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Give Ridge and Himky, generous fouls !
potent draughts of Wickloav Ale ; To Ck next, in order turn you,
grace him with the vines of Furney!
Now, Doctor, thou'rt an honest sticker,
wares will live and die. Come, draw
chair and stir the fire : Here, boy !-a pot of Thrale's Entire!
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Written some time since by D. Grama, EsQ:
[ERE Hermes, says Jove who with nectar was
, mellow, Go fetch me fome clay-- I will make an odd fellow : Right and wrong shall be jumbled, “much gold, and
some drofs : Without caufe be he pleas’d, without cause be he cross; Be sure as I work, to throw in contradictions,
great love of truth; yet a mind turn'd to fictions ; Now mix these ingredients, which warm’d in the
baking, Turn to Learning, and Gaming, Religion, and Raking, With the love of a wench, let his writings be chatte ; Tip his tongue with strange matter, his pen with fing
taite, That the Rake and the Poet o'er all may prevail, Sct fire to the head, and set fire to the tail:
For the joy of each sex on the world I'll bestow it : This Scholar, Rake, Christian, Dupe, Gamefter, and
Poet, Tho' a mixture so odd, he shall merit great fame, And among brother mortals-be GOLDSMITH hie When on earth this strange meteor, no
appear, You Hermes shall fetch him.-to make us sport here !
The following Jue d'Esprit, is the production of the prefent DEAN OF DERRY, Dr Barnard, who advanced in conversation with Sir Joshua Reynolds and other wits, that he thought no man could improve when he was "past the age of forty-five." Johnson (Samuel) who was in company, with his usual elegance and polished graces, immediately turned round to the facetious Dean, and told him that he was an instance to the contrary, for that there was great room for improvement in him (the Dean) and wished he'd set about it; upon which, the Dean the next day fent the following elegant bagatelle to Sir Joshua Reynolds and the same company.
Cou'd e'er improve paft forty-five,
And ventur'd to assert it ;
That none could controvert it.