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The last, not least in honour or applause,
Isis and Cam made doctors of her laws.

Then, blessing all," Go, children of my care!
To practice now from theory repair.
All my commands are easy, short, and full:
My sons! be proud, be selfish, and be dull.
Guard my prerogative, assert my throne:
This nod confirms each privilege your own.
The cap and switch be sacred to his grace:
With staff and pumps the marquis leads the race;
From stage to stage the licens'd earl may run,
Pair'd with his fellow-charioteer, the sun;
The learned baron butterflies design,

Or draw to silk Arachne's subtile line;
The judge to dance his brother serjeant call;
The senator at cricket urge the ball;
The bishop, stow (pontific luxury!)
An hundred souls of turkeys in a pye;
The sturdy squires to Gallic masters stoop,
And drown his lands and manors in a soup.
Others import yet nobler arts from France,
Teach kings to fiddle, and make senates dance.
Perhaps more high some daring son may soar,
Proud to my list to add one monarch more;
And nobly-conscious, princes are but things
Born for first ministers, as slaves for kings,
Tyrant supreme! shall three estates command,
And make one mighty Dunciad of the land!"





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More she had spoke, but yawn'd-All nature nods: What mortal can resist the yawn of gods? Churches and chapels instantly it reach'd; (St. James's first, for leaden G- preach'd)


Then catch'd the schools; the hall scarce kept awake;
The convocation gap'd, but could not speak :
Lost was the nation's sense, nor could be found,
While the long solemn unison went round:
Wide, and more wide, it spread o'er all the realm:
Ev'n Palinurus nodded at the helm:

The vapour mild o'er each committee crept; 615
Unfinish'd treaties in each office slept;

And chiefless armies doz'd out the campaign;
And navies yawn'd for orders on the main.


O Muse! relate, (for you can tell alone, Wits have short memories, and dunces none,) Relate who first, who last, resign'd to rest; Whose heads she partly, whose completely blest; What charms could faction, what ambition lull, The venal quiet, and intrance the dull; [wrongTill drown'd was sense and shame, and right, and O sing, and hush the nations with thy song! In vain, in vain the all-composing hour


Resistless falls: the Muse obeys the pow'r.

She comes! she comes! the sable throne behold
Of Night primeval, and of Chaos old!


Before her, fancy's gilded clouds decay,
And all its varying rainbows die away.
Wit shoots in vain its momentary fires,
The meteor drops, and in a flash expires.
As one by one, at dread Medea's strain,
The sickening stars fade off th' ethereal plain;
As Argus' eyes, by Hermes' wand opprest,
Clos'd one by one to everlasting rest;
Thus at her felt approach, and secret might,
Art after art goes out, and all is night.
See skulking Truth to her old cavern fled,
Mountains of casuistry heap'd o'er her head!
Philosophy, that lean'd on Heav'n before,
Shrinks to her second cause, and is no more.



Physic of metaphysic begs defence,

And metaphysic calls for aid on sense!


See mystery to mathematics fly!

In vain they gaze, turn giddy, rave, and die.
Religion, blushing, veils her sacred fires,

And unawares Morality expires.

Nor public flame, nor private, dares to shine;
Nor human spark is left, nor glimpse divine!
La! thy dread empire, Chaos! is restor'd;
Light dies before thy uncreating word:


Thy hand, great Anarch! lets the curtain fall; 655 And universal darkness buries all.



Celebrated in


The Numerals shew the Book.---The Figures the Verse.

AMBROSE Philips, i. 105.

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iii., De Foe, Daniel, i. 103. ii. 147.
De Foe, Norton, ii. 415.
De Lyra, or Harpsfield, i. 153.
Dennis, John, i. 106. ii. 239. iii.

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iv. 10.

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Benson, William, Esq. iii. 325. Gregorians and Gormogons, iv.

Burgersdyck, iv. 198.

Boeotians, iii. 50.

Bruin and Bears, i. 101.


Holland, Philemon, i. 154.

Hearne, Thomas, iii. 185,

Horneck, Philip, iii. 152.

Bear and Fiddle, i. 224.

Cibber, Colley, Hero of the Poem,

Cibber, jun. iii, 139, 326.

Caxton, William, i. 149.

Haywood, Eliza, ii. 157, &c.
Howard, Edward, i. 297.
Henley, John, the Orator, ii. 2,
425. iii. 199, &c.
Huns, iii. 90.

Curl, Edm. i. 40. ii. 3, 58, 167, Heywood, John, i. 93.

Harpsfield, i. 153.
Hays, iv. 560.

John, King, i. 252.

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Cæsar in Egypt, i. 251.

iii. 75.

James I. iv. 176.

Chi Ko-amti, Emperor of China, Jacob, Giles, iii. 149.

Jansen, a Gamester, iv. 326.

Crousaz, iv. 198.

Codrus, ii. 144.

Knight, Robert, iv. 561.

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Moore, James, ii. 50, &c.
Morris, Bezaleel, ii. 126. iii. 168.
Mist, Nathaniel, i. 208.
Milbourn, Luke, ii. 349.
Mahomet, iii. 97.

Mears, William, ii. 125. iii. 28.
Motteux, Peter, ii. 412.
Monks, iii. 52.
Mandeville, ii. 414.
Morgan, ibid.
Montalto, iv. 105.
Mummius, an Antiquary, iv.371.

Newcastle, Duchess of, i. 141.
Nonjuror, i. 253.

Ogilvy, John, i. 141, 328.
Oldmixon, John, ii. 283.
Ozell, John, i. 285.
Omar, the Caliph, ii
Ostrogoths, iii. 93.
Owls, i. 271, 290. iii. 54.


Athenian, iv. 362.
Osborne, Bookseller, ii. 167.
Mother, ii. 312.

Prynn, William, i. 103.

Roome, Edward, iii. 152.
Ridley, Thomas, iii. 327.
Ridpath, George, i. 203. ii. 149.
Roper, Abel, ii. 149.
Rich, iii. 261.

Settle, Elkanah, i. 90, 146. iii. 37.
Smedley, Jonathan, ii. 291, &c.
Shadwell, Thomas, i. 240. iii. 22.
Scholiasts, iv. 232.
Silenus, iv. 492.
Sooterkins, i. 126.

Tate, i. 105, 238.

Theobald, or Tibbald, i. 133, 286.
Tutchin, John, ii. 148.
Toland, John, ii. 399. iii. 212.
Tindal, Dr. ii. 399. iii. 212, 492.
Taylor, John, the Water-Poet,
iii. 19.

Vandals, iii. 86.
Visigoths, iii. 94.

Walpole, [late Sir Robert] praised
by our Author, ii. 314.
Withers, George, i. 296.
Wynkyn de Worde, i. 149.
Ward, Edw. i. 233. iii. 34.
Webster, ii. 258.

Whitefield, ibid.

Warner, Thomas, ii. 125.
Wilkins, ibid.

Philips, Ambrose, i. 105. iii. 326. Welsted, Leonard, ii. 207. iii. 170.

Paridell, iv. 341.

Quarles, Francis, i. 140.

Querno, Camillo, ii. 15.

Ralph, James, i. 216. iii. 165.

Woolston, Thomas, iii. 212.

Wormius, iii. 188.

Wasse, iv. 237.

Walker, hat-bearer to Bentley,
iv. 206, 273.

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Satires, Epistles, and Odes of Horace imitated
Satires of Dr. Donne versified

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To the same, on her leaving Town after the Co-


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The Basset-table. An Eclogue
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Epilogue to Mr. Rowe's Jane Shore
Stanzas to Lady Frances Shirley
Song by a Person of Quality. 1733
Macer. A Character

On a certain Lady at Court

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