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As I pass through the town,
British Apollo, 1707.
THE TABARD INN.
In Southwerk at the Tabard as I lay,
And shortly, whan the sonne was gon to reste,
LINES ON THE MERMAID TAVERN.
NOULS of poets dead and gone,
What Elysium have ye known,
I have heard that on a day
Souls of poets dead and gone, What Elysium have ye known, Happy field or mossy cavern, Choicer than the Mermaid Tavern ?
THE SUN, THE DOG, THE TRIPLE TUN.
ODE TO BEN JONSON.
Made at the Sun,
And yet each verse of thine
Or come again,
Or send to us
But teach us yet
That precious stock, the store
What things have we seen Done at the Mermaid! heard words that have been So nimble, and so full of subtle flame, As if that every one from whence they came Had meant to put his whole wit in a jest, And had resolved to live a fool the rest Of his dull life; that when there hath been thrown Wit able enough to justify the town For three days past, - wit that might warrant be For the whole city to talk foolishly Till that were cancelled ; and when that was gone, We left an air behind us, which alone Was able to make the two next companies (Right witty, though but downright fools) more wise.
THE RED LION, DRURY LANE. WHERE the Red Lion, staring o'er the way,
, Invites each passing stranger that can pay ; Where Calvert's butt and Parson's black champagne Regale the drabs and bloods of Drury Lane; There in a lonely room, from bailiffs snug, The Muse found Scroggen stretched beneath a rug.
Oliver Goldsmith. THE COCK.
WILL WATERPROOF'S LYRICAL MONOLOGUE.
O PLUMP head-waiter at The Cock,
To which I most resort,
Go fetch a pint of port :
You set before chance-comers,
On Lusitanian summers.
No vain libation to the Muse,
But may she still be kind,
Her influence on the mind,
Ere they be half forgotten; Nor add and alter, many times,
Till all be ripe and rotten.
I pledge her, and she comes and dips
Her laurel in the wine, And lay
it thrice upon my lips, These favored lips of mine; Until the charm have power to make
New lifeblood warm the bosom, And barren commonplaces break
In full and kindly blossom.