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Our Cumberland's * sweet-bread its place shall

obtain, And Douglas † is pudding, substantial and plain : Our Garrick's I a salad ; for in him we see Oil, vinegar, sugar, and saltness agree : To make out the dinner, full certain am, That Ridge § is anchovy, and Reynolds || is

lamb ;

That Hickey's | a capon, and by the same rule,
Magnanimous Goldsmith a gooseberry-fool.
At a dinner so various, at such a repast,
Who'd not be a glutton, and stick to the last ?
Here, waiter, more wine, let me sit 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.

* Mr. Richard Cumberland, author of the West Indian, Fashionable Lover, the Brothers, and other dramatic pieces.

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

| David Garrick, Esq.

& Counsellor John Ridge, a gentleman belonging to the Irish bar. || Sir Joshua Reynolds.

An eminent attorney.

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Here lies the good dean *, re-united to earth, Who mix'd reason with pleasure, and wisdom

with mirth : If he had any faults, he has left us in doubt; At least, in six weeks I could not find 'em out; Yet some have declar'd, and it can't be denied

'em, That sly-boots was cursedly cunning to hide 'em. Here lies our good Edmund t, 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 man

kind; Though fraught with all learning, yet straining

his throat To persuade Tommy Townshend I to lend him

a vote; Who, too deep for his hearers, still went on re

fining, And thought of convincing while they thought

of dining : Though 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, disobe

dient;

And too fond of the right to pursue the expe

dient.

Vide page 59.

† Ibid. | Mr. T. Townshend, Member for Whitchurch.

In short, 'twas his fate, unemploy'd, or in

place, sir, To eat mutton cold, and cut blocks with a razor. Here lies honest William *, whose heart was

a mint, While the owner ne'er knew half the good that

was in't; The pupil of impulse, 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, bis faults were

his own.

Here lies honest Richard, whose fate I must

sigh at; Alas, that such frolic should now be so quiet! What spirits were his! wbat wit and what whim! Now breaking a jest, and now breaking a limb t; Now wrangling and grumbling to keep up the

a

ball;

Now teazing and vexing, yet laughing at all.

This gen

* Vide page 59.

† Mr. Richard Burke ; vide page 59. tleman having slightly fractured one of his arms and legs, at different times, the doctor had rallied him on those accidents, as a kind of retributive justice for breaking his jests upon other people.

In short, so provoking a devil was Dick,
That we wish'd him full ten times a day at old

Nick;

But, missing 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 hearts ;
A flattering painter, who made it his care
To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are.
His gallants are all faultless, his women divine,
And Comedy wonders at being so fine :
Like a tragedy-queen he has dizen'd her out,
Or rather like Tragedy giving a rout.
His fools have their follies so lost in a crowd
Of virtues and feelings, that Folly grows proud ;
And coxcombs, alike in their failings alone,
Adopting his portraits, are pleas’d with their own.
Say, where has our poet this malady caught?
Or wherefore his characters thus without fault!
Say, was it that, vainly directing his view
To find out men's virtues, and finding them few,
Quite sick of pursuing each troublesome elf,
He grew lazy at last, and drew from himself ?

Here Douglas retires from bis toils to relax, The scourge of impostors, the terror of quacks ; Come, all ye quack bards, and ye quacking

divines, Come, and dance on the spot where your tyrant

reclines.

* Vide page 60.

Ibid.

When satire and censure encircled his throne,
I fear'd for your safety, I fear'd for my own;
But now he is gone, and we want a detector,
Our Dodds * shall be pious, our Kenricks t shall

lecture; Macpherson I write bombast, and call it a style, Our Townshend & make speeches, and I shall

compile; New Lauders and Bowers || the Tweed shall

cross over, No countryman living their tricks to discover; Detection her taper shall quench to a spark, And Scotchman meet Scotchman and cheat in

the dark. Here lies David Garrick (, describe him who

can, An abridgment of all that was pleasant in

man ; As an actor, confest without rival to shine : As a wit, if not first, in the very first line : Yet, with talents like these, and an excellent

heart, The man had his failings, a dupe to his art.

* The Rev. Dr. Dodd.

† Dr. Kenrick, who read Lectures at the Devil Tavern, under the title of 'The School of Shakspeare.'

| James Macpherson, Esq., who lately, from the mere force of his style, wrote down the first poet of all antiquity. $ Vide page 61.

|! 60.

60.

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