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who were set on each side of two long very obscene ones, and at the top liad tables, I could not observe that their the effrontery to put his name, eyes discovered the least symptoms of if they were his fongs. The next is jollity, that their faces were mere blanks, the grunting genius, and broomstickand they seemed most earnestly looking fiddler ; when he fings, I beg, as I about, as if they wanted something know you can write short-hand, you they could not describe, like curiosity will write down, in your pocket-book in distress, and appeared more like with your pencil, the words of each mourners at Mirth's funeral, than com. verse as he pronounces them. panions fit for fun and merriment. The next is a very fine German-Aute

I told this to my conductor, who player, a good honest fellow, means no whispered me to have a little patience, harm, friendly as far as he can, but has that the stars did not appear loon that an odd whim : he fancies himself to night, but I should see them thine, or have been a great traveller, and imaat least twinkle, by and by; that the gines madam Pompadour and he have company I saw there did not meet to been tete a tete together, and that the make one another merry, but to be grand monarch took a great liking to made merry by others. That these him, and made him great offers, proComus Court meetings were of the vided he would embrace the catholic fame design as Sadlers, where people religion. might fit and smoke, and drink and That fresh-coloured fellow that fol. hear singing, and see all the posture. lows him, is an unaccountable being ; masters and tumblers, and only pay so he has wrote some tolerable drole songs, much for liquor, and have all these co. but spoils them by his attemping to sing mical fancies into the bargain.

he has belonged to both theatres, I enquired who those stars were, and never could make himself of any that we should see by and by. He gave consequence in either ; he has too much me iheir history, as follows.

sense for a fool, and too little to be pru“ There are a set of people about dent. He inight be either better or this town, who, from attending to every worse than he is, if he would take any thing but what they should do, have pains to bring it about. But George made themselves masters of some par- is either unable or unwilling to think as ticular tones, or oddities, that are by he fould do, but lets things come or go, those, who know no better, admired as just as it may happen ; too careless to fine qualifications.

consider of any moment but the preThese people are invited, from club sent, and, grashopper like, merry one to club, by the keepers of the public- half the year, the other half miserable." houses, to play off their fools tricks to all I observed to my companion, that the guests the landlord can jumble toge none of these stars paid as they came ther, one plays with a rowling pin up. in. He told me, the landlord always on a salt box, another can grunt like a franked them, for the tricks they did hog, a third makes his teeth chatter to divert the customers. like a monkey, and thus they each have Now, filence, silence, was bawled out something to make the million laugh, by every one almost in the room, and and put common sense out of counte every body stood up upon the presi: tenance.

dent's rising, who was a very wealthy But here, here, they come take tradesinan formerly, but had ruined notice of their figures as they come in ; himself by attending upon these, and that fellow was originally a journeyman such meetings as these, merely to get Thoemaker, and had the name of the the name of a clever fellow. singing cobbler ; then he turned stroling After most deliberately hitting three player, then publican, and is now, I frokes upon the table with his ham. believe, a publican again.--He latelymer, he began, told the company rublished a volume of songs, several


that he had a toast or two to pro- tleman near him had requested Mr.
pose, and that then Mr. Grunter should Grunter to sing a song ; called,
either give them the organ, the brooin When' Phoebus the tops of the bills
stick, a French horn tune, or a song

does adorn,
firft; but that if he might take the li- This notice was applauded, and le.
berty of speaking before a set of such veral repeated bursts of bravo, bravo,
gentlemen of merit as he saw there, he was heard from different parts of the
prefumed, that if Mr. Grunter opened room, one after the other, occasioning
with a long, it would be molt agreeable. irregular explosions,like the Train-bands.

This speechifying was applauded most firing. vehemently, and a long, a song, a song, My friend whispered me, to get my from my Lord, a song from my Lord, pencil and pocket-book ready for my called out for.

Lord's song.--And after the toast was The president once more took upon drank, he began, and went through the him to inform the company, that a gen- Song as follows, verbatim.

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HEN Phæbe the tops of the hills do adorn,

How sweet is the sound of the ecchoing morn ;
When the mantling Atag is aroused by our found,
Neglecting his ears nimbly sweeps all the ground;
And thinks he has left us behind on the plain,
But still we pursue, now and then come in view
Of the glorious game.

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Ob! see now again, how his ears and his head,
And winged, for fear he is troubled with speed.
But ah, 'tis in vain, 'tis in vain, that he tries,
That his legs lose the huntsmen, his ears lose their eyes,
For now bis itrength fails him, he heavily flies,

And he pants,
Till with well center hounds surrounded he dies.


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A Political Dialigue between Earl Scotus and Lord English.



L AS! if Wilkes, quoth If he immoral be, and lewd,
Sawney Scot,

His politicks may yet be good.
Had been a man without a blot

S. 'Tis true, the fellow's ardent zeal, In character and reputation,

Backd with a ready-writer's skill, His labours might have help'd the nation; My budding hopes would often crop, But what Scotch Laird can heed the And in a manner pound me up; Satire

Till disregarding all such base men,
Of fo extravagant a creature,

I fell to work among the place-men,
Who, while hisfurious zeal uncheckdis, Where presently I made a shift
In principle as well as practice, To turn my enemies a-drift ;,
Molt diffolutely is pursuing

And soon as ever these were fled,
Both his estate's and body's ruin? I placed others in their itead ;
English. My lord, this charge, I un. By which I answer'd all my ends,

Which were, to enrich myself and Is nothing to the point in hand ;


E. And

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E. And was not this, my lord, suf S. In this, my lord, you are mistaken, ficient,

For know, my cause was ne'er forsaken ; (Howe'er your friends may make a pish I'd many friends still left for certain, on't?)

Among the reft, my good friend MTo think, that at your lordship's motion, A man of courage, and as skill'd The known friends of the constitution, As ever pistol-barrel fill’d, Must now give place, by you deterrd, Finding us over-match'd in writing, And Scots and Tories be perferr'd,

Resolu'd to take him off by fighting; S. Those wretches who perceive they And that he surely might his mark hit, are tumbling,

He two months practis'd at a target : Will, questionless, be filled with grum- And finding he, in length and width, bling;

Could shoot within a button's breadth, But what of that ? these murmuring He then resolv'd (don't say its cruel) elves,

To urge the wretch to fight a duel, With all their noise, can't help them. And had the luck (I joy to tell you) selves ;

To shoot the scoundrel through the belly! But after all they've wrote and spoke, Oh ! had he shot him through the liver, They too must bow beneath our Yoke : He should have had my thanks for ever! 'Tis true, proceedings such as those, For, by some secret power upheld, Created me an host of foes ;

It seems the villain is not killid; Who (such was their malignant fpirit) But, 'spite of all his torturing pain, Declar'd a halter was my merit! Is likely to survive again : And that I lould for crimes so ample, Having thus failed in my plot, To future times be an example ! I shall retire with what I've got, Foremost of these (all men of worth) Regardless of the vile effrontry, Your champion, Wilkes, again food Of Wilkes, or any of his country; forth;

But that I may my mind declare, In weekly piece began to rave,

Know this shall be my ardent prayer : And prov'd me -I mean called me May ever M-n- of s-e, knave;

Who'd show his power to be of weight, Expos'd my schemes in every part, Resolve to perpetrate each measure And often vex'd me to the heart. By the laws of his own will and pleaE. But surely had your cause been sure ! found,

And may each one that contradicts him You might, my lord, a friend have Be mark'd a ministerial victim. found,

And fiery vengeance be employd, That could in writing have excell'd him, Till he's converted or destroy'd ! And thus by dint of reasoning quellid Thus have I spoke what I desir'd, him :

And now, my lord, as time's expird, For certainly you'd gain the day, I can't your answer yet receive, If truth and justice led the way. But am constrain'd to take my leave. S. You may, my lord, spare this re

[Exit.] flection,

E.. folus. Proud lord, farewell, you've For I'm above being in subjection

said enough To you or your's; my cause, 'tis true, To show that you are scandal proof; Though good, had advocates but few: But, though you may despise my relish, Yet two brave Jads I chanc'd to hit on, I shall pronounce your doctrine hellich! These were, the Auditor and Brilon, So hellich ! that if it obtains, Who labour'd long, till out of breath, 'Twill bind our very kings in chains ! And Wilkes had hunted them to death ; Our liberties will be entomb'd, For in one week, no one knows whither, And all the land to slavery doom'd! They made their exit both together, But may the almighty aid attend us,

E. Indeed, from this I should imagine And from despotic power defend us ! The cause was bad they did engage in.

A power

A power which would to bondage drive When, full of energy divine, us,

The mighty dupe of all the nine, And of our chiefest good deprive us ! Bids his kite foar on paper wing, And fure, when those whose zeal shall The critick comes, and cuts the string : lead em

Hence dire contention often grows To write in the defence of freedom, Twixt man of verse, and man of pr&res. Shall be deem'd criminals by those While prose-man deems the verse-man Whose wicked measures they expose,

fool, And malice to that height arrives, And measures wit by line and rule, That plots are laid to take their lives, And, as he lops off fancy's limb, 'Tis time the English were alarm’d, Turns executioner of whim; And with a juft resentment warmd, While genius, which too oft disdainis Against the evil day prepard,

To bear e'en honourable chains ; And boldly stood upon their guard ; (Such as a sheriff's self might wear, And that the truth may all be told, Or grace the wisdom of a may's ; We this may as a maxim hold, Turns rebel to dame Reason's throne, That when we're govern’d by aS – hman, And holds no judgment like his own. Each Englishman should be a watchman. Yet while they (patter' mutual dirt, Rochefter, Dec. 21.

J. D. In idle threats, that cannot hurt,

Methinks they waste a deal of time,
Both tool in prose, and fool in rhime,

And when the angry bard exclaims,
E PT G R A M. And calls a thousand paultry names,

He doth his critic mighty wrong, II'rote at Dublin on a late Address, And hurts the dignity of long. wherein the Peace was filed honour.'

The prefatory matter past able and advantageous.

The tale, or story comes at last. SAYS Teague to Paddy, in a tone A candle stuck in faring state outrageous,

Within the nozel of French plate, · The dal burn their hapis ad- Towring aloft with smoaký light, vantageous.'

The snuff and fame of wondrous heighting Paddy, more cool, • They know in En. (For, virgin yet of amputationi

, glane', brother,

No force had check dits inclination.) « We frith speak one thing, and mean Sullen address'd with conscious pride, another.'

The dormant snuffer's at his file. Lucas's Coffee-House, Dublin,


Mean vulgar tools, whose envious aim Jan. 1, 1764.

“: Strikes at the vitals of my flame,
"6 Your rude assaults, shall hurt no more,
" See how my beams triumphant foar !

See how I gayly blaze alone From the St. JAMES'S MAGAZINE. " with frength, with lustre all myown.

“ Luftre, good Sir !" the snuffers cried, The Candle and Snuffers. A Fable. “ Alas! how ignorant is pride! By Robert Lloyd, M A.

“ Thy light which wavers round the O author ever spar'd a brother : Wits are game cocks to one

" Shews as the counterfeit of gloom, “ another."

" Thy snuff which idly tow'rs so high But no antipathy so strong,

" Will waste thy essence by and by, Which acis so fiercely, lasts so long “ Whichi, as I prize thy lustre dear, As that which rages in the breast “ I fain would lop, to make thee clear. Of crilir, and of wit profett :

• Bonft not,old friend, thy random rays, When, eager for some bold emprize, " Thy wafting strength, and quiv'ring Wit, Titan-like, affects the skies,

ri blaze,


4 You

si rooin,


ar You shine but as a beggar's link,

mixture of the five elements, viz. earth, " To burn away, and die in stink, water, fire, light and air, he conftitu. ". No merit waits unsteady light,

ted different bodies, and gave them the You inuft burn true as well as bright". earth for their support. He made the

globe, which we inhabit, in an oval Poet's like candles all are puffers,

form, like an egg. In the midst of the And critics are the candle snuffers.

earth he placed the highest of all moun.

tains, called Merou (that is Immaus.) ** X Adimo was the name of the first man

that came out of the hands of God. From the St. James's MAGAZINE. Procriti was the name of his wife, A. An Account of a curious oriental Manus dimo begot Brama, who was the firit fcript, lately prejented by Mr. de Vol- legislator of nations, and the father of taire, ta the French king's library ;

the Bramins. and supposed to be one of the most an

How many curious things are here tient in the world.

contained in a few words! We are firke

informed of this great truth, that God HE celebrated M. de Voltaire, is the creator of the world. We next

Indian Bramins (in the supplement to of the four ages, of gold, silver, brass his works lately published) informs us of and iron. All the principles of the anhis being possessed of a translation of cient theology are evidently contained one of the most ancient manuscripts in in the Wedam. We see there the dethe world, “ This,' says he, is not luge of Deucalion, which represents no• the Wedam, which is so much talk'd of thing more than the vast pains which in India, and hath never been commu- have been taken in all ages to drain the nicated to the literati of Europe. It is marshes, which the negligence of manthe Ezourwedam, an antient commen- kind have so long permitted to lie untary on the Wedam, composed by the der water. Indeed all the citations great Chumontou. The Wedam itself made from the Wedam, in this manu. is a sacred book, which the Bramins script, are astonishing. Among the pretend to have been dictated by God, rest, are the following admirable senfor the instruction of mankind. The tences. “ God never created vice, he commentary was digested and written cannot be the author of it. God, who by a very learned Bramin, who was occ. is all wisdom and goodness, could be casionally of

great fervice to our India the author of nothing but virtue.” But company, and who tranflated it from one of the most singular passages in the the sacred language into the French Wedam is the following, “ The first tongue.

man, when he came out of the hands In this commentary, Chumontou, of God, said this to his Maker. As its author, combats idolatry, and quotes, there will necessarily be different occuthe express words of the Wedam. pations for mankind on earth, and, as “ God is that supreme being, who hath all will not be equally formed for each, created all things, animate and inani- how are they to be distinguished and mate; he hath formed four different adapted ? To this the creator replied, ages ; every thing perishes at the end those who are born with the greatest unof each age; all is submerged, and the derstanding, and with a greater inclipassage from one age to another is by a nation to virtue than others, will be. deluge,&c.” “When God exifted alone, come Bramins. Those who have the and no other being existed with him, greater share of Rosogoun, that is to be formed the design of creating the say of ambition, will be warriors. Those Korld : at first he created time, after who share most of the Tomogun, or wards water and earth : and out of the avarice, will be merchants; and those


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