Irving's works
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208 OLIVER GOLDSMITH.
What justice, when both to the Old Bailey brought!
By the gods, I ll enjoy it, tho tis but in thought!
Both are plac d at the bar, with all proper decorum,
With bunches of fennel, and nosegays before em;
Both covertheir faces with mobs and all that,
But the judge bids them, angrily, take off their hat.
When uncover d, a buzz of inquiry runs round,
Pray what are their crimes? .... They ve been pilfering found.
.But, pray, who have they pilfer d? . . . A doctor, I hear.
What, yon solemn-faced, odd-looking man that stands near/
The same. . . . What a pity! how does it surprise one,
Two handsomer culprits I never set eyes on!
Then their friends all come round me with cringing and leering,
To melt me to pity, and soften my swearing.
First Sir Charles advances with phrases well-strung,
Consider, dear Doctor, the girls are but young.
The younger the wrose, I return him again,
It shows that their habits are all dyed in grain.
But then they re so handsome, one s bosom it grieves.
What signifies handsome, when people are thieves?
But where is your justice? their cases are hard.
4 What signifies Justice? I want the reward.
& quot; l There s the parish of Edmonton offers forty pounds;
there s the parish of St. Leonard Shoreditch offers forty
pounds; there s the parish of Tyburn, from the Hog-in-the-
pound to St. Giles watch-house, offers forty pounds I shall
have all that if I convict them !
& quot; But consider their case, . . . it may yet be your own!
And see how they kneel ! Is your heart made of stone?
This moves! . . . so at last I agree to relent,
For ten pounds in hand, and ten pounds to be spent.
& quot;I challenge you all to answer this: I tell you, you cannot.
It cuts deep. But now for the rest of the letter : and next but
I want room so I believe I shall battle the rest out at Barton
some day next week. I don t value you all I
& quot;O. G. & quot;
We regret that we have no record of this Christmas visit to
Barton ; that the poet had no Boswell to follow at his heels,
and take note of all his sayings and doings. We can only
picture him in our minds, casting off all care ; enacting the lord
of misrule; presiding at the Christmas revels; providing all
kinds of merriment ; keeping the card-table in an uproar, and
finally opening the ball on the first day of the year in his
spring- velvet suit, with the Jessamy Bride for a partner.
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