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MERRY ANDREW.

1 Sly Merry Andrew, the last Southwark Fair
2 (At Barthol'mew He did not much appear;
3 So peevish was the Edict of the May'r.)
4 At Southwark, therefore, as his Tricks He show'd,
5 To please our Masters, and his Friends, the Croud;
6 A huge Neats-Tongue He in his Right Hand held:
7 His Left was with a good Black-Pudding fill'd.
8 With a grave Look, in this odd Equipage,
9 The clownish Mimic traverses the Stage:
10 Why how now, Andrew! cries his Brother Droll,
11 To-Day's Conceit, methinks, is something dull:
12 Come on, Sir, to our worthy Friends explain,
13 What does Your Emblematic Worship mean?
14 Quoth Andrew; Honest English let Us speak:
15 Your Emble- (what d'ye call't?) is Heathen Greek.
16 To Tongue or Pudding Thou hast no Pretence:
17 Learning Thy Talent is; but Mine is Sense.
18 That busie Fool I was, which Thou art now;
19 Desirous to correct, not knowing how;
20 With very good Design, but little Wit,
21 Blaming or praising Things, as I thought fit.
22 I for this Conduct had what I deserv'd;
23 And dealing honestly, was almost starv'd.
24 But Thanks to my indulgent Stars, I Eat;
25 Since I have found the Secret to be Great.
26 O dearest Andrew, says the humble Droll,
27 Henceforth may I Obey, and Thou Controll:
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28 Provided Thou impart Thy useful Skill.
29 Bow then, says Andrew; and, for once, I will.
30 Be of your Patron's Mind, whate'er He says;
31 Sleep very much; Think little; and Talk less:
32 Mind neither Good nor Bad, nor Right nor Wrong;
33 But Eat your Pudding, Slave; and Hold your Tongue.
34 A Rev'rend Prelate stopt his Coach and Six,
35 To laugh a little at our Andrew's Tricks.
36 But when He heard him give this Golden Rule;
37 Drive on; (He cry'd) This Fellow is no Fool.

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Title (in Source Edition): MERRY ANDREW.
Author: Matthew Prior
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Genres: narrative verse

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Poems on Several Occasions [English poems only]. London: Printed for JACOB TONSON at Shakespear's-Head over against Katharine-Street in the Strand, and JOHN BARBER upon Lambeth-Hill. MDCCXVIII., 1718, pp. 194-195. [42],506,[6]p.: ill.; 2°. (ESTC T075639)

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