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, Grgaon Foreig, 0 Sacred Weapon, left for Truthi Refence, Sole Dread of Folly vice and Involencelar To all but Heaven-directed Hands denied, The Wwe may give thee, but the gods must guide.
VÁ Ř IATIONS.
You don't, I hope, pretend to quit the trade,
NOTE s. VER. 1. Not twice a twelve-month, &c.] These two lines are from Horace; and the only lines that are so in the whole Poem; being meant to give a handle to that which follows in the character of an impertinent Censurer,
" 'Tis all from Horace," &c. P. Ver. 2. the Court fee nothing in't.] He chose this expression for the sake of its elegant and satiric ambiguity.--His writings abound in them.
You grow correct, that once with Rapture writ,
“ Tory;" And taught his Romans, in much better metre, “ To laugh at Fools who put their trust in Peter."
But Horace, Sir, was delicate, was nice; II Bubo observes, he lash'd no fort of Vice :
Besides, you grow too moral for a Wit *. # A very ingenious Volume of Remarks on Pepe has been lately written to prove this important truth,
" To laugh at Fools who put their trust in Peter," The general turn of the thought is from Boileau,
“ Avant lui, Juvénal avoit dit en Latin,
“ Qu'on est assis à l'aife aux sermons de Cotin." But the irony in the first line, and the satirical equivoque in the second, mark them for his own. His making the Objeccor say, that Horace excelled him in writing verse, is plea. fant. And the ambiguity of putting their trust in Piter, infinuates that Horace and He had frequently laughed at that Specific folly arising from indolence; which still disposes men to intrust both their spiritual and temporal concerns to the absolute disposal of any fanctified or unfanctified Cheat, bearing the name of PETER.
VER. 12. Bisbo observes,] Some guilty person, very fond of making such an observation.
Horace would say, Sir Billy servd the Crown,
There's honest Tacitus once talk'd as big,
NOT E s. Ver. 14. H ggins) Formerly Jaylor of the Fleet prison, enriched himself by many exactions, for which he was tried and expelled.
P. Ver. 18. Who cropt our Ears] Said to be executed by the Captain of a Spanish Thip on one Jenkins, a Captain of an English one. He cut off his ears, and bid him carry them to the King his master.
P. Ver. 22. Screen]
“ Omne vafer vitium ridenti Flaccus amico
“ Tangit, et admissus circum præcordia ludit. Perf. P. Ibid. Screen A metaphor peculiarly appropriated to a certain person in power. · VER. 24. Patriots there are, &c.] This appellation was generally given to those in opposition to the Court. Though some of them (which our Author hints at) had views too mean and interested to deserve that name.
And where's the Glory? 'twill be only thought 25
P. See Sir ROBERT!-hum-
NOT E s. VER. 26. The Great Man] A phrase, by common use, appropriated to the first Minister. P.
Ver.29. Seen him I have, &c.] This, and other strokes of commendation in the following poem, as well as his regard to Sir Robert Walpole on all occasions, were in acknowledge ment of a certain service he had done a friend of Mr. Pope's at his solicitation. Our Poet, when he was about seventeen, had a very ill fever in the country; which, it was feared, would end fatally. In this condition he wrote to Southcot, a Priest of his acquaintance, then in town, to take his last leave of him. Southcot with great affection and folicitude, applicd to Dr. Radcliffe for his advice. And not content with that, he rode down post to Mr. Pope, who was then an hundred miles from London, with the Doctor's directions; which had the desired effcét. A long time after this, Southcot, who had an interest in the Court of France, writing to a common acquaintince iia England, informed him that there was a good abbey void near Avignon, which he had credit enough
o ger, were it not from an apprehension that his promotion would give umbrage to the English Court; to which he (Southcot) by his intrigues in the Pretender's fervice, was become very obnoxious. The person to whom this was written happening to acquaint Mr. Pope with the cafe, he immediatciy wrote a pleasant letter to Sir R. Walpole in the Priell's belialf: He acquainted the Minister with the grounds of bis solicitation, and begged that this embargo, for his, Mr. P.'s fake, might be taken off; for that he was indebted to Southcot for his life ; which debt must needs be discharged