An Epistle to Dr. Shebbeare: To which is Added an Ode to Sir Fletcher Norton, in Imitation of Horace, Ode VIII. Book IV. By Malcolm MacGreggor, of Knightsbridge, Esq. ...

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J. Almon, 1777 - English poetry - 27 pages

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Page 8 - The lyric mufe, fo lame was her condition, 40 Could hardly hop beyond a third edition. Yes, 'tis a general truth, and ftrange as true, (Kenrick (hall prove it in his next Review) That no one bard, in thefe degenerate days, Can write two works deferving equal praife.
Page 17 - Each little dragonet, with brazen grin, Gapes for the precious prize, and gulps it in : Yet when we peep behind the magic scene, One master-wheel directs the whole machine; The self-same pearls, in nice gradation, all 210 Around one common centre, rise and fall.
Page 10 - The Congrefs pledge them in a cup of tea, Toaft peace and plenty to their mother nation^ Give three huzzas to- George and to taxation^ And beg, to make their loyal hearts the lighter, He'd fend them o'er Dean T—kr, with a mitre. 85 In Fancy's eye, I ken them from afar Circled with feather wreaths, unftain'd by tar: In place of laurels, thefe (hall bind their brow, Fame, honour, virtue, all are feathers now.
Page 9 - twere sage advice That North should call thee off from hunting Price. Some younger blood-hound of his bawling pack Might sorer gall his presbyterian back. Thy toothless jaws should free thee from the fight ; Thou canst but mumble when thou mean'st to bite. Say, then, to give a requiem to thy toils, What if my muse array'd her in thy spoils ? And took the field for thee, through pure good-nature ; Courts praised by thee, are cursed beyond her satire.
Page 16 - Sure then she might afford,' to my poor thinking, One golden tumbler, for Queen Charlotte's drinking* I care not, if her hinds on fens and rocks Ne'er roast one shoulder of their fatted flocks j Shall Irish hinds to mutton make pretensions?
Page 7 - To this first and unique canto the author prefixed a something in which he exculpated himself from being the author of the Heroic Epistle, which it seems had been laid to his charge during the time the clan of Macgreggors continued without a name, and which, as the world well knows, was the only reason which prevented me from claiming the merit of that production. It is to this something, that the latter part of the line alludes. For in it he had told the public, that his Majesty bad ten children,...
Page 6 - That by its prostitution proves its merit! That rests on right divine all regal claims, And gives to George whate'er it gave to James: Then should my tory numbers, old Shebbeare, Tickle the tatter'd fragment of thy ear"!
Page 7 - He, at firft ftarting, won both fame and money, The betts ran high on Bladud's Cicerone ; Since diftanc'd quite, like a gall'd jade he winces, And lafhes unknown priefts, and praifes well-known princes. 25 So I, when firft I tun'd th' heroic lay, Gain'd PownalPs praife, as well as Almon's pay.
Page 15 - The intellect not only of posterity, but of the present reader, must here again be enlightened by a note; for this song was sung above two years ago, and is consequently forgotten. Yet if the reader will please to recollect how easily I brought to life Sir William Chambers's prose dissertation which had been dead half that time, he will, I hope, give me credit for being able to recover this dead poem from oblivion also.
Page 23 - Can give that permanence of fame That heroes from their country claim. And tell me pray, to our good King, What fame our present broils can bring, Ev'nk...

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