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All, all but Truth, drops dead-born from the Prefs,
When black Ambition ftains a public Cause,
Not fo, when diadem'd with rays divine,
Her Priestess Muse forbids the Good to die,
After 227. in the MS.
Where's now the Star that lighted Charles to rife?
VER. 228. When black Ambition etc.] The cafe of Cromwell in the civil war of England; and (229.) of Louis XIV. in his conqueft of the Low Countries. P.
VER. 231. Nor Boileau turn the Feather to a Star.] See his Ode on Namur; where (to ufe his own words) "il a fait un "Aftre de la Plume blanche que le Roy porte ordinairement "à fon Chapeau, et qui eft en effet une efpece de Comete, "fatale à nos ennemis." P.
There, other Trophies deck the truly brave,
And may descend to Mordington from STAIR:
Yes, the last Pen for Freedom let me draw, When Truth stands trembling on the edge of Law; Here, Laft of Britons! let Names be read; your Are none, none living? let me praise the Dead,
VER. 237. Anfis] The chief Herald at Arms. It is the cuftom, at the funeral of great peers, to caft into the grave the broken ftaves and enfigns of honour. P.
VER. 239. Stair;] John Dalrymple Earl of Stair, Knight of the Thistle; ferved in all the wars under the Duke of Marlborough; and afterwards as Embassador in France.. P.
VER. 240, 241. Hough and Digby] Dr. John Hough Bishop of Worcester, and the Lord Digby. The one an affertor of the Church of England in oppofition to the false measures of King James II. The other as firmly attached to the cause of that King. Both acting out of principle, and equally men of honour and virtue.
And for that Cause which made your
Ver. 255, in the MS.
Quit, quit these themes, and write Effays on Man.
VER. ult.] This was the laft poem of the kind printed by our author, with a refolution to publish no more; but to enter thus, in the moft plain and folemn manner he could, a fort of PROTEST against that infuperable corruption and depravity of manners, which he had been fo unhappy as to live to fee. Could he have hoped to have amended any, he had continued those attacks; but bad men were grown fo fhameless and so powerful, that Ridicule was become as unfafe as it was ineffectual. The Poem raised him, as he knew it would, fome enemies; but he had reason to be satisfied with the approbation of good men, and the teftimony of his own confcience. P.
Receiving from the Right Hon. the Lady
A STANDISH and Two PENS.
ES, I beheld th'Athenian Queen Defcend in all her fober charms "And take (fhe faid, and fmil'd ferene) "Take at this hand celeftial arms:
"Secure the radiant weapons wield;
Aw'd, on my bended knees I fell,
Receiv'd the weapons of the sky; And dipt them in the fable Well, The fount of Fame or Infamy.
The Lady Frances Shirley] A Lady whofe great Merit Mr. Pope took a real pleafure in celebrating.
"What Well? what Weapon? (Flavia cries)
"I gave it you to write again.
"But, Friend, take heed whom you "You'll bring a House (I mean of Peers) « Red, Blue, and Green, nay white and black, “ L------ and all about your ears.
"You'd write as smooth again on glass,
"Athenian Queen! and fober charms ! "I tell ye, fool, there's nothing in't "Tis Venus, Venus gives these arms; "In Dryden's Virgil see the print ®.
A famous toy-shop at Bath.
b The Dunciad.
The Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot.
Such toys being the ufual prefents from lovers to their miftreffes.
When the delivers Eneas a fuit of heavenly armour.