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Loud as the wolves, on (n) Orcas' ftormy fteep, Howl to the roarings of the northern deep. Such is the shout, the long-applauding note, 330 A Quin's high plume, or Oldfield's (o) petticoat; Or when from Court a birthday-fuit bestow'd, Sinks the (p) loft actor in the tawdry load. Booth enters----) ----hark! the universal peal! "But has he fpoken?" Not a fyllable, 335 "What shook the stage, and made the people ". ftare?"


(9) Cato's long wig, flow'r'd gown, and lacquer'd
Yet left you think I rally more than teach,
Or praise malignly arts I cannot reach,

Let me for once prefume t' inftruct the times, 340
To know the poet from the man of rhymes;
'Tis he, (r) who gives my breast a thousand pains,
Can make me feel each paffion that he feigns;

[n] Garganum mugire putes nemus, aut mare Tuf


Tanto cum ftrepitu ludi fpectantur, et artes, [o] Divitiæque peregrina: quibus [p] oblitus actor Cum ftetit in fcena, concurrit dextera læva. Dixit adhuc aliquid? nil fane. Quid placet ergo? [q] Lana Tarentino violas imitata veneno. Ac ne forte putes me, quæ facere ipfe recufem, Cum recte tractent alii, laudare maligne; Ille per extentum funem mihi poffe videtur Ire poeta; [r] meum qui pectus inanitur angit,


Ver. 328. Orcas' Stormy steep.] The farther northern promontory of Scotland, oppofite to the Orcades.


Enrage, compofe, with more than magic art,
With pity, and with terror, tear my heart; 345
And fnatch me, o'er the earth, or thro' the air,
To Thebes, to Athens, when he will, and where.
(s) But not this part of the poetic ftate,
Alone, deferves the favour of the great;
Think of thofe authors, Sir, who would rely 350
More on a reader's fenfe, than gazer's eye.
Or who fhall wander where the Mufes fing?
Who climb their mountain, or who tafte their

How fhall we fill (t) a library with wit,
When Merlin's Cave is half unfurnish'd yet? 355
My Liege! why writers little claim your thought,
I guess; and, with their leave, will tell the fault
We (u) peots are (upon a poet's word)
Of all mankind, the creatures moft abfurd:

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Irritat, mulcet, falfis terroribus implet,

magus; et modo me Thebis, modo ponit A-

[s] Verum age, et his, qui fe lectari credere maQuam fpectatoris faftidia ferre fuperbi,

Curam impende brevem: fi [] munus Apolline dignum

Vis complere libris; et vatibus addere calcar,
Ut ftudio majore petant Helicona virentem.

[u] Multa quidem nobis facimus mala fæpe poetæ, (Ut vineta egomet cædam mea) cum tibi librum


Ver. 354. a library] Manus Apolline dignum. The Palatine library then building by Auguftus.

Ver. 5. Merlin's Cowe] A building in the royal gardens of Richmond, where is a fmall, but choice collection of books.



The (x) feafon when to come, and when to go,
To fing, or ceafe to fing, we never know;
And if we will recite nine hours in ten,
You lofe you patience, just like other men.
Then too we hurt ourselves, when to defend
A (y) fingle verfe, we quarrel with a friend; 365
Repeat (%) unafk’d; lament, the (a) wit's too fine
For vulgar eyes, and point out ev'ry line.
But most, when straining with too weak a wing,
We needs will write Epiftles to the King;
And (b) from the moment we oblige the town,
Expect a place, or penfion from the Crown; 371
Or dubb'd Hiftorians by express command,
T'enroll your triumphs o'er the feas and land,
Be call'd to court to plan fome work divine,
As once for Louis, Boileau and Racine.


Yet (c) think, great Sir! (fo many virtues shown),

Ah think, what poet beft may make them known?
Or chufe at leaft fome minifter of grace,
Fit to bestow the (d) Laureat's weighty place.

[x] Solicito damus, aut fesso: cum lædimur [y] unum
Si quis amicorum eft aufus reprendere verfum :
Cum loca jam [x] recitata revolvimus irrevocati:
Cum [a] lamentamur non apparere labores
Noftros, et tenui deducta poemata filo;

Cum [b] fperamus eo rem venturam, ut, fimul atque
Carmina refcieris nos fingere, commodus ultro
Arcelas, et egere vetes, et fcribere cogas.
Sed tamen eft [c] operæ pretium cognofcere, quales
Ædituos habeat belli fpectata domique
Virtus, [d] indigne non committenda poeta.

(e) Charles,


(e) Charles, to late times to be transmitted fair,
Affign'd his figure to Bernini's care;
And great (f) Naffau to Kneller's hand decreed,
To fix him graceful on the bounding fteed;
So well in paint and ftone they judg'd of merit :
But kings in wit may want difcerning fpirit. 385
The Hero William, and the Martyr Charles,
One knighted Blackmore, and one penfion'd

Which made old Ben, and furly Dennis fwear,
"No Lord's anointed, but a (g) Ruflian Bear."

Not with fuch [b] majesty, fuch bold relief, 390
The forms auguft, of King, or conqu'ring Chief,
E'er fwell'd on marble; as in verse have shin'd
(In polish'd verfe) the manners and the mind.

[e] Gratus Alexandro regi Magno fuit ille
Choerilus, incultis qui verfibus et male natis
Rettulit acceptos, regale numifma, Philippos.
Sed veluti tractata notam labemque remittunt
Atramenta, fere fcriptores carmine fœdo
Splendida facta linunt, idem rex ille, poema
Qui tam ridiculum tam care prodigus emit,
Edicto vetuit, ne quis fe præter Apellem
Pingeret, aut alius Lyfippo duceret æra
Fortis [f] Alexandri vultum fimulantia. quod fi
Judicium fubtile videndis artibus illud
Ad libros et ad hæc Mufarum dona vocares;
[g] Boeotum in craffo jurares aere natum.

[At neque dedecorant tua de fe judicia, atque Munera, quæ multa dantis cum laude tulerunt, Dilecti tibi Virgilius Variufque poetæ ;]

Nec magis expreffi [b] vultus per ahenea figna,

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Oh! could I mount on the Mæonian wing, Your [] arms, your actions, your repofe to fing! What [k] feas you travers'd, and what fields you fought! 396 Your country's peace, how oft, how dearly bought! How [1] barb'rous rage fubfided at your word, And nations wonder'd while they dropt the fword! How, when you nodded, o'er the land and deep, [m] Peace stole her wing, and wrapt the world in fleep; 401

Till earth's extremes your mediation own,
And [n] Afia's tyrants tremble at your throne----
But [o] Verfe, alas! your Majefty difdains;
And I'm not us'd to panegyric strains:
The zeal of [p] fools offends at any time,
But most of all, the zeal of fools in rhyme.


Quam per vatis opus mores animique virorum Clarorum apparent. nec fermones ego mallem Repentes per humum, [i] quam res componere geftas,

Terrarumque [] fitus et flumina dicere, et arces Montibus impofitas, et [1] barbara regna, tuifque Aufpiciis totum [1] confecta duella per orbem, Clauftraque [m] cuftodem pacis cohibentia Janum, Et [n] formidatum Parthis, te principe, Romam: Si quantum cuperem, poffem quoque. fed neque


[o] Carmen majeftas recipit tua; nec meus audet Rem tentare pudor, quam vires ferre recufent. Sedulitas autem [p] ftulte, quem diligit, urget; Præcipue cum fe numeris commendat et arte. Difcit enim citius, meminitque libentius illud


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