From Joe Miller’s Jest Book, which is a pirated but exact version of The Jest Book, selected and arranged by Mark Lemon, except for some Americanized spellings; New York : Hurst & Co., no date; pp. 45-65.
( Jests 200-299. )
COOKE and Dibdin went, at a tolerably steady quick-step, as far as the middle of Greek Street, when Cooke, who had passed his hand along all the palisades and shutters as he marched, came in contact with the recently-painted new front of a coachmaker’s shop, from which he obtained a complete handful of wet color. Without any explanation as to the cause of his anger, he rushed suddenly into the middle of the street, and raised a stone to hurl against the unoffending windows; but Dibdin was in time to save them from destruction, and him from the watch-house. On being asked the cause of his hostility to the premises of a man who could not have offended him, he replied, with a hiccup, “What ! not offend ? A — — — ignorant coach maker, to leave his house out, new-painted, at this time of night !”46
A BROWBEATING counsel asked a witness how far he had been from a certain place. “Just four yards, two feet, and six inches,” was the reply. “How came you to be so exact, my friend ?” — “Because I expected some fool or other would ask me, and so I measured it.”
“WHAT is light ?” asked a schoolmaster of the booby of a class. “A sovereign that is n’t full weight is light,” was the prompt reply.
“AH !” said a conceited young parson, “I have this afternoon been preaching to a congregation of asses.” — “Then that was the reason you always called them beloved brethren,” replied a strong-minded lady.
BY a friend of Sir Turncoat ’twas lately averr’d,
The electors would find him as good as his word !
“As good as his word,” did you say, “gracious me !
What a terrible scamp little Turncoat must be ! ”
IT has been said that a lady once asked Lord B — g — m who was the best debater in the House of Lords. His lordship modestly replied, “Lord Stanley is the second, madam.”
A STUPID fellow employed in blowing a cathedral organ, said after the performance of a fine anthem, “I think we performed very well to-day.” — “We performed !” answered the organist; “I think it was I performed, or I am much mistaken.” Shortly after another celebrated piece of music was to be played. In the middle of the anthem the organ stopped; the organist cried out in a passion, “Why don’t you blow ?” The fellow 47 popped out his head from behind the organ, and said, “Shall it be we then ?”
AN editor at a dinner-table being asked if he would take some pudding, replied, in a fit of abstraction, “Owing to a crowd of other matter, we are unable to find room for it.”
A RICH peer resolved to make his will; and having remembered all his domestics except his steward, the omission was respectfully pointed out to him by the lawyer. “I shall leave him nothing,” said the noblemen, “because he has served me these twenty years.”
By imbecility and fears
Will is restrain’d from doing ill;
His mind a porcupine appears,
A porcupine without a quill.
AFTER witnessing the first representation of a dog-piece by Reynolds, called the “Caravan,” Sheridan suddenly came into the green-room, on purpose, it was imagined, to wish the author joy. “Where is he ?” was the first question : “where is my guardian angel ?” — “Here I am,” answered Reynolds. “Pooh !” replied Sheridan, “I don’t mean you, I mean the dog.”
THE Bristol magistrates were at the time of the great riots scattered through the town. They argued that under the circumstances it was impossible they could have been collected.
THIS gentleman, travelling in a stage-coach, was interrupted 48 by the frequent impertinence of a companion, who was constantly teazing him with questions and asking him how he did. “How are you now, sir ?” said the impertinent. George, in order to get rid of his importunity, replied, “Very well; and I intend to continue so all the rest of the journey.”
SIR G. STAUNTON related a curious anecdote of old Kien Long, Emperor of China. He was inquiring of Sir George the manner in which physicians were paid in England. When, after some difficulty, his majesty was made to comprehend the system, he exclaimed. “Is any man well in England, that can afford to be ill ? Now, I will inform you,” said he, “How I manage my physicians. I have four, to whom the care of my health is committed : a certain weekly salary is allowed them, but the moment I am ill, the salary stops till I am well again. I need not inform you my illnesses are usually short.”
SAYS his landlord to Thomas, “Your rent I must raise,
I’m so plaguily pinch’d for the pelf.”
“Raise my rent !” replies Thomas; “your honor’s main good ;
For I never can raise it myself.”
JERROLD had a favorite dog that followed him everywhere. One day in the country, a lady who was passing turned round and said, audibly, “What an ugly little brute !” whereupon Jerrold, addressing the lady, replied, “Oh, madam ! I wonder what he thinks about us at this moment !”
MATHEWS being invited by D’Egville to dine one day with him at Brighton, D’Egville inquired what was Mathew’s favorite dish ? A roasted leg of pork, with sage and onions. This was provided; and D’Egville, carving, 49 could not find the stuffing. He turned the joint about, but in vain. Poole was at table, and, in his quiet way, said, “Don’t make yourself unhappy, D’Egville; perhaps it is in the other leg.”
IT was customary in some parish churches for the men to be placed on one side, and the women on the other. A clergyman, in the midst of his sermon, found himself interrupted by the talking of some of the congregation, of which he was obliged to take notice. A woman immediately rose, and wishing to clear her own sex from the aspersion, said : “Observe, at least, your reverence, it is not on our side.” — “So much the better, good woman, so much the better,” answered the clergyman, “it will be the sooner over.”
THE usual place of resort for Dublin duellists was called the Fifteen Acres. An attorney of that city, in penning a challenge, thought most likely he was drawing a lease, and invited his antagonist to meet him at “the place called Fifteen Acres — ‘be the same more or less.’ ”
“DO you know what made my voice so melodious ?” said a celebrated vocal performer of awkward manners, to Charles Bannister. “No,” replied the other. “Why, then, I ’ll tell you : when I was about fifteen, I swallowed by accident, some train oil.” — “I don’t think,” rejoined Bannister, “it would have done you any harm if, at the same time, you had swallowed a dancing-master ! ”
JACOB JOHNSON, the publisher, having refused to advance Dryden a sum of money for a work upon which he was engaged, the incensed bard sent a message to him, and the following lines, adding, “Tell the dog that he who wrote these can write more” : —50
“With leering looks, bull-necked, and freckled face,
With two left legs, and Judas-colored hair,
And frowsy pores, that taint the ambient air !”
Johnson felt the force of the description; and, to avoid a completion of the portrait, immediately sent the money.
JERROLD was in France, and with a Frenchman who was enthusiastic on the subject of the Anglo-French alliance. He said that he was proud to see the English and French such good friends at last. “Tut ! the best thing I know between France and England is — the sea,” said Jerrold.
ON the 30th of January (the martyrdom of King Charles the First), Quin used to say, “Every king in Europe would rise with a crick in his neck.”
A CERTAIN minister going to visit one of his sick parishioners, asked him how he had rested during the night. “Oh, wondrous ill, sir,” replied he, “for mine eyes have not come together these three nights.” — “What is the reason of that ?” said the other. “Alas ! sir,” said he, “because my nose was bewixt them.”
WHEN Mr. Sheridan pleaded in court his own cause, and that of the Drury Lane Theatre, an Irish laborer, amongst the actors by the name of Billy Brown, was called upon to give his evidence. Previous to his going into court, the counsellor, shocked at the shabby dress of the witness, began to remonstrate with him on this point; “You should have put on your Sunday clothes, and not think of coming into court covered with lime and brick-dust; it detracts from the credit of your evidence.” — “Be cool, Mr. Counsellor,” said Billy, “only be cool, you’re in your working-dress, and I am in mine; and that’s that.51
A DRUNKEN witness leaving the box, blurted out, “My Lord, I never cared for anything but women and horseflesh !” Mr. Justice Maule : “Oh, you never cared for anything but women and horseflesh ? Then I advise you to go home and make your will, or, if you have made it, put a codicil to it, and direct your executors, as soon as you are dead, to have you flayed, and to have your skin made into side-saddles, and then, whatever happens, you will have the satisfaction of reflecting that, after death, some part of you will be constantly in contact with what, in life, were the dearest objects of your affections.”
A GENTLEMAN who was on a tour, attended by an Irish servant-man, who drove the vehicle, was several times puzzled with the appearance of a charge in the man’s daily account, entered as “Refreshment for the horse, 2d.” At length he asked Dennis about it. “Och! sure,” said he, “it’s whipcord it is !”
A REMARKABLY ugly and disagreeable man sat opposite Jerrold at a dinner-party. Before the cloth was removed Jerrold accidentally broke a glass. Whereupon the ugly gentleman, thinking to twit his opposite neighbour with great effect, said slily, “What, already, Jerrold ! Now I never break a glass.” — “I wonder at that,” was Jerrold’s instant reply, “you ought whenever you look in one.”
A KIND-HEARTED, but somewhat weak-headed, parishioner in the far north got into the pulpit of the parish church one Sunday before the minister, who happened on that day to be rather behind time. “Come down, Jamie,” said the minister, “that’s my place.” — “Come ye up, sir,” replied Jamie; “they are a stiff-necked and rebellious generation the people o’ this place, and it will take us baith to manage them.”52
THE late Mr. Pétion, who was sent over into this country to acquire a knowledge of our criminal law, is said to have declared himself thoroughly informed upon the subject, after remaining precisely two-and-thirty minutes in the Old Bailey.
AN attorney being informed by his cook that there was not dinner enough provided, upon one occasion when company were expected, he asked if she had brothed the clerks. She replied that she had done so. “Well, then,” said he, “broth ’em again.”
BUBB DODDINGTON was very lethargic. Falling asleep one day, after dinner with Sir Richard Temple and Lord Cobham, the latter reproached Doddington with his drowsiness. Doddington denied having been asleep; and to prove he had not, offered to repeat all Lord Cobham had been saying. Cobham challenged him to do so. Doddington repeated a story; and Lord Cobham owned he had been telling it. “Well,” said Doddington, “and yet I did not hear a word of it; but I went to sleep, because I knew that about this time of day you would tell that story.”
A CRITIC one day talked to Jerrold about the humor of a celebrated novelist, dramatist, and poet, who was certainly no humorist.
“Humor !” exclaimed Jerrold, “why he sweats at a joke, like a Titan at a thunderbolt!
SOME one was praising our public schools to Charles Landseer, and said, “All our best men were public school men. Look at our poets. There’s Byron, he was a Harrow boy ——” — “Yes,” interrupted Charles, “and there ’s Burns, — he was a ploughboy.”53
“DID any of you ever see an elephant’s skin ?” asked the master of an infant school in a fast neighbourhood. — “I have !” shouted a six-year-old at the foot of the class. “Where ?” inquired old spectacles, amused by his earnestness. “On the elephant ! ” was the reply.
AN illiterate person, who always volunteered to “go round with the hat,” but was suspected of sparing his own pocket, overhearing once a hint to that effect, replied, “Other gentlemen puts down what they thinks proper, and so do I. Charity’s a private concern, and what I give is nothing to nobody.”
AT a duel the parties discharged their pistols without effect, whereupon one of the seconds interfered, and proposed that the combatants should shake hands. To this the other second objected, as unnecessary, — “For,” said he, “their hands have been shaking this half-hour.”
MILTON was asked by a friend whether he would instruct his daughters in the different languages : to which he replied, “No, sir; one tongue is sufficient for a woman.
( On Bank Notes being made a Legal Tender. )
THE privilege hard money to demand,
It seems but fair the public should surrender ;
For I confess I ne’er could understand
Why cash called hard, should be a legal tender.
“THAT’S a pretty bird, grandma,” said a little boy. “Yes,” replied the old dame, “and he never cries,” — “That’s because he ’s never washed,” rejoined the youngster.54
THE sun is all very well,” said an Irishman, “but the moon is worth two of it; for the moon affords us light in the night-time, when we want it, whereas the sun ’s with us in the day-time, when we have no occasion for it.”
BEWARE of falling in love with a pair of moustaches, till you have ascertained whether their wearer is the original proprietor.
WHEN Sir Richard Steele was made a member of the Commons, it was expected from his writings that he would have been an admirable orator; but not proving so, De Foe said, “He had better have continued the Spectator than the Tatler.”
AT the time of the threatened invasion, the laird of Logan had been taunted at a meeting at Ayr with want of a loyal spirit at Cumnock, as that place no volunteer corps had been raised to meet the coming danger; Cumnock, it should be recollected, being on a high situation, and ten or twelve miles from the coast. “What sort of people are you, up at Cumnock ?” said an Ayr gentleman; “you have not a single volunteer !” — “Never you heed,” says Logan, very quietly; “if the French land at Ayr, there will soon be plenty of volunteers up at Cumnock.”
LORD ERSKINE and Dr. Parr, who were both remarkably 55 conceited, were in the habit of conversing together, and complimenting each other on their respective abilities. On one of these occasions, Parr promised that he would write Erskine’s epitaph; to which the other replied, that “such an intention on the doctor’s part was almost a temptation to commit suicide.”
THE other day, a certain bishop lost his portmanteau. The circumstance has given rise to the following:
S——’s head appears to be placed in most accurate conformity with the law of nature, in obedience to which that which is most empty is generally uppermost.
SIR WILLIAM CHERE had a very long nose, and was playing at backgammon with old General Brown. During this time, Sir William, who was a snuff-taker, was continually using his snuff-box. Observing him leaning continually over the table, and being at the same time in a very bad humor with the game, the general said, “Sir William, blow your nose !” — “Blow it yourself ! ” said Sir William; “ ’t is as near you as me !”
MACKLIN one night sitting at the back of the front boxes, with a gentleman of his acquaintance, an underbred lounger stood up immediately before him, and covered the sight of the stage entirely from him. Macklin patted him gently on the shoulder with his cane, and, with much seeming civility, requested “that when he saw or heard anything that was entertaining on the stage, to let him and the gentleman with him know of it, as at present we must 56 totally depend on your kindness.” This had the desired effect, — and the lounger walked off.
A CERTAIN anti-illuminating marquis, since the memorable knight of the passing of the Reform Bill, has constantly kept open house, at least, so we are informed by a person who lately looked in at his windows.
LORD BRAXFIELD (a Scotch judge) once said to an eloquent culprit at the bar, “You ’re a vera clever chiel, mon, but I ’m thinking ye wad be nane the waur o’ a hanging.”
MR. JUSTICE P ——, a well-meaning but particularly prosing judge, on one of his country circuits had to try a man for stealing a quantity of copper. In his charge he had frequent occasion to mention the “copper,” which he uniformly called “lead,” adding, “I beg your pardon, gentlemen, — copper ; but I can’t get the lead out of my head !” At this candid confession the whole court shouted with laughter.
SIR THOMAS OVERBURY says, that the man who has not anything to boast of but his illustrious ancestors, is like a potato, — the only good belonging to him is underground.
ON one occasion Lord Alvanley had promised a person 100l. as a bribe, to conceal something which would have involved the reputation of a lady. On that person’s application for the money, his lordship wrote a check for 25l. and presented it to him. “But, my lord, you promised me 100l.” — “True,” said his lordship, “I did so; but you know, Mr. ——, that I am now making arrangements with all my creditors at 5s. in the pound. Now you must 57 see, Mr. ——, that if I were to pay you at a higher rate than I pay them, I should be doing my creditors an injustice !”
SIR WILLIAM CURTIS sat near a gentleman at a civic dinner, who alluded to the excellence of the knives, adding, that “articles manufactured from cast steel were of a very superior quality, such as razors, forks, &c.” — “Ay,” replied the facetious baronet, “and soap too — there’s no soap like Castile soap.”
WHEN Brummell was the great oracle on coats, the Duke of Leinster was very anxious to bespeak the approbation of the “Emperor of the Dandies” for a “cut” which he had just patronized. The Duke, in the course of his eulogy on his Schneider, had frequent occasion to use the words “my coat.” — “Your coat, my dear fellow,” said Brummell : “what coat ?” — “Why, this coat,” said Leinster; “this coat that I have on.” Brummell, after regarding the vestment with an air of infinite scorn, walked up to the Duke, and taking the collar between his finger and thumb, as if fearful of contamination, — “What, Duke, do you call that thing a coat ?”
ONE of Sir Boyle Roche’s children asked him one day, “Who was the father of George III.” — “My darling,” he answered, “it was Frederick, Prince of Wales, who would have been George III. if he had lived.”
A VERY worthy, though not particularly erudite, underwriter at Lloyd‘s was conversing one day with a friend on the subject of a ship they had mutually insured. His friend observed, “Do you know that I suspect our ship is in jeopardy ? ” — “Well, I am glad that she has got into some port at last,” replied the other.58
WHEN Brennan, the noted highwayman, was taken in the south of Ireland, a banker, whose notes at that time were not held in the highest estimation, assured the prisoner that he was very glad to see him there at last. Brennan, looking up, replied, “Ah! sir ! I did not expect that from you : for you know that, when all the country refused your notes, I took them.”
GEORGE IV., on hearing some one declare that Moore had murdered Sheridan, in his late life of that statesman, observed, “I won’t say that Mr. Moore has murdered Sheridan, but he has certainly attempted his life.”
AFTER a long drought, there fell a torrent of rain; and a country gentleman observed to Sir John Hamilton, “This is a most delightful rain; I hope it will bring up everything out of the ground.” — “By Jove, sir,” said Sir John, “I hope not; for I have sowed three wives in it, and I should be very sorry to see them come up again.”
DANIEL PURCELL, who was a non-juror, was telling a friend, when King George the First landed at Greenwich, that he had a full view of him : “Then,” said his friend, “you know him by sight.” — “Yes,” replied Daniel, “I think I know him, but I can’t swear to him.”
A WORTHY alderman, captain of a volunteer corps, was ordering his company to fall back, in order to dress with the line, and gave the word, “Advance three paces backwards ! march !”
An officer in full regimentals, apprehensive lest he 59 should come in contact with a chimney-sweep that was pressing towards him, exclaimed, “Keep off, you black rascal.” — “You were as black as me before you were boiled,” cried sooty.
A LAWYER, upon a circuit in Ireland, who was pleading the cause of an infant plaintiff, took the child up in his arms, and presented it to the jury, suffused with tears. This had a great effect, until the opposite lawyer asked the child, “What made him cry ?” — “He pinched me !” answered the little innocent. The whole court was convulsed with laughter.
AN Irish gardener seeing a boy stealing some fruit, swore, if he caught him there again, he’d lock him up in the ice-house and warm his jacket.
AN Irish gentleman was relating in company that he saw a terrible wind the other night. “Saw a wind !” said another, “I never heard of a wind being seen. But, pray, what was it like ?” “Like to have blown my house about my ears,” replied the first.
AN old woman received a letter, and, supposing it to be from one of her absent sons, she called on a person near to read it to her. He accordingly began and read, “Charleston, June 23, 1859. Dear mother,” then making a stop to find out what followed (as the writing was rather bad), the old lady exclaimed, “Oh, ’tis my poor Jerry; he always stuttered !”
DR. HENNIKER, being engaged in private conversation with the great Earl of Chatham, his lordship asked him how he defined wit. “My lord,” said the doctor, “wit 60 is like what a pension would be, given by your lordship to your humble servant, a good thing well applied.”
THE house of Mr. Dundas, late President of the Court of Session in Scotland, having after his death been converted into a blacksmith’s shop, a gentleman wrote upon its door the following impromptu : —
LORD BACON, speaking of commentators, critics, &c., said, “With all their pretensions, they were only brushers of noblemen’s clothes.”
A QUAKER was examined before the Board of Excise, respecting certain duties, the commissioners thinking themselves disrespectfully treated by his theeing and thouing, one of them with a stern countenance asked him, “Pray, sir, do you know what we sit here for ?” — ‘Yes,” replied Nathan, “I do; some of thee for a thousand, and others for seventeen hundred and fifty pounds a year.”
A MAN having been capitally convicted at the Old Bailey, was, as usual, asked what he had to say why judgement of death should not pass against him ? “Say !” replied he, “why, I think the joke has been carried far enough already, and the less that is said about it the better : if you please, my lord, we ’ll drop the subject.”
A JUDGE asked a man what age he was. “I am eight and fourscore, my lord,” says he. “And why not fourscore 61 and eight ?” says the judge. “Because,” replied he, “I was eight before I was fourscore.”
IT being remarked of a picture of “The Lord Mayer and Court of Aldermen,” in the Shakespeare Gallery, that the varnish was chilled and the figures rather sunk, the proprietors directed one of their assistants to give it a fresh coat of varnish. “Must I use copal or mastic ?” said the young man. “Neither one nor the other,” said a gentleman present; “if you wish to bring the figures out, varnish it with turtle soup.”
GEORGE COLMAN being once told that a man whose character was not very immaculate had grossly abused him, pointedly remarked, that “the scandal and ill report of some persons that might be mentioned was like fuller’s earth, it daubs your coat for a little time, but when it is rubbed off your coast is so much the cleaner.”
MRS. THACKERAY once designated a certain noisy tragedian “Macready and onions.
On the Statue of George I. being placed on the top of Bloomsbury Church.
THE King of Great Britain was reckoned before
The head of the Church by all Protestant people ;
His Bloomsbury subjects have made him still more,
For with them he is now made the head of the steeple.
DURING the rage of republican principles in England, and whilst the Corresponding Society was in full vigor, Mr. Selwyn one May-day met a troop of chimney-sweepers, dressed out in all their gaudy trappings; and observed 62 to Mr. Fox, who was walking with him, “I say, Charles, I have often heard you and others talk of the majesty of the people; but I never saw any of the young princes and princesses till now.”
AN avaricious fenman, who kept a very scanty table, dining one Saturday with his son at an ordinary in Cambridge, whispered in his ear, “Tom, you must eat for to-day and to-morrow.” — “O yes,” retorted the half-starved lad, “but I han’t eaten for yesterday and to-day yet, father.”
“WHY, pray, of late do Europe’s kings
No jester to their courts admit ?”
“They’re grown such stately solemn things,
To bear a joke they think not fit.
But though each court a jester lacks,
To laugh at monarchs to their faces,
Yet all mankind, behind their backs,
Supply the honest jesters’ places.”
ANGER may sometimes make dull men witty, but it keeps them poor. Queen Elizabeth seeing a disappointed courtier walking with a melancholy face in one of her gardens, asked him, “What does a man think of when he thinks of nothing ?” — “Of a woman’s promises !” was the reply; to which the Queen returned, “I must not confute you, Sir Edward,” and she left him.
SARAH, Duchess of Marlborough, once pressing the duke to take a medicine, with her usual warmth said, “I’ll be hanged if it do not prove serviceable.” Dr. Garth, who was present, exclaimed, “Do take it, then, my lord duke, for it must be of service one way or the other.”63
A LOW fellow boasted in very hyperbolical terms that the king had spoken to him; and being asked what his Majesty had said, replied, “He bade me stand out of the way.”
THE Tories vow the Whigs are black as night,
And boast that they are only blessed with light.
Peel’s politics to both sides so incline
He may be called the equinoctial line.
AN old offender being asked whether he had committed all the crimes laid to his charge, answered, “I have done still worse ! I suffered myself to be apprehended.”
DR. BYRON, of Manchester, eminent for his promptitude at an epigram, being once asked how it could happen that a lady rather stricken in years looked so much better in an evening than a morning, thus replied : —
A LITTLE boy having been much praised for his quickness of reply, a gentleman present observed, that when children were keen in their youth, they were generally stupid and dull when they were advanced in years, and vice versâ. “What a very sensible boy, sir, must you have been !” returned the child.
[This story is 400 years old, at least, told as occurring at the court of Lorenzo d’Medici, by Poggio Bracciolini HERE. — Elf.Ed.]
A YOUNG man, boasting of his health and constitutional 64 stamina, was asked to what he chiefly attributed so great a happiness. “To laying in a good foundation, to be sure. I make a point, sir, to eat a great deal every morning.” — “Then I presume, sir, you usually breakfast in a timber-yard,” was the rejoinder.
A CAPTAIN in the navy, meeting a friend as he landed at Portsmouth, boasted that he had left his whole ship’s company the happiest fellows in the world. “How so ?” asked his friend, “Why, I have just flogged seventeen, and they are happy it is over; and all the rest are happy that they have escaped.”
A FELLOW stole Lord Chatham’s large gouty shoes : his servant, not finding them, began to curse the thief. “Never mind,” said his lordship, “all the harm I wish the rogue is, that the shoes may fit him ! ”
A SPENDTHRIFT, who had nearly wasted all his patrimony, seeing an acquaintance in a coat not of the newest cut, told him that he thought it had been his great-grandfather’s coat. “So it was,” said the gentleman, “and I have also my great-grandfather’s lands, which is more than you can say.”
WHEN Mr. Pope once dined at Lord Chesterfield’s, some one observed that he should have known Pope was a great poet by his very shape; for it was in and out, like the lines of a Pindaric ode.
A SAILOR meeting an old acquaintance, whom the world had frowned upon a little, asked him where he lived ? “Where I live,” said he, “I don’t know; but I starve towards Wapping, and that way.”65
YOU beat your pate, and fancy wit will come;
Knock as you will, there ’s nobody at home.
A LADY reproving a gentleman during a hard frost for swearing, advised him to leave it off, saying it was a very bad habit. “Very true, madam,” answered he, “but at present it is too cold to think of parting with any habit, be it ever so bad.”
“DO you,” said Fanny, t’ other day,
“In earnest love me as you say ;
Or are those tender words applied
Alike to fifty girls beside ?”
“Dear, cruel girl,” cried I, “forbear,
For by those eyes, — those lips I swear !”
She stopped me as the oath I took,
And cried, “You’ve sworn, — now kiss the book.”
LORD NORBURY asking the reason of the delay that happened in a cause, was told that Mr. Serjeant Joy, who was to lead, was absent, but Mr. Hope, the solicitor, had said that he would return immediately. His lordship humorously repeated the well-known lines : —
A GENTLEMAN on circuit narrating to Lord Norbury some extravagant feat in sporting, mentioned that he had lately shot thirty-three hares before breakfast. “Thirty-three hairs ! ” exclaimed Lord Norbury : “zounds, sir! then you must have been firing at a wig.”