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Exanimat lentus spectator, fedulus inflat:
Sic leve, fic parvum eft, animum quod laudis avarum
* Saepe etiam audacem fugat hoc terretque poetam ;
Quatuor aut plures aulaea premuntur in horas;
Mox trahitur manibus regum fortuna retortis;
Notes. The metaphor is fine, but inferior to the Original, in many respects.
ventojo gloria curry, has a happy air of ridicule heightened by its allusion @ the Roman Triumph. It has a great beauty too, taken in a more serious light, as repreienting the Poet a Slave to Fame or Glory,
Quem tulit ad scenam---Gloria.
With what a shifting gale your course you ply,
· There still remains, to mortify a Wit, The many-headed Monster of the Pit:
305 A senseless, worthless, and unhonour'd croud; Who, to disturb their betters mighty proud, Clatt'ring their sticks before ten lines are spoke, Call for the Farce, the Bear, or the Black-joke. What dear delight to Britons Farce affords!
310 Ever the taste of Mobs, but now d of Lords; (Tafte, that eternal wanderer, which flies From heads to ears, and now from ears to eyes.) The Play stands fill; damn action and discourse, Back fly the scenes, and enter foot and horse; 315 Pageants on pageants, in long order drawn, Peers, Heralds, Bithops, Ermin, Gold and Lawn;
Notes. as was the custom in their triumphs. In other respe&ts it has the preference. It is more just. For a Poet makes his first entrance on the stage not, immediately, to Triumph, but to try his Fortune. However,
Who pants for Glory, etc. is much superior to the Original.
VER. 313. From heads to ears, and now from ears to eyes.] From Plays to Operas, and trom Operas to Pantomines.
* L a
Effeda festinant, pilenta, petorrita, naves;
VER. 319. Old Edward's Armour beams on Cibber's breaft.) The Coronation of Henry vill. and Queen Anne Boleyn, in which the Playhouses vied with each other to sepresent all the pomp of a Coronation. In this noble
The Champion too! and, to complete the jest,
335 What shook the stage, and made the people stare ? » Cato's long Wig, flow'r'd gown, and lacquer'd chair.
Yet lest you think I railly more than teach, , Or praise malignly Arts I cannot reach,
contention, the Armour of one of the Kings of England was borrowed from the Tower, to dress the Champion. P.
VER. 328. Orcas' stormy steep.] The farthest Northern Promontory of Scotland, opposite to the Orcades. P.
Ille per extentum funem mihi poffe videtur
Ire poeta ; ° meum qui pectus inaniter angit,
Irritat, mulcet, falsis terroribus implet,
Ut magus; et modo me Thebis, modo ponit Athenis.
? Verum age, et his, qui se le&tori credere malunt,
Quam spectatoris fastidia ferre superbi,
Curam impende brevem: fi 9 munus Apolline dignum
Vis complere libris; et vatibus addere calcar,
Ut studio majore petant Helicona virentem.
Multa quidem nobis facimus mala faepe poetac,
(Ut vineta egomet caedam mea) cum tibi librum
* Solicito damus, aut felo: cum laedimur, . unum
VER. 347. To Thebes, to Athens, etc.] i. e. is equally knowing in the manners of the most different people ; and has the skill to employ those manners with decorum.