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Stood forth ; and thrice he wav'd his lilly hand With all these blessings, which we seldom find
“ At friend thip's call (thus oft with trait'rous aim, A motley figure, of the Fribble tribe,
Twelve, sage, impannellid matrons would perplex. “ But left, transfusid, the spirit should be loft, Nor male, nor female ; neither, and yet both; “ That spirit which in storms of Rhet'ric tost, Of neater gender, though of Irish growth ; “ Bounces about, and flies like bottled beer, A fix-foot suckling, mincing in its gait; “ In his own words his own intentions hear. Affected, peevith, prim, and delicate ;
" Thanks to my friends.—But to vile fortunes born, Fearful it seem'd, tho' of athletic make, “ No robes of fur there shoulders must adorn. Lett brutal breczes should too roughly thake “ Vain your applause, no aid from thence I draw ; Its tender form, and Jarage motion spread, “ Vain all my wit, for what is wit in law?
O'er its pale cheek, the horrid marly red. “ Twice (curs'd remembrance!) twice litrove to gain Much did it talk, in its own pretty phrase, “ Admittance 'mongst the law-instructed train, Oi genius and of taste, of play’rs and plays; “ Who, in the Temple and Gray's-Inn, prepare Much too of writings, which itself had wrote, “ For clients wretched feet the legal snare :
Of special merii, tho' of little note ; “ Dead to those arts which polith and refine, For Fate, in a strange humour, had decreed « Deaf to all worth, because that worth was mine, That what it wrote, none but itself nould read; « Twice did those blockheads startle at my name, Much too it chatter'd of dramatic laws, “ And foul rejection gave me up to shame.
Misjudging critics, and misplac'd applause, “ To laws and lawyers then I bad adieu,
Then, with a self-complacent jutting air, “ And plans of far more lib'ral note pursue. I! (mild, it smirk'd, it wriggled to the chair ; « Who will may be a judge my kindling breast And, with an aukward briskness not its own, “ Burns for that chair which Roscius once possess’d. Looking around, and perking on the throne, “ Here give your votes, your int’rett here exert, Triumphant seem'd, when that strange savage dame, “ And let success for once attend desert."
Known but to few, or only known by name,
The pageant saw, and blafted with her frown,
Of this vain nothing shall be mortified)
Nor shall the Muse (should Fate ordain her rimes,
Fond, pleasing thought ! to live in after-times)
Live without sex, and die withont a name !
Scarce hammer'd out, when Nature's feeble fires Which Nature, kind, indulgent parent, gave Glimmer'd their last ; whose sluggish blood half To qualify the blockhcad for a knave;
froze, With that smooth Fallhood, whose appearance charms, Creeps lab'ring thro' the veins ; whose heart ne'et And reason of each wholfome doubt disarms,
glows Which to the lowest depths of guile descends, With fancy-kindled heat;--a servile race, By vileft means pursues the vileit ends,
Who in mere want of fault, all merit place; Wears friendship's mask for purposes of spite, Who blind obedience pay to ancient schools, Fawns in the day, and butchers in the night; Bigots to Greece, and Naves to mufty rules; With that malignant Envy, which turns pale, With solemn consequence declar'd that none And fickens, even if a friend prevail,
Could judge that cause but Sophocles alone. Which merit and success pursues with hate,
Dupes to their fancied excellence, the crowd, And damns the worth it cannot imitate;
Obsequious to the sacred dictate, bow'd. With the cold Caution of a coward's spleen,'
When, from amidst the throng, a youth ftood Which fears not guilt, but always seeks a screen,
forth, Which keeps this maxim ever in her view
Unknown his person, not unknown his worth ;
Alone he stemm'd the mighty critic flood.
With noble rev'rence spoke of Greece and Rome,
And scorn'd to tear the laurels from the tomb. * This severe character was intended for Mr. Fitz- “ But more than just to other countries grown, patrick, a person who had rendered himself remarka-“ Muft we turn base apoftates to our own? ble by his activity in the play-house riots of 1963, “Where do these words of Greece and Rome relative to the taking half prices. He was the hero excel, of Garrick's Fribbleriado
E. “That England may not please the ear as well?
" What mighty magic's in the place or air, Things of the noblest kind his genius drew,
A loose he gave to his unbounded soul, " In state of letters merit should be heard.
And taught new lands to rise, new feas to roll ; "Genius is of no country, her pure ray
Call’d into being scenes unknown before, " Spreads all abroad, as gen'ral as the day ;
And, paffing Nature's bounds, was something more, “ Foe to reftraint, from place to place the flies, Next Jonson sat, in ancient learning train d, “And may here after e'en in Holland rise.
His rigid judgment Fancy's flight restrainid, “ May not (to give a pleasing fancy scope,
Correctly prun'd cach wild luxuriant thought, “ And chear a patriot heart with patriot hope) Mark'd out her course, nor spar'd a glorious fault, " May not some great extensive Genius raise The book of man he read with nicest art, " The name of Britain 'bove Athenian praise ; And ransack'd all the fecrets of the heart; " And, whilft brave thirst of fame his bosom warms, Exerted penetration's utmost force, "Make England great in letters as in arms ?
And trac'd each passion to its proper source ; " There may there hath—and Shakespeare's mufc Then strongis mark’d, in liveliest colours drew, " aspires
And brought each foible forth to public view. “ Beyond the reach of Greece : with native fires The coxcomb felt a lash in ev'ry word, “ Mounting aloft, he wings his airy fight,
And fools, hung out, their brother fools deterr’d. “ While Sophocles below stands trembling at his His comic humour kept the world in awe, " height.
And Laughter frighten'd Folly more than Law. “ Why should we then abroad for judges roam, But, hark !-the trumpet sounds, the crowd givo “When abler judges we may find at home ?
way, “ Happy in tragic and in comic pow'rs,
And the procession comes in just array.
And waken mem'ry with a Neeping ode.
Their titles, merits, or their names rehearse ?
We'll put off Genius till another time. Mean-time the stranger ev'ry voice employ'd,
First, Order came, with solemn stop, and now, To ask or tell his name-Who is it :-LLOYD. In measur'd time his feet were taught to go.
Thus, when the aged friends of Job stood mute, Behind, from time to time, he cast his eye, And, tamely prudent, gave up the dispute,
Left This should quit his place, That step awry. Elihu, with the decent warmth of youth,
Appearances to save his only care ; Boldly stood forth the advocate of truth ;
So things seem right, no matter what they are. Confuted falsehood, and disabled pride,
In him his parents saw themselves renew'd, Whilft bailed age stood snarling at his side.
Begotten by Sir Critic on Saint Prude. The day of tryal's fix'd, nor any fear
Then came drum, trumpet, hautboy, fiddle, flute ; Left day of tryal should be put off here.
Next snuffer, sweeper, shifter, soldier, mite :
Legions of angels all in whire advance ;
The morning came, nor find I that the Sun, Pantomime figures then are brought to view,
Fools hand in hand with fools, go two by two.
Next came the treasurer of either house; To go his journey on the day before.
One with full purse, t'other with not a fous, Fall in the centre of a spacious plain,
Behind, a group of figures awe create, On plan entirely new, where nothing vain,
Set off with all th'impertinence of state ; Nothing magnificent appear'd, but Art
By lace and feather confecrate to fame, With decent modesty perform'd her part,
Expletive kings, and queens without a name. Rose a tribunal : from no other court
Here Havard, all serene, in the same strains, It borrow'd ornament, or fought support :
Loves, hates, and rages, triumphs, and No juries here were pack'd to kill or clear,
plains ; No bribes were taken, nor oaths broken here His easy'vacant face proclaim'd a heart No gownsmen partial to a client's cause,
Which could not feel emotions, nor impart. To their own purpose tun'd the pliant laws.
With him came mighty Davies. On my life, Each judge was true and steady to his trust,
That Davies hath a very pretty wife: As Mansfield wise, and as old Foster * juft.
Statesman all over ! -In plots famous grown! In the first seat, in robe of various dyes,
He mouths a sentence, as curs mouth a bone. A noble wildness Aashing from his eyes,
Next Holland camc.-Wich truly tragic ítalk, Sat Shakespeare. In one hand a wand he bore, He creeps, he flies.-A hero should not walk. For mighty wonder fam'd in days of yore;
As if with heav'n he warr'd, his cager eyes
Planted their batteries against the skies ;
He borrow'd, and made use of as his own.
He might, perhaps, have pleas't w easyragai
But now appears a copy and no more,
Now in the centre, now in van or rear, Of something better we have seen before.
The Proteus shifts, Lawd, Parfon, Auktimees. The actor who would build a solid fame,
His strokes of humour, and his bursts of sport, Muit imitation's fervile arts disclaim;
Are all contain'd in this one word, Disturt. Act from himself, on his own bottom itind ;
Doth a man itutter, look a-íquinc, or hut! I hate e'en Garrick thus at second-hand.
Mimics draw humour out of Nature's fault, Behind came King.-Bred up in modeft lore, With personal defects their mirth adorn, Bashful and young he fought Hibernia's fore ; And hang misfortunes out to public scorn. Hibernia, fam’d, 'bove ev'ry ocher grace,
E'en I, whom nature cast in hideous mould, For matchless intropidity of face.
W hom, having made, she trembled to behold, From her his features caught the gen'rous flame, Beneath the load of mimicry may groan, And bis defiance to all sense of thame.
And find that Nature's error are my own. Tutor'd by her all rivals to surpafs,
Shadows behind of Foote and Woodward came; 'Mongit Drury's fons he come, and shines in Brass. Wilkinson this, Obrien was that name.
Lo Yates - Without the least firule of art Strange to relate, but wonderfully true, He gets applause-I wish he'd get his part.
That even shadows have their shadows too!
With not a single comic pow'r endu'd,
The last by Nature form’d to please, who thews,
Self quite put off, affects, with too much art, Suspended sense, and prove it fi&tion all.
To put on Woodward in each mangled part; In characters of low and vulgar mould,
Adopts his shrug, his wink, his stare; nay, more, Where Nature's coarseft features we behold,
His voice, and croaks ; for Woodward croak'd be Where, deititute of ev'ry decent grace,
fore. Unmanner'd jefts are blurted in your face,
When a dull copier simple grace neglects,
By Nature form’d in her perverselt mood,
Next Jackson came.-Observe that settled glare,
Sounds so well fitted to her untun'd ear? Fond of his dress, fond of his person grown, When, to enforce some very tender part, Laugh'd at by all, and to himself unknown, The right-hand sleeps by indtinct on the hcart, From side to side he truts, he smiles, he prates, His soul, of every other thought berefi, And seems to wonder what's become of Yares. Is anxious only where to place the left;
Woodward, endow'd with various tricks of face, He fubs and pants to soothe his weeping spouse, Great master in the science of grimace,
To soothe his weeping mother, turns and bows. From Ireland ventures, fay'rite of the town, Aukward, embarrats'd, itiff, without the skill Lur’d by the pleasing prospect of renown;
Of moving gracefully, or standing ftill, A speaking Harlequin, made up of whim,
One ley, as if fufpicious of his brother, He twifts, he twines, he tortures ev'ry linib, Desirous seems to run away from t'other. Plays to the eye with a mere monkey's art,
Some errors, handed down from age to age, And leaves to finse the conqueft of the heart. Plead custom's force, and still pofless the itage. We laugh indeed, but on reflection's birth,
That's vile-Should we a parent's faults adore, We wonder at ourselves, and curse our mirth. And err, because our fathers err'd before ; His walk of parts he fatally misplac'd,
If, inattentive to the author's mind, And inclination fondly took for talte;
Some actors made the jest they could not find, Hence hath the town so often seen display'd
If by low tricks they marr'd fair Nature's mien, Beau in burlesque, high life in masquerade.
And blurr’d the graces of the simple scene, But when bold wits, not fuch as patch up plays, Shall we, if reaton rightly is employd, Cold and correct, in these insipid days,
Not see their fiults, or seeing not avoii? Some comic character, strong featurd, urge When Falituff itinds detected in a lye, To probability's extremeft verge,
Why, without meaning, rolls Love's glassy eye! Where modest judgment her decree suspends, Why? --- There's no cause at least no cause we And for a time, nor centures, nor cominends,
knowWhere critics can't determine on the spot,
It was the fashion twenty years ago Whether it is in Nature found or not,
Fashion, a word which knaves and fools may use There Woodward safely fall his pow'rs exert, Their knavery and folly to excuse. Nor fail of favour where he fews desert.
To copy beautios, forfeits all pretence Hence he in Bobadil such praises bore,
To fame-to copy faults, is want of sense.
Yet (tho' in some particulars he fails,
All gentlemen are melancholy mad,
When 'tis not deem'd fo great a crime by half
Long, from a nation ever hardly us'd, To violate a veital, as to laugh,
At random censurd, wantonly abus’d, Rude mirth inay hope presumptuous to engage
Have Britons drawn their sport, with partial view An act of Toleration for the itage,
Form'd gen’ral notions from the rafcal tew; And courtiers will, like reasonable creatures, Condemn d a people as for vices known, Suspend vain fathion, and unscrew their features, Which, from their country banish'd, seck our own. Old Falstaff, play'd by Love, thall please once more, At length, howe'er, the davith chain is broke, And humour jet che audience in a roar.
And Senie awaken'd, 1corns her ancient yoke : Actors I've seen, and of no vulgar name,
Taught by thee, Moody, we now learn to raise Who, being from one part poffefs'd of fame, Mirth from their foibles, from their virtues, praise. Whether they are to laugh, cry, whine, or bawl, Next came the legion, which our Summer Bayes, Still introduce that fav’rite part in all.
From alleys, bere and there, contriv'd to raise, Here, Love, be cautious-ne'er be thou betray'd Flush'd with vast hopes, and certain to succeed To call in that wag Falstaff's dang 'rous aid;
With Wits who cannot write, and scarce can read.
Each on himself determines to rely,
To Nature dead, and foes declared to Vit.
At once so willing, and unfit to reign,
Their mighty matter's soul inform’d them all. A band of malecontents with spleen o'erflow;
As one with various disappointments sad, Wrapt in conceit's impenetrable fog,
Whom Dullness only kept from being mad, Which pride, like Phæbus, draws from ev'ry bog, Apart from all the rest great Murphy cameThey curle the Managers, and curse the Town, Common to fools and wits, the rage of fame. Whose partial favours keeps such merit down. What tho' the sons of Nonsense hail him SIRE,
But if some man, more hardy than the rest, AUDITOR, AUTHOR, MANAGER, and SQUIRE, Should dare attack these gnarlings in their neft;
His restless soul's ambition stops not therc, At once they rise with impotence of rage,
To make his triumphs perfect, dub him PLAYER. Whet their small stings, and buzz about the stage. In person tall, a person form'd to please, “ 'Tis breach of privilege ! Shall any dare If symmetry could charm, depriv'd of ease; “ To arm satyric truth against a player?
When motionless he stands, we all approve, “ Prescriptive rights we plead time out of mind; What pity 'tis the Thing was made to move. “ Actors, unlash'd themselves, may lah
His voice, in one dull, deep, and varied sound, « kind.”
Seems to break forth from caverns under ground. What! shall opinion then, of Nature free From hollow chest the low sepulchral note And lib'ral as the vagrant air, agree
Unwilling heaves, and struggles in his throat.
To ape the feelings of a manly heart,
Still in extremes, he knows no happy mean, Stranger alike to flattery and fear,
Or raving mad, or stupidly ferene. In purpose fix'd and to herself a rule,
In cold-wrought scenes the lifeless actor flags, Public contempt shall wait the public fool.
In pallion, tears the paffion into rags. Austin would always glisten in French filks, Can none remember Yes-1 know all mustAckman would Norris be, and Packer Wilks. When in the Moor he ground his teeth to dust, For who, like Ackman, can with humour please; When o'er the stage he Folly's standard bore, Who can, like Packer, charm with sprightly ease? Whilft Common Sense stooj trembling at the door. Higher than all the rest, see Brunsby Itrut:
How few are found with real talents bless'd, A mighty Gulliver in Lilliput!
Fewer with Nature's gifts contented reft. Ludicrous Nature! which at once could new Man from his sphere eccentric starts aftray ; A man so very high, so very low.
All hunt for fame ; but most mistake the way. If I forget thee, Blakes, or if I lay
Bred at St. Omer's to the shuffling trade, Aught hurtful, may I never see thee play.
The hopeful youth a Jesuit might have made, Let critic, with a lupercilious air,
With various readings stor’d his empty skull, Decry thy various merit, and declare
Learn'd without fenle, and venerably dull ; Frenchman is still at top ;—but scorn that rage Or, at some banker's desk, like many more, Which, in attacking thee attacks the age.
Content to tell that two and two make four, French follies, universally embrac'd,
His name had stood in CITY ANNALS fair, At once provoke our mirth, and form our taste. And prudent Dullness mark'd him for a Mayor.
What then could tempt thee in a critic age, But think not, though these dastard-chiefs are Such blooming hopes to forfeit on a stage ? Could it be worth thy wond'rous waste of pains That Covent-Garden troops shall want a head : To publish to the world thy lack of brains ? Harlequin comes their chief !-See from afar, Or might not realon e'en to thee have shewn
The hero seated in fantastic car! Thy greateit praise had been to live unknown ? Wedded to Novelty, his only arms Yet let not vanity, like thine, despair :
Are wooden fwords, wands, talismans, and charms; Fortune makes Folly her peculiar care.
On one fide Folly fits, by some call'd Fun,
Behind, for liberty a-thirst in vain,
Sense, helpless captive, drags the galling chain. Thy birth-right claim, nor fear a rival there. Six rude mil-Shapen beasts the chariot draw, Shuter himself thall own thy juster claim,
Whom Reason loaths, and Nature never saw ; And venal Ledgers puff their Murphy's name, Monsters, with tails of ice, and heads of fire ; Whilft Vaughan * or Dapper, call him which you will, Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimæras dire. Shall blow the trumpet, and give out the bill. Each was beftrode by full as monstrous wight,
There rule secure from critics and from sente, Giant, Dwarf, Genius, Elf, Hermaphrodite. Nor once shall Genius rise to give offence ;
The Town, as usual, met him in full cry ; Eternal peace shall bless the happy shore,
The Town, as ulual, knew no reason why. And little Factions break thy rett no more.
But Falhion so directs, and moderns raise From Covent-Garden crowds promiscuous go, On Fashion's mould’ring base their transient praise. Whom the Muse knows not, nor desires to know. Next, to the field a band of females draw Vet'rans they seemd, but knew of arms no more Their force ; for Britain owns no Salique law : Than if, till that time, arms they never bore : Just to their worth, we female rights ajmit, Like Weftminster militia train’d to fight,
Nor bar their claim to empire or to wit. They scarcely knew the left hand from the right. First, giggling, plotting chamber-maids arrive, Alham'd among such troops to shew the head, Hoydens and romps, led on by Gen'ral Clive. 'Their chiefs were scatter'd, and their heroes fied. In spite of outward blemishes, she thone Sparks at his glats sat comfortably down
For humour fam'd, and humour all her own. To lep'rate frown from smile, and smile from frown ; Ealy, as if at home, the stage she trod, Smith, the genteel, the airy, and the smart, Nor sought the critic's praise, nor fear'd his rod, Smith was just gone to school to say his part ; Original in spirit and in case, Ross (a misfortune which we often meet)
She pleas'd by hiding all attempts to please. Was fast asleep at dear Statira's feet ;
No comic actress ever yet could raise, Statira, with her hero to agree,
On Humour's base, more merit or more praise. Stood on her feet as fast asleep as he ;
With all the native vigour of sixteen, Macklin, who largely deals in half-form'd rounds, Among the merry troop conspicuous feen, Who wantonly tranfgreffes Nature's bounds, See lively Pope advance in jig and trip, Whose acting's hard, affected, and constrain'd, Corinna, Cherry, Honeycomb, and Snip. Whose features, as cach other they disdain'd, Not without Art, but then to Nature true, At variance fet, inflexible and coarse,
She charms the Town with humour just, yet now. Ne'er know the workings of united force,
Cheard by her promise, we the loss deplore Ne'er kindly soften to cach other's aid,
The fatal time when Clive shall be no more.
She laughs at paltry arts, and scorns parade.
Talk not to me of diffidence and fear-
Defects like these which modest terrors cause,
We love e'en foibles in so good an heart.
Let Tommy Arne, with usual pomp of stile, Who aim'd at wit, tho' levell'd in the dark, Whose chief, whose only merit's to compile, The random arrow seldom hit the mark,
Who, meanly pilfering here and there a bit, At Ihington, all by the placid stream
Deals music out as Murphy deals out wit, Where City (wains in lap of dullness dream, Publith proposals, laws for tarte prescribe, Where, quiet as her strains their strains do flow, And chaunt the praise of an Italian trite; That all the patron by the bards may know,
Let him reverse kind Nature's first decrees, Secret as night, with Rolt's experienc'd aid,
And teach e'en Brent a method not to please ; The plan of future operations laid,
But never shall a truly British age Projected schemes the summer months to chear, Bear a vile race of eunuchs on the stage. And spin out happy Folly through the year.
The boasted work's callid National in vain,
If one Italian voice pollutes the strain. A gentleman ftill living, who published, at this Where tyrants runc, and Naves with joy obey, juseure, a Poem entitled, * The Retort,” E. Let Navith minstrels pour ch'enervate lay i