chapter  43
ROBERT FERGUSSON, ‘To Dr. Samuel Johnson’, 1773
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Oh, blackest execrations on thy head, EDINA shameless! tho’ he came within The bounds of your NOTATION; tho’ you knew His HONORIFIC name, you noted not, But basely suffer’d him to chariotize Far from your tow’rs, with smoke that nubilate, Nor drank one amicitial swelling cup To welcome him convivial. BAILIES all, With rage inflated, Catenations tear, Nor ever after be you vinculiz’d, Since you that sociability denied To him whose potent Lexiphanian stile Words can PROLONGATE, and inswell his page With what in others to a line’s confin’d.