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1. HE Fleminead; or Female
II. On the Female Right to Lite-
III. To the Prince of Orange, on
his passing through Oxford 24
IV. TÖ Mr. Pope.
V. To Dean Swift, on his Birth-
VI. To the Right Hon. the Lady
Margaret Cavendish Harley
VII. To a Lady, sent with a pre-
sent of Shells and Stones 34
VIII. To a Lady, in answer to a
Letter written in a very fine
IX. To a Lady, on a Landscape
of her drawing
X. To a young Lady who paints
very well, &c.
XI. TO Miss Charlotte Collins,
XII. To a young Lady, with
Fontenelle's Plurality of Worlds 47
XIII. Toa Friend. By Mrs. Carter 52
XIV. To Myrtilis. The New
Xv. To a young Lady, on her
playing upon the Harpsichord 57
XVI. To Mrs. Crewe
XVII. To the Rt. Hon. H. Pelham 61
XVIII. On the Royal Nuptials 64
XIX. On the death of K. Geo. II.
and Accession of K. Geo. III. 63
XX. On the Marriage of King
George III. and Q Charlotte 73
XXI. TO Mr. Whitehead, on his
being made Poet-Laureat 77
XXII. TO Mr. Garrick
XXIII. Nature to Dr. Hoadly 85
XXIV. To Mr. Garrick, on his
erecting a Statue to Shakspere 87
XXV. To Mr. Garrick, on re-
ceiving his Portrait painted by
XXVI. To David Garrick, Esq.
at Mount Edgcumbe
XXVII. Mr. Garrick's Answer 94
XXVIII. Upon Mr. Mason's
XXIX. To Mr. Garrick on meet-
ing him at Mr. Rigby's 98
XXX. Mr. Garrick's Answer 1 လာ
XXXI. To Colonel (afterwards
XXXU. Dennis to Mr. Thomson los
XXXIII. To Sir Godfrey Kneller 106
XXXIV. To the Duke of Marl-
XXXV. To Lord Carteret III
XXXVI. Oa Sir Robert Wal-
XXXVII. To his Grace the Duke
XXXVIII. To the Author of a
Panegyric on Mrs. G. Butler 119
XXXIX. By the Rt. Hon. the
Earl of Carlisle on his School-
Fellows while at Eton
XL. To the Earl of Carlisle, oc-
casioned by the preceding
XLI. TO Mr. Cungreve. Ву
XLII. To the Author of Clarissa 129
XLIII. To Mis. Bindon. Ву
the Hon. Sir C. H. Williams,
XLIV. Mrs. Bindon's Answer 135
XLV. Sir Charles's Reply 137
XLVI. To a Lady
XLVII. To Lady Mary Cham-
XLVIII. To the Lady Marchio-
XLIX. To a Lady, with a Pre-
sent of Pope's Works
L. To a Lady. Sent her with
Lord Lansdowne's Heroic
LI. To a Lady, with a Book of
LII. To three amiable Sisters
LIII. To a young Lady, on pre-
senting the Author with a
Lock of her Hair
LIV. To a Lady making a Pin
LV. To a Lady, with a pair of
LVI. To a Lady, with a Bouch of
an Oranje Tree
LVII. Written at the request of
a Gentleman to whom a Lady
had given a Sprig of Myrtle 152
LVIII. To a Lady, with a present
of a Knife
LIX. From a Gentleman, on the
late Anniversary of his Wed-
LX. To a young Lady, on seeing
LXI. Lo a Lady, on asking the
author's opinion of Friendship 166
LXII. To a Lady. Ey the Rev.
LXIII. Tó Lord Hervey. By
M, De Voltaire
LXIV. A Birth-day Offering to
a young Lady
LXV. TO Corinna.
LXVI. To Camilla By the same 176
LXVII. To Clariss. By the same 179
Notes on Epistics Panegyrical
Author of Pamela, Clarissa, and Grandison.
WRITTEN IN THE YEAR MDCCLI.
Shall lordly man, the theme of every lay,
Usurp the muse's tributary bay ?
In kingly state on Pindus' summit sit,
Tyrant of verse, and arbiter of wit ?
By Salic law the female right deny,
And view their genius with regardless eye ?
Justice forbid ! and every muse inspire
To sing the glories of a sister-choir !
Rise, rise, bold swain; and to the listening grove
Resound the praises of the sex you love;
Tell how, adorn'd with every charm, they shine,
In mind and person equally divine,
'Till man, no more to female merit blind,
Admire the person, but adore the mind.
To these weak strains, O thou! the sex's friend And constant patron, Richardson! attend ! Thou, who so oft with pleas'd, but anxious care, Hast watch'd the dawning genius of the fair, With wonted smiles wilt hear thy friend display The various graces of the female lay; Studious from folly's yoke their minds to free, And aid the generous cause espous'd by thee.
Long o'er the world did Prejudice maintain, By sounds like these, her undisputed reign : “ Woman! she cried, to thee, indulgent heaven Has all the charms of outward beauty given : Be thine the boast, unrival'd, to enslave The great, the wise, the witty, and the brave; Deck'd with the Paphian rose's damask glow, And the vale-lily's vegetable snow, Be thine, to move majestic in the dance, To roll the eye, and aim the tender glance, Or touch the strings, and breathe the melting song, Content to emulate that airy throng, Who to the sun their painted plumes display, And gaily glitter on the hawthorn spray,
Or wildly warble in the beechen grove,
Careless of aught but music, joy, and love."
Heavens! could such artful, slavish sounds beguile The freeborn sons of Britain's polish'd isle ? Could they, like fam’d Ulysses' dastard crew, Attentive listen, and enamor'd view, Nor drive the Syren to that dreary plain, In loathsome pomp, where eastern tyrants reign ; Where each fair neck the yoke of slavery galls, Clos'd in a proud seraglio's gloomy walls, And taught, that levell’d with the brutal kind, Nor sense, nor souls to women are assign'd.
Our British nymphs with happier omens rove,
At freedom's call, thro' wisdom's sacred grove,
And, as with lavish hand each sister grace
Shapes the fair form, and regulates the face,
Each sister muse, in blissful union join'd,
Adorns, improves, and beautifies the mind,
Even now fond fancy in our polish'd land
Assembled shows a blooming, studious band:
With various arts our reverence they engage,
Some turn the tuneful, some the moral page,
These, led by Contemplation, soar on high,
And range the heavens with philosophic eye;
While those, surrounded by a vocal choir,
The canvas tinge, or touch the warbling lyre.