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1 WHAT village but has often seen
2 The clumsy shape, the frightful mien,
3 Tremendous claws, and shagged hair,
4 Of that grim brute, yclep'd a Bear?
5 He from his dam, as wits agree,
6 Receiv'd the curious form you see;
7 Who with her plastic tongue alone
8 Produc'd a visage like her own.
9 By which they hint, in mystic fashion,
10 The powerful force of education.
11 Perhaps yon rural tribe is viewing,
12 E'en now, the strange exploits of Bruin;
13 Who plays his anticks, roars aloud,
14 The wonder of a gaping crowd!
15 So have I known an aukward lad,
16 Whose birth has made a parish glad,
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17 Forbid, for fear of sense, to roam;
18 And taught by kind mamma at home;
19 Who gives him many a well-try'd rule,
20 With ways and means to play the fool.
21 In sense the same, in stature higher,
22 He shines, ere long, a rural squire;
23 Pours forth unwitty jokes, and swears,
24 And bawls and drinks but chiefly stares!
25 His tenants of superior sense
26 Carouse and laugh at his expence;
27 And sure the pastime I'm relating
28 Must prove as pleasant as Bear-baiting.


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Title (in Source Edition): A SIMILE.
Themes: domestic life; family; animals
References: DMI 27238

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Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764. A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. V. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 45-46. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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