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ON BEAU NASH'S PICTURE AT BATH, by                
First Line: The old egyptians hid their wit
Last Line: But folly's at full length.
Subject(s): Nash, Beau (1674-1761)


The old Egyptians hid their wit
In hieroglyphic dress,
To give men pains to search for it,
And please themselves with guess.

Moderns, to tread the self-same path,
And exercise our parts,
Place figures in a room at Bath, --
Forgive them, God of Arts!

Newton, if I can judge aright,
All wisdom doth express;
His knowledge gives mankind new light.
And swells their happiness.

Pope is the emblem of true wit,
The sunshine of the mind;
Read o'er his works for proof of it,
You'll endless pleasure find.

Nash represents man in the mass,
Made up of wrong and right;
Sometimes a knave, sometimes an ass,
Now blunt, and now polite.

The picture, placed the busts between,
Adds to the thought much strength;
Wisdom and Wit are little seen,
But Folly's at full length.

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