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A Scotchman, from pride and from prejudice free;
What pity, alas ! that so lib'ral a mind
Ye newspaper witlings ! ye pert scribbling folks !
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." 3
i Henry Samson Woodfall--the Woodfall of Junius-died 1805.
? Whitefoord's “Errors of the Press,” printed in “The Public Advertiser,” were signed “Papyrius Cursor,” a happy designation, because a real Roman name.
3 “Retaliation” occasioned other effusions of the kind, of which the following alone are worth preserving :
“ JEU D'ESPRIT,
“BY DAVID GARRICK.*
“ Are these the choice dishes the Doctor has sent us?
Is this the great poet whose works so content us?
Printed in Davies' “ Life of Garrick,” ii. 157, ed. 1780.
“JUPITER AND MERCURY,
“ BY DAVID GARRICK. *
“ Here, Hermes! says Jove, who with nectar was mellow,
Go fetch me some clay-I will make an odd fellow !
“POETICAL EPISTLE TO DR. GOLDSMITH, OR SUPPLEMENT TO KIIS
“ BY RICHARD CUMBERLAND.
“Doctor, according to our wishes,
You've character'd us all in dishes ;
To each according to his taste.
Of critic lore, give ancient Hock;
He'll search it, as he search'd out Lauder.
The moral Mentor of the age;
* Printed in Davies' “Life of Garrick,” ii. 160, ed. 1780. + First printed in “The Gentleman's Magazine" for August, 1778, p. 384.
Religion's friend, with soul sincere,
And crown his cup with priestly Port.
And frisk it in a livelier strain :
Drink it, dear Garrick ! drink and laugh.
Rich Burgundy of ruby tint;
Fresh drawn from clear Castalian spring ;
And Hermes hand it to his lip.
A bumper of conventual Sherry.
Of Whisky punch convivial bowls ;
With potent draughts of Wicklow ale !
And grace him with the wines of Ferney.
So take your glass, and choose your liquor.
Alluding to Cradlock's adaptation of Voltaire's Goldsmith, p. 112, supplied a Prologue.
“TO OLIVER GOLDSMITH AND RICHARD CUMBERLAND.
“BY DEAN BARNARD. “Dear Noll and dear Dick, since you've made us so merry, Accept the best thanks of the poor Dean of Derry ! Though I here must confess that your meat and your wine Are not to my taste, though they're both very fine ; For Sherry's a liquor monastic, you ownNow there's nothing I hate so as drinking alone : It may do for your Monks, or your Curates and Vicars, But for my part, I'm fond of more sociable liquors. Your Ven’son's delicious, though too sweet your sauce is Sed non ego maculis offendar paucis. So soon as you please you may serve me your dish up, But instead of your Sherry, pray make me a - Bishop."
* See note 3, p. 79.