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Joy fills his soul, joy innocent of thought; • What pow'r,' he cries, what pow'r these wonders wrought?"
250 Son; what thou seek'st is in thee! Look, and find Each monster meets his likeness in thy mind. Yet wouldst thou more? in yonder cloud behold, Whose sarsenet skirts are edg'd with flaming gold, A matchless youth ! his nod these worlds controls, Wings the red lightning, and the thunder rolls. Angel of Dulness sent to scatter round Her magic charms o'er all unclassic ground: Yon stars, yon sons, he rears at pleasure higher, Illumes their light, and sets their flames on fire. 260 Immortal Rich! how calm he sits at ease 'Midst snows of paper, and fierce hail of pease; And, proud his mistress' orders to perform, Rides in the whirlwind, and directs the storm.
But lo! to dark encounter in mid air. New wizards rise ; I see my Cibber there !
REMARKS. Ver. 261. Immortal Rich!) Mr. John Rich, master of the theatre royal in Covent-garden, was the first that excelled this way.
Ver. 266. I see my Cibber there!] The history of the foregoing absurdities is verified by himself, in these words (Life, chap. xv.) · Then sprung forth that succession of monstrous inedleys that have so long infested the stage, which arose upon one another alternately at both houses, out-vying each other in expense.' He then proceeds to excuse his own part in them, as follows: 'If I am asked why I as sented ? I have no better excuse for my error than to confess I did it against my conscience, and had not virtue enough to starve. Had Henry IV. of France a better for changing his religion? I was still in my heart as much as he could be, on the side of truth and sense: but with this difference, that I had their leave to quit them when they could
Booth in his cloudy tabernacle shrin'd
And are these wonders, son, to thee unknown?
not support me. But let the question go which way it will, Harry IVth has always been allowed a great man. This must be confessed a full answer; only the question still seems to be, 1. How the doing a thing against one's conscience is an excuse for it? and, edly, It will be hard to prove how he got the leave of truth and sense to quit their service, unless he can produce a certificate that he ever was in it. · Ver. 266, 267. Booth and Cibber were joint ma. nagers of the theatre in Drury-lane.
Ver. 268. On grinning dragons thou shalt mount the wind. In his letter to Mr. P. Mr. C. solemnle declares this not to be literally true. We hope, therefore, the reader will understand it allegorically only.
Ver. 282. Annual trophies on the lord-mayor's day; and monthly wars in the artillery ground.
Ver. 283. Though long my party] Settle, like most party.writers, was very uncertain in bis po
Yet lo! in me what authors have to brag on!
REMARKS. litical principles. He was employed to hold the pen in the character of a popish successor, but afterwards printed his narrative on the other side.. He had managed the ceremony of a famous popeburning on Nov. 17, 1680; then became a trooper in king James's army, at Hounslow-heath. After the Revolution he kept a booth at Bartholomew-fair, where, in the droll called St. George for England, he acted in his old age in a dragon of green leather of his own invention; he was at last taken into the Charter-house, and there died, aged sixty years.
Ver. 297. Thee shall the patriot, thee the courtier taste,] It stood in the first edition with blanks, ** and **. Concanen was sure they must needs mean nobody but king George and queen Caroline; and said he would insist it was so, till the poet cleared himself by filling up the blanks otherwise, agreeably to the context, and consistent with his allegiance.' Pref. to a collection of verses, letters, &c. against Mr. P. printed for A. Moor, p.6.
Let her thy heart, next drabs and dice, engage,
REMARKS. Ver. 305. Polypheme] He translated the Italian opera of Polifemo; but unfortunately lost the whole jest of the story. The Cyclops asks Ulysses his name, who tells him his name is Noman: after his eye is put out, he roars and calls the brother Cyclops to his aid: they inquire who has hurt him? he answers Noman: whereupon they all go away again. Our ingenious translator niade Ulysses answer, I take no name; whereby all that followed became up. intelligible. Hence it appears that Mr. Cibber (who values himself on subscribing to the English translation of Homer's Iliad) had not that merit with re. spect to the Odyssey, or he might have been better in. structed in the Greek Punnology.
Ver. 308, 309. Faustus, Pluto, &c.] Names of mi. serable farces, which it was the custom to act at the end of the best tragedies, to spoil the digestion of the audience. • Ver. 319. ensure it but from fire. In Tibbald's farce of Proserpine, a coro-field was set on bre: whereupon the other playhouse had a barn burnt down for the recreation of the spectators. They also rivalled each other iv showing the burnings of hellfire, in Dr. Faustus.
Ver. 313. Another Æschylus appears!) It is re
In Aames, like Semele's, be brought to bed, ! While opening hell spouts wild-fire at your head. i Now, Bavius, take the poppy from thy brow, ! And place it here ! here, all ye heroes, bow! 1 This, this is he, foretold by ancient rhymes :
Th' Augustus born to bring Saturnian times. 520
REMARKS. ported of Æschylus, that when his tragedy of the Furies was acted, the audience were so terrified that the children fell into fits, and the big-bellied women miscarried.
Ver. 325. On poets' tombs see Benson's titles writ!] W.-m Benson (surveyor of the buildings to his majesty K. George I) gave in a report to the lords, that their house and the Painted-chainber adjoining were in immediate danger of falling. Whereupon the lords met in a committee to appoint some other place to sit in, while the house should be taken down. But it being proposed to cause some other builders first to inspect it, they found it in very good condition. The lords, upon this, were going upon an address to the king against Benson, for such a misrepresentation; but the earl of Sunderland, theu secretary, gave them an assurance that his majesty would remove him, which was done according. ly. In favour of this man, the famous sir Christopher Wren, who had been architect to the crown for above fifty years, who built most of the churches in London, laid the first stone of St. Paul's, and lived to finish it, had been displaced from his employment at the age of near ninety years.
Ver. 326. Ambrose Philips] • He was,' saith Mr.