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PO E T R Y.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE IRISH MAGAZINE.
Perhaps, Sir; the following Gilpin account of a Dublin favourite, may suit
This Poem is most humbly dedicated 10 a cerlain Club in W-11.–-Street.
$6 JOHN * * was a citizen
If some inherent principle, * Of credit and renown,
First pointed not the way. o A corporation man was he “ Of famous Dublin towr," · Away then with this doubted point
'Tis folly fit for fools, I'd like to tell John's pedigree, Full sure I am that Dogs are bred, But no one knows his sire ;
E'en in our Charter Schools. His mother's name was Sally B.From right good Wexford-Shire: -But let me take a sweeping leap,
Quite o'er John's boyish days, Historians tell a curious tale,
And if the chasm's ne'er filled up, That when in mamma's womb, 'Twon't injure much his praise. She dreamt one night, in horrid fright A Dog from her would come. Lo! see him now at man's estate ;
Oh ! transformation strange-
With superstition believed, . How came he by the change.
Possessed a happy trick;
met And then he had as brazen snout All Spanicl.like to lick. As could with bull-dog bei
, He had another custom too, But madain's dream was typical Place-worthy in these times ; Of figurative kind,
His own poor country to bedaub
Besides whenever he could catch
With pois'nons fang he'd bite, and yelo
These were the arts which Johnny used For how could any animal
Joined to his honest trade, His wicked antics play,
Of howling murd'rous deeds in print, The God now left bin in the lurch
And he fell down the hill,
I've gone to W-11-m-Street, . He fusted and he pray'd
For better times he pray'd,
Gains goodly church and siate; And that his Godship's dumb
heard, lfe'er he stopt at boggling pause ;
For better days have come. Ob!'approbation's roar,
Let John then sing Long LIVE THE What joy to hear from hundreds Ihrec, And big-puuuched twenty four.
* And CHARLEY too the Bold, Then Vigour walked his lusty round, For he has got his bone again,
Each caught his neighbour's fire;. And in the fastest buld.t.
Again too he may loudly bark,
. , And run his wonted rig, All noddal as our hero spake " For let what minister come in
-Then took a pioch of snuff, He need not care a fig. Declaring as the box went round
. His bone is sweet as it is meet, The papists got enough.
Which son and he may pick, A neat petition next dress'd up' No Hardy more can make him sore, Without a blot or flaw,
Tho' pupists he should lick. la due respect defending church
Was sent to Mr.S. 0! What was Johnny's inward joy
Epitaph on a Voted I\'restler. . Such joy no tongue can tell, When thus he saw his fiery speech Light up so very well.
VAIN all the honours of my brow, ..
Victorious wreaths, farewell ! Byt ah, where will I get a muse, One trip from Death has laid me loy, To whine in song of woe ;..
By whom suich numbers fell, John's exit from the Cus-.m House, “Soill bravely I'll dispute the prize, Which from the speech did flow, Nor yield, though out of breath ;
'Tis but a fall,.--I yet shall rise. Jaho pleased the men of orange well,. And even vanquish Death.
But little Hardy star'd . Andswore, since other folks were licked, That Joho should not be spared. lege-Green, which John and his fiiends
annually worship. So 'spire of all his labours past, And piety to Bill,*
- † John's new bone was given him by • There is a God of that name in Col. Patent.
" MARY," A DOGGREL POEM. Shesigh'd for poor“ Gornor's," deeease,
For sorrow she scarcely drew breath, The Subject of the following little Porn, She buug down her beaurisul face, was a pour beautiful Creature in the. Then sunk in the arms of death. County of Neuth, who lost her father by the Rebellion of 1798. His me-, SP
I press'd her cold frame to my breast, lunchoty Deuth gure such a shock ja My heart it was ready to break, her scnses that she became insane, and I cry ou
muud I cry'd, when I put her to rest, a in a short time fell a victim to lier , “ Thy cause I shull neter forsuke.” madness.
“ The wretches who broke thy pour
heart, THE rain lad descended in torrents,' Shall all be in their turn,
The foods had immensely increas'd, and soon shall be made to regret, A wind which no mortal could bear, The day when they caused thee to - Swept rapidly over the waste.
mourn. . !
Then Erin remember the day ; Poor Mary appear'd from afar,
( * * * * * * * * * * * * H. M. To wander a maniac wide, For Mary had long been resolv'd Ne'er to visit where mortals abide,
Extempore Translation of the two first The cold it was piercingly sharp,
lines of Congreve's Mourning Bride, The night hover'd over the earth,
by the late Dr. Barrett. Of joy, and of ev'ry thing joyful, Music hath' charms to soothe the sa. There seemed a lamentable dearth,
: To soften rocks or bend the knotred oak. The rain had dishevellid her hair,
Barbara dulcisono mitescunt pectora The wind had disorder'd her dress,
cantu And e'en her still beautiful face,
Flečtuntur rupes, nodosaque flectitur Told plainly poor Mary's distress,
Those eyes that by nature were sweet,
A volume of Barrington's poetry bas Now swellid, and with madness replete,
been published in Botany Bay, the proTold wildly poor Mary's sad fall,
fors of which are to be applied to chari.
table purposes. His prologue on open. She seem'd, as she wander'd along, ing the Theatre in that colony is de.
Quite beedless of ev'ry thing round servedly admired, as abounding in many And singing ber innocent song,
happy hits and apposite allusions-it Pass'd carelessiy o'er the wei ground, contains the following lines :
'.“ We're patriots true, for be it under, " Poor Mary," thought I, and I strollid, siood,
Admiring the beautiful 'maid, * We left our country for our country's 'Till coming to where the Boyne rollid, good.”
She saw where ber father was laid. " A verdure luxuriant appear'd,”
On two young and beautiful Sisters who Where the corpse of her father was
.' were drowned together at Sea in u plac'd
Storm. By the late Dr. Dunkin. The wild flowers there she had rear d, Whal to the faithless ocean now is due? « Displayed the poor maniac's taste.' She gave one Kerrus, but has token two.
MISCELLANIES, NEWS, &c;": ..
CATHOLIC meetings have taken am convinced that an entire and per, place in almost all the Counties of fect co-operation of all his Majesty's Munster, Leipster and Connaught. subjects, enjoying equal rights and The Catholics of Kilkenny deserve privileges, gives us the best security for particular praise for the manner in resisting the power of the foreign which they have acted for themselves, ' enemy. They have shewn a sensible and pa- I have the honour to be, with matriotic example to their Catholic tel. ny thanks for your letter, dear Sir, kw-countrymen, by adopting a sepa. your yery obedient humble servant. rate petition. 'Tis evident that the
Clifdex. country should not be tied by the Dub. P. Byrne, Esq. lin aristocracy. The Kilkenny gen. tlemen have seen into the views of the FROM THE RIGHT HON. HENRY place-hunters, and title-hunters, and
GRATTAN. have shaped their conduct by this knowledge. We are told that their
London March. 7, 1808. petition is drawn up with peculiar MY DEAR SIR, energy and spirit.
I was favoured with your letter, containing a resolution, unanimously
voted by a meeting of the Roman Ca. THE secretary of the Catholic com. tholics of the County and City of Kil. mittee in Kilkenny, Mr. P. Byrne, bas kenny, expressing their approbation of received the following letters, in an- my services. swer to the vote of thanks passed una. In answer to which, I beg to return pimously at the general meeting of ihe to you and to them my warm and cord Catholics of that County and City on dial thanks-assuring them, at the the 7th day of February last, same time, that I consider, with an un.
altered and unalterable conviction, the FROM TBE RT.HON, LORD VISCOUNT
privileges which they seek inseparable CLIFDEN.
from the interest of the country, and
founded at once both in policy and London, Feb. 29th, 1808.
justice. - I am dear Sir, your very faitha
ful and huinble servant. I have had the honour of receiving
; HENRY GRATTAN. your letter of the 10th, inclosing the P. Byrne, Esy. resolutions of the Catholic meeting, held at Kilkenny on the 17th.
FROM THE HON. F. C. PONSONBY. I beg through you to rerurn my best thanks to those most respectable
Dublin, March, 7, 1898. persons who have been pleased to ap Sir, prove of my conduct--and to assure I am concerned that the letter which rhem that I shall continue to use every (by the direction of the Catholics of exertion in my power to obtain the re- the County and City of Kilkenny, aspeal of the Penal Code operating sembled at the Tholsel on the 17th of against the Catholics exclusively.--I February last, you did me the honour hold it to be a question as much affects of writing, should this day only have ing Irish Protestants as Irish Catholics, reached me. I lose, not, however, a and in fact Englishmen equally for i moment in requesting you to express,
to that most respectable body, my very · SOME say that an old woman is paid grateful thanks for the high honour a large salary in England for dreaming ibey have conferred upon me--- and on affairs of state. We know that to assure then, that although very few there is such a custom in Iceland. opportunities of evincing my attachment to their interest have hitherto presented THE critics think that there was no themselves I nevertheles presume to need of a blind boy on the Dublin stage hope that the Catholics of Ireland as there were blind men enough there will ever find me anxious to meet their before, wishes, and to the best of my ability forward their views. I have the ho. CAN any correspondent inform us nour to be, Sir, your most obedient whether the author of the FAMILIAR humble servant.
EPISTLES has departed this life or not. P. Byrnc, Esq. c. F. PONSONBY. If he is still amongst the quick, how can
his Genius have patience to be so long LIBERALITY seems to be making idle. Surely if he renewed his critic great strides ainong the Protestant no. labours, he might expect a very plen. bility and gentry of Ireland. We tiful harvest at Crow-Street. think that they consult their interest as well as the gratification of every ho- A CHARITABLE citizen told nourable feeling by their coming for. a friend of his the other day, that a ward in behalf of their brethren, poor woman having sent him word that
she was dead, he gave the only guinea Perford Catholics.
he had about him for her funeral exIT seems that the aristocratic spirit pences, so conspicuous amongst the Catholics of Dublin has reached to the County The UNION OF STRENGTH AND of Wexford. Dr. R , brother to GRACE. The following advertisement Mr. Fox's correspondent, with a Mr. of a Methodist Grocer appeared some Redd , would not suffer a meet.. time since in an English newspaper, ing to take place there for the purpose “ Wanted a porter who fears the Lord of sending a petition to Parliament., and can carry three hundred weighi. Shame on the spirited inhabitants of Wexford.
Anecdote of Thomas Paine.
THIS extraordinary man, so distin. P 'TIS thought the Cannings, the guished for his infidelity and republic Castlereaghs and the Percivals will not can principles, after his escape from stand out the two discussions on the thie harids of Robespierre, returned to questions of Catholic emancipation, America, sitting one day at Evans's and peace. We hope that an atteinpt Hotel in Baltimore, over his favourite, to repeal the union act, may make up a bottle of Bravdy. A gentleman ob. a trio.
served how' fortunately he preserved
his life from his British and French ene. SIR Arthur Wellesly is labonring mies, -Thomas replied, “ Providence hard for an extension of patronage to protects, bui I know, I do not owe the Irish goveroment by new modelo my life to the prayers of priests, or to ling our city police. All the sober the friendship of kings; patience, a citizens, who hate the din of war, will good constitution, and plenty of this, we imagine emigrate beyond ihe eight laying his hand on the bottle, will bear mile circle.-Land will soon be pretty aman through an age of difficulties." bigh as that distance.