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Embrace, embrace, my sons! be foes no more!
Behold yon Pair, in strict embraces join'd;
After ver. 180. in many Editions, stood,
Fam'd for Good-nature, Burnet, and for truth;
Ver. 179. Behold yon Pair, &c.] One of these was Author of a weekly paper called The Grumbler, as the other was concerned in another called Pasquin, in which Mr. Pope was abuled with the Duke of Buckingham, and Bishop of Rochester. They also joined in a piece against his first undertaking to translate the Iliad, intituled, Homerides, by Sir Iliad Doggrel, printed 1715.
Of the other works of these Gentlemen the world has heard no more, than it would of Mr. Pope's, had their united laudable endeavours discouraged him from purTuing his studies. How few good works had ever appeared (since men of true merit are always the least preSuming) had there been always such champions to itifle them in their conception ? And were it not better for the public, that a million of monsters should come into the world, which are sure to die as soon as born, than that the serpents fhould strangle one Hercules in his Cradle?
Equal in wit, and equally polite,
185 « Of sober face, with learned duft besprent?” Right well mine eyes arede the myster wight, On parchment scraps y-fed, and Wormius hight. To future ages may thy dulness last, As thou preserv'st the dulness of the past !
The union of these two authors gave occasion to this Epigram:
« Burnet and Ducket, friends in spite,
“ Came hissing out in verse 3
“ So dull, each hung an A-
" At either end assails;
« For both heads are but Tails." After many Editions of this poem, the Author thought fit to omit the names of these two perfons, whose injury to him was of so old a date.
Ver. 184. That shines a Consul, this Commissioner.] Such places were given at this time to such fort of Writers.
Ver. 187. myster wight,] Uncouth mortal.
Ver. 188. Wormius hight.] Let not this name, purely fiétitious, be conceited to mean the learned Olaus Wormius ; much less (as it was unwarrantably foifted into the surreptitious editions) our own Antiquary Mr. Thomas Hearne, who had no way aggrieved our Poet, but on the contrary published many curious tracts which he hath to his great contentment perused.
There, dim-in clouds, the poring Scholiasts mark,
head, For ever reading, never to be read!
But, where each Science lifts its modern type,
Ver. 197. in the first Edit. it was,
And proud Philosophy with breeches tore,
Ver. 192. Wits, who, like owls, &c.] These few lines exactly describe the right verbal critic: the darker his author is, the better he is pleased ; like the famous Quack Doctor, who put up in his bills, he delighted in matters of difficulty. Somebody said well of these men, that their heads were Libraries out of Order.
Ver. 199. lo! Henley ftands, &c.] J. Henley the Orator; he preached on the Sundays upon Theological matters, and on the Wednesdays upon all other sciences. Each auditor paid one fhilling. He declaimed some years againft the greatest persons, and occasionally did our author that honour. WILSTED, in Oratory Transactions, N. 1. published by Henley himlelf, gives the following account of him. « He was born at Melton“ Mowbray in Leicestershire. From his own Pariih " (chool he went to St. John's College in Cambridge.
How fluent nonsense trickles from his tongue !
“ He began there to be uneasy; for it shocked him to « find he was commanded to believe against his own “ judgment in points of Religion, Philosophy, &c. for “ his genius leading him freely to dispute all propofi« tions, and call all points to account, he was impa. “ tient under those fetters of the free-born mind.-Be« ing admitted to Priest's orders, he found the examin“ ation very short and superficial, and that it was not ne« cessary to conform to the Christian religion, in order “ either to Deaconship or Priesthood." He came to town, and, after having for some years been a writer for Booksellers, he had an ambition to be so for Ministers of State. The only reason he did not rise in the Church, we are told, " was the envy of others, and a “ difrelish entertained of him, because he was not qua“ lified to be a complete Spaniel.” However, he offered the service of his pen to two great men, of opinions and interests directly opposite; by both of whom being rejected, he set up a new Project, and styled himself the Restorer of ancient Eloquence. He thought “ it as “ lawful to take a licence from the King and Parlia“ ment in one place, as another; at Hickes's Hall, as “ at Doctor's Commons; so set up his Oratory in New“port-market, Butcher-row. There (says his friend) " he had the assurance to form a plan, which no mortal “ ever thought of ; he had success against all oppofi« tion; challenged his adversaries to fair disputations, “ and none would dispute with him; writ, read, and “ studied twelve hours a day; composed three disserta“ tions a week on all subjects; undertook to teach in “ one year what schools and universities teach in five; “ was not terrified by menaces, insults, or satires, but “ still proceeded, matured his bold scheme, and put the
Still break the benches, Henley! with thy strain,
VARIATIONS. Ver. 204. In former Ed.
While K**, B**, W**, preach in vain.
Here too, great Woolston ! here exalt thy throne,
« Church, and all that in danger.” Welster, Narrative in Orat. Transact. N. I.
After having stood fome Prosecutions, he turned his rhetoric to buffoonry upon all public and private occurrences. All this passed in the lame room ; where fometimes he broke jests, and sometimes that bread which he called the Primitive Eucharist. This wonderful person struck Medals, which he dispersed as Tickets to his subscribers : the device, a star rising to the meridian, with this motto, AD SVMMA; and below, INVENIAM VIAM AVT FACIAM. This man had an hundred pounds a-year given him for the secret service of a weekly paper of unintelligible nonsense, called the Hyp-Doctor.
Ver. 204. Sherlock, Hare, Gibson, ] Bishops of Salisbury, Chicheiter, and London; whose Sermons and VOL. III.