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EPILOGUE

TO THE

SA TIRE S.

DIALOGUE I. Fr. NOT twice a twelvemonth you appear in print,

And when it comes, the court see nothing in't. You grow correct that once with rapture writ, And are, besides, too moral for a wit. Decay of parts, alas ! we all must feel —

5 Why now, this moment, don't I see you steal ? 'Tis all from Horace ; Horace long before ye Said, “ Tories call'd him Whig, and Whigs a Tory:" And taught his Romans, in much better metre, “ To laugh at fools who put their trust in Peter.”

But After ver. 2 in the MS.

You don't, I hope, pretend to quit the trade,
Because you think your reputation made :
Like good Sir Paul, of whom so much was said,
That when his name was up, he lay a-bed.
Come, come, refresh us with a livelier song,

Or, like St. Paul, you'll lie a-bed too long.
P. Sir, what I write, should be correctly writ.
F. Correct ! 'tis what no genius can admit.

Besides, you grow too moral for a wit.

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But Horace, Sir, was delicate, was nice e ; Bubo observes, he lash'd no sort of vice : Horace would say, Sir Billy serv'd the crown, Blunt could do bus'ness, H-ggins knew the town; In Sappho touch the failings of the sex, In rev'rend bishops note some small neglects, And own, the Spaniard did a waggish thing, Who cropt our ears, and sent them to the King. His sly, polite, insinuating style Could please at court, and make AUGUSTUS smile : An artful manager,

that His friend and shame, and was a kind of screen. But 'faith your very friends will soon be sore ; Patriots there are, who wish you'd jest no morem And where's the glory ? 'twill be only thought 25 The great man never offer'd you a groat.

Go

crept between

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VER. 13. Bubo observes,] Bubo is said to mean Mr. Doddinge ton, afterward Lord Melcombe.

Ver. 14. Huggins] Formerly gaoler of the Fleet prison, enriched himself by many exactions, for which he was tried and expelled. VER. 15. In Sappbo touch] In former editions,

Sir George of some slight gallantries suspect. Ver. 18. Who cropt our cars,] Said to be executed by the captain of a Spanish ship on one Jenkins, a captain of an English one. He cut off his ears, and bid him carry them to the King his

master.

After ver. 26 in the MS.

There's honest Tacitus * once talk'd as big,

But is he now an independant W big ?? * Mr. Thomas Gordon, who was bought off by a place at court.

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Go see Sir ROBERT !

P. See Sir Robert !-hum-
And never laugh- for all my life to come ?"
Seen him I have, but in his happier hour
Of social pleasure, ill-exchang'd for pow'r;
Seen him, uncumber'd with the venal tribe,
Smile without art, and win without a bribe.
Would he oblige me? let me only find,
He does not think me what he thinks mankind.
Come, come, at all I laugh he laughs, no doubt
The only diff'rence is, I dare laugh out.

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F. Why, yes ; with scripture still you may be free;
A horse-laugh, if you please, at honesty ;
A joke on JEKYL, or some odd old Whig
Who never chang'd his principle, or wig: 40
A patriot is a fool in ev'ry age,
Whom all Lord Chamberlains allow the stage:
These nothing hurts; they keep their fashion still,
And wear their strange old virtue, as they will.

ask
you,

“ Who's the man so near 45 " His prince, that writes in verse, and has his ear?” Why, answer, LYTTELTON, and I'll engage The worthy youth shall ne'er be in a rage :

But

If any

VER. 39. A joke on Jekyl,] Sir Joseph Jekyl, Master of the Rolls, a true Whig in his principles, and a man of the utmost probity.

Ver. 47. Why, answer, LYTTELTON) George Lyttelton, Secretary to the Prince of Wales, distinguished both for his wrisings and speeches in the spirit of liberty.

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But were his verses vile, his whisper base,
You'd quickly find him in Lord Fanny's case.

50 Sejanus, Wolsey, hurt not honest FLEURY, But well may put some statesmen in a fury.

Laugh then at any, but at fools or foes ;
These

you
but
anger,

and

you mend not those. Laugh at your friends, and if your friends are sore, So much the better, you may laugh the more. To vice and folly to confine the jest, Sets half the world, God knows, against the rest ; Did not the sneer of more impartial men At sense and virtue, balance all agen.

60 Judicious wits spread wide the ridicule, And charitably comfort knave and fool.

P. Dear Sir, forgive the prejudice of youth: Adieu distinction, satire, warmth, and truth; Come, harmless characters that no one hit;

65 Come Henley's oratory, Osborn's wit! The honey dropping from Favonio's tongue, The flow'rs of Bubo, and the flow of Y-ng! The gracious dew of pulpit eloquence, And all the well-whipt cream of courtly sense, That first was H-vy's, F-'s next, and then The S-te's, and then H-vy's once agen.

O come, Ver. 51. Fleury,) Cardinal; and Minister to Louis XV.

VER. 66. Henley-Osborn,] See them in their places in the Dunciad.

Ver. 68. The flow'rs of Bubo, and the flow of Young!! Sir William Young.

VER. 71. F-'s] Foxc's.

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O come, that easy, Ciceronian style,
So Latin, yet so English all the while,
As, tho' the pride of Middleton and Bland, 75
All boys may read, and girls may understand!
Then might I sing, without the least offence,
And all I sung should be the nation's sense ;
Or teach the melancholy muse to mourn,
Hang the sad verse on CAROLINA's urn,

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And hail her passage to the realms of rest,
All parts perform'd, and all her children blest !
So-satire is no more-- I feel it die
No gazetteer more innocent than I -
And let, a God's-name, ev'ry fool and knave 85
Be grac'd through life, and flatter'd in his grave.

F. Why so ? if satire knows its time and place You still may lash the greatest — in disgrace : For merit will by turns forsake them all ; Would you know when? exactly when they fall. 90 But let all satire in all changes spare Immortal S-k, and grave De.

Silent

re.

VER.73. O come, that easy, Ciceronian style,) Dr. Bland of Eton was a very bad writer, Dr. Middleton a remarkable good one ; perhaps, our best: but he was the friend of Pope's enemy, Lord Hervey.

VER. 80. CAROLINA] Queen consort to King George II. She died in 1737. Her death gave occasion, as is observed above, to many indiscreet and mean performances unworthy of her memory, whose last moments manifested the utmost courage and resolution.

Vtr. 92. Immortal Smk,] Charles Hamilton, third son of the Duke of Hamilton, who was created Earl of Selkirk in 1687.

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