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the world was ever conquered by Science, how soon those conquests were stopped, and those very nations again reduced to her dominion. Then distinguishing the Isand of Great Britain, jews by what aids, by what persons, and by what degrees it shall be brought to her Empire. Some of the persons he causes to pass in review before his eyes, describing eacb by his proper figure, character, and qualifications. On a sudden the Scene Shifts, and a vast number of miracles and prodigies appear, utterly surprising and unknown to the King himself, 'till they are explained to be the wonders of his own reign now commencing. On this subject Settle breaks into a congratulation, yet not unmixed with concern, that his own timos were but the types of these. He prophesies how first the nation shall be overrun with Farces, Operas, and Shows; how the Throne of Dulness shall be advanced over the Theatres, and set up even at Court:
then how her Sons all preside in the seats of Arts and Sciences : giving a glympse, or Pisgah-sight of the future Fulness of her Glory, 'the accomplishment whereof is the subject of the fourth and last book.
UT in her Temple's last recess inclos’d,
On Dulness' lap th' Anointed head repos'd.
ReM A R K S. VER. 5, 6, &c. Hereby is intimated that the following Vi. fion is no more than the chimera of the dreamer's brain, and not a real or intended satire on the present Age, doubtless more learned, more enlightened, and more abounding with great Genius's in Divinity, Politics, and whatever arts and sciences, thaa all the preceding. For fear of any such mistake of cur Poet's honest meaning, he hath again, at the end of the Vihon, repeared this monition, saying that it all pasied through the Ivorygate, which, (according to the Ancients) denoteth Fallity.
SCRIBL. How much the good Scriblerus was mistaken, may be seen from the fourth book, which, it is plain from hence, he had
He heurs loud Oracles, and talks with Gods:
Virg. Æn. viji.
The maid's romantic wish, the Chemist's flame,
And now, on Fancy's easy wing convey'd,
15 In lofty madness, meditating long; Her tresses staring from Poetic dreams, And never wash d, but in Castalia's streams. Taylor, their better Charon, lends an oar, (Once fwan of Thames, tho' now he fings no more.)
REMA.R K S. 'VER. 15. A. Nip.Pad SibylThis allegory is extremely just, no conformation of the mind fo much folijeeting it to real Madwess, as that which produces real Dulne/s. Hence we find the religious (as well as the poetical) Enthusiasts of all ages were ever, in their natural state, most heavy and lumpish ; but on the least application of heat, they ran like lead, which of all metals falls quickelt into fusion Whereas fire in a Genius is truly Promethean, it hurts not its constituent parts, but only fits it (as it does well-femper'd steel) for the necessary impressions of art. But the common people have been taught, (I do not know on wliat foundation) to regard Lunacy as a mark of Wit, just as the Turks and our modein Methodists do of Holiness. But if the cause of Madness aflign:d by a greai Philofopher be true, it will unavoidably fall upon the dunces. He Tupposes it to be the dwelling over long on one oljeft or idea : Now as this attention is occasioned either by Grief or Study, it will be fixed by Dulness.; which hath not quickness enough to comprehend what it seeks, nor force and vigour enough to divert the imagination from the object it laments.
Ver. 19. Taylor] John Taylor the Water-poet, an honeft man, who owns he learned not so much as the Accidence : A sare example of modelty in a Poet!