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THANKs, my lord, for your venison, for finer or
fatter Ne'er ranged in a forest, or smoked in a platter; The haunch was a picture for painters to study, The fat was so white, and the lean was so ruddy; Though my stomach was sharp, I could scarce help
regretting To spoil such a delicate picture hy eating :
I had thoughts, in my chamber, to place it in view,
turn, It's a truth—and your lordship may ask Mr. Burn*. To go on with my tale—as I gazed on the haunch, I thought of a friend that was trusty and stanch; So I cut it, and sent it to Reynolds undress'd, To paint it, or eat it, just as he liked best: Of the neck and the breast I had next to dispose; 'Twas a neck and a breast that might rival Mon
roe's : But in parting with these I was puzzled again, With the how, and the who, and the where, and
the when, There's H-d, and C-y, and H-rth, and H-ff, I think they love venison-I know they love beef. There's my countryman Higgins-Oh! let him alone, For making a blunder, or picking a bone.
* Lord Clare's nephew.
But hang it—to poets who seldom can eat,
enter'd ; An underbred, fine-spoken fellow was he, And he smiled as he look'd at the venison and me. “ What have we got here? Why this is good eatYour own I suppose- or is it in waiting?” [ing! “ Why, whose should it be?” cried I with a flounce! “I get these things often"-but that was a bounce: “ Some lords, my acquaintance, that settle the
nation, Are pleased to be kind-but I hate ostentation."
“ If that be the case then," cried he, very gay, 6 I'm glad I have taken this house in my way. To-morrow you take a poor dinner with me; No words I insist on't,-precisely at three: We'll have Johnson and Burke ; all the wits will
be there; My acquaintance is slight, or I'd ask my lord Clare! And, now that I think on't, as I am a sinner! We wanted this venison to make out a dinner. What say you—a pasty, it shall, and it must, And my wife, little Kitty, is famous for crust. Here, porter—this venison with me to Mile-end; : No stirring, I beg-my dear friend-my dear
Thus snatching his hat, he brush'd off like the wind, And the porter and eatables follow'd behind.
Left alone to reflect, baving emptied my shelf, And “nobody with me at sea but myself* ;" Though I could not help thinking my gentleman
hasty, Yet Jolinson and Burke and a good venison pasty Were things that I never disliked in my life, Though clogg'd with a coxcomb, and Kitty his wife, . So next day, in due splendour to make my ap
proach, I drove to his door in my own hackney-coach. When come to the place where we were all to
dine (A chair-lumber'd closet just twelve feet by nine), My friend bade me welcome, but struck me quite dumb
[come; With tidings that Johnson and Burke would not « For I knew it,” he cried, “ both eternally fail, The one with his speeches, and t’other with Thrale; But no matter, I'll warrant we'll make up the party, With two full as clever, and ten times as hearty. The one is a Scotchman, the other a Jew, They're both of them merry, and authors like you; The one writes the Snarler, the other the Scourge ; Some think he writes Cinna-he owns to Panurge." While thus he described them by trade and by name, They enter'd, and dinner was served as they came.
* See the letters that passed between bis Royal Highness Henry Duke of Cumberland and Lady Grosvenor.
At the top a fried liver and bacon were seen, At the bottom was tripe, in a swinging tureen; At the sides there were spinach and pudding made
hot; In the middle a place where the pasty--was not. Now, my lord, as for tripe, it's my utter aversion, And your bacon I hate like a Turk or a Persian; So there I sat stuck like a horse in a pound, While the bacon and liver went merrily round: But what vex'd me most, was that d— 'd Scottish
rogue, With his long-winded speeches, his smiles, and his .
brogue, And,“ madain," quoth he, “may this bit be my A prettier dinner I never set eyes on; [poison, Pray a slice of your liver, though may I be cursed, But I've eat of your tripe till I'm ready to burst." “ The tripe," quoth the Jew, with his chocolate
cheek, “I could dine on this tripe seven days in a week: I like these here dinners so pretty and small; But your friend there, the doctor, eats nothing
at all." “O-oh!" quoth my friend, he'll come on in a trice, He's keeping a corner for something that's nice: There's a pasty"_“A pasty!" repeated the Jew; “I don't care if I keep a corner for't too."“ What the de'il, mon, a pasty!" reecho'd the Scot; “ Though splitting, I'll still keep a corner for