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LET schoolmasters puzzle their brain
With grammar, and nonsense, and learning: Good liquor, I stoutly maintain,
Gives genus a better discerning.
Let them brag of their heathenish gods,
Their Lethes, their Styxes, and Stygians; Their quis, and their quæs, and their quods, They're all but a parcel of pigeons. Toroddle, toroddle, toroll.
When methodist preachers come down,
They always preach best with a skinful.
But you, my good friend, are the pigeon. Toroddle, toroddle, toroll.
Then come, put the jorum about,
1 From 'She Stoops to Conquer.'
Let some cry up woodcock or hare,
Your bustards, your ducks, and your widgeons; But of all the birds in the air,
Here's a health to the three jolly pigeons. Toroddle, toroddle, toroll.
NOTE. We drank tea with the ladies, and Goldsmith sung Tony Lumpkins' song in his comedy, and a very pretty one, to an Irish tune (The Humours of Ballanagairy), which he had designed for Miss Hardcastle; but as Mrs. Bulkley, who played the part, could not sing, it was left out. He afterwards wrote it down for me, by which means it was preserved, and now appears among his poems.
Boswell's Johnson, v. ii. p. 217
IN REPLY TO AN INVITATION TO DINNER AT DR. BAKER'S.1
"This is a poem! This is a copy of verses!"
YOUR mandate I got,
You may all go to pot;
As I hope to be saved,
Or to put on my duds;
1 Written about the year 1769, in reply to an invitation to dinner at Dr. afterwards Sir George Baker's (d. 1809,) to meet the Misses Horneck, Angelica Kauffman, Miss Reynolds, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and others. For the above verses, first published in 1837, the reader is indebted to Major General Sir Henry Bunbury, Bart. P. C.
2 Miss Mary Horneck, afterwards Mrs. Gwyn. She died in 1840, aged 88. P. C.
Little Comedy's1 face,
When he comes to enlist.
Yet how can I when vext,
Tell each other to rue
1 Miss Catherine Horneck, afterwards (1771) Mrs. Bunbury. Her portrait by Sir Joshua, one of his finest works, is now at Bowood.
2 Ensign (afterwards General) Horneck, son of Mrs. Horneck, widow of Captain Kane Horneck.
And Angelica's whim
But, alas! your good worships, how could they be
When both have been spoil'd in to-day's Advertiser ? 1
1 The following is the compliment alluded to:
"While fair Angelica, with matchless grace,