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When TEMPLE deign'd the dread decree to bring,
And stammer'd out the Firmaun of the King:
That pow'r I'll worship as my household god,
Shrink at his frown, and bow beneath his nod;
At every feast his presence I'll invoke,


For him my kitchen fires shall ever smoke.
Not mighty HASTINGS, whose illustrious breath
Can bid a RAJAH live, or give him death,
Though back'd by SCOTT, by BARWELL, PALK, and all
The sable squadron scowling from BENGAL;
Not the bold Chieftain of the tribe of PHIPPS,
Whose head is scarce less handsome than his ship's;

Not bare-breech'd GRAHAM, nor bare-witted Rose, 25
Not even VILLIERS' self shall welcome be,
To dine so oft, or dine so well, as he.


Think not these sighs denote one thought unkind;
Wonder, not Envy, occupies my mind;



Line 14-And stammer'd out the FIRMAUN, &C.] When a language happens to be deficient in a word to express a particular idea, it has been ever customary to borrow one from some good-natured neighbour, who may happen to be more liberally furnished. Our Author, unfortunately, could find no nation nearer than TURKEY, that was able to supply him with an expression perfectly apposite to the sentiment intended to be here conveyed.

Line 25.-Not bare-breech'd GRAHAM.] His Lordship, some time since, brought in a bill to relieve his countrymen from those habiliments which in ENGLAND are deemed a necessary appendage to decorum, but among our more northern brethren are considered as a degrading shackle upon natural liberty. Perhaps, as the noble Lord was then on the point of marriage, he might intend this offering of his epima spolia as an elegant compliment to Hymen.

For well I wot, on that unhappy day,
When BRITAIN mourn'd an empire giv'n away,
When rude impeachments menac'd from afar,
And what gave peace to FRANCE-to us was war;
For awful vengeance Heav'n appear'd to call,
And agonizing Nature mark'd our fall.

Dire change! DUNDAS's cheek with blushes glow'd,
GRENVILLE was dumb, MAHON no frenzy show'd;
Though DRAKE harangu'd, no slumber GILBERT fear'd,
And MULGRAVE's mouth like other mouths appear'd; 40
In vain had BELLAMY prepar'd the meat,

In vain the porter-BAMBER could not eat;
When BURKE arose, no yell the curs began,
And ROLLE, for once, half-seem'd a gentleman:
Then name this god, for to ST. JAMES's Court
Nor gods nor angels often make resort.


In early youth, misled by Honour's rules,
That fancied Deity of dreaming fools,
I simply thought (forgive the rash mistake)
That Kings should govern for their People's sake:
But Reverend JENKY soon these thoughts supprest,
And drove the glittering phantom from my breast;



Line 51.-But Reverend JENKY.] Our Author here, in some measure deviating from his usual perspicuity, has left us in doubt whether the term Reverend is applied to the years or to the profession of the gentleman intended to be complimented. His long experience in the secrets of the CRITICAL REVIEW and BUCKINGHAM HOUSE would well justify the former supposition; yet his early admission into DEACON'S ORDERS will equally support the latter: our readers, therefore, must decide, while we can only sincerely exult in His Majesty's enjoyment of a man

JENKY! that sage, whom mighty GEORGE declares,
Next SCHWELLENBURGEN, great on the back-stairs:
'Twas JENKINSON-ye Deacons, catch the sound !
Ye Treasury scribes, the sacred name rebound!
Ye pages, sing it-echo it, ye Peers!

And ye who best repeat, Right Reverend Seers!
Whose pious tongues no wavering fancies sway,
But, like the needle, ever point one way.




Thrice happy youth! secure from every change,
Thy beasts unnumber'd 'mid the Commons range;
Whilst thou, by Jove's ethereal spirit fir'd,

Or by sweet BRUNSWICK's sweeter breath inspir'd,
Another ORPHEUS every bosom cheer,


And sticks, and stocks, and stones, roar Hear! hear! hear! Rais'd by thy pipe, the savage tribes advance,

And Bulls and Bears in mystic mazes dance ;

For me, no cattle now my steps attend;

E'en PRICE and PRIESTLEY, wearied, scorn their friend; 70
And these twin sharers of my festive board,
Hope of my flock, now seek some richer Lord..

whose whole pious life has been spent in sustaining that beautiful and pathetic injunction of Scripture, "SERVE GOD, AND HONOUR THE "KING."

Line 68.-And Bulls and Bears in mystic mazes dance.] The beautiful allusion here made to that glorious state of doubt and obscurity in which - our youthful Minister's measures have been invariably involved, with its consequent operation on the stockholders, is here most fortunately introduced.What a striking contrast does Mr. PITT's conduct, in this #particular, form to that of the Duke of PORTLAND, Mr. Fox, and your Nother plain matter of fact men!


Sooner shall EFFINGHAM clean linen wear,
Or MORNINGTON without his star appear;
Sooner each prisoner BULLER's law escape;
Sooner shall QUEENSBERRY commit a rape;
Sooner shall PoWNEY, HOWARD's noddle reach;
Sooner shall THURLOW hear his brother preach ;
Sooner with VESTRIS, BOOTLE shall contend;
Sooner shall EDEN not betray his friend;
Sooner DUNDAS an Indian bribe decline;

Sooner shall I my chastity resign;
Sooner shall ROSE than PRETTYMAN lie faster,
Than PITT forget that JENKINSON 's his master.


Yet oft, in times of yore, I've seen thee stand
Like a tall May-pole 'mid the patriot band;
While with reforms you tried each baneful art
To wring fresh sorrows from your Sovereign's heart
That heart, where every virtuous thought is known,
But modestly locks up, and keeps them all his own.


'Twas then that PITT, for youth such warmth allows, To wanton Freedom paid his amorous vows;





Line 83.-Sooner shall Rose than PRETTYMAN lie faster.] This beautiful compliment to the happy art of embellishment, so wonderfully possessed by this par nobile fratrum, merits our warmest applause; and the skill of our author no where appears more conspicuous than in this line, where, in refusing to give to either the pre-eminence, he bestows the ne plus ultra of excellence on both.

Lull'd by her smiles, each offer I withstood,
And thought the greatest bliss my country's good.
'T was pride, not passion, madden'd in my brain,
I wish'd to rival Fox, but wish'd in vain ;
Fox, the dear object of bright Freedom's care,
Fox, still the favourite of the BRITISH fair;
But while with wanton arts the syr en strove
To fix my heart, and wile me to her love,
Too soon 1 found my hasty choice to blame,
-Freedom and Poverty are still the same-
While piles of massy gold his coffers fill,
Who votes subservient to his Sovereign's will.


Enough, break off on RICHMOND I must wait;
And DERBEIG too will think I stay too late:
Yet ere I go, some friendly aid I'd prove,
The last sad tribute of a master's love.

In that fam'd College, where true wisdom's found,
For MACHIAVELIAN policy renown'd,

The pious pastors first fill'd LANSDOWNE's mind
With all the lore for Ministers design'd:

Then mark my words, and soon those Seers shall see
Their fam'd IGNATIUS far outdone in thee:

In every action of your life be shown,
You think the world was made for you alone;
With cautious eye each character survey,
Woo to deceive, and promise to betray:
Let no rash passion Caution's bounds destroy,
And ah! no more appear "THE ANGRY BOY!"







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