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When TEMPLE deign'd the dread decree to bring,
For him my kitchen fires shall ever smoke.
Not bare-breech'd GRAHAM, nor bare-witted Rose, 25
Think not these sighs denote one thought unkind;
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,
Dire change! DUNDAS's cheek with blushes glow'd,
In vain the porter-BAMBER could not eat;
In early youth, misled by Honour's rules,
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,
And ye who best repeat, Right Reverend Seers!
Thrice happy youth! secure from every change,
Or by sweet BRUNSWICK's sweeter breath inspir'd,
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
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,
Sooner shall I my chastity resign;
Yet oft, in times of yore, I've seen thee stand
'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,
Enough, break off on RICHMOND I must wait;
In that fam'd College, where true wisdom's found,
The pious pastors first fill'd LANSDOWNE's mind
Then mark my words, and soon those Seers shall see
In every action of your life be shown,