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1740.

A PO E M.

O WRETCHED 'B - jealous now of all,

What God, what mortal, shall prevent thy fall ?
Turn, turn thy eyes from wicked men in place,
And see what fuccour from the Patriot Race.
"C.--, his own proud dupe, thinks Monarchs things
Made just for him, as other fools for Kings ;

6 Controls, decides, insults thee every

hour, And antedates the hatred due to Pow'r.

Thro* Clouds of Passion P --'s views are clear, 'Putlines le foams a Patriot to fubfide a Peer ; mpatient sees his country bought and folch, And damns the market where he takes no gold.

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NOTES.

Ver. 1. O wretched B :,] There is no doubt but that this
teresting fragment was the beginning of the very Satire to
hich Warburton alludes in the last Poem.
Pope was afraid to go on in his career of perfonal acrimony,
ul Whitehead, having thrown out an indecent sarcasm against
r. Sherlock, was threatened with a prosecution. This was ineant
a hint to Pope ; and it is very plain his satiric progress was
errupted, for his alarm evidently appears. In this Poem, (which
tainly was part of his plan, as a continuation of the Epilogue,
seems,

Willing to wourd, and yet afraid to flrike."
I have added some explanatory names.

à Britain

o Cobham.

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Grave, righteous 'S - joggs on till, past belief, He finds himself companion with a thief.

To purge and let thee blood, with fire and sword, Is all the help stern 'S -- wou'd afford.

16 That those who bind and rob thee, would not kill, Good C -- hopes, and candidly fits still.

Of Ch - s W -- who speaks at all, No more than of Sir Har-y or Sir P... Whose names once up, they thought it was not wrong To lie in bed, but sure they lay too long.

"G--r, C. m, B - t, pay thee due regards, Unless the ladies bid them mind their cards.

with wit that muist And 'C...d who speaks so well and writes, 25 Whom (saving W.) every S. harper bites,

must needs Whose wit and

equally provoke one, Finds thee, at best, the butt to crack his joke on.

As for the rest, each winter up they run, And all are clear, that something must be done. 30 Then urg'd by * C t, or by C-ot stopt, Inflam'd by 'P and by P -- dropt; They follow rev'rently each wond'rous wight, Amaz'd that one can read, that one can write :

So

c Sandys.
d Shippen.

Perhaps the Earl of Carlise. f Sir Charles Hanbury Williams. 8 Sir Henry Oxenden and Sir Paul Methuen. * Lords Gower, Cobham, and Bathurt. i Lord Chesterfield.

k Lord Carteret. | William Pulteney, created in 1742 Earl of Bath.

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So geese to gander prone obedience keep, 35
Hiss if he hiss, and if he slumber, sleep.
Till having done whate'er was fit or fine,
Utter'd a speech, and ask'd their friends to dine;
Each hurries back to his paternal ground,
Content but for five shillings in the pound,
Yearly defeated, yearly hopes they give,
And all agree, Sir Robert cannot live.

Rise, rise, great 'W --, fated to appear,
Spite of thyself a glorious minister !
Speak the loud language Princes ....

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And treat with half the ..
At length to B -- kind, as to thy
Espouse the nation, you .

What can thy "H
Dress in Dutch

50 Tho' still he travels on no bad pretence, To show

Or those foul copies of thy face and tongue, Veracious W... and frontless ° Young ; Sagacious 'Bub, so late a friend, and there 55 So late a foe, yet more fagacious ?H --.?

Hervey

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I Walpole.

m. Either Sir Robert's brother Horace, who had just quitted his embally at the Hague, or his son Horace, who was then on his travels. A W. Winnington.

• Sir William Young. p Dodington. 9 Probably Hare, bishop of Chichester.

Hervey and Hervey's school, F., H--y, 'H.-n,
Yea, moral 'Ebor, or religious Winton.
How! what can 'O W,

what can D.. The wisdom of the one and other chair,

бо "N... laugh, or * D --s sager, Or thy dread truncheon M.'s mighty peer ? What help from? J -- s opiates canst thou draw, Or *H .. k's quibbles voted into law ? • C. that Roman in his nose alone,

65 Who hears all causes, B.,, but thy own, Or those proud fools whom nature, rank, and fate Made fit companions for the Sword of State.

Can the light packhorse, or the heavy steer, The fou zing Prelate, or the sweating Peer,

70 Drag out with all its dirt and all its weight, The lumbʼring carriage of thy broken State? Alas! the people curse, the carman swears, The drivers quarrel, and the master stares.

The plague is on thee, Britain, and who tries' 75 To save thee in th' infectious office dies.

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9 Fox and Henley,

: Hinton, : Blackburn, Archbishop of York, and Hoadley, bishop of Winchester.

Onslow, Speaker of the House of Commons, and the Earl of Delawar, Chairman of the Committees of the House of Lords.

i Newcastle.
* Dorset; perhaps the last word should be neer.
y Duke of Marlborough.
z

Jekyll. a Hardwick. • Probably Sir John Cummins, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas.

c Britain,

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