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With eyes that pry not, tongue that ne'er repeats,
This, all who know me, know; who love me, tell;
F. 'Your Plea is good; but still I say, beware!
honest rhymes; # Consult the Statute, quart. I think, it is, Edwardi sext. or prim. et quint. Eliz. See Libels, Satires --- here you have it --- read. P." Libels and Satires! lawless things indeed!
NOTES 6 Decemvirs, qui formoient une Aristocratie, punirent-ils de mort “ les Ecrits Satiriques.” De L'Esprit des Loix, L. xii. c. 13.
VER. 150. Libels and Satires! lawless things indeed! But grave Epiftles, etc.] The legal objection is here more justly and decently taken off than in the Original. Horace evades the force of it with a quibble,
Efto, fiquis mala ; fed bona fi quis. But the Imitator's grave Epistles shew the satire to be a serious reproof, and therefore justifiable ; which the integer ipse of the Original does not: for however this might plead in mitigation of the offence, nothing but their being grave Epistles ciu justify the attack.
Judice condiderit laudatus CAESARE? fi quis
Opprobriis dignum laceraverit, integer ipse?
T.° Solventur risu tabulae : tu missus abibis.
Noets, Ver. 152. F. Indeed?] Hor.
Solventur risu tabulae. Some Critics tell us, it is want of taste to put this line in the mouth of Trebatius. But our Poet confutes this censure, by Mhewing how well the sense of it agrees to his Friend's character. The Lawyer is cautious and fearful; but as soon as Sir ROBERT, the Patron both of Law and Gospel, is named
But grave Epistles, bringing Vice to light,
151 Such as a King might read, a Bishop write, Such as Sir ROBERT would
F. Indeed? The Case is alter'd --- you may
you may then proceed; • In such a cause the Plaintiff will be hiss’d, 155 My Lords the Judges laugh, and you're dismiss'd.
Notes. as approving them, he changes his note, and, in the language of old Plouden, owns, the Case is altered. Now was it not as natural, when Horace had given a hint that Auguftus himself supported him, for Trebatius, a Court Advocate, who had been long a Client to him and his Uncle, to confess the case was Altered?