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Epito Jatires, Parta. S A TI R Ε Ι.
To Mr. FORTESCU E. P.T HERE are (I scarce can think it, but am
told) a There are, to whom my Satire seems too bold: Scarce to wise Peter complaisant enough, And something faid of Chartres much too rough. b The lines are weak, another's pleas’d to say, 5 Lord Fanny spins a thousand such a day. Tim’rous by nature, of the Rich in awe, 'I come to Council learned in the Law: You'll give me, like a friend both fage and free, Advice; and (as you use) without a Fee. 10 F. "I'd write no more.
. P. Not write ? but then I think, * And for my soul I cannot sleep a wink.
NOTES. Ver. 7. Tim'rous by nature, of the Rich in awe,] The delicacy of this does not so much lie in the ironical application of it to himself, as in its seriously characterising the Person for whose advice he applies.
Ver. 12. Not write ? &c.] He has omitted the most humourous part of the answer,
Peream male, fi non Optimum erat, and has lost the grace, by not imitating the conciseness, of
verum nequeo dormire.
T. ' Ter uncti
Transrianto Tiberim, somno quibus est opus alto ;
Irriguumve mero fub noctem corpus habento.
& Aut, fi tantus amor fcribendi te rapit, aude
CAESARIS inviệti res dicere, "multa laborum
H. Cupidum, pater optime, vires Deficiunt : ' neque enim quivis horrentia pilis Agmina, nec frakt a pereuntes cuspide Gallos, Aut labentis equo describat vulnera Parthi.
Notes. For conciseness, when it is clear (as in this place) gives the highest grace to elegance of expression. But what follows is as much above the Original, as this falls short of it.
Ver. 20. Hartshorn] This was intended as a pleasantry on the novelty of the prescription.
Ver. 23. What? like Sir Richard, &c.] Mr. Molyneux, a great Mathematician and Philosopher, had a high opinion of Sir Richard Blackmore's poetic vein. All our English poets, ex* Mlilton (lays he, in a letçer to Mr. Lockc) have been mere
I nod in company, I wake at night,
F.You could not do a worse thing for your life, 15
Or, if you needs must write, write CAESAR’s Praise, - You'll gain at least a Knighthood, or the Bays. P. What? like Sir · Richard, rumbling, rough,
and fierce, With Arms, and GEORGE and BRUNSWICK crowd
the verse, Rend with tremendous found your ears asunder,25 With Gun, Drum, Trumpet, Blunderbuss, and
Thunder ? Or nobly wild, with Budgel's fire and force, Paint Angels trembling round his falling Horse?
Notes, ballad-makers in comparison of him. And Mr. Locke, in answer to this obfervation, replies, I find, with pleasure, a strange barmony throughout, between your Thoughts and mine. Just so a Ronan Lawyer, and a Greek Historian, thought of the poetry of Cicero. But these being judgments made by men out of their own profession, are little regarded. And Pope and Juvenal will make Blackmore and Tully pass for Poetafters to the worid's e d • Ver. 28. falling Horse?] The horse on which his Majesty•
T. Attamen et justum potcras et scribere fortem, Scipiadam ut fapicns Lucilius.
H. Haud mihi deero,
Cum res ipsa feret: 'nisi dextro tempore, Flacci
Pantolabum scurram, Nomentanumve nepotem?
• Cum sibi quisque timet, quamquam est intaεlus,
11.° Quid faciam? faltat Milonius, ut semel icto
Accesfit fervor capiti, numerusque lucernis.
NOTES. charged at the battle of Oudenard; when the Pretender, and the Princes of the blood of France, Aed before him.
, Væ8.39. Abuse the City's best good men in metre,] The best good Man, a City phrase for the richift. Metre me not used here, purely to help the verle, but to thew what it is a Citizen eftcems the greatest aggravation of the offence.
VER. 41. What should ail them? 1 Horace hints at one reafor, that cach fears his own turn may be next; his imitator gives