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re AN EPISTLE TO JOSEPH HILL, ESQ.
Once on a time an emperor, a wise man,
Oh happy Britain! we have not to fear
BURNING OF LORD MANSFIELD'S
TOGETHER WITH HIS MSS.
»T THE MOB, IN THE MONTH OF JUNE, IT'SO. I.
So then—the Vandals of our Isle,
Sworn foes to sense and law, Have burnt to dust a nobler pile
Than ever Roman saw!
And Murray sighs over Pope and Swift,
And many a treasure more,
That graced his lettered store.
Their pages mangled, burnt, and torn,
The loss was his alone;
The burning of his own.
ON THE SAME.
When wit and genius meet their doom
In all devouring flame,
And bid us fear the same.
Over Murray's loss the muses wept,
They felt the rude alarm, Yet blessed the guardian care, that kept
His sacred head from harm.
There memory, like the bee, that's fed
From Flora's balmy store, The quintessence of all he read
Had treasured up before.
The lawless herd, with fury blind,
The flowers are gone—but btill we find
LOVE OF THE WORLD REPROVED^
Thus says the prophet of the Turk,
* It may be proper to inform the reader that this piece has already appeared in print, having found its way, though with some unnecessary additions by an unknown hand, into the Leeds Journal, without the author's privity.
Much controversy straight arose,
These choose the back, the belly those;
By some 'tis confidently said
He meant not to forbid the head;
While others at that doctrine rail,
And piously prefer the tail.
Thus conscience freed from every clog,
Mahometans eat up the hog.
You laugh—'tis well—The tale applied May make you laugh on t'other side. Renounce the world—the preacher cries. We do—a multitude replies. While one as innocent regards A snug and friendly game at cards; And one, whatever you may say, Can see no evil in a play; Some love a concert, or a race; And others shooting, and the chase. Reviled and loved, renounced and followed. Thus, bit by bit, the world is swallowed; Each thinks his neighbour makes too free, Yet likes a slice as well as he: With sophistry their sauce they sweeten, Till quite from tail to snout 'tis eaten.