Rome, January 15th, 1793.
ING eulogiums to him who divinely presides,
Who to Manna celestial the Catholic guides ;
And in this vale of tears, often puzzles his head,
To provide his good people with flesh-meat and bread.
His prefect adopts a benignant device,
To oblige all the farmers to sell at his price ;
If they will not comply, they must home with their grain,
So he lords o'er the harvest, and ruins the swain.
Yet the poor squalid peasants seem ill at their ease,
Since they cannot dispose of their crops as they please ;
In dirt, and in rags, they are constantly seen,
And in hovels repine, wretched, filthy and mean ;
Where they starve, tho' they pray with their children and wife,
And hope for a change, when they're rid of this life ;
As amidst the vine's shade, they taste nothing but woe,
And for them, neither grapes, nor the oranges grow ;
The Pope here deprives them of comfort and rest,
That they may have a chance to be finally blest.
SEE yonder brilliant Rocket rise,
To mingle with its kindred skies,
And blend congenial fire.
But soon its vivid lustre's gone,
Its dazzling glories fade,
The path is lost, through which it shone,
The stick in dust is laid.
So love bestows the grace and air,
And our dear delusive charms,
That sweetly deck the maiden fair,
But vanish in our arms.
'Tis Fancy throws her magic round,
Marriage displays the trick ;
The Angel and the Rocket's found,
But Woman and a stick !
To Letter 7
N O T E S.
* A peculiar species of mild Ecclesiastical punishment ; the culprit is hoisted up by a cord and pulley, and suddenly let down; by which his joints are dislocated, and he is often disabled for life.
A bajock is a Roman coin, near the value of a halfpenny.
** Pope Razzonico.The reader is referred to a most curious and authentic account of the Temporal Government of the Pope's State, published by Johnson, 1788.
An Extraordinary Gazette, with an account of this miracle, properly vouched, was published by the Pope's authority, and distributed gratis among the People.
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