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And tears by bards or heroes shed
Descanting on his fate,
A more enduring date:
No light propitious shone;
We perish’d, each alone:
TO SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS.
Dear President, whose art sublime
the sisterhood :- We come Fix well your pallet on your thumb,
Prepare the pencil and the tints-
First strike a curve, a graceful bow,
Iberia, trembling from afar,
ON THE AUTHOR OF LETTERS ON
The Genius of the Augustan age
Thou hast, he cried, like him of old
THE DISTRESSED TRAVELLERS;
OR, LABOUR IN VAIN.
A New Song, to a Tune never sung before.
We would have performed, if we could;
Slee, sla, slud,
Stuck in the mud; Oh it is pretty to wade through a flood ! * Nominally by Robert Heron, Esq., but supposed to have been written by John Pinkerton. 8vo. 1785. † A village near Olney.
# Mrs. Unwin.
So away he went, slipping and sliding;
Hop, hop, à la mode de deux frogs ;
Wheels, no doubt,
Go briskly about, But they clatter, and rattle, and make such'a rout.
- Well! now, I protest it is charming ;
How finely the weather improves ! That cloud, though 'tis rather alarming,
How slowly and stately it moves.”
66 Pshaw! never mind,
'Tis not in the wind, We are travelling south, and shall leave it behind.”
“I am glad we are come for an airing,
For folks may be pounded, and penn'd, Until they grow rusty, not caring
To stir half a mile to an end."
“ The longer we stay,
The longer we may;
“But now I begin to be frighted,
If I fall, what a way I should roll!
Stay! stop! I am sunk in a hole !”
Nay, never care,
'Tis a common affair ; You'll not be the last, that will set a foot there.”
“ Let me breathe now a little, and ponder
On what it were better to do ;
I think we shall never get through.”
“ So think I :
But, by the by, We never shall know, if we never should try.”
“But should we get there, how shall we get home?
What a terrible deal of bad road we have past ! Slipping, and sliding, and if we should come To a difficult stile, I am ruined at last !
Oh this lane!
Now it is plain That struggling and striving is labour in vain.”
“ Stick fast there while I go and look ;
“Don't go away, for fear I should fall :"