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Teach erring man to spurn the rage of gain;
[“ Dr. Johnson favored me by marking the lines which he furnished to Gold. smith's · Deserted Village, which are only the four last." -Boswell, vol. ii. p. 309, edit. 1835.)
[Part of the spring and summer of the year 1771, Goldsmith passed at Gosfield and at Bath, with his friend Lord Clare. On his return from this visit he drew up the following amusing little poem. It was not published till 1776, two years after his decease. A second edition, with considerable additions and corrections, appeared in the same year. See Life, ch. xx.
The leading idea of the · Haunch of Venison,'” observes the Right Hon. J. W. Croker, in a communication to the editor, “is taken from Boileau's third Satire (which itself was no doubt suggested by Horace's raillery of the banquet of Nasidienus); and two or three of the passages which one would, d priori, have pronounced the most original and natural, are closely copied from the French poet:
“We'll bavn Johnson and Borke-all the wits will be there;
• My friend hade me welcome, but struck me quite dumb,
But, to be sure, Goldsmith's host, and his wife, . Little Kitty,' and the Scot, and the “ Jew, with his chocolate cheek,' are infinitely inore droll and more natural than Boileau's deux campagnards. The details of the dinner, too, overdone and tedious in Boileau, are touched by Goldsmith with a pleasantry not carried 100 far.”)
HAUNCH OF VENISON.
Thanks, my Lord, for your Ven'son; for finer or fatter
[" The white was so white, and the red was so ruddy.”—First edit. ) + [Nearly the same thought occurs in “ Animated Nature,” vol. iiip, 9. as applicable to the peasantry of other countries : “ There is scarcely a cottage in Germany, Poland, and Switzerland, that is not hung round with these marks of hospitality; and which often makes the owner better contented with hunger, since he has it in his power to be luxurious when he thinks proper. A piece of beef hung up there, is considered as an elegant piece of furniture, which though seldom touched, at least argues the possessor's opulence and ease.")