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Such, such a man extends his life's short space,
raised, Since those were slandered most, whom Ozell
praised. Nor had the gentle satire caused complaining, Had not sage Rowe pronounced it entertaining: How. great must be the judgment of that writer Who the Plain-Dealer damns, and prints the
i Sanger served his apprenticeship with Jacob Tonson, and succeeded Bernard Lintot in his shop at the Middle Temple Gate, Fleet Street. Lintot printed Ozell's translation of Perrault's Characters, and Sanger his translation of Boileau's Lutrin, which was recommended by Rowe in 1709.-- Warton. See Dunciad, i. 286.
2 The “ Plain-Dealer” was the most popular of Wycherley's comedies ; the “Biter" an inferior play by Rowe.
THE THREE GENTLE SHEPHERDS.
F gentle Philips will I ever sing, YAO With gentle Philips shall the valleys
My numbers too for ever will I vary, With gentle Budgell and with gentle Carey. Or if in ranging of the names I judge ill, With gentle Carey and with gentle Budgell: Oh! may all gentle bards together place ye, Men of good hearts, and men of delicacy. May satire ne'er befool ye, or beknave ye, And from all wits that have a knack, God save
MACER: A CHARACTER.”
S VAHEN simple Macer, now of high reba VI
nown, VAVN First sought a poet's fortune in the Yowe
town, 'Twas all the ambition his high soal could feel, To wear red stockings, and to dine with Steele. Some ends of verse his betters might afford, And gave the harmless fellow a good word. Set up with these he ventured on the town, And with a borrowed play, out-did poor Crown.”
1 Two of the shepherds are well enough known. The third would seem to be Henry Carey, the dramatist (author of “Sally in our Alley'); but there was also a John Carey, of New College, Oxford, a contributor to the Tatler and Spectator, and Walter Carey (Umbra).-Carruthers.
3 T'he person satirised is Ambrose Philips (16711749).
3 The borrowed play refers to Philips' “ The Dis
There he stopped short, nor since has writ a tittle,
mends, Not of the wits his foes, but fools his friends. So some coarse country wench, almost de
cayed, Trudges to town, and first turns chambermaid ; Awkward and supple, each devoir to pay ; She flatters her good lady twice a-day; Thought wondrous honest, though of mean
degree, And strangely liked for her simplicity : In a translated suit, then tries the town, With borrowed pins, and patches not her own : But just endured the winter she began, And in four months a battered harridan. Now nothing left, but withered, pale, and
shrunk, To bawd for others, and go shares with Punk.
VYLOSE to the best known author
wits. " Who's here?” cries Umbra : “ only John
son,' 2–“ Oh! trest Mother," founded on Racine's Andromaque. John Crowne, a prolific dramatist, died about 1705.
1 Walter Carey, Warden of the Mint, and Clerk of the Privy Council.
2 Charles Johnson, a second-rate dramatit.Bowles.
Your slave," and exit; but returns with Rowe: “Dear Rowe, let's sit and talk of tragedies :”. Ere long Pope enters, and to Pope he flies. Then up comes Steele: he turns upon his
heel, And in a moment fastens upon Steele; But cries as soon, “ Dear Dick, I must be gone, For, if I know his tread, here's Addison.” Says Addison to Steele, “ 'Tis time to go:” Pope to the closet steps aside with Rowe. Poor Umbra, left in this abandoned pickle, E’en sits him down, and writes to honest
TFool! 'tis in vain from wit to wit to roam ; Know, sense, like charity begins at home.
SYLVIA, A FRAGMENT.
O YLVIA, my heart in wondrous wise
alarmed, Awed without sense, and without me beauty charmed : But some odd graces and some flights she had, Was just not ugly, and was just not mad: Her tongue still ran on credit from her eyes, More pert than witty, more a wit than wise : Good-nature, she declared it, was her scorn, Though 'twas by that alone she could be borne : Affronting all, yet fond of a good name; A fool to pleasure, yet a slave to fame : Now coy, and studious in no point to fall,
2 Introduced, with some alterations, into the Second of the Moral Epistles, Of the Characters of Women.
Now all agog for D- y'at a ball:
CARDELIA. pas HE Basset-table spread, the tallier
come; Why stays Smilinda in the dress
ing-room ? Rise, pensive nymph, the tallier waits for you :
i Colonel Disney.-Carruthers.
2 For the Duke of Wharton and Chartres, see Moral Essays, i. 179, iii. 20, &c.
3 One of the “ Town Eclogues," published anonymously in 1716. They were parodies on the Pastorals of Pope and Philips, and were written, with the exception of the “Basset Table,” by Lady M. W. Montagu. Basset was a card game resembling the modern “Faro."