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Tentavit quoque rem, fi digne vertere poflet ;
Et placuit fibi, natura sublimis et acer:
Namo spirat tragicum fatis, et feliciter audet:
Sed turpem putat inscite metuitque lituram.

Creditur, ex' medio quia res arceffit, habere
Sudoris minimum ; fed habet Comoedia tanto
Plus oneris, quanto veniae minus. 'aspice, Plautus
Quo pacto partes tutetur amantis ephebi,
Ut patris attenti, lenonis ut infidiofi:
Quantus fit Dossennus "edacibus in parasitis ;
Quam non aftri&to percurrat pulpita focco.
Geftit enim * nummum in loculos demittere; poft hoc
Securus, çadat an recto ftet fabula talo.

Quem tulit ad scenam ventoso gloria curru, Exanimat lentus spectator, sedulus inflat: Sic leve, fic parvum eft, animum quod laudis avarum

VER. 290. Afræa,] A Name taken by Mrs. Behn, Authorels of several obscene Plays, etc.

Ibid. Tbe fage bow loosely does Aftræa tread,] The fine metaphor of nox aftri&to, greatly improved by the happy ambiguity of the word loosely.

VER. 296. O you? wbom Vanity's light bark conveys,] The metaphor is fine, but inferior to the Original, in many respects,

ventoso gloria curru, has a happy air of ridicule heightened by its allusion to the Roman Triumph. It has a great beauty too, taken in a more serious light, as representing the Poet a Slave to Fame or Glory,

Quem tulit ad scenam-Gloria. as was the custom in theịr triumphs. In other respects the

Not but the P Tragic spirit was our own,
And full in Shakespear, fair in Otway shone:
But Otway fail'd to polish or refine,
And 9 fluent Shakespear scarce effac'd a line.
Ev'n copious Dryden wanted, or forgot, 285
The last and greatest Art, the Art to blot.
Some doubt, if equal pains, or equal fire
The humbler Muse of Comedy require.
But in known Images of life, I guess
The labour greater, as th' indulgence less.

Observe how seldom ev'n the beft succeed:
Tell me if Congreve's Fools are Fools indeed ?
What pert, low Dialogue has Farqu'ar writ!
How Van wants grace, who never wanted wit!
The stage how " loosely does Aftræa tread, 290'
Who fairly puts all Characters to bed!
And idle Cibber, how he breaks the laws,
To make poor Pinky Weat with vast applause !
But fill their * purse, our Poet's work is done,
Alike to them, by Pathos or by Pun.

295 O you! whom Vanity's light bark conveys On Fame's mad voyage by the wind of praise, With what a shifting gale your course you ply, For ever funk too low, or born too high! imitation has the preference. It is more juft. For a Poet makes his first entrance on the stage, not immediately, to Triumph, but to try bis Fortune. However,

Who pants for Glory, etc. is much superior to the Original.

Subruit, ac reficit: ?valeat res ludicra, si me

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Omnis, ad incertos oculos, et gaudia vana.

Quatuor aut plures aulaea premuntur in horas ;

Dum fugiunt equitum turmae, peditumque catervae:

Mox trahitur manibus


fortuna retortis;

Esseda feftinant, pilenta, petorrita, naves ;

Captivum portatur ebur, captiva Corinthus.

Ver. 319. Old Edward's Armour beams ox Cibber's breast.] The Coronation of Henry vill, and Queen Anne Boleyn, in which the Playhouses vied with each other to represent all the pomp of a Coronation. In this noble contention, the Armour of one of the Kings of England was borrowed from the Tower, to dress the Champion.

Who pants for glory finds but short repose,

300 A breath revives him, or a breath o'erthrows. 2 Farewell the stage! if just as thrives the play, The filly bard grows fat, or falls away.

a There still remains, to mortify a Wit, The many-headed Monster of the Pit:

305 A senseless, worthless, and unhonour'd croud; Who, b to disturb their betters mighty proud, Clatt'ring their sticks before ten lines are fpoke, Call for the Parce, the Bear, or the Black-joke. What dear delight to Britons Farce affords ! 310 Ever the talte of Mobs, but now " of Lords ; (Taste, that eternal wanderer, which flies From heads to ears, and now from ears to eyes.) The Play ftands still; damn action and discourse, Back Ay the scenes, and enter foot € and horse; 315 Pageants on pageants, in long order drawn, Peers, Heralds, Bishops, Ermin, Gold and Lawn ; The Champion too! and, to complete the jest, Old Edward's Armour beams on Cibber's breast.

Ibid. Old Edward's Armour, etc.] Descriptive poetry in the lowest work of a Genius. Therefore when Mr. Pope employs himself in it, he never fails, as here, to ennoble it with some moral stroke or other.

fSi foret in terris, rideret Democritus ; fee
Diversum confusa genus panthera camelo,
Sive 3 elephas albus vulgi converteret ora.
Spe&aret populum ludis attentius ipfis,
Ut fibi praebentem mimo spectacula plura:
Scriptores autem h narrare putaret asello
Fabellam surdo. nam quae' pervincere voces
Evaluere fonum, referunt quem noftra theatra?

Garganum mugire putes nemus, aut mare Tufcum, Tanto cum ftrepitu ludi fpectantur, et artes,

Divitiaeque peregrinae : quibus oblitus actor Cum stetit in scena, concurrit dextera laevae. Dixit adhuc aliquid ? nil sane. Quid placet ergo? Lana Tarentino violas imitata veneno. Ac ne forte putes me, quae facere ipse recusem, Cum recte tractent alii, laudare maligne; Ille' per extentum fanem mihi posse videtur Ire poeta ; omeum qui pectus inaniter angit,

VaRi 328. Orcas' stormy pleep.] The fartheft Northern Promontory of Scotland, opposite to the Orcades.

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