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Yet sure the best are most severely fated,
How shall our Author hope a gentler Fate,
Gallants ! look here, this Fools-cap has an Air, Shows a cap
Flings down the
L cap, and exit.
PROLOGUE DESIGNED FOR MR D'URFEY'S 5
1 [i.e. smugglers: prop. woollers.)
To club a Farce by Tripartite-Indenture: 2 |Lopez de Vega, the most prolific of Spanish But let them share their dividend of praise dramatists. ]
And their own Fools-cap wear, instead of Bays. 3 (Cheap salesmen.)
Which attack procured him a place in the Dun4 ic. Johnson, in the Prologue to his Sultana ciad. Geneste's Account of the Stage, &c. 11. s, thus referred to this exit and the farce:
p. 598.] *Some wags have been, who boldly durst adven- 5 [As to D'Urfey or Durfey, see p. 65.]
Damnation follows Death in other men;
A PROLOGUE BY MR POPE,
in great Distress, a little before his Death?.
1 Dennis being much distressed very near logue was throughout a sneer at the poor old the close of his life, it was proposed to act a critic, who happily, either from vanity or the play for his benefit; and Thomson, Mallet, Ben- decay of his intellects, failed to perceive its tendjamin Martin and Pope took the lead upon the ency. He died twenty days afterwards. As to occasion. The play, which was the Provoked the general character of the relations between Husband (by Vanbrugh and Cibber), was repre- Pope and Dennis, see Introductory Memoir, sented at the Haymarket, Dec. 18th, 1733; and p. xxiv.] The furious patriotism of Dennis is of Pope condescended so far as to lay aside his course alluded to in the appeal for 'British'symresentment against his former antagonist as to pathy.] write a Prologue, which was spoken by Theo-. Was there a Chief, etc.) The fine figure of philus Cibber (the Laureate's son). Geneste, the Commander in that capital Picture of BebEnglish Stage, Vol. III. p. 318. [The annalist sarius at Chiswick, supplied the Poet with this adds, with much truth, that Pope's benevolence beautiful idea. Warburton. was not so pure as could be wished; for his Pro
Such, such emotions should in Britons rise,
MACER: A CHARACTER.
[First printed in the Miscellanies of Swift and Pope (1727), and interpreted by Warton to mean James Moore-Smythe (see Dunciad, Bk. II. v. 50). But Bowles thinks it more likely that the character was intended for Ambrose Philips, called
lean Philips' by Pope (see Farewell to London, p. 472); who 'borrowed' a play from the French, and translated’ the Persian tales. Mr Carruthers completes the identification by showing a note prefixed to this character on its first publication and speaking of Macer's advertisements for a Miscellany in 1713, to refer to such an advertisement actually issued by Philips in the London Gazette in 1715. As to Philips, see Dunciad, Bk. III. v. 326, et al.]
W HEN simple Macer, now of high renown,
VV First fought a Poet's Fortune in the Town,
1 [The borrowed play, The Distrest Mother, ? (John Crown, who wrote 12 tragedies, 6 was, as" Carruthers says, from Racine, not, as comedies, and a masque, in little more than a Bowles says, from Voltaire. It is the An- quarter of a century, died about 1698.
quarter of a
As a dramaoue, and the epilogue was ascribed to sample of a borrow'd play, see Geneste's account Addison.)
of Crown's version of Part I. of Henry VI.]
So some coarse Country Wench, almost decay'd,
[From the Miscellanies. The original of the character has been variously sought in Walter Carey (a F. R. S. and Whig official), Charles Johnson and Ambrose Philips. •Umbra' must in no case be confounded with the 'Lord Umbra' of the Satires. ]
CLOSE to the best known Author Umbra sits,
The constant Index to all Button's Wits?
TO MR JOHN MOORE, Author of the celebrated Worm-Powder.
[From the Miscellanies.] L OW much, egregious Moore, are we Man is a very Worm by birth,
11 Deceiv'd by Shows and Forms! Vile, Reptile, weak, and vain! Whate'er we think, whate'er we see, A While he crawls upon the Earth, All Humankind are Worms.
Then shrinks to Earth again.
1 (Button's coffee-house in Covent Garden Bowles.) was the resort of Addison's circle.)
3 [Tickell. ? (Charles Johnson, a second-rate dramatist. xxviii.
See Introductory Memoir, P.
That Woman is a Worm, we find That Statesmen have the Worm, is seen,
By all their winding Play;
That gnaws them Night and Day.
Ah Moorel thy Skill were well employ'd, name. The Blockhead is a Slow-worm;
And greater Gain would rise, The Nymph whose Tail is all on Élame. If thou couldst make the Courtier void Is aptly term'd a Glow-worm:
The Worm that never dies! The Fops are painted Butterflies,
O learned Friend of Abchurch-Lane, That flutter for a Day;
Who sett'st our entrails free, First from a Worm they take their Rise, Vain is thy Art, thy Powder vain, And in a Worm decay.
Since Worms shall eat ev'n thee. The Flatterer an Ear-wig grows;
Thus Worms suit all Conditions ; Our Fate thou only canst adjourn Misers are Muck - worms, Silk - worms Some few short years, no more! Beaux,
Ev'n Button's Wits to Worms shall turn, And Death-watches Physicians.
Who Maggots were before.
A PROPER NEW BALLAD ON THE NEW OVID'S METAMORPHOSES.
AS IT WAS INTENDED TO BE TRANSLATED BY PERSONS OF QUALITY.
[From the Miscellanies. It is obviously not by Gay (see St. 13). Sir Walter Scott, quoted by Roscoe, explains the ballad to refer to a translation of the Metamorphoses published by Sir Samuel Garth (and written by several hands, of which Pope's was one), to supersede the old translation of George Sandys, who died in 1643.]
V E Lords and Commons, Men of Hear how a Ghost in dead of Night,
With saucer Eyes of Fire, And Pleasure about Town;
In woeful wise did sore affright
A Wit and courtly 'Squire.
Rare Imp of Phoebus, hopeful Youth
Like Puppy tame that uses
To fetch and carry, in his Mouth,
The Works of all the Muses.
That hereto was so civil;
To Rhyming and the Devil ?
1 [Abchurch (properly Upchurch) Lane, Lombard Street.)