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Countess de Luftanou.". This lady was His Majesty's mistress, and no doubt knew the value of the secret too well not to sell it for a handsome bribe. She was banished from the capital after the King's death.Such are the effe&s of secret influence.
[From the British Press.]
-, Esq. a hot fiery animal, extremely vicious, apt to lash out behind, and a great biter. Courier was got by Jacobin, dam by Guillotine, grand-dam by Regicide, and great-grand dam by Robespierre, out of an old Cade mare.
In 1793, Courier proved himself a colt of great promise, having diltanced Telegraph, a capital horse of the day, for the sweepstakes over the Revolution course. After long performance, with various fuccefs, he broke down in a match againit Loyalty, Britannia, and John Bull. It is a curious circumstance in the history of the turf, that Courier, in his prime, was always rode by a French jockey, and was never once backed by a true Englishman. He is very awkward in his paces, steps badly, dishes, and throws up The dirt in every diredion. He is hard mouthed, and has more than once swallowed the bit in running. It is, therefore, very unfate to ride him, vpless with a curb. For some time he has been driven in a tandeni; took the whip kindly, and was found to go tolerably well in harness. Last season he was hunted with a pack of Fox hounds; but he wanted both speed and bottom; was dull and fluggish, and thrown out in the chase. In a recent plunge, Courier ran against a very strong Cabinet, by which he broke his chest, and is
now considered by the knowing ones quite down before. Since that accident, he certainly stands very awkwardly, and appears also touched in the wind, or what the jockies call a roarer. His owners are anxious to have his ears foxed; but we think he is more in need of cropping and docking, and that these operations would greatly improve his appearance. Under thefe circumstances, it is evident that Courier is no longer fit for the road, the car, or the course; but as he is in good condition, and has a deal of hard food in his belly, he may be worthy the notice of some cat and dog's meat man. It is, besides, not impoffible, that with good keeping, a hackney coachman, who is a good whip, might be able to work a few jobs out of him ftill.
(From his Pofthumous Works.]
Half so delightful as a wife,
The stream polluted, dark and dull,
THE BACCHANALIAN RIVALS. TWO Aétors who jovially bow to the shrine
Of the god who presides o'er the fruit of the vice, In order the bill most attractive to make, Disputed what plays they should mutually take; Till at length (surely tippling gives exquisite picasure) They fate down, and agreed to take " Meafure for Meafure." Garrick's Head.
Now blooming youth around appear,
Because I fiil presunie to love!
At length I strove a kiss to gain,
Oh ! how 1 longid 10 feep again!!!
FROM THE SAME.
Ροδανθειους πήχεσιν 2. up.C0201.-Anthol. B. 7. WHAT wouldft thou I thould do, I pray,
What wouldft thou, twitt'ring Swallow, fay!
FROM THE GREEK OF ANACREON.
AH! Hy me not, thou lovely fair !
But let iny passion be return'd,
* According to the Greek, Cul off your tongue, as Tereus formerly did, -The fable is well known.
Ille- -comprensam forcipe linguam,
Abftulit ense ferox.-----Metam. l. 5. f. 9. + This idea is an improvement on A'nacreon, borrowed from Petrarch, who talking of his Laura's growing old, makes this pretty antithefis ; E i cape' d'oro fin farsi d'argento.--Son. xi.
In thee the flow'rs of beauty breathe,
Yet ne'er despise thefe locks of mine;
How sweet the rose and lily twine !
OF Bacchus fair I fain would sing,
And rapt'rous strike the founding ftring;
FROM A GENTLEMAN, IN REPLY TO THE REBUKE OP
A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, TO WHOM HE HAPPENED TO
[From the Morning Chronicle.]
HY thus, lovely Ven;is, on Bacchus look cold?
This lovel est when young--that brightest-when old ::