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Written in MDCC XXXVIII.
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You don't, I hope, pretend to quit the trade,
'Tis all from Horace ; etc. P. Ver. 2. the Court see nothing in't.] He chose this expression for the sake of its elegant and satiric ambiguity. His writings abound in them,
You grow correct, that once with Rapture writ,
But Horace, Sir, was delicate, was nice; II
NOTE s. Ver. 9. And taught his Romans, in much better metre, “Ta laugh at Fools who put their trust in Peter.”] The general turn of the thought is from Boileau,
Avant lui, Juvénal avoit dit en Latin,
Qu'on est assis à l'aise aux sermons de Cotin. But the irony in the first line, and the satirical equivoque in the second, mark them for his own. His making the objector say, that Horace excelled him in writing verse, is pleasant. And the ambiguity of putting their trust in Peter, infinuates that Horace , and he had frequently laughed at that specific folly, arising from indolence, which still disposes men to intruft their spiritual and temporal concerns to the absolute disposal of any fanctified or unsanctified cheat, bearing the name of Peter. ..
Ver. 12. Bube observes,] Some guilty person very fond of making such an observation.
In Sabo zi iz IDITET I ;
S a i waa aad of Screen
NOTES. VER. 14. H-ggins) Formerly Jaylor of the Fleet prison, enriched himself by many exactions, for which he was tried and expelled.
P. Ver. 18. W be crept our Ears,] Said to be executed by the Captain of a Spanish ship on one Jenkins a Captain of an Englith one. He cut off his ears, and bid him carry them to the King his master..
Omne vafer vitium ridenti Flaccus amico
Tangit, et admissus circum præcordia ludit Perf. P. Ibid. Screen.] A metaphor peculiarly appropriated to a certain person in power.
P. : Ver. 24. Patriots there are, &c.] This appellation was go.
nerally given to those in opposition to the Court. Though fome of them (which our author hints at) had views too mean and interested to deserve that name.
VER. 26. The Great man) A phrase, by common use, apo propriated to the first minister, ,
vocer Poet, whenills, it was feared a Priest of
· P. See Sir Robert !--- hum ---
Notes. Ver. 29. Seen him I have, etc.) This and other strokes of commendation in the following poem, as well as his regard to him on all occasions, were in acknowledgment of a certain service the Minister had done a Priest at Mr. Pope's solicitation. Our Poet, when he was about seventeen, had a very ill fever in the country, which, it was feared, would end fatally. In this condition, he wrote to Southcot, a Priest of his acquaintance, then in town, to take his last leave of him. Southcot with great affection and solicitude applied to Dr. Radcliffe for his advice. And not content with that, he rode down post, to Mr. Pope, . who was then an hundred miles from London, with the Doctor's directions; which had the desired effect. A long time after this, Southcot, who had an interest in the Court of France, writing to a common acquaintance in England, informed him that there was a good abbey near Avignon, which he had credit enough to get, were it not from an apprehension that his promotion would give umbrage to the English Court, to which he (Southcot) by his intrigues in the Pretender's service, was become very obnoxious. The person to whom this was written happening to acquaint Mr. Pope with the case, he immediately wrote to Sir Robert Walpole about it ; begged that this embargo miglit be taken off; and acquainced him with the grounds of folicitation: That he was indebted to Southcot for his life, and he must discharge his obligation, either here or in purgatory." The Minister received the application favourably, and with much good-nature wrote to his brother, then in France, to re- . move ihis obstruction. In consequence of which Southcot got the abbey. Mr. Pope ever after retained a grateful sense of his civility.in,
Ver. 31. Seen him, uncumber'd] These two verses were