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" What have wegot here?-_Why this isgood eating! Your own I suppose—or is it in waiting?"
Why whose should it be ?” cried I with a flounce “I get these things often”-but that was a bounce: “Some lords, my acqnaintance, that settle the
nation, Are pleas'd to be kind—but I hate ostentation,"
« If that be the case then," cried he, very gay, * I'm glad I have taken this house in my way. To-morrow you take a poor dinner with me; No words—l insist on't-precisely at three: We'll have Johnson, and Burke, all the wits will be
there; My acquaintance is slight, or I'd ask my lord Clare. . And, now that I think on't, as I am a sinner! We wanted this venison to make out a dinner. What say you-a pasty, it shall, and it must, And my wife, little Kitty, is famous for crust. Here, porter--this venison with me to Mile-end; No stirring.-1 beg-my dear friend-my dear
friend!” Thus snatching his hat, he brush'd off like the wind, And the porter and eatables follow'd bebind.
Left alone to reflect, having emptied my shelf, And“ nobody with me at sea but myself; Tho' I could not help thinking my gentleman hasty, Yet Johnson, and Burke, and a good venison pasty,
* See the letters that passed between his Royal Highness Henry, Duke of Cumberland, and Lady Grosvenor-12mo. 1769.
Were things that I never dislik'd in my life, Tho'clogg'd with a coxcomb, and Kitty his wife. So next day in due splendour to make my approach, I drove to his door in my own hackney-coach.
When come to the place where we all were to dine, (A chair-lumber'd closet just twelve feet by nine:) My friend bade me welcome, but struck me quite
dumb, With tidings that Johnson and Burke would not
come; “For I knew it,” he cried, “ both eternally fail, The one with his speeches, and t'other with Thrale; But no matter, I'll warrant we'll make
up With two full as clever, and ten times as hearty. The one is a Scotchman, the other a Jew, They both of them merry, and authors like you : The one writes the Snarler, the other the Scourge; Some thinks he writes Cinna--he owns to Panurge.” While thus he describ'd them by trade and byname, They enter'd, and dinner was serv'd as they came.
At the top a fried liver, and bacon were seen, At the bottom was tripe, in a swingeing tureen; At the sides there was spinnage and pudding made
In the middle a place where the pasty-was not. Now, my lord, as for tripe it's my utter aversion, And your bacon I hate like a Turk or a Persian, So there I sat stuck, like a horse in a pound, While the bacon and liver went merrily round:
But But what vex'd me most was that d'd Scottish
rogue, With his long-winded speeches, bis smiles and his
brogue, And, “madam," quoth he, “may this bit be my
poison, A prettier dinner I never set eyes on ; Pray a slice of your liver, tho' may I becurst, But I've eat of your tripe, till I'am ready to burst." “The tripe," quoth the Jew, “ with his chocolate
I could dine on this tripe seven days in a week : I like these here dinners so pretty and small; But your friend there, the doctor, eats nothing at all.” “0-ho! quoth my friend, he'll come on in a trice, He's keeping a corner for something that's nice; There's a pasty"_" a pasty! repeated the Jew I don't care, if I keep a corner for't too." " What the de'l, mon, a pasty!” re-echo'd the Scot, “ Tho' 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 similies drop-
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
THE wretch condemn'd with life to part,
Still, still on hope relies;
Bids expectation rise.
Hope, like the glinim'ring taper's light,
Adorns and cheers the way; And still, as darker
the night, Emits a brighter ray.