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For Attic phrase in Plato let them seek,
But wherefore waste T words? I fee advance i poach in Suidas for unlicens'd Greek.
Whrire, Pupil, and lac'd Governor, from Erance. In ancient sense if any needs will deal,
Walker ! our hat-nor more he deign'd co say, Be sure I give them fragments, not a meal; 230 But, ftern as Ajax' (pectre, Itrode away. What Gellius or Stobæus hash'd before,
In flow'd at once a gay embroider'd race, Or chew'd by blind old scholiasts o'er and o'er, And tittering puth'd the pedants off the place : The critic eye, that microscope of wit,
Some would have spoken, buc the voice was Sees hairs and pores, examines bic by bit :
drown's How parts relate to parts, or they to whole; By the French horn, or by the opening hound, The body's harmony, the beaming soul,
The first came forwards, with as easy mien, Are things which Kuster, Burman, Wafle shall see, As if he saw St. James's and the Queen. 280 When man's whole frame is obvious to a flea. When thus th' attendant orator begun,
Ah, think not, mistress. more true Dulness lies | Receive, great Empress! thy accomplish's Son: In Folly's cap, than Wisdom's grave difguile. 240 Thine from the birth, and iacred from the rod, Like buoys, that never sink into the flood, A dauntless infant! never scar'd with God. On Learning s furface we but lie and nod, The fire faw, one by one, bis virtues wake : Thine is the genuine head of many a house, The mother begg'd the bleshng of a rake. And much divinity without a Nás. Nor could a Barrow work on every block, Nor has one Atterbury spoil'd the flock.
REMARKS. See: ftill thy own, the heavy Canon roll,
Ver. 272. lac'd Governor) Why lac'd? Because And metaphysic smokes involve the Pole.
gold and silver are necessary trimming to denote For thee we dim the eyes, and stuff the head
the dress of a person of rank, and the Governor With all such reading as was never read:
250 must be supposed sp in foreign countries, to be adFor thee explaio a ching till all men doubt it, mitted into courts and other places of fair recepAnd write about it, Goddess, and about it :
tion. But how comes. Ariftarchus to know at So spins the falk-worm (mall its slender ftore,
fight that this Governor came from France ? And labours, till it clouds itself all o'er.
Know? Why, by the laced coat. SCRIBL. What though we let some better sort of fool
Ibid. Whore, Pupil, and lac'd Governor) Some Thrid ev'ry Science, run through every school? critics have objected to the order, here, being of Never by tumbler through the hoops was shown
opinion that the Governor should have the preceSuch fill in passing all, and touching none. dence before the Whore, if not before the Pupil. He may indeed (if sober all this time)
But were he fo placed, it might be thought to inPlogue with Dispute, or persecute with Rhyme.
sinuate that the Governor led the Pupil to the We only furnish what he cannot use, 261
Whore ; and were the Pupil placed first, he might Or wed to what he must divorce, a muse:
be fuppofed to lead the Governor to her. But Pull in the midt of Euclid dip at once,
our impartial poet, as he is drawing their picture, And petrify a Genius to a Dunce :
reprefents them in the order in which they are Or see on metaphylic ground to prance,
generally feen ; nanely, the Pupil between the Show all his paces, not a lep advance.
Whore and the Governor; but placeth the Whore With the same cement, ever sure to bind,
first, as the usually governs both the other. We bring to one dead level every miod.
Ver. 280. As if he saw St. James's) Reflecting Then take him to develope if you can,
on the disrespectful and indecent behaviour of feAnd hew the block off, and get out the man. 270 veral forward young persons in the presence, fo
offensive to all serious men, and to none more than the good Scriblerus.
Ver. 281. th' attendant orator] The Governor REMARKS.
above-said. The poet gives him no particular having had it in their choice to comment either pame; being unwilling, I presume, to offend or to on Virgil or Manilos, Pliny or Solinus, have cho-do injustice to any, by celebrating one only with fen the worse author, the more freely to display whom this character agrees, in preference to so their critical capacity.
many who so equally deserve it.
SCRIBL. Ver. 228, &c. Suidas, Gellius, Stobæus) The Ver. 284. A dauntless infant : never scar'd with forft a Dictionary writer, a collector of imperti. Cod) i. e. Brought up in the enlarged principles nent facts and barbarous words; the second a mi of modern education ; whose great point is, to bute critic; the third an author, who gave his keep the infant mind free from the prejudices of com.non-place brok to the public, where we hap- opinion, and the growing fpirit unbroken by terpen to find much mince-meat of old books. rifying names. Amongst the happy contiequences
Ver. 245, 246. Barrow, Atterbury) Isaac Par of this reformed discipline, it is not the least, thac tow, Master of Trinity, Francis Atterbury, Dean we have never afterwards 'any occasion for the of Chrift Church, both great geniuses and elo. priest, whose trade, as a modern wit informs us, is quent preachers ; one more conversant in the sub- only to finish what the nurse began. SCRIJL. lime geometry, the other in clasical learning; but Ver. 286.-the blefling of a rake.] Scriblerus is who equally made it their care to advance the here much at a lofs to find out what this blering pulitc arts in their several fociclics.
Ineuld be. He is sometimes tempted to imagin
Thou gav'ft that ripeness, which so soon began, Dropt the dull lumber of the Latin Gore,
And last turn'd air, che echo of a found;
As Jansen, Fleetwond, Cibber, Mall think fic; "There all thy gifts and graces we display,
Stoln from a duel, follow'd by a nun, Thou, only thou, direding all our way :
And, if a borough choose him, not undone ! To where the Seine, obfequious as she runs, See, to my country happy I restore
329 Pours at great Bouibon's teet her silken sons; This glorious youth, and add one Venus more. Or Tyber, now no longer Roman, rolls,
Her too receive (for her my soul adores), Vain of Italian arts, Italian fouls :
300 So may ihe sons of fons of fons of whores To happy convents, boton'a deep in vines, Prop thine, O empress: like each neighbour throne, Whare slumber abhots. purple as their wines : And make a long pofterity thy own. To isles of fragrance, lily giver'd vales,
Pleas'd, the accepts the hero and the dame, Diffufing langour in the panting gales :
Wraps in her vcil, and frees from sense or shamc. To lands of singing reduncio llaves, (waves. Then lock'd, and saw a lazy, lolling fort, Love-infrin wood llt. -riivning Unseen at church, at senate, or at court, But chef her thrine whier.... "ů Verug keeps, Of ever-lillefs loiterers, that attend And Cupids r&e the lion e the deeps,
No cause, no truit, na duty, and no friend. 340 Where, eas'd of fieces, the Asiatic minin 309 Thee ton, ??\y Paridel! the mark'd thee there, Waits the imaoth cunn.ch in enamor'd fron. Stretch'', on the rack of a too easy-chair, Led by nay hand, he ford Fusine round, And heard thy everlasting yawn confess And gati.cr'd every vice cm Chrifto ground; The pairs and penalties of idleness. Saw every court, neard every king jeclare She pi:y'd! but her pity only Med His real rease sof operas or tht ist;
Benigner influence on thy nodding head.
But Annius, crafty seer, with ebon wand,
deed no Imall risk to eat through those extraorit might be the marrying a great fortune ; but dinary compositions, whose disguised ingredients this, again, for the vulgariry of it, he rejects, as
are generally unknown to the guests, and highly fomething uncommon leemed to be prayed for. inflammatory and unwholesome. And after many ftrange conceits, not at all to the
Ver. 374. With nothing but a solo in his head ;) honour of the fair fox, he at lengih rests in this, with nothing but a folo?. Why, if it be a solo, how that it was, that he fou might pals for a wit; in
Mould there be any thing else? Palpable teutolowhich opinion he furtifies hin self by ver. 316. gY! Read boldly an opera, which is enough of where the orator, speaking of his pupil, says, that conscience for such a head as has lost all its Latin. be
Ver. 326. Jansen, Fleetwood, Cibber.] Three Intrigued with glory, and with spirit whor'd,
very emivent persons, all managers of plays; who, which frems to ir nuate that her prayer was though not governors by profession, had, cach in Jseard. Here the good fcholiaft, as, indeed, every his way, concerned themlelves in the education of where else, lays open the very foul of modern youth; and segulaced their wits, their morals, or criticism, while he makes his own ignorance of a their finances, at that period of their age which joetical expresion bold open the door to much is the mott important, their entrance into the po. erudition and learned conjecture : the blelling of lite world. Of the last of these, and his talents for a ruke fignifying no more than that he might be this end, sec Booki. ver. 199, &c. a rake; the effects of a thing for the thing itself, Ver. 331. Her too receive, &c.) This confirms a common figure. The carcíul mother only wish | what the learned Scriblerus advauced in his note er her fou might be a rake, as well knowing that on ver. 272, that the Governor, as well as the Puits attendant biomass woull follow of course. pil, had a particular interest in this lady.
Ver. 307: Cat chief, &c.] These two lines, in Ver. 341. Thee soo, my Paridel!) The poet their force of iriagery and colouring, emulate and seems to speak of this young gentleman with great equal the pencil of Rubens:
affection. The name is taken from Spenler, who Ver. 308. And Cupids ride the lion of the gives it to a wandering courtly 'quire, that tradeeps.] 'l he winged lion, 'the arms of Venice. velled about for the same reason for which many This republic herceofore the moft conüderable in young 'quires are now fond of wavelling, so Europe, for her iraval force, and ihe extent of her especially to Paris. kommerce, now illustrious for her carnivaló Ver. 347. Annius.] The name taken from A2
Falfe as his gems, and canker'd as his coins, Fierce as a startled adder, fwell'd, and said, Came, cramm'd with capon, from where Pollio Rattling an ancient fiftrum at his head : dines,
349 Speak'st thou of Syrian princes ? traitor base! Soft, as the wily fox is seen to creep,
Mine, Goddess! mine is all the horned race. Where balk on funny baoks the simple sheep, True, he had wit, to make their value rife; Walk round and round, now prying here, now From foolish Greeks to steal them, was as wise : there,
More glorious yet, from barbarous hands to keep, 3o he; but pious, whisper'd firft his prayer. When Sallee rovers chas'd him on the deep. 38
Grant, gracious goddess! grant me ftill to cheat, Then taught by Hermes, and divinely bold, O may thy cloud Nill cover the deceit!
Down his own throat he risqu'd the Grecian gold, Thy choicer mists on this assembly shed,
Receiv'd each demi-god, with pious care, But pour them thicket on the noble head. Deep in his entrails-I rever'd them there, So shall each yeuch, asliited by our cyes,
I bought them, shrouded in that living shrine, See other Cælars, other Homers rise;
And, at their second birth, they issue mine. Through twilight ages hunt th’ Athenian fowl, Witness great Ammon! by whose horns I swore, Which Chalcis gods, and mortals call an owl, (Reply'd soft Annius) this our paunch before Now see an Attys, now a Cecrops clear,
Still bears them, faithful; and that thus I eat, Nay, Mahomet ! the pigeon at thine car;
Is to refund the medals with the meat.
39. Be rich in ancient brass, though not in gold, To prove me, goddess: clear of all design, And keep his lares, though his house be sold ; Bid me with Pollio fup, as well as dine: To headless Phæbe his fair bride postpone, There all the learn'd shall at the labour stand, Honour a Syrian prince above his own;
And Douglas lend his soft obftetric hand. Lord of an Otho, if I vouch it true;
The Goddess smiling seem'd to give consent; Bleft in one Niger, till he knows of owo. 370 So back to Pollio, hand in hand, they went. Mummius o'erheard him; Mummius, sool-re
nowo'd, Who like his Cheops stinks above the ground,
the time of the theft above mentioned. But ho REMARKS.
omits to observe, that Herodotus tells the same nius, the monk of Viterbo, famous for many im. thing of it in his time. pofitions and forgeries of ancient manuscripts and Ver. 375. Speak'lt thou of Syrian princes ? &c.) inscriptions, which he was promp-ed to by mere The frange fory following, which may be taken vanity; but our Annius had a more substantial for a fiction of the poet, is justified by a true relamotive.
tion in Spon's Voyages. Vailiant (who wrote the Ver. 363. Artys and Cecrops.] The first king of History of the Syrian Kings, as it is to be found Athcos, of whom it is hard to suppose any coins on medals) coming from the Levant, where he had are extant; but not fo improbable as what follows, been collecting various coins; and being pursued that there should be any of Mahomet, who forbad by a Corsair of Sallee, swallowed down twenty all images; and the story of whose pigeon was a gold medals. A sudden Bourafque freed him from monkish fable. Nevertheless one of these Anni- the rover ; and he got to land with them in his uses made a counterfeit medal of that impostor, belly. On his road to Avignon, he met two pbynow in the colle&ion of a learned nobleman. sicians, of whom he demanded allistance. One ad
Ver. 371. Mummius.] This name is not merely vised purgations, the other vomits. In this unceran allufion to the Mummius he was so fond of, tainty he took neither, but pursued his way to Ly. but probably referred to the Roman general of ons, where he found his ancient friend, the famous that game, who burned Corinth, and committed physician and antiquary Dufour, to whom he rethe curious flatutes to the captain of a ship, assur-lated his adventure. Dufour, without staying to iog him, " that if any were lost or broken, he inquire about the uneasy fymptoms of the burder " should procure others to be made in their stead;" he carried, first asked him, whether the medals by which it should seem (whatever may be pre. were of the higher empire? He assured him they tended) that Mummius was no virtuoso. were. Dufour was ravished with the hope of pol
Ibid. - Fool-renown'd.] A compound cpithet sesling so rare a treasure; he bargained with him in the Greek manner, renown'd by fools, or re-on the spot for the most curious of them, and was nowned for making fools.
to recover them at his own expence. Ver. 372. Cheops.] a king of Egypt, whose bo. Ver. 387. Witness great Ammon :] Jupiter Amdy was certainly to be known, as being buried alone mon is cailed to witness, as the father of Alexanin his pyramid, and is therefore more genuine than der, to whom those kings succeeded in the divilion any of the Cleopatras. This royal mummy, being of the Macedonian empire, and whose horns they ftolen by a wild Arab, was purchased by the Corr- wore on their medals. fal of Alexandria, and transmitted to the museum Ver. 394. Douglass. ) A physician of great learn. of Mummius; for proof of which, he brings a paling and no less taste; above all, curious in what fage in Sandys's Travels, where that accurate and related to Horace, of whom he collected every learned voyager assures us, that he saw the sepul- edition, translation, and cominent, to the numaan hic empty; which agrees exactly (faith he) with of several hundred volumes,
Then thick as locaits blackening all the ground, | A drowsy watchman, that just giver a knock, A tribe, with weeds and thells fantastic crown'd, And breaks our reft, to tell us what's a clock. Each with some wond’rous gist approach'd the Yet by some object every brain is stirrid; power,
The dull may waken to a humming-hird ;
The mind in metaphysics at a loss,
And reason given them but to ludy fies! Bright with the gilded button ript its head. See nature in some partial narrow shape, Then thron'd in glass, and nan 'd it Caroline : 409' And let the author of the whole escape; Bach maid cried, Charming and each youth Divine , Learn but to trifle; or who must observe, Did nature's pencil ever blend such rays,
To wonder at their Maker, not to serve. Such varied light in one promiscuous blaze!
Be that my task (replies a gloomy clerk, Now prostrate ! dead behold that Caroline · Sworn foe to Mystery, yet divinely dark; No maid cries, Charming ! and no youth, Divine! | Whose pious hope aspires to see the day And lo the wretch ! whose vile, whose infe& lust When moral evidence shall quite decay, Lay'd this gay davghter of the spring in dust. And damns implicit faith, and holy lies, Oh, punish him, or to th' Elysian shades
Prompt to impose, and fond to dogmatise :) Dismiss my soul, where no carnation fades ! Let others creep by timid steps, and flow, He ceas'd, and wept. With innocence of mien On plain Experience lay foundations low, Th' accus'd stood forth, and thus addresi'd the By common sense to common knowledge bred, queen :
And last, to nature's cause through nature lcd. Of all th' enameli'd race, whose filvery wing All-leeing in thy mists, we want no guide, Waves to the tepid zephyrs of the spring,
Mother of Arrogance, and source of Pride!
47 Or swims along the fluid atmosphere,
We nobly take the high priori road, Once brightest thin'd this child of heat and air. And reason downward, till we doubt of God : I saw, and started from its verpal bower
Make nature fill encroach upon his plap; The rifing game, and chas'd from flower to flower. And shove him off as far as c'er we can: It fled, I follow'd ; now in hope, now pain ; , Thrust some mechanic canse into his place, It stopt, I stop'd; it mov'd, 1 mov'd again. Or bind in matter, or diffuse in Space. At last it fixe, 'was on what planç-it pleas'd, 429 Os, at one bound o’erleaping all his laws, And where it fixt, the beauteous bird ( seiz'd : Make God man's image, man the final cause, Rofe or carnation was below my care; I meddle, Goddess : only in my sphere. I tell the naked fact without disguise, And, to excuse it, need but show the prize; Whose spoils this paper offers to your eye, Fair ev'n in death! this peerless butterfly.
more than that ambitious gardener at HammerMy sons! (the answer'd) both have done your his fign, with this inscription, “ This is my Queen
smith, who caused his favourite to be painted on parts :
“ Caroline." Live happy both, and long promote our arts. But hear a mother, when the recommends
Ver. 452. Wilkins' wings.] One of the firlt proTo your fraternal care our sleeping friends...440 enlarged and useful notions, entertained the ex
jectors of the Royal Society, who, among many The common soul, of Heaven's more frugal make, eravagant hope of a possibility to fly to the moon; Serves but to keep fools pert, and knaves awake;
which kas pue fome volatile geniuses upon making wings for that purpose.
Ver. 462. When moral evidence shall quite de
cay.) Alluding to a ridiculous and absurd way of Ver. 441. The common soul, &c.] In the first some mathematicians, in calculating the gradual edit. thus :
decay of moral evidence by mathcotatical proporOf souls the greater part, heaven's common make, tions : according to which calculation, in about Serve but to keep fools pert, and knaves awake ; fifty years it will be no longer probable that JuliAnd most but find that centinel of God,
us Cæsar was in Gaul, or died in the fenate-house. A drowsy watchman in the land of Nod.
Sec Craig's Theologiæ Chriftianæ Principia Ma
thematica. But as it seems evident, that facts of REMARK3.
a thousand years old, for instance, are now as proVer. 409. And nam'd it Caroline :) It is a com- bable as they were five hundred years ago ; it is pliment which the Aorists usually pay to princes plain, that if in fifty more they quite disappear, it and great perfons, to give their names to the most must be owing, not to their arguments, but to the wurious flowers of their raising : Some have been extraordinary power of our goddess ; for whole poly jealous of vindicating this honout ; but none I help, therefore, they have scason to pray..
Pind Virtue local, all relation scorn,
Bounded by Nature, narrow'd still by Art,
Thus bred, thus taught, how many have I seen, Of nought so doubtful as of soul and will.
Smiling on all, and smild on by a queen! Or hide the God ftill more! and make us fee Mark'd out for honour, honour'd for their birthg Such as Lucretius drew, a God like thee: To thee the most rebellious things on earth : Wrapt up in felf, a God without a thought, Now to thy gentle shadow all are shrunk, Regardless of our merit or default.
All melted down in pension, or in punk! SI Or that brighe image to our fancy draw,
So K * , lo B * * , Ineak'd into the grave, Which Theocles in raptur'd vision law,
A monarch's half, and half a harlot's llave. Wild through poetic seenes the Genius roves, Poor W**, nipt in Folly's broadest bloom, Or wanders wild in academic groves ; 490 Who praises now? his chaplain on his tomb. That Nature our society adores,
Then take them all, oh take them to thy breaft! Where Tindal dictates, and Silenus fnores. Thy Magus, goddess : shall perform the rest.
Rous'd at his name, up rose the bowsy fire, With thar a Wizard old his cup extends ;
528 Bland and familiar to the throne he came,
A feather, shooting frona another's head, Led
up the youth, and call'd the goddess dame. Extracts his brain ; and principle is fled; Then thus : From priestcraft happily set free, Lolt is his God, his country, every thing ; LO!
every finish'd lon returns to thee : 500 | And nothing left but homage to a king! First llave to words, then valsal to a name, The vulgar herd turn off to roll with hogs, Then dupe to party; child and man the same ; To run with horses, or to hunt with dogs;
Ver. 492. Where Tindal didates, and Silenus the understanding, and establish flavery and error (nores.] It cannot be denied but that this fine in literature, philosophy, and politics. The whole froke of satire against atheism was well intended. finished in modern free-thinking: the completion But how must the reader smile at our author's of of whatever is vain, wrong, and destructive to the ficious zeal, when he is told, that at the time this happiness of mankind; as it establikes self-love for was written, you might as soon have found a wolf the fole principle of a&ion. in England as an atheist? The truth is, the whole
Ver. 506. (mild on by a queen'] i.e. This species was exterminated. There is a trifling dif queen or goddess of Duincís. ference, indeed, concerning the author of the At Ver. 517. With that a wizard old, &c.] Here chievement. Some, as Dr. Athenhurst, gave it to beginneth the celebration of the Greater MujBentley's Boylean Lectures. And he so well con teries of the goddess, which the poet, in his invovinced that great man of the truth, that whatever cation, ver. 5. promised to sing. afterwards he found atheist, he always read it A Ver. 518. -forgets his former friends,] Surcly Theill
. But, in spite of a claim so well made out, there little needed the force of charns or magia others gave the honour of this exploit to a lacter to set aside an useless friendship. For of all the Boylean ledurer. A judicious apologift for Dr. accommodations of fashionable life, as there are Clarke, against Mr. Whifton, says, with no less none more reputable, so there are none of fo litelegance than positiveness of expression, it is a mort tle charge as friendship. It fills up the void of life certain truth, that the demonstration of the being with a name of dignity and respect; and at the and attributes of God, has extirpated and banished fame time is ready to give place to every palliom atheism out of the Chriftiau world, p. 73. It is that offers to dispute possesion with it. much to be lamented, that the clearest truths have
SCRISL. Atill their dark side. Here we see it beconies a Ver. 523, 524. Lost is his God, his countrydoubt which of the two Herculeses was the more And nothing left but homage to a king :) So Per queller. But what of that? Since the thing strange as this may seem to a mere Englich readis done, and the proof of it so certain, there is no er, the famous Monf. de la Brugere declares it to occasion for so nice a canvalling of circumstances. be the character of every good subject in a Mo
SCRIBL. narchy: “ Where (says he) there is no such thing Jbid. Silenus. ] Silenus was an Epicurean philoso as love of our country, the interest, the glory, pher, as appears from Virgil, Ecl. vi. where he “ and service of the prince, supply its place.” De kings the principles of that philosophy in his drink. la Republique, clap. x.
Ver. 501. rirft slave to words, &c.] A recapi Of this duty another celebrated French author tulation of the whole course of modern education speaks indeed a little more disrespectfully; which described in this book, which confines youth to the for that reason, we shall not translate, but give Audy of words only in schools; subjects them to in his own words, “ L'Amour de la Patrie, le the authority of systems in the universities; and grand motif des prémiers Heros, n'est plus redeludes them with the names of party-distinctions “ gardé que comme une Chimcêrc; l'idée du Sera in the world. All equally concurring to narrow « vice du Roi, etondüe jusqu'à l'oubli de cows