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Lintot, dull rogue! will think your price too much: • Not, sir, if you revise it, and retouch.' All my demurs but double his attacks : At last he whispers, • Do; and we go snacks.' Glad of a quarrel, straight I clap the door, • Sir, let me see your works and you no more.'
'Tis suus, when Midas' ears began to spring (Midas, a sacred person and a king), His very minister, who spied them first (Some say his queen), was forc'd to speak, or burst. And is not mine, my friend, a sorer case, When every coxcomb perks them in my face? A. Good friend, forbear! you deal in dangerous
things, I'd never name queens, ministers, or kings; Keep close to ears, and those let asses prick, Tis nothing.--P. Nothing ? if they bite and kick? Out with it, Dunciad! let the secret pass, That secret to each fool, that he's an ass : The truth once told (and wherefore should we lie?) The queen of Midas slept, and so may I.
You think this cruel : take it for a rule, No creature smarts so little as a fool. Let peals of laughter, Codrus ! round thee break, Thou unconcern'd canst hear the mighty crack : Pit, box, and gallery, in convulsions hurl'd, Thou stand'st unshook amidst a bursting world. Who shames a scribbler? Break one cobweb through, He spins the slight, self-pleasing thread anew : Destroy his fib or sophistry, in vain, The creature's at his dirty work again, Thron'd on the centre of his thin designs, Proud of a vast extent of flimsy lines ! Whom have I hurt? has poet yet, or peer, Lost the arch'd eyebrow, or Parnassian sneer? And has not. Colly still his lord and whore ? His butchers Henley? bis free-masons Moore? Does not one table bavius still admit? Still to one bishop Philips seems a wit?
Still Sappho..-A. Hold; for God's sake---you'll of.
There are, who to my person pay their court:
Why did I write? what sin to me unknown Dipp'd me in ink, my parents', or my own? As yet a child, nor yet a fool to fame, I lisp'd in numbers, for the numbers came ; I left no calling for this idle trade, No duty broke, no father disobey'd : The muse but serv’d to ease some friend, not wife; To help me through this long disease, my life; To second, Arbuthnot! thy art and care, And teach the heing you preserv'd to bear..
But why then publish ? Granville the polite, And knowing Walsh, would tell me I could write ; Well-natur'd Garth inflam'd with early praise, And Congreve lov’d, and Swift endur'd, my lays;
The courtly Talbot, Somers, Sheffield read,
Soft were my numbers : who could take offence
Did some more sober critic come abroad; If wrong,
I smil'd ; if right, I kiss'd the rod. Pains, reading, study, are their just pretence, And all they want is spirit, teste, and sense. Commas and points they set exactly right, And 'twere a sin to rob them of their mite. Yet ne'er one sprig of laurel grac'd these ribalds, From slashing Bentley down to piddling Tibbalds : Each wight, who reads not, and but scans and spells, Each word.catcher, that lives on syllables, Ev'n such small critics some regard may claim, Preserv'd in Milton's orin Shakespeare's name. Pretty! in amber to observe the forms Of hairs, or straws, or dirt, or grubs, or worms! The things we know are neither rich por rare, But wonder how the devil they got there.
Were others angry: I excus'd them too; Well might they rage, I gave them but their due. A man's true merit 'tis not hard to find; But each man's secret standard in his mind, That casting-weight pride adds to emptiness, This, who can gratify? for who can guess?
'The bard whom pilfer'd pastorals renown,
fires True genius kindles, and fair fame inspiros; Biest with each talent and each art to please, And born to write, converse, and live with ease; Should such a man, too fond to rule alone, Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne, View him with scornful, yet with jealous eyes, And hate for arts that caus'd himself to rise ; Damu with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And, without sueering, teach the rest to sneer; Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike, Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike; Alike rezerv'd to blame or to commend, A tinorous foe, and a suspicious friend; Dreading ev'n fools, by flatterers besieg'd, And so obliging that he ne'er oblig'd; Like Cato, give his little senate laws, And sit attentive to his own applause; While wits and templars every sentence raise, And wonder with a foolish face of praisee. Who but must laugh, if such a inan there be ? Who would not weep, if Atticus were he?
What though my name stood rubric on the walls ! Or plaster'd posts, with claps, in capitals ?
Or smoking forth, a hundred hawker's load,
Proud as Apollo on his forked hill,
May some choice patron bless each grey-goose quill! May every Bavius have his Bufo still! So when a statesman wants a day's defence, Or envy holds a whole week's war with sense, Or simple pride for fatt'ry makes demands, May dunce by dunce be whistled off my hands.! Blest be the great! for those they take away, And those they left mes.for they left me Gay: