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From whom eternal mutual railing flows;
60 Do strangers deign to serve thee; what their praise ? Their
generous services thy murmurs raise. What fiend malign, that o'er thy air presides, Around from breast to breaft inherent glides, And, as he glides, there scatters in a trice The lurking seeds of every rank device? Let foreign youths to thy indentures run! Each, each will prove, in thy adopted son, Proud, pert, and dull-though brilliant once from
schools, Will scorn all learning's as all virtue's rules; And, though by nature friendly, honest, brave, Turn a lly, selfith, fimpering, sharping knave. Boast petty.courts, where 'stead of fluent ease, Of cited precedents and learned pleas; Stead of fage counsel in the dubious cause, 75 Attornies, chattering wild, burlesque the laws (So Ihameless quacks, who doctors rights invade, Of jargon and of poison form a trade, o
So canting coblers, while from tubs they teach,
95 Imprison'd languishes, imprison'd dies.
Boast swarming vessels, whose plebeian state
Boast thy base * Tolsey, and thy turn-Spit dogs,
105 Huns, Goths, and Vandals, were but types of thee.
Proceed, great Bristol, in all-righteous ways,
* A place where the merchants used to meet to transact their affairs before the Exchange was erected. See Gentleman's Magazine, Vol. XIII. p. 496.
| Halliers are the persons who drive or own the Sledges, which are here uled instead of carts.