Lysaght, Edward. "Lines." Poems, by the Late Edward Lysaght Esq., Barrister at Law. Dublin: Gilbert and Hodges, 1811. 68-71.
Written on leaving Fort-William, the seat of William Crawford, Esq.
Let indifference freeze in the heart of the cold,
In fighting with feeling, I own Im not bold;
On leaving Fort-William, friends, mirth and good cheer,
Tho going to friends, I could scarce check a tear.
Like a bully I blusterd, and tried to seem gay,
So I twirld round my hat, with "God bless you.Huzza!"
Not suffering my phiz to confess me dejected,
Off I canterd at first, with the gay soul affected:
Soon I sunk to a trot, (the two lacquies behind)
Consulting my muse, and consoling my mind;
And I vowd that Id vent both my grief and regard
In a few hasty lines, when Id get to Dromard.
Arrived there, and welcomd, my good Mrs. Lidwell
Perceiving me glum, kindly askd "if I did well?"
And knowing my trimbeef and ports on the table,
So Ill bumper your healths to a rhyme, if Im able.
The Hostess: whose every action evinces
She wishes to make us all happy as princes;
The Host: whose good qualities haste must condense--
Hospitality, manliness, truth, and good sense:
The Children, my darlings, together are huddled,--
A bumper to each would soon make me quite fuddled.
Cooper Crawford, Esq. of attention and skill,
And an honest good soul, though a lad of the quill.
Heres a glass to Maria, their amiable guest;
Beauty smiles on her face, honor reigns in her breast;
With soundness of judgment, with sweetness and grace,
Shes an angel in virtue as well as in face.
Heres Sydney, the favorite child of the muses,
Who ever writes well, and as fast as she chooses.
Heaven bless the whole groupe!when it next is Gods will,
That I enter the house on the green sloping hill,
May the Host and Hostess be healthy and hearty;
May evry good fortune attend the whole party:
May the children improve by kind natures progression,
The girls in each grace, and soft beautys expression;
And Cooper, the boy, (not a finer I know)
In vigour of body and mind may he grow:
Heaven bless you again!my express is in haste:
I dread my sad scrawling can scarcely be tracd:
Like my faults, let this be by your kindness effacd.
[Notes from 1811 edition:]
1. The seat of George Lidwell, Esq. near Thurles, county of Tipperary. [return to text]
2. Mrs. W. Crawford. [return to text]
3. Wm. Crawford, Esq. [return to text]
4. C. Crawford, Esq. Hume-street. [return to text]
5. Miss Maria Harrold. [return to text]
6. Miss Owenson. [return to text]