THE MACARONI CLUB
As Dapper Davy & his favourite Bick
Gambol’d from sport to sport from trick to trick
Davy in glee his Sooty Bick ajog.
They’d play’d at length that hateful game leap frog.
Poor Bicky fear’d discovery & shame,
But Davy sooth’d him, & play’d out the game
‘No eye, tho’ e’er so peircing now can bore us’
Says the Theatric Caesar to his Sporus
‘These pleasures licenc’d for the Rich, I prove,
Illicit rapture, & forbidden Love.
Let vulgar minds keep Nature in their Sight.
I snatch a joy beyond the rule of Right
Why do I drudge? the Monarch of a Stage,
When sickness presses a declining age?
What more can honour wish than fame & money
To Tilney the whole Dramatis Personae.
To Tilney authors Comic haud indignum
Authors of Farce & Opera Ecce signum!’
Bick renews his fears; says crafty Davy,
‘Even in Discovery my power can save ye;
If eyes obtrude, no doubt this sight won’t please ‘em,
But, my dear Bick ne times, vehis Caesarem.’
NOTE: For further details about the alleged homosexual relationship between the dramatists David Garrick and Isaac Bickerstaffe, see The Macaroni Club.
SOURCE: This poem was originally published in the Public Ledger on 18 June 1772. No copies of this issue of the newspaper survive, but a handwritten copy was sent to Garrick. It is published in Peter A. Tasch, The Dramatic Cobbler: The Life and Works of Isaac Bickerstaff [sic] (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 1971).
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