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T. Attamen et justum poteras et scribere fortem,
Scipiadam ut sapiens Lucilius.
H. Haud mihi deero,
Cum res ipfa feret: 'nifi dextro tempore, Flacci
Verba per attentam non ibunt Caefaris aurem:
Cui male fi palpere, fecalcitrat undiquę tutus.
T. m Quanto rectius hoc, quam tristi laedere versu
Pantolabum fcurram, Nomentanumve nepotem?
• Cum sibi quisque timet, quamquam est inta&tus,
H.° Quid faciam? faltat Milonius, ut femel icto,
Acceífit fervor capiti
, numerusque lucernis,
Ver. 39: Abuse the City's best good men in metre,] The best
VER. 41. What should qil them?] Horace hints at one reason, that each fears his own turn may be next; his imitator gives
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,
35 It is to History he trusts for Praise.
F. m Better be Çibber, I'll maintain it still, Than ridicule all Tafte, blaspheme Quadrille, Abuse the City's best good men in metre, And laugh at Peers that put trust in Peter. 49 ” Ev'n those you touch not,
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 deny45 Scarsdale his bottle, Darty his Ham-pye;
NOTE S. another, and with more art, a reason which infinuates, that his very lenity, in using feigned names, increases the number of his Enemies.
VER. 46. Darty his Ham-pye;] This Lover of Ham-pye own'd the fidelity of the poet's pencil; and said, he had done justice to his taste; but that if, instead of Ham-pye, he had given him Sweet-bye, he never could have pardoned him,
p Castor gaudet equis ; ovo prognatus eodem,
Pugnis. quot capitum vivunt, totidem ftudiorum
Millia. me pedibus delectat claudere verba,
Lucilî ritu, noftrûm melioris utroque.
Ille velut fidis arcana sodalibus olim
Credebat libris; neque, fi male gesserat, usquam
Decurrens alio, neque fi bene: quo fit, ut omnis
Votiva pateat veluti descripta tabella
Vita senis. sequor hunc, 'Lucanus an Appulus,
[Nam Venufinus arat finem sub utrumque colonus,
NOTES. VER. 50: Like in all else, as one Egg to another.] This has neither the justness nor elegance of
Ovo prognatus eodem. For tho’it may appear odd, that those who come from the same Egg should have tempers and pursuits directly contrary, yet there is nothing strange, that two Brothers, alike in all things elfe, should have different amusements.
VER. 52. As downright Shippen, or as old Montagne : ] They had this, indeed, in common, to use great liberties of speech, and to profess saying what they thought. Montagne had many qualities, that have gained him
the love and esteem of his Readers: The other had one, which always gain’d him the favour
Ridotta fips and dances, till she see-
NOTEs. able attention of his Hearers. For as a celebrated Roman Orator observes, “Maledicit INERUDITUS apertius et saepius, cum « periculo etiam suo. Affert et ista res OPINIONEM, quia li“ bentisfime homines audiunt ea quae dicere ipfi noluissent.”
VER. 56. the medium must be clear.] Allusion to a fountain of limpid water, thro' which the contents of the bottom are discovered. This thought assisted him in the easy and happy change of the metaphor in the following line.
VER. 63. My head and heart thus flowing thro' my quill,] In. ferior to the Original :
Miffus ad hoc, pulsis (vetus eft ut fama) Sabellis, ,
Quo ne per vacuum Romano incurreret hostis ;
Sive quod Appula gens, feu quod Lucania bellum
Incuteret violenta.] ' fed hic stylus haud petet ultro
Quemquam animantem, et me veluti custodiet ensis
Vagina tectus, quem cur destringere coner,
+ Tutus ab infestis latronibus? "O pater et rex
Jupiter, ut pereat pofitum rubigine telum,
Credebat libris, etc.
Vidi, vidi ipse, Libelle! etc.
will, Papist or Proteftant, etc.] The original thought (which is very fat, and so ill and aukwardly expressed, as to be taken for a monkish Addition) is here admirably imitated, in a lively character of himself, and his Writings.
VER. 69. Satire's my Weapon] In thefe Words, our Author has happily explained the true Character of Horace's ironical Expology, which is to this purpose : Nature, says he, has given all Creatures the means of offence and defence: The wolf has teeth, the bull has horns, and I have a talent for fatire. And, at the fame time that he vindicates his claim to this his natural weapon, Satire, he. shews its moral use; it was to oppose to the noxious qualities which nature had given