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To Mrs. CLAYTON, With a HARE.

1 A 'Squire who long had fed on ale,
2 (Or thick or clear, or mild or stale,
3 Concerns us not,) a hunting goes,
4 Last Thursday morn', ere Phebus rose,
5 Headlong he rides full many a mile,
6 O'er many a hedge, and many a stile;
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7 Dire horror spread where'er he came,
8 And frighten'd all his Lordship's game:
9 Nay hares and foxes yet unborn
10 May rue the hunting of that morn '.
11 A luckless Hare at length pass'd by;
12 The dogs take scent, away they fly;
13 Tears and intreaties come too late,
14 Poor puss, alas! submits to fate.
15 One boon she begs before she dies,
16 "And pray what's that?" the 'Squire replies.
17 Only when this my house of clay,
18 Shall to the hounds become a prey,
19 (As soon, ah cruel hounds! it must,)
20 And these sad eyes return to dust;
21 May this my last request be heard,
22 And decently my corps interr'd
23 Within a concave basket's womb,
24 With this inscription on my tomb;
25 To Mrs. Clayton, Poland Street
26 Bear me, ye porters! while I'm sweet.
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27 And now farewel what once was mine!
28 With pleasure I these fields resign:
29 Happy, if that good Lady owns
30 My flesh was good, and picks my bones.


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Title (in Source Edition): To Mrs. CLAYTON, With a HARE.
Author: Mary Jones
Themes: happiness; fate

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Jones, Mary, d. 1778. Miscellanies in Prose and Verse. By Mary Jones. Oxford: Printed; and delivered by Mr. Dodsley in Pall-Mall, Mr. Clements in Oxford, and Mr. Frederick in Bath, MDCCL., 1750, pp. 50-52. vi,[1],xlv,[1],405p. (ESTC T115196) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 1723].)

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