The Old Court Suburb Or, Memorials of Kensington; Regal, Critical, and Anecdotical Volume 2

The Old Court Suburb Or, Memorials of Kensington; Regal, Critical, and Anecdotical Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ... ladies, with other promenaders of the day, may be seen personally coming forward as if down the walks, in Gay's "Welcome (to Pope) from Greece: " "Of goodly dames, and courteous knights, I view The silken petticoat, and hroider'd Test; Tea, peers and mighty dukes, with ribhands blue, (True blue, fair emblem of unstained breast.) What lady's that to whom he gently bends? Who knows not her? Ah, those are Wortleys eyes. (Lady Mary Wortley Montague.) How art thou honoured, numbered with her friends, For she distinguishes the good and wise. The sweet-tongued Murray near her side attends; (This was afterwards the famous Lord Chief Justice) Now to my heart the glance of Howard flies; Now Hervey, fair of face, I mark full well, (our reader's acquaintance, Lord Hervey, who could hardly have relished this equivocal compliment) With thee, Youth's youngest daughter, sweet Lepell. (who, as we have just seen, became his wife. What Gay means, by calling her "Youth's youngest daughter," we never could make out; unless it was to imply, that young as she was, she was remarkable for the juvenility of her appearance.) I see two lovely sisters, hand in hand, The fair-hair'd Martha, and Teresa brown; (Pope's two favourites, the Miss Blounts) Madge Bellenden, the tallest of the land, And smiling Mary, soft and fair as down. Yonder I see the cheerful Dutchess stand, For friendship, zeal, and blithsome humours known; (Gay's hearty friend, Catharine Hyde, Duchess of Queensbury, who is said to have retained her beauty for nearly a century.) Whence that loud shout in such a hearty strain? Why, all the Hamiltons are in her train. See next, the decent Scudamore advance, With Winchelsea, still meditating song. (Anne Finch, Countess of Winchelsea, a...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236618009
  • 9781236618009