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Written by the Reverend Dr Swift on his own
Ertiginosus, inops, surdus, male gratus amicis ;
Non campana Jonans, tonitru non ab ove mifum, Quod mage mirandum, faltem fi credere fas eft, Non clamofa meas mulier jam percutit aures.
DE E AF, giddy, helpless, left alone,
To all my friends a burden grown ; No more I hear
my church's bell, Than if it rang out for
Å LETTER to Dr HELSHA M. SIR,
Nov. 23. 1731, at night. WHEN HEN I left you, I found myself of the grape's
juice fick: I'm fo full of pity, I never abuse fick; And the patientest patient that ever you knew fick; Both when I am purge-fick, and when I am spue-fick. I pitied my cat, whom I knew by her mew-lick; 5 She mended at first, but now she's anew fick. Captain Butler made fome in the church black and
blue fick; to the Dean Cross, had he preach'd, would have made us
all pew-fick. Art not you, in a croud, when you fryeat and stew,
Lady Santry got out of the church + when she grew
fick, And, as fast as she could, to the deanery flew fick. Miss Morice was (I can assure you ’tis true) fick. For who would not be in that numerous crew fick? Such music would make a fanatic or Jew fick: Yet ladies are seldom at ombre or lue fick;
15 Nor is old Nanny Shales ll, whene'er she does brew,
fick. My footman came home from the church of a bruise
fick, And look'd like a rake, who was made in the stews
fick; But you learn'd doctors can make whom you chuse
fick. Poor I myself I was, when I withdrew, fick,
20 For the smell of them made me like garlick and rue
sick, And I got thro' the croud, tho' not led by a clue, fick. You hop'd to find many (for that was your cue) fick; But there were not a dozen (to give 'em their due)
fick, And those to be sure, stuck together like glue, fick. 25 So are ladies in crouds, when they squeeze and they
screw, fick. You may find they are all, by their yellow pale hue,
So am I, when tobacco, like Robin, 'I chew fick,
St Patrick's cathedral, where the music on St Cæcilia’s day was usually performed. I Vide Gratton inter Belcamp et Clenshob.
To Dr SHERIDAN.
Nov, 23. at night. F I write any more, it will make my poor muse
fick. This night I came home with a very cold dew fick, And I wish I may soon be not of an ague. But I hope I shall ne'er be, like you, of a shrew fick, Who often has made me, by looking ascue, fick.
A LETTER to Dr HELSHAM,
Pray discruciate what follows.
When young, is often due to the vicar.
15 The dullest beast and fam'd college for Teagues, Is a person very unfit for intrigues.
The dullest beast and a cobler's tool,
30 The dullest beast, and what's cover'd with crust, There's no body but a fool that would trust. The dulleft beast mending highways, Is to a horse an evil disease. The dullest beast, and a hole in the ground, Will dress a dinner worth five pound. The dullest beast, and what doctors pretend, The cook-maid often has by the end. The dulleft beast, and fish for lent, May give you a blow you'll for ever repent.
40 The dulleft beast, and a shameful jeer, Without it a lady should never appear.
Wednesday night. I writ all these before I went to bed. Pray explain
them for me, because I cannot do it. Vol. VII.
A Long-eard beast, and a field-house for cattle,
Among the coals does often rattle.
A long-ear'd beast, and woman of Endor,
With a long-ear'd beast, and med'cines use, Cooks make their fowl look tight and spruce.
A long-ear'd beast, and holy fable, Strengthens the shoes of half the rabble.
A long-ear'd beast, and Rhenish wine, Lies in the lap of ladies fine.
A long-ear'd beast, and Flanders college, Js Dr T-l to my knowledge.
A long-ear'd beast, and building knight; Cenforious people do in spight.
A long-ear'd beast, and bird of night, We finners are too apt to flight.
A long-ear'd beast, and shameful vermin, A judge will eat, tho clad in ermin.
A long-ear'd beast, and Irish cart, Can leave a mark, and give a smart.
A long-ear'd beast in mud to lie, No bird in air so swift can fly.
A long-ear'd beast, and a sputt'ring old Whig,
A long-ear'd beast, and liquor to write,
A long-ear'd beast, and the child of a sheep,
A beast iong-ear'd, and till midnight you stay, Will cover a house much better than clay.