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Poem by Oliver Goldsmith


An Epigram


Addressed to the getlemen reflected on in the Rostad,
A Poem, by the author

Worried with debts and past all hopes of bail,
His pen he prostitutes t' avoid a gaol.
ROSCOM.


LET not the 'hungry' Bavius' angry stroke
Awake resentment, or your rage provoke;
But pitying his distress, let virtue shine,
And giving each your bounty, 'let him dine';
For thus retain'd, as learned counsel can,
Each case, however bad, he'll new japan;
And by a quick transition, plainly show
'Twas no defect of yours, but 'pocket low',
That caused his 'putrid kennel' to o'erflow. 



Oliver Goldsmith


Oliver Goldsmith's other poems:
  1. Answer to an Invitation to Pass the Christmas at Barton
  2. On Seeing a Lady Perform a Certain Character
  3. From the Latin of Vida
  4. Song, from the Comedy of She Stoops to Conquer
  5. The Double Transformation


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