Scottish Poetry Selection
- S.J. (1709-1784)
S.J.Dear disputatious Johnson! On the shelf,
Where once a year the housemaid duster plies,
Thy "Vanity of Human Wishes" lies,
And points the author's wisdom with himself.
Haply "The Rambler," poor worm-eaten elf,
Peregrinates thy London yet: a prize
For some lean sizar, that with hungry eyes,
Beside the barrow counts his scanty pelf.
Irene, Rasselas, and all the rest,
Alas! Alas!-Yet here art thou, the same,
At every board the wittiest, thirstiest guest.
How hadst thou moralised thy purblind aim
To learn, with Scotland ever more thy jest,
That one poor Scot was master of thy fame!
Where else would you like to go in Scotland?
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