Excerpt from Macaronic Poetry: Collected With an Introduction
Pref' if he had written a treatife on the Digamma, in twelve volumes oetavo, or fpent his days like Dr. Strong, in grubbing at Greek r.oots for a Dictionary, to be completed (as Adams, who had a turn for mathematics, ef'timated) in one thoufand fix hundred and forty-nine years, and confulted, perhaps, in as' many more! For I have never heard that the world was any hap pier for the Digamma; whereas the man who wrote the Bells of Shandon, has given us many a pleafant evening at the inglefide, and brightened many a lonely hour.
This is an iconoclaﬂic and a utilitarian age Gradgrind has weighed everything in his terri ble fcales, and beaten out of us every darling fiction we were wont to cherifh, and we are only permitted our proteit, fe non 'e vero, e ben trovato. Not only Mary's Little Lamb, but Pocahontas herfelf, is left in the vocative con dition of St. George and his Dragon.
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