|NOTES from DR SYNTAX'S TOUR, 1812|
Plate 14 opposite p.100:-
DOCTOR SYNTAX WITH MY LORD.
dining in the noble seat, the walls completely covered
"What think you, Doctor, of the show
"Of pictures that around you glow?"
"I'll by-and-by enjoy the treat;
"But, now, my Lord, I'd rather eat."
"What sau you to this statue here?
"Does it not flesh and blood appear?"
"I'm sure, my Lord, 'tis very fine;
"But, I, just now, prefer your wine."
"I would you can keep your eye
"From forms that do with Nature vie;
"Nay, in my mind, my rev'rend friend,
"Nature's best works they far transcend.
"Look at that picture of the Graces,
"What lovely forms!- what charming faces!"
"Their charms, Sir John, I shall discover,
"I have no doubt, when dinner's over:
"At present, if to judge I'm able,
"The finest works are on the table.
"I should prefer the cook just now,
"To Rubens or to Gerard Dow."