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THE DUNCIAD, IN FOUR Books.

A Letter to the publisher, occasioned by the first

correct Edition of the Dunciad..................... 147

Martinus Scriblerus his Prolegomena and Illustra-

tions to the Dunciad ; with the Hypercritics of

Aristarchus.............

............... 158

Testimonies of Authors concerning our Poet and

his Works.............

.......... 160

Martinus Scriblerus of the Poem ...................... 190

Ricardus Aristarchus of the Hero of the Poem...... 197

Preface prefixed to the Five first imperfect Editions

of the Dunciad ........................................ 213

List of Books, Papers, and Verses, in which our

Author was abused before the Publication of the

Dunciad, with the true Names of the Authors... 219

Advertisement to the first Edition, with Notes, in

quarto, 1729. ...........

.............. 226

Advertisement to the first Edition of the Fourth

Book of the Dunciad, when printed separately,

1742...............

................................. 228

Advertisement to the complete Edition of 1743..... 229

Advertisement printed in the Journals, 1730........ 231

Of the Poet Laureate. Nov. 19, 1729. ............. 231

Parallel of the Characters of Mr. Dryden and Mr.

Pope..............

........... 238

Parallel of the Characters of Mr. Pope and Mr.

Dryden.

.......... 239

Declaration, by the Author...........

..........

247

BOOK I......
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271

BOOK III....

305

Book IV................................

329

Index of Persons and Matters............. .......... 361

EPISTLE TO DR. ARBUTHNOT,

BEING THE PROLOGUE TO THE SATIRES.

ADVERTISEMENT.

This paper is a sort of bill of complaint, begun many years

since, and drawn up by snatches, as the several occasions offered. I had no thoughts of publishing it, till it pleased some persons of rank and fortune (the authors of “ Verses to the imitator of Horace," and of an “ Epistle to a doctor of divinity from a nobleman at Hampton Court”] to attack, in a very extraordinary manner, not only my writings (of which, being public, the public is judge), but my person, morals, and family; whereof, to those who know me not, a truer information may be requisite. Being divided between the necessity to say something of myself, and my own laziness to undertake so awkward a task, I thought it the shortest way to put the last hand to this epistle. If it have any thing pleasing, it will be that by which I am most desirous to please, the truth and the sentiment; and if any thing offensive, it will be only to those I am least

sorry to offend, the vicious or the ungenerous. Many will know their own pictures in it, there being not a

circumstance but what is true; but I have, for the most part, spared their names, and they may escape being laughed

at if they please. I would have some of them know it was owing to the request

of the learned and candid friend to whom it is inscribed

See Memoir prefixed to these volumes, p. xcii.

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that I make not as free use of theirs as they have done of mine. However, I shall have this advantage and honour on my side, that whereas, by their proceeding, any abuse may be directed at any man, no injury can possibly be done by mine, since a nameless character can never be found out but by its truth and likeness.

P. “Shut, shut the door, good John!"! fatigued,

I said ; “ Tie up the knocker, say I'm sick, I'm dead.” The dogstar rages ! nay, 'tis past a doubt All Bedlam or Parnassus is let out :Fire in each eye, and papers in each hand, They rave, recite, and madden round the land. What walls can guard me, or what shades can

hide ? They pierce my thickets, through my grot they

glide, By land, by water, they renew the charge, They stop the chariot, and they board the barge. No place is sacred, not the church is free, E’en Sunday shines no sabbath day to me: Then from the Mint walks forth the man of rhyme, Happy to catch me just at dinner time.

Is there a parson much bemus’d in beer, A maudlin poetess, a rhyming peer, A clerk foredoom'd his father's soul to cross, Who pens a stanza when he should engross? Is there who, lock'd from ink and paper, scrawls With desperate charcoal round his darken'd walls?

9 John Searl, Pope's faithful servant.

All fly to Twit'nam, and in humble strain
Apply to me to keep them mad or vain.
Arthur,whose giddy son neglects the laws,
Imputes to me and my damn’d works the cause :
Poor Cornus sees his frantic wife elope,
And curses wit, and poetry, and Pope.

Friend to my life, (which did not you prolong,
The world had wanted many an idle song)
What drop or nostrum can this plague remove?
Or which must end me, a fool's wrath or love?
A dire dilemma! either way I'm sped;
If foes, they write, if friends, they read me dead.
Seiz'd and tied down to judge, how wretched I !
Who can't be silent, and who will not lie.
To laugh were want of goodness and of grace,
And to be grave exceeds all power of face.
I sit with sad civility, I read
With honest anguish and an aching head,
And drop at last, but in unwilling ears,
This saving counsel,“ Keep your piece nine years.”

“Nine years!" cries he, who, high in Drury Lane, Lull'd by soft zephyrs through the broken pane, Rhymes ere he wakes, and prints before term ends, Oblig'd by hunger and request of friends : “ The piece, you think, is incorrect? why, take it, I'm all submission : what you'd have it—make it.”

Three things another's modest wishes bound, “My friendship, and a prologue, and ten pound.”

3 Arthur Moore, Esq.

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