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FR. "TIS all a libel-Paxton* (Sir) will fay.
And for that very cause I print to-day.
F. Yet none but you by name the guilty lash;
P. How, Sir! not damn the sharper, but the dice !
* Late folicitor to the Treasury.
§ The ordinary of Newgate, who publishes the memoirs of the malefac tors, and is often prevailed upon to be so tender of their reputation, as to set down no more than the initials of their name.
Come on then, fatire! gen'ral, unconfin'd,
Spread thy broad wing, and fouce on all the kind.
Ye tradefmen, vile, in army, court, or hall!
Ye rev'rend atheifts. F. Scandal! name them, Who?
P. See, now I keep the fecret, and not you!
F. A dean, Sir? no; his fortune is not made,
P. If not the tradefman who fet up to-day,
Go drench a pickpocket, and join the mob.
The poor and friendlefs villain, than the great?
* Alluding to the old game-laws, when our kings spent all the time they could fpare from human flaughter, in woods and forests.
§ Jonathan Wild, a famous thief, and thief-impeacher, who was at last caught in his own train and hanged.
Alas! the fmall difcredit of a bribe
Scarce hurts the lawyer, but undoes the fcribe.
To tax directors, who (thank God) have plums;
May pinch ev'n there-why lay it on a king*.
P. Muft fatire, then, nor rife nor fall? Speak out, and bid me blame no rogues at all.
F. Yes, ftrike that Wild, I'll justify the blow.
F. What always Peter? Peter thinks you mad,
P. Do I wrong the man?
God knows, I praise the courtier where I can.
When I confefs, there is who feels for fame,
And melts to goodness, need ISCAR'BROW† name? 65
I fit and dream I fee my CRAGGs anew!
* He is serious on the foregoing fubjects of fatire; but ironical here, and only alludes to the common practices of ministers, in laying their own mifcarriages on their masters.
§ Peter had, the year before this, narrrowly escaped the pillory, for forgery; and got off with a fevere rebuke only from the bench.
+ Earl of and knight of the Garter, whose perfonal attachments to the king appeared from his steady adherence to the royal intereft, after his refignation of his great employment of master of the horfe; and whofe known honour and virtue made him efteemed by all parties.
The house and gardens of Efher in Surry, belonging to the honourable Mr. Pelham, brother to the duke of Newcastle. The author could not have given a more amiable idea of his character than in comparing him to Mr. Craggs.
Ev'n in a bishop I can fpy defert; Secker is decent, Rundel has a heart, Manners with candour are to Benson giv❜n, To Berkley, every virtue under Heav'n.
But does the court a worthy man remove? That inftant, I declare, he has my love:
I fhun his zenith, court his mild decline;
Thus SOMMERS* once, and HALIFAX §, were mine. Oft, in the clear, ftill mirrour of retreat,
I ftudy'd SHREWSBURY †, the wife and great; CARLETON'S calm fenfe, and STANHOPE'S || noble flame,
Compar'd, and knew their gen'rous end the fame :
Or WYNDHAM **, just to freedom and the throne,
John lord Sommers died in 1716. He had been lord keeper in the reign of William III. who took from him the seals in 1700. The author had the honour of knowing him in 1706. A faithful. able, and incorrupt miaifter; who, to the qualities of a confummate statesman, added thofe of a man of learning and politeness.
§ A peer, no lefs diftinguished by his love of letters than his abilities in Parliament. He was difgraced in 1710, on the change of queen Ann's ministry.
† Charles Talbot, duke of Shrewsbury, had been secretary of flate, ambaffador in France, lord lieutenant of Ireland, lord Chamberlain, and lord Treasurer. He feveral times quitted his employments, and was often recalled. He died in 1718.
Hen. Boyle, lord Carleton, (nephew of the famous Robert Boyle) whọ was secretary of state under William III. and president of the council under queen Anne.
James earl Stanhope. A nobleman of equal courage, fpirit, and learning. General in Spain, and secretary of state.
** Sir William Wyndham, chancellor of the Exchequer under queen Anne, made early a confiderable figure; but fince a much greater both by his ability and eloquence, joined with the utmost judgment and temper.
Names, which I long have lov'd, nor lov'd in vain, 90
Din'd with the MAN of Ross, or my LORD MAY'R.
To find an honeft man I beat about,
P. Not fo fierce;
Find you the virtue, and I'll find the verse.
What RICHELIEU wanted, LOUIS fcarce could gain,
O let my country's friends illumine mine!
-What are you thinking? F. Faith the thought's no fin,
I think your friends are out, and would be in.