "Excuse me Sir, I'll not go first."
6 Well, if I must be rude, I must;
7 But yet I wish I cou'd evade it;
8 'Tis strangely clownish be persuaded, &c. &c.
9 Go forward, cits! go forward, squires!
10 Nor scruple each, what each admires.
11 Life squares not, friends, with your proceeding:
12 It flies, while you display your breeding;
13 Such breeding as one's granam preaches,
14 Or some old dancing-master teaches
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15 O for some rude tumultuous fellow,
16 Half crazy, or at least half-mellow,
17 To come behind you, unawares,
18 And fairly push you both down stairs!
19 But Death's at hand Let me advise ye,
20 Go forward, friends or he'll surprize ye.

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    Title (in Source Edition): The CEREMONIAL.
    Themes: manners
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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. V. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 46-47. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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