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Have you not seen, at Guild-hall's narrow pass,
105 And Peers give way, exalted as they are, Ev’n to their own S-r-v--nce in a Car?
k Go, lofty Poet! and in such a croud, Sing thy sonorous verse--but not aloud, Alas! to Grotto's and to Groves we run, IIO To ease and filence, ev'ry Muse's fon : Blackmore himself, for any grand effort, Would drink and doze at Tooting or Earl's-Court. How Ihall I rhime in this eternal roar? How match the bards whom none.c'er match'd before? | The Man, who, ftretch'd in Ifys' calm retreat, 116 To books and study gives sey'n years compleat, See! strow'd with learned dust, his night-cap on, He walks, an object new beneath the fun! The boys flock round him, and the people ftare: So ftiff, fo mute! fome ftatue you would swear, Stept from its pedestal to take the air ! And here, while town, and court, and city roars, With mobs, and duns, and soldiers, at their doors;
Notes. where the intemperance of Poets is not the obvious, but the Secret meaning. For Bacchus was the patron of the Drama as well as of the Bottle; and Jeep was courted for inspiraa tion, as well as to relieve a debauch.
Ibid. Tooting--Earl's Court.) Two villages within a few miles of London. P.
VER. 124. With mobs, and duns, and soldiers at their
Verba lyrae motura fonum connecterc digner ?
im Frater erat Romae consulti rhetor ; ut alter
Alterius fermone meros audiret honores :
Gracchus ut hic illi foret, huic ut Mucius ille.
Quî minus argutos vexat furor iste poetas ?
* Carmina compono, hic clegos; mirabile visu,
Caelatumque novem Mufis opus. aspice primum,
Quanto cum faftu, quanto molimine circum
spectemus vacuam Romanis vatibus aedem.
Mox etiam (fi forte vacas) fequere, et procul audi,
Quid ferat; et quare fibi nectat uterque coronam.
Cacdimur, et totidem plagis confumimus hoftem,
NOTES. doors ;] The licence, luxury, and mutiny of an opulent city are not ill described.
VER. 132. And fook bis bead at Murray, as a Wit.] It is the filly confolation of blockheads in all professions
, that he, whom Nature has formed to excell, does it not by his superior knowledge, but his wit; and so they keep themselves in countenance as not fairly outdone, but only out-witted.
Shall I, in London, act this idle part?
125 Composing songs, for Fools to get by heart?
m The Temple late two brother Serjeants saw,
My dear Tibullus !” if that will not do,
VER. 140. But Siephen) Mr. Stepben Duck, a modest and worthy man, who had the honour (which many, who thought themselves his betters in poetry, had not) of being esteemed by Mr. Pope.
Lento Samnites ad lumina prima duello.
• Ridentur mala qúi componunt carmina': ve
Gaudent scribentes, et se venerantur; et ultro,
Ver. 167. Command old words, that long have fept, 10 wake] The imagery is here very sublime. It turns the Poet to a Magician evoking the dead from their sepulchres,
" Or, I'm content, allow me Dryden's ftrains, 145
In vain, bad Rhimers all mankind reject,
Proferet in lucem Speciofa vocabula rerum.