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Hayman inv.et del.
O Sacred Weapon, left for Truth's Defence.
The Muse may give thee, but the Gods must guide.
Bp: 2 to Satures
Written in MDCC XXXVIII.
OT twice a twelve-month you appear
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.] Thefe 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 Cenfurer,
'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 fatiric ambiguity. His writings abound in them.
You grow correct, that once with Rapture writ,
P. Sir, what I write, fhould be correctly writ.
F. Correct! 'tis what no genius can admit.
VER. 9. And taught his Romans, in much better metre, "Ta laugh at Fools who put their trust in Peter."] The general turn of the thought is from Boileau,
Avant lui, Juvénal avoit dit en Latin,
Qu'on eft affis à l'aife aux fermons de Cotin.
But the irony in the first line, and the fatirical equivoque in the fecond, mark them for his own. His making the objector fay, that Horace excelled him in writing verfe, is pleafant. And the ambiguity of putting their trust in Peter, infinuates that Horace and he had frequently laughed at that specific folly, arifing from indolence, which ftill difpofes men to intruft their spiritual and temporal concerns to the abfolute difpofal of any fanctified or unfanctified cheat, bearing the name of PETER.
VER. 12. Bubo obferves,] Some guilty perfon very fond of making fuch an obfervation. P.
In Sappho mouch he Faling: for Ix,
Could please & Court, and make Aroustus inille:
VER. 22. Screen.]
Omne vafer vitium ridenti Flaccus amico
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 ship on one Jenkins a Captain of an Englifh one. He cut off his ears, and bid him carry them to the King his master.. P.
Tangit, et admiffus circum præcordia ludit Perf. P. Ibid. Screen.] A metaphor peculiarly appropriated to a certain perfon in power.
VER. 24. Patriots there are, &'c.] This appellation was generally given to thofe in oppofition to the Court. Though fome of them (which our author hints at) had views too mean and interefted to deferve that name. Р.
VER. 26. The Great man] A phrase, by common use, appropriated to the first minifter,