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Detection her taper shall quench to a spark,
Here lies * David Garrick, describe him who can, An abridgment of all that was pleasant in man; As an actor, confelt without rival to shine; As a wit, if not first, in the very first line : Yet, with talents like these, and an excellent heart, The man had his failings, a dupe to his art. Like an an-ill.judging beauty, his colours he spread, And beplaster'd, with rouge, his own natural red. On the itage he was natural, simple, affecting; 'Twas only that, when he was off, he was acting. With no reason on earth to go out of his way, He turn’d and he vary'd full ten times a day: Tho' secure of our hearts, yet confoundedly fick, If they were not his own by fineffing and trick: He cait off his friends, as a huntsman his pack, For he new when he pleas'd he could whistle them
back. Of praise a mere glatton, he swallow'd what came, And the puff of a dunce, he mistook it for fame; 'Till his relish grown callous, almost to disease, Who pepper'd the highest was furelt to please. But let us be candid, and speak out our mind, If dunces applauded, he paid them in kind. Ye + Kenricks, ye | Kellys, and || Woodfalls lo grave, What a commerce was yours, while you got what you
Vide page 200:
+ Vide page 203 # Mr. Hugh Kelly, author of Falle Delicacy, Word to the wise, Clementina, School for wires, &c.
|| Mr. William Woodfall, printer of the Mo-ning Chronicle,
How did Grub-street re-echo the shouts that you rais'd,
Here * Hickey reclines, a moft blunt pleasant crea
turt, And Gardei itself must allow him good nature : He cherish'd his friend and he relinh'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 mat? • His very worst foe can't accuse him of that : Perhaps he confided in men as they go, And so was too foolithly honeft ? ah no! Then what was his failing? come tell it, and burn ye,He was, could he help it ? a special attorney.
Here I Reynolds is laid, and, to tell you my mind, He has not left a wiser, or better behind ; His pencil was striking, refiftlefs and grand; His manners were gentle, complying and bland; Still born to improve us in every part, His pencil our faces; his manners our heart :
To coxcombs averse, yet most civilly steering,
hearing : When they talk'd of their Raphaels, Corregios and
* Sir Joshua Reynolds is so remarkably deaf as to be under the neceffity of using an ear trumpet in company.
R E T A L I A TI O N.
OCTOR! according to your wishes,
Youy'e character'd us all in , Sery'd
a sentimental treat Of various emblamatic meat : And now it's time, I trust, you think, Your company
should have some drink; Else, take my word for it, at least, Your Irish friends wont like your feast, Ring then, and see that there is plac'd To cach according to his taste.
To Douglas, fraught with learn'd stock Of critic Lore, give ancient Hock;
Let it be genuine, bright and fine,
To Johnson, philofophic sage,
Now fill the glass with
gay Champagne, And frisk it in a livelier strain: Quick! Quick! the sparkling nectar quaff, Drink it, dear Garrick..drink and laugh!
Pour forth to Reynolds, without fint,
To Burke a pure libation bring,
Fill up my friend, the Dean of Derry, A bumper of conventual Sherry.