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I cannot sing the old songs now!
It is not that I deem them low;
'Tis that I can't remember how

They go.

I could not range the hills till high
Above me stood the summer moon:
And as to dancing, I could fly
As soon.

Again, in exactly the same vein:

Friend, there be they on whom mishap

Or never or so rarely comes,

That, when they think thereof, they snap
Derisive thumbs.

And there be they who lightly lose
Their all, yet feel no aching void;
Should aught annoy them, they refuse
To be annoy'd.

And fain would I be e'en as these!

Life is with such all beer and skittles;
They are not difficult to please
About their victuals.

The trout, the grouse, the early pea,
By such, if there, are freely taken;
If not, they munch with equal glee
Their bit of bacon.

Now we have from Mr. Calverley an amusing exercise in rhyme; now a satire upon interested 'love;' now a sly quiz upon the mental peculiarities typified in the use of the word 'forever :'

Forever; 'tis a single word!

Our rude forefathers deem'd it two:
Can you imagine so absurd

A view? . . .

And never more must printer do
As men did long ago; but run
'For' into 'ever,' bidding two
Be one.

Forever! passion-fraught, it throws

O'er the dim page a gloom, a glamour:
It's sweet, it's strange; and I suppose
It's grammar.

It is impossible, however, to give any adequate conception of the great variety there is in Mr. Calverley's fun. No English writer, since Lord Byron, has had in him so much of the spirit of the true persifleur; and he forms a fitting conclusion to the long list of wits and humourists in whose company we have lingered in this volume.

INDEX.

A

Absalom and Achitophel, Dryden's,
84, 85.

Actor, Lloyd's, 155, 156.
Addison, Joseph, on Wit and Hu-

mour, 4; described as Atticus, 109.
Amours de Voyage, Clough's, 246, 247.
Amyntas, Randolph's, 61-64.
Anti-Jacobin Review, The, 193-195.
Antipodes, Brome's, 64, 65.
Art of Politics, Bramston's, 127, 128.
Atossa, Pope's, 108.
Atticus, Pope's, 109.

Austin, Alfred, 283; The Season,
283-285.

Aytoun, W. E., 250; the Bon Gaultier
Ballads, 250-253.

B

Bailey, Philip James, 276; 'The
Crow,' 276.

Ballantine, James, 258; 'John
Thamson's Cart,' 258, 259.

Barclay, Alexander, 30; his Ship of
Fools, 30.

Barham, R. H., 210; his Ingoldsby
Legends, 211.

Barnes, William, 276.

Bas-Bleu, Hannah More's, 172-174.
Bath, Earl of, Hanbury Williams on,
147, 148.

Baviad, Gifford's, 168, 169.

Bayly, Thomas Haynes, 205; 'Don't

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talk of September,' 206, 207.

Beggar, A Lame,' Epigram on, 70.
'Beggar's Soliloquy,' Meredith's, 274,
275.

Belinda, Pope's, 106, 107.

'Belle of the Ballroom,' Praed's, 235,
236.

'Bells of Shandon,' Mahoney's, 260,
261.

'Birth Night Ball, Elegy on,' Fan-
shawe's, 207, 208.

Blackie, John Stuart. 277; his Musa
Burschicosa, 276-278.

Blake, William, 174; his 'Orator
Prig,' 174, 175.

Blessington, Lady, Leigh Hunt on,
223.

Bon Gaultier Ballads, The, 250-253.
Borde, Andrew, 21; his Introduction
of Knowledge, 21, 22.

Bothie of Tober-na-Vuolich, Clough's,
245, 246.

'Bowring, On Sir John,' Hood's, 227.
Bramston, Rev. James, 127; his Art
of Politics, 127, 128.

Breton, Nicholas, 44; his 'Farewell
to Town,' 44, 45.

Brome, Richard, 64; his Antipodes,
64, 65.

Brooks, Charles Shirley, 231; Parody
on Tennyson, 232; Prize Poem,'
232, 233; Epigrams, 233.
Brough, Robert, 233; Neighbour
Nelly,' 234.

Browne, Hawkins, 153; his Pipe of
Tobacco, 153, 154.

Browne, Matthew, 320; 'Lilliput
Land,' 321, 322.

Browning, Robert, 271, 272; 'Mr.
Sludge, the Medium,' 272.

Buchanan, Robert, 279; 'Session of
the Poets,' 279-286.

Buckingham, Dryden's Character of,
85.

Buckinghamshire, Duke of, Epigrams
by, 101, 102.

'Burial of Sir John Moore' parodied,
211.

Burke, Goldsmith on, 134.

Burnand, Francis Cowley, 306; his
'True to Poll,' 306, 307.

Burns, Robert, 175; his Holy Fair,'
175, 176; his 'Address to the Unco
Guid,' 176, 177; 'Holy Willie,'
177; Epigrams by, 178, 179.
Butler, Samuel, 87; compared with
Dryden, 88; his Hudibras, 88-91;
his Satire on the Dutch, 191, 192.
Byrom, John, 152; Epigrams by, 152.
Byron, Henry James, 302.

Byron, Lord, 183; chief wit and hu-

mourist of his generation, 183, 184;
his Don Juan, 184-186; his Vision
of Judgment, 186, 187; his English
Bards, 188; Epigrams, 189.


C

Calverley, Charles Stuart, 324; Pa-
rodies, 324, 325; Drolleries, 325-
328.

Canning, George, 193, 194.
Canterbury Tales, Chaucer's, 12.
Carey, Henry, his Chrononhoton-
thologus, 142; his Songs, 145.
Carlisle, Lord, Byron on, 189.
Carroll, Lewis, 314; The Jabber-
wock,' 314, 315; 'The Walrus and
Carpenter,' 315, 316.
Castlereagh, Lord, Epigram by Byron
on, 189.

Cayley, George John, 313.

Challenge for Beauty, Heywood's, 53.
Changes, Shirley's, 56.

Charles II., Rochester's Lines on, 99.
Chaucer, Geoffrey, compared with

Langland, 11, 12; the lines to his
empty purse, 13. See Canterbury
Tales.
Chesterfield, Earl of, 149; Epigrams
by, 150; on the Duchess of Rich-
mond, 150, 151.

Chesterfield, Lord, Pope's Epigram
on, 110.

'Chivalry at a Discount,' Fitzgerald's,
238, 239.

Chloe, Pope's, 108.

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Chronicle,' Cowley's, 77.

Chrononhotonthologos, Carey's, 142.
Churchill, Charles, 139; his Prophecy
of Famine, 139, 140; his Rosciad,
140, 141.

Churchill, General, Hanbury Wil-
liams on, 149.

Cibber, Colley, Epigram on, 111.
City Madam, Massinger's, 54, 55.
Clarke, H. Savile, 310, 311.
Cleveland, John, 72; couplet by, 72;
verses on the Long Parliament, 72,
73; on the Puritans, 73.

Clough, Arthur Hugh, 245; 'The
Latest Decalogue,' 245; the Bothie
of Tober-na-Vuolich, 245, 246;
Amours de Voyage, 246, 247; Dip-
sychus, 247, 248.

Clubs, Theodore Hook on, 199, 200.
Cobbett, William, Byron's Epigram
on, 189.

'Cockaygne,' The Land of, 10.
Coleridge, S. T., 219; Epigrams by,
220.

Collins, Mortimer, 241, 242; on the
Positivists, 242, 243; on Professor
Tyndall, 243, 244; a Parody, 244.
Colman the Younger, 214; his 'Fat
Single Gentleman,' 214-216.
Common, Epigram on enclosing a,
41, 42.

Commons, House of, Epigram on, 47.
Congreve, William, 121; Fair Amo-
ret,' 122; Pious Selinda goes to
Prayers,' 122.

Consistory Courts, Satire on, 9.
'Contrast,' Morris's, 201, 202.
Conversation, Cowper's, 161.

Corbet. Bishop of, 74; his 'Distracted
Puritan,' 74; his 'Journey into
France,' 74.

'Country Clergyman's Trip to Cam-
bridge,' Macaulay's, 241.
Courthorpe, William John, 286; his
Paradise of Birds, 286, 287.
'Court-worm,' Epigram on, 52.
Cowley, Abraham, 76; his Chro-
nicle,' 77.

Cowper, William, 159; his Satires,
160, 161; his Task, 161-163; his
'Secundem Artem,' and other
trifles, 164, 165.

Crabbe, George, 171; his Village, 172.
'Crow, The,' Bailey's, 276.

Cumberland, Richard, Goldsmith on,
134.

D

D'Arblay, Madame, Leigh Hunt on,
221.

Davies, Churchill on, 141.

Della Cruscans, Gifford on the, 158,
159.

'Despairing Lover,' Walsh's, 97, 98.
'Devil's Progress on Earth, The,'
218, 219.

'Devil's Thoughts, The.' 217, 218.
Didactic Ode, A,' 322, 323.
Dipsychus, Clough's, 247, 248.
'Distracted Puritan,' Corbet's, 74.
Dobson, Austin, 294, 295; Tu
Quoque,' 295, 296; To Q. H. F.,'
297; Outward Bound,' 298; A
Dialogue from Plato,' 298, 299;
Amari Aliquid,' 299.

6

Don Juan, Byron's, 184-186.
Donne, John, 69; his Satires, 69, 70;
Epigrams by, 70.

'Don't talk of September,' Bayly's,
206, 207.

Dorset, Earl of, 99; his 'To all ye
Ladies,' 99.

Drayton, Michael, 45; his Nymphidia,
45, 46.

Drummond, William, 46; his Polemo-

Middina, 47; Epigrams by, 47.
Dryden, John, 83; the first English
Satirist who was great,' 83, 84; his
Absalom and Achitophel, 84, 85;
his Mackflecknoe, 85, 86; Epigrams
by, 86, 87.

Duenna, Sheridan's, 213.

Dunbar, William, 28; his satiric
works, 28; his 'Tidings fra the
Session,' 29.

Dunciad, Pope's, 108.

'Dust and Disease,' Lord Neaves',
256.

E

Emblems, Quarles', 76.

Empiric, Doctor,' Epigram on, 52.
English Bards, Byron's, 188.
Englishman, Borde's Character of an,
21, 22.

Epigrams by Sir Thomas More, 18;
John Heywood, 24; Sir John Ha-
ryngton, 41-43; Sir Walter Raleigh,
44; William Drummond, 47; Ben
Jonson, 52; John Donne, 70; Ro-
bert Herrick, 79; John Dryden,
87; Edmund Waller, 97; William
Walsh, 98; Earl of Rochester, 99;
Duke of Buckinghamshire, 101;
Sir Charles Sedley, 101, 102; Alex-
ander Pope, 110, 111; Dean Swift,
111, 112; Matthew Prior, 120, 121;
William Congreve, 123; Lady Wort-
ley Montagu, 123; Matthew Green,
128, 129; Allan Ramsay, 129, 130;
Oliver Goldsmith, 136; Edward
Young, 137; Thomas Gray, 147;
Horace Walpole, 150; Lord Ches-
terfield, 150; David Garrick, 151,
152; Robert Fergusson, 152, 153;
Richard Porson, 170, 171; Robert
Burns, 178, 179; Lord Byron, 189;
Tom Moore, 191, 192; Lord Hol-
land, 209; Lord Erskine, 209; Syd-
ney Smith, 210; Sheridan, 214;
Coleridge, 220; Thomas Hood,
228, 229; Shirley Brooks, 233;
George Outram, 254; James Han-
nay, 254; Samuel Lover, 261;
Edmund Yates, 313; G. J. Cayley,
313.

Erskine, Lord, Epigrams by, 209.
Eurydice,' Lisle's, 156,

F

'Fair Amoret,' Congreve's, 122.
Fanshawe, Catherine Maria, 237;
Elegy on the Birth Night Ball,
207.
Farewell Odes, Wolcot's, 166, 167.
'Farewell to Town,' Breton's, 44, 45,
Farthingales, Epigram on, 24.
'Fat Single Gentleman,' Colman's,
214-216.

'Feast of the Poets,' Hunt's, 220, 221.

Fergusson, Robert, 152; Epigrams
by, 152, 153.

Fielding, Henry, 141; his Tom Thumb,
141, 142; his familiar verse, 142-
144.
Fitzgerald, Edward, 238; Chivalry
at a Discount, 238, 239; 'Because,'
239, 240.

Five Hundred Points of Good Hus-
bandry, Turner's, 26.

'Fool or Knave,' Epigram, 52.
Fox, C. J., Sheridan's Epigram on,
214.

'Furniture of a Woman's Mind,'
Swift's, 115, 116.

G

Gammer Gurton, Still's, 26.
Garrick, David, 151; Epigram by,
151, 152.

Gascoigne, George, 25; his Steel
Glass, 25.

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Gay, John, 116; his 'Elegy on a
Lap-dog,' 116, 117; To a Lady on
her Passion for old China,' 117, 118;
his 'Song of Similes,' 118, 119.
Gentle Shepherd, Ramsay's, 129.
Gifford, William. 168; his Baviad,
168, 169; and Mæviad, 169.
Gift, The,' Goldsmith, 135.
Gilbert, W. S., 302; his Trial by
Jury, 303, 304; his H.M.S. Pina-
fore, 305, 206; 'Sing for the Garish
Eye,' 315.

Glapthorne, Henry, 65; his Wit in
a Constable, 65.

Goldsmith, Oliver, 133; his 'Retalia-
tion,' 133, 134; 'The Gift,' 135;
Epigram by, 136.

Gray, Thomas, 145; his 'Ode on the
Death of a Favourite Cat,' 145-147;
Epigram by, 147.

Green Matthew, 128; Epigram by,
128, 129.

Guizot, described by Edward Lord
Lytton, 249.

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