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Here, Last of Britons ! let'your Names be read; 250
Fr. Alas! alas ! pray end what you began,
255 VARIATIONS. Ver. 255. in the MS. Quit, quit these themes, and write Estays on Man.
Notes. law is a dreadful precipice, which may well make Truth herself tremble. And from thence came the common proverb, Summum jus, summa injuria. SCRIBL.
Ver. ult.] This was the last poem of the kind printed by our author, with a resolution to publish no more ; but to : enter thus, in the most plain and folemn manner he could, a sort of protest against that insuperable corruption and. depravity of manners, which he had been so unhappy as'. to live to see.
Could he have hoped to have amended any, he had continued those attacks; but bad men were grown fo shameless and so powerful, that Ridicule was be. come as unsafe as it was ineffectual. The Poem raised him, as he knew it would, fome enemies; but he had reason to be satisfied with the approbation of good men, and the testimony of his own conscience. B.
Receiving from the Right Hon. the Lady FRANCES SHIRLE Y
A STANDISH and Two Pens,
ES, I beheld the Athenian Queen
Descend in all her fober charms; “ And take (she said, and smild ferene)
« Take at this hand celestial arms ;
# Secure the radiant weapons wield ;
“ The golden lance shall guard Desert, « And if a Vice dares keep the field,
« This steel shall ftab it to the heart.'
Aw'd, on my bended knees I fell,
Receiv'd the weapons of the sky ;
The fount of Fame or Infamy.
• A standilh, steel and golden pen ;
Notes. The Lady Frances Shirley) a Lady whore great Merit Mr. Pope took a real pleasure in celebrating.
A famous toy-hop at Bath.
$6 But, Friend, take heed whom you attack;
“ You'll bring a House (I mean of Peers) k Red, Blue, and Green, nay white and black,
- Land all about your ears. 56 You'd write as smooth again on glass,
" And run, on ivory, so glib, • As not to stick at fool or ass b,
« Nor stop at Flattery or Fib.
« Athenian Queen! and sober charms !
“ I tell ye, fool, there's nothing in't : «« 'Tis Venus, Venus gives these arms;
« In Dryden's Virgil see the printe.
« Come, if you'll be a quiet soul,
« That dares tell neither Truth nor Lies' 6 I'll list you in the harmless roll
« Of those that sing of these poor eyes."
Notes. b The Dunciad. • The Epille to Dr. Arbuthnot.
d Such toys being the usual prefents from lovers to their mistresses.
• When fhe delivers Æneas a suit of heavenly armour.
fi. e. If you have neither the courage to write Satira nor the application to attempt an Epic poem.--He was then meditating on such a work,