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And twenty more such Pidcock frights
Though no great shakes at learned chat, Bob's worth a hundred of these dabs :
If settling Europe be the sport, For a short turn up' at a sonnet,
They'll find I'm just the boy for that,
As tipping settlers' is my forte!"
Then up rose Ward, the veteran Joe, “Gemmen," says hem(Bob's eloquence
And, 'twixt his whiffs, suggested briefly Lies much in C-NN-G's line, 't is said;
That but a few, at first, should go, For, when BoB can't afford us sense,
And those, the light-weight Gemmen chiefly; He tips us poetry, instead
As if too many “ Big ones went, “Gemmen, before I touch the matter,
They might alarm the Continent !!" On which I'm here had up for paller,
JOE added, then, that as 't was known A few short words I first must spare,
The R-G-t, bless his wig! had shown To him, the Hero, that sits there,
A taste for Art (like Joey's own") Swigging Blue Ruin," in that chair.
And meant, 'mong other sporting things, (Hear-hear)--His fame I need not tell,
To have the heads of all those Kings, For that, my friends, all England's loud with;
And conqu'rors, whom he loves so dearly, But this I'll say, a civiler Swell
Taken off-on canvas, merely; I'd never wish to blow clouds with !"
God forbid the other mode!
He (Joe) would from his own abode At these brave words, we, every one,
(The dragon--famed for Fancy works, Sung out “ hear-hear"-and clapp'd like fun.
Drawings of Heroes, and of corks) For, knowing how, on Moulsey's plain,
Furnish such Gemmen of the Fist, The Champion fibb'd the Poet's nob,
As would complete the R-G--t's list. This bretering-up,' against the grain,
"Thus, Champion Tom,” said he, “would look We thought was cursed genteel in BoB.
Right well, hung up beside the Duke And here again, we may remark
Tom's noddle being (if its frame Bob's likeness to the Lisbon jobber
Had but the gilding) much the sameFor, though all know that flashy spark
And, as a partner for Old Blu,
BILL GIBBONS or myself would do."
Loud cheering at this speech of Joey's,
Who, as the Dilettanti know, is That Georgy, wiser as he 's older,
(With all his other learned parts) Instead of facing C-ST-R-GH,
Down as a hammers to the Arts ! Is proud to be his bottle-holder
Old Bill, the Black,'--you know him, NEDDYBut to return to Bob's harangue,
(With mug, whose hue the ebon shames, 'Twas deuced fine-no slum or slangBut such as you could smoke the bard in,
1 A kind of blow, whose sedative nature is sufficiently
explained by the name it bears. All full of flowers, like Common Garden,
2 Joe being particularly fond of " that costly and gentle With lots of figures, neat and bright,
manlike smoke," as Dekker calls it. The talent which Joe Like Mother Salmon's-wax-work quite !
possesses of uttering Flash while he smokes—"ex fumo. dare lucem"-is very remarkable.
3 Joe's taste for pictures has been thus commemorated The next was TURNER—nobbing Ned
by the great Historian of Pugilism—“If Joe Ward cannot Who put his right leg forth," and said,
boast of a splendid gallery of pictures formed of selections “Tom, I admire your notion much;
from the great foreign masters, he can sport such a col
lection of native subjects as, in many instances, must be And please the pigs, if well and hearty,
considered unique. Portraits of nearly all the pugilists I somehow thinks I'll have a louch,
(many of them in whole leogths and attitudes) are to be
found, from the days of Figg and Broughton down to the Myself, at this said.Congress party.
present period, with likenesses of many distinguished amateurs, among whom are Captain Barclay, the classic Dr.
Johnson, the Duke of Cumberland, etc. His parlour is 1 A turn-up is properly a casual and hasty set-to.
decorated in a similar manner; and his partiality for pictures 2 More usually - Lombard-streut to a China orange." has gone so far, that even the tap-room contains many esThere are several of these fanciful forms of betting-cellent subjects!"— Boriana, vol. i. p. 431. "Chelsea College to a centry-box, “ Pompey's Pillar to a 4 The Green Dragon, King-street, near Swallow-street, stick of sealing-wax," etc. etc.
" where (says the same author) any person may have an 3 Talk.
opportunity of verifying what has been asserted, in viewing 5 To smoke a pipe. This phrase is highly poetical, and Ward's Cabinet of the Fancy!" explains what Homer meant by the epithet, usonazopetus. 5. Among the portraits is one of Bill GIBBONS, by a 6 In the year 1808, when Cris defeated GREGSON.
pupil of the great Fuseli, which gave occasion to the follow7 Praising or flatlering.
ing impromptu :8 These parallels between great men are truly edifying. 9 Sea cant-a good deal of which has been introduced Though yon are one of Fuseli's scholars,
This question I'll dare to propose,-. into the regular Flash, by such classic heroes as Scroggins, Crockey, etc.
How the devil could you use water-colours, 10 Friends.
In painting Bill Gibbons', nose ? 11 Ned's favourite Prolegomena in battle as well as in do- 6 To be down to any thing is pretty much the same as be bale. As this position is said to render him “very hard to ing up to it, and “doion as a hammer is," of course, the pe got at," I would recommend poor Mr. V-ns-t-t to try intensivum of tho phrase. a last resource, in his pet set-lo with Mr. T-m-y. 7 RICHMOND.
Reflected in a pint of Deady,
" As, should their Majesties be dull," Like a large Collier in the Thames)
Says Biel, “ there's nothing like a Bull :Though somewhat cut,' just begg'd to say
“ And blow me tight,”--(Bill GIBBONS ne'er He hoped that Swell, Lord C-ST-R--GH,
In all his days was known to swear, Would show the Lily-Whites' fair play;
Except light oaths, to grace his speeches, “And not-as once he did"-says Bill,
Like“ dash my wig," or "burn my breeches.!") “ Among those Kings, so high and squirish,
“ Blow meLeave us, poor Blacks, to fare as ill
-Just then, the Chair, already
Grown rather lively with the Deady,
1 Bill Gibbons has, I believe, been lately rivalled in this I Cut, tipsy; another remarkable instance of the simi- peculiar Walk of the Fancy, by the superior merils of Tom Jarity that exists between the language of the Classics and Oiver's Game Bull. that of St. Giles's.--In Martial we find "Incaluit quoties 2 From the respect which I bear to all sorts of dignitasaucia vena mero." Ennius, too, lias“ sauciavit se flore ries, and my unwillingness to meddle with the "imputed Liberi ;" and Justin, "hesterno mero saucii."
weaknesses of the great," I have been induced to suppress % Lily-Whites (or Snow-balls,) Negroes.
the remainder of this detail.
Account of the Milling-match between Entellus and VIRGIL. Æneid. Lib. v. 426.
Dares, translated from the Fifth Book of the Æneid,
BY ONE OF THE FANCY. Constitit in digitos extemplo arrectus uterque,
Witu daddles' high upraised, and nob held back, Brachiaque ad superas interritus extulit auras. In awful prescience of the impending thwack, Abduxere retro longe capita ardua ab ictu :
Both Kiddies? stood—and with prelusive spar, Immisccntque manus manibus, pugnamque lacessunt. And light mancuvring, kindled up the war! lle, pedum melior motu, fretusque juventa : The One, in bloom of youth-a light-weight bladeHic, membris et mole valens;
The Other, vast, gigantic, as if made,
Express, by Nature for the hammering trade;
sed tarda trementi But aged,» slow, with stiff limbs, tottering much, Genua labant, vastos quatit æger anhelitus artus. And lungs, that lack'd the bellows-mender's touch. Multa viri nequicquam inter se vulnera jactant,
Yet, sprightly to the Scratch both Buffers came, Multa cavo lateri ingeminant, et pectore vastos
While ribbers rung from each resounding frame, Dant sonitus ; erratque aures et tempora circum
And divers digs, and many a ponderous pelt,
Were on their broad bread-baskets heard and felt.
That the crush'd jaw-bones crackled as they fe!! Stat gravis Entellus, nisuque immotus eodem, But firmly stood Entellus-and still bright, Corpore tela modo atque oculis vigilantibus exit. Though bent by age, with all The Fancy's light,
Stopp'd with a skill, and rallied with a fire
The Immortal Fancy could alone inspire ! Ille, velut celsam oppugnat qui molibus urbem, While Dares, shifting round, with looks of thought, Aut montana sedet circum castella sub armis ; An opening to the Cove's huge carcase sought Nunc hos, nunc illos aditus, omnemque pererrat
(Like General Preston, in that awful hour, Arte locum, et variis assultibus irritus urget. When on one leg he hopp'd to-take the Tower!)
And here, and there, explored with active fin
3 Macrobius, in his explanation of the various properties
Ostendit dextram insurgens Entellus, et alte
And now ENTELLUS, with an eye that plann'd Extulit: ille ictum venientem a vertice velox Punishing deeds, high raised his heavy hand; Prævidit, celerique elapsus corpore cessit.
But, ere the sledge came down, young DarEs spied Entellus vires in ventum effudit, et ultro
Its shadow o'er his brow, and slipp'd aside
Who dealt the stroke, came thundering to the ground!
Fell souse, of late, among the astonish'd Tories !?
His pal,' well-known through many a lark and spree,
And pitying raised from earth the game old man. At non tardatus casu, neque territus heros
Uncow'd, undamaged to the sport he came,
Full on his light-limb'd customer he rush'd, -
Ruffian'a the reeling youngster round the Ring-
Around the Trojan's lugs flew peppering hot ! Tum pater Æneas procedere longius iras,
"Till now Æneas, fill'd with anxious dread, Et sævire animis Entellum haud passus acerbis ; Rush'd in between them, and, with words well-bred, Sed finem imposuit pugnæ, fessumque Dareta Preserved alike the peace and Dares' head, Eripuit, mulcens dictis, ac lalia fatur:
Both which the veteran much inclined to break
Then kindly thus the punish'd youth bespake : Infelix! quæ tanta animum dementia cepit? “ Poor Johnny Raw! what madness could impel Non vires alias, conversaque numina sentis ?
So rum a Flat to face so prime a Swell ?
See'st thou not, boy, THE FANCY, heavenly Maid,
To think mere man can mill a Deity!"
Thus spoke the Chief-and now, the scrimage o'er,
1 As the uprooted trunk in the original is said to be "cava," the epithet here ought, perhaps, to be “hollower sound."
2 I trust ny conversion of the Erymanthian pine into his L-ds-p will be thought happy and ingenious. It was sug gested, indeed, by the recollection that Erymanthus was also fumous for another sort of natural production, very common in society at all periods, and which no one but Hercules ever seems to have knows how to manage. Though even he is described by Valerius Flaccus as“Erymanthæi sudantem pondere monstri. 3 Friend.
4 Party of pleasure and frolic. 5 Thia phrase is but too applicable to the round hitting of the ancients, who, it appears by the engravings in Mercurialis de Art. Gymnast. knew as little of our straight for. bara mode as the uninitiated Irish of the present day. I havo, by the by, discovered some errors in Mercurialis, as well as in two other modern authors upon Pugilism (viz. Petrus Faber, in his Agonisticon, and that indefatigablo classic antiquary, M. Burette, in his “Mémoire pour servir à l'Histoire du Pugilat des Anciens,"') which I shall have the pleasure of pointing out in my forthcoming “Parallel."
6 A favourite blow of TIE NONPARIEL's, so called. 7 There are two or thrco Epigrams in the Greck Antho
While from his gob the guggling claret gush'd, For not the great R-G-T himself has endured
Till he look'd like a house that was outr institev,
A much heavier burthen of glories than thue.
And 'tis plain, when a wealthy young lady so mad is,
Or any young ladies can so go astray,
The stars' are in fault, my Lord ST—W-Pr, not As illustrative of the Noble Lord's visit to Congress, I take
they! the liberty of giving the two following pieces of poetry, which appeared some time since in the Morning Chroni- Thou, too, l'other brother, thou Tully of Tories, cle, and which are from the pen, I suspect, of that face- Thou Malaprop Cicero, over whose lips tious Historian of the Fudges, Mr. Thomas Brown, the Such a smooth rigmarole about" monarchs," and Younger.
And “nullidge,"? and "features," like syllabub LINES
slips. ON THE DEPARTURE OF LORDS C-ST-R-GH AND Go, haste, at the Congress pursue thy vocation 8T-W-RT FOR THE CONTINENT.
Of adding fresh sums to this National Debt of ours, At Paris' et Fratres, et qui rapuere sub illis Leaguing with Kings, who for mere recreation, Vix tenuere manus (scis hoc, Menelaë) nefandas. Break promises, fast as your Lordship breaks meOvid. Metam. lib. 13. v. 202.
taphors. Go, Brothers in wisdom-go, bright pair of Peers, And may Cupid and Fame fan you both with their And may Cupid and Fame fan you both with their
Fare ye well, fare ye well, bright Pair of Peers ! pinions ! The One, the best lover we have of his years,
pinions ! And the other Prime Statesman of Britain's domi- The One, the best lover we have of his years, nions.
And the Other, Prime Statesman of Britain's do
minions. Go, Hero of Chancery, blest with the smile Of the Misses that love and the monarchs that prize thee;
TO THE SHIP IN WHICH LORD C-ST-RForget Mrs. ANG-L0 T-Y1-R awhile,
-GH SAILED FOR THE CONTINENT. And all tailors but him who so well dandifies thee.
Imitated from Horace, Lib. 1. Ode 3
So may my Lady's prayers prevail,"
And CNN-G's too, and lucid BR-GGE's, But show the young Misses thou 'rt scholar enough
And ELD/N beg a favouring gale To translate" Amor Fortis," a love about forty!
From Eolus, that older Bags,
To speed thee on thy destined way,
And, therefore, quarter of a King-
Waft him, oh ye kindly breezes,
Waft this Lord of place and pelf, logy, ridiculing the state of mutilation and disfigurement to which the pugilists were reduced by their combats. The Any where his Lordship pleases, following four lines are from an Epigram by Lucillius, lib. 2. Though 't were to the D-1 himself! Κοσκινον η κεφαλη σου, Απολλoφανις, γεγινεται, Η των σητόκοπων βουλαριων τα κατω. .
Oh, what a face of brass was his,'
Who first at Congress show'd his phiz-
1 "When weak women go astiay, forated like a sieve, or like the leaves of an old worm-eaten The stars are more in fault than they." book; and the qumerous scars, both straight and cross- 2 It is thus the Noble Lord pronounces the word "know ways, which have been left upon thy pate by the cestus, ledge"-deriving it, as far as his own share is concerned, very much resemble the score of a Lydian or Phrygian piece from the Latin nullus." of music." Periphrastically, thus :
3 Sic te diva potens Cypri, Your noddle, dear Jack, full of holes like a sieve,
Sic fratros Helena, lucida sidera,
Ventorumque regat pater.
4 See a description of the #oxon, or Bags of Eolus, in there!
5 Navis, quæ tibi creditum It ought to be mentioned, that the word “punching" is
Debes Virgilium. used both in boxing and music-engraving.
6 -Animæ dimidium meum. 1 Ovid is mistaken in saying that it was “At Paris" those rapacious transactions took place we should read “ At
7 Illi robur et es triplex Vienna."
Circa poctus erat, qui, etc.
To sign away the Rights of Man
the CHAMPION OF ENGLAND stands unrivalled for his To Russian threats and Austrian juggle; punishment, game, and milling on the retreat!—but, And leave the sinking African'
notwithstanding the above variety of qualifications, it To fall without one saving struggle
has been reserved for Bob Gregson, alone, from his 'Mong ministers from North and South,
union of PUGILISM and POETRY, to recount the deeds To show his lack of shame and sense,
of his Brethren of the Fist in heroic verse, like the And hoist the sign of “ Bull and Mouth” bards of old, sounding the praises of their warlike For blunders and for eloquence!
charnpions." The same anthor also adds, that “al
though not possessing the terseness and originality In vain we wish our Secs. at home?
of Dryden, or the musical cadence and correctness To mind their papers, desks, and shelves,
of Pope, yet still Bob has entered into his peculiar If silly Secs. abroad will roam
subject with a characteristic energy and apposite And make such noodles of themselves,
spirit.” Vol. i. p. 357. But such hath always been the case
This high praise of Mr. GREGSON'S talents is fully For matchless impudence of face,
borne out by the specimen which nis eulogist has There's nothing like your Tory race !"
given, page 358—a very spirited Chr'ınt, or Nemean First, Pitt,* the chosen of England, taught her ode, entitled “ British Lads and Blarr. Millers.” A taste for famine, fire, and slaughter.
The connexion between poetical and pugnacious Then came the Doctor," for our ease,
propensities seem to have been ingeniously adumWith E-D--NS, CH-THI-MS, H-WK-B-S,
brated by the ancients, in the bow with which they And other deadly maladies.
armed Apollo: When each, in turn, had run their rigs,
Φοιβο γαρ και ΤΟΞΟΝ επιτρεπεται και ΑΟΙΔΗ. Necessity brought in the Whigs ::
Callimach. Hymn. in Apollin. v. 44, And oh, I blush, I blush to say,
The same mythological bard informs us that, when When these, in turn, were put to flight, too, Minerva bestowed the gift of inspiration upon TireIllustrious T-MP-E flew away
sias, she also made him a present of a large cudgel : With lots of pens he had no right to!"
AW x** META BAKTPON: In short, what will not mortal man do!!
another evident intimation of the congeniality supAnd now, that—strife and bloodshed past
posed to exist between the exercises of the ImaginaWe've done on earth what harm we can do,
tion and those of The FANCY. To no one at the We gravely take to Heaven at last;
present day is the double wreath more justly due than And think its favouring smile to purchase
to Mr. Bob GREGSON. In addition to his numerous (Oh Lord, good Lord!) by—building churches ! original productions, he has condescended to give
imitations of some of our living poets—particularly of Lord Byron and Mr. Moore; and the amatory
style of the latter gentleman has been caught, with No. IV.
peculiar felicity, in the following lines, which were
addressed, some years ago, to Miss GRACE MADDOX, BOB GREGSON,
a young Lady of pugilistic celebrity, of whom I have POET LAUREATE OF THE FANCY.
already made honourable mention in the Preface, “For hitting and getting away (says the elegant Author of Boriana) RICHMOND is distinguished; and the brave MOLINEUX keeps a strong hold in the cir
LINES cle of boxers, as a pugilist of the first class ; while
TO MISS GRACE MADDOX, THE FAIR PUGILIST.
Written in imitation of the style of Moore.
BY BOB GREGSON, P. P.
Sweet Maid of the Fancy!—whose ogles,' adorning
That beautiful cheek, ever budding like bowers, Non tangenda Rates transiliunt vada. This last line, we may suppose, alludes to some distinguish- Are bright as the gems that the first Jew2 of morning ed Rats that attended the voyager.
Hawks round Covent-Garden, 'mid cart-loads of 3 Audax omnia perpeti
Oh Grace of the Graces! whose kiss to my lip
Is as sweet as the brandy and tea, rather thinnish,
That Knights of the Rumpad so rurally sip,
At the first blush of dawn, in the Tap of the Finish!
1 Eyes. 7 Expertus vacuum Dædalus aëra
2 By the trifling alteration of "dew" into “Jew," Mr. Pennis non homini datis. Lordwhip ordered, when on the point of vacating his place, short compass of these two lines. This allusion to the 12001. worth of stationary, which his Gregson has contrived to collect the three chief ingredients
of Moore's poetry, viz. dews, geins, and flowers, into the is particularly happy.-Ep.
3 Highwaymen. 8 Nil mortalibus arduam est.
4 See Note, page 193. Brandy and tea in the favourile 9 Cælum ipsum petimun stultitia.
beverage at the finish.