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Invocation to Erin •.•••••« 3
Ode to Erin T' 8

Address to the Committee for the proposed Monuments to
Shakspeare, at Stratford-upon-Avon, and in the Metro-
pohs , • . , . . , . . • 11
Shakspeare . ... . . . . . • 13

On the Retirement of John Philip Kemble, Esq. from the Stage 15
Lines on the final Performance of Hamlet by the late Mr.
Kemble, the Character in which he first appeared on the
London Stage • . • . . . . .18

On seeing that the Name of the late Mr. Kemble had been re-
moved from his last Residence . . . • . 19
Metempsychosis . . . . . . • . .19

On the Report that George Colman, Esq. the Younger, had

received the honour of Knighthood at the Coronation . 21

The Art of Acting 22

On the Astronomical Lectures delivered by Mr. Bartley . 25

Stanzas to '^ The Willows ", the seat of Major Bethune, near

Windsor 26^



Adieu to " The WiUows " 30

Fable. Jupiter and the Sheep. From Lessing . . .31

Fable. Jupiter and the Horse. From the same • • 33

Fable. The Nightingale and the Peacock. From the same . 35

Music 37

To Madame Mara .••.••.. 38

Love, to be introduced in Collinses " Ode on the Passions " 39

Madrigal 40

Song 42

Song, for a Lady, written by desire of the late Mrs. Inchbald 42

Epigram . ......... 43

My Uncle . . . 43

On hearing that J. W. Croker, Esq., Secretary to the Admi-
ralty, had fallen from his Horse • • • • • 45

On gathering Moss from the Monument dedicated by Pope

to the Memory of his Mother, at Twickenham . . 45
On hearing that the beautiful Grounds at Twickenham, planted

by Pope, had been converted into a common Garden . 46

Doubtful Affection ........ 47

On a Portrait of the Lord Chancellor * .... 47

Lines sent with an Equestrian Tobacco-stopper . . 47

On a Public Dispute ........ 48

On George Robins, Esq. • 50

Peter Pindar's Annuity. An Imitation . . . .51

The late Dr. Wolcot's Character of Dryden and Pope versified 63
Lines on the Report " that the present Possessor of Blenheim

has the right to dispose of it as he pleases " • • 54
Lines on the Report that the Vice-Chancellor had decided in

favour of the Defendant in the Blenheim Cause • • 54
Lines occasioned by a Jeu d'esprit, importing that Lord Eldon

was in search of the Longitude . . . . ^ k t

Ode to the Right Honourable the Earl of Eldon • • . 56

Literary Studies. From Cicero , ^g

Hesiod . . . . ' .58

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Impromptu. On the Countess of Blessinton's Album . • 59

On the same ....,.,., 59

Chiswick 59

On the Translation of " The^Eneis ", by the late Rev. Charles

Symmons, D.D CO

The Power of Instinct. Scene, the Tower . . . . Gl

Ode to Riot 64

Sonnet. To Mrs. Siddons, on the Bust of her Brother as

Coriolanus. An Imitation . . . , . » 66

On Mr. Stephen Kemble's Performance of FalstaflF . . 67

On the Appearance of Miss Kelly in Lady Teazle . r . 68

On the Anonymous Ribaldry against Mrs. Coutts . . 69
On the Play of Pizarro, as adapted to the English Stage by *

R. B. Sheridan, Esq 69

Occasioned by the Medical Attendance on the late Right Hon.

R. B. Sheridan . 70

On the Recovery of Joseph Jekyll, Esq. from his alarming illness 71

On the Knighthood of Thomas Lawrence, Esq. R.A. . 71
On the Return of Sir Thomas Lawrence, President of the Royal

Academy .72

Lines on Mr. Ackermann's Evenings' Conversazione . 73

On the Conversazione at Langham-Place .... 73

On the Evening Parties at Henry Sass's, Esq., Bloomsbury 74

On the Evening Parties in Saville-Street .... 7^

A ludicrous Fact 7^

To the Inventor of a Dye for the Hair . . . . 77

The King and Sir WiUiam Curtis, Bart. Scene, Scotland . 7S

Impromptu 78

Bibliomania ... ....••. 7^

jEsopus Redivivus 80

Modern Poems . . .81

On the Collection of British Poems, by Alexander Chalmers,

Esq. ' . 81



Inscription for the Print representing the House in which Lord

Byron died at Missolonghi •...•• 83

A modern Critic • . . . . . . . 83

On Northcote's Life of Sir Joshua Reynolds .... 84

Song. On the Birth-Day of the late Sir Joseph Banks, Bart. 85
Epithalamium on the Royal Nuptials of His Serene Highness
Prince Leopold of Saxe-Cobourg with Her Royal High-
ness the Princess Charlotte of Wales .... 87

Epithalamium on a recent Marriage ..... 88

On Monumental Grandeur 88

Fragment ..... .... 89

On the Spoliation of Saxony .... . . 89

On hearing that Youth was alleged against Earl Percy as a

Candidate for a Seat in Parliament .... 89

The Magistrates. A Fact ...... .90

Impromptu • . 91

To the late William Smith, Esq 92

To the Earl of Coventry, in answer to an Invitation . . 92

To the late Lady Anne Barnard .94

Impromptu. To Joseph Jekyll, Esq 95

On the Report that the late Charles Moore, Esq. had renounced

Poetry for Law . . . . . . . .96

Lines on the Bust of the late John Stewart, the Traveller,
commonly styled " Walking Stewart ", modelled by Jo-

sephus Kendrick, Sculptor ...... 96

The Creed of John Stewart, the Traveller, versified . . 98

Glee. On the Volunteers of Great Britain • • . 98
On seeing in a Public Print the " Ode to the Poppy '% written

by the late Charlotte Smith, ascribed to another person 99
On hearing that John Symmons, Esq., occupied the House at
Blackheath which belonged to the late Earl of Chester-
field . • • - <^ • • • • » yg

On the Poems written by the late Thomas Hull, Esq. . .100


On the magnificent Edition of Shakspeare published by the

Boydells . . 101

Lines to William Gifi'ord, Esq., on his Edition of the Works

of Ben Jonson 101

To the same .... . • . . . 102
On the Poem entitled '' The Triumphs of Temper'' . ^ 103

On the Right Hon. William Pitt 104

On a Portrait of the Right Hon. Charles Long . . . 104
On the Lines written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Esq., by

desire of Mrs. Sheridan, on the Death of Colonel BuUer 105
On " The Descent from the Cross ", painted by Maria Cos-
way . .106

On the Allegorical Picture of " The Birth of the Thames ",

painted by Maria Cos way 108

To Maria Cosway . . . . •. • • . 109

Lines on a Portrait of the late Princess Charlotte, painted
during the Infancy of Her Royal Highness, by Mai'ia
Cosway . . . . . . . . . HO

On the Pictures, Drawings, Prints, &c. collected by the late

Richard Cosway, Esq. R.A. . . . . . .111

On the Poems of Mrs. Robinson . • ♦ • • • HI

To Mrs. Robinson, in return for her Poems . . .113

Answer to some Lines from the same . . . . 113

Lines on Mr. Turnerelli's Bustjs of their late Majesties, of the

late Princess Charlotte, and of the late Duke of Kent . 114
On the Bust of the late Henry Grattan, modelled from hfe

by Turnerelli . . . . . .. . 115

Grattan .......... 115

Lines on seeing the beautiful Marble Group, a genuine work
of Michael Angelo, recently brought from Rome by Sir
George Beaumont, Bart. . . . . . . 116

On the Gallery of Pictures painted by the late President of the

Royal Academy, Benjamin West, Esq. . . . .117


On the Portrait of the late Lord Byron, painted by Richard

Westall, Esq. R.A. •• . . . . . . 117

On the Portrait of the same, painted by Thomas Phillips,

Esq. R.A. . . . . . . . • .119

The last Words of Lord Byron versified . . . .120

On the Poem entitled ^^Conversation'*, written byWiUiam

Cooke, Esq., of the Middle Temple, Barrister-atJaw, &c. 121
On Two Infants in Plaster of Paris . . . . . 122
On the Poems, adapted by Mrs. Hemans to ancient Welsh

Melodies . ' 123

On the Portrait of Mrs. N. M. Rothschild, painted by Sir

William Beechey . . . . . . . 124

On receiving a Print of the late Charles Burney, CD. F.R.S.

and S.A 125

On the beautiful Pictures in the Exhibition at the Royal

Academy, painted by Lady Long . . . . 126

On some Landscapes painted by Lady Farnborough . .127
On Miss Cropley's Portrait of the Princess Augusta, and her

Copy of the Picture of the Daughter of Herodias, by

Carlo Dolci, in Windsor Castle . . . . . 128
On the Portrait of a Lady sheltering a Bird in her Bosom

from the pursuit of an Eagle, painted by Sir ^ViUiam

Beechey 128

On a Bust of the late John Kemble, Esq., modelled by Mr.

Gibson, of Liverpool . . . . . . . 129

On Sir W. Beechey's Portrait of Lady JodreU . . .130
On a Marble Statue of the Infant Son of Thomas Hope, Esq.,

executed by Mr. Behnes • . . . • . 130
On the Work entitled " Horace in London, or, the New

Theatrum Poet arum" . . . . . . .131

Impromptu, on receiving an Invitation " to meet two Spin-
sters ", Miss Porter and Miss M. Porter [. . . 132
Impromptu, to the late Charles Symmonds, D.D. . . . 132


Impromptu, to a new-married Pair . . . . .133

To a Lady named Rose . . . * . . . . 134


Horace, Book I. Ode I. to Francis Const, Esq. . . .137

I. Ode IX. • . . . . . . 139

I. Ode XXII. 140

II. Ode II. ...... 141

IV. Ode V. Written during the first Retire-
ment of Mr. Pitt from office . . . . . .143

I. Epistle IV. . . . , . . 144

The Fall of Napoleon. Isaiah, Chap. XIV. . . .145

Ode to the New Year, I787. 148

Ode 151

Fragment . . . ... . . . . , 153

The Pilot that moored us in Peace 158

Elegy. Spoken on a Country Hill-side. A Parody . . I59


Monsieur Tonson. Recited by Mr. Fawcett . . .167

Frank Hayman, a true Story . . . . . . 173

Parsons the Actor and the Lion. A true Story . . .180

Othello. A Christmas Tale 184

The Squab-Pie. A Devonshire Tale . . . . .190
Plutus, Fortune, and Carter. A Tale in imitation of the

Lottery Advertisements . . . . . . 193

Connubial Constancy . . . . . . . ^ 195

Doctor Topping . . 199

The Eclipse. Occasioned by a Report that the Duchess of

Devonshire had lost an Eye ...... 204

Peter Pindar's Return from Jamaica . . . ^ . . 208
The Art of Wit. Founded on Fact . . . . .213




Monody on the lamented Death of her Royal Highness the

Princess Charlotte of Saxe Cobourg .... 225
On the late Marquess of Londonderry ..... 226
Lines occasioned by the Death of Miss Denys, youngest
Daughter of Lady Charlotte and Peter Denys, Esq. of the

Pavilion, Hans Place 227

On the late Rev. Charles Symmons, D.D 228

On the same . • • 229

A Tribute to the Memory of the late WiUiam Gifford, Esq. 230
Elegiac Tribute to the Memory of the late Jeremiah Tay-
lor, Esq. Oculist to his late Majesty, Member of the

Royal College of Surgeons, &c 232

Elegiac Tribute to the Memory of Boucher Smith, Esq., who

died suddenly at Crome, Worcestershire . . . 233
Monody to the Memory of the late James Bartleman, Esq. 235

Elegy 235

Elegy 236

To the Memory of Noel Desenfans, Esq. . . ^ . 238

Epitaph on John Opie, Esq. R.A 238

• the late Thomas Hull, Esq. Founder of the Thea-
trical Fund, inscribed on his Tomb-stone in the Abbey
Church-yard, Westminster ...... 239

. Mrs. Isabella JMills, in the Church-yard of St.

Pancras ......... 239

To the Memory of Miss Chapman, the Actress . . . 240

Epitaph on the late Mrs. MuUinex, of the Adelphi Terrace 240

. the late Mrs. Elliston . . . . . 241

Mrs. Blagdon, Daughter of B. Macmillan, Esq. . 242

the late John Nicholls, Esq 242

_ Belzoni ......... 243

• • »


Epitaph on William Smith, Esq., who died in his 89th Year,

at Bury St. Edmund's 244

the late John Bowles, Esq. .... 245

Henry Condell, Esq. , . . . . . 246

intended for the Grave of Mrs. Elizabeth Inchbald 246

my First Wife 247

Mrs. Soane, Wife of John Soane, Esq. Architect 248

the late J. P. De Loutherbourg, R.A. . . 248

a Young Lady 249


Sonnet to Independence . . . . . . . 253

Wedlock 254

written in 1796 . 254

to an Absent Wife, on the Anniversary of the Wed-
ding-day 255

Alexander Chalmers, Esq 256

William Sotherby, Esq., on his Translation of

Oberon from the German 256

On the Picture of " The Holy Family '% painted by Mrs. W*
Carpenter, the Design from a Bas-rehef by Michael

* Angelo 257



Advertisement . . ^ ...... 260

Dedication . . . . . • . • • 261

Ode L On the Lyre 263

IL On Woman • . 264

III. On Cupid 264


Ode Page

IV. On Himself . .... . .260

V. On the Rose 266

VT. On the same 267

VII. On Cupid 268

VIII. On his Dream 268

IX. On a Dove . 269

X. On a Waxen Cupid 270

. XI. On Himself . 27»

XII. On a Swallow . . . . . . .271

. XIII. On Himself 272

XIV. On Cupid 272

XV. On Himself 273

XVI. On Himself . . . ' 274

XVII. On a Silver Cup . . . . . . 274

XVIII. On the same . 275

XIX. It behoves us to drink 276

XX. To a Girl 277

XXI. On Himself ....... 277

XXII. To a Friend 278

XXIII. On Gold 278

XXIV. On Himself -....,.. 279
XXV. On Himself 280

XXVI. On Himself . ... . . .280

XXVII. On Bacchus 281

XXVIII. On his Mistress 281

XXIX. On Bathyllus 283

XXX. On Cupid 285

XXXI. To Himself . 285

XXXII. His Amours ....... 286

XXXIII. On a Swallow ••....„ 287

XXXIV. On a Girl 287

XXXV. On Europa . 288

XXXVI. That we must freely love 288


Ode Page

XXXVII. On the Spring ...... 289

XXXVIIT. On Himself . . . . , . .290

XXXIX. On the same ....... 290

XL. On Cupid . ^ 291

XLI. On a Banquet . . . . . . 292

XLII. On Himself . . . . . . . 293

XLIII. On the Grasshopper 294

XL IV. On his Dream 295

XLV. The Arrows of Love 295

XLVI. On liove 296

XLVII. On an Old Man 297

XLVIII. On Himself 297

XLIX. To a Painter 298

L. On Bacchus . 298

LI. On a Disk representing Venus . . . 299

LII. On Wine 299

LIII. On the Rose 300

LIV. On Himself ....... 302

LV. On Lovers 302


Ode to Venus. From Sappho . . . . . . 304

From the same ......... 305

A Hymn to Harmodius and Aristogiton. From Alcseus . 306

A Farewell to Anacreon . . . . . . 307



The Author cannot but feel apprehensive that many of the
articles under the head Miscellanies, may not be deemed
worthy of the pubHc eye ; but as they chiefly relate to persons
of acknowledged merit, that merit may be allowed to excuse
the insertion. He fears also that he may be thought to advert
too much to his own situation ; but having been crossed in the
hope of that independence which he had been struggling through
life to attain, he may presume to hope that his disappointment
will excite sympathy rather than censure.



HencEj foul Dishonesty ! ^

Of grov'ling Vice and sordid Interest born,

E'en of thyself the scorn ;
By Conscience haunted, never to be free : —
Go seek some loathsome cave,

Where pallid Avarice pines amid its store.

With burning thirst for more ;

There ply each crafty scheme and lawless art,

Fram'd by thy baleful heart.
Till Justice doom thee to a penal grave.

But Erin come, of lofty mind,
Heroic heart, and temper kind ;
Twin-born with Britain, ne'er to veer,
But move in one harmonious sphere ;
For aye with mutual love to glow.
And share all bliss ordain'd below ;

* It is understood that breach of faith in his deputy involved
Mr. Moore in great pecuniary obligations.

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Come, display thy gen'rous zeal.
Now for injured genius feel ;
M00RE5 who loves his native isle,
Moore, on whom the Muses smile;
By his open heart betray'^d,
Owes the dross that must be paid,
Or no more shall he be seen,
" Disporting on thy margent green '^'';
Then for Mooke exult to prove ^
All a gen'rous nation's love.

Thy bounty, Grattan, amply sharM,
For patriot zeal a rich reward ;
And shall thy bard not share it too.
Who glows with patriot zeal as true ?
When Eloquence forgotten lies,
Still Moore shall fire poetic skies,
His genius animate the scene.
While Nature spreads thy vivid g:een.
Hast thou not a thousand times
Dwelt delighted on his rhymes ?
Rhymes that Fancy's hues adorn,
Sparkling like the dewy morn.
Like morn too, tuneful, airy, gay,
And glowing as meridian day.
Is his lyre at times too free ?
"^Tis a proof he springs from thee.
Inspired by Love and Liberty.

Yet must the moral Muse confess
His fancy wore too gay a dress ;
Too oft, with wanton touch, his lyre
Has kindled flames of loose desire ;


Too oft, with Sedley's^ dangerous art
Has decked with flow'rs a barbed dart,
That deeply struck the youthlal heart.
But now ''twill be his nobler pride
To list his Muse on Virtue's side.
Since now his lot to boast a wife.
With ev"*ry charm endearing life.

The Muse, besides, with sorrow owns
Too freely he has treated thrones ;
Too freely, in satiric strains,
Those able statesmen he arraigns.
To whose firm counsels Europe owes
Deliverance from unnumbered woes,
That else a proud usurper's hand
Had spread o'er many a ruin'd land ;
The labours harder, dangers more.
Than e'er on statesmen fell before.
Were those their wisdom triumphed o'^er ;
Yet Britain's sun in glory rose.
Its radiance dazzling all her foes.
While by its light the nations round
A sure return to safety found.

Can Justice then such rulers blame ?
No — Europe shall record their fame ;
Who saw by them her thraldom cease,
Restored to honour, freedom, peace !

That Party may their deeds revile.
Can but excite a scornful smile ;
For place would strait the clamour still.
Sure remedy for factious ill ;

* Sir Charles Sedley,


But MoonE can on himself rely.
And need not join the selfish cry ;
The rich resources of his mind
A patron in the world can find.

^Twas but the fond mistake of youth—*
Experience, time, reflection, truth,
Will regulate his future lays.
And censure turn to rightful praise.

Yet, after all, the world may find.
That Rumour works to Mooke assigned
Which other bards, from party spite,
Or disappointed spleen, might write,
While, stamped as his, they could not fail
To gain a quick and ample sale.

Enough of politics — again
Let injured Moore demand the strain-
That poets are a careless kind,
Too well, alas ! in him we find ;
He, trusting to his gen'rous heart,
Where mean distrust could bear no part.
O'er heights Parnassian prone to range
111 vers'^d in trade, accounts, exchange^
Requir'^d no formal bonds for pelf,
Deem'd others honest as himself.
And so an easy prey became
To one who took too sure an aim,
And like the " mousing owP'* could smite
The falcon, tow'ring in his flight.

♦ " A falcon, tow'ring in his pride of place,

Was by a mousing owl hawkM at and killed/^


But Erin to his aid will rim^
And nobly raise her fav'rite son.
For, rear'd by him, fresh laurels smile
To decorate her verdant isle.
Then Erin come, assist thy bard,
Thy heart will feel a full reward ;
Bounty to such a cause applied
Will live a mark of patriot pride.
Haste then, at once, that bounty pour.
To rescue genius, learning, Moore.

Anacreon, fam'^d in ancient times,
To love and wine decreed his rhymes ;
Behold him now in British lore,
And full as graceful as before *.
With learning, taste, and genius fraught,
MoouE all the Grecian'^s spirit caught,
And Britain hence may well avow,
She boasts her own Anacreon now.

The Teian bard, with humour gay,
Thus to his friends was wont to say : —
'^ Well I know that when I'm dead,
Wine you'll pour, and roses spread.
O'er the spot where rests my head.
But throw not such good things away.
Let me enjoy them while I may.
Give me the wine and flow'rs to-day.*^'

And Erin, thou, no doubt, to shew
Respect and love, when Moore lies low.
Wilt plant unfading wreaths to bloom
Around thy poet's honoured tomb ;
Wilt bumpers quaff of votive wine.
In annual homage to his shrine.

* Mr, Moore's Translation.


But then, alas ! the bard no moref
Will hear the festive table roar.
No more will strike the magic lyre.
And strains of patriot love inspire ;
Nor, wrapt beneath, in silent dust,
Behold the pile or laurelFd bust
His country then will proudly raise,
And Fame inscribe with lasting praise.
Then Eri:si, now with ardour strive.
And aid thy poet while alive.
For, when concludes his mortal doom.
His works will form the noblest tomb.


Hail, Erin, hail, time-honoured isle.
Soon to partake thy Sovereign's smile '^j
Who leaves his native land for thee,
Glad to behold thee firm and free ;
Receive then, with thy wonted fire,
A loyal people^s patriot Sire.

The solemn compact now has past,
Long, long, may all its blessings last^
The compact, all rejoicing own.
That binds the people and the throne ;
And now he takes his patriot way.
In fulness of imperial sway.
To cheer his subject isles around,
And honours first thy verdant ground.

* Written before His Majesty's visit to Ireland,


Yes^ ERIN5 not for thee alone
He quits the splendor of a throne.
But all its pomp resigns awhile,
To spread around tK impartial smile ;
For rumour says, he next will speed
Across the liquid bounds of Tweed,
With equal joy the reahn to see
Of valour and of poetry.

Where Bruce and Wallace, Scotia'^s pride,
In glory liv'd, in honour died ;
Where Thomson'^s vivid flow'rs shall glow
Through Summer's heat and Winter'^s snow.
Unfading still in Autumn's sere.
Still in perennial Spring appear.
And bloom till Nature's final year.

Scotia may also justly claim
Due honours of poetic fame.
For other bards of later days.
Who wear the wreaths of native bays,
And well adorn her classic spot.
Her sportive Burns and fertile Scott.
Nor less may Scotia well demand
The fame of Painting's magic hand.
Whose WiLKiE genuine humour shews.
Whose Raeburn's faithful canvas s^lows.

Such honours, Erin, too, are thine.
The Sister Arts for thee combine,
Lo ! Shee, whom kindred Muses fire.
Or with the pencil or the lyre.
While genius animates his art,
And Freedom warms his manly heart.


Lo ! too, tliine own Anacreon — Moore,
Who, deeply skilFd in Grecian lore,
Has taught the Teian bard to shine
With nobler grace on love and wine.
Perchance, no longer led astray,
He now may hail the new-born sway ;
Not like the fawning courtier, run
With incense to the rising sun,j
But rouse his Muse to loyal lays,
And greet his King with honest praise.
While, o'er all heedless errors past,
Oblivion shall her mantle cast.

But, e'er we close the votive strain,
Reason and Justice might complain
If we neglected here to pay
To Lees ^ a tributary lay.
Firm champion of the glorious cause.
An empire's liberties and laws.
Whose lofty mind and patriot heart
Disdain the cold reserves of art.
Alike as prompt to write or bleed.
When caird to guard our Holy Creed*
Thus high amid thy patriot band,
None make for truth a nobler stand,
None more adorn their native land.

« Sir Harcourt Lees.— -This learned, eloquent and patriotic
baronet, has manifested such zeal for the preservation of our
establishments in church and state, and has so powerfully sup-
ported them in his various writings, that they form a treasure of
political and ecclesiastical knowledge, which will render his name
for ever dear to the friends of their country and of its pure or-
thodox faith.


Then, Erin^ hail ! with zeal prepare

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