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F. Hayman inv. et del,
Shut, shut the Door, good John fatigud I said
Op: to Arbuthnot.
And now the Poem, which holds fo much of the DRAMA, and opens with all the disorder and vexation that every kind of impertinence and flander could occafion, concludes with the utmost calmness and ferenity, in the retired enjoyment of all the tender offices of FRIENDSHIP and PIETY [ 388. to the end.]
EPISTLE to Dr. ARBUTHNOT,
HUT, shut the door, good John! fatigu'd
Tye up the knocker, fay I'm fick, I'm dead, The Dog-star rages! nay 'tis past a doubt, All Bedlam, or Parnaffus, is let out: Fire in each eye, and papers They rave, recite, and madden round the land.
in each hand,
VER. 1. Shut, fhut the door, good John!] John Searl, his old and faithful fervant: whom he has remembered, under that character, in his Will.
What walls can guard me, or what shades can hide?
Is there a Parfon, much be-mus'd in beer, 15 A maudlin Poetefs, a rhyming Peer,
A Clerk, foredoom'd his father's foul to cross,
After y 20. in the MS.
Is there a Bard in durance? turn them free,
VER. 12. Ev'n Sunday fhines no Sabbath-day to me.] The beauty of this line arifes from the figurative terms of the predicate alluding to the fubject. A fecret, in elegant expreffion, which our Author often practifed.
VER. 13. Mint.] A place to which infolvent debtors retired, to enjoy an illegal protection, which they were there fuffered to afford one another, from the perfecution of their creditors.
Arthur, whofe giddy fon neglects the Laws,
If foes, they write, if friends, they read me dead.
I fit with fad civility, I read
With honeft anguish, and an aching head;
VER. 29. in the 1ft Ed.
Dear Doctor, tell me, is not this a curfe?
VER. 23. Arthur,] Arthur Moore, Efq.
Alluding to the fcene in the Plain- Dealer, where Oldfox gags, and ties down the Widow, to hear his well-pen'd flanzas.
VER. 38. honeft anguish,] i. e. undiffembled.
Ibid. an aching head; Alluding to the diforder he was then fo conftantly afflicted with.