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E, was an EBRINGtoN, dismal and dumb;
F, was a FINLAY, a hogshead of scum ;
G, was a GoRDON's preposterous phiz;
H, was a HERON, a damnable quiz;
J, was JoE JEKYL, whose law is a jest;
K, was a KNox, in a sinecure-nest ;
L, was a LAMBTON, sour, saucy and sad,
M, was PAUL METHUEN —a Dandy gone mad;
N, was big NUGENT, who “Portugal” writ!!!
O, was an Ossulston, small as his wit:
P, was poor PRESTON, stark mad about oats;
Q, was a QUIN, who with neither side votes;
R, was dark RoMILLY's hypocrite look;
S, was a SEFtoN, -Lord, coachman, and cook;
T, was ToM Thompson, a tinker from Hool ;
V, was a VERNoN, an *asphaltic fool;
W, was a WARRE, 'twixt a wasp and a worm;-

But X, Y, and Zed, are not found in this form,

* One of Mr.V–’s speeches was laughed at for a metaphor about the fruits of the Asphaltic lake.

Unless MooRE, MARTIN, and CReevy be said,
(As the last of mankind) to be X, Y, and Zed.*


SIR,-Your kind reception of the first number of my Infantine Lyrics emboldens me to offer you some other specimens. In the ancient song of Goosey Gander, short as it is, there are two points of serious instruction. The first is, that geese ought not to wander into situations for which they are naturally disqualified; the second is, that old gentlemen, who happen not to recollect what they have been taught to say, are treated with contempt and kicked down stairs. These fine moral sentiments, which are couched, in the original, in allegorical or rather hierographical obscurity, I have endeavoured to bring more home to men's business and bosoms; and if, by the example of one old Lord, I can deter another from making a goose of himself, I shall consider that I have been useful in my generation; and I shall not repent the great care, pains, trouble, and solicitude which I have bestowed in translating (if I may use the expression) this interesting allegory, which, though it be pretty generally known, I, as a proof of my fidelity, do not scruple to lay before

* The editor has supplied the names to the initials, which only

appeared at first. He believes he has made no mistake, as the allusions are very plain from other articles of this collection,-E.

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Old Father Long-legs would not say his prayers;
Take him by the left leg,
Take him by the left leg,
Take him by the left leg,

And throw him down the stairs.


Goosey, Goosey Gander,

Whither will you wander?
Example take—
(Or down you'll break)

From the other chamber:

* Lord George Cavendish.

Poor Johnny Bedford could not say his speech;”
But he moved his right leg,
Then he moved his left leg,
Then he cried, “I pardon beg”—

And sat upon his breech!!!


A very full meeting of the Opposition took place yesterday morning at Lord George Cavendish's, at

Burlington House, to consider the course of pro

• It seems from the parliamentary debates, that the Duke of Bedford had about this time stopped suddenly before he had finished his speech.-E.

f Such a meeting did take place,—E.

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