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O Sacred Weapon left for Truths Defence
Written in uDCCXXXVIII.
FR. OT twice a twelve-month you appear
in Print, And when it comes, the Court fee nothing in't. You
grow correct, that once with Rapture writ, And are, besides, too moral for a Wit.
You don't, I hope, pretend to quit the trade,
Or like ** you'll lie a-bed too long. VER. I. 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,
Decay of Parts, alas! we all must feel-
But Horace, Sir, was delicate, was nice ;
In rev'rend Bishops note fome Small Neglects,
Could please at Court, and make AUGUSTUS fmile:
P. Sir, what I write, should be correctly writ.
Befides, you grow too moral for a Wit.
VER. 12. Bubo obferves,] Some guilty perfon very fond of making fuch an observation:
VER. R. 14. H--ggins] Formerly Jaylor of the Fleet prifon, enrich'd himself by many exactions, for which he was tried and expelled.
VER. 18. Who cropt our Ears,] Said to be executed by the Captain of a Spanish fhip on one Jenkins, a Captain of an English one. He cut off his ears, and bid him carry them to the King his master.
An artful Manager, that crept between
His Friend and Shame, and was a kind of Screen. But 'faith your very Friends will foon be fore: Patriots there are, who wish you'd jeft no moreAnd where's the Glory! 'twill be only thought 25 The Great man never offer'd you a groat,
Go fee Sir ROBERT
P. See Sir ROBERT!-hum
And never laugh-for all my life to come?
VER. 22: Screen.]
Omne vafer vitium ridenti Flaccus amico
Tangit, et admiffus circum præcordia ludit Perf. Ibid. Screen.] A metaphor peculiarly appropriated to a certain person in power.
VER. 24. Patriots there are, etc.] This appellation was generally given to those in oppofition to the Court. Though fome of them (which our author hints at) had views too mean and interested to deferve that name.
VER. 26. The Great man] A phrase, by common use, appropriated to the first minister.
VER. 31. Seen him, uncumber'd] These two verses were originally in the poem, though omitted in all the first editions.
VER. 34. what he thinks mankind.] This request seems somewhat abfurd: but not more so than the principle it refers to. That great Minifter, it feems, thought all mankind Rogues; and that every one had his price. It was ufually given as a