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Are these the choice dishes the Doctor has sent us?
Is this the great poet whose works so content us?
This Goldsmith's fine feast, who has written fine books?
Heaven sends us good meat, but the Devil sends cooks.
Let others hail the rising sun:
I bow to that whose course is run.
Here lies Nolly Goldsmith, for shortness called Noll,
Who wrote like an angel, but talked like poor Poll.
Prologues precede the piece—in mournful verse;
As undertakers—walk before the hearse.
This scholar, rake, Christian, dupe, gamester, and poet.
Here lies James Quinn. Deign, reader, to be taught,
Whate'er thy strength of body, force of thought,
In Nature's happiest mould however cast,
To this complexion thou must come at last.
Heart of oak are our ships,
Heart of oak are our men:
We always are ready;
Steady, boys, steady;
We'll fight and we'll conquer again and again.
Kitty, a fair, but frozen maid,
Kindled a flame I still deplore.
Prologues like compliments are loss of time;
'T is penning bows and making legs in rhyme.
Their cause I plead,—plead it in heart and mind;
A fellow-feeling makes one wondrous kind.
Any fool can play tragedy, but comedy, sir, is a damned serious business.
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We seek him here, we seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven?—Is he in hell? That demmed, elusive Pimpernel?
February 19, 1717
January 20, 1779
David Garrick was an English actor, playwright, theatre manager and producer who influenced nearly all aspects of theatrical practice throughout the 18th century, and was a pupil and friend of Dr Samuel Johnson.
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