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He cherish'd his friend, and he relish'd a bumper,
Yet one fault he had, and that one was a thumper.
Perhaps you may ask if the man was a miser?
I answer no, no, for he always was wiser.
Too courteous, perhaps, or obligingly flat?
His very worst foe can't accuse him of that.
Perhaps he confided in men as they go,
And so was too foolishly honest? ah, no!

Then what was his failing? come tell it, and burn ye:
He was, could he help it? a special attorney.

Here Reynolds is laid, and to tell you my mind,

He has not left a wiser or better behind;
His pencil was striking, resistless, and grand;

His manners were gentle, complying, and bland:
Still born to improve us in every part,

His pencil our faces, his manners our heart:

To coxcombs averse, yet most civilly steering,

When they judged without skill, he was still hard of hearing: When they talk'd of their Raphaels, Corregios, and stuff, He shifted his trumpet,' and only took snuff.

ON DR GOLDSMITH'S CHARACTERISTICAL COOKERY.

A JEU D'ESPRIT.

Are these the choice dishes the doctor has sent us?

Is this the great poet whose works so content us?
This Goldsmith's fine feast, who has written fine books?

Heaven sends us good meat, but the Devil sends cooks.

Sir Joshua Reynolds was so remarkably deaf, as to be under the necessity of using an ear-trumpet in company.

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Ye newspaper witlings! ye pert scribbling folks!
Who copied his squibs, and re-echoed his jokes;
Ye tame imitators, ye servile herd, come,
Still follow your master, and visit his tomb :
To deck it, bring with you festoons of the vine,
And copious libations bestow on his shrine;
Then strew all around it (you can do no less)
Cross-readings, ship-news, and mistakes of the press.'

Merry Whitefoord, farewell! for thy sake I admit That a Scot may have humour, I had almost said wit. This debt to thy mem'ry I cannot refuse,

<< Thou best humour'd man with the worst humour'd Muse.»

'Mr Whitefoord has frequently indulged the town with humorous pieces under those titles in the Public Advertiser.

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