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[THIS unfinished piece was communicated to Warton by Dr Wilson, formerly Fellow and Librarian of Trinity College, Dublin, to whom it had been lent by a grandson of Lord Chetwynd, 'an intimate friend of the famous Lord Bolingbroke, who gratified his curiosity by a box full of the rubbish and sweepings of Pope's study, whose executor he was, in conjunction with Lord Marchmont.' It is possible that Bowles' conjecture may be correct, according to which '1740' was to grow into the third Dialogue which Pope at one time intended to add to the Epilogue to the Satires. See the Verses on receiving from Lady Frances Shirley a Standish, &c. ante, p. 448]. Roscoe doubts whether so mediocre a production be Pope's: Carruthers also hesitates on the subject; and the piece is at most to be taken as a few rough jottings accidentally discovered.]
WRETCHED B1! jealous now of all,
What God, what mortal, shall prevent thy fall?
C- -2, his own proud dupe, thinks Monarchs things
Through Clouds of Passion P- -'s views are clear,
Impatient sees his country bought and sold,
And damns the market where he takes no gold.
He finds himself companion with a thief.
Grave, righteous S jogs on till, past belief,
To purge and let thee blood, with fire and sword,
Is all the help stern S- -5 would afford.
That those who bind and rob thee, would not kill,
No more than of Sir Har-y8 or Sir P
Whose names once up, they thought it was not wrong
Whose wit and
equally provoke one,
Finds thee, at best, the butt to crack his joke on.
Utter'd a speech, and ask'd their friends to dine;
And all agree, Sir Robert cannot live.
Rise, rise, great W-3, fated to appear,
And treat with half the
Tho' still he travels on no bad pretence,
Or those foul copies of thy face and tongue,
Hervey and Hervey's school, F—, H- -y, H−n,
-w, what can D
The wisdom of the one and other chair,
How! what can O
N- -13, laugh, or D- -S14 sager,
Or thy dread truncheon, M.'s mighty peer15?
What help from J's16 opiates canst thou draw,
10 Fox, Henley, Hinton. Bowles.
11 Blackburn, Archbishop of York, and Hoadley, Bishop of Winchester. Bowles.
12 Speaker Onslow and Lord Delaware, chairmen of committees of House of Lords. Bowles. 13 Duke of Newcastle. Bowles..
14 Duke of Dorset. Bowles.
15 The (second)Duke of Marlborough. Bowles. 16 Sir Joseph Jekyll. Bowles. Probably; but he died in 1738. Carruthers.
17 Lord Chancellor Hardwicke. Bowles.
18 Probably Sir John Cummins, C. J. of the Common Pleas. Bowles. Or Spencer Compton, Lord Wilmington, President of the Council. Carruthers.
Who hears all causes, B-1, but thy own,
Can the light packhorse, or the heavy steer,
Blotch thee all o'er, and sink
Alas! on one alone our all relies?,
2 Sherlock. Carruthers. [Cf. Dunciad Bk. 11. v. 323, where 'his pond'rous grace' may correspond to 'the sweating peer' in this passage.]
3 Pulteney. Carruthers.
4 Earl of Scarborough (ow). Bowles.
warth. Bowles. The former died in Jan. 1740. Carruthers.
6 Sir William Wyndham. Bowles.
in June, 1740. Carruthers.
7 [Obviously the Pretender, concerning the intrigues with whom in this year see Chap. xxi.
5 Earl of Marchmont and his son, Lord Pol- of Lord Stanhope's Hist. of Engl.]
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