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That tinctur'd as it runs with Lethe's streams, .
And wafting vapours from the land of dreams, 340
(As under feas Alpheus' secret fluice
Bears Pisa's off'ring to his Arethufe)
Pours into Thames : and hence the mingled wave
Intoxicates the pert, and lulls the grave;
Here brisker vapours o'er the 'TEMPLE creep, 345
There, all from Paul's to Aldgate drink and sleep.

Thence to the banks where rev'rend bards repose,
They led him soft; each rev’rend Bard arose;
And Milbourn* chief, deputed by the rest,
Gave him the caffock, surcingle, and veft. 350
« Receive (he said) these robes which once were mine,
“ Dulness is facred in a sound divine."
He ceas'd, and spread the robe; the crowd consess
The rev'rend Flamen in his lengthen'd dresse
Around him wide + a sable army stand,
A low-born, cell-bred, selfish, servile band,



represent the Slapefaction or visinnary Madness of poets, equally dull and exo fretagant. Of Alpheus's waters glid ng secretly under the sea of Pisa, to xix with those of Arethufe in Sicily, fec Moschus, Jdyll, viii. Virg. Ecl. x,

" Sic tibi, cum fluétus fubter labere Sicanos.

" Doris amara suam non internisceat undam” And again, Æn. iii.

- - Alphenm fama est huc, Elidis amnem,
“ Occultas egiffe vias subter mare, qui nunc

" Ore, Arethusa, tuo Siculis confunditur undis." * Luke Milbourn, a clergyman, the faireft of Critics ; who, when he wrote againt: Mr. Dryden's Virgil, did him justice in printing at the same time his own tranflations of him, which were intolerable. His mander of writing has a great resemblance with that of the gentlemen of ihe Dunciad again't our author, as will be seen in the Parallel of Mr. Dryden and him. Append.

t it is to be hoped that the fatire in these lines will be understood in the confined fenfe in which the Author meant it, of such oply of the Clergy, who, cho' folemnly engaged in the service of Religion, dedicate themselves for venal and corrupt ends to that of Ministers or Fa&tions; and tho' educated onder an entire ignorance of the world, aspire to interfere in the goTernment of it, and confequently to disturb and disorder it ; in which they


Prompt or to guard or stab, to faint or damn,
Heav'n's Swiss, who fight for any God, or Man.

Thro’Lud's fam'd gates *, along the well known Fleet
Rolls the black troop, and overshades the street, 360
'Till show'rs of Serinons, Characters, Efsays,
In circling fleeces whiten all the ways :
So clouds replenish'd from some bog below,
Mount in dark volumes, and descend in snow.
Here stopt the Goddess; and in pomp proclaims

305 A gentler exercise to close the games,

' Ye Critics ! in whose heads, as equal scales 6 I weigh what author's heaviness prevails : 66 Which most conduce to footh the soul in slumbers, “ My H-ley's periods, or my Blackmore's numbers ; “ Attend the trial we propose to make :

374 6. If there be man, who o'er such works can wake, • Sleep's all-fubduing charms who dares defy, " And boasts Ulysses' ear with Argus' eye t; “ To him we grant our amplest pow'rs to fit 375 56 Judge of all present, paft, and future wit; 6. To cavil, censure, diétate, right or wrong, us Full and eternal privilege of tongue."

fall short of their Predeceffors only by being invested with much less of that power and authority, which they employed indifferently (as is hinted at in the lines above) either in supporting arbitrary power, or in exciting rebellion; in canonizing the vices of Tyrants, or in blackening the virtues of Patriots; in corrupring religion by fuperftition, or betraying it by libertin. ism, as either was thought beft to serve the ends of policy, or fiatter the fol. tics of the great.

*“ King Lud repairing the city, called it after his own name, Lud's " Town; the strong gate which he built in the west part, he likewise, for " his own locour, named Ludgate. In the year 1260, this gate was beau.

rified with images of Lud and other kings. Those images in the reign of " Edward VI. had their heads fmitten off and were otherwife defaced 66 by unadvised folks. Queen Mary did set new heads upon their old bodies is again. The 28th of queen Elizabeth the same gate was clean taken down,

and newly and heautifully builded, with images of Lud and others, as 66 afore.” Stow's Survey of London.

ļ Sec Hom. Odys. xii. Ovid, Met. i,


Three College Sophs, and three pert Templars came, The same their talents, and their tastes the same; 380 Each prompt to query, answer, and debate, And sinit with love of Poesy and Prate. . The pond'rous books too gentle readers bring ! The heroes sit, the vulgar form à ring, The clain'rous crowd is hush'd with mugs of Mum, 385 'Till all tun'd equal, send a gen’ral hum. Then mount the Clerks, and in one lazy tone Through the long, heavy, painful page drawl on *; Soft creeping, words on words, the sense compose, At ev'ry line they stretch, they yawn, they doze. 390 As to soft gales top-heavy pines bow low Their heads, and lift them as they cease to blow : Thus oft they rear, and oft the head decline, As breathe, or pause, by fits, the airs divine. And now to this side, now to that they nod, As verse, or prose, infuse the drowzy God. Thrice Budgel aim'd to speak t, but thrice supprest By potent Arthur, knock'd his chin and breaft. Toland and Tindal , prompt at priests to jeer, Yet silent bow'd to Christ's No kingdom here lla 400


* " All these lines very well imitate the slow drowziness with which they o proceed. It is impossible to any one, who has a poetical car, to read "6 them without perceiving the heavinefs that lags in the verse, to imitate so the action it describes. The simile of the Pines is very just and well au dapted to the fubject ;" says an enemy, in his Essay on the Dunciad, p. 21.

of Famous for his speeches on many occasions about the South Sea scheme, etc. “ He is a very ingenious gentleman, and hath written fome excellent .66 Epilogues to plays, and ore small piece on Love, which is very pretty."

Jacob, Lives of Poets, vol. ii. p. 289. But this gentleman Gince made himself much more eminent, and personally well known to the greatest statesmen of all parties, as well as to all the Courts of Law in this nation.

# Two pe: fons not so happy as to be obscure, who writ against the Religion of their Country. Toland, the Author of the Atheist's liturgy, called Pantheisticon, was a spy, in pay to lord Oxford. Tindal was author of the Rights of the Christian Churcb, and Christianiry as old as the Creation. He also wrote an abusive pamphlet against earl S-, which was suppressed, while yet in MS. by an eminent person, then out of the ministry, to whom he showed

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And now to this side, now to that they nodo, As Verse or Prose infuse the drowsy God.


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