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WILL WATERPROOF’S LYRICAL MONOLOGUE.
MADE AT THE COCK.
O PLUMP head-waiter at The Cock,
To which I most resort,
Go fetch a pint of port :
You set before chance-comers,
On Lusitanian summers.
No vain libation to the Muse,
But may she still be kind,
Her influence on the mind,
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To make me write my random rhymes,
Ere they be half-forgotten; Nor add and alter, many times,
Till all be ripe and rotten.
I pledge her, and she comes and dips
Her laurel in the wine,
These favour'd lips of mine;
New lifeblood warm the bosom, And barren commonplaces break
To full and kindly blossom.
I pledge her silent at the board :
Her gradual fingers steal
Of all I felt and feel.
And phantom hopes assemble ;
Begins to move and tremble.
Thro' many an hour of summer suns,
By many pleasant ways,
The shadow of my days:
The gas-light wavers dimmer;
My college friendships glimmer.
I grow in worth and wit and sense,
Unboding critic pen,
Which vexes public men,
For that which all deny them — Who sweep the crossings, wet or dry,
And all the world go by them.
Ah yet, though all the world forsake,
Though fortune clip my wings,
Half-views of men and things.
Let Whig and Tory stir their blood;
There must be stormy weather; But for some true result of good
All parties work together.
Let there be thistles, there are grapes;
If old things, there are new;
Yet glimpses of the true.
We lack not rhymes and reasons,
We circle with the seasons.
This earth is rich in man and maid ;
With fair horizons bound: This whole wide earth, of light and shade,
Comes out, a perfect round.
And, set in Heaven's third story,
* * * *
Head-waiter, honour'd by the guest
Half-mused, or reeling-ripe,
That ever came from pipe.
My nerves have dealt with stiffer.
Or do my peptics differ?
For since I came to live and learn,
No pint of white or red
This wheel within my head,
Unsubject to confusion, Though soak’d and saturate, out and out,
Thro' every convolution.
For I am of a numerous house,
With many kinsmen gay,
As who shall say me nay: