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SATIR E IV.
WELL, if it be my time to quit the stage,
With foolish pride my heart was never fir’d, Nor the vain itch t'admire, or be admir'd; 10 I hop'd for no commission from his Grace; I bought no benefice, I begg'd no place; Had no new verses, nor new suit to shew; Yet went to Court !—the Dev'l would have it so. But, as the Fool that in reforming days
15 Would go to Mass in jest (as story says) Could not but think, to pay his fine was odd, Since 'twas no form’d design of serving God; So was I punish'd, as if full as proud As prone to ill, as negligent of good,
ever been guilty of, by beginning the Verse with the word Noah. And line 17, his fine was odd, seems to be very exceptionable. Ver. 19. So was I punish’d,] Thus in former editions :
Such was my Fate, whom Heav'n adjudged.
As vain, as witless, and as false, as they
Therefore I suffer'd this ; towards me did run
, Sir, by your Priesthood, tell me what you are? His cloathes were strange, tho' coarse, and black
tho' bare. Sleeveless his jerkin was, and it had been Velvet, but 'twas now (so much ground was seen) Become Tufftaffaty; and our children shall See it plain rash a while, then nought at all.
Pope made many alterations in this Satire, and seems to have taken pains in correcting it. Line 65, and succeeding ones, stood thus :
Well met, he cries, and happy sure for each,
For I am pleas'd to learn and you to teach.
Obliging Sir, I love you I profess, ,
As deep in debt, without a thought to pay,
tain, Nay, all that lying Travellers can feign.
31 The watch would hardly let him pass at noon, At night would swear him dropt out of the Moon. One, whom the mob, when next we find or make A popish plot, shall for a Jesuit take,
35 And the wise Justice, starting from his chair, Cry, By your Priesthood tell me what you are ? Such was the wight: Th' apparel on his back, Tho' coarse, was rev’rend, and tho' bare, was
black : The suit, if by the fashion one might guess,
40 Was velvet in the youth of good Queen Bess, But mere tuff-taffety what now remain'd; So Time, that changes all things, had ordain'd! Our sons shall see it leisurely decay, First turn plain rash, then vanish quite away.
Line 154 ran thus :
Shews Poland's Interest, takes the Primate's Part. Dr. Johnson speaks, methịnks, too slightingly of these Imitations of Donne, when he says, “That Pope seems to have known their imbecility."
The thing hath travaild, and, faith, speaks all
tongues, And only knoweth what to all States belongs. Made of th' accents, and best phrase of all these, He speaks one language. If strange meats displease, Art can deceive, or hunger force my tast; But pedants motly tongue, souldiers bumbast, Mountebanks drug-tongue, nor the terms of law, Are strong enough preparatives to draw Me to hear this, yet I must be content With his tongue, in his tongue callid Compliment; In which he can win widows, and pay scores, Make men speak treason, couzen subtlest whores, Outflatter favourites, or outlie either Jovius, or Surius, or both together.
He names me, and comes to me; I whisper, God, How have I sinn’d, that thy wrath's furious Rod, This fellow, chuseth me! He saith, Sir, I love your judgment, whom do you prefer For the best Linguist? and I seelily Said that I thought Calepine's Dictionary. Nay, but of men, most sweet Sir? Beza then, Some Jesuits, and two reverend men
Ver. 68. The King's, said I.] “ This speer," said the ingenious Mr. Wilkes, “is really indecent. The good Bishop who pub: lished an edition of his works, ought, in the mild limbo of his Commentary, to have softened the severity of this passage.”
Ver. 71. Onslow,] By an affected gravity, and a solemn and important air, he presided for many years over the House of Commons; but not with the ability, knowledge, patience, prudence, and amiable manners, of the present Speaker, Mr. Addington, 1795. It is a curious fact in the History of English Liberty, that the very first person who was raised by the Com."
This thing has travell’d, speaks each language too, And knows what's fit for ev'ry state to do; Of whose best phrase and courtly accent join'd, He forms one tongue, exotic and refin'd. Talkers I've learn’d to bear; Motteux I knew, 50 Henley himself I've heard, and Budgel too. The Doctor's Wormwood style, the Hash of tongues A Pedant makes, the storm of Gonson's lungs, The whole Artill’ry of the terms of War, 54 And all those plagues in one) the bawling Bar: These I could bear; but not a rogue so civil, Whose tongue will compliment you to the devil. A tongue, that can cheat widows, cancel scores, Make Scots speak treason, cozen subtlest whores, With royal Favourites in flatt'ry vie,
60 And Oldmixon and Burnet both outlie.
He spies me out; I whisper, Gracious God! What sin of mine could merit such a rod? That all the shot of dulness now must be From this thy blunderbuss discharg'd on me! 65 Permit (he cries) no stranger to your fame To crave your sentiment, if —'s your name. What Speech esteem you most? “ The King's,” said I. But the best words ?—“O, Sir, the Dictionary.” You miss my aim; I mean
I mean the most acute, 70 And perfect Speaker ?—“Onslow, past dispute.” But, Sir, of writers ? “ Swift for closer style, But Ho**y for a period of a mile.”
NOTES. mons to the dignity of their Speaker, was a member who had been imprisoned by Edward the Third, for attacking his Ministers and his Mistress in Parliament.
Ver. 73. But Hoadly for a period] Party occasioned this cen