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Vol. IV. facing p. 231,
Hayman inv.et del.
O Sacred Weapon, left for Truth's Defence,
The Muse m may give thee, but the Gods must guide.
Bp:a to Satire
Written in MDCCXXXVIII.
TOT twice a twelve-month you appear in
And when it comes, the Court fee nothing in't.
After 2. in the MS.
You don't, I hope, pretend to quit the trade,
VER. 1. Not twice a twelve-month etc.] These two lines are from Horace; and the only lines that are so in the whole Poem; being meant to give a handle to that which follows in the character of an impertinent Cenfurer,
'Tis all from Horace; etc. P.
VER. 2. the Court fee nothing in't.] He chofe this expreffion for the fake of its elegant and fatiric ambiguity. His writings abound in them.
You grow correct, that once, with Rapture writ,
P. Sir, what I write, fhould be correctly writ.
VER. 12. Bubo obferves,] Some guilty perfon very fond of making fuch an obfervation. P.
VER. 14. Hggins] Formerly Jaylar 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, infinuating style
Could pleafe at Court, and make AUGUSTUS smile:
And never laugh for all my life to come?
P. See Sir ROBERT !--- hum --
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 amico
Tangit, et admiffus circum præcordia ludit. Perf. P. Ibid. Screen.] A metaphor peculiarly appropriated to a certain perfon in power. P.
VER. 24. Patriots there are, &c.] This appellation was generally given to thofe in oppofition to the Court. Though fome of them (which our author hints at) had views too mean and interested to deserve that name. P.
VER. 26. The Great man] A phrafe, by common use, appropriated to the first minifter. P.
VIR. 31. Seen him, uncumber'd] These two verses were
Would he oblige me? let me only find,
He does not think me what he thinks mankind.
F. Why yes: with Scripture ftill you may be free;
If any ask you, "Who's the Man, so near 45 "His Prince, that writes in Verfe, and has his ear?” Why, anfwer, LYTTLETON, and I'll engage The worthy Youth shall ne'er be in a rage:
originally in the poem, though omitted in all the firft edi
VER. 37. Why yes: with Scripture fill you may be free ;] Thus the Man commonly called Mather Oborn, who was in the Minifter'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 Jofeph Jekyl, Mafter of the Rolls, a true Whig in his principles, and a man of the utmost probity. He fometimes voted against the Court, which drew upon him the laugh here described of ONE who bestowed it equally upon Religion and Honesty. He died a few months after the publication of this poem. P、
VER. 43. Thefe nothing burts ;] i. e. offends.