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On observing some Names of little note recorded in

the Biographia Britannica.

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

So when a child, as playful children uso,
Has burnt to tinder a stale last year's news,
The flanie extinct, he viows the roving fire-
There goes my lady, and there goes the squire,

oh illustrious spark!
And therc, scarce less illustrious, gocs thc clerk!


Of an adjudged Case, not to be found in any of be


1. BETWEEN Nose and Eyes a strange contest aroso

The spectacles set them unhappily wrong ; The point in dispute was, as all the world knows,

To which the said spectacles ought to belong.


Su Tongue was the lawyer, and argued the canse

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 discerniny.

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.


Then holding the spectacles up to the court.
Your lordship observes they are made with a

As wide as the ridge of the Nose is; in short,
Design'd to sit close to it, just like a saddle.

Again, would your lordship a monient suppose,

("Tis a case that has happend, and may be again,) That the visage or countenance had not a Nose, Pray who would, or who could, wear spectacles then

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.

Then shifting his side, (as a lawyer knows now,

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

So his lordship decreed, with a gravo solemn tune,

Decisive and clcar, without one if or but-
That, whenever the Nose put his spectacles on,

By day-light or candle-light-Eyes should be shut

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By the Mob, in the month of June, 1700

1. So then-tho Vandals of our isle,

Sworn focs to sense and law, llave burnt to dust a nobler pilo Than ever Roinan saw !

And Murray sighs o'er Pope and Swift,

And many a treasure more,
The well-judged purchase and the gift,
That grac'd his letter'd store.

Thcir payes mangled, burnt, and torn,

The lose was his alone;
Bit ages yet to come stall mourn

The burning of his oron


1. WIEN Wit and Genius meet their doom

In all-devouring flame,
They tell us of the fate of Rome,
And bid us foar the samo,

O'er Murray's loss the muses wept,

They felt the rudo alarm,
Yet bless'd the guardian care that kept
His sacred head froin liarm.

Thicre mein'ry, like the beo, that's fed

From Flora's balmy store,
Tlie quintessence of all he road
Had treasur'd


The lawless herd, with fury blind,

llave done hiin cruel wrong ;
The flow'rs are gone but still we find

The honey on his tongue.




THUS says the prophet of the Turki
Good musselman, abstain from pork;
There is a part in every swine
No friend or follower of mine
May taste, whate'er his inclination,
Upon pain of excommunication.
Such Malomet's mysterious chargo,
And thus he left the point at large.
Ilad he the sinful part express'd,
They might with safety eat the rest;
But for one piece they thought it hard
From the whole hog to be debarr'd;
And set their wit at work to find
What joint the prophet had in mind.
Much controversy straight arose,
These choose the back, the belly those ;
By soine 'tis confidently said
He moant not to forbid the head ;
While others at that doctrine rail,
And piously prefer the tail.
Thus conscience freed from ev'ry clog,
Mahometans eat up the hog.

* It may be proper to inform the reader, that this piece has already appeared in print, having found its wiy, though with some unnecessary additions by an unknown hand, into the Leeds Journal, without the author's privily.

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