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Himself among the story'd chiefs he spies,
As from the blanket, high in air be flies,
And oh! (he cry'd) what street, what lane but knows
Our purgings, pumpings, blanketings, and blows ?
In ev'ry loom our labors shall be seen,

155 And the fresh vomit run for ever green !

See in the circle next Eliza plac'd,
Two babes of love close clinging to her waist ;


REMARKS. and Post-boy, two scandalous papers on different sides, for which they equally and alternately deserved to be cudgelled, and see

v. 151. Himself among the story'd chiefs he spies.) The history of Curl's being tossed in a blanket, and whipped by the scholars of Westminster, is well known. Of his purging and romiting, see a full and true account of a horrid revenge on the body of Edmund Curl, &c. in Swift and Pope's Miscellanies

v. 157. Sce on the circle next Eliza plac'd.) Eliza Haywood: this woman was authoress of those most scandalous books ca'led The Court of Carimania, and The New Utopia. For the two Babes of Love, see Curl, Key, p. 22. But whatever reflection he is pleased to throw upon this Lady, surely it was what from him she little deserved, who had celebrated Curl's undertakings for reformation of manners, and declared herself to be so per • fectly acquainted with the sweetness of his disposition, and that tenderness with which he considered the errors of his fel• low-creatures, that, though she should find the litue inadver•

IMITATIONS. 0. 151. Himself among the story'd chiefs he spies.] *Se quoque principibus permixtuin agnovit Achivis.. • Constitit, et lacrymans: Quis jam locus, iniquit, Achate! . Quae regio in terris nostri non plena laboris '

Virg. Æn. I. 0. 156. And the fresh comit run for ever green!') A parody of these lines of a late noble author:

• His bleeding arm had furnish'd all their rooms,

And run for ever purple in the looms. o. 158. Two babes of love close clinging to her waist.) 'Cressa genus, Pholoe, geminique sub ubere nati.?

Virg. Æn.. REMARKS. tencies of her own life recorded in his papers, she was certain it would be done in such a manner as she could not but approve.' Mrs. Haywood, Hist. of Car. printed in the Female unciad, p. 18. 0. 160.' 'Kirkall.] The name of an engraver. Some of this ady's works were printed in four volumes in 12mo, with her icture thus dressed up before them. 0. 167. Osborne, Thomas.) A bookseller in Gray's-Inn, very ell qualified by his impudence to act this part; therefore placed ere instead of a less-deserving predecessor. This man pubhed advertisements for a year together, pretending to sell Mr. ppe's subscription-books of Homer's liad at half the price: of hich books he had none, but cut to the size of them (which was iarto) the common books in folio, without copperplates, on a orse paper, and never above half the value.

Fair as before her works she stands confesa'd, 159 In flow'rs, and pearls, by bounteous Kirkall dress’d.

The Goddess then: “Who best can send on high The salient spout, far-streaming to the sky, His be yon Juno of majestic size, With cow-like udders, and with ox-like eyes. * This China jordan let the chief o'ercome 165 Replenish, not ingloriously at home.'

Osborne and Curl accept the glorious strife, Tho' this his son dissuades, and that his wife.)


d. 163..... yon Juno

With cou-like udders, and with or-like eyes.) allusion to Homer's Bowmos wótva 'Hpm. v. 165. This China jordan. Tertius Argolica hac galea contentus abito.' Virg. Æn. VI. the games of Homer, Hjad XXIII. there are set together as izes, a lady and a kettle, as in this place Mrs. Haywood and ordan. But there the preference in value is given to the ket, at which Madame Dacier is justly displeased. Mrs. H. is re treated with distinction, and acknowledged to be the more luable of the two.

Onc on his manly confidence relies,
One on his vigor and superior size.

First Osborne lean'd against his letter'd post ;
It rose, and labor'd to a curve at most.
So Jove's bright bow display's its wat'iy round
(Sure sign, that no spectator shall be drown'd.)
A second effort brought but new disgrace, 175
The wild meander wash'd the artist's face ;
Thus the small jett, which hasty hands unlock,
Spirts in the gardner's eyes who turns the cock.
Not so from shameless Curl; impetuous spread
The stream, and smoking flourish'd o'er his head.
So (fam'd like thee for turbulence and horns) 181
Eridanus his humble fountain scorns ;


Upon this advertisement the Gazetteer harangued thus, July 6, 1759: “How melancholy must it be to a writer to be so us

happy as to see his works hawked for sale in a manner su fatal * to his fame! How, with honor to yourself, and justice to you:

0. 169, 170, One on his manly confidence relies,

One on his vigour.),
"Ille..melior motu, fretusque juventa;

Hic membris et mole valens.' Virg. Æn. V. v. 173, 174. So Jove's bright bow..

Sure sign.)
The words of Homer, of the rain-bow, in Iliad XI.

-άς τε Κρονινω 'Εν νέφεί σήριξετέρας μεροπων ανθρώπων Que le fils de Saturne a fondez dans les nues, pour, étre dans tous les âges une signe à tous les mortels.

Dacier. d. 181, 182. So i fam'd like thee for turbulence and horns)

Eridanus. ] Virgil n.c.itions these iwo qualiscations of Eridanus, Georg. IF.

Through half the heav'ns he pours th' exalted urn;
His rapid waters in their passage burn.
Swift as it mounts, all follow with their

eyes; Still happy Impudence obtains the prize. 186 · Thou triumph’st, victor of the high-wrought day,

And the pleas'd dame, soft-smiling, lead’st away. Osborne, through perfect modesty o'ercome, Crown’d with the jordan, walks contented home.

But now for authors nobler palms remain; 191 Room for my Lord ! three jockies in his train ; Six huntsmen with a shout precede his chair : He grins, and looks broad nonsense with a stare. His honor's meaning, Dulness thus


195 • He wins this patron who can tickle best.'

He chinks his purse, and takes his seat of state : With ready quills the Dedicators wait;


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subscribers, can this be done? What an ingratitude to be charged on the only honest poet that lived in 1738! and than whoin Virtue has not had a shriller trumpeter for many ages! That you were once generally admired and esteemed can be denied

but that you and your works are now despised is ve• rified by this fact;' which being utterly false, did not indeed much huinble the Author, but drew this just chastisement on the bookseller.


by none,

• Et gemina auratus taurina cornut vultu,
• Eridanus, quo non alius per pinguia culta

In mare purpureum violentior infuit ampis.'
The poets fabled of this river Eridanus, that it flowed thro' the
skies. Dennam, Cooper's Hill:

Heav'n her Eridanus no more shall boast, Whose faine in thine, like lesser currents lost, 'Thy wobler sream shall visit Jove's abodes,

"To shine among the stars, and bathe the guds." Popi. VOL. IV.


Now at his head the dextrous task commence,
And, instant, Fancy feels th' imputed sense ; 200
Now gentle touches wanton o'er his face,
He struts Adonis, and affects grimace :
Rolli the feather to his ear conveys;
Then his nice taste directs our operas:
Bentley his mouth with classic flatt'ry ope's, 205
And the puff’d orator bursts out in tropes.
But Welsted most the poet's healing balm
Strives to extract from his soft-giving palm.


v. 203.] Paolo Antonio Rolli, an Italian poet, and writer of many operas in that language, which, partly by the help of his genius, prevailed in England near twenty years. He taught lusJian to some fine gentlemen, who affected to direct the operas.

v. 205. Bentley his mouth, &c.] Not spoken of the famous Dr. Richard Bentley, but of one Tho. Bentley, a small critic, who aped his uncle in a little Horace. The great one was inrended to be dedicated to the Lord Halifax, but (on a change of the ministry) was given to the earl of Oxford; for which reason the little one was dedicated to his son the Lord Harley.

v. 207...Welsted.) Leonard Welsted, author of The Triumvis rate; or, A Letter in verse from Palaemon to Celia at Bath, which was meant for a satire on Mr. P. and some of his friends, about the year 1718. He writ other things which we cannot reinember. "Smedley, in his Metamorphosis of Scriblerus, mections one, the Hymn of a Gentleman to his Creator: and there was another in praise either of a cellar, or a garret. L.W.char racterised in the treatise slepi Bálos or, The Art of Sinking, as a didapper, and after as an eel, is said to be this person, by Dennis, Daily Journal of May 11, 1728.

He was also characterised under another animal, a mole, by the author of the ensuing sinile, which was handed about at the same time:


#. 207.] In the first edition :
But Oldmixon the poet's healing balm, &c.

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