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William Gifford, the son of a plumber and farthing on earth, nor a friend to give me glazier, who dissipated his property by intempe pen, ink, and paper, therefore, (in despite of the rance and extravagance, was born at Ashburton, in frippant remark of Lord Orford,) were, for the most Devonshire, in April, 1755. Ile lost his father part, as completely out of my reach as a crown and when only twelve years of age, and in about a sceptre. There was, indeed, a resource ; but the year afterward his mother died, leaving himself utmost caution and secrecy were necessary in apand an infant brother, “ without a relation or friend plying to it. I beat out pieces of leather as smooth in the world.” The latter was sent to the work- / as possible, and wrough my problems on them house, and the subject of our memoir was received with a blunted awl; for the rest, my memory was into the house of his godfather, who put him to tenacio and I could multiply and divide by it school for about three months, but at the end of to a great extent." that period took him home, with the view of em Under the same unfavourable circumstances, he ploying him as a ploughboy. Being unfitted, composed and recited to his associates small pieces however, for this occupation, by an injury on his of poetry, and, being at last invited to repeat them breast, he was sent to sea in a coasting vessel, in to other circles, liule collections were made for which he remained for nearly a year. “ li will be him, which, he says, sometimes produced him “ as casily conceived,” he says in his autobiography, much as sixpence in an evening.” The sums " that my life was a life of hardship. I was not which he thus obtained, he devoted to the puronly a ship-boy on the high and giddy ması,' but chase of pens, paper, &c.; books of geometry, and also in the cabin, where every menial office fell to of the higher branches of algebra ; but his master, my lot; yet, if I was restless and discontented, I finding that he had, in some of the verses before can safely say it was not so much on account of mentioned, satirized both himself and his custhis, as of my being precluded from all possi- tomers, seized upon his books and papers, and probility of reading ; as my master did not possess, nor hibited him from again repeating a line of his comdo I recollect seeing, during the whole time of my positions. At length, in the sixth year of his apabode with him, a single book of any description, prenticeship, his lamentable doggerel, as he terms except the Coasting Pilot.”

it, having reached the ears of Mr. Cookesley, a He was at length recalled by his god father, and surgeon, that gentleman set on foot “ a subscription again put to school, where he made such rapid for purchasing the remainder of the time of William progress, that in a few months he was qualified to Gifford, and for enabling him to improve himself in assist his master in any extraordinary emergency; writing and English grammar.” and, although only in his fifteenth year, began to He now quitted shoemaking, and entered the think of turning instructer himself. His plans school of the Rev. Thomas Smerdon ; and in two were, however, treated with contempt by his years and two months from what he calls the day guardian, who apprenticed him to a shoemaker, at of his emancipation, he had made such progress, Ashburton, to whom our author went “in sullen- that his master declared him to be fit for the uniness and in silence,” and with a perfect hatred of versity. He was accordingly sent by Mr. Cookes. his new occupation. His favourite pursuit at this ley to Oxford, where he obtained, by the exertions time was arithmetic, and the manner in which lie of the same gentleman, the office of Bible reader continued to extend his knowledge of that science at Exeter College, of which he was entered a is thus related by himself: “I possessed,” he ob- member. Here he pursued his studies with unre. serves. “ but one book in the world; it was a trea-mitting diligence, and had already commenced his lise on algebra, given to me by a young woman, poetical translation of the Satires of Juvenal, when who had found it in a lodging-house. I considered the death of Mr. Cookesley interrupted the progress it as a treasure, but it was a treasure locked up; of the work. A fortunate accident procured him for it supposed the reader to be well acquainted a new patron in Earl Grosvenor, in whose family with simple equations, and I knew nothing of the he for some time resided, and afterward accommatter. My master's son had purchased Fenning's panied to the continent his son, Lord Belgrave. Introduction : this was precisely what I wanted ; On his return to England, he settled in London, but he carefully concealed it from me, and I was and, devoting himself to literary pursuits, publishindebted to chance alone for stumbling on his ed, in 1791, and 1794, successively, his poetical hiding-place. I sat up for the greatest part of satires, the Baviad, and the Mæviad; the one several nights successively; and, before he sus. containing an attack on the drama, and the other pected his treatise was discovered, had completely an invective against the favourite poeis of the day. mastered it. I could now enter upon my own: and In 1800, he published his Epistle to Peter Pindar, that carried me pretty far into the science. This in which he charged the satirist with blasphemy ; was not done without difficulty. I had not a and Wolcot accused him of obscenity. This led to

an assault, and Wolcot would have inflicted severe Juvenal entire, except in his grossness, and to make chastisement on Gitford, but for the interference i him speak as he would have spoken among us. of a powerful Frenchman, who happened to be in this he has so far failed, that whilst he omits to present, and who turned Wolcot out of the reading- furnish the glowing imagery, luxuriant diction, and room, where the scene occurred, into the street, impetuous fluency of the Roman satirist, he has throwing his wig and cane afier him. In 1802, ap- retained many of his worst and most objectionable peared his long-promised version of Juvenal, which passages. It has been well observed, by a writer was attacked by the Critical Review, in an erudite in the New Monthly Magazine, that his translation but somewhat personal article, that called forth presents us rather with the flail of an infatuated a reply from our author, entitled, Examination of rustic, ihan with the exterminating falchion of Juthe Suictures of the Critical Review upon Juve- venal. His Baviad and Maviad evince first-rate nal,

satirical powers ; but in these, as in most of his In 1805, and 1816, he published, successively, writings, a degree of coarse virulence displays his editions of Massinger, and Ben Jonson ; and in itself, which shows that literary associations had 1821, appeared his translation of Persius. He next not refined his mind. edited the works of Ford, in two volumes ; and he These satires would not have found a place in had proceeded with five volumes of those of Shir- this collection, but for their intimate connexion ley, when his labours were terminated by his death. with English literary history, and the influence He died at Pimlico, on the 31st of December, 1826, they undoubtedly exerted in reforming public and was interred in Westminster Abbey. Being a taste, and preparing the way for that galaxy of single man, he died in opulent circumstances ; illustrious poets who succeeded him. Of late years having enjoyed, for some years, an annuity from Gifford was principally known as the editor of Lord Grosvenor, besides holding the office of pay. the Quarterly Review, a work established by himmaster of the band of gentleman pensioners, with self in 1809, and of which he continued to be the a salary of 3001. a year; and, for a time, that of conductor till 1824. He also for some time edited comptroller of the lottery, with a salary of 6001. a the Anti-jacobin newspaper, in which he displayed year.

his usual acuteness, asperity, and subservience to The fame of Gifford rests principally upon his the party by which he thrived; his politics being Juvenal, which occupied the greater part of his invariably those of his interesi. lite, and was sent into the world with every ad Gifford is chiefly known in America by his base vantage that could be derived from the most care and venomous attacks upon us in the Quarterly ful attention on the part of the author, and the Review. These, however, were probably necescorrection of his most able friends. It still falls sary in order for him to retain the direction of that short, however, of Mr. Gifford's attempt to give periodical. He slandered for his bread.

stood too little of the language in which they were THE BAVIAD.

written to be disgusted with them. In this there

was not much harm ; nor, indeed, much good : but, INTRODUCTION.

as folly is progressive, they soon wrought themTota cohors tamen est inimica, omnesque manipli selves into an opinion that the fine things were Consensu magno officiunt:-lignum erit ergo really deserved, which they mutually said and sung Declamatoris Mutinensis corde Vagelli,

of each other. Cum duo crura habeas, offendere lot caligatos !

Thus persuaded, they were unwilling that their in 1785, a few English of both sexes, * whom inimitable productions should be confined to the ounce had jumbled together at Florence, took a little circle which produced them; they therefore fi icy to while away their time in scribbling high- transmitted them hither; and, as their friends were fi vn panegyrics on themselves, and complimentary strictly enjoined not to show them, they were first ** canzonettas" on two or three Italians,t who under-banded about the town with great assiduity, and

then sent to the press. * Among whom I find the names of Mrs. Piozzi, Mr. A short time before the period of which we speak, Greathead, Mr. Merry, Mr. Parsons, &c.

a knot of fantastic coxcombs, headed by one Este, + Mrs. Piozzi has since published a work on what she is pleased to call British Synonymes: the better, I suppaa se, to enable these foreign gentlemen to compre- as much Latin from a child's Syntax,as sufficed to expose hend her multifarious erudition.

the ignorance which she so anxiously labours to conceal. Though no one better knows his own house" than 1

“ If such a one be fit to write on Synonymes, speak." the vanity of this woman, yet the idea of her undertaking Pignotti himselflaughs in his sleeve; and his countrymen, such a work had never entered my head; and I was long since undeceived, prize the lady's talents at their thunderstruck when I first saw it announced. To exe

true worth, cule it with any tolerable degree of success, required a Et centum Talesi curto centusse licentur. 2 rare combination of talents, among the least of which may be numbered, neatness of style, acuteness of percep 1 Quare Thrales ! - Printse's Devil, tion, and a more than common accuracy of discrimina

2 Thus traoslated by Mr. Bulmer's devil, (the young gentleman who fur. tior; and Mrs. Piozzi brought to the task a jargon long nished the cor rctural emendation above, which is luighaly spoken of Ly the since lecame proverbial for its vulgarity, an utter inca.

Am!, for a clipi hall-crown, expose to sale jabulily of defining a single term m the language and just i

A hundred Synomists like Madam Thrale.

German critics :)

had set up a daily paper called the World. It not a day passed without an amatory epistle fraught was perfectly unintelligible, and therefore much with thunder and lightning, et quicquid habent read ; it was equally lavish of praise and abuse, telorum arinamentaria cæli.-The fever turned (praise of what appeared in its own columns, and 10 a frenzy ; Laura Maria, Carlos, Orlando, Adeabuse of every thing that appeared elsewhere ;) laide, and a thousand nameless names caught the and as its conductors were at once ignorant and infection : and from one end of the kingdom* to conceited, they took upon themselves to direct the the other, all was nonsense and Della Crusca. taste of the town, by prefixing a short panegyric 10 Even THEN, I waited, with a patience which I every trifle which came before them.

can better account for than excuse, for some one It is scarcely necessary to observe, that Yendas, (abler than mysell) to step forth w correct to and Laura Marias, and Tony Pasquins, have long growing depravity of the public uste, and check claimed a prescriptive right to infest our periodical the inundation of absurdity now bursiing upon us publications : but as the editors of them never pre- from a thousand springs. As no one appeared, and tended to criticise their harmless productions, they as the evil grew every day more alarming, (tor bed. were merely perused, laughed at, and forgotten. ridden old women, and girls at their samplers beA paper, therefore, which introduced their trash gan to rave,) I determined, without much confidence with hyperbolical encomiums, and called upon the of success, to try what could be etlected by my town to admire it, was an acquisition of the utmost feeble powers; and accordingly wrote the followimportance to these poor people, and naturally being poem. came the grand depository of their lucubrations. At this auspicious period the first cargo of

1800. poetry arrived from Florence, and was given to the public

Whoever has read the first editions of the BAVIAD through the medium of this favoured paper. There must have perceived, that its satire was directwas a specious brilliancy in these exotics which ed against the wretched laste of the followers of dazzled the native grubs who had never ventured the Cruscan school, without the slightest reference beyond a sheep, and a crook, and a rose tree grove,

to their other qualities, moral or political. with an ostentatious display of “ blue hills,” and

In this I should have persevered to the end, had "crashing torrents,” and “ petrifying suns!”+ From I not been provoked to transgress the bounds preadmiration to imitation is but a step. Honest Yenda scribed to myself, by the diabolical conduct of one tried his hand at a descriptive ode, and succeeded of my heroes, the notorious Anthony Pasquin. beyond his hopes; Anna Matilda followed ; in a

This man, who earned a miserable subsistence word,

by working on the fear or vanity of artists, actors,

&c., hardened by impunity, flew at length at higher Contagio labem Hanc dedit in plures, sicut urex totus in agris Unius scabie cadit, et porrigine porci.

some time, Della Crusca became impatient for a sight While the epidemic malady was raging from fool of his beloved, and Anna, in evil hour, consented to beto foul, Della Crusca came over, and immediately come visible. What was the consequence ? announced himself by a sonnet 10 Love. Anna Tacta places, audita places, si non rideare Matilda wrote an incomparable piece of nonsense Tota places, neutro si rideure places. in praise of it: and the two “great luminaries of

Mr. Bell, however, tells the story another way. Accon the age," as Mr. Bell properly calls them, sell despe- ing to him, “ Chance alone procured the interview." rately in loves with each other. From that period, Whatever procured it, all the lovers of " true poetry,"

with Mrs. Piozzi at their head, expected wonders from

it. The flame that burned with such ardour while the * In this paper were given the earliest specimens of lady was yet unseen, they hoped would blaze with vnesthose unqualified and audacious attacks on all private ampled brightness at the sight of the bewitching olject. character; which the town first smiled at for their Such were their hopes. But what, as Dr. Johnsen quaintness, then tolerated for their absurdity, and now-gravely asks, are the hopes of man! or indeed of won in! that other papers, equally wicked, and more intelligible, for this fatal meeting put an end to the whole. With have ventured to imitate it,--will have to lament to the the exception of a marvellous dithyrambic, which I lla last hour of British liberty.

Crusca wrote while the impression was yet warm upon † Here Mír. Parsons is pleased to advance his farthing him, and which consequently gave a most accurate acrushlight. “Crashing torrents and petrifying suns are count of it, nothing has since appeared to the hon ur of extremely ridiculous,"-habes confitentem! “but they are Anna Matilda : and the “tenth muse," the "angel," the not to be found in the Florence Miscellany." Who said "goddess," has sunk into an old woman; with the comthey were ? But apropos of the Florence Miscellany. Mr. forting reflection of having munbled love to an ungrateParsons says that I obtained a copy of it by a breach of con- ful swain. fidence; and seems to fancy, "good easy man!" that I de.

Non hic est sermo pudicus rived some prodigious advantage from it:yet I had written

In vetula, quoties lascivum intervenit illud bith the prems, and all the notes save one, before I knew Ζωη και Ψυχη. . that there was such a treasure in existence. He might

* Kingdom. This is a trifle. Heaven itself, if we may be. have seen, is passion had not rendered him as blind as a mill horse, that I constantly allude to poems published

lieve Mrs. Robinson, took part in the general infatuation: separately in the periodical sheets of the day, and after

* When midst ethereal fire ward collected with great parade by Bell and others. I

Thou strikest thy Della CRUSCAN lyre, never looked into the Florence Miscellany but once;

Round to catch the hearenly song, and the only use then nade of it was to extract a sound

Myriads of irondering seraphs throng !” ing pascape from the odes of that deep-mouthed Theban, I almost shudder while I quote: but so it ever is, Bertie Greathead, Esq. # The termination of this "everlasting" attachment

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. was curious. When the genuine enthusiasm of the cor And Merry had given an example of impious temerity, rispruce (Profaer in the Allun) bial continued for I which this wretched woman was but too eager to imitate.

A PARAPHRASTIC IMITATION OF THE FIRST SATIRE

OF PERSIUS.

game, and directed his attacks against an illustrious persecuted brethren, to shift for himself. He accorulstranger.

ingly engaged in a New York paper, called “ The These, which were continued, from day to day, Federalisi,but unfortunately his writings did not in the Morning Post, with a rancour that seemed happen to hit the taste of his adopted countrymen; indefatigable, were, after some time, incorporated for after a few numbers had appeared, he was with such additional falsehoods as the most savage taken up for a libel, and is now either chained to hostility could supply, and printed in a book, to a wheelbarrow on the Albany road, or rotting in which Anthony thought fit to prefix his name. the provincial jail.

It was now that I first found a fair opportunity I take some little credit to myself for having for dragging this pest before the public, and setting driven this pernicious pest out of the society upon him up to view in his true light. I was not slow which he preyed : I say some little-for, to be canin seizing it, and the immediate consequence was, did, (though I would not have shrunk from any that an action was commenced, or threatened talents in the contest,) the warfare with Anthony against every publisher of the Baviad.

was finished ere well begun. Short and slight as If we did not know the horror which these obscure it was, however, it surnishes an imporiant lesson. reptiles, who fatten on the filthy dregs of slander Those general slanderers, those bug bears of a timid and obscenity, feel at being forced into day, we public, are as sneaking as they are insolent, as weak might be justly surprised that a man who lived by as they are wicked.-Resist them, and like the violating the law should have recourse to it for devil, to use a sacred expression, “ Resist them, protection; that a common libeller, who spared no and they will flee from you." rank nor condition, should cry out on the license of the times, and solicit pity and redress from that community, almost every individual of which he

THE BAVIAD; had wantonly and wickedly insulted.

The first, and, indeed, the only trial that came on, was that of Mr. Faulder, (a name not osten coupled with that of a dealer in libels,) who was not only acquitted, but, by a verdict of his peers,

Impune ergo mihi recilaverit ille SONETTAS,

Hic LEGOS. declared to have been unjustly put in a state of accusation.

P. When I look round on man, and find how vain Mr. Garrow was furnished with a number of ex- His passionstracts from Anthony's multifarious productions. I

F. Save me from this canting strain! lamented at first, that the impatient indignation of Why, who will read it? the jury at the plaintiff's baseness, coinciding with

P. This, my friend, to me that of the upright judge who presided, stopped him F. None, by my life. short, and prevented their being read. But I am

P. What! none? Sure, two or threenow satisfied with the interruption. It is better that F. No, no, not one. 'Tis sad ; butsuch a collection of slander, and obscenity, and

P. “ Sad, but!"- Why? freason, and impiety, should moulder in the obscu- Pity is insult here. I care not, I, rity to which its ineffable stupidity has con- Though Boswell,* of a song

and demned in, than that it should be brought forward to the reprobation and abhorrence of the public.

* Cui non dictus Hylas? And who has not heard of Mr. Erskine, who did every thing for his client James Boswell, Esq.? All the world knows (for all the which could be expected from his integrity and world has it under his own hand) that he composed a abilities, applied in the “next ensuing term” for a BALLAD in honour of Mr. Pitt, with very little assistance new trial.--I have forgotten the motives for this from Dr. Trusler, and less from Mr. Dibdin; which he application, but it was resisted by Lord Kenyon; produced, to the utter confusion of the Foxites, and sang and chiefly on the ground of the marked indignation thanks to the scombri, et quicquid ineptis amicitur chartis,

at the lord mayor's table. This important" state paper,' shown by the jury at the plaintiff's infamous con

I have not been able to procure; but the terror and disdurt and character, and that, even before Mr. may which it occasioned among the enemy, with a Garrow had fully entered into them,

variety of other circumstances highly necessary to be To finish Anthony's history. His occupation was known, may be gathered from the following letter: now gone. As a minister of malevolence he was

" To the Conductor of the World. no longer worth hiring; and as a dispenser of fame, no longer worth feeding. Thus abandoned, with with my State Ballad, “the Grocer of London,' and they

“Sir,- The wasps of opposition have been very busy out meat and without money, he applied to a chari- are welcome. Pray let them know that I am vain of a table institution for a few guineas, with which he hasty composition which has procured me large draughts suipped himself off for America,

of that popular applause in which I elight. Let me add, -Leonum

that there was certainly no servility on my part; for I Arida nutrix.

publicly declared in Guildhall, between the encores,

that this same Grocer had treated me arrogantly and But he was even here too late ; that country had ungratefully; but that, from his great merit as a minister, discovered, some time before Anthony reached it, I was compelled to support him! that receiving into its bosom the refuse and offil “ The time will come when I shall have a proper oppor. of every cline, and seemingly for no other reason tunity to show, that in one instance, at least, the man but because they were so, was neither the way 10

has wanted wisdom

" JAM. BOS.” growrich nor respectable. Anthony had, therefore, Atqui vultus erat multa et præclara minantis ! no congratulatory addresses presented to him on Poor Bozzy! But I too threaten.--And is there need his arrivai, but was left, with hundreds of his poor l of thy example, then, to convince us that on

supper vain,

And Bell's whole choir,* (an ever-jingling train,) No, not a whit. Let the besolted town
In splay-foot madrigals their powers combine, Bestow, as fashion prompts, the laurel crown;
To praise Miles Andrews' verse, t and censure But do not THOU, who makest a fair pretence
mine-

To that best boon of heaven, to COMMON SENSE,

Resign thy judgment to the rout, and pay
-Our quickest attempts

Knee-worship to the idol of the day:

For all are-
The noiseless and inaudible foot of time
Steals ere we can effect them ?

F. What? speak freely; let me know.
P. O might I! durst I! Then-

-but let it go “* BELL'S WHOLE CHOIR ! Quousque tantum-Yes, sir, I am proud of the insinuation while I despise it. Yet, when I view the follies that engage The owl, they say, was a baker's daughter. We know The full-grown children of this piping age; what we are, but we know not what we MAY BE. There. See snivelling Jerningham, at fifty, weep hy hangs a tale : and the World shall have it-Choice O'er love-lorn oxen and deserled sheep; BIOGRAPHY is the boast of my paper-Verba sa:--I have See Cowley* frisk it to one ding-dong chime, friends-so has LAURA MARIA--She is the SAPPHO of the

And weekly cuckold her poor spouse in rhyme ; age. wrong her-The MONTHLY REVIEWERS read Greek, and they prefer our fair countrywoman. I read See Thrale's gray widow with a satchel roam, Greek, loo, but I make no boast of it. I sell Mrs. Ro- And bring, in pomp, her labour'd nothings home; BINSON's works, and I know their value— Il is the bright See Robinson forget her state, and move day that brings forth the adder.'

On crutches towards the grave, to " Light o' Love;"+ * Yenda I despise ; ANTHONY PASQUIN I execrale- See Parsons, while all sound advice he scorns, The brilliant effusions of fancy, the bright coruscations Mistake two soft excrescences for horns ; of genius only, illuminate the ORACLE-and Arno and CÆSAR10, names dear to the MUSE OF GLORY, constitute a proud distinction between the unfading leares of the

* For the poetic amours of this lady, see the British PYTHIAN shrine, and the perishable records of the day.

Album, particularly the poem called the INTERVIEW “ JOHN BELL.

+ Lighto'Love, that's a tune that goes without a burden. "P.S.' BLOCKHEADS with reason?-you know the rest. --Shakspeare. I fear nothing-yet I love not everlasting feuds-Ai a $ In the first editions of this and the following poems I word : Will one of my NEW COMMONPLACE BOOKS be ac had overlooked Mr. Parsons, though an undoubled Ba. ceptable ?

"J. B."

vian. This netiled him. “ Ha !” quoth he, “ better le + This gentleman, who has long been known as an damn'd than mention'd not at all.” He accordingly apindustrious paragraph-monger in the morning papers, plied to me,(in a circuitous manner, I confess.) and as louk it into his head, some time since, to try his hand at a particular lavour was finally admitted, in the shape of a prologue. Having none of the requisites for this busi

a moito, into the title-page of the Meviad. These were ness, he laboured to little purpose till Dullness, whose the lines: attention to her children is truly maternal, suggested to

May he who hates not Crusca's sober verse, him, that unmeaning ribaldry and vulgarity might possi.

Love Merry's drunken prose, so smooth and terse; bly be substituted for harmony, spirit, taste, and sense.

The same may rake for sense in Parsons' skull, - He caught at the hint, made the experiment, and succeeded to a miracle. Since that period every play-wright The first distich contains what Mr. Burke calls - high

And shear his hogs, poor fool! and milk his bull. from O'Keefe to Della Crusca, “ a heavy declension !" has been solicitous to preface his labours with a few

inatter !" and can only be understood by the initiated; lines of his manufacturing, to excite and perpetuate the

the second, (would it had never been written!) instead good-humour of his audience. As the reader may pro

of gratifying the ambition of Mr. Parsons, as I fundly ea. bably not dislike a short specimen of Mr. Andrews' won pected, and quieting him for ever, had a most fatal etrect

upon his poor head, and, from an honest, painstaking der-working poetry, I have subjoined the following extract from his last and best performance, his prologue to gentleman, converted him, in imagination, into a Minor Lorenzo. " Fog,” cries fat Madam Dump, from Wapping Wall,

Continuo implevit falsis mugitibus urbem, “I don't love plays no longer not at all;

Et sæpe in lævi quæsivit cornua fronte. They're now so vulgar, and begin so soon,

The motto appeared on a Wednesday; and on the Sa. None but low people dines iill afternoon;

turday after, the morosoph Esle (who appears to have Then they mean summot, and the like o'that, believed in the reality of the metamorphosis) published And it's impossible to sit and chat.

the first bellowings of Mr. Parsons, with the following inGive me the uppero, where folks come so grand in,

troduction:And nobody need have no understanding. Ambizione! del tiranno !

therefore, I wash my hands-but I would fain ask Messrs. Morton and Rer. Piu forte, piu piano, a che fin

nolds, ("the worthy followers of O'Keefe, and the present supporters of the

British stage,") whether it be absolutely necessary to introduce their pienu Zounds! here's my warrant, and I will come in.

with such incffable nonsense as this,Diavolo; who comes here to so confound us?

Betty, it's come into my head The constables, to take you to the round-house.

Old maids got cross because their cats are dead; De round-house! - Mi!

My governess bath been in such a fuss Now comes the dance, the demi charactere,

About the death of our old tabby puss. Chacone, the pas de deux, the here, the there

She wears blick stockings-ah! ah! what a pother, And last, the chief high bounding on the loose toe,

'Cause one old cat's in mourning for another !'a Or poised like any Mercury, O che gusto !"

If it be not-for pity's sake, gentlemen, spare us the disgrace of it; and O

heavens! if it be-deigu in mercy sometimes to apply to the bellmen, or the And this was heard with applause ! and this was read grave-stone cutter, that we may stani a little chance of having our dog med with delight! O shame! where is thy blush ?

ribaldry " with a difference.” Morantur

I Parsons I know, and this I heard him say,
Pauci ridiculum effugientem ex urbe pudorem.,

Whilst Gitiori's harmless page before him lay,
I too can laugh, I was the first beginner.

Partons of himself, Teleg. March 10 I It is rightly observed by Solomon, that you may bray a fool in a mortar

Quam multi faciunt quod Eros, sed lumine sicco; without muking him wiser. ('pia this principle I account for the stationary

Pars major lachrymus ridet, et iatus habet! stupidity of Mr. A.; whose faculties, "Ghelp the while !" do not seem a what improved by the droulful purling which he has receivel, of him, See the “IVI”-a Bartholomew-fair Carce, by Mr. Reytolje

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