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THE Proposition, the Invocation, and the Inscription.

Then the Original of the great Empire of Dulness, and cause of the continuance thereof The College of the Goddess in the City, with her private Academy for Poets in particular; the Governors of it, and the four Cardinal Virtues.

Then the Poem haftes into the midst of things, presenting her, on the evening of a Lord Mayar’s day, revolving the long succession of her Sons, and the glories past and to come. She fixes her eye on Bays to be the Insirument of that great Event which is the Subject of the Poem. He is. described penjive among his Books, giving up the Gause; and apprehending the Period of her Empire : After debating whether to betake himself to the Church, or to Gaming, or to Party-writing, he raises an Altar of proper books, and (making for his folemn prazer and declaration) purposes thereon to sacrifice all his unsuccessful writings. As the pile is kindled, the Goddess, beholding the flame from her feat, fries and puts it ont, by casting upon it the poems of Thulé. She forthwith reveals herself to him, transports him to her Temple, unfolds her Arts, and initiates himinto her My feries; then announcing the death of Eusden the Poet Laureate, anoints him, carries hira to Court, and proclaims him Succeffor.

M. v. Frankendaal fou.

Her ample

Presence fills up all the Space A Veil of Fogs dilates hér anfull Face.




HE Mighty Mother, and her Son, who brings

The Smithfield Muses to the ear of Kings,

Ver 1. The mighty mother, &e. in the first Edit. it was thus,

Books and the Man I sing, the first who brings
The Smithfield Muses co the Ear of Kings,
Say, great Patricians! Imce yourselves inspire
These wond'rous works (fo Jove and Fate require)
Say, for what cause, in vain decry'd and curft,

Siy, great Patricians! since yourselves inspire
Thele wond'rous works.
-Dii cæptis (nam vos mutastis et illas.) Ovid. Met. 1.

REM A R K S. The DUNCIAD, fie MS. It may be well disputed whether this be a right reading : Ought it not rather to be spelled Duncelud, as the Etymology evidently demands?. Dunce with an e, therefore Danceiad with an e.

That accurate and punctual Man of Letters, the Restorer of Shakespeare, constantly obferves the preservation of this very Letter e, in spelling the Name of his beloved Anthor, and not like his common careless Editors, with the omisGon of one, nay fometimes of two ee's (as Shakipear, which is uiterly unpardonable.

" Nor is the ne * glect of a Single Letter so trivial as to some it may appear; the “ alteration whereof in a learned language is an Archievement " that brings honour to the Critic who advances it; and Dr • Bentley will be remembered to posterity for his performan

ces of this fort, as long as the world shall have any esteein r for the remains of Menander and Philemon.

THEOBALD. This is surely a flip in the learned author of the foregoing note; there having been since produced by an acciate Antiquary, an Autograph of Shak/peare himself, whereby it appears. that he spelled his own name without the first e. this authority it was, that those mot Critical Curators of his

And upon

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