Sent to Mr. Sharp as an Apology for Not Dining With Him
SENT TO MR. SHARP, AS AN APOLOGY FOR NOT DINING WITH HIM (1809–10) [*]
I cannot with pleasure leave home,
Though wit, wine, and friendship invite,
For that grim-visaged fiend is just come,
Who withers my germs of delight.
With the insult  of conquest he rides, 5
And demands from its peg my warm coat,
Deep-probing back, shoulders, and sides,
With a spur  —like the name to your note.
The  blithe Caledonian for once,
Whose humour will keep you from sinking,10
Will miss by good fortune the dunce,
Who spends his dull moments in thinking,
Should Doeg transgress, show the door,
And let this fine rain cool his flame;
Or to have him like me, make him poor, 15
And strike out the e from his name.
*1808. Sent to Charles Sharp on 8 September 1808. See Letter 233. Undated in Remains, where it was published for the first time. BACK
 insult] grin BL Add. MS 28268, f. 260 (Letter 233) BACK
 spur] dart BL Add. MS 28268, f. 260 (Letter 233) BACK