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RIMA dicte mihi, fumma dicende camena,
Spectatum fatis, et donatum jam rude, quaeris,
Maecenas, iterum antiquo me includere ludo.
Non eadem eft aetas, non mens. Veianius, armis
Herculis ad poftem fixis, latet abditus agro;
Ne populum extrema toties exoret arena.
Eft mihi purgatam crebro qui perfonet aurem ;
Solve fenefcentem mature fanus equum, ne
Peccet ad extremum ridendus, et ilia ducat.
VER. 3. Sabbath of my days ?] i. e. The 49th year, the age of the Author.
VER. 8. Hang their old Trophies o'er the Garden gates,] An occafional ftroke of Satire on ill-placed ornaments. He has more openly ridiculed them in his Epifle on Tafte.
To L. BOLINGBROKE.
ST. JOHN, whofe love indulg'd my labours paft, my prefent, and bound my laft!
Why will you break the Sabbath of my days?
Nor fond of bleeding, ev'n in BRUNSWICK's caufe.
f A Voice there is, that whispers in my ear, II ('Tis Reason's voice, which fometimes one can hear) "Friend Pope! be prudent, let your Muse take
"And never gallop Pegafus to death;
"Load fome vain Church with old theatric ftate,
VER. 10. ev'n in Brunswick's caufe.] In the former Editions it was, Britain's caufe. But the terms are fynony
Nunc itaque et versus, et caetera ludicra pono:
Quid i verum atque decens, curo et rogo, et omnis in
* Condo, et compono, quae mox depromere poffim. Ac ne forte roges, quo me duce, quo Lare tuter: Nullius addictus jurare in verba magiftri,
Quo me cunque rapit tempeftas, deferor hofpes.
Nunc agilis fio, et merfor " civilibus undis,
Nunc in* Aristippi P furtim praecepta relabor,
a Ut nox longa, quibus mentitur amica; diesque
VER. 16. You limp, like Blackmore on a Lord Mayor's borse.] The fame of this heavy Poet, however problematical elsewhere, was univerfally received in the City of London. His verfification is here exactly described: stiff,
"Left ftiff, and ftately, void of fire or force,
Farewell then Verfe, and Love, and ev'ry Toy,
As drives the TM storm, at any door I knoçk:
And house with Montagne now, or now with Locke.
Mix with the World, and battle for the State,
Long, as to him who works for debt, the day, 35
and not ftrong; ftately and yet dull, like the fober and flow-paced Animal generally employed to mount the Lord Mayor and therefore here humourously opposed to Pegafus. P.