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the laurels of the artist. The following is his description of Hogarth's powers.
"In walks of humour, in that cast of style,
Nor let me call it by a meaner name,
Are aptly join'd; where parts on parts depend,
There are two peculiarly interesting passages in his Conference. One of them, expressive of remorse for his crime of seduction, has been often quoted. The other is a touching description of a man of independent spirit reduced by despair and poverty to accept of the means of sustaining life on humiliating terms.
"What proof might do, what hunger might effect,
In treason to my soul, descend to bear,
Those wounds, which humbled all that pride of man,
But without enumerating similar passages, which may form an exception to the remark, the general tenor of his later works fell beneath his first reputation. His Duellist is positively dull; and his Gotham, the imaginary realm of which he feigns himself the sovereign, is calculated to remind us of the proverbial wisdom of its sages. It was justly complained that he became too much an echo of himself, and that before his short literary career was closed, his originality appeared to be exhausted.
INTRODUCTION TO THE ROSCIAD.
Roscius deceas'd, each high aspiring play'r
But though bare merit might in Rome appear The strongest plea for favour, 'tis not here; We form our judgment in another way; And they will best succeed who best can pay: Those, who would gain the votes of British tribes, Must add to force of merit, force of bribes.
What can an actor give? In ev'ry age
Cash hath been rudely banish'd from the stage;
But what they have they give: could Clive do more,
Shuter keeps open house at Southwark fair,
The town divided, each runs several ways,
From galleries loud peals of laughter roll, And thunder Shuter's praises-he's so droll. Embox'd, the ladies must have something smart, Palmer! Oh! Palmer tops the janty part. Seated in pit, the dwarf, with aching eyes, Looks up, and vows that Barry's out of size; Whilst to six feet the vig'rous stripling grown, Declares that Garrick is another Coan.
When place of judgment is by whim supplied, And our opinions have their rise in pride; When, in discoursing on each mimic elf, We praise and censure with an eye to self; All must meet friends, and Ackman bids as fair In such a court as Garrick for the chair.
At length agreed, all squabbles to decide, By some one judge the cause was to be tried; But this their squabbles did afresh renew, Who should be judge in such a trial:-Who?
For Johnson some, but Johnson, it was fear'd, Would be too grave; and Sterne too gay appear'd: Others for Francklin voted; but 'twas known, He sicken'd at all triumphs but his own: For Colman many, but the peevish tongue Of prudent age found out that he was young: For Murphy some few pilf'ring wits declar'd, Whilst Folly clapp'd her hands, and Wisdom star'd.
CHARACTER OF A CRITICAL FRIBBLE.
WITH that low cunning, which in fools supplies,
With that smooth falsehood, whose appearance
And reason of each wholesome doubt disarms,