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I only wish 'twould come
On t'other side the Atlantic,
That man shall be my toast,
Who bravely breaks the most.
But O! for him my fancy culls
The choicest flowers she bears, Who constitutionally pulls
Your house about your ears.
Such civil broils are my delight,
Though some folks can't endure them,
Such strings for all who need 'em-
Then farewell British freedom.
ON OBSERVING SOME
NAMES OF LITTLE NOTE
THE BIOGRAPHIA BRITANNICA.
OH, fond attempt to give a deathless lot
So when a child, as playful children use,
goes my lady, and there goes the squire,
parson, oh illustrious spark! And there, scarce less illustrious, goes the clerk!
OF AN ADJUDGED CASE, NOT TO BE
FOUND IN ANY OF THE BOOKS.
I. BETWEEN Nose and Eyes a strange contest arose,
The spectacles set them unhappily wrong: The point in dispute was, as all the world knows, To which the said spectacles ought to belong.
II. So Tongue was the lawyer, and argued the cause With a great deal of skill, and a wig full of leart
And your lordship, he said, will undoubtedly find, That the Nose has had spectacles always in wear,
Which amounts to possession time out of mind.
Then holding the spectacles up to the courtYour lordship observes they are made with a
('Tis a case that has happen'd ,and may be again) That the visage or countenance had not a Nose, Pray who would, or who could, wear spectacles
On the whole it appears, and my argument shows,
With a reasoning the court will never condemn, That the spectacles plainly were made for the Nose, And the Nose was as plainly intended for them.
He pleaded again in behalf of the Eyes :
VIII. So his lordship decreed, with a grave solemo tone,
Decisive and clear, without one if or butThat, whenever the Nose put his spectacles on,
By daylight or candlelight-Eyes should be shut!
ON THE BURNING
LORD MANSFIELD'S LIBRARY
TOGETHER WITH HIS MSS.,
By the mob, in the month of June, 1780.
Sworn foes to sense and law,
And many a treasure more,
The loss was his alone;
The burning of his own.