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Good, from each object, from each place acquired, Glad of a quarrel, straight I clap the door,
“Sir, let me see your works and you no more.' Never elated, while one man's oppressed;
You think this cruel ? Take it for a rule, Never dejected, while another's blest;
No creature smarts so little as a fool. And where no wants, no wishes can remain,
Let peals of laughter, Codrus ! round thee break, Since but to wish more virtue, is to gain.
Thou unconcerned canst hear the mighty crack:
Pit, box, and gallery, in convulsions hurled, [From the Prologue to the Satires, Addressed to Thou stand’st unshook amidst a bursting world. Arbuthnot.]
Who shames a scribbler? Break one cobweb through,
He spins the slight, self-pleasing thread anew :
The creature's at his dirty work again ;
Throned in the centre of his thin designs, All bedlam or Parnassus is let out:
Proud of a vast extent of flimsy lines ! Fire in each eye, and papers in each hand,
Whom have I hurt? has poet yet, or peer,
Lost the arched eyebrow, or Parnassian sneer?
Does not one table Bavius still admit?
Still Sappho-A. Hold; for God's sake-you'll offendEven Sunday shines no Sabbath day to me;
No names—be calm--learn prudence of a friend : Then from the mint walks forth the man of rhyme, I, too, could write, and I am twice as tall; Happy to catch me just at dinner time.
But foes like these P. One flatterer's worse than all. Is there a parson, much bemused in beer,
Of all mad creatures, if the learned are right, A maydlin poetess, a rhyming peer,
It is the slaver kills, and not the bite. A clerk, foredoomed his father's soul to cross,
A fool quite angry is quite innocent:
Alas! 'tis ten times worse when they repent.
One from all Grub-strect will my fame defend,
And, more abusive, calls himself my friend. Arthur, whose giddy son neglects the laws,
This prints my letters, that expects a bribe, Imputes to me and my damned works the cause : And others roar aloud, ' Subscribe, subscribe! Poor Cornus sees his frantic wife elope,
There are, who to my person pay their court : And curses wit, and poetry, and Pope.
I cough like Horace, and though lean, am short. Friend to my life! (which did you not prolong, Ammon's great son one shoulder had too high, The world had wanted many an idle song)
Such Ovid's nose, and, 'Sir! you have an eye!
Say for my comfort, languishing in bed,
Great Homer died three thousand years ago.
Why did I write? what sin to me unknown And to be grave, exceeds all power of face.
Dipped me in ink; my parents', or my own? I sit with sad civility; I read
As yet a child, nor yet a fool to fame, With honest anguish, and an aching head;
I lisped in numbers, for the numbers came. And drop at last, but in unwilling ears,
I left no calling for this idle trade, This saving counsel, 'Keep your piece nine years.' No duty broke, no father disobeyed :
Nine years l' cries he, who high in Drury Lane, The muse but served to ease some friend, not wife ; Lulled by soft zephyrs through the broken pane, To help me through this long disease, my life; Rhymes ere he wakes, and prints before term ends, To gecond, Arbuthnot! thy art and care, Obliged by hunger, and request of friends :
And teach the being you preserved, to bear. * The piece, you think, is incorrect ? why take it; But why then publish? Granville the polite, I'm all submission ; what you'd have it, make it.' And knowing Walsh, would tell me I could write ;
Three things another's modest wishes bound, Well-natured Garth, inflamed with early praise, My friendship, and a prologue, and ten pound. And Congreve loved, and Swift endured my lays;
Pitholeon sends to me: You know his grace; The courtly Talbot, Somers, Sheffield read,
Even mitred Rochester would nod the head,
And St John's self (great Dryden's friends before) Informs you, sir, 'twas when he knew no better. With open arms received one poet more. Dare you refuse him ? Curll invites to dine,
Happy my studies, when by these approved ! He'll write a journal, or he'll turn divine.'
Happier their author, when by these beloved ! Bless me! a packet—' 'Tis a stranger sues,
From these the world will judge of men and books, A virgin tragedy, an orphan muse.'
Not from the Burnets, Oldmixons, and Cooks. If I dislike it, furies, death, and rage !
Soft were my numbers; who could take offence If I approve, commend it to the stage.'
While pure description held the place of sense ! There (thank my stars) my whole commission ends, Like gentle Fanny's was my flowery theme, The players and I are, luckily, no friends.
A painted mistress, or a purling stream. Fired that the house reject him,“'Sdeath ! I'll print it, Yet then did Gildon draw his venal quill; And shame the fools- your interest, sir, with Lintot.' I wished the man a dinner, and sat still. Lintot, dull rogue ! will think your price too much : Yet then did Dennis rave in furious fret ; Not, sir, if you revise it, and retouch.'
I never answered; I was not in debt. All my demurs but double his attacks :
If want provoked, or madness made them print, At last he whispers, ' Do, and we go snacks.'
I waged no war with bedlam or the mint.
Did some more sober critic come abroad;
Peace to all such! but were there one whose fires
Of hairs, or straws, or dirt, or grubs, or worms!
Were others angry! I excused them too;
In puns, or politics, or tales, or lies,
He who, still wanting, though he lives on theft,
Or spite, or smut, or rhymes, or blasphemies;
Who can your merit selfishly approve,
Let Sporus tremble-4. What? that thing of silk,
P. Yet let me flap this bug with gilded wings,
In mumbling of the game they dare not bite.
As shallow streams run dimpling all the way;
And, as the prompter breathes, the puppet squeaks;
Beauty that shocks you, parts that none will trust,
Cursed be the verse, how well soe'er it flow,
*The jealousy betwixt Addison and Pope, originating in literary and political rivalry, broke out into an open rupture by the above highly-finished and poignant satire. When Atterbury read it, he saw that Pope's strength lay in satirical poetry, and he wrote to him not to suffer that talent to be unemployed.
The Man of Ross.+
[From the Moral Essays. Epistle III.] But all our praises why should lords engross? Rise, honest Muse! and sing the Man of Ross:
* Lord Hervey.
The Man of Ross was Mr John Kyrle, who died in 1724, aged 90, and was interred in the church of Ross, in Herefordshire. Mr Kyrle was enabled to effect many of his benevolent purposes by the assistance of liberal subscriptions. Pope had been in Ross, on his way from Lord Bathurst's to Lord Oxford.
Pleased Vagn echoes through her winding bounds,
What is this absorbs me quite ! And rapid Severn hoarse applause resounds.
Steals my senses, shuts my sight, Who hung with woods yon mountain's sultry brow? Drowns my spirits, draws my breath i From the dry rock who bade the waters flow!
Tell me, my soul, can this be death? Not to the skies in useless columns tost,
The world recedes ; it disappears ! Or in proud falls magnificently lost ;
Heaven opens on my eyes ! my ears But clear and artless, pouring through the plain,
With sounds seraphic ring : Health to the sick, and solace to the swain.
Lend, lend your wings ! I mount ! I fly! Whose causeway parts the vale with shady rows ?
O Grave! where is thy victory? Whose seats the weary traveller repose ?
O Death ! where is thy sting? Who taught the heaven-directed spire to rise ? 'The Man of Ross,' each lisping babe replies.
We may quote, as a specimen of the melodious Behold the market-place with poor o'erspread ! versification of Pope's Homer, the well-known moonThe Man of Ross divides the weekly bread :
light scene, which has been both extravagantly He feeds yon almsbouse, neat, but void of state, praised and censured. Wordsworth and Southey Where age and want sit smiling at the gate : unite in considering the lines and imagery as false Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans blessed, and contradictory. It will be found in this case, as The young who labour, and the old who rest.
in many passages of Dryden, that, though natural Is any sick ? the Man of Ross relieves,
objects be incorrectly described, the beauty of the Prescribes, attends, and med’cine makes and gives. language and versification elevates the whole into Is there a variance ? enter but his door,
poetry of a high imaginative order. Pope followed Baulked are the courts, and contest is no more : the old version of Chapman, which we also subDespairing quacks with curses fled the place, join : And vile attorneys, now a useless race.
The troops exulting sat in order round, B. Thrice happy man, enabled to pursue
And bearning fires illumined all the ground, What all so wish, but want the power to do!
As when the moon, refulgent lamp of night! O say, what sums that generous hand supply? O'er heaven's clear azure spreads her sacred light; What mines to swell that boundless charity ?
When not a breath disturbs the deep serene, P. Of debts and taxes, wife and children clear, And not a cloud o'ercasts the solemn scene; This man possessed five hundred pounds a-year. Around her throne the vivid planets roll, Blush, grandeur, blush ! proud courts, withdraw your And stars unnumbered gild the glowing pole ;
O'er the dark trees a yellower verdure shed, Ye little stars ! hide your diminished rays.
And tip with silver every mountain's head; B. And what! no monument, inscription, stone ? Then shine the vales, the rocks in prospect rise, His race, his form, his name almost unknown?
A flood of glory bursts from all the skies : P. Who builds a church to God, and not to fame, The conscious gwains, rejoicing in the sight, Will never mark the marble with his name:
Eye the blue vault, and bliss the useful light. Go, search it there, where to be born and die,
So many flames before proud Ilion blaze, Of rich and poor makes all the history;
And lighten glimmering Xanthus with their rays; Enough, that virtue filled the space between;
The long reflections of the distant fires
Gleam on the walls and tremble on the spires.
Full fifty guards each flaming pile attend,
Whose umbered arms, by fits, thick flashes send; That live long wig, which Gorgon's self might own, Loud neigh the coursers o'er their heaps of corn, Eternal buckle takes in Parian stone.
And ardent warriors wait the rising inorn.
Chapman's version is as follows:-
traces loosed On once a flock-bed, but repaired with straw, Their sweating horse, which severally with headstalls With tape-tied curtains, never meant to draw,
they reposed, The George and Garter dangling from that bed And fastened by their chariots; when others brought Where tawdry yellow strove with dirty red,
from town Great Villiers lies-alas ! how changed from him, Fat sheep and oxen instantly; bread, wine, and hewed That life of pleasure, and that soul of whim!
down Gallant and gay, in Cliefden's proud alcove,
Huge store of wood; the winds transferred into the The bower of wanton Shrewsbury and love;
friendly sky Or just as gay, at council, in a ring
Their supper`s savour; to the which they sat delightOf ' mimic statesmen, and their merry king.
fully, No wit to flatter, left of all his store !
And spent all night in open field; fires round about No fool to laugh at, which he valued more.
them shined, There, victor of his health, of fortune, friends, As when about the silver moon, when air is free from And fame, this lord of useless thousands ends.
And stars shine clear, to whose sweet beams, high The Dying Christian to his Soul.
prospects, and the brows Vital spark of heavenly flame,
Of all steep hills and pinnacles, thrust up themselves
for shows; Quit, oh quit this mortal frame:
And even the lowly valleys gay to glitter in their sight, Trembling, hoping, lingering, flying
When the unmeasured firmament bursts to disclose Ob the pain, the bliss of dying !
her light, Cease, fond Nature, cease thy strife,
And all the signs in heaven are seen, that glad the And let me languish into life!
shepherd's heart; Hark! they whisper ; ongels say,
Lo, many fires disclosed their beams, made by the Sister spirit, come away!
Before the face of Ilion, and her bright turrets showed. When rage misguides me, or when fear alarms, A thousand courts of guard kept fires, and every guard When pain distresses, or when pleasure charms, allowed
In silent whisp'rings purer thoughts impart, Fifty stout men, by whom their horse eat oats, and And turn from ill a frail and feeble heart; hard-white corn,
Lead through the paths thy virtue trod before, And all did wilfully expect the silver-thronëd morn. Till bliss shall join, nor death can part no more.
That awful form which, so the Heavens decree, Cowper's translation is brief, but vivid and distinct :
Must still be loved, and still deplored by me, As when around the clear bright moon, the stars
In nightly visions seldom fails to rise, Shine in full splendour, and the winds are hushed,
Or roused by Fancy, meets my waking eyes. The groves, the mountain-tops, the headland heights
If business calls, or crowded courts invite, Stand all apparent, not a vapour streaks
The unblemished statesman seems to strike my sight; The boundless blue, but ether opened wide
If in the stage I seek to soothe my care,
I meet his soul, which breathes in Cato there;
'Twas there of just and good he reasoned strong, THOMAS TICKELL.
Cleared some great truth, or raised some serious song; The friendship of Addison has shed a reflected There patient showed us the wise course to steer,
A candid censor, and a friend severe; light on some of his contemporaries, and it elevated There taught us how to live, and (oh! too high them, in their own day, to considerable importance. The price for knowledge) taught us how to die. Amongst these was THOMAS TICKELL (1686-1740),
Thou hill! whose brow the antique structures grace, born at Bridekirk, near Carlisle, and educated at Oxford. He was a writer in the Spectator and Guar- Reared by bold chiefs of Warwick's noble race; dian, and when Addison went to Ireland as secre- O'er my dim eyeballs glance the sudden tears!
Why, once so lored, whene'er thy bower appears, tary to Lord Sunderland, Tickell accompanied him, How sweet were once thy prospects fresh and fair, and was employed in public business. He published Thy sloping walks, and unpolluted air ! a translation of the first book of the Iliad at the same
How sweet the glooms beneath thy aged trees, time with Pope. Addison and the Whigs pronounced Thy noontide shadow, and thy evening breeze! it to be the best, while the Tories ranged under the His image thy forsaken bowers restore, banner of Pope. The circumstance led to a breach Thy walks and airy prospects charm no more; of the friendship betwixt Addison and Pope, which No more the summer in thy glooms allayed, was never healed. Addison continued his patronage Thy evening breezes, and thy noonday shade. of Tickell, made him his under secretary of state, and left him the charge of publishing his works. Tickell had elegance and tenderness as a poet, but
Colin and Lucy.-A Ballado was deficient in variety and force. His ballad of Colin and Lucy'is worth all his other works. It
Of Leinster, famed for maidens fair, has the simplicity and pathos of the elder lyrics, Bright Lucy was the grace, without their too frequent coarseness and abrupt Nor e'er did Liffy's limpid stream transitions. His . Elegy on the Death of Addison' Reflect so sweet a face; is considered by Johnson one of the most elegant and sublime funeral poems in the language. The Till luckless love and pining care author's own friend, Steele, considered it only ‘prose Impaired her rosy hue, in rhyme! The following extract contains the best Her coral lips and damask cheeks, verses in the elegy :
And eyes of glossy blue. Oft let me range the gloomy aisles alone,
Oh! have you seen a lily pale Sad luxury! to vulgar minds unknown,
When beating rains descend ? Along the walls where speaking marbles show
So drooped the slow-consuming maid,
Her life now near its end.
By Lucy warned, of flattering swains
Take heed, ye easy fair! Stern patriots, who for sacred freedom stood;
Of vengeance due to broken vows, Just men by whom impartial laws were given,
Ye perjured swains ! beware. And saints who
taught and led the way to heaven. Ne'er to these chambers where the mighty rest,
Three times all in the dead of night Since their foundation came a nobler guest;
A bell was heard to ring, Nor e'er was to the bowers of bliss conveyed
And shrieking, at her window thrice A fairer spirit, or more welcome shade.
The raven flapped his wing. In what new region to the just assigned,
Too well the love-lorn maiden knew What new employments please the unbodied mind?
The solein boding sound,
And thus in dying words bespoke
The virgins weeping round:
Which says I must not stay ;
I see a hand you cannot see,
Which beckons me away.
By a false heart and broken Vows
In early youth I die. Oh! if sometimes thy spotless form descend,
Was I to blame because his bride To me thy aid, thou guardian genius ! lend.
Was thrice as rich as I !
SIR SAMUEL GARTH.
Sir Samuel GarTH, an eminent physician, published in 1696 his poem of The Dispensary, to aid the college of physicians in a war they were then waging with the apothecaries. The latter had ventured to prescribe, as well as compound medicines; and the physicians, to outbid them in popularity, advertised that they would give advice gratis to the poor, and establish a dispensary of their own for the sale of cheap medicines. The college triumphed; but in 1703 the House of Lords decided that apothecaries were entitled to exercise the privilege which Garth and his brother physicians resisted. Garth was a popular and benevolent man, a firm Whig, yet the early encourager of Pope; and when Dryden died, he pronounced a Latin oration over the poet's remains. With Addison, he was, politically and 'personally, on terms of the closest intimacy. Garth died in 1718. The Dispensary' is a mock heroic poem in six cantos. Some of the leading apothecaries of the day are happily ridiculed; but the interest of the satire has passed away, and it did not contain enough of the life of poetry to preserve it. A few lines will give a specimen of the manner and the versification of the poem. It opens in the following strain:—
Speak, goddess! since 'tis thou that best canst tell,
Now she unfolds the faint and dawning strife
And dart in emanations through the eyes;
To extend its recent form, and stretch to man;
How body acts upon impassive mind;
But now no grand inquiries are descried;
The lonely edifice in sweats complains
1 Old Bailey.
2 The College of Physicians,