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y E R SE 8s. But liv'd in Settle's Numbers one day more.J.A., beau’s tiful, manner of speaking, usual with, the Poets in praise of Poetry, in which kind nothing is finer than those lines of Mr. Addison. Sometimes misguided by the tuneful throng. I look for freams immortaliz'd in song, That lost in silence and oblivion lye, Dumb are their fountains, and their channell dry; Tet ran for ever, by the Muses skill, Jind in the smooth description murmur fill. ** .v ER SE 96.3ahn Haywood.] Whose Enterludes were printed in theo time of Henry the :#; • - - ver SE 88. But liv'd in Settle's Numbers one day more.] Settle was: alive at this time, and Poet to the City of London. His office was to compose yearly panegyricks upon the Lord, Mayors, and Verses to be spoken in the Pageants: But that part of the shows being by the frugality of some Lord Mayors at length abolished, the employment of City Poet ceas'd , so that upon Settle's demise, there was no. successor to that place. This important point of time our Poet has chosen, as the Crisis of the Kingdom of Dulness, who thereupon decrees to remove her imperial seat from the City, and over-spread the other parts of the Town. To which great Enterprize all things being now ripe, she calls the Hero of this Poem. Mr. Settle was once a writer in some vogue, particularly with his Party; for he was the author or publisher of many noted Pamphlets in the time of King Charles the second. He answered all Dryden's political Poems; and being cry’d up on one fide, succeeded not a little in his Tragedy of the Émpress of Morroco (the first that was everprinted with Cuts,) “Upon this he grew insolent, the Wits writ a... gainst his Play, he replied, and the Town judged he had the better. : In short Settle was then thought a formidable Rival to Mr. Dryden x* and not only the Town, but the University of Cambridge, was di“ vided which to prefer i and in both places the younger sort inclini, “ed to Elkanah. DENNIS. Pref. to Rom. on Hom. -" For the latter part of his History, see the third Book, verse 238, - .


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sees Gods with Demons in strange league ingage, ; And earth, and heav'n, and hell her battles wage.

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"tion, &c. This Fellow is concerned in an impertinent Paper cal* led the Censor". But notwithstanding this sovere charaćter, another. Critick says of him, “That he has given us some Pieces which met: “ with *RProgn: and that the Cave of Poverty is an excellent “Poem.” Giles jacob's Lives of the Poets, vol. 2. p. 211. He had once a mind to translate the Odyssey, the first Book whereof was printed, in, 1717 by B. Lintott, and probably may yet be seen at his Shop. What is still in memory, is a piece now about a year old, it had the arrogant Title of Shakespear Rostored; Of his he was so proud himself, as to say in one of Mist's journals, j. * That to expose any ... Errors in it was impraśticable.” And in another, JApril 27. “That ... whatever care for the future might be taken either by Mr. P. or, ... any other assistants, he would still give above $oo Emmendations. ".. that shall escape them all.” During the space of two *ś while. Mr. Pope was preparing his Edition of Shakespear, and published Ad-, vertisements, requesting all lovers of the Author to contribute to a.

more perfeót one; this Restorer (who had then some correspondence:

with him, and was soliciting favours by Letters).did wholly conseal his design, 'till after its publication. Probably that jo elevated him to the Dignity he holds in this Poem, which he seems to deserve no other way better than his brethren , unless we impute it to the share he had in the Journals, cited among the Testimonies of Authors go to this work. VERSE 128. Tibbald's monster-breeding breaft, Sees Gods with pe. , *, &c.) This alludes to the extravagancies of the Farces of that, agthor. See book 3, vers. Iey, &c. ". -

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v ER.S.E #99. - Supper-les; he sate.] It is amazing how the sense of this line hath been mistaken by all the former Commentators; who most idly suppose it to imply, that the Hero of the Poem wanted a supper. In truth a great absurdity Not that we are ignorant that the Hero of Homer's odyssey is frequently in that circumstance, and therefore it can no way derogate from the grandeur of Epic Poem to represent such Hero under j to which the greatest not only of Criticks and Poets, but of Kings and Warriors, have been subjećt. Bat, much more refin'd, I .#. to say, is the meaning of our author: It was to give us obliquely a curious precept, or what Besi, calls a disguised sentence, that “Temperance is the life of Study.” The Language of Poesy brings all into A&ion; and to represent a Critic encompast with books, but without , a supper, is a pićture which lively expresseth how much the true Critic prefers the diet of the mind to that of the body, one of which he always castigates and often totally negleås, for the greater improvement of the other.


VERSE 115. He roll'd his eyes that witness'd huge #. Milt.” l. 1. Round he throws his eyes, That witness'd huge affliáion and dismay. The progress of a bad #oes in his thoughts being (like the progress of the Devil in Milton) thro: a Chaos, might probably suggest this imitation. - W ERS e 120. JAdmires new beauties not its own. Virg. Geo. 2, Miraturd, frondes navas, & non sua poma.

VERSE id. & c.] This !. is divided into two parts; the one. (his polite learning) consists of those books which seem'd to be the models of his poetry, and are preferr'd for one of those three reasons

(usual with colle&ots of Libraries) that they fitted the shelves, or were gilded for shew, or adorned with pićtures: The other class our. author calls solid Learning; old bodies of Philosophy; old Commentators, old English Printers, or old English Translations; all very

voluminous, and fit to crečt Altars to Dulness.

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