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Yet soft by nature, more a dupe than wit,
Once, and but once, his heedless youth was bit,
P. Ver. 375. Welfted's Lye.] This man had the impudence to tell in print, that Mr. P. had occasioned a Lady's death, and to name a perlon he never heard of. He also publifh'd that he libell'd the Duke of Chandos; with whom (it was added) that he had lived in familiarity, and received from him a present of five hundred pounds : the falsehood of both which is known to his Grace. Mr. P. never received any present, farther than the subscription for Homer, from him, or from Any great Man whatsoever. P.
To please a Mistress one afpers’d his life;
Ver. 378. Let Budgel] Budgel, in a weekly pamphlec called the Bee, bestowed much abuse on him, in the imagination that he writ some things about the Last Will of Dr. Tindal, in the Grubftreet Journal; a Paper wherein he never had the least hand, direction, or supervisal, nor the least knowledge of its Author.
VER. 379. except his Will] Alluding to Tindal's Will : by which, and other indirect practices, Budgell... to the exclusion of the next heir, a nephew, got to him. felf almost the whole fortane of a man entirely unrelated
VER. 381. His father, mother, &c.] In some of Curls and other pamphlets, Mr. Pope's father was said to be a Mechanic, a Hatter, a Farmer, nay a Bankrupt. But, what is stranger, a Nobleman (if such a Reflection could be thought to come from a Nobleman) had dropt an allusion to that pitiful untruth, in a paper called an Epiftle to a Doctor of Divinity: And the following line,
Hard as thy Heart, and as thy Birth obscure, had fallen from a like Courtly pen, in certain Verses to the Imitation of Horace. Mr. Pope's Father was of a Gentleman's Family in Oxfordshire, the head of which was the Earl of Downe, whose sole Heiress married the Earl of Lindsey–His mother was the daughter of William Turnor, Esq. of York: She had three brothers, one of whom was killed, another died in the service of King Charles; the eldest following his fortunes, and becoming
Yet why ? that Father held it for a rule,
Of gentle blood (part shed in Honour's cause,
390 And better got, than Bestia's from the throne. Born to no. Pride, inheriting no Strife, Nor marrying Discord in a noble wife, Stranger to civil and religious rage, The good man walk'd innoxious thro' his age. 395
Notes. a general officer in Spain, left her what estate remained after the sequestrations and forfeitures of her familyMr. Pope died in 1717, aged 75 ; She in 1733, aged 93, a very few weeks after this poem was finished. The fol. lowing infcription was placed by their fon on their Monument in the parish of Twickenham, in Middle sex,
QUI. VIXIT. ANNOS. LXXV, OB. MDCCXVII.
XCIII. OB, MDCCXXXIII.
No Courts he saw, no fuits would ever try,
404 Who sprung from Kings shall know less joy than I.
O Friend I may each domestic bliss be chine!
And of myself, too, something must I say?
Preserve him social, chearful, and serene,
Notes. Ver. 417. And just as rich as when he serv'd a Queen.] An honeft compliment to his Friend's real and unaffected disipterestedness, when he was the favourite Physician of Queen Anne.
Ver. 418. A. Wbetber this bleffing, &c.] He makes his friend close the Dialogue with a sentiment very expressive of that religious resignation, which was the Character both of his temper, and his piety.