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At church, in filks and satins new,

With hoop of monstrous size ; She never slumber'd in her pew,

But when she shut her eyes. .

Her love was fought, I do aver,

By twenty beaux and more;
The king himself has follow'd her,--

When she has walk'd before.

But now her wealth and finery fled,

Her hangers-on cut short all ;
The doctors found, when she was dead,

Her last disorder mortal.

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Let us lament, in sorrow fore,

For Kent-street well may say,
That had the liv'd a twelvemonth more,-

She had not dy'd to-day.







Dr. Goldsmith and some of his friends occasionally dined at the St. James's Coffee-house.-One day it was proposed to write epitaphs on him. His country, dialect, and person furnished subjects of witticism. He was called on for RETALIATION, and at their next meeting produced the following poem.

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Fold, when Scarron his companions invited, Each guest brought his dish, and the feast was united; If our * landlord supplies us with beef, and with fish, Let each guest bring himself, and he brings the best

dish : Our Dean shall be venison, juft fresh from the plains ; Our* Burke shall be tongue, with the garnish of brains; Our Will shall be wild fowl, of excellent flavour, And || Dick with his pepper shall heighten the favour:

* The master of the St. James's coffee-house, where the doctor, and the friends he has characterized in this poem, occasionally dined.

+ Doctor Bernard, dean of Derry in Ireland. # The Right Hon. Edmund Burke.

Ś Mr. William Burke, late secretary to General Conway, and member for Bedwin. | Mr. Richard Burke, collector of Granada.



Our * Cumberland's sweet-bread its place shall obtain,
And of Douglas is pudding, substantial and plain :
Our * Garrick's a sallad ; for in him we fee
Oil, vinegar, sugar, and faltness agree :
To make out the dinner, full certain I am,
That $ Ridge is anchovy, and || Reynolds is lamb;
That ( Hickey's a capon, and by the same rule,
Magnanimous Goldsmith, a goofberry fool.
At a dinner so various, at such a repast,
Who'd not be a glutton, and stick to the last ?
Here, waiter, inore wine, let me fit while I'm able,
Till all my companions sink under the table ;
Then, with chaos and blunders encircling my head,
Let me ponder, and tell what I think of the dead.

Here lies the good ** Dean, reunited to earth,
Who mix'd reason with pleasure, and wisdom with

mirth :

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* Mr. Richard Cumberland, author of the West Indian, Fashionable Lover, the Brothers, and various other productions.

+ Doctor Douglas, canon of Windsor, (now Bishop of Salisbury) an ingenious Scotch gentleman, who has no less distinguished him. self as a citizen of the world, than a sound critic, in detecting several literary mistakes (or rather forgeries) of his countrymen ; particularly Lauder on Milton, and Bower's History of the Popes. | David Garrick, Esq.

Counsellor John Ridge, a gentleman belonging to the Irish bar.

|| Sir Joshua Reynolds. 1 An eminent attorney.

** Vide page 105.

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