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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,
your reputation made :
Like good ** of whom fo much was faid,
That when his name was up, he lay a-bed.
VER. 1. Not twice a twelve-month etc.] Thefe two lines are from Horace; and the only lines that are so 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,
Decay of Parts, alas! we all muft feel --
Why now, this moment, don't I fee you steal? 'Tis all from Horace; Horace long before ye
Said, "Tories call'd him Whig, and Whigs a Tory;"
Bubo obferves, he lafh'd no fort of Vice:
Who cropt our Ears, and fent them to the King.
P. Sir, what I write, fhould be correctly writ.
VER. 12. Bubo obferves,] Some guilty perfon very fond of making fuch an obfervation. P.
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
His fly, polite, infinuating style
Could please at Court, and make AUGUSTUS fmile:
His Friend and Shame, and was a kind of Screen.
Go fee Sir ROBERT
P. See Sir ROBERT !--- hum
an English one. He cut off his ears, and bid him carry them to the King his master. P.
VER. 22. Screen.]
Omne vafer vitium ridenti Flaccus amico
Tangit, et admiffus circum præcordia ludit.
Ibid. Screen.] A metaphor peculiarly appropriated to a certain person in power. P.
VER. 24. Patriots there are, &c.] 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 nanie. P.
VER. 26. The Great man] A phrafe, by common use, appropriated to the first minifter. P.
VER. 31. Seen him, uncumber'd] Thefe two verses were