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But now comes the difficulty that has puzzled the whole town, and which I must confess has kept me awake for thefe three nights;
-Then gets two more,
I at last thought the Treasurer of Thebes might have walked upon crutches, and so ran away on four legs, viz. two natural and two artificial. But this I have na authority for ; and therefore upon mature consideration do find that the words (Then gets two more) are only Greek expletives, introduced to make up the verse, and to signify nothing; and that Runs, in the next line, should be Rides. I shall therefore restore the true ancienț reading of this riddle, after which it will be able to explain itself.
Oedipus speaks :
I must now inform the reader, that Thebes was on the continent, so that it was easy for a man to ride out of its dominions on horseback, an advantage that a British Statesman would be deprived of. If he would run away, he must do it' in an open boat ;' for to say of an Eng ishnan in this sense, that he runs away.on alí four, would
be as absurd as to say, he clapped spurs to his horse at St. James's gate, and galloped away to the Hague.
Before I take my farewel of this subject, I shall advise the Author for the future to speak his meaning more plainly. I allow he has a happy talent at doggrel, when he writes upon a known fubject : Where he tells us in plain intelligible language, how Syrisca's ladle was loft in one hole, and Hans Carvel's finger in another, he is very jocular and diverting, but when he wraps a lampoon in a riddle, he must consider that his jest is loft to every one, but įthe few merry wags that are in the secret. This is making darker satires than ever Perfus dia. After this cursory view of the Examin:r's performance, let us consider his remarks upon the Doctor's. ral piece of rallery which he passes upon the Doctor's considering the Treasurer in several different views, is that which might fall upon any poein in Waller, or any other writer who has diversity of thoughts and allusions: And though it inay appear a pleasant ridicule to an ignorant reader, is wholly groundless and unjust. I do likewise diffent with the Examiner, upon the phrases of * pallions being poised,' and at the retrieving merit • from dependence, which are very beautiful and poetical. It is the same cavilling spirit that finds fault with that expression of the pomp
of peace among the woes • of war, as well as of offering unasked. As for the Nile, how Icarus and Phaeton came to be joined with it, I cannot conceive. I must confess they have been fora merly used to represent the fate of rash ambitious men ; and I cannot imagine why the Author should deprive us of those particular fimilies for the future.
The next criticism upon the stars, seems introduced for no other reason but to mention Mr. Bickerstaf, whom the Author every where endeavours to imitate and abuse. But I Thall refer the Examiner to the frog's advice to her little one, that was blowing itself up to the fize of an ox:
-Non si te ruperis, inquit, Par eris
The allusion to the victim may be a gallimatia in French politics, but it is an apt and noble allusion to a true English spirit. And as for the Examiner's remarks on the word bleed (though a inan would laugh to see impotent malice so little able to contain itself) one cannot but observe in them the temper of the banditti whom he mentions in the same paper, who always murder where
The last observation is upon the line, ' Ingratitude's a weed of every clime. Here he is very much out of humour with the Doctor for having called that the weed, which Dryden only termis the growth, of every clinie. But for God-fake, why so much tender. nefs for ingratitude ?
But I shall say no more. We are now in an age wherein impudent affertions must pass for arguments: And I do not question but the same, who has endeavoured here to prove that he who wrote the Dispensary was no Poet, will very suddenly untertake to shew, that he who gained the battle of Blenheim is no General.
N° 2. Thursday, September 21,
Et cantare pares
knew an Author that had not his admirers. Bunyan and Quarles have passed through several editions, and please as many readers, as Dryden and Tilloffon. The Examiner had not written two half sheets of paper before he met with one that was astonished at the i force he was master of,' and approaches him with awe,
when he mentions state-subjects, as incroaching on the • province that belongs to him,' and treating of things oihat deserved to pass under his pen.' The same huinble Author tells us, that the Examiner can furnith mankind with an Antidote to the poison that is scattered through • the nation. This crying up of the Examiner's antidote, puts me in mind of the first appearance that a celebrated French quack made in the Atreets of Paris. A Jirtle boy walked before him, publishing, with a thrill voice, Mon pere guerit toutes sortes de maladies.,"
ther cures all sorts of distempers:' To which the Doctor who walked behind him, added in grave and composed manner, L'enfant dit vrai, • The child says true.'
That the reader may see what party the Author of this letter is of, I shall Thew how he fpeaks of the French King and the Duke of Anjou, and how of our greateft allies, the Emperor of Germany and the States-General: • In the mean while the French King has withdrawn his 'troops from Spain, and has put it out of his power to • restore that munarchy to us, was he reduced low enough I really to desire to do it. The Duke of Anjou has had 1. leisure to take off those whom he suspected, to confirm : his friends, to regulate his revenues, to increase and form • his troops, and above all, to rouse that spirit in the spre
nish nation, which a succession of lazy and indolent Princes had lulled aflecp. From hence it appears probable enough, that if the war continue much longer on the
prefent foot, inft ad of regaining Spain, we shall find • The Duke of Anjou in a condition to pay the debt of
gratitude, and support the grandfather in his declining years; by whof arms, in the days of his infancy, he was upheld. What expressions of tenderness, duty and fubmiffion! the panegyric on the Duke of Anjou, is by much the helt written part of this whole letter; the apolegy for the French King, is indeed the fame which the Pult-buy has often made, hut worded with the greater deference and respect to that great Prince.
There are niany
frokes of the Author's good-will to our confederates, the Duth and the Emperor, in several parts of
this notable epistle ; I shall only quote one of them, alluding to the concern which the Bank, the Staes-General, and the Emperor, expressed for the ministry by their hnmble applications to her Majesty in these words.
* Not daunted yet, they resolve to try a new expedient, and the interest of Europe is to be represented as • infeparable from that of the ministers.
Haud dubitant equidem implorare quod usquam est;
“The members of the Bank, the Dutch, and the court • of Vienna, are called in as confederates to the mini
stry.' This, in the mildest English it will bear, runs, thus. • They are resolved to look for help where-ever • they can find it; if they cannot have it from heaven, they will
to hell for it ;? That is, to the inembers of the Bank, the Dutch,, and the court of Vienna. The French King, the Pope, and the Devil, have been often joined together by a well-meaning Englisman ; but I am verò much surprised to see the Bank, the Dutch, and the court of Vienna, in such company. We may still fee the Gentleman's principles in the accounts which he gives of his own country ; speaking of the General, the quon• dam Treasurer, and the junto, which every one knows comprehends the Whigs, in their utmost extent; he adds in opposition to them, “. For the Queen and the whole
body of the British nation,
Nos fumerus fumus.
“We are Cyphers'.
How properly the Tories may be called the whole body of the British nation, I leave to any one's judging: And wonder how an. Author can be so disrespectful to her Majesty, as to separate her in so faucy a manner from