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A NEW INTRODUCTION.
Some years ago the public head
Was half turn'd with this tale;
And, like our Indian history,
It had a General Sale.
And tho' not destinied to be
Of his grand immortality,
Who died embraced by victory,
Yet did its star prevail
In such a true triumphant sort,
That sellers sold, and buyers bought;
The "New Tale of a Tub" made thrift;
And tho' not "by the Dean," its sale was Swift!
What light upon the public broke,
To make it go,
I did not know:
At first I took it for a joke;
And thought perhaps, as T U B
Is still a tub as B UT,
They meant to make a Butt of me.
In manner terse,
My publisher declared that could not be,
Because as yet my Tub had no reverse.
Into his lap half guineas rolled,
As I was told,
Five thousand fold!
So lucky did he find it,
"Twas bruited with a loud hub-bub,
That besides making bub and grub,
He'd start his Cab upon his Tub,
And mount his tiger without fail
(As soon as he'd untied the tail)
Presume a west-end fortune made!
Now tempts the book an Eastern trade,
It is an Eastern story;
Let ORR and Co,
Then make it go