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TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTION OF MRS. HOW..
Their several graces in my Sharpen meet ; Alas! far lesser losses than I bear,
Strong as the tootıran, as the master sweet. Have made a soldier sigh, a lover swear. And oh! what makes the disappointment hard, Cease your contention, which has been too long ; 'Twas my own lord that drew the fatal card.
I grow iinpatient, and the tea's too strong. In complaisance I took the qne en he gave; Attend, and yield to what I now decide; Though my own secret wish was for the knave.
The equipage shall grace Smihinda's side:
Now leave complaining, and begin your tea.
VERBATIM FROM BOILEAU.
UN JOUR, DIT UN AUTEUR, &c.
Before her each with clamour pleads the laws, I introduc'd her to the park and plays ;
Explain’d the matter, and would win the cause. And by my interest, Crozens maile her stays. Dame Justice weighing long the doubtful right, I'ngrateful writch, with mimie airs grown pert, Takes, opens, swallows it, before their sight. She dares to steal my favourite lover's heart ! The cause of strife remov'd so rarely well,
There take, (says Justice) take you each a shell. Wretrh that I was! how often have I swore,
We thrive at Westminster on fools like you :
'Tis a beldam,
Seen with wit and beauty seldom.
"Tis (n10, 'tis n't) like miss Meadows.
'Tis an ugly, envious shrew,
OCCASIONED BY SOME VERSES OF
HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM. What more than marble must that heart compose, Muse, 'tis enough: at length thy labour ends; Can hearken coldly to my Sharper's vows? Then, when he trembles ! when his blushes rise ! And thou shalt live, for Buckingham commends, Wben awful love seems melting in his eyes ! Tet crowds of critics now my verse assail, With eager beats bis Mechlin cravat moves : Let Dennis write, and nameless numbers rail : He loves,-whisper tu myself, he loves!
Uhis more than pays whole years of thankless pain, Such unfeign'd passiu in his looks appears, Tiine, health, and fortune, are not lost in vain. I lose my inemory of my former fears;
Sheffield approves, consenting Phæbus bends, My panting heart confesses all his charins,
And I and Malice from this hour are friends. I yield at once, and sink into his arms. Think of that moment; you who prudence boast, For such a moment, prudence well were lost.
BY MR. POPE,
TO A PLAY POR MR. DENNIS'S BENEFIT, IN 1733, To Basset's heavenly joys, and pleasing cares?
WHEN UE WAS OLD, BLIND, AND IN GREAT DISTRESS, SMILINDA. Soft Simplicetta doats upon a bean ;
when that hern, who in each campaign Prudina likes a man, and laughs at show,
Had brav'd the Goth, and many a Vandal slain,
A LITTLE BEFORE HIS DEATH.
lay fortune-struck, a spectacle of woe !
First sought a poet's fortune in the town,
To wear red stockings, and to dine with Steel. Dennis, who long had warr'd with modern Huns, "Some ends of verse his betters might afford ; Their quibbles routed, and defy'd their puns ; And gave the harmless fellow a good word. A desperate bulwark, sturdy, firm, and fierce, Set up with these, he ventur'd on the town, Against the Gothic sons of trozen verse :
And with a borrow'd play out did poor Crown. How chang'd from him who made the boxes There he stopp'd short, nor since has writ a tittle, groan,
But has the wit to make the most of little: And shook the stage with thunder all his own! Like stunted hide-bound trees, that just have got Stood up to dash each vain pretender's hope, Sufficient sap at once to bear and rot. Maul the French tyrant, or pull down the pope ! Now he begs verse, and what he gets commends, If there's a Briton then, true bred and born, Not of the wits his foes, but fools bis friends. Who holds dragoons and wooden shoes in scorn ; So some coarse country wench, almost decay'd, If there's a critic of distinguish'd rage;
Trudges to town, and first turns chambermaid; If there's a senior, who contemns this age ; Awkward and supple, each devoir to pay, Let him to-night his just assistance lend,
She flatters her good lady twice a-day ;
And strangely lik'd for her simplicity :
But just endur'd the winter she began,
And in four months a batter'd harridan.
Now nothing left, but wither’d, pale and shrunk,
To bawd for others, and go shares with punk.
TO MR. JOHN MOORE,
How much, egregious Moore, are we
Whate'er we think, whate'er we see,
All human kind are worms. When freedom is the cause, 'tis hers to fight; Man is a very worm by birth, And hers, when freedom is the theme, to write. Vile, reptile, weak, and vain ? For this a British author bids again
A while he crawls upon the earth, The heroine rise, to grace the British scene.
Then shrinks to earth again. Here, as in life, she breathes her genuine flame:
That woman is a worm, we find She asks, what bosom has not felt the same?
E’er since our grandame's evil ; Asks of the British youth-Is silence there?
She first convers'd with her own kind,
That ancient worm, the Devil.
The learn'd themselves we book-worms name, Well-pleas'd to give our neighbours due ap
The blockhead is a slow-worm; plause,
The nymph whose tail is all on flame, He owns their learning, but disdains their laws.
Is aptly term'd a glow-worm : Not to his patient touch, or happy fame,
The fops are painted butterflies, 'Tis to his British heart be trusts for fame.
That flutter for a day ; i France excel him in one free-born thought,
First from a worm they take their rise, The man, as well as poet, is in fault.
And in a worm decay.
The flatterer an earwig grows ;
That statesmen have the worm, is seen
By all their winding play ;
Their conscience is a worm within, "I have been told by Savage, that of the Pro
That gnaws thein night and day. logue to Sophonisha, the first part was written by Ah Moore! thy skill were well employ'd, Pope, who could not be persuaded to finish it; and that the concluding lines were written by i thou could'st make the courtier void
And greater gain would rise, Mallet.
The worin that never dies!
AUTHOR OF THE CELEBRATED WORM-POWDER
O learned friend of Abchurch-lane,
ON HIS GROTTO AT TWICKENHAM. Vain is thy art, thy powder vain,
COMPOSED OF MARBLE, SPARS, GEMS, ORES, AND Since worms shall eat ev'n thee.
Thou who shalt stop, where Thames' translucent
Shines a broad mirrour through the shadowy cave ;
And latent metals innocently glow ;
Approach. Great Nature studiously behold!
And eye the mine without a wish for gold.
Approach : but awful! Lo! the Ægerian grot,
Where, nobly pensive, St. John sat and thought; WRITTEN IN THE YEAR 1733,
Where Bșitish sighs from dying Windham stole,
And the bright flame was shot through Marchmont's FLUTTering spread thy purple pinions,
Let such, such only, tread this sacred floor, (soul, Gentle Cupid, o'er my heart ;
Who dare to love their couutry, and be poor. I a slave in thy dominions ;
Nature must give way to art, Mild Arcadians, ever blooming, Nightly nodding o'er your flocks,
TO MRS, M. B, ON HER BIRTH-DAY. See my weary days consuming, All beneath yon fluwery rocks.
Oh, be thou blest with all that Heaven can send,
Long health, long youth, long pleasure, and a friend ! Thus the Cyprian goddess weeping,
Not with those toys the female world admire, Mourn'd Adonis, darling youth;
Riches that vex, and vanities that tire. Him the boar, in silence creeping,
With added years, if life bring nothing new, Gor'd with unrelenting tooth.
But like a sieve let every blessing through, Cynthia, tune harmonious numbers,
Some joy still lost, as each vain year runs o'er, Fair Discretion, string the lyre;
And all we gain, somne sąd reflection more; Sooth my ever-waking slumbers :
Is that a birth day; 'tis alas ! too clear, Bright Apollo, lend thy choir,
"Tis but the funeral of the former year. Gloomy Pluto, king of terrours,
Let joy or ease, let altluence or content, Arm'd in adamantine chains,
And the gay conscience of a life well spent, Lead me to the crystal mirrours,
Calin every thought, inspirit every grace, Watering soft Elysian plains,
Glow in thy heart, and smile upon thy face.
Let day improve on day, and year on year, Mournful cypress, verdant willow,
Without a pain, a trouble, or a fear; Gilding my Aurelia's brows,
Till Death unfelt that tender frame destroy, Morpheus hovering o'er my pillow,
In some soft dream, or ecstasy of joy, Hear me pay my dying vows
Peaceful sleep out the sabbath of the tomb,
And wake to raptures in a life to come.
With thy flowery chaplets crown'chi
TO MR. THOMAS SOUTHERN,
ON HIS BIRTH-DAY, 1742,
Resigx'd to live, prepar'd to die,
Kind Boyle, before his poet, lays
A table, with a cloth of bays;
And Ireland, mother of sweet singers,
Presents her harp still to his fingers. (Envy, be silent and attend !)
The feast, his towering genius marks I know a reasonable woman,
In yonder wild-goose and the larks ! Handsome and witty, yet a friend.
The mushrooms show his wit was sudden!
And for his judgment, lo a pudden !
Ver. 15. Originally thus in the MS. “ Has she no faults then, (Envy says) sir ?»
And oh, since Death must that fair frame destroy, Yes, she has one, I must aver:
Die, by some sudden ecstasy of joy ; When all the world conspires to praise her,
In some soft dream may thy mild soul repore, The woman's deaf, and does not bear,
And be thy latest gasp a sigh of love,
Roast beef, though old, proclaims him stout, What schemes of politics, or laws,
In Gallic lands the patriot draws !
Than all the tomes of Haines's band ? Be every birth-day more a winner,
“ Or shoots he folly as it flies ? Digest his thirty-thousandth dinner ;
“ Or catches manners as they rise ?” Walk to his grave without reproach,
Or, urg'd by unquench'd native heat,
Does St. John Greenwich sports repeat ? And scorn a rascal and a coach.
Where (emulous of Chartres' fame)
Et'n Chartres' self is scarce a name.
• To you (th' all-envy'd gift of Heaven)
A form complete in every part,
And, to enjoy that gift, the art.
? What could a tender mother's care
Wish better to her favourite heir,
Than wit, and fame, and lucky hours,
A stock of health, and golden showers,
And graceful fluency of speech,
Precepts before unknown to teach?
Amidst thy various ebbs of fear,
And gleaming hope, and black despair ;
Yet let thy friend this truth impart;
A truth I tell with bleeding heart,
(In justice for your labours past) 'Twas a woman at first,
9 That cvery day shall be your last; (Indeed she was curst)
That every hour you life renew
Is to your injur'd country due.
In spite of fears, of mercy spite,
My genius still must rail, and write.
Haste to thy Twickenham's safe retreat,
And mingle with the grumbling great:
There, half devour'd by spleen, you'll find
The rhyming bubbler of mankind;
There (objects of our mutual hate)
We'll ridicule both church and state,
But if the first Eve
EPIGRAM ON MRS. TOFTS.
A HANDSOME WOMAN WITH A FINE VOICE, BUT VERY
So bright is thy beauty, so charming thy song,
along; THE FOURTH EPISTLE OF THE FIRST But such is thy avarice, and such is thy pride, BOOK OF HORACE'S EPISTLES?. That the beasts must have starv'd, and the poet
have died. A MODERN IMITATION, SAY 5, St. John, who alone peruse
4 The lines here quoted occur in the Essay on With candid eye, the inimic Muse,
Man. This panegyric on lady Mary Wortley Monta- * An tacitam silvas inter reptare salubres ? gue might have been suppressed by Mr. Pope, on
– Di tibi formam account of her having satirized him in her verses to Di tibi divitias dederant, artemque fruendi. the Imitator of Hosace; which abuse he returned
? Quid voveat dulci nutricula majus alumno, in the first Satire of the second book of Horace.
Quam sapere, et fari posset quæ sentiat, et cui From furious Sappho, scarce a milder fate,
Gratia, fama, valetudo contingat abunde, Ped by her love, or libeld by her hate. S.
non deficiente crumena? 2 This satire on Lord Bolingbroke, and the praise Inter spem, curamque, timores inter et iras, bestowed on him in a letter to Mr. Richardson, Omnem crede diem tibi diluxisse supremum. where Mr. Pope says,
Me pinguem, et nitidum bene curata cute vises, The sons shall blush their fathers were his foes; Cum ridere voles Epicuri de grege porcum. being so contradictory, probably occasioned the 10 This epigram, first printed anonymously in former to be suppressed. S.
Steele's Collection, and copied in the Miscellanies Ad ALBIUM TIBULLUM.
of Swift and Pope, is ascribed to Pope by sir John 3 Albi, nostrorum sermonum candide judex, Hawkins, in his History of Music. --Mrs. Tofts, Quid nunc te dicam facere in regione Pedana? who was the daughter of a person in the family of Scribere, quod Cassi Parmensis opuscula vincat? bishop Byrnet, is celebrated as a singer little in
COVETOUS AND PROUD.
Why make I friendships with the great,
When I no favour seek?
Or follow girls seven hours in eight !-
I need but once a week.
Still idle, with a busy air, Where still so much is said;
Deep whimsies to contrive; One half will never be believ'd,
The gayest valetudinaire,
Most thinking rake alive.
Though fond of dear repose ;
Careless or drowsy with my friends,
And frolic with my foes.
For sober, studjous days!
And Burlington's delicious meal, When Kneller painted these ?
For sallads, tarts, and pease!
Whose soul sincere and free,
And so may starve with me.
IN THE YEAR 1715.
Pope. Since my old friend is grown so great, This year in peace, ye critics, dwell,
As to be ininister of state, Ye harlois, sleep at ease !
I'm told (but 'tis not true I hope) Soft B and rough C-, adieu !
That Craggs will be asham'd of Pope. Earl Warwick make your moan,
CRAGGS. Alas! if I am such a creature, The lively Hk and you
To grow the worse for growing greater ; May knock up whores alone.
Why faith, in spite of all my brags, To drink and droll be Rowe allow'd
'Tis Pope must be asham'd of Craggs. Till the third watchman toll; Let Jervis gratis paint, and Frowde
Save three-pence and his soul.
ENGRAVED ON THE COLLAR OF A DOG, WHICH I GAVE Although he knows it not.
TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS. Lintot, farewell! thy bard must go;
Am his Highness' dog at Kew; Parewell, unhappy Tonson !
Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?
Lean Philips, and fat Johnson.
OCCASIONED BY AN INVITATION TO COURT. And Homer (damn him !) calls. The love of arts lies cold and dead
In the lines that you sent are the Muses and In Halifax's urn;
Graces ; And not one Muse of all he fed,
You 've the Nine in your wit, and the Three in Has yet the grace to mourn. My friends, by turns, my friends confound,
Betray, and are betray'd : Poor Y-r's sold for fifty pound, And B- -11 is a jade.
ON AN OLD GATE
ERECTED IN CHISWICK GARDENS.
ferior, either for her voice or manner, to the best
GATE, I was brought from Chelsea last year, Italian, chanted her recitative in English, in an
Batter'd wit: wind and weather. swer to his Italian; yet the charms of their voices Inigo Jones put me together. overcame the absurdity.
Sir Hans Sloane
Let me alone : ' It is not generally known that the person here
Burlington brought me hither. meant was Dr. Robert Freind, head master of