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News from St. James's.

1 A courtier, summon'd hence of late,
2 Was call'd to Minos' Judgment Seat.
3 The Cretan Sage began the Charge,
4 Recounted all his Crimes at large;
5 His Insincerity, and Pride,
6 His Hundred evil Arts beside;
7 Arts, thinly veil'd with Virtue's Guise,
8 The modern Statesmens Scheme to rise.
9 He, cringing, owns his Guilt, with Shame;
10 Yet from himself would shift the Blame;
11 Insists, that since the World began,
12 Kings seldom rais'd the virtuous Man:
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13 (Some Instances must be allow'd,
14 Tho' almost lost in such a Croud)
15 That Courts were other Things of late,
16 Than when he rul'd the Cretan State:
17 That those who breathe in them, will find,
18 The tainted Air corrupts the Mind.
19 Courtier, the Judge reply'd, beware
20 Theander has resided there;
21 The third of an accomplish'd Race,
22 Who fill'd successively one Place:
23 Yet see the Stream of Virtue run,
24 Untainted down from Sire to Son:
25 Humane their Hearts, enlarg'd, refin'd,
26 With ev'ry Gift to bless their Kind;
27 In Friendship's noblest Zeal sincere;
28 In Honour amiably severe;
29 Steady to Faith, and Truth, and Right;
30 With open Honesty, polite;
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31 With no Disguise in Speech, or Spirit,
32 But Modesty, the Mask of Merit.
33 True, Minos yet you must agree,
34 These Instances conclude for me.
35 They uncorrupt have brearh'd that Air;
36 But how have they succeeded there?

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Title (in Source Edition): News from St. James's.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: virtue; vice; high society; the court
Genres: fable
References: DMI 11547

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Poems on Several Occasions. London: Printed for C. Rivington, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1735, pp. 113-115. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 523; Foxon p. 45)

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