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Of vulgar thee-my Muse would sing,
Fortune's unenvied minion, thou,
Ay, let unheeded talents shine ;
Behold enthusiast Virtue glow !
When you pursue your humdrum prosing,
To gross and multitudinous ear,
And of the powers that be, * meanwhile,
Archbishop thus, or Chancellor,
Thus pamper'd, you grow self-sufficient ;
* This was written, years ago ; and then seen by many :-a fact which I state, from my regard to truth, and not by way of “ making toad-eating bow” to the now existing Powers. Let me say, in passing, see Metaphysic Rambles, Dialogue the Third, page 96, and foot of page 95; from which it may be collected, that the view disclosed by this stanza was taken by its author in 1793,
To Talent grow quite supercilious,
To find itself so under-rated,
For, of such coarse grained second rate,
Their narrow jealousies, inclined
And Genius e'en must go behind ;
So is our politic drama cast,
Of Pitt, and Canning, Fox, and Burke :
O could my pen
Middlers avaunt !
Erin might cease to pine and droop ;
And what do absentees appear ?
No ; though exhaled from Erin's soil,
* I spell by ear-this word of dubious orthography and derivation. # No general rule without exceptions. Some of the most prosperous tenantry, and best cultivated ground in Ireland, (for example in the North,) will be found to be the property of excellent Absentee Landlords.
And now-God save our noble King !
For it becomes not thee to rule,
We must fell thee ; or thou wilt fell us :
With eulogy commenced my lays ;
Poor Mediocrity !
Then lay thee down, encomiast pen :
* Allusion to a well-known anecdote.