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But hear me further - Japhet, 'tis agreed, 185
Ask you what Provocation I have had ?
I grant it, Sir ; and further, 'tis agreed,
F. You're ftrangely proud.
P. So proud, I am no Slave : So impudent, I own myself no Knave: 206} So odd, my Country's Ruin makes me grave. Yes, I am proud ; I must be proud to fec Men not afraid of God, afraid of me: Safe from the Bar, the Pulpit, and the Throne, 210 Yet touch'd and sham'd by Ridicule alone.
O facred weapon ! left for Truth's defence, Sole Dread of Folly, Vice, and Infolence ! To all but Heay'n-directed hands deny'd, The Muse may give thee, but the Gods must guide :
Notes. From Terence : “ Honqo fum: humani nihil a me aliegum « puto.”. P. · Ver. 208. Yes, I am proud; etc.] In this ironical exultation the Puet insinuates a subject of the dcepelt humiliation,
VER, 211. Yet touch'd and sham'd by Ridicule alone. The Passions are given us to awake and support Virtue. But they frequently betray their trust, and go over to the interests of Vice. Ridicule, when employed in the cause of Virtue, shames and brings them back to their duty. Hence the use and importance of Satire.
Ver. 214. To all but Heav'n-directed bands] “ The " Citizen (says Plata, in his fifth book of Laws) who does "" no injury to any one, without question, merits our ef«« teem. He, who, not content with being barely just " himself, opposes the course of injustice, by prosecuting " it before the Magistrate, merits our esteem vastly more. “ The first discharges the duty of a single Citizen ; but !! the oiher does the office of a Body. But he whose zeal " Hops not here, but proceeds to ASSIST THE MAGISTRATE
Rev'rent I touch thee! but with honest zeal; 116
- VfR. 220. Ye Infeets-The Muse's wing Mall brula yox
The tale reviv'd, the lye fo oft o'erthrown,
The libellid Perfon, and the piqur'd pape. These he had bound up in several volumes, according ta - their various sizes, from folios down to duodecimos ; and
to each of them hath affixed this motto out of the book of Job:
Bebold, my desire is, that mine adversary fould write a tin book. Surely I should take it upon my houlder, and bind it
as a crown to me. Ch. xxxi. 35, 36.
VER. 222. Cobwebs] Weak and night fophiftry against
yirtue and honour. Thin colours over vice, as unable to e. bide the light of Truth, as cobwebe to shade the fun. Pa
All his Grace preaches, all his Lordship sings 224 All that makes Saints of Queens, and Gods of Kings. All, all but Truth, drops dead-born from the Press, Like the last Gazette, or the laft Address.
When black Ambition stains a public Caufe, A Monarch's sword when mad Vain-glory drawsy, Not Waller's. Wreath can hide the Nation's Scar, Nor Boileau turn the Feather to a Star. 2
Not so, when diadem'd with rays divine, Touch'd with the Flame that breaks from Virtue's
After x 227. in the MS.
Where's now the Star that lighted Charles to rise ?
Vor. 228. When black Ambition etc.] The case of Cromwell in the civil war of England; and (x 229.) of Louis XIV. in his conquest of the Low Countries. B.
VBR. 231. Nor Boileau turn the Feather to a Star.] See his Ode on Namur; where (to use his own words) « ill a “ fait un Aftre de la Plume blanche que le Roy porte or. " dinairement à son Chapeau, et qui est en effet une espece “ de Comete, fatale à nos ennemis.." P.
Her Priestess Muse forbids the Good to die,
Yes, the last Pen for Freedom let me draw,
Notes. Ver. 237. Anftis] The chief Herald at Arms. It is the :.tuftom, at the funeral of great peers, to caft into the grave the broken staves and ensigns of honour. P.
VER. 239. Stair;] John Dalrymple Earl of Stair, Knighé or the Thistle ; ferved in all the wars under the Duke $$ Mårlborough ; and afterwards as Embassador in France.
Ver. 240, 241. Hough and Digby] Dr. John Hough Bishop of Worcefter, and the Lord Digby. The one;an
fertor of the Church of England in opposition to the false y measure: of King James II. The other as firmly attached
to the cause of that King. Both acting out of principle, and equally men of honour and virtue. P.
LEA. 249. on the edge of Law:] From the summit of.