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Dr. Gotdfmith and fome of his friends occasionally diner! at the St. James's coffee-house -One day it was proposed to write epitaphs on him. His country, dialect, and per. fon, furnished subjects of witticism. He was called on for RETALIATION, and at their next meeting, produced the following puen.

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Fold, when Scarron his companions invited,
Each guilt brought his dish, and the feast was

united;
If our* landlord fupplies us with beef and with fish,
Let each gueft bring himse!f, and he brings the best dish:
Our + dean shall be venison, just fresh from the plains ;
Our | Burke shall be tongue, with a garnish of brains ;

* The master of the St. James's coffee-house where the doctor, and the friends he has characterized in this poem, occasionally dined.

+ Doctor Barnard, dean of Derry in Ireland,

| Mr Edmund Burke, member for Wendover, and one of the greatest orators in this Kingdom.

Our ** Will shall be wild fowl, of excellent flavour,
And + Dick with his pepper shall heighten their favour :
Our † Cumberland's sweet-bread its place shall obtain,
And || Douglas is pudding, fubftantial and plain :
Our Ý Garrick's a sallad, for in him we fee
Oil, vinegar, sugar, and faltness agree :
To make out the dinner full certain I am,
That 9 Ridge is anchovy, and ** Reynolds is lamb;
That tt Hickey's a capon, and by the same rule,
Magnanimous Goldsmith a goofberry fool.
At a dinner so various, at such a repast,
Who'd not be a glutton, and stick to the lait ?

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* Mr William Burke, late secretary to general Con, way, and member for Bedwip.

Mr Richard Burke, Collector of Granada. $ Mr Richard Cumberland, author of the West Indian, Fashionable Lover, the Brothers, and other dramatic pieces.

|| Doctor Douglas, cannon of Windsor, an ingenious Scotch gentleman, who has no less distinguished himself as a citizen of the world, than a found critic, in de. tecting several literary mistakes (or rather forgeries) of his countrymen ; particularly Lauder on Milton, and Borwer's History of the Popes,

Ø David Garrick, Esq; joint patentee, and acting manager of the Theatre-royal, Drury-lane.

q Connfellor John Ridge, a gentleman belonging to the Irish bar; the relish of whose conversation was juftly compared to an anchovy.

** Sir Joshua Reynolds, president of the Royal Aca. der:y.

tt An eminent attorney.

Here, waiter, more wine, let me fit while I'm able,
'Till all my companions sink under the table ;
Then with chaos and blunders encircling my head,
Let me ponder, and tell what I think of the dead.

Here lies the good * dean, re-united to earth,
Who mixt reason with pleasure, and wisdom with mirth:
If he had any faults, he has left us in doubt,
At least in fix weeks, I could not find 'em out;
Yet some have declar'd, and it can't bedeny'd 'em,
That fly-boots was curfedly cunning to hide 'em.

Here lies our good † Edmund, whose genius was

such,
We scarcely can praise it, or blame it too much;
Who, born for the universe narrow'd his mind,
And to party gave up what was meant for mankind.
Tho' fraught with all learning, yet itraining his throat,
To persuade + Tommy Townshend to lend him a vote;
Who, too deep for his hearers, Atill went on refining,
And thought of convincing, while they thought of

dining;
Tho' equal to all things, for all things unfit,
Too nice for a statesman, too proud for a wit :
For a patriot too cool ; for a drudge disobedient;
And too fond of the right to pursue the expedient.
In short, 'twas his fate, unemploy'd, or in place, fir,
To eat mutton cold, and cut blocks with a razor.

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* Vide page 199
+ Vide page 199
| MrT. Townsend, member for Whitechurch.

Here lies honeft * William, whose heart was a mint, While the owner ne'er knew half the good that was in't; The pupil of impuise, it forc'd him along, His conduct still right, with his argument wrong ; Still aiming at honour, yet fearing to roam, The coachman was tipsy, the chariot drove home ; Would

you

ask for his merits ? alas ! he had none; What was good was spontaneous, his faults were his

own.

Here lies honest Richard whose fate I must sigh at ; Alas that such frolic Mould now be fo quiet ! What fpirits were his! what wit and what whim; + Now breaking a jeft, and now breaking a limb ? Now wrangling and grumbling to keep up the ball ! Now teazing and vexing, yet laughing at all ! In short fo provoking a devil was Dick, That we wilu'd him full ten times a day at old nick; But, milling his mirth and agreeable vein, As often we wish d to have Dick back again.

Here Cumberland lies, having acted his parts,
The Terence of England, the mender of heaits;
A flattering painter, who made it bis care
To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are,
His, gallants are all faultless his won en divine,
And comedy wonders at being so fine ;

This gen

* Vide page 200.

+ Mr Richard Burke ; vide page 200. tleman having Nightly fractured one of his arms and legs, at different times, the doctor has rallied him on those accidents, as a kind of retributive justice for breaking his jefts on other people.

I Vide page 200.

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