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WRETCHED B - - -, jealous now of all,
What God, what mortal, fhall prevent thy fall?
C ---, his own proud dupe, thinks Monarchs things
Thro' Clouds of Paffion P--'s views are clear, Pulteney
He foams a Patriot to fubfide a Peer ;
VER. 1. O wretched B ,] There is no doubt but that this interesting fragment was the beginning of the very Satire to which Warburton alludes in the laft Poem.
Pope was afraid to go on in his career of perfonal acrimony, Paul Whitehead, having thrown out an indecent farcasm against Dr. Sherlock, was threatened with a profecution. This was meant as a hint to Pope; and it is very plain his fatiric progrefs was interrupted, for his alarm evidently appears. In this Poem, (which certainly was part of his plan, as a continuation of the Epilogue,) he feems,
Willing to wound, and yet afraid to firike."
I have added some explanatory names.
Grave, righteous S - joggs on till, paft belief, He finds himself companion with a thief.
To purge and let thee blood, with fire and sword, Is all the help stern S-- wou'd afford.
That those who bind and rob thee, would not kill,
Good Chopes, and candidly fits still.
Off Chs W
who speaks at all,
Sir Har-y or Sir P - - .
No more than of
"G-r, C-m, B - t, pay thee due regards, Unless the ladies bid them mind their cards. with wit that must
And Cd who speaks fo well and writes,
Whose wit and
And all are clear, that something must be done. 30
Inflam'd by 'P - -, and by P
e Sandys. d Shippen.
Sir Henry Oxenden and Sir Paul Methuen.
h Lords Gower, Cobham, and Bathurt.
i Lord Chesterfield.
* Lord Carteret.
1 William Pulteney, created in 1742 Earl of Bath.
Perhaps the Earl of Carlisle.
So geefe to gander prone obedience keep,
At length to B - kind, as to thy
What can thy "H.
Drefs in Dutch.
Tho' ftill he travels on no bad pretence,
Or those foul copies of thy face and tongue, Veracious" W - - - and frontless ° Young;
Sagacious Bub, so late a friend, and there
• Sir William Young.
4 Probably Hare, bishop of Chichester.
Either Sir Robert's brother Horace, who had just quitted
his embafly at the Hague, or his fon Horace, who was then on his travels.
Hervey and Hervey's school, 'F -, H - -
- laugh, or D - - s fager,
Or thy dread truncheon M.'s mighty peer?
Or H-k's quibbles voted into law?
b C. that Roman in his nofe alone,
y, 'H - - n,
but thy own,
Who hears all caufes, B - -,
Can the light packhorse, or the heavy steer, The fowzing Prelate, or the fweating Peer, Drag out with all its dirt and all its weight, The lumb'ring carriage of thy broken State? Alas! the people curfe, the carman fwears, The drivers quarrel, and the master stares. The plague is on thee, Britain, and who tries 75 To fave thee in th' infectious office dies.
4 Fox and Henley,
Blackburn, Archbishop of York, and Hoadley, bishop of Winchester.
Onflow, Speaker of the House of Commons, and the Earl of Delawar, Chairman of the Committees of the House of Lords.
* Dorset; perhaps the laft word should be fneer.
y Duke of Marlborough.
Probably Sir John Cummins, Lord Chief Juftice of the Common Pleas. < Britain.