Poetical Vagaries; Containing an Ode to We, a Hackney'd Criticklow Ambition Or, the Life and Death of Mr. Daw a Reckoning With Time the Lady of the ... and Vagaries Vindicated a Poem, Address'd
by George Colman
ISBN 0217030025 (0-217-03002-5)
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Softcover, General Books LLC, 2012
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Book summary: This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1818. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Pinch'd Worthies!--could a Voice so weak as mine Breathe Fortunes for each indigent Divine, From fictious Verse could stubborn Fact ensue, You should be rich,--and so should Poets, too! No more should Curates bump their Sunday rounds, Of Twenty miles, for Twenty annual Pounds, On nags that make it doubtful which one sees, Them, or the Riders, oftenest on their knees; No longer should distress repentance rouse, For having cleave'd to a prolifick Spouse; Nor should the needy Preacher, pondering o'er Love's lisping Pledges, check his chance of more; And weigh, with rueful face, and lengthen'd chin, His goings-out against his comings-in. Then, too, would I, poetick drudgery done, Taste the dull joys of dot and carry one; This is often the case when Curates have to attend two or three Parishes. Would dare inspect Accounts; and, bolder still, Tax items in a ticking Tradesman's bill; Hear the tame insolence, without a shock, Of a stiff'Dun's loud, sullen, single knock; First, by admission given without delay, Surprise him,--then astonish him with pay. But wherefore rear these Castles in the Skies? Gay Dreams!--that fade when Reason opes her eyes. Bid Reason wake, then!--what does she behold? A Curate, who, ' in conscious virtue bold,' Can boast a scanty board, a creaking bed, Nine Small Ones living, and Small-Beer that's dead; A Sweeting, sour'd by Care, to patch his gown, And Bible, with the leaves in Job turn'd down:--A frost-nipt Poet, who, in thin attire, Invokes a frigid Muse to lend him fire; Who, when his Hat he puts upon his pate, Claps a Ring-Fence around his whole Estate; This has so long been the case with many Poets, that it would be strange if the thought were original. FARQUHAR, in ' The And will, when his embarrassments are o'er, Have paid iiis Debt...
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