TO BE SPOKEN IN THE CHARACTER OF TONY LUMPKIN
BY J. CRADOCK,1 ESQ.
Well -- now all's ended -- and my comrades gone,
Pray what becomes of mother's nonly2 son?
A hopeful blade! -- in town I'll fix my station,
And try to make a bluster in the nation.
As for my cousin Neville, I renounce her, 5 Off, in a crack, I'll carry big Bet Bouncer. Why should not I in the great world appear?
I soon shall have a thousand pounds a year;
No matter what a man may here inherit,
In London -- 'gad, they've some regard to spirit, 10 I see the horses prancing up the streets, And big Bet Bouncer bobs to all she meets;
Then hoikes to jigs and pastimes ev'ry night --
Not to the plays -- they say it a'n't polite;
To Sadler's Wells, perhaps, or operas go, 15 And once, by chance, to the roratorio. Thus here and there, forever up and down,
We'll set the fashions, too, to half the town;
And then at auctions -- money ne'er regard --
Buy pictures, like the great, ten pounds a yard; 20 Zounds! we shall make these London gentry say,
We know what's damned genteel, as well as they.