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You grow correct, that once, with Rapture writ,
5 Why now, this moment, don't I see you steal ? 'Tis all from Horace; Horace long before ye Said, “ Tories call'd him Whig, and Whigs a Tory;" And taught his Romans, in much better-metre, “ To laugh at Fools who put their trust in Peter.” 10
But Horace, Sir, was delicate, was nice ;
P. Sir, what I write, should be correctly writ.
Notes. VER. 12. Bube observes,] Some guilty perfon very fond of making such an observation. P.
VER. 14. H-ggins) Formerly Jaylor of the Fleet prifon, enriched himself by many exactions, for which he was tried and expelled. P.
Ver. 18. Who cropt our Ears,] Said to be executed by the Captain of a Spanish ship on one Jenkins a Captain of
His fly, polite, insinuating style
you a groat.
P. See Sir ROBERT !--, hum .-
Notes. an English one. He cut off his ears, and bid him carry them to the King his master. P. VER. 22. Screen.)
Omne vafer vitium ridenti Flaccus amice
Tangit, et admillus circum præcordia ludit. Perf. P. Ibid. Screen.) A metaphor peculiarly appropriated to a certain person in power. 'P.
VER. 24. Patriots there are, &c.] This appellation was generally given to those in opposition to the Court. Though Tome of them (which our author hints at) had views too mean and interested to deserve that nanie. P.
VER. 26. The Great man] A phrase, by common use, appropriated to the first minifter. P.
VER. 31. Seen kim, uncumber'd] These two verses were
Would he oblige me? let me only find,
F. Why yes: with Scripture still you may be free ;
If any ask you, “ Who's the Man, so near 45 « His Prince, that writes in Verse, and has his ear?" Why, answer, LYTTLETON, and I'll engage The worthy Youth shall ne'er be in a rage :
Nores. originally in the poem, though omitted in all the first editions. - P.
VIR. 37. Why yes : with Scripture Hill you may be free ;] Thus the Man commonly called Mother Ofoorn, who was in the Minister's
pay, and wrote Journals ; for one Paper in behalf of Sir Robert, had frequently two against J. C.
Ver. 39. A Joke on Jekyl] Sir Joseph Jekyl, Mafter of the Rolls, a true Whig in his principles, and a man of the utmost probity. He sometimes voted against the Court, which drew upon him the laugh here delcribed of One who bestowed it equally upon Religion and Honesty, He died a few months after the publication of this poem. P,
VER. 43. These nothing burts ;] i. e. offends.
But were his Verses vile, his Whisper base,
50 Sejanus, Wolsey, hurt not honeft FLEURY, But well
, may put some Statesman in a fury. Laugh then at any, but at Fools or Foes ;
but anger, and you mend not those. Laugh at your friends, and, if your Friends are sore, So much the better, you may laugh the more. 56 To Vice and Folly to confine the jest, Sets half the world, God knows, against the rest; Did not the Sneer of more impartial men At Sense and Virtue, balance all agen.
60 Judicious Wits spread wide the Ridicule, And charitably comfort Knave and Hool.
P. Dear Sir, forgive the Prejudice of Youth: Adieu Distinction, Satire, Warmth, and Truth!
Notes. Secretary to the Prince of Wales, diftinguished both for his writings and speeches in the spirit of Liberty. P.
VER. 51. Sejanus, Wolfey) The one the wicked minifer of Tiberius ; the other, of Henry VIII. The wri. ters against the Court usually bestowed these and other odious names on the Minister, without distinction, and in the most injurious manner.
See Dial. II. ¥ 197. P. Ibid. Fleury,] Cardinal: and Minister to Louis XV. It was a Patriot fashion, at that time, to cry up his wisdom and honesty. P.
Come, harmless Characters that no one hit; 65
Nores. VER. 66. Henley - Osborn,] See them in their places in the Dunciad. P.
Ver. 69. The gracious Dew] Alludes to some court fermons, and Aorid panegyrical ipeeches ; particularly one very full of puerilities and flatteries ; which afterwards got into an address in the same pretty ftyle ; and was lastly ferved up in an Epitaph, between Latin and English, published by its author. P.
VER. 76. All Boys may read, and Girls may understand! ] i. e. full of school-book phrases and Anglicisms.
VER. 78, Nation's Sense ;] The cant of Politics at that time.
VsR. 80. Carolina] Queen confort to King George II..