Song LXVI., pp.318-319.

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A Trifling song ye shall hear, 

Begun with a trifle and ended; 

All trifling people draw near, 

And I shall be nobly attended. 

– 

Were it not for trifles a few, 

That lately came into the play, 

The men would want something to do, 

The women want something to say. 

– 

What makes men trifle in dressing? 

Because the ladies, they know, 

Admire, by often caressing 

That eminent trifle, a beau. 

– 

When the lover his moments has trified, 

The trifle of trifles to gain, 

No sooner the virgin is rifled, 

But a trifle shall part them again. 

– 

What mortal wou’d ever be able, 

At Whyte’s half a moment to fit? 

Or who is’t cou’d bear a tea-table, 

Without talking trifles for wit? 

– 

The court is from trifles secure, 

Gold keys are no trifes we see; 

White rods are no trifles I’m sure, 

Whatever their bearers may be. 

– 

But if you will go to the place, 

Where trifles abundantly breed, 

The levee will show you, his grace 

Makes promises trifles indeed! 

– 

A coach with fix footmen behind, 

I count neither trifle nor sin; 

But ye gods! how oft do we find 

A scandalous trifle within? 

– 

A flask of champaign people think it 

A trifle, or something as bad; 

But if you’ll contrive how to drink it, 

You’ll find it no trifle by gad. 

– 

A parson’s a trifle at sea, 

A widow’s a trifle in sorrow, 

A peace is a trifle to day, 

To break it a trifle to morrow. 

– 

A black coat a trifle may cloke, 

Or to hide it the red may endeavour; 

But if once the army is broke, 

We shall have more trifles than ever. 

– 

The stage is a trifle they say, 

The reason pray carry along; 

Because that at every new play, 

The house they with trifles so throng. 

– 

But with people’s malice to trifle, 

And to set us all on a foot; 

The author of this is a trifle, 

And his song is a trifle to boot. 

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