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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,
OF AN ADJUDGED CASE, NOT TO BE FOUND
IN ANY OF THE BOOKS.
The spectacles set them unhappily wrong:
With a great deal of skill, and a wig full of learning; While chief baron Ear sat to balance the laws,
So famed for his talent in nicely discerning.
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-
("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 shews,
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 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
LORD MANSFIELD'S LIBRARY,
TOGETHER WITH HIS MSS.,
By the mob, in the month of June, 1780.
So then-the Vandals of our isle,
Sworn foes to sense and law,
Than ever Roman saw!
And many a treasure more,
That graced his letter'd store.
Their pages mangled, burnt, and torn,
The loss was his alone;
The burning of his own.
WHEN wit and genius meet their doom
In all devouring flame,
And bid us fear the same.
They felt the rude alarm,
His sacred head from harm.
From Flora's balmy store,
Had treasured up before.
Have done him cruel wrong;
The honey on his tongue.
THE LOVE OF THE WORLD
Thus says the prophet of the Turk,
* It may be proper to inform the reader, that this piece has already appeared in print, having found its way, though with some unnecessary additions by an unknown hand, into the Leeds Journal, without the author's privity.
Had he the sinful part express'd,
You laugh—'tis well—The tale applied