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From such alone the Great rebukes endure,
Whore satire's facred, and whose rage secure :
?Tis mine to wash a few light stains, but theirs
To deluge fin, and drown a court in tears.
Howe’er what's now Apocrypha, my wit,
In time to come, may pass for holy writ.
To wash the stains away : although I yet
(With Maccabees modesty) the known inerit
Of my work lessen, yet some wise men shall,
i hope, esteem my writs canonical.
FR.N OT twice a twelvemonth * you appear in print,
" And when it comes, the court see nothing in't. You grow correct, that once with rapture writ, And are, besides, too moral for a wit. Decay of parts, alas ! we all muft feel
5 Why now, this moment, don't I see you steal ?
Tis all from Horace ; Horace long before ye
Said, “ Tories call’d him Whig, and Whigs a Tory;"
And taught his Romans, in much better metre,
“ To laugh at fools who put their trust in Peter.” 10
But Horace, Sir, was delicate, was nice ;
Bubo observes ş he lash'd no sort of vice :
Horace would say, Sir Billy serv’d the crown,
Blunt could do bus'ness, H-ggins * knew the town;
In Sappho touch the failings of the sex,
In rev'rend bishops note some small neglects,
And own the Spaniard did a waggish thing,
Who cropt our ears $, and sent them to the king.
His sly, polite, infinuating style
Could please at court, and make AUGUSTUS smile : 20
An artful manager, that crept between
His friend and shame, and was a kind of screen.
But 'faith your very friends will soon be fore;
Patriots there are, who wish you'd jest no more
And where's the glory ? 'twill be only thought 25
The great man + never offer'd you a groat.
Go see Sir ROBERT
P. See Sir ROBERT !-hum
And never laugh—for all my life to come ?
Seen him I have, but in his happier hour
Of social pleasure, ill-exchang'd for pow'r;
Seen him, uncumber'd with the venal tribe,
Smile without art, and win without a bribe.
Would he oblige me? let me only find,
He does not think me what he thinks mankind.
Come, come, at all I laugh he laughs, no doubt ; 35
The only diff'rence is, 1 dare laugh out.
F. Why yes; with Scripture still you may be free; A horse-laugh, if you please, at honesty; A joke on JEKYL, or some odd old whig, Who never chang'd his principle, or wig :
• Formerly jailor of the Fleet-prison, enriched himself by many exactions, for which he was tried and expelled.
$. Said to be executed by the captain of a Spanish fhip on one Jenkins, a saptain of an English one. He cut off his ears, and bid him carry them to the king his master. - † A phrase, by common use, uppropriated to the first minister.
Sir Joseph Jekyl, Malter of the Rolls, a true whig in his principles, and a man of the utmost probity. He fometimes voted against the court, which drew upon him the laugh here described of ONE who bestowed it equally upon religion and honesty. He died a few months after the publication of this poem.
A patriot is a fool in ev'ry age, .
Whom all lord chamberlains allow the stage : .'
These nothing hurts; they keep their fashion still,
And wear their strange old virtue, as they will.
If any ask you, “ Who's the man, fo nicar 45
" His prince, that writes in verse, and has his ear?"
Why, answer, LYTTELTON *, and I'll engage.
The worthy youth shall ne'er be in a rage;
But were his verses vile, his whisper bafe,
You'd quickly find him in Lord Fanny's case. . 50.
$ Sejanus, Wolsey, hurt not honest FLEURY +,
But well may put some statesmen in a fury.
Laugh then at any, but at fools or foes ;
These you but anger, and you mend not those. 54
Laugh at your friends, and, if your friends are fore,
So much the better, you may laugh the more.
To vice and folly to confine the jest,
Sets half the world, God knows, against the rest;
Did not the sneer of more impartial men
At sense and virtue balance all agen.
Judicious wits spread wide the ridicule,
And charitably comfort knave and fool.
P. Dear Sir, forgive the prejudice of youth:
Adieu diftinction, satire, warmth, and truth !
Come, harmless characters that no one hit;
Come, Henley's oratory, Osborn's | wit !
The honey dropping from Favonio's tongue,
The flow'rs of Bubo, and the flow of Y ng!
.* George Lyttelton, secretary to the Prince of Wales, distinguished both for his writings and specches in the spirit of liberty.
$ The one the wicked minister of Tiberius, the other, of Henry Vit. The writers against the court usually bestowed these and other odious 'names on the minister, without distinction, and in the most injurious manner. See Dial. 2. ver. 137
+ Cardinal, and minister to Louis XV. It was a patriot-fashion, at that time, to cry up his wisdom and honesty.
See them in their places in the Dunciad.
The gracious dew * of pulpit eloquence,
And all the well-whipt cream of courtly sense,
That first was H--vy's, F_’s next, and then
The S-te's, and then H-vy's once agen,
O come, that easy, Ciceronian style,
So Latin, yet so English all the while,
As tho? the pride of Middleton and Bland,
All boys may read, and girls inay understand !
Then might I fing, without the least offence,
And all I sung should be the nation's senle;
Or teach the melancholy muse to mourn,
Hang the fad verse on CAROLINA's $ urn,
And hail her passage to the realms of rest,
All parts perform’d, and all her children blest !
So-Satire is no inore-I feel it die-
No Gazetteer more innocent than İ-
And let, a God's name, ev?ry fool and knave
Be grac'd thro' life, and flatter'd in his grave.
F. Why fo? if Satire knows its time and place,
You still may lash the greatest - in disgrace :
For merit will by turns forsake them all;
Would you know when exactly when they fall.
But let all satire in all changes spare
Immortal S-k, and grave D--ref.
Silent and soft, as iaints remove to Heav?n,
All tyes diffolv'd and ev'ry sin forgiv'n,
These may some gentle ministerial wing
Receive, and place for ever near a king!
* Alludes to fome court sermons, and fiorid panegyrical speeches ; parti. cularly one very full of puerilicies and flatteries; which afterwards got into an address in the same pretty style ; and was lasily served up in an epi:aph, between Larin and English, published by its author.
Qucen confort of king George Il. She died in 1737. Her death gave occasion, as is observed above, to many indifcreet and mean performances unworthy of her memory, whose lait moments manifested tlic utmost courage and resolution.
+ A ricle given that lord by king James II. He was of the bedchamber to king William : he was so to king George 1. he was fo to k ng Gcorge. Il. This lord was very skilfall in all the forms of the house, in which he dila charged himself with great graviry.