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OR, THE CAMBRIDGE COURTSHIP.
[See character of Lord Sandwich in “Chrysal.” See Scott's
Lives of the Novelists, i. p. 169; Davies. Biog. and Lit. Anecdotes; Churchill's Verses on Lord Sandwich, in Candidate and Duellist; “From his youth upwards,” &c. Cradock's Memoirs, vol. i. p. 117. 148. vol. iv. p. 163. 223; Miss Hawkins's Anecdotes, p. 239 ; Bell's Fugitive Poetry, v. xvi. p. 93. 172 ; Wilkes. Letters, i. p. 211. ii. p. 220 ; Walpole. Letters to Lord Hertford, p. 51–65. 102. by which it appears that Warburton had dedicated his Sermons to Lord Sandwich, but expunged his name for Pitt's. I have seen “ A letter of advice from Alma Mater to her beloved son, Jemmy Twitcher, 1764.”]
WHEN sly Jemmy Twitcher had smugg'd up his
face, With a lick of court whitewash, and pious grimace, A wooing he went, where three sisters of old In harmless society guttle and scold.
“Lord! sister,” says Physic to Law,“ I declare, Such a sheep-biting look, such a pick-pocket air ! Not I for the Indies:
know I'm no prude, But his nose is a shame, — and his eyes are so
“ But, Rigby, what did I for thee endure,
Thy serpent's tooth admitted of no lure:
See, see, with Gower caballing where they stand,” &c. * These verses were written a short time previous to the election of a high-steward of the University of Cambridge, for which office the noble lord alluded to (Lord Sandwich) made an active canvass.
V. 8. Nose] In all editions printed by mistake “Name."
Then he shambles and straddles so oddly - I
dear." “I don't know," says Law," but methinks for
his look, 'Tis just like the picture in Rochester's book; Then his character, Phyzzy, - his morals — his
lifeWhen she died, I can't tell, but he once had a wife. They say he's no Christian, loves drinking and
-S, And all the town rings of his swearing and roaring! His lying and filching, and Newgate-bird tricks;Not I- for a coronet, chariot and six."
Divinity heard, between waking and dozing, Her sisters denying, and Jemmy proposing: From table she rose, and with bumper in hand, She strok'd up her belly, and strok'd down her band
[ing! “What a pother is here about wenching and roarWhy, David lov’d catches, and Solomon w—g: Did not Israel filch from th' Egyptians of old 25 Their jewels of silver and jewels of gold ? The prophet of Bethel, we read, told a lie: He drinks so did Noah;— he swears
so do I:
66 That babe of grace Who ne'er before at sermon show'd his face, See Jemmy Twitcher shambles.”
Heroic Epistle, 125, note. See Hurd. Obs. on this word, in Cradock. Memoirs, vol. i. 117; and Anecdote, p. 164.
V. 16. But see Cradock. Memoirs, vol. iv. 166.
To reject him for such peccadillos, were odd;
*** [To Jemmy] • Never hang down your head, you poor penitent
elf, Come buss me I'll be Mrs. Twitcher myself.''
[The concluding couplet is too gross to give. Ed.] « From recollection I am sure Lord Sandwich was aware of Gray; for about the time he offered himself as high-steward, contrary to his usual maxim of not seeing an enemy on public occasions, he once said to me, 'I have my private reasons for knowing his absolute inveteracy.' Cradock. iv. 223.
PROPERTIUS, LIB. III. ELEG. V. v. 19. “ Me juvat in primâ coluisse Helicona juventà,” &c.
LONG as of youth the joyous hours remain,
Castalia's sweet recess detain,
And when, our flames commission'd to destroy, Age step 'twixt Love and me, and intercept the
joy; When my changed head these locks no more shall And all its jetty honours turn to snow; [know, Then let me rightly spell of Nature's ways; To Providence, to Him my thoughts I'd raise, Who taught this vast machine its steadfast laws, That first, eternal, universal cause; Search to what regions yonder star retires, That monthly waning hides her paly fires, And whence, anew revived, with silver light Relumes her crescent orb to cheer the dreary
night: How rising winds the face of ocean sweep, Where lie the eternal fountains of the deep, And whence the cloudy magazines maintain Their wintry war, or pour the autumnal rain; How flames perhaps, with dire confusion hurld, Shall sink this beauteous fabric of the world; What colours paint the vivid arch of Jove; What wondrous force the solid earth can move, 30 When Pindus' self approaching ruin dreads, Shakes all his pines, and bows his hundred heads; Why does yon orb, so exquisitely bright, Obscure his radiance in a short-liv'd night; Whence the Seven Sisters' congregated fires, And what Bootes' lazy waggon tires ; How the rude surge its sandy bounds control; Who measured out the year, and bade the sea
If realms beneath those fabled torments know,
These soft inglorious joys my hours engage; Be love my youth's pursuit, and science crown my age.
* 1738. Æt. 22.
PROPERTIUS, LIB. II. ELEG. I. v. 17.
“Quod mihi si tantum, Mæcenas, fata dedissent," &c.
Yer would the tyrant Love permit me raise