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P. THERE are (I scarce can think it, but am told)

There are, to whom my Satire seems too bold :
Scarce to wise Peter complaisant enough,
And something said of Chartres much too rough.
The lines are weak, another's pleas’d to say,
Lord Fanny spins a thousand such a day.
Tim'rous by nature, of the rich in awe,
I come to council learned in the Law:
You'll give me, like a friend both fage and free,
Advice; and (as you use) without a Fee.
F. I'd write no more.

P. Not write? but then I think,
And for my soul I cannot seep a wink..
I nod in company, I wake at night,
Fools rush into my head, and so I write.

F. You could not do a worse thing for your life.
Why, if the nights seem tedious-take a wife:
Or rather truly, if your point be rest,
Lettuce and cowslip-wine; Probatum eft.
But talk with Celsus, Celsus will advise
Hartshorn, or something that mail close your eyes..
Or, if you needs must write, write CAESAR's Praise,
You'll gain at least a Knighthood, or the E.ys..

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P. What? like Sir Richard, rumbling, rough, and fierce,

(verse,
With Arms and GEORGE and BRUNSWICK crowd the
Rend with tremendous found your ears afunder,
With Gun, Drum, Trumpet, Blunderbuss and Thun-
Or nobly wild, with Budgel's fire and force,
Paint angels trembling round his falling Horse?

F. Then all your muse's softer art display,
Let CAROLINA smooth the tuneful lay,
Lull with Amelia's liquid name the Nine,
And sweetly flow thro' all the Royal Line.

P. Alas! few verses touch their nicer ear;
They scarce can bear their Laureate twice a year;
And justly Caesar scorns the Poet's lays,
It is to History he trusts for Praise.

F. Better be Cibber, I'll maintain it still,
Than ridicule all taste, blaspheme Quadrille,
Abuse the City's best good men in metre,
And laugh at peers that put their trust in Peter.
Ev'n those you touch not, hate you.

P. What should ail them! F. A hundred smart in Timon and in Balaam : The fewer still you name, you wound the more ; Bond is but one, but Harpax is a score.

P. Each mortal has his pleasure : none deny
Scarsdale his Bottle, Darty his Ham-pye;
Ridotta sips and dances, till Me fee
The doubling Lustres dance as fast as she;
F-- loves the Senate, Hockley-hole his brother,
Like in all else, as one Egg to another.

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• I love to pour out all myself, as plain

As downright SHIPPEN, or as old Montagne :
In them, as certain to be lov'd as seen,
The Soul stood forth, nor kept a thought within ;
In me 'what spots (for spots I have) appear,
Will prove at least the Medium must be clear.
In this impartial glass, my Muse intends
Fair to expose myself, my foes, my friends;
Publish the present age, but where my text
Is Vice too high, reserve it for the next
My foes shall with my life a longer date,
And ev'ry friend the less lament my fate.
My head and heart thus flowing thro' my quill,
Verse-man or Prose-man, term me which you will,
Papilt ot Protestant, or both between,
Like good Erasmus in an honest mean,
In moderation placing all my glory,
While Tories call me Whig, and Whigs a Tory.

Satire's my weapon, but am too discreet
To run a muck, and tilt at all I meet;
I only wear it in a land of Hectors,
Thieves, Supercargoes, Sharpers and Directors.
Save but our Army! and let Jove incrust
Swords, pikes, and guns, with everlasting rust!
Peace is my dear delight-not FLEURY's more :
But touch

and no minister fo fore.
Whoe'er offends, at some unlucky time
Slides into verse, and hitches in a rhyme,
Sacred to Ridicule his whole life long,
And the fad burthen of some merry longo

me,

Slander or Poison dread from Delia's rage, Hard words or hanging, if your Judge be Page. From furious Sappho scarce a milder fate, P-x'd by her love, or libell'd by her hate. Its proper pow'r to hurt, each creature feels; Bulls aim their horns, and Alles lift their heels; "Tis a bear's talent not to kick, but hug; And no man wonders he's not stung by Pug. So drink with Walters, or with Chartres eat, They'll never poison you, they'll only cheat;

Then, learned Sir? (to cut the matter short) Whate'er my fate, or well or ill at Court, Whether old age, with faint but chearful ray, Attends to gild the Ev'ning of my day, Or death’s black wing already be display'd, To wrap me in the universal shade; Whether the darken'd room to muse invite, Or whiten'd wall provoke the skew'r to write : In durance, exile, Bedlam, or the Mint, Like Lee or Bucgell, I will rhyme and print. F. Alas young man ! your days can ne'er be long, In flow'r of Age you perish for a song ! Plums and Directors, Shylock and his wife, Will club their Testers, now, to take your

life! P. What? arm’d for virtue when I point the pen, Brand the bold front of shameless guilty men; Dash the proud Gamester in his gilded Car; Bare the mean Heart that lurks beneath a Star ; Can there be wanting, to defend Her cause, Lights of the Church, or Guardians of the Laws i

Could pension'd Boileau lash in honest strain
Flatt'rers and Bigots ev'n in Louis' reign?
Could Laureate Dryden pimp and fry’r engage,
Yet neither Charles nor James be in a rage ?
And I not strip the gilding of a Knave,
Unplac'd, unpension'd, no man's heiry or flave?
I will, or perish in the gen'rous cause :
Hear this and tremble! you, who 'scape the Laws.
Yes, while I live, no rich or noble knave
Shall walk the world, in credit to his grave.
To VIRTUE ONLY and HER FRIENDS A FRIEND,
The world beside may murmur, or commend.
Know, all the distant din that world can keep,
Rolls o'er my Grotto, and but sooths my deep.
There, my retreat the best Companions grace,
Chiefs out of war, and statesmen out of place.
There St. John mingles with my friendly bowl
The Feast of Reason and the Flow of foul :
And He, whose lightning pierc'd th' Iberian Lines,
Now forms my Quincunx, and now ranks my vines,
Or tames the Genius of the stubborn plain,
Almost as quickly as he conquer'd Spain.

Envy must own, I live among the Great,
No pimp of pleasure, and no spy of state,
With eyes that pry not, tongue that ne'er repeats,
Fond to spread friendships, but to cover heats ;
To help who want, to forward who excell;
This, all who know me, know; who love me, tells:
And who unknown defame me, let them be
Scribblers or Peers, alike are Mob to me.

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