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Belinda now, whom Thirst of Fame invites, Burns to encounter two adventrous Knights, At Ombre singly to decide their Doom; And swells her Breast with Conquests yet to come. Strait the three Bands prepare in Arms to join, Each Band the Number of the Sacred Nine. Soon as she spreads her Hand, th' Aerial Guard Descend, and sit on each important Card: First Ariel perch'd upon a Matadore, Then each, according to the Rank they bore; For Sylphs, yet mindful of their ancient Race, Are, as when Women, wondrous fond of Place.

Behold, four Kings in Majesty rever'd, With hoary Whiskers and a forky Beard: And four sair Queens whose Hands sustain a Flow'r, Th' expressive Emblem of their softer Pow'r; Four Knaves in Garbs succinct, a trusty Band, Caps on their Heads, and Halberds in their Hand; And particolour'd Troops, a shining Train, Draw forth to combat on the Velvet Plain.

The skilful Nymph reviews her Force with Care; Let Spades be Trumps, she said, andTrumps they were.

Now move to War her sable Matadores,

In Show like Leaders of the swarthy Moors.

Spadilio first, unconquerable Lord!

Led off" two captive Troops, and swept the Board.

As many more Manillio forc'd to yield,

And march'd a Victor from the verdant Field.

Him Bajlo follow'd, but his Fate more hard

Gain'd but one Trump and one Plebeian Card.

With his broad Sabre next, a Chief in Years,

The hoary Majesty of Spades appears;

Puts forth one manly Leg, to Sight reveal'd;

The rest his many-colour'd Robe conceal'd.

The Rebel Knave, that dares his Prince engage,

Proves the just Victim of his Royal Rage.

Ev'n mighty Pam that Kings and Queens o'erthrew.
And mow'd down Armies in the Fights of Lu,
Sad Chance of War! now destitute of Aid,
Falls undistinguish'd by the Victor Spade!

Thus sar both Armies to Belinda yield;
Now to the Baron Fate inclines the Field.
His warlike Amazon her Host invades,
Th'Imperial Consort of the Crown of Spades.
The Club's black Tyrant first her Victim dy'd,
Spite of his haughty Mien, and barb'rous Pride:
What boots the Regal Circle on his Head,
His Giant Limbs in State unweildy spread?
That long behind he trails his pompous Robe,
And of all Monarchs only grasps the Globe?

The Baron now his Diamonds pours apace;
Th' embroider'd King who shows but half his Face,
And his refulgent ^ueen, withPow'rs combin'd,
Of broken Troops an easy Conquest find.
Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, in wild Disorder seen,
With Throngs promiscuous strow the level Green.
Thus when dispers'd a routed Army runs,
Of Afia's Troops, and Afric's sable Sons,
With like Confusion different Nations flv,
In various Habits, and of various Dye; .
The pierc'd Battalions dif-united sall,
In Heaps on Heaps; one Fate o'erwhelms them all.

The Knave of Diamonds now exerts his Arts, And wins (oh shameful Chance !) the §>ttemof Hearts. At this, the Blood the Virgin's Cheeks forsook, A livid Paleness spreads o'er all her Look; She sees, and trembles at th* approaching 111, Just in the Jaws of Ruin, and Codille, And now, (as oft in fomedistemper'd State) On one nice Trick depends the gen'ral Fate, An Ace of Hearts steps forth: the King unseen Lurk'd in her Hand, and mourn'd his captive £>ucen.

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He springs to Vengeance with an eager Pace,
And salls like Thunder on the prostrate Ace.
The Nymph exulting fills with Shouts the Sky,
The Walls, the Woods, the long Canals reply.

The two Lines, where Belinda bewails the Loss of her Hair:

Oh! had'ft thou, Cruel, been content to seize Hairs less in Sight, or any Hairs but these.

It is said, that to some very nice Ears of the Fair Sex they have given Offence, by Reason of the Double- Intendre they admit of; but as there is a Possibility to take them in a Sense, wholly innocent and chaste, it is hoped they will construe them so.

Let them suppose that Belinda fays, she would rather have lost all the Hair that lay conceal'd under her Head-dress, than that small single Lock, which hung in Sight, and was ornamental. A Gentleman has appear'd to their Defence, understanding them in their most ludicrous Sense:

Who censure most, more precious Hairs would To have the Rape recorded by his Muse. [lose,

Upon the whole, this Poem has more Humour and good-natur'd Mirth in it, than any other of our Author's; and is his only Attempt in this Way.

At the Time of the writing of this Poem he was about twenty-four Years old: It was first printed without the Author's Name; but after the Addition of the Machinery, (which was wanting before)' Mr. Pope publish'd it, and prefix'd the Dedication.

So cautious he was of making his Fame secure, not to trust his Name to so small a Work, 'till he was sure of Applause; which fully proves the Prudence of his Conduct,., and that he resolv'd, either

to to have proper Fame, or die in Oblivion; and this was often his Practice afterwards.

Some Pieces staid in their State of Probation seven. Years, and he was late to consess to what many would not have lost the Pleasure of immediately owning, on any Consideration whatever. But he, tho' not so eager and greedy, was yet desirous of, and laying continual Claim to the Reputation of the best Poet living; and he was that.

There always is a Drawback upon Fame; Mr. Pope drew upon him the Envy of many of his contemporary Poets; and in particular, that of Mr. (*) Dennis, who, though a very good Critick

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{*) Mr. Dennis was born in the Year 1657, and Son of an eminent Citizen of London. He had his sirst Education at Harrow on the Hill, under the pious and learned Mr. William Horn; having with him as School-Fellows, the late Lord Francis Seymour, afterwards Duke of So~ mer/et, the present Duke os Somerset his Brother, and several others, who have since made no inconsiderable Figure in the World. He remov'd from Harrow to CaiusCollege in Cambridge, where he took the Degrees of Batchelor and Master of Arts ; and afterwards, desiring rather to improve his Mind than his Fortune, he saw France and Italy, fn his Youth he was very familiarly conversant with several Gentlemen about Town remarkable for their Wit and Gallantry; and the Asfection he always had for Poetry, and which began in his very Infancy, brought him acquainted with some of the most celebrated Dramatick Writers os the Age, 'viz. Mr. Dryden, Mr. IVycherley, Mr. Congreve, and Mr. Southern. Mr. Dennis is excellent at Pindarick Writings, perfectly regular in all his Performances, and a Person of sound Learning: And that he is Master of a great Deal of Penetration and Judgment, his Criticisms, particularly on Sir Richard Blackmore^ Prince Arthur, sussiciently

demonand Poet, was mistaken in regard to Mr. Pope; and being grown old, in Ill-nature very unfairly, ungenerously, and weakly, attacks Mr. Pope. In a Pamphlet called, Remarks on Mr. Pope's Rape of the Lock, in several Letters to a Friend: In his Preface he fays, he was provok'd to it by the Folly, the

Pride,

demonstrate. He has obliged the World with the following Plays:

I. A Plot and no Plot; a Comedy, acted at the Theatre Reyal, 1697. Dedicated to the Right Hon. the Earl of Sunderland. This Play, I am informed, Mr. Dennis intended as a Satire upon the Credulity of the Jacobite Party at that Time; and, as a certain Author has observed, is exactly regular, and discovers itself to be written by a Master of the Art of the Stage, as well as by a Man of Wit.

II. Rinaldo and Armida; a Tragedy, acted at the Theatre in Lincoln's-Inn-Fields, 1699. Dedicated to the Duke of Ormond.

III. Ipbigenia; a Tragedy, acted at the Theatre in Lincoln's-Inn-Fields, 1700.

IV. Liberty Asserted; a Tragedy, acted at the Theatre in Lincoln's-Inn-Fields, by her Majesty's Servants, 1704. This Play is dedicated to Anthony Henley, Esq; and was acted with very great Applause.

V. Appius and Virginia; a Tragedy, acted at the Theatre Royal; Dedicated to Sidney Earl of Godolphin.

VI. The Comical Gallant ; with the Humours of Sir John Falstaff; a Comedy. Being an Alteration of Shakespear's Merry Wives of Wind/or.

VII. Gibraltar, or the Spanish Adventure; acted at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane.

This Gentleman, in his Comedy, hath stiewn a great Deal of Justness and Delicacy of Reflection ; a Pleafantness of Humour, a Noveity and Distinction of Charasters, and admirable Conduct and Design, and a useful Moral. When he first began to write Tragedy, he faw, wjth Concern, that Love had got the entire Posles

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