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Madam, I stick to truth as much as you,
Sam Johnson's thrashing knowledge and his thatching, May be your own inimitable hatching
Pray, of his wisdom can't you tell more news?
Who, maddening with an anecdotic itch, Declared that Johnson called his mother bitch?
Who from M'Donald's rage to save his snout, Cut twenty lines of defamation out?
Who would have said a word about Sam's wig;
Or told the story of the peas and pig?
Who would have told a tale so very flat,
Of Frank the Black, and Hodge the mangy cat?
Ecod! you're grown at once confounded tender
For shame! for shame! for heaven's sake, pray be quiet — Not Billingsgate exhibits such a riot.
Behold! for scandal you have made a feast,
Will more delight your friends than all your studying;
Beats all the streams the Muses' fount can boast.
For thee, James Boswell, may the hand of fate
Like some known puppy yelping all night long,
O be in solitude to live thy luck —
A chattering magpie on the Isle of Muck.
Thus spoke the Judge; then leaping from the chair, He left, in consternation lost, the pair;
Black Frank he sought on anecdote to cram,
And vomit first a life of surly Sam.
Shocked at the little manners of the knight,
No. VI. INSCRIPTION ON A CARICATURE OF JOHNSON AND MADAME PIOZZI, BY SAYERS. (1)
Madam (my debt to nature paid),
I thought the grave with hallow'd shade
First, Boswell, with officious care,
Sir John with nonsense strew'd my hearse,
When Streatham spread its plenteous board,
Good things I said, good things I eat,
If obligations still I owed,
You sold each item to the crowd,
I suffer'd by the tale :
For God's sake, Madam, let me rest,
Nor longer vex your quondam guest
(1) [From the European Magazine.]
No. I.-BRIEF MEMOIR OF BOSWELL, BY EDMOND MALONE, ESQ. (1)
JAMES BOSWELL, Esq., eldest son of Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck, one of the judges in the supreme courts of session and justiciary in Scotland, was born at Edinburgh, October 29. 1740, and received his first rudiments of education in that city. He afterwards studied Civil Law in the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. During his residence in these cities, he acquired, by the society of the English gentlemen who were students in the English colleges, that remarkable predilection for their manners, which neither the force of education, nor the dulcedo of his natale solum, could ever eradicate. But his most intimate acquaintance at this period was the Rev. Mr. Temple, a worthy, learned, and pious divine, whose well-written character of Gray was inserted in Johnson's Life of that poet. Mr. Boswell imbibed early the ambition of distinguishing himself by his literary talents, and had the good fortune to obtain the patronage of the late Lord Somerville. This nobleman treated him with the most flattering kindness; and Mr. Boswell ever remembered with gratitude the friendship he so long enjoyed with this worthy peer. Having always entertained an exalted idea of the felicity of London, in the year 1760
(1) [From Nichols's Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century, vol. ii. p. 400.]