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A Desk he had of curious Work, “What Fenton will not do, nor Gay, With glittering Studs about;

Nor Congreve, Rowe, nor Stanyan, Within the same did Sandys lurk, Tom B- tó or Tom D'Urfey may, Though Ovid lay without.

John Dunton, Steele, or any one. Now as he scratch'd to fetch up Thought, “If Justice Philips' costive head Forth popp'd the Sprite so thin;

Some frigid Rhymes disburses ; And from the Key-hole bolted out, They shall like Persian Tales6 be read, All upright as a Pin.

And glad both Babes and Nurses. With Whiskers, Band, and Pantaloon, “Let W-rw-k's Muse with Ash-tjoin", And Ruff composed most duly;

And Ozell's with Lord Hervey's: This 'Squire he dropp'd his Pen full soon, Tickell and Addison combine, While as the Light burnt bluely.

And P-pe translate with Jervas. “Ho! Master Sam,” quoth Sandys'sprite, " himself, that lively Lord, “Write on, nor let me scare ye;

Who bows to every Lady, Forsooth, if Rhymes fall in not right, Shall join with F- in one Accord, To Budgell? seek, or Carey.

And be like Tate and Brady. “I hear the Beat of Jacob's Drums,

“Ye Ladies too draw forth your pen, Poor Ovid finds no Quarter!

I pray where can the hurt lie? See first the merry P— comes 4

Since you have Brains as well as Men, In Haste, without his Garter.

As witness Lady. W-1-y 10.
“Then Lords and Lordlings, 'Squires
and Knights,

“Now, Tonson, list thy Forces all,
Wits, Witlings, Prigs, and Peers ! Review them, and tell Noses;
Garth at St James's, and at White's, For to poor Ovid shall befal
Beats up for Volunteers.

A strange Metamorphosis.
A Metamorphosis more strange

Than all his Books can vapour;"
• To what' (quoth 'squire) 'shall Ovid change?'

Quoth Sandys: To waste paper."

EGBERT SANGER served his apprenticeship with Jacob Tonson, and succeeded
Bernard Lintot in his shop at Middle Temple Gate, Fleet Street. Lintot printed
Ozell's translation of Perrault's Characters, and Sanger his translation of Boileau's
Lutrin, recommended by Rowe, in 1709. Warton.

ZELL", at Sanger's call, invoked his Muse-
For who to sing for Sanger could refuse?

! (See Dunciad, Bk. II. v. 397.)
? (John Carey. See note 6 on pag. 468. ]
3 jacob Tonson.]
4 The Earl of Pembroke, probably. Roscoe.

(by his patron Archbp. Boulter) Judge of the Prerogative Court in Ireland.].

5 (Tom Burnet, the bishop's son. See Dunciad, Bk. III. v. 179. John Dunton : see Dunciad, Bk. II. v. 144.)

6 [Ambrose Philips (among whose translated pieces were the Persian Tales) was appointed

7 Lord Warwick and Dr Ashurst. Carruthers.

8 Lord Lansdowne. Id.

9 Philip Frowde, a dramatic writer and fine scholar, a friend of Addison's. Id.

10 (Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.)
11(See Dunciad, Bk. 1. v. 286.]

His numbers such as Sanger's self might use.
Reviving Perrault, murdering Boileau, he
Slander'd the ancients first, then Wycherley;
Which yet not much that old bard's anger raised,
Since those were slander'd most, whom Ozell praised.
Nor had the gentle satire caus'd complaining,
Had not sage Rowe pronounc'd it entertaining:
How great must be the judgment of that writer
Who the Plain-dealer. damns, and prints the Biter ?!

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F gentle Philips will I ever sing,

With gentle Philips shall the valleys ring.
My numbers too for ever will I vary,
With gentle Budgell and with gentle Carey
Or if in ranging of the names I judge ill,
With gentle Carey and with gentle Budgella:
Oh! may all gentle bards together place ye,
Men of good hearts, and men of delicacy.
May satire ne'er befool ye, or beknave ye,
And from all wits that have a knack, God save yeb.


[LETTER to a Lady (Martha Blount) in Bowles, dated by Carruthers,

September, 1717.]

ALL hail, once pleasing, once inspiring shade!
A Scene of my youthful loves and happier hours !
Where the kind Muses met me as I stray'd,

And gently press'd my hand, and said “Be ours !
Take all thou 'e'er shalt have, a constant Muse:

At Court thou may'st be liked, but nothing gain :
Stock thou may'st buy and sell, but always lose,

And love the brightest eyes, but love in vain.”

1 [By Wycherley.)

* [These four lines seem to have suggested 2 By Rowe.)

Canning's well-known epigram on Hiley and 3 Henry Carey. Roscoe. The author of Bragge.] 'Sally in our alley and a dramatist. But there Curll said, that in prose he was equal to was also a John Carey, a contributor to the Pope ; but that in verse Pope had merely a parTatler and Spectator, and Walter Carey, Car ticular knack. Bowles. ruthers.


H be thou blest with all that Heav'n can send,
O Long Health, long Youth, long Pleasure, and a Friend :
Not with those Toys the female world admire,
Riches that vex, and Vanities that tire.
With added years if Life bring nothing new,
But, like a Sieve, let ev'ry blessing thro', ?
Some joy still lost, as each vain year runs o'er,
And all we gain, some sad Reflection more;
Is that a Birth-Day? 'tis alas ! too clear,
'Tis but the Fun’ral of the former year.

Let Joy or Ease, let Affluence or Content,
And the gay Conscience of a life well spent,
Calm ev'ry thought, inspirit ev'ry grace.
Glow in thy heart, and smile upon thy face.
Let day improve on day, and year on year,
Without a Pain, a Trouble, or a Fear;
Till Death unfelt that tender frame destroy,
In some soft Dream, or Extasy of joy,
Peaceful sleep out the Sabbath of the Tomb,
And wake to Raptures in a Life to come.


To the Tune of “To all you Ladies now at Land,' &c. [By Dorset. ]

Written anno 1717. Warton.

[This delightful trifle is addressed to Pope's charming friends at the Court of the Prince and Princess of Wales (afterwards King George II. and Queen Caroline), and is full of petits mots alluding to the ladies and gentlemen of their society.]

*[Martha Blount. Lines 5–10 occur as a The lines concerning which the charge of pla: reflexion on the poet's own birthday in a letter giarism was mutually made between Pope and to Gay of the year 1722, and they were also James Moore-Smythe were omitted by Pope on adapted for him to a kind of epitaph on Henry reprinting the poem, but introduced (slightly Mordaunt, the nephew of Lord Peterborough, altered) in the Characters of Women (Mora who committed suicide in 1724. On this occa- Essays, Ep. II. VV. 243-248).] sion the following lines were added:

2 (This delightful trifle is addressed to Popes 'If there's no hope with kind, though fainter ray charming friends at the Court of the Prince an To gild the ev'ning of our future day;

Princess of Wales (afterwards King George II If ev'ry page of life's long volume tell

and Queen Caroline), and is full of petits et The same dull story-MORDAUNT, thou didst alluding to the ladies and gentlemen of the



To one fair lady out of Court, In truth, by what I can discern,
And two fair ladies in,

Of courtiers, 'twixt you three,
Who think the Turk? and Popea a sport, Some wit you have, and more may
And wit and love no sin!

learn Come, these soft lines, with nothing stiff From Court, than Gay or Me: in,

Perhaps, in time, you'll leave high diet, To Bellenden?, Lepell", and Griffin”. To sup with us on milk and quiet. With a fa, la, la.

With a fa, la, la.

What passes in the dark third row,

And what behind the scene,
Couches and crippled chairs I know,

And garrets hung with green; I know the swing of sinful hack, Where many damsels cry alack.

With a fa, la, la.

At Leicester Fields", a house full high,

With door all painted green,
Where ribbons wave upon the tie,

(A Milliner, I mean ;)
There may you meet us three to three,
For Gay 1% can well make two of Me.

With a fa, la, la.

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Then why to Courts should I repair,
Where's such ado with Townshendo?

69 But should you catch the prudish itch, To hear each mortal stamp and swear,

And each become a coward,

1. Bring sometimes with you lady Rich 13, And every speech with “Zounds" end; To hear them rail at honest Sunderland?,

And sometimes mistress Howard 14; And rashly blame the realm of Blunder

r! For virgins, to keep chaste, must go

Abroad with such as are not so.
With a fa, la, la.

With a fa, la, la.
Alas! like Schutz' I cannot pun, And thus, fair maids, my ballad ends;

Like Grafton court the Germans; God send the king safe landing ;
Tell Pickenbourg how slim she's grown, And make all honest ladies friends
Like Meadows run to sermons;

To armies that are standing;
To court ambitious men may roam, Preserve the limits of those nations,
But I and Marlbro'10 stay at home. And take off ladies' limitations.
With a fa, la, la.

With a fa, la, la.


i Ulrick, the little Turk. P.

subserviency to the Prince of Wales.) 2 The author. P.

7 [The Earl of Sunderland, Lord-Lieutenant 3 [Mary, youngest daughter of the second of Ireland.] Lord Bellenden, was afterwards married to 8 (See Imit. of Horace, Bk. 1. Ep. 1. V. 112.] Colonel Campbell, who became after her death 9 i Charles second Duke of Grafton, born in fifth Duke of Argyll. Lord Hervey (Memoirs, 1 3 ; afterwards Lord Chamberlain.) Vol. I. p. 54) speaks of her as 'incontestably the 10 (Henrietta Duchess of Marlborough, most agreeable, the most insinuating, and the whom Pope is believed to have so cruelly samost likeable woman of her time; made up of tirised as the 'Flavia' of Moral Essays, Ep. II. every ingredient likely to engage or attach a vy. 87 ff. lover.']

11' [Now Leicester Square, where Leicester 4 [The beautiful Miss Mary Lepell, Maid of House, the town residence of the Prince of Honour to the Princess Caroline, and afterwards Wales, was situate.) married to Lord Hervey. Born 1700; married 12 (Alluding to Gay's rotundity of person.] 1720; died 1768.]

13 Lady Rich, daughter of Col. Griffin and 5 Sister to the Lady Rich mentioned below.) wife of Sir Robert Rich. Many of Lady M. W.

6 (Lord Townshend was dismissed from office Montagu's letters are addressed to her.] in 1616, the King being jealous of his supposed 14 [See On a Certain Lady at Court, p. 471.]



Tis a Beliam,
Seen Wit and Beauty seldom
"Tis a fear that starts at shadows
'Tis (no, 'tisa't) like Miss Vasdas.

Tis a Virgin hard of Feature,
Old, and void of all good-nature;
Lean and fretful; would scem wise;
Yet plays the fool before she dias.
'Tis an ugly envious Shrew,
That rails at dear Lepell and You.


Written in the Year 1733.

CLUTT'RING spread thy purple Gloomy Pluto, King of Terrors, IF Pinions,

Arm'd in adamantine Chains, Gentle Cupid, o'er my Heart; Lead me to the Crystal Mirrors, "I a Slave in thy Dominions;

Wat'ring soft Elysian Plains. Nature must give Way to Art.

VI. 11.

Mournful Cypress, verdant Willow, Mild Arcadians, ever blooming,

Gilding my Aurelia's Brows,
Nightly nodding o'er your Flocks,

Morpheus hov'ring o'er my Pillow,
See my weary Days consuming,

Hear me pay my dying Vows. All beneath yon flow'ry Rocks.

VII. Thus the Cyprian Goddess weeping,

Melancholy smooth Maander, Mourn'd Adonis, darling Youth:

Swiftly purling in a Round, Him the Boar in Silence creeping,

On thy Margin Lovers wander, Gor'd with unrelenting Tooth.

With thy fow'ry Chaplets crown'd.

Cynthia, tune harmonious Numbers; Thus when Philomela drooping,

Fair Discretion, string the Lyre; Softly seeks her silent Mate,
Sooth my ever-waking Slumbers: See the Bird of Funo stooping;
Bright Apollo, lend thy Choir.

Melody resigns to Fate.



I KNOW the thing that's most uncommon;

(Envy, be silent, and attend !)
I know a reasonable Woman,

Handsome and witty, yet a Friend.

? Mary, daughter of Viscount Howe, Maid Croker; note to Lord Hervey's Memoirs. of Honour to Queen Caroline, married Lord2 The lady addressed was Mrs Howard. bedPembroke, and after his death Colonel Mor- chamber woman to Queen Caroline, and afterdaunt, brother to the Earl of Peterborough. wards Countess of Suffolk. Warton, (Mistress

daunt, brother to the

death Colonel Mora ? The lady addord Hervey's Memois

of Peterborough. Chamber woman to did was Mrs Howard, bed.

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