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TILL must I hear ?-shall hoarse * FITZGERALD
His creaking couplets in a tavern hall,
And I not sing, lest, haply, Scotch Reviews 2. Should dub me scribbler, and denounce my. Muse ?
Juvenal, Satire 1.
Prepare for rhyme-I'll publish, right or wrong:
Oh! Nature's noblest gift-my grey goose-quill! Slave of my thoughts, obedient to my will, Torn from thy parent bird to form a pen, That mighty instrument of little men!
10 The pen! foredoomed to aid the mental throes Of brains that labour, big with Verse or Prose, Though Nymphs forsake, and Critics may deride
The Lover's solace, and the Author's pride.
What Wits! what Poets dost thou daily raise !
How frequent is thy use, how small thy praise!
Condemned at length to be forgotten quite,
With all the pages which 'twas thine to write.
But thou, at least, mine own especial pen!
Our task complete, like Hamet's* shalt be free;
When Vice triumphant holds her sov’reign sway, . And men through life her willing slaves obey; When folly, frequent harbinger of crime,' ' Unfolds her motley store to suit the time; 30
When Knaves and Fools combined o'er all prevail,
When Justice halts, and Right begins to fail,
E’en then the boldest start from public sneers,
* Cid HamET BEN ENGELI promises repose to his pen in the last chapter of Don QUIXOTE. Oh! that our voluminous gentry would follow the example of Cid HAMET BENENGELI,
More darkly sin, by Satire kept in awe,
Such is the force of Wit! but not belong
'Tis pleasant, sure, to see one's name in print; A Book's a Book, altho' there's nothing in't.
Not that a Title's sounding charm can save
Moved by the great example I pursue
Not seek great JEFFREY's, yet like him will be
A man must serve his time to every trade
Save Censure, Critics all are ready made.
* This ingenuous youth is mentioned more particularly, with his production, in another place.
* In the EDINBURGH REVIEW.