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Which made old Ben, and surly Dennis swear,
“No Lord's anointed, but a Russian bear.”!

Not with such majesty, such bold relief,
The forms august of king, or conquering chief,
E'er swelled on marble, as in verse have shined
(In polished verse) the manners and the mind.
Oh! could I mount on the Mæonian wing,
Your arms, your actions, your repose to sing !
What seas you traversed, and what fields you fought!
Your country's peace, how oft, how dearly bought!'
How barbarous rage subsided at your word,
And nations wondered while they dropped the sword !
How, when you nodded, o'er the land and deep,
Peace stole her wing, and wrapped the world in sleep;
Till earth's extremes your mediation own,
And Asia's tyrants tremble at your throne.
But verse, alas ! your Majesty disdains ;'
And I'm not used to panegyric strains :



suffered in his cause, hut his attach- 2 In the Latin there are three lines ment seems to have been disinterested. without an equivalent in the imitaThe only office he is known to have tion, but which Pope printed in filled was that of Chronologer to the italics, and enclosed in brackets City of London, to which he was ap

thus : pointed in 1639. i It seems doubtful whether this

[At neque dedecorant tua de se julicio, atque

Munera, que multa dantis cum laude expression was ever really used. If

tulerunt, Pope is recording a fact, the only Dilecti tibi Virgilius, Variusque poetæ] interpretation the passage can bear is, that Ben Jonson uttered the excla

He evidently wished to signify, in mation on hearing of Quarles' pension,

the most biting manner possible, that and that Dennis quoted it when

the passage could not possibly be Blackmore was knighted. But pro

imitated so as to have any applicabably the poet only wanted to repro

tion to George II. duce his original in a pointed imi

3 A contemptuous reflection on the tation, and selected Jonson and long peace maintained by the country Dennis as surly critics, who would

under Walpole's régime, which Pope have been likely to speak their minds

insinuates was purchased at the exin the fashion described ; while pense of honour. The art of the “Russian bear" seemed a natural

imitation is unsurpassable. modern equivalent for “Beotum

4 The sudden change of key from crasso in aere natum." Dennis was the pompous enumeration of the one of Blackmore's most severe and King's glories to undisguised satire, is persistent critics.

in Pope's finest style.


The zeal of fools offends at any time,
But most of all the zeal of fools in rhyme.
Besides, a fate attends on all I write,
That when I aim at praise, they say I bite.
A vile encomium doubly ridicules :
There's nothing blackens like the ink of fools.'
If true, a woeful likeness; and if lies,
“Praise undeserved is scandal in disguise :”
Well may he blush, who gives it, or receives ;
And when I flatter, let my dirty leaves
(Like journals, odes, and such forgotten things
As Eusden, Philips, Settle, writ of kings)'
Clothe spice, line trunks, or fluttering in a row,
Befringe the rails of Bedlam and Soho."


| Compare Prologue to Satires, ver. born with men of great genius, and 104-110.

which when it falls in with a noblo This line, which is always marked imagination, is called poetical fury, as a quotation, is an adaptation from does not come under my consideraa verse in an Epigram on a certain tion ; but the pretence to such an line of Mr. Br-, author of a copy of impulse without natural warmth shall verses called The British Beauties : be allowed a fit object of this charity;

and all the volumes written by such “When one good line did much my wonder

hands shall be from time to time raise For Br-st's works, I stood resolved to placed in proper order on the rails of praise ;

the unhoused booksellers within the And had, but that the modest author cries,

district of the College, who have long * Praise undeserved is satire in disguise.'”

inhabited this quarter in the same - Notes and Queries, Feb. 9, 1850.

manner as they are already disposed I have been unable to identify Mr. soon after publication.” To wbich Br-st.

passage the editor (John Nichols, the 3 Lawrence Eusden, Poet Laureate antiquary) adds the following note : before · Cibber; Ambrose Philips, * The walls of Bedlam were at that writer of an Ode to Walpole; El- time-1710—and till within these kanah Settle, city poet in the time of twenty years—1786---almost wholly Charles II., and therefore the writer of covered by the dealers in old books.” Odes on the Lord Mayor's Day. “Soho" is here used not for the

* Steele, describing his scheme for Square, which was still fashionable, an addition to Bedlam, says in but Wardour Street, which was oriTatler, 174 : “It is necessary in ginally called “Old Soho," and had this place to premise that the supe- already began to acquire a connection riority and force of mind which is with old curiosities.




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