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WHEN lovely Woman stoops to folly,
And finds too late that men betray;
What art can wash her guilt away?
The only art her guilt to cover,
To hide her shame from every eye,
And wring his bosom-is to die.
ON THE DEATH OF A MAD DOG.?
Good people all, of every sort,
Give ear unto my song ;
It cannot hold you long.
In Islington there was a man,
Of whom the world might say,
Whene'er he went to pray.
First printed in "The Vicar of Wakefield," 1766. : First printed in "The Vicar of Wakefield,” 1766, though probably written at an earlier period ; perhaps in 1760, as we find in “The Citizen of the World,” (Letter lxix), an amusing paper in which Goldsmith ridicules the fear of mad dogs as one of those epidemic terrors to which the people of England are occasionally subject.
A kind and gentle heart he had,
To comfort friends and foes ; The naked every day he clad,
When he put on his clothes.
And in that town a dog was found,
As many dogs there be, Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound,
And curs of low degree.
This dog and man at first were friends ;
But when a pique began,
Went mad, and bit the man.
Around from all the neighbouring streets
The wondering neighbours ran, And swore the dog had lost his wits,
To bite so good a man.
The wound it seem'd both sore and sad
To every Christian eye; And while they swore the dog was mad,
They swore the man would die.
But soon a wonder came to light,
That show'd the rogues they lied ; The man recover'd of the bite,
The dog it was that died.
ON EDWARD PURDON.!
HERE lies poor Ned Purdon, from misery freed,
Who long was a bookseller's hack;
I don't think he'll wish to come back.
Spoken by Mrs. Bulkley.
| From the Poems and Plays, 1777. Mr. Purdon, “famous for his literary abilities,” says the obituary of “The Gentleman's Magazine," died “suddenly in Smithfield,” 27th March, 1767. He was the college friend of Goldsmith; and the translator of “The Memoirs of a Protestant,” to which Goldsmith wrote the printed preface (see vol iii.). The original of all is the epitaph on “ La Mort du Sicur Etienne.
Il est au bout de ses travaux
Qu'on ne croit pas qu'il revienne." With this perhaps Goldsmith was familiar, and had therefore less scruple in laying felonious hands on the epigram in the Miscellanies (Swift, xiii. 372.).
“Well, then, poor
Glies underground !
FORSTER, Goldsmith's Life and Times, ii. 80. ? Written by Mrs. Charlotte Lennox, and first acted at Covent Garden Theatre, 18th January, 1769. The audience expressed their disapprobation of it with so much clamour and appearance of prejudice, that she would not suffer an
Warm’d up each bustling scene, and in her rage
(To Boxes, Pit, and Gallery.
(Mimicking. Strip but his vizor off, and sure I am You'll find his lionship a very lamb. Yon politician, famous in debate, Perhaps, to vulgar eyes, bestrides the state; Yet, when he deigns his real shape t' assume, He turns old woman, and bestrides a broom.
attempt to exhibit it a second time; but published her play (un-author like) without either remonstrance or complaint. - See Gentleman's Mag. for April, 1769, p. 199.
Yon patriot, too, who presses on your sight,
IN REPLY TO AN INVITATION TO DINNER AT DR. BAKER'S. 2
“ This is a poem! This is a copy of verses !”
Your mandate I got,
1 "There are but two decent prologues in our tongue – Pope's to Cato' Johnson's to Drury Lane. These, with the epilogue to the Distrest Mother,' and, I think, one of Goldsmith's, and a prologue of old Colman's to Beaumont and Fletcher's 'Philaster,' are the best things of the kind we have.”--LORD Byron, Works, vol. ii. p. 165.
? Written about the year 1769, in reply to an invitation to dinner at Dr. afterward Sir George Baker's (1. 1809), to meet the Misses Horneck, Angelica Kauffman, Miss Reynolds, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and others. For the above verses, first published in 1837, the reader is indebted to Major General Sir Henry Bunbury, Bart.