"Mass-houses, churches, mixt together;
Streets unpleasant in all weather.
The church, the four courts, and hell contiguous;
Castle, College green, and custom-house gibbous.
Few things here are to tempt ye:
Tawdry outsides, pockets empty:
Five theatres, little trade, and jobbing arts,
Brandy, and snuff-shops, post-chaises, and carts.
Warrants, bailiffs, bills unpaid;
Masters of their servants afraid;
Rogues that daily rob and cut men;
Patriots, gamesters, and footmen.
Lawyers, Revenue-officers, priests, physicians;
Beggars of all ranks, age and conditions,
Worth scarce shews itself upon the ground;
Villainy both with applause and profit crown’d.
Women lazy, drunken, loose;
Men in labour slow, of wine profuse:
Many a scheme that the public must rue it:
This is Dublin, if you knew it."
Greetings from Dublin - the loveliest place I've ever been to. I think I will move here come spring.
Meanwhile there will be no new reviews until next week. I'm in love.