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Now pox on those who shew a Court in wax!
See! where the British youth, engag’d no more
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
NOTES. VER. 227. Like frigates fraught] Here is a very close resemblance to the picture of Dalilah, in Sumfon Agoni,ies :
" Who is this
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,
bert D urer, by a Fuseli, in the i tiiled, Aneca
As a young Preacher at his first time goes
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
Nature made ev'ry Fop to plague his brother,
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..