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POETRY. THE OLDM A I D'S PRAYER TO DIANA. S¡XC'E ihou and the stars, my dear Goddess, de- cree, That, old maid as am, old maid I mast be, ¡ Oh hear the petition ( offer to thee, I for to bear it muct he my endeavour; From the grief of my friendship, alt dropping around, Till nor one whom I loved in my youth can he found, from the legacy-hunters that near us abound, DIAVA, thy servant deliver", I From the scorn of the joung, or the flouts of the gay, I From all the rrite ridicule rattled away j By the pert ones who know nothing better to say (Or a spirit to laugh at them give her;) from repining at fancied neglected desert, Or rain of a civil speech, bridling alert, From finical nicene. or slatternly dirt, DIAN-A, thy servant detiwer From over -solicifoue guarding of pelf, From humour unchecked, that most pestilent elf, From every unsocial attention to self, Or ridiculous whim whatsoever From the vapourish freaks or methodical airs, Apt to ii),-at io a braio that's exempted from cares, From impertinent meddling in others' affairs, Diana, thy seruot deliver I From the erring attachments of desolate souls, From the love of spadille and of inatadore voles, Or, of lap dogs, and parrots, and monkeys, and owls, Be they ne'er so uncommon and clever But chief from the love of all loveliness flown, Which makes the dim eye condescend to look down, On some ape of a fop, or some owl of a clown, DIANA, thy servant deliver 1 From spleen at bebokJingthe yollug more ca- rest, From pettish asperity, tartly express'd, From scandal, detraction, and ev'ry such pest, From all, thy true arrant deliver-; Nor lei satisfaction depart from her lot, Let her siog if at ease, and be patient if not Be pleas'd when recorded, content when forgot, Till Fate her slight thread shall dissever

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