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For then the farmers come jog, jog,
Along the miry road,
To make their payments good.
In sooth, the sorrow of such days
Is not to be express'd, When he that takes and he that pays
Are both alike distress'd.
Now all unwelcome at his gates
The clumsy swains alight,
He trembles at the sight.
And well he
for well he knows Each bumpkin of the clan, Instead of paying what he owes,
Will cheat him if he can.
So in they come-each makes his leg,
And flings his head before, And looks as if he came to beg,
And not to quit a score.
“ And how does miss and madam do,
“The little boy and all?” “ All tight and well. And how do you,
“Good Mr. What-d'ye-call ?"
The dinner comes, and down they sit:
Were e'er such hungry folk? There's little taiking, and no wit;
It is no time to joke.
One wipes his nose upon his sleeve,
One spits upon the floor,
the cloth before,
The punch goes round, and they are dull
And lumpish still as ever;
They only weigh the heavier.
At length the busy time begins.
“Come, neighbours, we must wag" The money chinks, down drop their chins, ,
Each lugging out his bag.
One talks of mildew and of frost,
And one of storms of hail, And one of pigs that he has lost
By maggots at the tail.
“A rarer man than you “ In pulpit none shall hear: “But yet, methinks, to tell you true,
“You sell it plaguy dear.”
O why are farmers made so coarse,
Or clergy made so fine? A kick, that scarce would move a horse,
May kill a sound divine.
Then let the boobies stay at home;
"Twould cost him, I dare say, Less trouble taking twice the sum,
Without the clowns that pay.
SO N N E T
HENRY COWPER, ESQ.
On his emphatical and interesting delivery of the defence of
Warren Hastings, Esq. in the House of Lords.
COW PER, whose silver voice, task'd sometimes hard,
Legends prolix delivers in the ears (Attentive when thou read'st) of England's peers,
Let verse at length yield thee thy just reward. Thou wast not heard with drowsy disregard,
Expending late on all that length of plea
Mute as e’er gaz’d on orator or bard.
Both heart and head; and couldst with music sweet
Of Attic phrase and senatorial tone,
Thy fame diffuse, prais’d not for utt'rance meet Of others' speech, but magic of thy own.
Lines addressed to
Author of “THE BOTANIC GARDEN."
Two Poets *, (poets, by report,
Not oft so well agree)
Conspire to honour Thee,
Who oft themselves have known
By labours of their own.
Though various yet complete,
And learned as 'tis sweet.
No envy mingles with our praise,
Though could our hearts repine At any poet's happier lays,
They would--they must at thine.
* Alluding to the poem by Mr. Hayley, which accompanied these lines.