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it a bounce-sure a poet may try,
To go on with my tale-as I gaz'd on the Haunch, I thought of a friend that was trusty and stanch, So I cut it, and sent it to Reynolds undressed, To paint it, or eat it, just as he lik'd best. Of the neck and the breast I had next to dispose; 'Twas a neck and a breast that might rival Monroe's ; But in parting with these I was puzzled again, With the how, and the who, and the where, and the when. There's II-d, and C-y, and II-rth, and II—ff, I I think they love ven’son—I know they love beef. There's my countryman, Higgins-Oh! let him alone, For making a blunder or picking a bone. But hang it—to poets who seldom can eat, Your very good mutton's a very good treat; Such dainties to them, their health it might hurt; It's like sending them ruffles, when wanting a shirt. While thus I debated, in reverie centred, An acquaintance, a friend as he call’d himself, enter'd; An under bred, fine-spoken fellow was he, And he smil'd as he look'd at the Ven'son and me.||
* Lord Clare's nephew.
† [" There's Coley, and Williams, and lIoward, and Hiff."--First edit.)
(Dr. Paul Hiffernan. For an account of this eccentric character, see Life, ch. xx.]
$ ["Such dainties to them! It would look like a flirt.
Like rending 'em rull's when wanting a shirt."-First edit.) ("A fine-spoken Custom house officer he,
Who smil'd as he gaz'd on the Ven son and me." - Ibid.)
« What have we got hee?-Why, this is good eatirng !
“ If that be the case then,” cried he, very gay,
you take a poor dinner with me;
Left alone to reflect, having emptied my shelf,
• ["I'll take no denial-you shall and you must.” — First edit.)
† [" No words, my dear Goldsmith! my very good friend !"— Ibid.) 1 See the Letters that passed between his Royal Highness Henry, Duke of Cumberland, and Lady Grosvenor. 12mo. 1769.
So next day, in due splendor to make my approach,
When come to the place where we all were to dine, (A chair-lumber'd closet, just twelve feet by nine ;) My friend bade me welcome, but struck me quite dumb, With tidings that Johnson and Burke would not come; “For I knew it," he cried, "both eternally fail, The one with his speeches, and t'other with Thrale; But no matter, I'll warrant we'll make
ир With two full as clever, and ten times as hearty. The one is a Scotchman, the other a Jew, They both of them merry, and authors like you; The one writes the 'Snarler,' the other the Scourge :' Some think he writes · Cinna'-he owns to · Panurge.'” While thus he describ’d them by trade and by name, They enter'd, and dinner was sery'd as they came.
At the top a fried liver and bacon were seen, At the bottom was tripe, in a swingeing tureen; At the sides there was spinage, and pudding made hot; In the middle, a place where the Pasty-was not. Now, my Lord, as for tripe, it's my utter aversion, And your
bacon I hate like a Turk or a Persian ; So there I sat stuck like a horse in a pound, While the bacor and liver went merrily round; But what vex'd me most was that d-'d Scottish rogue, With his long-winded speeches, his smiles and his brogue, And, “Madam," quoth he, “ may this bit be my poison, A prettier dinner I never set eyes on ! Pray a slice of your liver, though may I be curst, But I've eat of your tripe till I'm ready to burst."
[" Who dabble and write in the papers like you.'.- First edit. )
"The tripe," quoth the Jew, with his chocolate cheek,
(" Your tripe !" quoth the Jew, “is the truth I may speak,
I could eat of this tripe seven days in the week,” -First edit.)
† (Lord Clare was a man of parts, a poet, and a facetious companion. Almon observes, that his poems breathe the true Horation fire, but are more than half unknown. A volume of them was published anonymously by Dodsley in 1739, entitled “Odes and Epistles.” Several other poems of his Lordship are printed in Dodsley's Collection, and in the New Foundling Hospital for Wit. His only daughter married the first Marquis of Buckingham, on whose second son the title of Baron Nugent dewolved. He died in 17-8.- See Nichols, Lit. Anec , vol. viii p 2, and Croker's Boswell, vol. ii. p. 123.)