AND Sonnets.

by Cornwall Bayley



1st. On a man always shaking his head.

You shake your head!—a bottle too
Requires the same each minute;
Whilst the poor thirsty toper doubts,
If there is ought within it!

2d. Aulus in Office.

         Aulus in office, thinks it is propitious


         To shew his office—and to be officious! [Page 45]

3d. On the iron coins of J. Caesar.

With future names—be any metal grac’d,
But Caesar’s stamps on nought but iron plac’d!

4th. On a fine picture of a Girl.

With raptur’d hearts, the blooming girl we view,
Who boasts, tho’ painted, natures colors too!


5th. On a great man envied.

What wonder envy should devolve on you,
Whom all feet trample on, but none pursue!

6th. With a set of prayers to his brother—By HUYGENIUS.

The prayers you ask, are here, my brother given;
O! be my words your passport into Heaven!

7th. On a sick Drunkard.

                  Oemilius bids the various physic


                  Which his Doctor sends be c——st;
                  Fearing lest the self—same doses,
                  With his pain should cure his thirst!

8th. On Gustavus of Sweden.

Ages hereafter, when the earth may quake,
Shall say, “the ashes of Gustavus wake!”


9th. On a talkative girl—who had lost her teeth.

What wonder that the beauteous Anna’s
Lately splendid teeth should fail,
Whilst her tongue’s incessant hammer,
Dares those splendid teeth assail?

10th. The gouty debtor.

                  In vain the gouty debtor tries,


                  Th’ evasive force of wit;
                  “He cannot to his promise stand!”
                  No!—but he sure can sit!

11th. On a pauper who had fallen into a ditch.

The pitying strangers haste with generous fear,
To lift the pauper from the pit of mud;
“O! cease, (he cries) and let me flumber here,
“My bed at home is not one half so good!”

12th. On a father surrounded by his children.

                  Lines from circle to its centre
                  Each to each must equal prove; [Page 46]
                  Equal to his circling children


                  Is a gen’rous parent’s love!

13th. On Women.

      What is lighter than a feather?
Dust:—than Dust?—the changing wind:
Than the wind?—than all together?
Nothing—but a woman’s mind!


14th. On a beautiful boy and his mother each blind of one eye.

Oh! let your eye, sweet Boy,
Your mother’s socket fill;
And thus be Cupid blind,
Whilst she is Venus still!

16. Imitated from the French—on a man who had unjustly been refused a College fellowship.

Here lies a wretch—who had so little knowledge,
He was not ev’n a fellow of a College!



FINIS. [Page 47]