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And drop at last, but in unwilling ears, 39 This faving counsel, “Keep your piece nine years.”

Nine years! cries he, who high in Drury-lanes Lull’d by soft Zephyrs thro' the broken pane, Rhymes ere he wakes, and prints before Term ends, Oblig’d by hunger, and request of friends : « The piece, you think, is incorrect? why take it,45 « I'm all submission, what you'd have it, make it.”

Three things another’s modest wishes bound, My Friendship, and a Prologue, and ten pound.

Pitholeon fends to me: “ You know his Grace, “I want a Patron; ask him for a Place.”

50 Pitholeon libell'd me---" but here's a letter “ Informs you, Sir, 'twas when he knew no better. « Dare

you

refuse him? Curl invites to dine, “ He'll write a Journal, or he'll turn Divine.”

VARIATIONS. VER. 53. in the MS.

refuse, he goes, as fates incline, To plague Sir Robert, or to turn Divine.

NOTES. VER. 43. Rhymes ere he wakes,] A pleasant allufion to those words of Milton,

Dictates to me flumb'ring, or inspires Easy my unpremeditated Verse. VER. 49. Pitholeon] The name taken from a foolish Poet of Rhodes, who pretended much to Greek. Schol in Horat. I. i. Dr. Bentley pretends, that this Pitholeon libelled Cæfar allo. See notes Hor. Sat, 10. li.

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If you

If I approve,

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Bless me! a packet.---“ 'Tis a stranger sues, 55 A Virgin Tragedy, an Orphan Muse.” If I dislike it, Furies, death and rage!"

« Commend it to the Stage.” There (thank my stars) my whole commission ends, The Play’rs and I are, luckily, no friends. 60 Fir’d that the house reject him, “ 'Sdeath I'll print it, “ And shame the fools---Your int'relt, Sir, with

Lintot.
Lintot, dull rogue! will think your price too much:
“ Not, Sir, if you revise it, and retouch.”
All
my

demurs but double his attacks;
At last he whispers,.“ Do; and we go snacks.”
Glad of a quarrel, strait I clap the door,
Sir, let me see your works and you no more.

'Tis sung, when Midas' Ears began to spring, (Midas, a sacred person and a King)

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VARIATIONS.
VER. 60. in the former Edd.
Cibber and I are luckily no friends.

NOTES.
Ver. 69. 'Tis fung, when Midas' &c.] The Poet mean
sung by Perfius; and the words alluded to are,

Vidi, vidi ipfe, Libelle ! Auriculas Afini Mida Rex habet. The transition is fine, but obfcure: for he has here imitated the manner of that mysterious writer, as well as taken up his image. Our Author had been hitherto complaining of the folly

His very Minister who spy'd them first,
(Some say his Queen) was forc'd to speak, or burst.
And is not mine, my friend, a sorer case,
When ev'ry coxcomb perks them in my

face? A. Good friend forbear! you deal in dang’rous things. I'd never name Queens, Ministers, or Kings; 76 Keep close to Ears, and those let asses prick, 'Tis nothing---P. Nothing? if they bite and kick? Out with it, DUNCIAD! let the secret pass, That secret to each fool, that he's an Ass: 80 The truth once told (and wherefore should we lie?) The queen

of Midas slept, and so may I. You think this cruel? take it for a rule, No creature smarts so little as a fool. Let peals of laughter, Codrus! round thee break, 85 Thou unconcern'd canst hear the mighty crack: Pit, box, and gall’ry in convulsions hurld, Thou stand'st unshook amidst a bursting world.

NOTES. and importunity of indigent Scriblers; he now insinuates he suffered as much of both,

from Poetasters of Quality. Ver. 72. Queen) The story is told, by some of his Barber, but by Chaucer of his Queen. See Wife of Bath's Tale in Dryden's Fables.

VER. 80. That secret to each fool, that he's an Ass :] i. e. that his ears (his marks of folly) are visible. VER. 88. Alluding to Horace,

Si fractus illabatur orbis,
Impavidum ferient ruinæ,

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Who shames a Scribler ? break one cobweb thro',
He spins the flight, self-pleasing thread anew : 90
Destroy his fib or sophistry, in vain,
The creature's at his dirty work again,
Thron'd in the centre of his thin designs,
Proud of a vast extent of Aimzy lines !
Whom have I hurt? hạs Poet yet, or Peer, 95
Lost the arch'd eye-brow, or Parnaffian sneer?
And has not Colly still his lord, and whore?
His butchers Henley, his free-masons Moor?
Does not one table Bavius still admit?
Still to one Bishop Philips seem a wit?

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Still Sappho--A.Hold; for God-fake--you'lloffend,
No Names---be calm---learn prudence of a friend;
I too could write, and I am twice as tall;
But foes like these---P.OneFlatt'rer's worse than al!!

NOTES. VER. 92. The creature's at his dirty work again,] This meiamorphosing, as it were, the Scribler into a Spider is much more poetical than a comparison would have been. But Poets should be cautious how they employ this figure; for where the likeness is not very striking, instead of giving force, they become obscurę. Here, every thing concurs to make them run into one another. They both spin; not from the head (reason] but from the guts (passions and prejudices] and such a thread that can entangle none but creatures weaker than themselves.

Ver. 98. free-masons Moor?] He was of this society, and frequently headed their processions.

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Of all mad creatures, if the learn'd are right, 105
It is the slaver kills, and not the bite.
A fool quite angry is quite innocent:
Alas! 'tis ten times worse when they repent.

One dedicates in high heroic prose,
And ridicules beyond a hundred foes :
One from all Grubstreet will

my

fame defend, And more abusive, calls himself my friend. This prints my Letters, that expects a bribe, And others roar aloud, “ Subscribe, subscribe."

There are, who to my person pay their court:115 I cough like Horace, and, tho' lean, am short, Ammon's great son one shoulder had too high, Such Ovid's nose, and “ Sir!

you

have an Eye--Go on, obliging creatures, make me fee All that disgrac'd my Betters, met in me. 120

VARIATIONS.
Ver. 111. in the MS.

For song, for filence some expect a bribe;
And other roar aloud, « Subscribe, subscribe."
Time, praise, or money, is the least they crave;
Yet each declares the other fool or knave.

NOTES. Ver. 118. Sir, you have an Eye] It is remarkable that amongst these compliments on his infirmities and deformities, he mentions his eye, which was fine, sharp, and piercing. It was done to intimate, that fattery was as odious to him when there was some ground for commendation, as when there was none.

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