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the smallest; Creatures, while we consider with a curious Eye the animated Particles of Matter, and behold with Astonishment the reptile Mountains of living Atoms. Thus are our Eyes become more penetrating by modern Helps; and even that Work, which Nature boasts for her Master-piece, is rendered more correct and finished. We no longer pay a blind Veneration to that barbarous Peripatetic Jingle, those obscure Scholastic Terms of Art, once held as Oracles, but consult the Dictates of our own Senses, and by late invented Engines, force Nature herself to discover plainly her most valued Secrets, her most hidden Recesses.
By the Help of Instruments like these, that Air, which a bountisul Nature has indulged us, we, as often as we please, by the Force of Art, abridge other Animals of, and keep them in our Pneumatic Pumps, from its common Benefit: What a Pleasure is it to see the fruitless Heavings of the Lights, to exhaust their Lives, and by a most artsul Sort of Theft rob them of their Breath? From this nothing is safe, nothing so long lived, which gradually does not languish, and fall dead without a Wound. A divine Piece of Art this, and worthy its Author *, who, in the Conduct of his Life, and the Force of his Arguments, has so nobly honoured our Nation, and the new Philosophy, one who for this Reason too deserves never to want the Benefit of his own Air, or that he, who has so often deprived other Animals of their Life, should ever breathe out his own.
On no such Grounds as these has Aristotle
built his Philosophy, who from his own Brain
furnished out all his Rules of Arts and Sciences,
and left nothing untouched on, nothing unregarded
* The Honourable Robert Boyle, Esq;
F but but Truth. If therefore he precipitated himself into the River Euripus, because he could not understand its Ebb and Flow, by the fame Logick he might at his first Entrance on Philosophy have destroyed himself, and we may fairly doubt, in which of the Elements he ought to have perished.
After Aristotle's Fate amidst the Waves of Euripus, a new Race of Peripatetics started up, even worse than their Founder, who handed their Philosophy to After-ages in so thick an Obscurity, that it has preserved it from the Satire and Ridicule of all Mankind, as understood by very few. Some there are to be found, who spend their Time amidst the Rubbish which these Commentators have filled the World with, and pore more than once on these God-like Treasures of Learning, and stick to them to no other Purpose, unless to stiew the World the vast Pains they take to be deceived. Can there be a more pleasant Sight than to see these wise Champions wrangling with each other I The one, armed with Propositions and Syllogyfms, attacks his Antagonist in the fame Armour: Both Bell-weathers grow angry, and storm, fond of a Victory, which is worth but a Trifle, when obtained: Each, with all his Might darts out his Barbarisms at the other, they entangle themselves in their Follies, and as neither knows how to extricate himself, they sound to a Retreat, and when all the Ammunition is spent on both Sides, they think fit to keep Silence.
Tims far, Gentlemen, and no farther, launches but the ancient Plulosophy: Let us therefore fen-' tence for ever this Troop of Commentators, to be tied up in Chains and Libraries, Food only for Moths and Worms, and there let them quietly grow Old, free from the Sight of any Reader.
Mr. Edmund Curll0 Bookseller.
By Mr. Pope.
Before the Lords, Alone, untaught to sear,
7i?SE come now to a Character of much Respeil*, that of Mr. Edmund Curll. As a plain Repetition of great Actions is the best Praise of them, we shall only say of this an, that he carried his Trade many Lengths beyond what it ever before had arrived at t»
* Equal in Family, Birth, Education, and Respetf to Mr. Alexander Pose.
-f This Truth is agreed to, by all who know Mr. Curll; and it he has carried the Art of Bookselling beyond all his Cotemporaries, has not Mr. Pope done the lame by the Art of Poetry! Mr. Dryien had neither Chariot nor Barge (of which Mr. Pop) makes his B>ast) but tells us, he was
lieprofitably kef t at Heav'n's Expence,
F 2 -ii and and that he was the Envy and Admiration of. all his Profession *. He possessed himself of a Command over all Authors whatever; he caused them to write what he pleased +; they could not call their very Names their own J. He was not only famous among these; He was taken Notice of by the State, the Church, and the Law, and received particular Marks of Distinction from each ||.
It will be owned, that he is here (/. e. in the Dunciad) introduced with all possible Dignity **: He speaks like the intrepid Diomed ; he runs like the swift-footed Achilles; if he falls, it is like the beloved Nifus; and (what Homer makes to be the Chief of all Praises) he is favoured of the Gods: He fays but three Words, and his Prayer is heard ff; a Goddess conveys it to the Seat of Jupiter; tho' he loses the Prize, he gains the Victory; the great Mother herself comforts him, file inspires him with Expedients, she honours him with an immortal Present (such as Achilles receives from Thetis, and Æneas from Venus) at once instructive and prophetical: After this, he is unrivaled and triumphant \%.
* In this Instance also do the Characters of Mr. Curll and Mr, lope exactly Tally.
f So will every Body^who pays for what he bespeaks.
% Mr. Toft has ofteifljenied his own very Kami, and wrote under those of BarniveH, Dr. Morris, fl«.
| These Favours Mr. Curll has enjoyed, and Mr. Tope can only txpeB them in Reversion.
** And in Return, Mr. Curll, in his Dedication of the Second Volume of Literary Correspondence, has introduced Mr. Top wich all possible Ignominy.
ft Homer Tbersites sings: and Tope a Curll.
\\ As to the Classical Mimicries herein alluded to, I refer ths Reader to that Colluvy: or, Sink of Scandal, the Dunciad, to encounter which, would be like a Gentleman's boxing wi.h a Chimney-Sweeper in the Habit of his Vocation.
The Tribute our Author here pays him, was a gratesul Return for several unmerited Obligations: Many weighty Animadversions on the Public Affairs, and many excellent and diverting Pieces of Private Persons, had he given to his Name *. If ever he owed two Verses to any other, he owed Mr. Curll some thousands f. He was every Day extending his Fame, and enlarging his Writings: Witness innumerable Instances! but it shall sussice only to mention the Court Poems, which he J meant to publish as the Work of the true Writer, a Lady of Quality; but being first || threatned, and afterwards punished for it by Mr. Pope, he generously transferred it from Her to Him, and has now printed it above Eighteen Years in his Name **. The single Time that ever he spoke to Curll was on that Affair, and to that happy Incident he owed all the Favours since received from him. So true
* This is false. Mr. Tope is defied to produce any one Instance of his Assertion.
t This Debt (of Mr. Tope's to Mr. Curll) acknowledged by Scfihlerus, will be discharged like those promised by Mr. rope in Advertisements, by adding one Faljhood to another. Crying came our JJard into the World, but Lying, it is greatly to be seared, will he go out of it. One Monument will suffice for the Remains of him and his Relatives; Ananias, Saphyra, Scriblerus, Slid Will. Cleland.
% How can Mr. Tope tell what Mr. Curll meant ? The Preface to the Court Toems only mentions the Public Voice; that they were attributed to a Lady, Mr. Gay, and Mr. rope, but here, utrumbomm, is left to every one's Choice. Why does not Mr. Pope name the true Writer?
I As to Mr. Pole's first threatning, and afterwards punishing tAc.Curll, it is our Opinion he has met with a Rowland for an Oliver.
Tas est vel ab hoste dociri.
*• And will continue so to do, cill Mr. Pope thinks fit to tell the Truth. Mr. Gay has inserted one of them (the Toilette) among his Poems, which is a full Detection of Mr. Pose's Falsliood in affirming, that'they were, AU of them, the Performance of a Lady of Quality.
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