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There's a Pasty ”

a Pasty !” repeated the Jew, “ I don't care if I keep a corner for't too." “ What the De'il, mon, a Pasty !” re-echo'd the Scot,

Though splitting, I'll still keep a corner for that ;" “ We'll all keep a corner,” the lady cry'd out; “ We'll all keep a corner," was echo'd about. While thus we resolv'd, and the Pasty delay'd, With looks that quite petrified, enter'd the maid ; A visage so sad, and so pale with affright, Wak’d Priam in drawing his curtains by night. But we quickly found out,-for who could mistake her ?That she came with some terrible news from the baker : And so it fell out; for that negligent sloven, Had shut out the Pasty on shutting his oven. Sad Philomel thus but let similes dropAnd now that I think on't, the story may stop. To be plain, my good Lord, it's but labour misplac'd, To send such good verses to one of your

taste : You've got an odd something-a kind of discerningA relish–a taste-sick’ned over by learning ; At least, it's your temper, as very well known, That you think

very slightly of all that's your own : So, perhaps, in your habits of thinking amiss, You may make a mistake, and think slightly of this.

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(1) (Lord Clare was a man of parts, a poet, and a facetious companion. Almon observes, that his poems breathe the true Horation fire, but are more than half unknown. A volume of them was published anonymously by Dodsley in 1739, entitled “Odes and Epistles.” Several other poems of his Lordship are printed in Dodsley's Collection, and in the New Foundling Hospital for Wit. His only daughter married the first Marquis of Buckingham, on whose second son the title of Baron Nugent devolved. He died in 1788. - See Nichols, Lit. Anec., vol. viii. p. 2, and Croker's Boswell, vol. ii. p. 123.)

THE CAPTIVITY;

AN

ORATORI O. (1)

(1) [Written in 1764, and now printed from the original manuscript, in Goldsmith's hand-writing, in the possession of Mr. Murray. — See Life, ch. xiv.)

THE PERSONS.

First Jewish PROPHET.

SECOND Jewish PROPHET.

ISRAELITISH WOMAN.

First CHALDEAN PRIEST.

SECOND CHALDEAN PRIEST,

CHALDEAN WOMAN.

CHORUS OF YOUTHS AND VIRGINS.

Scene.-The Banks of the River Euphrates, near Babylon.

THE CAPTIVITY,

AN

ORATORI O.

ACT I.-SCENE I.

ISRAELITES sitting on the Banks of the Euphrates.

First PROPHET.

Recitative.
Ye captive tribes, that hourly work and weep,
Where flows Euphrates, murmuring to the deep;
Suspend awhile the task, the tear suspend,
And turn to God, your father and your friend :
Insulted, chain'd, and all the world a foe,
Our God alone is all we boast below.

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