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Difficile est proprie communia dicere.
Hor. Epist. ad Pison. Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there sball be no more
Cakes and Ale?--Yes, by St. Anne, and Ginger shall be hot i' the mouth, too!--SHAKSPEARE, Twelfth Night; or What you Will.
When every year and month sends forth a new one, Till, after cloying the gazettes with cant,
The age discovers he is not the true one :
I'll therefore take our ancient friend Don Juan;
Prince Ferdinand, Granby, Burgoyne, Keppel, Howe, Evil and good, have had their tithe of talk,
And fill'd their sign-posts then, like Wellesley now; Each in their turn, like Banquo's monarchs, stalk,
Followers of fame, “nine farrow" of that sow : France, too, had Buonaparte and Dumourier, Recorded in the Moniteur and Courier.
UI. Barnave, Brissot, Condorcet, Mirabeau,
Petion, Clootz, Danton, Marat, La Fayette, Were French, and famous people, as we know ;
And there were others, scarce forgotten yet,
With many of the military set,
And still should be so, but the tide is turn'd;
’T is with our hero quietly inurn'd, Because the army 's grown more popular,
At which the naval people are concern’d; Besides, the prince is all for the land-service, Forgetting Duncan, Nelson, Howe, and Jervis.
And since, exceeding valorous and sage,
But then they shone not on the poet's page,
But can't find any in the present age
(Horace makes this the heroic turnpike road), And then your hero tells, whene'er
Beside his mistress in some soft abode,
My way is to begin with the beginning ;
Forbids all wandering as the worst of sinning, And therefore I shall open with a line
(Although it cost me half an hour in spinning), Narrating somewhat of Don Juan's father, And also of his mother, if you 'd rather.
Famous for oranges and women-he
So says the proverb—and I quite agree;
Cádiz perhaps, but that you soon may see :