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On observing some Names of little note recorded in the Biographia Britannica.
OH, fond attempt to give a deathless lot
So when a child, as playful children use,
Of an adjudged Case, not to be found in any of the Books.
BETWEEN Nose and Eyes a strange contest arose,
The point in dispute was, as all the world knows,
So Tongue was the lawyer, and argued the cause
In behalf of the Nose it will quickly appear,
And your lordship, he said, will undoubtedly find, That the Nose has had spectacles always in wear, Which amounts to possession time out of mind. IV.
Then holding the spectacles up to the court.
Your lordship observes they are made with a straddle
As wide as the ridge of the Nose is; in short,
Again, would your lordship a moment suppose,
On the whole it appears, and my argument shows,
Then shifting his side, (as a lawyer knows now,)
So his lordship decreed, with a grave solemn tone,
By the Mob, in the month of June, 1780
So then the Vandals of our isle,
And Murray sighs o'er Pope and Swift,
The well-judged purchase and the gift,
That grac'd his letter'd store.
Their pages mangled, burnt, and torn,
The loss was his alone;
But ages yet to come shall mourn
The burning of his own.
ON THE SAME.
WHEN Wit and Genius meet their doom
In all-devouring flame,
And bid us fear the same.
O'er Murray's loss the muses wept,
Yet bless'd the guardian care that kept
His sacred head from harm.
There mem'ry, like the bee, that's fed
From Flora's balmy store,
The quintessence of all he road
Had treasur'd up before.
The lawless herd, with fury blind,
The flow'rs are gone-but still we find
LOVE OF THE WORLD REPROVED;
OR, HYPOCRISY DETECTED.*
THUS says the prophet of the Turk-
There is a part in every swine
He meant not to forbid the head;
Thus conscience freed from ev'ry clog,
* It may be proper to inform the reader, that this piece has already appeared in print, having found its way, though with some unnecessary additiors by an unknown hand, into the Leeds Journal, without the author's privity.