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THOMAS SHERIDAN, CLERK, TO GEORGE-NIM-DAN-DEAN, ESQ.
July 15, 1721, at night.
flam-Alim, Ay' b't then, p’rhaps, says you, t's a m'rry whim With 'bundance of mark'd notes i' th'rim, So th’t I ought n't for t’ be morose ’nd t? look grim, Think n’t your 'p'stle put m’in a meagrim; Though ’n rep’t’t’on day, I ’ppear ver' llim, Th’ last bowl 't Helsham’s did m'head i fwim, So th’t I h'd man' aches n’’v'ry fcrubb’d limb, Cause th’ top of th' bowl l'h'd oft us’d tskim; And b'sides D’lan’swears thit l'h'd swall’w'd f'v'r'l brimmers, ’nd that my vis’ge's cov'r'd o'er with r'd pimples : m'r'o'er though m’scull were (s' tis n't)
strong's timber, it must have ak’d. Thi clans of th' c’lledge
Sanh?dtim, Pres’nt the’r humbl' and 'fect'nate respects; that's t'lay,
D’lan', 'chlin, P. Ludl', Dic' St’wart, H’lsham, capt'n P'rr' Walınil', 'nd Longsh’nks Timm 1. * Geo. Rochfort.
+ J. Rochfort. I Mr. Jackson. § Dr. Swift. | Dr. James Stopford, afterwards bishop of Clovne.
EAR Sheridan! a gentle pair
Of Gaulstown lads (for such they are),
One letter still another locks,
Philologers of future ages,
GEORGE GEORGE-NIM-DAN-DEAN'S INVITATION
TO THOMAS SHERIDAN.
Gaulstown, Aug. 2d, 1721. DEA
EAR Tom, this verse, which however the be
ginning may appear, yet in the end's good metre, Is sent to defire that, when your August vacation comes,
your friends you 'd meet here. For why should you ftay in that filthy hole, I mean the
city so smoaky, When
have not one friend left in town, or at lealer not one that 's witty, to joke w'ye? For, as for honest John *, though I am not sure on 't,
yet I 'll be bang’d, left be Be
gone down to the county of Wexford with that great peer the lord Anglesey. Oh! but I forgot; perhaps, by this time, you may have
one come to town, but I don't know whether he be friend or foe, Delany : But, however, if he be come, bring him down, and
go back in a fortnight, for I know there 's no delaying ye. Oh! I forgot too; I believe there may be one more, I
mean that great fat joker, friend Helfham, be That wrote the prologue †, and if you stay with him, depend on 't, in the end, be 'll pam ye.
Bring Supposed to mean Dr. Walmsley, † One spoken by young Putland, in 1720, before Hippolytus ; in which Dr. Sheridan (who had written
Bring down Long Shanks Jim too ; but, now I think
on 't, he's not yet come from Courtown, 1 fancy ; For I heard, a month ago, that he was down there
a•courting My Nancy. However, bring down yourself, and you bring down all;
for, to say it we may venture, In thee Delany's spleen, John's mirth, Helfham's jokes,
and the foft foul of amorous Jemmy, center.
I had forgot to desire you to bring down what I say you
have, and you 'll believe me as sure as a gun, and
own it; I mean, what no other mortal in the universe can boast
own spirit of pun, and own wit. And now I hope you 'll excuse this rhyming, which I
must say is '(though written fomewhat at large) trim
and clean; And so I conclude, with humble respects as ufual, Your moft dutiful and obedient
GEORGE-NIM-DAN-DEAN. a prologue for the cccasion) was most unexpectedly and egregiously laughed at. Both the prologues are printed in the “ Supplement to Swift's Works."