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A VINDICATION OF THE LIBEL :
OR, A NEW BALLAD,
Written by a ShoeBoy, on an ATTORNEY who
was formerly a SHOEBOY.
« Qui color ater erat, nunc est contrarius atro."
ith singing of ballads, and crying of news, With whitening of buckles, and blacking of shoes, Did Hartley * set out, both shoeless and shirtless, And moneyless too, but not very dirtless; Two pence he had gotten by begging, that's all; One bought him a brush, and one a black ball; For clouts at a loss he could not be much, The clothes on his back as being but such; Thus vamp'd and accoutred, with clouts, ball, and brush, He gallantly ventur'd his fortune to push: Vespasian thus, being bespatter'd with dirt, Was omen'd to be Rome's emperor fort. But as a wise fiddler is noted you know, To have a good couple of strings to one bow; So Hartley judiciously thought it too little, To live by the sweat of his hands and his
* See the next poem. F.
Lick'd all the plates round, bad many a grubbing,
willYet would you believe, though I swore by the Bible, That he took up two news boys for crying the libel?
A FRIENDLY APOLOGY FOR A CERTAIN
JUSTICE OF PEACE,
By Way of Defence of HARTLEY HUTCHINSON, Esq.
“ But he by bawling news about,
And aptly using brush and clout,
BY JAMES BLACK-WELL, OPERATOR FOR THE FEET,
I sing the man of courage try'd,
The fact was glorious, we must own,
'Twas once the noblest of his wishes
So Ajax, who, for aught we know,
* Colonel Ker, a Scotchman, lieutenant-colonel to lord Harrington's regiment of dragoons, who made a news-boy evidence against the printer. F.
Yet he, when wrapp'd up in a cloud,
And so the Ephesian villain fir'd
HORACE, PART OF BOOK I. ŞAT. IV.
1733. If noisy Tom * should in the senate prate, “ That he would answer both for church and state; And, farther to demonstrate his affection, Would take the kingdom into his protection :" All mortals must be curious to inquire, Who could this coxcomb be, and wbo his sire? " What! thou, thespawn of him + whosham'dourisle, Traitor, assassin, and informer vile! Though by the female side I you proudly bring, To mend your breed, the murderer of a king: What was thy grandsire ș, but a mountaineer, Who held a cabin for ten groats a year; Whose master Moore || preserv'd bim from the halter ! For stealing cows; nor could he read the Psalter!
* Sir Thomas Prepdergast. F. s
+ The father of sir Thomas Prendergast, who engaged in a plot - to 'murder king William HI; but, to avoid being hanged, turned informer against his associates, for which he was rewarded with a good estate, and made a baronet. F. I Cadogan's family. F.
A poor thieving cottager under Mr. Moore, condemned at Clonmell assizes to be hanged for stealing cows. F.
|| The grandfather of Guy Moore, esq., who procured him a pardon, F.
Durst thou, ungrateful, from the senate chace
VERSES SENT TO THE DEAN ON HIS
WITH PINE'S HORACE FINELY BOUND.
BY DR. J. SICAN.
You've read, sir, in poetick strain,
* Guy Moore was fairly elected member of parliament for Clonmell; but sir Thomas, depending upon his interest with a certain party then prevailing, and since known by the title of parsonhunters, petitioned the house against him ; out of which he was turned upon pretence of bribery, which the paying of his lawful debts was then voted to be. F.
+ “ Save a thief from the gallows, and he will cut your throat." F.
| Mr. George Faulkner. Mr. serjeant Bettesworth, a member of the Irish parliament, having made a complaint to the house of commons against the “ Satire on Quadrille," they voted Faulkner the printer into custody (who was confined closely in prison three days, when he was in a very bad state of health, and his life in much danger) for not discovering the author. F.