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Now pox on those who shew a Court in wax!
It ought to bring all Courtiers on their backs:
Such painted puppets ! such a varnish'd race
Of hollow gew-gaws, only dress and face !
Such waxen noses, stately staring things- 210
No wonder fome folks bow, and think them Kings.

See! where the British youth, engag’d no more
At Fig's, at White's, with felons, or a whore,
Pay their last duty to the Court, and come
All fresh and fragrant to the drawing-room ; 215
In hues as gay, and odours as divine,
As the fair fields they sold to look fo fine.
“ That’s Velvet for a King!” the flatt'rer swears ;
'Tis true, for ten days hence 'twill be King Lear’s.
Our Court nay justly to our stage give rules, 220
That helps it both to fools-coats and to fools.
And why not players strut in courtiers clothes ?
For these are actors too, as well as those:
Wants reach all states; they beg but better drest,
And all is fplendid poverty at best.



NOTES. licensing plays, which about this time occasioned great debates in the House of Lords, and a very spirited and remarkable speech of Lord Chesterfield in behalf of play writers: “ Wit,” said he, "' my Lords, is the property of those who have it ; and very often the only property they have. Thank Heaven, my Lords, we are otherwise provided for.The first play that was proliibited by this act, was Gustavus Vafu, by Brooke; the next was the Ed. Rard and Eleonora of Thomson.

WARTON. Ver. 220. our stage give rules,] Alluding to the Authority of the Lord Chamberlain.


Shall find their wardrobes inventory. Now
The Ladies come. As pirates (which do know
That there came weak ships fraught with Cutchanel)
The men board them; and praise (as they think) well,
Their beauties; they the mens wits; both are bought.
Why good wits ne'er wear scarlet gowns, I thought
This cause, These men, mens wits for speeches buy,
And women buy all red which scarlets dye.
Ile calld her beauty lime-twigs, her hair net :
She fears her drugs ill-lay'd, her hair loose fet.
Would not Heraclitus laugh to fee Macrine
From hat to shoe, himself at door refine,
As if the Presence were a Mosque: and lift
His skirts and hose, and call his clothes to fhrift,
Making them confess not only mortal
Great stains and holes in them, but venial
Feathers and duft, wherewith they fornicate :
And then by Durer's rules survey the state
Of his each limb, and with strings the odds tries
Of his neck to his leg, and waste to thighs.
So in immaculate clothes, and Symmetry
Perfect as Circles, with such nicety

NOTES. VER. 227. Like frigates fraught] Here is a very close resemblance to the picture of Dalilah, in Sumfon Agoni,ies :

" Who is this
That so bedect, ornate, and gay,
Comes this way failing like a stately ship
Of Tarsus bound for th’iles
Of Javan or Gadire,
With all her bravery on, and tackle trim,
Sails filled, and streamers waving?


Painted for fight, and essenc'd for the smell, Like frigates fraught with spice and cochine’l, Sail in the Ladies : how each pyrate eyes Do weak a vessel, and so rich a prize! Top-gallant he, and she in all her triin, 230 He boarding her, the striking fail to him : * Dear Countess ! you have charms all hearts to hit!” And “Sweet Sir Fopling! you have so much wit!" , Such wits and beauties are not prais'd for nought, For both the beauty and the wit are bought. 235

Twould burst ev’n Heraclitus with the spleen, To see those anticks, Fopling and Courtin: The Presence seems, with things fo richly odd, The mosque of Mahound, or some queer Pa-god. See them survey their limbs by Durer's rules, 240 Uf all beau-kind the best proportion'd fools! Adjust their clothes, and to confession draw Thole venial sins, an atom, or a straw;

But NOTES. R. 240. by Durer's rules,] The best Painter Germany ever iced; he was patronized and beloved by Maximilian I. and Charles V. and, what was of more consequence to an artist, by phael himself, who sent him feveral designs, and his own por. t. He formed himself on no other painter, had a manner of w n , which indeed was hard; he wanted grace, and had not d the antique, and copied only common nature and the forms

him. He attended not to Colume. His Madonna's were drest lii

like German ladies, and his Jews had beards and mustacchios. m ost judicious Criticism on the Works and Talents of AlPurer, by a living painter of great genius and learning, Mr. s in the third volume of that entertaining publication, in» Anecdotes of some difiinguished Perfons, p. 234. WARTON,


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As a young Preacher at his first time goes
To preach, he enters, and a lady which owes
Him not so much as good-will, he arrests,
And unto her proteíts, protests, protests,
So much as at Rome would serve to have thrown
Ten Cardinals into the Inquisition ;
And whispers by Jesu so oft, that a
Pursuevant would have ravih'd him away
For saying our Lady's Psalter. But ’tis fit .
That they each other plague, they merit it.
But here comes Glorious that will plague them both,
Who in the other extreme only doth
Call a rough carelesness, good fashion :
Whose cloak his spurs tear, or whom he spits on,
He cares not, he. His ill words do no harm
To him; he rushes in, as if Arm, arm,
He meant to cry; and though his face be as ill
As theirs which in old hangings whip Christ, still
He strives to look worse; he keeps all in awe;
Jeits like a licens'd fool, commands like law. :



VER. 256. or Gonfon] Sir John Gonson, the famous police nagiftrate, was as celebrated in his day, in the annals of Justice, as one of his successors in office, Sir John Fielding, has been fince. His portrait is introduced in Hogarth's Harlot's Pro. 'gress.

Ver. 262. The Captain's hones, ] Much resembling Noll Bluff, in Congreve’s Old Butchelor, who was copied from Thraso, and also from Ben Jonson.


But oh! what terrors must distract the soul
Convicted of that mortal crime, a hole ; - 245
Or should one pound of powder less bespread
Those monkey-tails that wag behind their head.
Thus finish’d, and corrected to a hair,
They march, to prate their hour before the Fair.
So first to preach a white-glov'd Chaplain goes, 250
With band of Lily, and with cheek of Rose,
Sweeter than Sharon, in immac'late trim,
Neatness itself impertinent in him.
Let but the Ladies smile, and they are blest :
Prodigious! how the things protest, protest : 255.
Peace, fools, or Gonfon will for Papists seize you,
If once he catch you at your Jesu! Jesu!

Nature made ev'ry Fop to plague his brother,
Just as one Beauty mortifies another.
uty mortifies another.

280 But here's the Captain that will plague them both, Whose air cries Arm! whose very look's an oath : The Captain's honest, Sirs, and that's enough, Tho' his soul's bullet, and his body buff. He spits fore-right; his haughty chest before, Like batt'ring rams, beats open ev'ry door: 265 And with a face as red, and as awry, As Herod's hang-dogs in old Tapestry, Scarecrow to boys, the breeding woman's curse, Has yet a strange'ambition to look worse ; Confounds the civil, keeps the rude in awe, 270 Jests like a licens'd fool, commands like law..


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