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And (last and worst) with all the cant of wit, Without the soul, the Muse's hypocrite. [side,
There march'd the bard and blockhead side by Who rhym'd for hire, and patroniz'd for pride. Narcissus, prais'd with all a parson's power, 103 Look'd a white lily sunk beneath a shower. There mov'd Montalto with superior air; His stretch'd-out arm display'd a volume fair ; Courtiers and patriots in two ranks divide, (side; Through both he pass’d, and bow'd from side to But as in graceful act, with awful eye, Compos'd he stood, bold Benson thrust him by: On two unequal crutches prop'd he came, Milton's on this, on that one, Johnston's name. 112 The decent knight retir'd with sober rage, Withdrew his hand, and clos'd the pompous page : But (happy for him as the times went then) is Appear'd Apollo's mayor and aldermen, On whom three hundred gold-capt youths await, To lug the ponderous volume off in state. : When Dulness, smiling- Thus revive the wits! But murder first, and mince them all to bits; As erst Medea (cruel, so to save!) . A new edition of old Æson gave;
REMARKS. 109 Aluding to Dr. Middleton's laboured encomium on Lord Harvey, in bis dedication of the Life of Cicero.
114 Benson printed elegant editions of Dr. Arthur Johnson's Pealms; and rescued his country from the disgrace of having no monument erected to the memory of Milton in Westminster-Abbey.
115, &c.] These four lines were printed in a separate leaf by Mr. Pope, in the last edition which he himself gave of the Dunciad, with directions to the printer to put this leaf into its place as soon as Sir T, Hanmer's Shakspeare should be published. 'VOL. IV.
Let standard-authors thus, like trophies borne,
Now crowds on crowds around the goddess press,
IMITATIONS. 126 Admire new light, &c.] "The soul's dark cottage, batter'd and decay'd. Lets in new light through chinks that time has made.'
WALLER, 142 Dropping with infants blood, &c.] • First Moloch, horrid king, besmear'd with blood Of human sacrifice and parents tears.' MILTON.
Then thus : Since man from beast by words is
known, Words are man's province, words we teach alone. When reason doubtful, like the Samian letter, 151 Points him two ways, the narrower is the better. Plac'd at the door of learning, youth to guide, We never suffer it to stand too wide. To ask, to guess, to know, as they commence, As fancy opens the quick springs of sense, We ply the memory, we load the brain, Bind rebel wit, and double chain on chain, Confine the thought, to exercise the breath, And keep them in the pale of words till death. Whate'er the talents, or howe'er design'd, We hang one jingling padlock on the mind : A poet the first day he dips his quill; And what the last? a very poet still. Pity! the charm works only in our wall, Lost, lost too soon in yonder house or hall. There truant Wyndham every muse gave o'er, There Talbot sunk, and was a wit no more! How sweet an Ovid, Murray was our boast ! How many Martials were in Pulteney lost! Else sure some bard, to our eternal praise, In twice ten thousand rhymning nights and days, Had reach'd the work, the all that mortal can, And South beheld that masterpiece of man.'174
• 0 (cried the goddess) for some pedant reign! Some gentle James, to bless the land again:
REMARKS. 151 - the Samian letter.] The letter Y, used by Pythagoras as an emblem of the different roads of virtue and vice. P..
174 that masterpiece of man.] Viz. an Epigram. The famous Dr. South used to declare that a perfect epigrain was as difficult a performance as an epic poena.
To stick the doctor's chair into the throne,
Prompt at the call, around the goddess roll
thick, On German Crousaz, and Dutch Burgersdyck. As many quit the streams that murmuring fall To lull the sons of Margaret and Clare-Hall, Where Bentley late tempestuous wont to sport In troubled waters, but now sleeps in port. Before them march'd that awful Aristarch; Plough'd was his front with many a deep remark:
REMARKS. 196. — still erpelling Locke.) in the year 1703 there was a meeting of the heads of the University of Oxford to censore Mr. Locke's Essay on Human Understanding, and to forbid the reading of it. See his Letters in the last edit. P.
His hat, which never veil'd to human pride,
Thy mighty scholiast, whose unwearied pains
REMARKS. 223, 224 Freind-Aslop.l Dr. Robert Freind, master of Westminster-School, and Canon of Christ-Church- Dr. Anthony Alsop, a happy imitator of the Horatian style. P.*
IMITATIONS. 307 He, kingly, did but nod.]
* He, kingly, from his state
MILTON. 310 -is Aristarchus yet unknown?)
Sic notus Ulysses ? VIRG.
Dost thou not feel me, Rome? BEN JONSON. 215 Roman and Greek grammarians, &c.] Imitated from Propertius, speaking of the Æneid,
Cedite, Romani scriptores, cedite Graii ! · Nescio quid majus nascitur Iliade.'