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Unsigned notice, Monthly Review, April 1774

The persons who figure principally in this poetical group are Edmund Burke; his brother, Richard Burke; his cousin, William Burke; David Garrick; Dr. Cumberland, author of the West Indian; Dr. Douglas, the detector of Lauder;l Sir Joshua Reynolds; and a few others. We are informed that the Author intended to enlarge his list; which seems very probable, as the piece appears to be imperfect: a circumstance which its admirers (in which number we may venture to include all its readers) will certainly lament. The poem abounds with wit, free from even the slightest tincture of ill nature; and the characteristics of all the parties, as far as they are known to us, are equally pointed and just. As a specimen, we shall give the epitaph on the celebrated orator, Mr. Burke:

'Here lies our good Edmund, whose genius was such, We scarely can praise it or blame it too much; Who, born for the universe, narrow' d his mind, And to party gave up what was meant for mankind. Though fraught with all learning, kept straining his throat To persuade Tommy Townsend to lend him a vote;