To taſte awhile the Pleaſures of a Court;
In various Talk th' instructive hours they paſt,
Who gave a Ball, or paid the Viſit laſt:
One ſpeaks the Glory of the Britiſh Queen,
And one deſcribes a charming Indian Screen;
A third interprets Motions, Looks, and Eyes;
At ev'ry Word a Reputation dies.
Snuff, or the Fan, ſupply each Pauſe of Chat,
With ſinging, laughing, ogling, and all that.
The Sun obliquely ſhoots his burning Ray;
The hungry Judges ſoon the Sentence ſign,
And Wretches hang that Jury-men may Dine;
The Merchant from th' 'Exchange returns in Peace,
And the long Labours of the Toilette ceaſe——
Belinda now, whom Thirſt of Fame invites,
Burns to encounter two adventrous Knights,