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ON OBSERVING

SOME NAMES OF LITTLE NOTE

RECORDED IN

THE BIOGRAPHIA BRITANNICA.

Oh, fond attempt to give a deathless lot
To names ignoble, born to be forgot!
In vain, recorded in historic page,
They court the notice of a future age:
Those twinkling tiny lustres of the land
Drop one by one from Fame's neglecting hand;
Lethæan gulphs receive them as they fall,
And dark oblivion soon absorbs them all.

So when a child, as playful children use,
Has burnt to tinder a stale last year's news,
The flame extinct, he views the roving fire-
There goes my lady, and there goes the squire,
There goes the parson, oh illustrious spark!
And there, scarce less illustrious, goes the clerk !

REPORT

OF AN ADJUDGED CASE NOT TO BE FOUND

IN ANY OF THE BOOKS.

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

learning;
While chief baron Ear sat to balance the laws,
So fam'd for his talent in nicely discerning.

III.
In behalf of the Nose it will quickly appear,

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.

IV. Then holding the spectacles up to the courtYour lordship observes they are made with a

straddle,

As wide as the ridge of the Nose is; in short,

Design'd to sit close to it, just like a saddle.

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Again, would your lordship a moment suppose

('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 then?

VI. 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.

VII.
Then shifting his side, (as a lawyer knows how)

He pleaded again in behalf of the Eyes :
But what were his arguments few people know,
For the court did not think they were equally wise.

VIII. So his lordship decreed with a grave solemn 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 OF LORD MANSFIELD'S

LIBRARY,

TOGETHER WITH HIS MSS.

BY THE MOB IN THE MONTH OP JUNE, 1780.

So then-the Vandals of our isle,

Sworn foes to sense and law,
Have burnt to dust a nobler pile
Than ever Roman saw!

II.
And MURRAY sighs o'er Pope and Swift,

And many a treasure more,
The well-judg’d purchase, and the gift,

That grac'd his letter'd store.

III.

Their pages mangled, burnt, and torn,

The loss was his alone;
But ages yet to come shall mourn

The burning of his own.

ON THE SAME.

I.
When wit and genius meet their doom

In all devouring flame,
They tell us of the fate of Rome,
And bid us fear the same.

II.
O'er MURRAY's loss the muses wept,

They felt the rude alarm,
Yet bless'd the guardian care that kept
His sacred head from harm.

III.
There Mem'ry, like the bee, that's fed

From Flora's balmy store,
The quintessence of all he read
Had treasur'd up before.

IV.
The lawless herd, with fury blind,

Have done him cruel wrong;
The flow’rs are gone—but still we find

The honey on his tongue.

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