The Beau to the Virtuosos;
alluding to a Proposal for the Publication of a Set of BUTTERFLIES.
1 HAIL curious wights, to whom so fair
2 The form of mortal flies is!
3 Who deem those grubs beyond compare,
4 Which common sense despises.
5 Whether your prey, in gardens found,
6 Be urg'd thro' walks and allies;
7 Whether o'er hill, morass or mound,
8 You make more desperate sallies;
9 Amid the fury of the chace,
10 No rocks could e'er retard you;
11 Blest, if a fly repay the race,
12 Or painted wing reward you.
13 'Twas thus*
* See Virgil.Camilla, o'er the plain,
14 Pursu'd the glittering stranger;
15 Still ey'd the purple's pleasing stain,
16 And knew not fear nor danger.
17 'Tis you dispense the fav'rite meat
18 To nature's filmy people;
19 Know what conserves they chuse to eat,
20 And what liqueurs, to tipple.
21 'Tis you protect their pregnant hour;
22 And when the birth's at hand,
23 Exerting your obstetric pow'r,
24 Prevent a mothless land.
25 Yet oh! my friends! howe'er your view
26 Above gross objects rises;
27 Whate'er refinements you pursue,
28 Hear what a beau advises.
29 A beau, that, weigh'd with your's, must prize
30 Domitian's idle passion;
31 Who sought the death of teazing flies
32 And not their propagation.
33 Let *****'s eyes more deeply warm,
34 Nor foolishly determine
35 To slight fair Nature's loveliest form,
36 And sigh for Nature's vermin.
37 And speak with some respect of beaux;
38 No more, as triflers, treat 'em:
39 'Tis better learn to save one's cloaths,
40 Than cherish moths that eat 'em.
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Title (in Source Edition): The Beau to the Virtuosos; alluding to a Proposal for the Publication of a Set of BUTTERFLIES.
Author: William Shenstone
Themes: manners; animals
Genres: mock heroic; satire
References: DMI 27240
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