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Rais'd the Fat Knight by his creative brain,
B. Thou vie with Shakespeare ? Thou Supreme
K. What, if these glories tamely I resign,
On what base wretches names may fall at last!
More and much more the warring Poets said, When Griffin issued forth from Garrick's Head. End, end your Strife, he cried ; come in, and dine! Mince-pyes invite, plump Turkey, and fat Chine. On Johnson, Goldsmith, Reynolds, vent your rage ; Attack the Arts, Church, Army, Bar or Stage! Join in the Cheer a merry Christmas sends, Write Grub-street Chronicles, and live good Friends!
ON SETTING OUT FOR BATH.
Dec. 31, 1785.
WHAT! Pally and Gout both at once on my
back? Alas, on a Dwarf what a Giant Attack ! Even comforts themselves as new plagues I endure, When the Palfy's my ill, and the Gout is my cure. Richmond, Dec. 19, 1785.
A FRENCH MAXIM IN PROSE.
February 11, 1786. A Marriage est une chose tres serieuse; on ne peut
pas trop penser. Heureux celui qui pense toute fa vie!
IMITATED IN ENGLISH VERSE. “ Wife, or No Wife?"-A serious doubt indeed! We cannot pause too long ere we proceed : Thrice happy He, that ponders on a Wife, Who pauses long, and pauses all his Life!
& EPIGRAM FROM MARTIAL:
March 9, 1786.
NOSSES jocosa dulce cum facrum Flora,
Gur in theatrum, Cato fevere, venisti? An ideo tantnm 'veneras, ut exires ?
Knowing the Farce on Flora's Festal Day, Why, rigid Cato, cam'ft thou to the Play ? Foe to the Drama, cam'ft thou to perplex it, Or but to make thy Entrance and thy Exit ?
THE Τ Η Ε
L A U REA T.
Α Ν Ο D Β.
April 11, 1786.
WARTON, I know you'll ne'er repine
That Witlings carp at ev'ry line,
Each rival Dunce cry'd fie on!
The Prince of Fops and Folly;