Abbildungen der Seite
PDF
EPUB

How fluent nonsense trickles from his tongue ! But oh! with One, immortal One, dispense,
How sweet the periods, neither said, nor sung! The source of Newton's Light, of Bacon's sense.
Still break the benches, Henley! with thy strain, Content each emanation of his fires
While Sherlock, Hare, and Gibson, preach in That beams on Farth, each virtue he inspires, 290
Oh great restorer of the good old stage, (vain. Each art he prompts, cach charm he can create,
Preacher at once, and zany of thy aye !

Whate'er he gives, are given for you to hate. Oh worthy thou of Ægypt's wise abodes,

Persist, by all divine in man unaw'd, A decent priest, where inonkeys were the gods ! But, “ Learn, yc Dunces ! not to scorn your God.** But fate with butchers plac'il thy priestly stall, Thus he, for then a ray of reason stole Meek modern Faith to murder, hack, and mawl; 210 Half through the solid darkness of his soul ; And barle thee live, to crown Britannia's praise, But soon the cloud return'd-and thus the sire : In Toland's, Tindal's, and in Woolston's days. See now, what Dulness and her sons admire !

Yet oh, my son, a father's words attend : See what the charms, that smite the simple heart (So may the Fates prescrve the years you lend) Not touch'd by Nature and not reach'd by Art. 230 'Tis yours, a Bacon or a Locke to blame,

His never-blushing head he turn'd aside A Newton's genius, or a Milton's fame :

(Not half so pleas'd when Goodian prophesy'd);

And look'd, and saw a sable sorcerer rise,
VARIATIONS.

Swift to whose hand a winged volume flies :

All sudden, gorgons hiss, and dragons glare, Ver. 204. In former ed.

And ten-horn'd fiends and giants rush to war. While k**, B**, W**, preach in vain. Hell rises, Heaven descends, and dance on Earth: After ver. 212. followed in former el.

Gods, imps, and monsters, music, rage and inirth, Here too, great-Woolston! here exalt thy throne, And prove, no miraclrs can match thy own.

VARIATION. Ver. 216. In former ed. --or a seraph's tlaine. Ver. 231, 232. Added when the hero was changed

REMARKS.

moon.

REMARKS. and all that, in danger.”- Welsted, Narrative in matical demonstration” (saith he) "founded upon Orat. Transact. N. 1.

the proportions of lines and circles to each other, After having stod some prosecutions, he turned and the ringing of changes upon figures, these bis rhetoric to buttoonery "pon all public and have no more to do with the greatest part of private occurrencrs. All this passed in the same philosophy, than they have with the man in the room; where soinctimes he broke jists, and soine

Indeed, the zeal for this sort of gibberish times that bread which he called the primitive [mathematical principles) is greatly abated of late: eucharist.—This wonderful person struck medals, and though it is now upwards of twenty years that which be dispersed as tickets to his subscribers : the Dagon of modern philosophers, sir Isaac the device a star rising to the meridian, with this Newton, has lain with bis face upon the ground motto, AD SVMMA; and below, INVENIAM before the ark of Gorl, scripture philosophy; for VIAM AVT FACIAM. This man had an hundred so long Moses's Principia have been published ; pounds a year given him for the secret service of and the Treatise of Power Essential and Me a weekly paper of unintelligible nonsense, called chanical, in which sir Isaac Newton's philosophy the Hyp-Doctor.

is treated with the utmost contempt, has been Ver. 204. Sherlock, Hare, Gibson,) Bishops of published a dozen years; yet is there not one of Salisbury, Chichester and London; whose ser- the whole society who hath had the courage to mons and pastoral letters did honour to their attempt to raise him up. And so let him lie.”—The country as well as stations.

philosophical principles of Moses asserted, &c. Ver. 212. Of Toland, and Tindal, see Book ii. p. 2. by Julius Bate, A. M. Chaplain to the Tho. Woolston was an impious madınan, who right honourable the Earl of Harrington. London, wrote in a most insolent style against the iniracles 1744, octavo.--Seribl. of the Gospel, in the year 1726, &c.

Ver. 224. But, “Learn, ye Duncos! not to scorn Ver. 213. Yeoh, my sons, &c.] The caution your God.”] The hardest lesson a Dunce can learn. anainst blasphemy here given by a departed son of For being bred to scorn what he does not underDuluess to his yet existing brethren, is, as the stand, that which he understands least be will be poet rightly intimates, not out of tenderness to apt to scorn most. Of which, to the disgrace of the cars of others, but their own.

all gorernment, and (in the poet's opinion) even of that when that danger is removel, on the open that of Dulness herself

, we have had a late example establishment of the goddess in the fourth book, in a book entitled, Philosopivical Essays concerning she encourages her sons, and they beg assistance huinan understanding. to pollate the source of light itself, with the same Ver. 224.--not to scorn your God.”] See this virulence they had before done the purest emaua- subject pursued in Book iv. tions from it.

Ver. 232. (Nut half so pleas'd, when Goodman Ver. 215. 'Tis yours, a Bacon or a Locke tu prophesy'd.)] Mr. Cibber tells us, in his Life, blaine,

p. 149. that Goodinan being at the rehearsal of a A Newton's ginius, or a Milton's fame:] play, in which he bal a part, clapped him on

“ If he does not make a Thankfully received, and frucs used, is this the shoulder, and crici, gracious licence by the belured disciple of that

wood actor, I'll be di." “ And," says Mr. prince of cabalistie dunces, the tremendous Hutch. Cibber, “ I make it a question, whether Alexander inson. Hear with what honest plainness he

himself, or Charles the twelfth of Sweden, when treateth our great geometer, " .Is to Rathe. at the huad of their first victorious arinius, could

And So We sce

250

VARIATION

VARIATIONS.

A fire, a jig, a battle, and a ball,

Booth in his cloudy tabernacle shrin'd Till one wide conflagration swallows all. 240 On grinning dragons thou shalt mount the wind.

Thence a new world, to Nature's laws unknown, Dire is the conflict, dismal is the din, Breaks out refulgent, with a heaven its own; Here shouts all Drury, there all Lincoln's-inn; Another Cynthia her new journey runs,

Contending theatres our empire raise,

271 and other planets circle other suns.

Alike their labours, and alike their praise. The forests dance, the rivers upward rise,

And are these wonders, son, to thee unknown Whales sport in woods, and dolphins in the skies ; Unknown to thee? These wonders are thy own. And last, to give the whole creation grace, These Fate reserv'd to grace thy reign divine, Lo! one vast egg produces human race.

Fortsetn by me, but ah! withheld from mines Joy fills his soul, joy innocent of thought ; In Lud's old walls though long I rulld, renown'd “ What power," he cries, “what power these Far as loud Bow's stupendous bells resound : wonders wrought ?'”

Though my own aldermen conferr'd the bay3, Son ; what thou seekst is in thee! Look, and find To me committing their eternal praise, 280 Each monster meets his likeness in thy mind. Their full-fed heroes, their pacitic mayors, Yet wouldst thou more! in yonder cloud bebold, Their annual trophies, and their monthly wars: Whose sarsenet skirts are edg'd with flaming gold, Though long my party built on me their hopes, A matchless youth ! his nod these worlds controls, For writing pamphlets, and for roasting popes! Wings the red lightning, and the thunder rolls. Angel of Dulness sent to scatter round Her magic charms o'er all unclassic ground: Ver. 268. -Cibber mounts the mind. Yon stars, yon sons, he rears at pleasuré higher, After ver. 274. in the former edit. followed. Illumes their light, and sets their fames on fire. For works like these let deathless journals tell, Immortal Rich! how calm he sits at ease 261

“None but thyself san be thy parallel." 'Midst snows of paper, and fierce hail of pease;

Var. None but thyself can be thy parallel.) A And, proud his inistress' orders to perform, Rides in the whirlwind, and directs the storm.

marvellous line of Theobald; unless the play But lo! to dark encounter in mid air,

called the Double Falsehood be (as he would have New wizards rise ; I see my Cibber there!

it believed) Shakespeare's : but whether this line be his or not, he proves Shakespeare to have writ

ten as bad (which methinks in an author, for Ver. 266. In former edit.

whom he has a veneration almost rising to idola

try, might have been concealed); as for exNew wizards rise: here Booth, and Cibber there.

ample:

Try what repentance can : what can it not?

But what can it, when one cannot repent ? feel a greater transport in their bosoms than I did in mine."

--for cogitation Ver. 233. a sable sorcerer) Dr. Faustus, the

Resides not in the man who does not think, &c.

Mist's Journ. subject of a set of farces, which lasted in vogue two or three seasons, in which both playhouses It is granted they are all of a piece, and mo strove to outdo each other for some years. All

man doubts but herein he is able to imitate Shakethe extravagancies in the sixteen lines following speare. were introduced on the stage, and frequented by After ver. 284. in the former edit. followed, persons of the first quality in England, to the Different our parties, but with equal grace twentieth and thirticth ti.ne.

The goddess smiles on Whig and Tory race. Ver. 237. Hell rises, Heaven descends, and "Tis the same rope of several ends they twist; dance on Farth . ] This monstrous absurdity was To Dulness, Ridpath is as dear as Mist. actually represented in Tibbald's Rape of Proserpine.

REMARKS. Ver. 248. Lo! one vast egg! In another of them when they could not support me. But let these farces Harlequin is hatched upon the stage,

the question go which way it will, Harry IV'th out of a large egg. Ver. 261. Immortal Rich!) Mr. John Rich, be confessed a full answer; only the question still

has always been allowed a great man.” This must master of the theatre royal in Covent-garden,

seems to be, 1. How the doing a thing against one's was the first that excelled this way.

conscience is an excuse for it? anı, 2dly, it will Ver. 266. I see my Cibber there!] The history be hard to prove how he got the leave of truth of the foregoing absurlities is verified by himself, and sense to quit their service, uniess he can proin these words, (Life, chap. xv.) “ Then sprung duce a certificate that he ever was in it. forth that succession of monstrous medleys that

Ver. 266, 267. Booth and Cibber were joint have so long infested the stage, which arose upon managers of the theatre in Drury-lane. one another alternately at both houses, out-vying

Ver. 268. On grinning dragons thou shalt mount each other in expense." He then proceeds to ex

the wind.] In his letter to Mr. P. Mr. C. solemnly cuse his own part in them, as follows: " If I am

declares this not to be literally true. We hope asked why I assented ? I have no better excuse

therefore the reader will understand it allegori. for my errour than to confess I did it against my cally only. conscience, and had not virtue enough to starve.

Ver. 282. Annual trophies on the lord-mayor's Had Henry IV. of France a better for changing day; and monthly wars in the artillery ground. his religion? I was still in my heart as much as

Ver. 283. Though long my party) Settle, like he could he, on the side of truth and sense ; but

most party-writers, was very uncertain in bis with this difference, that I had their leave to quit

REMARKS.

VARIATION.

VARIATIONS.

Yet lo! in me what authors have to brag on ! To aid our cause, if Heaven thou canst not bend, Reduc'd at last to hiss in my own dragon.

Hell thou shalt inove ; for Faustus is our friend : Avert it, Heaven! that thou my Cibber, e'er Pluto with Cato thou for this shalt join, Shoulust wag a serpent-tail in Smithfield fair! And link the Mourning Bride to Proserpine. 310 Like the vile straw that's blown about the streets, Grubstreet! thy fail should inen and gods conspire, The needy poet sticks to all he meets, 290 | Thy stage shall stand, ensure it but from fire. Coach'd, carted, trod upon, now loose, now fast,“ Another Æschylus appears! prepare And carried off in solne dog's tail at last.

For new abortions, all ye pregnant fair! Happier thy fortunes ! like a rolling stone, In flames, like Semele's, be brought to bed, Thy giddy dulness still shall lumber on,

While opening Heli spouts wild-fire at your head: Sate in its heaviness, shall never stray,

Now, Bavius, take the poppy from thy brow, But lick up every blockhead in the way.

And place it here! here, all ye heroes, bow ! Thee shall the patriot, thee the courtier taste, This, this is he, foretold by ancient rhymes : An I every year be duller than the last,

Th’ Augustus born to bring Saturnian times. 320 Till rais'd from booths, to theatre, to court, Signs following signs lead on the mighty year, Her seat imperial Dulness shall transport. 300 See! the dull stars roll round and re-appear. Already Opera prepares the way,

See, see, our own true Phæbus wears thy bays ! The sure fore-runner of her gentle sway;

Our Midas sits lord chancellor of plays !
Let her thy heart, next drabs and dice, engage, On Poets' tombs see Benson's titles writ!
The third mad passion of thy doting age.

Lo ! Ambrose Phillips is preferr'd for wit !
Teach thou the warbling Polypheme to roar,
And scream thyself as none e'er scream'd before !

Ver. 323. See, see, our own, &c.] In the fore

mer Ed. Ver. 200. In former edit.

Beneath his reign, shall Eusden wear the bays, In the dog's tail his progress ends at last.

Cibber preside lord chancellor of plays, Ver. 295. Safe in its heaviness, &c.] In the for

Benson sole judge of architecture sit,

And Namby Pamby be preferr'd for wit! mer edit.

I see th' unfinish'd dormitory wall, Too safe in inborn heariness to stray ;

I see the Savoy totter to ber fall; And lick up every blockhead in the way.

Hibernian politics, O Swift! thy doom, Thy dragons, magistrates and peers shall taste,

And Pope's translating three whole years with And froin each shew rise duller than the last,

Proceed, great days! &c.

[Broome. Till rais'd from booths, &c. Ver. 303-306. Added with the new Hero.

subscribing to the English translation of Homer'.

Iliad) had not that merit with respect to the political principles. He was employed to hold the Odyssey, or he might have been better instructed pen in the character of popish successor, but in the Greek Punnology. afterwards printed his narrative on the other side. Ver. 308, 309. Faustus, Pluto, &c.] Names of He had managed the ceremony of a famous pope- niserable farces, which it was the custom to act burning on Nov. 17, 1610 ; then became a trooper at the end of the best tragedies, to spoil the in king James's army, at Hounslow-heath. After digestion of the audience. the Revolution he kept a booth at Bartholomew- Ver. 312. ensure it but from fire.] In Tibbald's fair, where, in the droll called St. George for farc. of Proserpine, a corn-field was set on fire : England, he acted in his old age in a dragon of whereupon the other playhouse had a barn burns green leather of his own invention ; he was at last down for the recreation of the spectators. They taken into the Charter-house, and there died, also rivalled each other in showing the burnings of aged sixty years.

hell-tire, in Dr. Faustus. Ver. 297. Thee shall the patriot, thee the cour- Ver. 313. Another Æschylus appears ! ] It is retier taste,] It stood in the first edition with blanks, ported of Eschylus, that when his tragedy of the ** and ** Concanen was sure " they must Fuies was acted, the audience were so terrified Deeds mean no body but king George and queen that the children fell into fits, and the big-bellied Caroline; and said he would insist it was so, till wonnen miscarried. the poet cleared hiinself by filling up the blanks Ver. 325. On poets tombs see Benson's titles otherwise, agreeably to the context, and con- writ!] W-- Benson (surveyor of the buildings sistent with his allegiance.” Pref. to a collection to his majesty K. George I.) gave in a report to of verses, essays, letters, &c. against Mr. P. the lords, that their house and the Painted-chamber printed for A. Moor, p. 6.

adjoining were in imrnediate danger of falling. Ver. 305. Polypheme] He translated the Italian | Whereupon the lords met in a committee to opera of Polifemo; but unfortunately lost the appoint some other place to sit in, while the bouse whole jest of the story. The Cyclops asks l'lysses should be taken down. But it being proposed to his name, who tells him his naine is Noman : cause some other builders first to inspect it, they After his eye is put out, he roars and ralls the found it in very good condition. The lords, upon brother Cyclops to his aid: they inquire who this, were going upon an address to the king has hurt him? he answers Noman: wherenpon against Benson, for such a misrepresentation ; but they all go away again. Our ingenious transla- the earl of Sunderland, then secretary, gave them tor made Ulysses answer, I take no name; whereby an assurance that his majesty would remove hiin, all that followed became unintelligible. Hence it which was done accordingly. In favour of this appears that Mr. Cibber (who values himself on I man, the famous sir Christopher Wren, who had

REMARKS.

REMARKS.

REMARKS.

VARIATION.

REMARKS.

See under Ripley rise a new White-hall,

Hibernian politics, O Swift! thy fate; While Jones' and Boyle's united labours fall : And Pope's, ten years to cominent and translata While Wron with sorrow to the grave descends, Proceed, great days ! till learning fiy the shore, Gay dies unpensiond with a hundred friends; 330 Till birch shall blush with noble blood no more,

TH!! Thames see Eton's sons for ever play,

'Till Westininster's whole year be holiday, been architect to the crown for above fifty years, Till Isis' elders reel, their pupils sport, who built most of the churches in London, laid And Alma Mater lie dissolvid in port! the first stone of St. Paul's, and lived to finish it, had been displaced from bis employment at the age of near ninety years.

Ver. 331. in the former edition thus: Ver. 326. Ainbrose Philip>] “ He was" (saith

- Swift! thy douin, (Broome Mr. Jacob) “ one of the wits at Button's, and a And Pope's translating ten whole years with justice of the peace:" but lie hath ince met with

On which was the following Note : “He concludes higher preferment in Ireland: and a much greater | his irony with a stroke upon isiinself: for whoever character we have of bim in Mr. Gildon's (oni.

imagine's this a sarcasın on the other ingerous plete Art of Povity, vol. i. p. 157. “ Indeed be

person, is surely mustakon. The opinion our autior confesses, he dar's not set hiin quite on the same

had of hin was sufficiently shown by his joming foot with Virgil, lest it should seemn slattery, but

him in the undertaking of the Odyssey; in which he is much mistaken if posterity does not afford him a greater esteem than he at present enjoys." vions agreeinent, discharged his part so much to

Mr. Broome, baving engaged without any preHe endeavoured to create some misunderstanding

Mr. Pope's satisfaction, that he gratifioi bin with between our author and Mr. Addison, whom alse)

the full sum (f tive hundred pommes, and a priset soon after he abused as much. l!is constant cry

of all those books for which his own interest could was, that Mr. P. was an enemy to the government; procure hiin subseribers, to the value of one hunand in particular he was the avowed author of a

dred more. The author only seems to lament, report very industriously spread, that he had a

that he was employed in translation at all." hand in a party paper called the Examiner: a falschood well known to those yet living, who had the direction and publication of it

Ver. 328. While Jones' and Boyle's united fined to the author only; the ladies carried abort labours fall :) At the time when this prein was

with them the favourite songs of it in fans; and

houses were furnished with it in screens. The written, the banquetting-louse of Whitehall, the church and piazza of Covent-garden, and the person who acted Polly, till then obscure, became

all at once the favourite of the town; her pictures palace and chapel of Somerset-house, the works of the famous Inigo Jones, had been for many years

were engraved, and sold in great numbers, her so neglected, as to be in danger of ruin. The life written, books of letters and verses to her, portico of Covent-garden church had been just published; and panıphlets made even of her saythen restored and beautified at the expense of the ings and jests. earl of Burlington ; who, at the same time, by

Furthermore, it drore out of England, for that his publication of the designs of that great inaster

season, the Italian opera, which had carried all and Palladio, as well as by many noble buildings before it for ten years. That idol of the nobility of his own, revived the true taste of architecture and people, which the great critic Mr. Dennis by in this kingdom.

the labours and outcries oy a whole life could Ver. 330. Gay dies unpension'd, &c.) See Mr.

not overthrow, was demolished by a single struke Gay's fable of the Hare and many Friends. This of this gentleman's pen. This happened in the year gentleman was early in the friendship of our

1728. Yet so great was his modesty, that he conauthor, which continued to his death. He wrote

stantly prefixed to all the editions of it this inotto, several works of humour with great success, the

Nos hec novimus esse nibil. Shepberd's Week, I'rivia, the What d've call it,

Ver. 332. And Pope's, ten years to comment Fables ; and lastly, the celebrated Beggar's Opera;

and translate.) The author here plainly launents a piece of satire which hit all tastes and degrees that he was so long employed in translating and of nien, from those of the highest quality to the

commenting. He began the Iliad in 1713, and

finished it in 1719. very rabble: that verse of Horace:

The edition of Shakespeare

(which he undertook merely because nobody else Primorcs populi arripuit, populumque tributim,

would) took up near two years more in the drud. could never be so justly applied as to this. The gry of comparing impressions, rectifying the vast success of it was unprecelented, and alınost scenery, &c. and the translation of half thc Odys. incredible : what is related of the wonderful effects sey employed him froin that tiine to 1725. of the ancient music or tragedy hardily came up Ver. 333. Proceed, great days! &c.] It may to it: Sophocles and Furipides were less followed perhaps seem incredible, that so great a revolution and famous. It was acted in London sixty-three in learning as is here prophesicil, should be brought days, uninterrupted ; and renewed the next season about hy such weak instruments as have been with equal applauses. It spread into all the great Thithertoj described in our poem: but do not thou, towns of England, was played in many places to gentle reader, rest too secure in thy contempt of the thirtieth and fortieth time, and at Bath and these instruments. Remember what the Dutch * Bristol fifty &C.

It made its progress into stories somewhere relate, that a great part of Walcs, Scoriand, and Irelaul, where it was per their provinces was onre orerflourd, by a small formed twenty-four days together it was last opening made in one of theis dykes by a single wted in Mizorca. The fame of it was not con

watcr-rit.

REMARKS.

VARIATIONS.

ference.

Enough! enongh! the raptur'd inonarch cries ! to worils, and keeping them out of the way of And thro' the ivory gate the vision flies.

real knowledge. Their address, and her gracivus answer; with her charge to them and the

universities. The aniversities appear by their However, that such is not seriously the judg- proper deputies, and assure her that the same ment of our Poet, but that he conceiveth better inethod is observed in the progress of educahopes from the diligence of our schools, from the tion. The speech of Aristarchus on this subregularity of our universities, the discernient of ject. They are driven off by a band of young our great men, the accomplishments of our gentlemen returned from travel with their tu. nobility, the encouragement of our patrons, and tors; one of whom delivers to the goddess, in the genius of our writers of all kinds (notwith- a polite oration, an account of the whole constanding some few exceptions in each), may

duct and fruits of their travels : presenting to plainly be seen from his conclusion; where, causing

her at the same tiine a young nobleman perall this vision to pass through the ivory gate, he fectly accomplished. She receives him graciexpressly, in the language of poesy, declares all ously, and endues him with the happy quality such imaginations to be wild, ungrounded, and

of want of shame. She sees loitering about her fictitious.-Scribl.

a number of indolent persons abandoning all business and duty, and dying with laziness : to

these approaches the antiquary Annius, enAfter ver. 338. in a foriner edit. were the fol- treating her to make them virtuosos, and assign lowing lines :

them over to him : but Mummius, another anSigns following signs lead on the mighty year;

tiquary, complaining of his frauuulent proceed. See, the dull stars roll round and re-appear.

ing, she finds a method to reconcile their dif. She comes! the cloud-compelling power,

behold!

Then enter a troop of people fantasWith Night primeval, and with Chaos old.

tically adorned, offering her strange and exotic Lo! the great Anarch's ancient reign restored,

presents: amongst them, one stands forth and Light dies before her uncreating word.

demands justice on another, who had deprived

him of one of the greatest curiosities in nature : As one by one, at dread Medea's strain,

but he justifies hintself so well, that the goddess The sickening stars fade off th' etherial plain: As Argus' eyes, by Hermes' wand opprest,

gives thein both her approbation. She recomClos'd one by one to everlasting rest;

mends to them to find proper employment for

the indolents before mentioned, Thus at her felt approach, and secret might,

the study of Art after art goes out, and all is nicht.

butterftes, shells, birds-nests, moss, &c. but See sculking Truth in her old cavern lie,

with particulas caution, not to proceed beyond Secur'd by mountains of heap'd casuistry:

trifles, to any uftful or extensive views of Na

ture, or of the Author of Nature. Against the Philosophy, that touch'd the heavens before, Shrinks to her hidden cause, an't is no more :

last of these apprehensions, she is secured by

a hearty address from the minute pliilosophers See Physie beg the Stagyrite's defence!

and free-thinkers, one of whom speaks in the See Metaphysic call for aie on Sense!

name of the rest. See Mystery to Mathematics fly !

The youth, thus instructed

and principled, are delivered to her in a boly, Iuu vain! they gaze, turn giddy, rave, and die.

by the hands of Silenus ; and then admitted to Thy hand, great Dulness ? lets the curtain fall, And universal darkness buries all.

taste the cup of the Magus her high priest, which causes a total oblivion of all obligations,

divine, civil, moral, or rational. To these her BOOK IV.

adepts she sends priests, attendants, and com. fort:'rs, of various kinds; confers on them

orters and degrees; and then disinissing them Tar poet being, in this book, to declare the com- with a speech, contirining to each his privi. pletion of the prophecies me: tioned at the end

leges, and telling what she expecis from cach, of the former, makes a new invocation ; as the

concludes with a vawn of extraordinary virtue : greater poets are wont, when soine high and the progress and cifects whereof ou all orders worthy matter is to be sung. He shows the

of men, and the consumuation of all, in the goidess coming in her majesty, to destroy restoration of Night and Chaos, conclude the order and science, and to substitute the king- poem. . dom of the will upon Earth. How sh leads captive the Sciences, and silences the Muses ;

BOOK IV. and what they be who succeed in their stead. All her chilirin, by a wonderful attraction, are Yet, yet a moment, one dim rav of light drawn about her; and bear along with them divers Injulge, dread Chaos, and eternal Night! others, who promote her empire by connivance, Beak resistaner, or discouragement of arts :

REMARKS. such as half wits, tasteless adinirers, rain pre

The Dunciad. Rouk 11.] This book may pro. tinders, the fatterers of dunces, or the patruns perly be distinguished from the former, by the of them. All these crowd round her; one of mane of the Greater Danciad, not so indeed in thern, off ring to approach her, is driven back size, but in subject; and so far contrary to the by a rival, but she commenis and encourages distinction anticntly made of the Greater and both. The first who speak in forın are the Tesser Iliad. But inuch are they mistaken who geniuses of the shouls, wilo assure ber of their imagine this work in any wise inferior to the for. Cure to advance ber cause wy contining youth mer, or of any other hand than of our poet; of VOL. XII.

2

ARCUMENT.

« ZurückWeiter »