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Vol. IV. facing p. 231.
Hayman inv.et del.
O Sacred Weapon, left for Truth's Defence,
The Muse may give thee, but the Gods must guide.
Ep: to Satin
Written in MDCCXXXVIII.
FR. 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 fo in the whole Poem; being meant to give a handle to that which follows in the character of an impertinent Censurer,
'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 satiric 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 observation. P.
VER. 14. H-ggins] Formerly Jaylor 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 fhip on one Jenkins a Captain of
His fly, polite, infinuating style
Could please at Court, and make AUGUSTUS fmile:
P. See Sir ROBERT !--- hum
an English one. He cut off his ears, and bid him carry them to the King his mafter. 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 lome of them (which our author hints at) had views too mean and interested to deferve that name. P.
VER. 26. The Great man] A phrafe, by common use, appropriated to the firft minifter. P.
VAR. 31. Seen bim, uncumber'd] These two verfes were