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EPILOGUE

TO THE

SAT IR E S.

DIALOGUE II.

FR. 'TI$ all a libel-Paxton (Sir) will say.

P. Not yet, my friend! to-morrow 'faith And for that very cause I print to-day. [it may ; How should I fret to mangle ev'ry line, In rev’rence to the sins of thirty-nine ?

5 Vice with such giant strides comes on amain, Invention strives to be before in vain ; Feign what I will, and paint it e’er so strong, Some rising genius sing up to my song.

F. Yet none but you by name the guilty lash; 10 Ev'n Guthry saves half Newgate by a dash.

Spare VER. I. Paxton] Late solicitor to the Treasury.

Ver. 11. Ev’n Gutbry) The Ordinary of Newgate, who publishes the Memoirs of the Malefactors, and is often prevailed upon to be so tender of their reputation, as to set down no more than

1 'the initials of their name.

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Spare then the

person,

and
expose

the vice.
P. How, Sir! not damn the sharper, but the dice?
Come on then, Satire ! gen'ral, unconfin’d,
Spread thy broad wing, and souse on all the kind.
Ye statesmen, priests, of one religion all !

16 Ye tradesmen, vile, in army, court, or hall! Ye rev'rend atheists. F. Scandal! name them, Who?

P. Why that's the thing you bid me not to do.. Who starv'd a sister, who forswore a debt, I never nam’d; the town's enquiring yet. The pois’ning dame-F. You mean-P. I don't.

F. You do. P. See, now I keep the secret, and not you ! The bribing statesman-F. Hold, too high you go.

P. The brib'd elector-F. There you stoop too low.

P. I fain would please you, if I knew with what'; Tell

me, which knave is lawful game, which not? Must great offenders, once escap'd the crown, Like royal harts, be never more run down? Admit your law to spare the knight requires, 30 As beasts of nature may we hunt the squires ? Suppose I censure—you know what I mean To save a bishop, may I name a dean?

F. A dean, Sir? No: his fortune is not made, You hurt a man that's rising in the trade.

35 P. If not the tradesman who set up to-day, Much less the 'prentice who to-morrow may. Down, down, proud Satire ! though a realm be spoil'd, Arraign no mightier thief than wretched Wild;

Or,

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Or, if a court or country's made a job,

40 Go drench a pickpocket, and join the mob.

But, Sir, I beg you (for the love of vice !) The matter's weighty, pray consider twice ; Have you less pity for the needy cheat, The poor and friendless villain, than the great ? 45 Alas! the small discredit of a bribe Scarce hurts the lawyer, but undoes the scribe. Then better sure it charity becomes To tax directors, who (thank God) have plums; Still better, ministers; or if the thing May pinch ev'n there why lay it on a king. F. Stop! Stop!

P. Must Satire, then, not rise nor fall ? Speak out, and bid me blame no rogues at all.

F. Yes, strike that Wild, I'll justify the blow.

P. Strike? why the man was hang'd ten years ago : Who now that obsolete example fears ? Ev'n Peter trembles only for his ears.

F. What always Peter ? Peter thinks you mad, You make men desp’rate if they once are bad : Else might he take to virtue some years

henceP. As'S-k, if he lives, will love the PRINCE. 61 F. Strange spleen to S-k!

P. Do I wrong the man? God knows, I praise a courtier where I can.

When VER. 39. wretched Wild;] Jonathan Wild, a famous thief, and thief-impeacher, who was at last caught in his own trap, and Changed.

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When I confess, there is who feels for fame,
And melts to goodness, need I SCARB'ROW name?
Pleas'd let me own, in Esher's peaceful grove, 66
(Where Kent and nature vie for PELHAM's love,)
The scene, the master, op’ning to my view,
I sit and dream I see my CRAGGS apew !
Ev’n in a bishop I can spy desert ;

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Secker is decent, Rundel has a heart :
Manners with candour are to Benson giv'n,
To Berkley, ev'ry virtue under heav'n.

But does the court a worthy man remove? That instant, I declare, he has, my love :

75 I shun his zenith, court his mild decline ; Thus SOMMERS once, and HALLIFAX, were mine. Oft, in the clear, still mirrour of retreat, I study'd SHREWSBURY, the wise and great : 79

CARLETON'S

Ver. 65. SCARB’Row] Earl of, and Knight of the Garter, whose personal attachments to the King appeared from his steady adherence to the royal interest, after his resignation of his great employment of Master of the Horse, and whose known honour and virtue made him esteemed by all parties.

Ver. 66. Esher's peaceful grove,] The house and gardens of Esher in Surry, belonging to the Honourable Mr. Pelham, brother of the Duke of Newcastle.

VER. 77. SOMMERS] John Lord Sommers died in 1716. He had been Lord Keeper in the reign of William III. who took from him the seals in 1700. The author had the honour of knowing him in 1706. A faithful, able, and incorrupt minişter; whe, to qualities of a consummate statesman, added those of a man of learning and politeness.

VER. 77. HALLIFAX,] A peer, no less distinguished by his love of letters than his abilities in Parliament. He was disgraced in 1710, on the change of Q. Anne's ministry.

CARLETON's calm sense, and STANHOPE's noble flame,
Compar'd, and knew their gen'rous end the same :
How pleasing ATTERBURY's softer hour!
How shin'd the soul, unconquer'd in the Tow'r !
How can I PulT'NEY, CHESTERFIELD forget,
While Roman spirit charms, and attic wit : 85
ARGYLL, the state's whole thunder born to wield,
And shake alike the senate and the field :
Or WYNDHAM, just to freedom and the throne,
The master of our passions, and his own..
Names, which I long have lov'd, nor lov'd in vain,
Rank'd with their friends, not number'd with their

train;
And if yet higher the proud list should end,
Still let me say! No follower; but a friend.

Yet think not, friendship only prompts my lays; I follow Virtue ; where she shines, I praise : 95 Point she to priest or elder, Whig or Tory, Or round a Quaker's beaver cast a glory.

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VER. 79. SUREWSBURY,] Charles Talbot, Duke of Shrews. bury, had been Secretary of State, Embassador in France, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Lord Chamberlain, and Lord Treasurer, He several times quitted his employments, and was often recalled. He died in 1718.

VER. 80. CARLETON) Hen. Boyle, Lord Carleton, (nephew of the famous Robert Boyle,) who was Secretary of State under William IIl. and President of the Council under Q. Anne.

Ver. 80. STANHOPE] James Earl Stanhope. A nobleman of equal courage, spirit, and learning. General in Spain, and Secre

tary of State.

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