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F. Hayman inv. et del,

C.Grignion fculp

Shut, shut the Door, good John fatigud I said
Tye up the Knocker, say I'm sick, I'm dead.

Op: to Arbuthnot.

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And now the Poem, which holds fo much of the DRAMA, and opens with all the disorder and vexation that every kind of impertinence and flander could occafion, concludes with the utmost calmness and ferenity, in the retired enjoyment of all the tender offices of FRIENDSHIP and PIETY [ 388. to the end.]

EPISTLE to Dr. ARBUTHNOT,

BEING THE

PROLOGUE

TO THE

SATIRE S.

P.SHUT

HUT, shut the door, good John! fatigu'd

I faid,

Tye up the knocker, fay I'm fick, I'm dead, The Dog-star rages! nay 'tis past a doubt, All Bedlam, or Parnaffus, is let out: Fire in each eye, and papers They rave, recite, and madden round the land.

in each hand,

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NOTES.

VER. 1. Shut, fhut the door, good John!] John Searl, his old and faithful fervant: whom he has remembered, under that character, in his Will.

What walls can guard me, or what shades can hide?
They pierce my thickets, thro' my Grot they glide,
By land, by water, they renew the charge,
They stop the chariot, and they board the barge. 10
No place is facred, not the Church is free,
Ev'n Sunday fhines no Sabbath-day to me:
Then from the Mint walks forth the Man of rhyme,
Happy! to catch me, juft at Dinner-time.

Is there a Parfon, much be-mus'd in beer, 15 A maudlin Poetefs, a rhyming Peer,

A Clerk, foredoom'd his father's foul to cross,
Who pens a Stanza, when he fhould engros?
Is there, who, lock'd from ink and paper,
fcrawls
With defp'rate charcoal round his darken'd walls?
All fly to TWIT'NAM, and in humble ftrain.
Apply to me, to keep them mad or vain.

VARIATIONS.

After y 20. in the MS.

Is there a Bard in durance? turn them free,
With all their brandifh'd reams they run to me:
Is there a Prentice, having feen two plays,
Who would do fomething in his Semptrefs' praife-

NOTES.

VER. 12. Ev'n Sunday fhines no Sabbath-day to me.] The beauty of this line arifes from the figurative terms of the predicate alluding to the fubject. A fecret, in elegant expreffion, which our Author often practifed.

VER. 13. Mint.] A place to which infolvent debtors retired, to enjoy an illegal protection, which they were there fuffered to afford one another, from the perfecution of their creditors.

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Arthur, whofe giddy fon neglects the Laws,
Imputes to me and my damn'd works the caufe:
Poor Cornus fees his frantic wife elope,
And curses Wit, and Poetry, and Pope.
Friend to my Life! (which did not you prolong,
The world had wanted many an idle fong)
What Drop or Noftrum can this plague remove?
Or which muft end me, a Fool's wrath or love? 30
A dire dilemma! either way I'm fped.

If foes, they write, if friends, they read me dead.
Seiz'd and ty'd down to judge, how wretched I!
Who can't be filent, and who will not lye:
To laugh, were want of goodness and of grace, 35
And to be grave, exceeds all Pow'r of face.

I fit with fad civility, I read

With honeft anguish, and an aching head;

VARIATIONS.

VER. 29. in the 1ft Ed.

Dear Doctor, tell me, is not this a curfe?
Say, is their anger, or their friendship worse?

NOTES.

VER. 23. Arthur,] Arthur Moore, Efq.
VER. 33. Seiz'd and tỷ'd down to judge,]

Alluding to the fcene in the Plain- Dealer, where Oldfox gags, and ties down the Widow, to hear his well-pen'd flanzas.

VER. 38. honeft anguish,] i. e. undiffembled.

Ibid. an aching head; Alluding to the diforder he was then fo conftantly afflicted with.

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