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him. The burrs stuck to him-but they were good and loving burrs, for all that. He never greatly cared for the society of what are called good people. If any of these were scandalized, (and offences were sure to arise,) he could not help it. When he has been remonstrated with for not making more concessions to the feelings of good people, he would retort by asking, what one point did these good people ever concede to him? He was tem perate in his meals and diversions, but always kept a little on this side of abstemiousness. Only in the use of the Indian weed he might be thought a little excessive. He took it, he would say, as a solvent of speech. Marry
-as the friendly vapour ascended, how his prattle would curl up sometimes with it! the ligaments which tongue tied him were loosened, and the stammerer proceeded a statist!
I do not know whether I ought to bemoan or rejoice that my old friend is departed. His jests were beginning to grow obsolete, and his stories to be found out. felt the approaches of age; and while he pretended to cling to life, you saw how slender were the ties left to bind him. Discoursing with him latterly on this subject, he expressed himself with a pettishness which I thought unworthy of him. In our walks about his suburban retreat (as he called it) at Shacklewell, some children belonging to a school of industry had met us, and bowed and courtesied, as he thought, in an especial manner to him. "They take me for a visiting governor," he muttered, earnestly. He had a horror, which he carried to a foible, of looking like anything important and parochial He thought that he approached nearer to that stamp daily. He had a general aversion from being treated like a grave or respectable character, and kept a wary eye upon the advances of age that should so entitle him. He herded always, while it was possible, with people younger than himself. He did not conform to the march of time, but was dragged along in the procession. His manners lagged behind his years. He was too much of the boy-man. The toga virilis never sat gracefully on his shoulders. The impressions of infancy had burnt into him, and he resented the impertinence of manhood. These were weaknesses; but, such as they were, they are a key to explicate some of his writings.
The Old Benchers of the Inner Temple
The Praise of Chimney-sweepers )....
II. That ill-gotten Gain never prospers.
III. That a Man must not laugh at his own Jest
IV. That such a one shows his Breeding.-That it is easy to per-
V. That the Poor copy the Vices of the Rich.
VI. That Enough is as good as a Feast.
VII. Of two Disputants, the warmest is generally in the wrong
Vill. That Verbal Allusions are not Wit, because they will not bear
XI. That we should not look a Gift Horse in the Mouth
XII. That Home is Home, though it is never so homely
Xill. That you must love me, and love my Dog
XIV. That we should rise with the Lark
XV. That we should lie down with the Lamb
On the Tragedies of Shakspeare
Characters of Dramatic Writers contemporary with Shakspeare
Specimens from the Writings of Fuller
On the Genius and Character of Hogarth
On the Danger of confounding Moral with Personal Deformity
To Charles Lloyd, an Unexpected Visiter
To a River in which a Child was drowned
A Ballad, noting the Difference of Rich and Poor, in the ways of a rich
Hospita on the immoderate Indulgence of the Pleasures of the Palate. 435
Lines on the celebrated Picture by Leonardo da Vinci, called the Vir-
In the Album of a Clergyman's Lady
In the Autograph Book of Mrs. Sergeant W
To a Young Friend, on her Twenty-first Birthday
To a celebrated Female Performer in the "Blind Boy"
To Dora W -, on being asked by her Father to write in her Album 402
In the Album of Catharine Orkney
To the Author of Poems published under the Name of Barry Cornwall 416
To J. S. Knowles, Esq., on his Tragedy of Virginius
To the Editor of the "Every-day Book".
To T. Stothard, Esq., on his Illustrations of the Poems of Mr. Rogers 413