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You grow correct, that once, with Rapture writ,
But Horace, Sir, was delicate, was nice ;
Notes. Ver. 12. Bubo observes,] Some guilty perfon very fond of making such an observation. p.
Ver. 14. H ggins] Formerly Jaylor of the Fleet pri.. fon, 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 ship on one Jenkins a Captain of
His fly, polite, insinuating style
· P. See Sir ROBERT !--. hum.--
Notes. 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 admiffus circum præcordia ludit. Perf. P. Ibid. Screen.] A metaphor peculiarly appropriated to a certain person in power. P.
Ver. 24. Patriots there are, &c.] This appellation was generally given to those in opposition to the Court. Though lome of them (which our author hints at) had views too mean and interested to deserve that nanie. P.
VER. 26. The Great man] A phrase, by common use, appropriated to the first minister. P.
VIR. 31. Seen kim, uncumber'd] These two verses were
Would he oblige me? let me only find,
F. Why yes : with Scripture still you may be free;
If any ask you, “ Who's the Man, so near 45 " His Prince, that writes in Verse, and has his ear?” Why, answer, LYTTLETON, and I'll engage The worthy Youth shall ne'er be in a rage :
Notes. originally in the poem, though omitted in all the first edi. tions. · P.
VIR. 37. Why yes : with Scripture fill you may be free ;] Thus the Man commonly called Mother Oforn, who was in the Minister's pay, and wrote Journals; for one Paper in behalf of Sir Robert, had frequently two against J. C.
Ver. 39. A Joke on Jekyl,] Sir Joseph Jekyl, Mafter of the Rolls, a true Whig in his principles, and a man of the utmost probity. He sometimes voted against the Court, which drew upon him the laugh here deicribed of One who bestowed it equally upon Religion and Honesty, He died a few months after the publication of this poem. P,
Ver. 43. These nothing burts ;] i. e. offends.
But were his Verses vile, his Whisper base,
Laugh then at any, but at Fools or Foes ;
P. Dear Sir, forgive the Prejudice of Youth: Adieu Distinction, Satire, Warmth, and Truth!
Notes. Secretary to the Prince of Wales, distinguished both for his writings and speeches in the spirit of Liberty. P.
VER. 51. Sejanus, Wolsey, ] The one the wicked mini. Ater of Tiberius ; the other, of Henry VIII. The wri. ters against the Court usually bestowed these and other odious names on the Minister, without diftin&tion, and in the most injurious manner. See Dial. II. X 197. P.
Ibid. Fleury,] Cardinal: and Minister to Louis XV. It was a Patriot fashion, at that time, to cry up his wisdom and honesty. P.
Come, harmless Characters that no one hit; 65
Notes. Ver. 66. Henley - Osborn,] See them in their places in the Dunciad. P.
Ver. 69. The gracious Dew] Alludes to some court fermons, and florid panegyrical i peeches ; particularly one very full of puerilities and flatteries ; which afterwards got into an address in the same pretty ftyle ; and was lastly ferved up in an Epitaph, between Latin and English, pub. lished by its author. *P..
VER. 76. All Boys may read, and Girls may understand! I i. e. full of school-book phrases and Anglicisms. ;
VER. 78. Nation's Sense;] The cant of Politics at that time.
Vs R. 80. Carolina] Queen confort to King George II..