Naples, April 16th, 1793.
HOW I love Naples, so frolic, and gay,
Its skies are so bright, so delightful its bay ;
The folk as they chatter impatiently prance,
And seem as if seiz'd with St. Vitus's dance.
E'en the poor Lazzaroni are courtly and nice,
As they quaff a cool cup of their snow flavour'd ice :
They bask in the sun, love their ease, and their jokes,
And tho' they pickpockets are good sort of folks.
Like Venus, the Ladies so charmingly smile,
Or as Eve, when she meant Caro Spo' to beguile ;
How voluptuous the motions, bewitching the air,
Of the sweet Neopolitan languishing fair ;
The breezes sulphureous, they panting inspire,
Like matches of brimstone, each spark gives them fire ;
While a currency dear, they add to their charms,
By shifting each night to a new lover's arms.
* E Molti Averne, they tenderly say,
Choose one out of many, for amorous play ;
But this rigid maxim, discreetly they soften,
By Cangiar Spesso, that's change very often :
Hence Cupid, they say, is still painted with wings,
And Constancy's no where, as METESTAS' sings.
Here tribes of wise Lawyers in robes most decorus,
Snap, wrange, and scold, and bawl in full chorus ;
The client is beggar'd, the knave his cash gathers,
So the fox eats the goose, leaves the farmer the feathers.
'Tis said how a Pope, mov'd by pity divine,
In a famine at Rome, sent to Naples for swine ;
Thirty thousand at least, Marquis Carpio in hope
To save such a herd, yet not anger the Pope,
Devoutly reply'd-Blessed Father I swear,
In Lawyers I'll pay you, the pigs I can't spare.
To Letter 8
N O T E S.
* Molti Averne, un governe, e cangiar spesso.
Let us here return to the sublime conjecture of Franklin, that "mind will one day become omnipotent over matter." If over all other matter, why not over the matter of our own bodies? In a word, Why may not man be one day immortal ? Godwin's Political Justice, v. 2, p. 862.
** The Origin of the Earth, according to Buffon.
Herschel says, (and there cannot be better authority) "if a Comet has any Nucleus, it must be very small ; as there is no instance of a fixed Star having been occulted by a Comet, although transits have been observed, where the Star was nearly in a line with the centre of the Comet."
§ Brunsvicum, has been adopted instead of Georgium, to reconcile the Hanoverian astronomers to the appellation.
§§ This new and eccentric Theory of Creation, was first stated by the late Earl of Orford ; and nobly elucidated by Dr. Darwent, (in his conomy of Vegetation,) the most sublime, and philosophical Poet of this, or any other age.
*** The Mysterious Mother !
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