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THE ROYAL SHEEP.
Exceeded, I believe, by no man,
• You, if you please,' Cry'd Mr. Robinson, with perfect case, • Sir! quoth the red-hot alderman again ; * You,' quoth the hind, in just the same cool strain.
Off! off! (cry'd Skinner with your carrion heap ; • Quick, me, take away your nasty sheep! • Whilst I command, not e’en the king • Shall such vile stuff to market bring, • And London stalls such garbage put on ; •So take away your stinking mutton.' • You (reply'd Robinson) you cry out “Shame!
'You blast the sheep, good Master Skinner, pray! • You give the harmless mutton a bad name!
• You impudently order it away! Sweet Master Alderman, do n't make this rout: • Clap on your spectacles upon your snout, • And then your keen surreying eyes regale,
• With those same fine large letters on the cart, • Which brought this blasted mutton here for sale.'
Poor Skinner read, and read it with a start! Like Hamlet frighten'd at his father's ghost, The alderman stood staring like a post ; He saw G. R. inscrib'd in handsome letters, Which prov'd the sheep belong'd unto his betters. The alderman now turn'd to deep reflection ; And being bless'd with proper recollection, Exclaim'd—I've made a great mistake-Oh, sad; • The sheep are really not so bad. • Dear Mr. Robinson, I beg your pardon ; • Your Job-like patience I've born hard on;
THE TINKER AND GLAZIER.
• Whoever says, the mutton is not good, Knows nothing, Mr. Robinson of food.
I verily believe, I could turn glutton, • On such neat, wholesome, pretty-looking mutton; Pray Mr. Robinson, the mutton sell; • I hope, sir, that his majesty is well.' So saying, Mr. Robinson he quitted,
With cherubimic smiles, and placid brows, For such embarrassing occasions fitted ;
Adding just five and twenty humble bows. To work went Robinson to sell the sheep, But people would not buy, except dog-cheap ; At length the sheep were sold - without the fleece, And brought king Georgejust half-a-crown a piece.
THE TINKER AND GLAZIER.
(BY MR. UARNISON.) SINCE Gratitude, 'tis said, is not o'er common,
And friendly acts are pretty near as few ; And high and low, with man, and eke with woman,
With Turk, with Pagan, Christian and with Jew; We ought, at least, whene'er we chance to find,
or these rare qualities a slender sample, To shew they may possess the human inind,
And try the boasted influence of examplc. Who knows how far the novelty may charm? It can't at any rate, do much harm ;
The tale we give then, and we need not fear,
The moral, if there be one, will appear. Two thirsty souls met on a sultry day,
One Glazier Dick, the other Tom the Tinker ; Both with light purses, but with spirits gay,
And hard it were to name the sturdiest drinker,
THE TINKER AND GLAZIER.
Their ale they quaff*d ;
Though both agreed, 'tis said,
That trade was wond'rous dead,
Glistened to see them the brown pitcher hug;
Had this blithe ending—Bring us t' other mug!' Now Dick the glazier, feels his bosom burn, To do his friend, Tom Tinker a good turn, And where the heart to friendship feels inclin'd, Occasion seldom loiters long behind.
The kettle gaily singing on the fire,
Gives Dick a hint just to his heart's desire ;
And at the Tinker winks,
Aš trade's success!' he drinks, Nor doubts the wish'd success Tom will obtain. Our landlord ne'er could such a toast withstand: So, giving each kind customer a hand,
His friendship too display'd,
And drank Success to trade!'
How long and rueful his round visage grew:
He rav'd, he caper'd, and he swore,
And did the kettle's bottom o'er and o’er. • Come, come!' says Dick, 'fetch us, my friend
more ale; • All trades you know, must lire: 'Let's drink --May trade with none of us, ne'er fail! • The job to Tom, then give;
. And, for the ale he drinks, our lad of mettle,
To curse the trade that thrives at his expense.
They might be fairly call'd brother and brother; Thought Tom to serve my friend, I know a trick, * And one good turn always deserves another!'
Out now le slily slips,
And off he nimbly trips.
Nor, in the dark,
Misses his mark,
Back as he goes,
His bosom glows,
Importance in his face;
Thus briefly states the case
• I've done your business most complete my friend; • I'm off!
-the devil may catch me if he can, • Each window of the churchi you've got to mend; • Ingratitude's worst curse on my head fall, ..If, for your sake, I have not broke them all! Tom with surprize, sces Dick turn pale,
Who deeply sighs—0, la!'
Then drops his under jaw,
A MATRIMONIAL DIALOGUE.
While horror in his ghastly face,
And bursting eye-balls Tom can trace, Whose sympathetic muscles, just and true,
Share with heart,
Dick's unknown smart,
• You have, indeell, my business done!
• Tom! Tom! I am a ruin'd man. * Zounds! zounds! this friendship is a foolish act, • You did n't know with the parish I contract; • Your wish to serve me, then, will cost me dear, • I always mend those windows, by the year.'
A MATRIMONIAL DIALOGUE:
IIUMBLY INSCRIBED TO MY LORD SNAKE.
ONE Sabbath-day morning said Sampson to Sue
Believe me, my dear, it is sweeter than syrup To taste of a title as cooked up in Europe ; • Your ladyship’ here, and · Your ladyship’ there, • Sir knight,' and your grace;' and his worship
the mayor!' But here, we are nothing but vulgar all over, The wife of a cobler scarce thinks you above her: What a country is this, where madam and miss Is the highest address from each vulgar-born cur, And I even I-am but MISTER and sir!