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Yet soft by nature, more a dupe than wit, Sappho can tell
how this man was bit: This dreaded Sat'rift Dennis will confefs
37 Foe to his pride, but friend to his distress: So humble, he has knock'd at Tibbald's door, Has drunk with Cibber, nay has rhym’d for Moor. Full ten years slander'd, did he once reply? Three thousand suns went down on Welfted's lye.
Once, and but once, his heedless youth was bit,
NOTES. VER. 374. ten years] It was so long after many libels before the Author of the Dunciad published that poem, till when, he never writ a word in answer to the many fcurrilities and falsehoods concerning him.
P. Ver. 375. Welsled's Lye ] This man had the impudence to tell in print, that Mr. P. had occasioned a Lady's death, and to name a person he never heard of. He also publith'd that he libell'd the Duke of Chandos; with whom (it was added) that he had lived in familiarity, and received from him a present of five hundred pounds : the falsehood of both which is known to his Grace. Mr. P. never received any present, farther than the subscription for Homer, from him, or from Any great Man whatsoever. P.
To please a Mistress one aspers’d his life;
Ver. 378. Let Budgel] Budgel, in a weekly pamphlet called the Bee, bestowed much abuse on him, in the imagination that he writ some things about the Last Will of Dr. Tindal, in the Grubstreet Journal; a Paper wherein he never had the least hand, direction, or supervisal, nor the least knowledge of its Author.
P. VER. 379. except his Will] Alluding to Tindal's Will: by which, and other indirect practices, Budgell, to the exclusion of the next heir, a nephew, got to him. self almost the whole fortune of a man entirely unrelated
VER. 381. His father, mother, &c.] In some of Curl's and other pamphlets, Mr. Pope's father was said to be a Mechanic, a Hatter, a Farmer, nay a Bankrupt. But, what is stranger, a Nobleman (if such a Reflection could be thought to come from a Nobleman) had dropt an allufion to that pitiful untruth, in a paper called an Epiftle to a Doctor of Divinity: And the following line,
Hard as thy Heart, and as thy Birth obscure, had fallen from a like Courtly pen, in certain V'er fes to the Imitation of Horace. Mr. Pope's Father was of a Gentleman's Family in Oxfordshire, the head of which was the Earl of Downe, whose sole Heiress married the Ear! of Lindsey–His mother was the daughter of William Turnor, Esq. of York: She had three brothers, one of whom was killed, another died in the service of King Charles; the eldest following his fortunes, and becoming
Yet why? that Father held it for a rule,
Of gentle blood (part shed in Honour's cause,
390 And better got, than Beftia's from the throne. Born to no Pride, inheriting no Strife, Nor marrying Discord in a noble wife, Stranger to civil and religious rage, The good man walk'd innoxious thro' his age. 395
a general officer in Spain, left her what eftate remained after the sequestrations and forfeitures of her family Mr. Pope died in 1717, aged 75 ; She in 1733, aged 93, a very few weeks after this poem was finished. The following inscription was placed by their son on their Monument in the parish of Twickenham, in Middlesex.
D. O. M.
QUI. VIXIT. ANNOS. LXXV. OB. MDCCXVII.
XCIII. OB. MDCCXXXIII.
No Courts he faw, no suits would ever try,
400 Healthy by temp’rance, and by exercise; His life, tho' long, to fickness paft unknown, His death was instant, and without a groan. 0 grant me, thus to live, and thus to die !
404 Who sprung from Kings shall know less joy than 1.
O Friend ! may each domestic bliss be thine! Be no unpleasing Melancholy mine: Me, let the tender office long engage, To rock the cradle of repofing Age, With lenient arts extend a Mother's breath, 416 Make Langour smile, and smooth the bed of Death, Explore the thought, explain the asking eye, And keep a while one parent from the sky! On cares like these if length of days attend, May Heav'n, to blefs those days, preserve my friend,
And of myself, too, something must I say?
Preserve him social, chearful, and serene,
Ver. 417. And just as rich as when he serv'd a Queen.) An honest compliment to his Friend's real and unaffected difinterestedness, when he was the favourite Phyfician of Queen Anne.
Ver. 418. A. Whether this blessing, &c.] He makes his friend close the Dialogue with a sentiment very expressive of that religious resignation, which was the Character both of his temper, and his piety,