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But I will rally, and combat the ruiner;
Makes but a penitent—loses a lover. S
them, he was so good as to give me them, about a year ago, just as I was leaving London, and bidding him adieu for that season, little apprehending that it was a last farewell. I preserve this little relic, in his own handwriting, with an affectionate care. “I am, siR, “Your humble servant, “JAMEs Boswell.”
Boswell, the biographer of Johnson, left London for Scotland on the 10th of May, 1773, and did not return till the 21st of March, 1775; almost a twelvemonth after the death of Goldsmith. – The air called The humors of Ballamaguiry, to which he refers, is to be met with in the ninth number of the Irish Melodies, by Thomas Moore, esq.
Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain,
* From She stoops to conquer, 1773.−This song was sung by Mr. Quick, in the character of Tony Lumpkin. It is thus introduced: “Scene, an ale-house room. Several shabby fellows, with punch and tobacco. Tony at the head of the table, a little higher than the rest; a mallet in his hand.—OMNEs. Hurreal hurrea! hurreal bravo! First fellow. Now, gentlemen, silence for a song. The 'squire is going to knock himself down for a song. OMNEs. Ay, a song, a song! Tony. Then I'll sing you, gentlemen, a song I made upon this alehouse, The Three Pigeons.”
Then come, put the jorum about,
EPITAPHS ON THE MOST DISTINGUISHED WITS OF THIS METROPOLIS.i
Of old, when Scarron his companions invited, Each guest brought his dish, and the feast was united; If our landlord supplies us with beef and with fish, Let each guest bring himself—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: Our Will" shall be wild fowl, of excellent flavor—
* First published on the 18th of April, 1774; a fortnight after the death of its author. We have seven nominal editions of it in the same year. I have adopted the text of A new edition—perhaps the fourth— of which Mr. Kearsly the publisher, in reply to some newspaper critics, asserts the strict fidelity. The postscript appeared in the fifth edition.
The Literary Club, established in 1764, was on too limited a scale; and an occasional club, of which Goldsmith became a member, was some years afterward formed. As his peculiarities had attracted notice
And Dick" with his pepper shall heighten their savor;
it was proposed to write characters of him in the shape of epitaphs. Dean Barnard, Cumberland, Garrick, and others, complied. Garrick furnished this pungent couplet:
“Here lies poet Goldsmith, for shortness call'd Noll;
He was called on for retaliation; and produced, at the next meeting,