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It must be borne in mind that many of the poems included in this collection
of Miscellanies were never intended for publication by their author ; that some were the effusions of necessity—the kites of the day—others complimentary outpourings of a generous nature, intended for private perusal and the fire. Yet all contain some particular strokes of genius characteristic of their writer—and in four or five the poet himself in his happiest mood. A few will be found printed elsewhere in this edition, I wished to keep them where their author placed them—the original setting of such things is always of importance and I wished to retain them among the Miscellanies for two reasons; previous editors had properly included them among the Poems, and their appearance together is essential to the full appreciation of Goldsmith's genius as a poet.
THE CLOWN'S REPLY.
JOHN TROTT was desir'd by two witty peers,
WRITTEN AND SPOKEN BY THE POET LABERIUS, A ROMAN KNIGHT,
WHOM CESAR FORCED UPON THE STAGE,
PRESERVED BY MACROBIUS.
What! no way left to shun th' inglorious stage,
1 First printed in the Dublin Edition of Goldsmith's Poems and Plays, 8vo., 1777, p. 79.
2 First printed in "The Present State of Pulite Learning,” 1759 ; but omitted in the second edition, which appeared in 1774.
But this vile hour disperses all my store,
THE LOGICIANS REFUTED.
IN IMITATION OF DEAN SWIFT.
LOGICIANS have but ill defin'd
| First printed in "The Busy Body,” 1759; to draw attention to which publication it was announced as the production of Swift. It is improperly included in the Dublin edition of Swift's works, and in the two editions of Swift by Sir Walter Scott.
And that brute beasts are far before 'em,
i Sir Robert Walpole.
He in his turn finds imitators,
ON A BEAUTIFUL YOUTH, STRUCK BLIND BY LIGHTNING.'
SURE 'twas by Providence design'd,
Rather in pity, than in hate,
To save him from Narcissus' fate.
ON THE TAKING OF QUEBEC, AND DEATH OF GENERAL WOLFE.
Amidst the clamour of exulting joys,
Which triumph forces from the patriot heart,
And quells the raptures which from pleasure start.
Wolfe! to thee a streaming flood of woe,
Sighing we pay, and think e'en conquest dear ;
Whilst thy sad fate extorts the heart-wrung tear.
1 First printed in "The Bee," 1759. 2 “The princess of Eboli, the mistress of Philip II. of Spain, and Maugiron, the minion of Henry III. of France, had each of them lost an eye; and the famous Latin epigram, which Goldsmith has either translated or imita written on them.”—LORD BYRON, Works, vol. vi. p. 390.
3 First printed in “The Busy Body," 1759.