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Magdalens, and Lumber Troop, with many Others; all which acknowledge the Affinity they bear to their paternal Society, by celebrating their Evening Mysteries with a Song and a Sentiment.

The Choice Spirits have ever been famous for their Talents as Musical Artists. They usually met ał the harvest-homes of Grape-gathering: There exhilarated by the pressings of the Vintage, they were wont to sing Songs, tell Stories, and shew Tricks, from their first emerging, until their Perihelion under the Presidentship of Mr. George Alerander Stevens, Ballad-Laureat to the Society of Choice Spirits, and who appeared at Ranelagh in the Character of Comus, supported by those Droles of merry Me

mory.

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Unparalleled were their performances, as first Fists upon the Salt-Bor, and inimitable the variations they would twang upon the forte and piano Jews Harp. Excellent was Howard in the Chin Con certo; whose Nose also supplied the melodious Tones of the Bagpipe.-Upon the Sliccado Matt. Skeggs remains still unrivalled. And we cannot now boast of one real Genius upon the genuine Hurdy Gurdy.

Alas! these Stars are all extinguished; and the remains of ancient British Har"mony is now confined to the manly Mu-sic of Marrow-Bones and Cleavers."

Every thing must sink into Oblivion ;

" Corn now grows where Troy Town stood.-Ranelagh may be metamorpho

sed into a Methodist's Meeting-House ! Vaux-Hall. cut into Skittle-Alleys ! the two Theatres converted into AuctionRooms ; and the Nero Pantheon become the stately Habitation of some Jew PawnBroker :-Nay, the Sons of Liberty themselves

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CONTENTS.

Page

A CARICATURE

153

Ad Infinitum

65

Administration

132
A Fore-Castle Song

82
A Lesson of Love

217
A Love Song

105
Amelia

112
A New Roast Beef

97

A Simple Pastoral

73

A Toast

179

A Time for all Things 92

A Wonder

185
Bartleme Fair

58

Beauty and Wine

104

Beaum de Vie

159
Beef and a Bumper

183
Beef Steak Club

152
Castles in Air

48
Chastity.

137
Circe

135

Common Sense

80

Conclusion of the Humbug 164

Contentment

206

Courtship

124

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