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Mummius o'erheard him ; Mummius, fool-re- I bought them, shrouded in that living shrine, nown'd,

And, at their second birth, they issue mine." Who like his Cheops stinks above the ground, “Witness great Ammon! by whose horns I swore," Fierce as a startled adder, swelld, and said, (Reply'd soft Annius) “ this our paunch before Rattling an ancient sistrum at bis head;

Still bears them, faithful ; and that thus I eat, “ Speak'st thou of Syrian princes? Traitor is to refund the medals with the meat. 390 base!

To prove me, goddess ! clear of all design, Mine, goddess ! mine is all the horned race. Bid me with Pollio sup, as well as dine : True, he had wit, to make their value rise ; There all the learn'd shall at the labour stand, Froin foolish Greeks to steal them, was as wise : And Douglas lend his soft, obstetric hand.” More glorious yet, froin barbarous hands to keep, The goddess smiling seem'd to give consent; When Sallee rovers chas'd hiin on the deep. 380 So back to Pollio, hand in hand, they went. Then taught by Hermes, and divinely bold,

Then thick as locusts blackening all the ground, Down his own throat he riscu'd the Grecian gold. A tribe, with weeds and shells fantastic crown'd, Receiv'd each demi-god, with pious care,

Each with some wondrous gift approach'd the Deep in his entrails— rever'd them there,

power, A nest, a toad, a fungus, or a flower. 400 But far the foremost, two, with earnest zeal,

And aspect ardent, to the throne appeal. Ver. 371. Mummius) This name is not merely an allusion to the Mummius he was so fond of, Great queen, and common mother of us all!

The first thus opeu'd ; “lear thy suppliant's call, but probably referred to the Roman general of fair from its hunble bed I rear'd this flower, that name, who hurned Corinth, and commited Suckled, and cheer’d, with air, and sun, and the curious statues to the captain of a ship, assur

Soft on the paper ruff its leaves I spread, (shower: ing him, “ that if any were lost or broken, he Bright with the gildled button tipt its head. should procure others to be made in their Then thron'd in glass and nam'd it Caroline : stead;" by which it should seem (whatever Each maid cried, charming ! and each youth, may be pretended) that Mummius was no vir

divine !

410 tuoso. Ibid. — Fool-renown'd] A compound epithet in Such varied light in one promiscuous blaze !

Did Nature's pencil ever blend such rays, the Greek inanner, renown'd by fouls, or renowned

Now prostrate! dead! behold that Caroline : for making fools.

No maid cries, charining! and no youth, divine ! Ver. 572. Cheops] A king of Egypt whose

And lo the wretch! whose vile, whose insect lust body was certainly to be known, as being buried Lay'd this gay daughter of the Spring in dust. alone in his pyrainil, and is therefore more ge

Oh punish him, or to th' Elysian shades nuine than any of the Cleopatras. This royal | Disiniss my soul, where no carnation fades.". mummy, being stolen by a wild Arab, was pur. He ceas'd, and wept. With innocence of mien, chased by the consul of Alexandria, and trans

Th' accus'd stood forth, and thus address'd the mitted to the museum of Mummius; for proof

queen:

420 of which he brings a passage in Sandys's Travels, “Of all th' enameld race, whose silvery wing where that accurate and learned voyager assures

Waves to the tepid zephyrs of the spring, us that he saw the sepulchre empty, which agrees

Or swinis along the fluid atmosphere, exactly (saith he) with the time of the theft above Once brightest shin'd this child of heat and air. mentioned. But he oinits to observe that Hero

I saw, and started from its vernal,bower dotus tells the same thing of it in his time.

The rising game, and chas d from flower to flower. Ver. 375. Speak’st thou of Syrian princes? It fled, I follow'd ; now in bope, now pain; &c.] The strange story following, which may be It stopt, I stopt ; it mov’d, i mov'd again. taken for a fiction of the poet, is justified by a true relation in Spon's Voyage's. Vaillant (who wrote the bistory of the Syrian kings as it is to be found on melals) coming from the Levant,

Ver. 387. Witness great Ammon!] Jupiter where he had been collecting various coins, and

Aminon is called to witness, as the father of Alexa being pursued by a corsair of Sallee, swallowed ander, to whom those kiaus sacreeded in the dividown twenty gold medals. A sudden bourasqne sion of the Macedonian empire, and whose horus freed him froin the rover, and he got to land with they wore on their m dat them in his belly. On his road to Avignon he met two physicians of whom he demanded assistance. ing and no less taste; above all, curis in what

Ver. 394. Douglas) A physician of reat IcarnOne advised purgations, the other vomits. In

related to Horace, of whom he colleted every this uncertainty he took neither, but pursued his edition, translation, and comment, to the nuinway to Lyons, where he found his ancient friend

ber of several hundred volumes. the famous physician and antiquary Dufour. to

Ver. 409. and naind it Caroline:) It is a comwho: he related his alventure. Dufour, with

pliment which the fiorists usually pay to princes out staying to inquire about the uneasy, symptoms and great persons, to give their names to the most of the burrhen he carried, first asked him, whetlır the mu 'als were of the bigher empire ?" He curions fowers of their raising : some have been

very jealous of vindicating this honour, but none assured injm tey were. Dufour was ravished with

more than that ambitious gardener, at Hammerthe hope of possessing so rare a treasure ; he bar- smith, who caused his favourite to be painted on gained with him on the spot for the most curious his sign, with this inscription, This is my Queen of them, and was to recover thein at his own ex

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At last it fixt, 'twas on what plant it pleas'd, “ Let others creep by timid steps and slow,
And where it fix'd, the beauteous bird I seiz’d: 430 On plain experience lay foundations low,
Rose or carnation was below my care;

By common sense to common knowledge bred, I meddle, goddess ! only in my sphere.

And last, to Nature's Cause through Nature led. I tell the naked fact without disguise,

All-seeing in thy mists, we want no guide, And, to excuse it, need but show the prize ; Mother of arrogance, and source of pride! 470 Whose spoils this paper offers to your eye,

We nobly take the high priori road, Fair ev’n in death! this peerless butterfly.” And reason downward, till we doubt of God : My sons !"( she answer’d)both have done your Make Nature still encroach upon his plan, parts :

And shove him off as far as e'er we can: Live happy both, and long promote our arts. Thrust some mechanic cause into his place; But hear a mother, when she recemmends Or bind in matter, or diffuse in space. To your fraternal care our sleeping friends. 440 Or, at one bound o’erleaping all his laws, The common soul, of Heaven's more frugal make, Make God man's image, man the final cause, Serves but to keep fools pert and knaves awake; Find virtue local, all relation scorn, A drowsy watchman, that just gives a knock, See all in self, and but for self be born : 480 And breaks our rest, to tell us what's a clock. Of nought so certain as our reason still, Yet by some object every brain is stirr's;

Of nought so doubtful as of soul and will. The dull may waken to a humming-bird ;

Oh hide the God still more! and make us see The most recluse, discreetly open'd, find

Such as Lucretius drew, a god like thee : Congenial matter in the cockle kind;

Wrapt up in self, a God without a thought,
The mind in metaphysics at a loss,

Regardless of our merit or default.
May wander in a wilderness of moss ; 450 Or that bright image to our fancy draw,
The head that turns at superlunar things,

Which Theocles in raptur'd vision saw,
Pois'd with a tail, may steer on Wilkins' wings. Wild through poetic scenes the genius roves,

O! would the sons of men once think their eyes Or wanders wild in Academic groves; 490 And reason giv'n them but to study flies !

That Nature our society adores, See nature in some partial narrow shape,

Where Tindlal diclates, and Silenus snores." And let the author of the whole escape;

Rous'd at his name, up rose the bowzy sire, Learn but to trifle; or, who most observe,

And shook from out bis pipe the seeds of fire ; To wonder at their Maker, not to serve."

Then snap'd his box, and strok'd his belly down, Be that my task” (replies a gloomy clerk, Rosy and reverend, though without a gown. Sworn foe to mystery, yet divinely dark ; 460 Bland and familiar to the throne he came, Whose pious hope aspires to see the day

Led up the youth, and call’d the goddess dame. When moral evidence shall quite decay,

Then thus. “From priestcraft happily set free, And damns inplicit faith, and holy lies,

Lo! every finish'd son returns to thee :
Prompt to impose, and fond to dogmatize :)
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Ver. 492. Where Tindal dictates, and Silenus Ver, 441. The common soul, &c.] in the first snores.] It cannot be denied but that this fine edit. thus :

stroke of satire against atheism was well intended.

But how must the reader smile at our anthor's Of souls the greater part, Heaven's common

officious zeal, when he is told, that at the time make,

this was written, you might as soon bave found a Serve but to keep fools pert, and knaves awake; wolf in England as an atheist? The truth is, And most but find that centinel of God,

the whole species was exterminated. There. is A drowsy watchman in the land of Nod.

a tribing difference indeed concerning the author

of the achievement. Some as Dr. Ashenhurst, Ver. 452. Wilkins' wings) One of the first pro- gave it to Bentley's Boylcan Lectures. And he jectors of the Royal Society, who, among many

so well convinced that great man of the truth, enlarged and useful notions, entertained the extrava- that wherever afterwards he found atheist, he gant hope of a possibility to fly to the Moon ; always read it A Theist. But, in spite of a claim which has put some volatile geniuses upon making

so well made out, others gave the honour of this wings for that purpose.

exploit to a latter Boylcan lecturer. A judicious Ver. 462. When moral evidence shall quite apologist for Dr. Clarke, against Mr. Wbiston, decay,] Alluding to a ridiculous and absurd way says, with no less ek gance than positireness of of some mathematicians, in calculating the gra- expression, “ It is a most certain truth, that the dnal decay of moral evidence by mathematical lemon-tration of the being and attributes of God, proportions : according to which calculation, in has extirpated and banished atheism out of the about fifty years it will be no longer probable that Christian world,” p. 18. It is much to be lamenJulius Cæsar was in Gaul, or died in the senate ted, that the clearest truths have still their dark house. See Craig's Theologiae Christianæ Princi- side. Here we see it becomes a doubt which of pja Mathematica. But as it seeins evident, that

the two llerculeses was the monsterqueller. facts of a thousand years oll, for instance, are

what of that? Since the thing is done, cod the now as probable as they were five hundred yeirs proof of it so contain, there is no occasion for :o 0; it plain, that if in fifty more they quite me a canvassing of circunstances.--Scribl. disappear, it must be owing, not to their argu

Ibil. Silemus) silenus was an lipicurean pilosoa nients, but to the extraorilinary power of our

pher, as appears from Virgil. Eclog. vi, wiesole goddesfor whose help therefore they have reason

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First slave to words, then vassal to a name,

Bnt, sad example! never to escape
Then dupe to party; child and man the same; Their infamy, still keep the human shape.
Boundled by Nalure, narrow'd still by Art,

But she, good goddess, sent to every child
A trifling head, and a contracted heart.

Firm Impudence, or Stupefaction mild ; 530 Thus bred, thus taught, how many have I seen, And straight succeeded, leaving shame no room, Smiling on all, and smild on by a queen! Cibberian forehead, or Cimmeriad gloom. Mark'd out for honours, honour'd for their birth, Kind Self-conceit to some her glass applies, To thee the most rebellious things on Earth : Which no one looks in witli another's eyes; Now to thy gentle shadow all are shrunk,

But, as the Aatterer or dependant paint, All melted down in pension, or in punk ! 510 | Beholds himself a patriot, chief, or saint. So K * so B * *, sneak'd into the grave,

On others Interest her gay livery fings, A monarch's half, and half a barlot's slave. Interest, that waves on party-colour'd wings : Poor W'* *, nipt in Folly's broadest bloom, Turn'd to the Sun, she casts a thousand dyes, Who praises now? his chaplain on his tomb. And, as she turns, the colours fall or rise. 549 Then take them all, oh take them to thy breast ! Others the syren sisters warble round, Thy Magus, goddess ! shall perform the rest.” And empty heads console with empty sound.

With that, a wizard old his cup extends; No more, alas! the voice of Fame they hear, Which whoso tastes, forgets bis former friends, The balm of Dulness trickling in their ear. Sire, ancestors, himself. One casts his eyes Great C**, H**, P**, R**, K* Up to a star, and like Endymion dies: 520 Why all your toils ? your sons have learn'd to sing. A feather, shooting from another's head,

How quick Ambition hastes to ridicule ! Extracts his brain, and principle is fled ;

The sire is inade a peer, the son a fool. Lost is his God, bis country, every thing;

On some, a priest succinct in amice white And nothing left but homage to a king!

Attends; all flesh is nothing in his sight!

550 The vulgar herd turn of' to roll with bogs,

Beeves, at his touch, at once to jelly turn,
To run with horses, or to hunt with dogs;

And the huge boar is shrunk into an urn:
The board with specious miracles he loads,

Turns hares to larks, and pigeons into toads. Ver. 501. First slave to words, &c.] A recapitulation of the whole course of modern education described in this book, which confines youth motif des prémiers heros, n'est plus regardé quc to the study of words only in schools ; subjects comme une chimêre; l'idée du service du roi, them to the authority of systems in the univer-etendue jusqu'a l'oubli de tout autre principe, sities; and deludes them with the names of tient lieu de ce qu'on appelloit autrefois grandeur party distinctions in the world. All e.jually con- d'ame et fidelité."-Boulainvilliers Hist. des Ancurring to narrow the understanding, and sta- ciens Parlernents de France, &c. blish slavery and errour in literature, philosophy, Ver. 528. still keep the human shape.) The and politics. The whole finished in modern free effects of the Magus's cap, by which is allegorized Thinking: the completion of whatever is vain, a total corruption of heart, are just contrary to wrong, anri destructive to the happiness of man- that of Circe, which only represents the sudden kind; as it establishes self-love for the sole princi- planging into pleasures. Her's, therefore, took ple of action.

away the shape, and left the human mind; his Ver. 506. Smild on by a queen!] i. e. This takes away the mind, and leaves the human queeu or goddess of Dulness

shape. Ver. 517. With that a wizard old. &c.] Here Ver. 529. But she, good goddess, &c.] The beginneth the celebration of the greater mysteries only comfort people can receive, must be owing of the goddess, which the poct, in his invocation, in some shape or other to Dulness; which makes Ver. 5. promised to sing.

some stupid, others impudent, gires self-conceit Ver. 518. -forgets his former friends,] Surely to soine, upon the Batteries of their dependants, there little needed the force of charms or magic presents the false colours of interest to others, to set aside an useless friendship. Por of all the and busies or amuses the rest with idle pleasures accommodations of fashionable life, as there are or sensuality, till they becoine easy under any none more reputable, so there are none of so little infamy. Each of which species is here shadowed charge as friendship. It fills up the void of life under allegorical persons. with a name of dignity and respect; and at the Ver. 532. Ciblerian forehead, or Cimmerian same time is ready to give place to every passion loom.) i. e. She comunicates to them of her that offers to dispute possession with it. -Scribl. own virtue, or of her royal colleagles. The Cib

Ver. 523, 524. Lost is his God, his country- berinn forehead being to fit them for self-conceit, Aud nothing left but homage to a king!] So self-interest, &c. and the Ciminerian gloom, for strange as this inust seem to a mere English the pleasures of opera, and the table.-- cribl. rder, the famous Mons, de la Bruyere declares Ver. 553. The board with specious miracies he it to be the chararter of every good subject in a loails, &c. Scriblerus seams at a lo.s in this monarchy: “Where,” says he, " there is no place. Speciosa miracula (says he) according to such thing as love of our country, the interest, Borace, were the monstrous fables of the Cy. the glory, and servier of the prince, supply its lops, Læstrygons, Scylla, &i'. What relation place."-De la Republique, chap. x.

have these to the transformation of lares into Of this duty another celebrated French author Parks, or of pigeons into toads? I shall tell thee speaks indeed a little more disrespectfully ; which The Lestrygons spitted in pepars, as we for that reason, we shall not translate, but give in do larks upon skewers; and the fair pigeon his own words, " L'Amour de la Patrie, le grand | turned to a tuad, is similar to the fair virgin Scylla

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Impale a glow-worm, or vertà profess, Explains the seve and verdeur of the vine.

Shine in the dignity of F. R. S.

570 What cannot copious sacrifice atone)

Some, deep free-masons, join the silent race
Thy treufles, Perigord ! thy hams, Bayonne ? Worthy to fill Pythagoras's place :
With French libation, and Italian strain,

Some botanists, or foris:s at the least,
Wash Bladen white, and expiate Hays's stain. 560 Or issue members of an annual feast.
Knight lifts the head: for what are crowds undone, Nor past the meanest unregarded, one
To three essential partridges in one ?

Rose a Gregorian, one a Gormogon, Gone every blush, and silent all reproach,

The last, not least in honour or applause, Contending princes mount them in their coach. Isis and Cam made doctors of her laws.

Next, bidding all draw near on bended knees, Then blessing all, “ Go, children of my care! The qucen confers her titles and degrees.

To practice now from theory repair.

580 Her children first of more distinguish'd sort, Who study Shakespeare at the inns of court,

reality, a gentleman only of the Dunciad; or, to

speak him better, in the plain language of our ending in a filthy beast. But here is the difficulty, honest ancestors to such mushrooms, a gentleman why pigeons in so shocking a shape should be of the last edition : who, nobly eluding the solicibrought to a table. Nares indeed might be cut tude of his careful father, very early retained into larks at a second dressing, out of frugality: himself in the cause of Dulness against Shakeyet that seems no probable motive, when we con- speare, and with the wit and learning of his ansider the extravagance before-mentioned, of dis- cestor Tom Thimble in the Rehearsal, and with solving whole oxen and boars into a small vial of the air of good nature and politeness of Caliban in jelly; nay it is expressly said, that all flesh is the Tempest, hath now happily finished the nothing in his sight. I have searched in Apicius, Dunce's progress, in personal abuse. For a libelPliny, and the feast of Trimalcbio, in vain; iller is nothing but a Grub-street critic run to can only resolve it into some mysterious super

seed. stitious rite, as it is said so be done by a priest,

Lamentable is the dulness of these gentlemen and soon after called a sacrifice, attended (as all an

of the Dunciad. This Fungoso and his friends, cient sacrifices were)with libation and song: --Seribl. who are all gentlemen, have exclaimed much

This good scholiast, not being acquainted with against us for reflecting his birth, in the words, molern luxury, was ignorant that these were only a gentleman of the last edition," which we the miracles of French coukery, and that par- hereby declare concern not his birth, but bis ticularly Pigeons en crapeau were a cominon adoption only: and mean no more than that he dish.

is become a gentleman of the last edition of the Ver. 556. Seve and verdeur] French terms re

the Funciad. Since gentlemen, then, are so caplating to wines, which signify their flavour and tions, we think it proper to declare that Mr. poignancy.

Thomas Thimble, who is here said to be Mr. Et je gagerois que chez le commandeur,

Thomas Edwards's ancestor, is only related to Villandri priseroit sa seve et sa verdeur.

him by the Muse's side.--Scribl. Despreaux.

This tribe of men, which Scriblerus has bere

so well exemplified, our poet hath elsewhere adSt. Evremont has a very pathetic letter to a noble- mirably characterized in that happy line, man in disgrace, advising him to seek comfort in a good table, and particularly to be attentive to

A brain of feathers, and a heart of lead. these qualities in his champaigne.

For the satire extends much farther than to the Ver. 560. Bladen-Hays) Names of gamesters. person who occasioned it, and takes in the whole Bladen is a black man. Robert Knight, cashier species of those on whom a good education (to fit of the South-Sea company, who fled from Eny them for some useful and learned profession) has land in 1720 (afterwards pardoned in 1742).

been bestowed in vain. That worthless band These lived with the utmost magnificence at Paris, Of ever-listless loiterers, that attend and kept open tables frequented by persons of the No canse, no trust, no duty, and no friend ; first quality in England, and even by princes of | Who, with an understanding too dissipated and the blood of France.

futile for the offices of civil life ; and a heart too Ibid. Bladen, &c.] The former note of “Bladen lumpishi

, narrow, and contracted for those of so, is a black man,” is very absurd. The manuscript cial, berome fit for nothing and so turn wits and here is partły obliterated, and doubtless could critics, where sense and civility are neither reonly have been, wash blackmoors white, alluding quired nor expected. to a known proverb.--Scribl.

Ver. 571. Sorne, deep frec-masons, join the Ver. 567.

sileni race! The poet all along expresses a very Her children first of more distinguish'd sort, Who study Shakespare at the inns of court.)

particular concern for this silent race. He has

here provided, that in case they will not waken Ni would that scholiast discharge his duty, who or open (as was before proposed) to a huminingshonti neglect to honour thnse whom Duluess has bird or a cockle, yet at worst they may be male distinguished: or suttir them to lie forgotten, free-masons; where taciturnity is the only essenwhen their rare monesty would hare lift them ial qualification, as it was the chief of the disna neless. het is fint, thrrefore, overlook the ciples of P thagoras. service which has been done her cause, by oni Tir. 570. A Gregorian, one a Gormogon,] A M: Thordas Flvards, a gentleman, as he is sort of lay-brothers, slips from the root of the pleased to call hinself, of Lincoln's-inn ; but, in | free-masons.

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All my commands are easy, short, and full : Tyrant supreme ! shall three estates command, My sons ! be proud, be selfish, and be dull. And make one mighty Dunciad of the land !” Guard my prerogative, assert my throne :

More she had spoke, but yawn'd--All nature This nod confirms each privilege your own.

What mortal can resist the yawn of gods ? [nods : The cap and switch be sacred to his grace :

Churches and chapels instantly it reach'd : With staff and pumps the marquis leads the race; (St. James's first, for leaden G- preach'd) From stage to stage the licens'd earl may run,

Then catch'd the schools; the hall scarce kept Pair'd with his fellor charioteer the Sun;

awake; The learned baron butterflies design,

The convocatiou gap'd, but could not speak: 610 Or draw to silk Arachne's subtile line; 590 Lost was the nation's sense, nor could be found, The judge to dance his brother sergeant call; While the long solemn unison went round : The senator at cricket urge the ball;

Wide, and more wide, it spread o'er all the realm; The bishop stow (pontific luxury!)

Ev'n Palinurus nodded at the helm : An hundred souls of turkeys in a pye ;

The vapour mild o'er each committee crept; The sturdy squire to Gallic masters stoop,

Unfinish'd treaties in each office slept ;
And drown his lands and manours in a soupe.
Others import yet nobler arts from France,
Teach kings to fiddle, and make senates dance.
Perhaps more high some daring son may soar,

Ver. 606. What mortal can resist the yawn

of gods?] This verse is truly Homerical; as is the Prond to my list to add one monarch more ; 600

conclusion of the action, where the great mother And, nobly conscious, princes are but things

composes all, in the same manner as Minerva at Born for first ministers, as slaves for kings,

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this doos, with a great yawn; but we must conVer. 584. each privilege your own, &c.] This sider it as the yawn of a god, and of powerful speech of Dulness to her sons at parting may poss effects. It is not out of nature, most long and sibly fall short of the reader's expectation ; who grave counsels concluding in this very manner : may imagine the goddess might give them a nor without authority, the incomparable Spenser charge of more consequence, and, from such a having ended one of the most considerable of his theory as is before delivered, incite them to the works with a roar; but then it is the roar of a practice of something more extraordinary, than lion, the effects whereof are described as the catato personate running footmen, jockeys, stage- strophe of the poem. coachmen, &c.

Ver. 607. Churches and chapels, &c.] The But if it be well considered, that whatever in- progress of this yawn is judicious, natural, and clination they might have to do mischief, her sons worthy to be noted. First it seizeth the churches are generally rendered harmless by their inability; and chapels; then catcheth the schools, where, and that it is the common effect of Dulness (even though the boys be unwilling to sleep, the masters in her greatest efforts) to defeat her own design; the are not : Next Westminster-hall, much more hard poet, I am persuaded, will be justitied, and it will be indeed to subdue, and not totally put to silence allowed that these worthy persons, in their several even by the goddess : Then the convocation, ranks, do as much as can be expected from them. which though extremely desirous to speak, yet

Ver. 585. The cap and switch, &c.] The god- cannot: Even the house of commons, justly called dess's political balance of favour, in the distribu- the sense of the nation, is lost (that is to say sustion of her rewards, deserves our notice. It con- pended) during the yawn; (far be it from our sists of joining with those honours claimed by birth author to suggest it could be lost any longer!) and high place, others more adapted to the ge- but it spreadleth at large over all the rest of the nins and talents of the candidates. And thus her kingdom, to such a degree, that Palinurus him. great forerunner, John of Leyden, king of Mun self (though as incapable of sleeping as Jupiter) ster, entered on his government, by making his yet noddeth for a moment; the effect of which, ancient friend and companion, Knipperdolling, though ever so momentary, could not but cause general of his horse and hangman. And had but some relaxation for the time, in all public fortune seconded his great schemes of Reforma-affairs. -Scribl. tion, it is said, he would have established his Ver. 610. The convocation gap'd, but could whole household on the same reasonable footing. not speak;] Implying a great desire so to do, as -Scribl.

the learned scholiast on the place rightly observes. Ver. 590. Arachne's subtile line ;] This is one

Therefore beware, reader, lest thou take this gape of the most ingenious employments assigned, and for a yawn, which is attended with no desire but therefore recommended only to peers of learning. to go to rest, by no means the disposition of the Of weaving stockings of the webs of spiders, see convocation ; whose melancholy case in short is the Phil. Trans.

this: she was, as is reported, infected with the Ver. 591. The judge to dance his brother ser

general influence of the goddess; and while she geant call;] Allurling perhaps to that ancient and was yawning carclessly at her case, solemn dance, entitler, A call of sergeants.

courtier took her at advantage, aped in the very Ver. 598. Teach kings to fildle,] An ancient

nick clap'l a gay into her chops. Well therefore amusement of sovereign princes, (viz.) Achilles, may we know her meaning by her gaping; and Alexander, Nero; though despised by Themi

this distressful posture our poet bere describes, stocles, who was a republi.an-Make senates just as she stands at this day, a sail example of dance, either after their prince, or to Pontoise,

the effects of Dulness and Malice: unchecked, and or Siberia.

despised. - Benti.

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