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Hibernian politics, O Swift! thy fate ;
And Pope's, ten years to comment and translate.

Proceed, great days ! 'till Learning fly the shore,
Till Birch shall blush with noble blood no more ;
Till Thames see Eton's sons for ever play, 335
Till Westminster's whole year be holiday ;
Till Isis' elders reel, their pupils' sport,
And Alma Mater lie dissolv'd in Port !


V. 333. Proceed, great days! &c... Till Birch shall blush, &c.) Another great prophet of Dulness, on this side Styx, proiniseth those days to be near at hand. The devil (saith te) . censed bishops to license masters of schools to instruct youth is

the knowledge of the Heathen gods, their religion, &c. The 'schools and universities will soon be tired and ashamed of clase

sics, and such trumpery.' Hutchinson's Use of Reason recovered. Scribl.


v. 331. In the former edit, thus:

O Swift! thy doom,

And Pope's translating ten whole years with Broome. On which was the following note: 'He concludes his irony with 'a siruke upon himself: for whoever imagines this a sarcasm on

ile other ingenious person is surely mistaken. The opinion our Author had of him was sufficiently shewn by his joining lim in the undertaking of the Odyssey: in which Mr. Bruome,

:.iving engaged without any previous agreement, discharged • luis part so much to Mr. Pope's satisfaction, that he gratified him "willi the full sum of five hundred pounds, and a present of all

those books for which his own interest could procure bim sub'scribers, to the value of one hundred more. The Author only

seems to lament that he was employed in translation at all.' After v. 338, in the first edit, were the fullowing lines:

Then when these si:ns declare the inighty year,
When the dull stars roll round, and re-appear;
Let there be darkness! (the dread Pow'r shall say)
All shall be darkness, as it ne'er were day:
To their first chaus Wit's vain works shall fall,
And universal darkness cover al.

Enough! enough! the raptur'd Monarch cries ! And through the iv'ry gate the vision flies. 340


-0. 340. And through the iv'ry gate, &c.)

Sunt geminae soinni portae; quarum altera fertur
Cornea, qua veris facilis datur exitus uinbris;

Ultera candenti perfecta nitens elephanto,
*Sed falsa ad coelum mittunt insomuia manes.'

Virg. fin. VI.

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To the first edition of the Fourth Book of the Dunciad, whea

printed separately in the year 1742. W e apprehend, it can be deemed no injury torch,

, the Author of the three first Books of the Dun. *ciad, that we publish this fourth :: it was found

, cezzat merely by accident, in taking a survey of the lo han. brary of a late eminent nobleman ; but in so bloi. ted a condition, and in so many detached pieces, as plainly shewed it to be not only incorrect, but unfinished. That the Author of the three first Books had a design to extend and complete bis Poem in this manner, appears from the dissertation prefixed to it, where it is said, that · The desig? is more extensive, and that we may expect orber episodes to complete it:' and, from the declaration in the argument to the third Book, that " The accomplishment of the prophecies therein, would be the theme hereafter of a greater Dunciad.' But whether or no he be the author of this, we declare ourselves ignorant. If he be, we are no more to be blamed for the publication of it, than Tucca and Varius for that of the last six Books of the Æneid, though, perhaps, inferior to the former.

If any person be possessed of a more perfect copy of this work, or of any other fragments of. it, and will communicate them to the publisher, we shall make the next edition more complete :

in which we also promise to insert any Criticisms that shall be published (if at all to the purpose) with the names of the authors; or any letters sent us (though not to the purpose) shall yet be printed, under the title of, Epistola obscurorum virorum ; which, together with some others of the same kind, formerly laid by for that end, may make no unpleasant addition to he future Impressions of this Poem,

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Che Argument.
The Poet being, in this Book to declare the completion of the

Prophecies mentioned at the end of the former, makes a new
Invocation; as the greater poets are wont, when some high
and worthy matter is to be sung. lle shews the Goddess ccma-
ing in her Majesty, to destroy order and Science, ard to sub-
stitute the kingdom of the Dull upon earth. How she leads
captive the sciences, and silences the Muses; and what they
be who succeed in their stead. All her children, by a wonder
jul attraction, are drawn about her; and bear along with them
divers others, who promote her empire by cunnivance, weak
resistance, or discouragement of aris; such as half-wits, taste
less admirers, vain pretenders, the flatterers of dunces, or the
patrons of them.

All these crowd arouud her; one of them offering to approach her, is driven back by a rival, but she commends and encourages both. The first who speak in form are the Geniuses of the Schools, who assure her of their care to advance her cause by confining youth to Words, and keep. ing them out of the way of real Knowledge

. Their address and her gracious answer; with her charge to them and the Universities. The Universities appear by their proper de pie ties, and assure her, that the same method is observed in the ject. They are driven off by a band of young gentlemente progress of education. The speech of Aristarchus on this subturned from Travel with the Tutors; one of whom delivers to the Goddess, in a polite oration, an account of the whole con ţiine a young nobleinan perfectly accomplished. She receives him graciousiy, and endues him with the happy quality of want of Shame. She sees loitering about her a number of indulent ziness; to these approaches the antiquary Annius, intrealing Persons abandoning all business, and duty, and dying with la. her to make them Virtuosos, and assign them over to himi but Mummius, another antiquary, complaining of bis fraudu.

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