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HERE Whitefoord reclines, and deny it who can,
Who relish'd a joke, and rejoic'd in a pun;
What pity, alas! that so lib'ral a mind
Yet happy if Woodfallt confess'd him a wit. urd ye Ye news.poper
re news-paper witlings ! ye pert scribbling folks! ner. Who copied his squibs, and re-echo'd his jokes ;
Ye tame imitators, ye servile herd, come,
Merry Whitefoord farewel! for thy sake I admit
hearing: and stuk
Mr. W. was so notorious a punster, that Doctor Goldith used to say, it was impossible to keep him company without being infected with the itch of punning. 7 Mr. H. S. Woodfall, printer of the Public Advertiser. ME. Whitefoord has frequently indulged the town with
urgus pieces under those titles, in the Public Advers tiser
L E T T E R .
Appeared in that Paper, in June, 1767.
And ho vivere
AS there is nothing I dislike so much as newspaper with hos 4 controversy, particularly upon trifles, permit me to be as concise as possible in informing a correspondent of yours, that I recommended Blainville's Travels, because I thought the book was a good one: and I think so still. I said, I was told by the bookseller that it was then first published; but in that, it seems, I was misinformed, and my reading was not extensive enough to set me right.
Another correspondent of yours accuses me of hav. ing taken a ballad, I published some time ago, from one* by the ingenious Mr, Percy. I do not think there is any great resemblance between the two pieces in question. If there be any, his ballad is taken from mine. I read it to Mr. Percy some years ago; and he (as we both considered these things as trifles at best) told me with his usual good humor, the next time I saw him, that he had taken my plan to form the fragments of Shakespeare into a ballad of his own. He then read me his little Cento, if I may So call it, and I highly approved it. Sucli petty anecdotes as these are scarce worth printing: and, were it not for the busy disposition of some of your correspondents, the public should never have known that he owes me the hint of his ballad, or that I am obliged to his friendship and learning for communications of a much more important nature.
I am. Sin
"TURN, gentle Hermit of the dale,
“And guide my lonely way,
“With hospitable ray.
“With fainting steps and slow; .
“ Seem length’ning as I go.”
“To tempt the dangerous gloom;
"To lure thee to thy doom.
“My door is open still;
"I give it with good will.
" Whate'er my cell bestows;
“My blessing and repose.
“To slaughter I condemn :
"I learn to pity them.
“A guiltless feast I bring ;
“All earth-born cares are wrong: "Man wants but little here below,
"Nor wants that little long,"
that I or com
Soft as the dew from heaven descendse.
His gentle accents fell;
And follows to the cell.
The lonely mansion lay;
And strangers led astray !
Requir'd a master's care;
Receiv'd the harmless pair.
To take their evening rest,
And cheer'd his pensive guest :
And gaily prest, and smil'd; And, skill'd in legendary lore,
The lingering hours beguild.
Its tricks the kitten tries;
The crackling faggot flies.
To soothe a stranger's woe;
And tears began to flow.
With answering care opprest: “ And whence, unhappy youth," he cry'a, - “The sorrows of thy breast? « Froin better habitations spurn'd,
" Reluctant dost thou rove: “ Or grieve for friendship unreturn.d,
" Or varegarded love?
“ Alas! the joys that fortune brings,
"Are trifling and decay ; “And those who prize the paltry things,
“ More trifling still than they. # And what is friendship but a name, 1. “A charm that lulls to sleep; “A shade that follows wealth or fame,
“And leaves the wretch to weep !
“ And love is still an emptier sound,
“The modern fair-one's jest:
"To warm the turtle's nest.
“And spurn the sex," he said:
His love lorn guest betray'd.
Swift mantling to the view ;
As bright, as transient too.
Alternate spread alarms :
A maid in all her charms.
"And, ah, forgive a stranger rude,
“A wretch, forlorn," she cry'd ;
"Where heaven and you reside.
" Whom love has taught to stray:
“Companion of her way.
"A wealthy lord was he;
" He had but only me.