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ENGLISH PO E T S.

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POEMS OF CHARLES CHURCHIL L.

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The town divided, each runs fev'ral ways,
As paflion, humour, int'reft, party sways.
Things of no moment, colour of the hair,

Shape of a leg, complexion brown or fiir,
Oscil's deceas'd, each high aspiring pl."y'r A diefs well chosen, or a patch misplac'd,

Pu:h'd all his int'rest for the vacant chai.. Conciliate favour, or create distaste.
Te buskind heroes of the mimic ftage

From galleries loud peals of laughter rall, No longer whine in love, and rant in rage ;

And thunder Shuter's praises--he's fo droll. 'The monarch quits his throne, and condescends Embox’d, the ladies must have something smart, Humbly to court the favour or his friends :

Palmer! Oh ! Palmer tops the janty part. For pity's iske tells undeserv'd mishaps,

Seated in pit, the dwarf, with aching eyes, And, their applause to gain, recounts his claps. Looks up, and vows that Barry's out of size; Thus the victorious chiefs of ancient Rome, Whilst to fix feet the vig'rous stripling grown, To win the mob, a suppliant's form assume,

Declares that Garrick is another Coan. In pornpous ftrain fight o'er th' extinguith'd war, When place of judgment is by whim fupply'd, And thew where honour bled in ev'ry fcar.

And our opinions have their rise in pride ; But though bare merit might in Rome appear When, in discoursing on cach mimic elf, The ftrung-t plea for favour ’tis not here ;

We praise and cenfure with an eye to self; We form cur judgment in another way ;

All must meet friends, and Ackman bids as fair and they will bett succeed, who best can pay : In such a court, as Garrick, for the chair. Those, who would gain the votes of British tribes, At length agreed, all squabbles to decide, Muit add to force of merit, force of bribes. Py some one judge, the cause was to be try'd ; What can an actor give ? in ev'ry age

But this their squabbles ai i afreih renew, Crth bath been rudely banilh'd from the stage ; Who should be judge in such a trial : Who? Monarchs themselves, to grief of ev'ry play'r, For Johnson tome, but Jolinfon, it was fear'd, Appear as often as their image there :

Would be too grave ; and Sterne too gay appear'd : They can't, like candidate for other feat,

Others for Francklin voted; but 'twas known, Pou reas of wine, and mountains raise of meat. He ficken'd at all triumphs but his own : Wine! they could bribe you with the world as soon, For Colman many, but the peevith tongue And of roait beef, they only know the tune : Of prudent Age found out that he was young : But what they have they give, could Clive do more, For Murphy some pilf ring wits declar'd, Thcugh for each million he had brought home four ? Whilit Folly clapp'd her hands, and Wisdom frid. Shuter keeps open house at Southwark fair,

To mischief train'd, e'en from his mother's womb, And hopes the friends of humour will be there; Grown old in fraud, thuyet in manhool's bloom, In Smithfield, Yates prepares the rival treat Adopting arts, by which gay villains rise, For those who laughter love, instead of meat; And reach the heights which honest men despise ; Foote, at Old Houfe, for even Foote will be, Mute at the bar, and in the senate loud, In feli-conceit, an actor, bribes with tea;

Dull 'mongit che dullest, proudelt of the proud ; Which Wilkinson at second-hand receives,

A pert, prim, prater of the northern race, And at the New, pours water on the leaves. Guilt in his heari, and famine in his face, VOL. VIII.

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