The Don's Dilemma
The Gentleman's Magazine, LXVI (November 1796), p. 949
in Scyllam, cupiens vitare Charybdim.
The Spaniard, always in the wrong,
Spurr'd at a pinch, moves ne'er the brisker;
Slow as the
ass of Buridan long,
Till flashing cannons singe his whisker.
Drags on his solemn dull career,
'Midst ev'ry call for animation;
Fearless profess'd, when pall'd with fear,
And blundring out of mere vexation.
Now, rous'd at length by many a shock,
He views his follies drawn at full;
First peck'd at by the Gaulish Cock,
Then goaded by the