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If this piece of imprudence does not spoil so excellent a paper, I propose to myself the highest satisfaction in reading it with you, over a dish of tea, every morning next winter.
As we have yet had nothing new since the Spectator;* it only remains for me to assure you, that I am Yours, &c.
J. G. P.S. Upon a review of my letter, I find I have quite forgotten the British Apollo;t which might possibly happen from its having of late retreated out of this end of the town into the city; where I am informed, bowever, that it still recommends itself by deciding wagers at cards, and giving good advice to the shopkeepers and their apprentices.
* “ The Spectators are printed in a larger and a smaller volume; so I believe they are going to leave them off; and indeed people grow weary of them, though they are often prettily written.” Journal to Stella, Nov. 2, 1712.—We fear there was (to say the best of it) some prejudice in this prediction. A similar reflection is thrown out on the Tattler, in p. 166. N.
f" The British Apollo, or Curious Amusements for the Ingenious; to which are added, the most material Occurrences, foreign and domestic Performed by a Society of Gentlemen.” This paper, which was published twice a week, began Feb. 13, 1708 ; and was continued on that plan till March 26, 1711, when three folio volumes were completed : after that time, it got into a fresh channel, and sunk into obscurity. N.
DR. SWIFT'S REMARKS*
On “ The first Fifteen Psalms of David translated into + Lyric Verse.
Proposed as an Essay supplying the Perspicuity and Coherence ac-
# Bagpipe. Nor I hope ever will again. ll this and § Sternholdides. SWIFT.
“ Witness my hand, this 25th day of February, 1745. WILLIAM DUNKIN.
DR. SWIFT. PSALM OF DAVID.(1)
(1) I warn the reader that this is a lie, both here and all
over this book; for these are Comparing the different state of the righte- not the Psalms' of David, but
ous and the wicked, both in this and the of Dr. Gibbs.
With impious (2) sinners to combine i (2) But, I suppose, with pious
sinners a man may combine
The law of God is his delight,
(4) A man must have some
change this verse thus: For as a tree, whose spreading root
" And thinks and dreams By some prolific stream is fed,
thereon all night." Produces (5) fair and lively fruit,
(5) Look ye, you must thin And numerous boughs adorn its head; the boughs at the top, or your
fruit will be neither fair non timely.
Whose very (6) leaves tho’ storms descend, (6) Why, what other part of In lively verdure still appear :
a tree appears in a lively ver
dure, beside the leaves ? Read, Such blessings always shall attend The man that does the Lord revere.
These very leaves on which
The madrigals of Dr. Gibbs.
Why do the heathen nations rise,
And in mad tumults join !
Against the Almighty's reign !
(1) I don't believe that ever
But those that do thy laws refuse,
In pieces thou shalt break ;
The disobedient (3) neck.
Ye rulers, learn the same ;(4)
His joyful praise proclaim.
Th' avenging God incense,
In him their confidence.(2)
No fears shall then my soul dopreas, Thamy miasin