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GUEST,Q Lyr Add: The Queen's Ass (20) Lyr Add: THE QUEEN'S ASS - REPLY 14 Sep 03

Here is the reply. Both come up at the Bodleian with queens ass. Not as inspired.


Since Folly in England for Wisdom can pass;
And th' Apollo of Grub-street will shew himself-Ass;
He, from Lowness of Thought, by the Nose shall be led,
To the Tail of the Beast, to shew his Fool's Head.

He, from Lowness of Thought, by the Nose shall be led,
To the Tail of the Beast, to shew his Fool's Head.

He would be a Joker, but sure he's no Wit,
That on a poor beast all his Venom would spit:
I'm sure by his Spelling, he is not high read,
Therefore, at the Tail, I have plac'd the Fool's Head.

A Joke out of Season, is next to Offence;
But, where lies the Joke, that has no Wit or Sense?
It may please the Drunkard when Reason is fled,
And the Fumes of the Mundungus fly into his Head.

My dear Poetaster, why will you vend Trash?
When you for each Line, are deserving the Lash;
Then thenceforth ne'er suffer it e'er to be said,
That you by such Folly must show your Fool's Head;
He, from etc.

You may pry as you will, since you're fix'd near the Place,
You deserve to be kept, till each Line you can trace;
And take off the Tints, either brown, cream or red;
And mix as you like 'em; then paint your Fool's Head;

How could you for Wit or for Humour e'er pass,
A Lady's Back side on the Town for an Ass?
Such low Wit and Humour sure never was read,
Why did you not match the Brute's Breech with your Head;

But Pedlars in Poetry, ever will rail;
And 'tis equal to them, either Head or the Tail;
Tho' badly they spell and tho' lamely they read,
In spite of their Stars, they will show their Fool's Head.

Then, Britons, be steady, 'midst Triumphs be glad;
Be foolish with Reason, not foolishly mad;
Mix Wisdom with Wine, or your Punch, or your Mead,
And shun the Example, by seeing ----- Fool's Head.

To the tune of "Balance a Straw." Full title- "With a Fool's Head at the Tail: The other Side of the Zebray: In Reply to the ludicrous Song, upon the Queen's Ass."
Johnson Ballads fol. 165, c. 1762, Bodleian Library. Printed for T. Ewart, Strand, London, price sixpence.
Charlotte Sophia- 1744-1818.

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