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DEATH too many for the DOCTOR.
Na late publication "The Doctor difmiffing Death" (see our Magazine for December laft) the artift has whimfically reprefented the emaciated patient retired to a country village, where the grim tyrant purfues him; however, in this falubrious retreat, the valetudinarian sets him at defiance, whilft the Doctor at his back, like Sterne's centinel on Pont-neuf, puts on a formidable countenance, and levels his harquebus in the form of a huge fyringe at the impertinent intruder, who retires from the window, into which he firft peeped, with a farcaftic grin at his medical adversary.
In the prefen fcene, however, Death is 100 many for the Doctor, the patient is reprefented as returned to his town refidence, and forgetful of his late wonderful escape, relapfes into his ormer courfe of diffipation, in confequence of which, notwithstanding his friend the Dotor (armed with a clyfterpipe, and a maazine of noftrums at his back) has victoruly triumphed over cold and vapours; Lath attacks him with a hoft of foes.—Eft, Luxury crowned with a ducal coronet, attended by his conftant companion Apopley, feizes the terrified Doctor by the thre, and is trampling him to the ground. Iithe front advances allconquering Love, ipping the gay fantafticround in a minuet p; his brows adorned with a fashionable lume of feathers a la Landre; this littlelind urchin bids defiance to the Doctoi skill, and displays on his banner the wellhown motto "Omnia vincit amor." In e rere Fever, brandifhing his flaming to, leads on a troop of hoftile spectres, armevith darts and fiery brands, fhouting in trnph at the fuccefs of their victorious all-nquering monarch, who, when in downrit earnest is not, by Hib. Mag. Jan. 178
any means, to be put off.He is as inex orable and as determined as a Police Confta ble with a preventive commiffion in his pocket, in an attack upon a wretched pedlar's pack, who could not produce a license; or a four unrelenting Bailiff at the back of an unfortunate defenceless debtor, without the means of making an escape, or money to bribe him.
No doubt on't, a fomnambulizing Efculapius may put you to fleep with the touch of his titillating magnet, inspire you with medical knowledge, and a prophetic spirit, and make you prefcribe for yourfelf; however, even this fupernatural Doctor will be of little avail if the bare-boned fpe&re should refufe to coincide.Some there were, indeed, who have been enamoured with the horrid sprite, and have actually woord and folicited his acquaintance, and the monster is eafy enough of access, for an ounce and a half of lead;-a couple of yards of cordage;
a certain potion of liquid laudanum ;—a poignard, or a pond, will conduct a poor mortal to his gloomy dominions in a trice. Few, however, covet his company, as the generality of mankind think he is rather too free of his own accord, and makes too quick advances, by fending his odious heralds before him, in the different forms of afihmas, coughs, gouts, fevers, agues and declines, which are certain indications of his near approach; indeed we have known a dance and a glafs of cold water to attract his attention as readily as a large quantity of the pernicious pure native, which never fails to bring the caitiff forward; indeed he has brought almost as many to his dreary regi ons by morning cordials, often repeated, as by peftilence, war, or famine, efpecially of the lower orders of people. Some have