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Here Hickey* reclines, a most blunt, pleasant crea

ture,

And slander itself must allow him good nature;

He cherish'd his friend, and he relish'd a bumper; Yet one fault he had, and that one was a thumper.

Perhaps you may ask if the man was a miser!

I answer, No, no, for he always was wiser:

Too courteous, perhaps, or obligingly flat?

His very worst foe can't accuse him of that:

Perhaps he confided in men as they go,

And so was too foolishly honest? Ah no!

Then what was his failing? come tell it, and burn

ye:....

He was....could he help it?....a special attorney.

Here Reynoldst is laid, and, to tell you my mind,

He has not left a wiser or better behind;

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His pencil was striking, resistless, and grand;

His manners were gentle, complying, and bland;

* Vide page 74.

† Ibid.

Still born to improve us in every part,

His pencil our faces, his manners our heart:

To coxcombs averse, yet most civilly steering,

When they judg'd without skill he was still hard of

hearing: When they talk'd of their Raphaels, Corregios, and

stuff,

He shifted his trumpet,* and only took snuff,

POSTSCRIPT.

AFTER the fourth edition of this Poem was

printed, the publisher received the following epitaph on Mr. Whitefoord, † from a friend of the late Doctor

Goldsmith.

* Sir Joshua Reynolds was so remarkably deaf as to be under the necessity of using an ear-trumpet in company.

+ Mr. Caleb Whitefoord, author of many humorous

essays.

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POSTSCRIPT TO RETALIATION.

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HERE Whitefoord reclines, and deny it who can,
Though he merrily liv'd he is now a grave* man:
Rare compound of oddity, frolic, and fun!
Who relish'd a joke, and rejoic'd in a pun:
Whose temper was generous, open, sincere;
A stranger to flatt'ry, a stranger to fear;
Who scatter'd around wit and humour at will;

Whose daily bons mots half a column might fill:
A Scotsman, from pride and from prejudice free;

A scholar, yet surely no pedant was he.

What pity, alas! that so lib’ral a mind

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Should so long be to newspaper essays confin'd!
Who perhaps to the summit of science could soar,
Yet content “ if the table he set in a roar;"

Whose talents to fill any station was fit,

Yet happy if Woodfallt confess'd him a wit.

* Mr. W. was so notorious a punster, that Doctor Goldsmith used to say it was impossible to keep him company, without being infected with the itch of punning,

† Mr. H. S. Woodfall, printer of the Public Advertiser.

Ye newspaper witlings! ye pert scribbling folks!

Who copy'd his squibs, and re-echo'd his jokes;
Ye tame imitators, ye servile herd, come,
Still follow your master, and visit his tomb:
To deck it, bring with you festoons of the vine,
And copious libations bestow on his shrine;
Then strew all around it (you can do no less)
Cro88-readings, ship-news, and mistakes of the press.*
Merry Whitefoord, farewel! for thy sake I admit
That a Scot may have humour, I had almost said wit:
This debt to thy mem'ry I cannot refuse,

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* Mr. Whitefoord has frequently indulged the town with humorous pieces under those titles in the Public Ad. vertiser.

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