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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.


On “ The first Fifteen Psalms of David translated into + Lyric Verse.

Proposed as an Essay supplying the Perspicuity and Coherence ac-
cording to the Modern Art of Poetry ; not known to have been at-
tempted before I in any Language. With a Preface containing some
Observations of the great and general Defectives of || the present
Version in Greek, Latin, and English ; by Dr. (James) Gibbs.
Londou, printed by J. Mathews, for J. Bartley, over-against Gray's
Inn, in Holborn. 1701.”

# Bagpipe. Nor I hope ever will again. ll this and § Sternholdides. SWIFT.
* By a memorandum on the first page it appears that these Remarks were thought
valuable by one who must be allowed to have been of no inconsiderable rank both as a
poet and a humourist: “ The following manuscript was literally copied from the printed
original, found in the library of Dr. J Swift, dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin. The mar-
gipal notes and parodies were written by the dean's own hand, except such as are dis-
tinguished with this mark, (p) with which I am only chargeable.

“ Witness my hand, this 25th day of February, 1745. WILLIAM DUNKIN.
“ N. B. The original was by me presented to his excellency Philip Dormer Stanhope,
earl of Chesterfield, lord lieutenant general and general governor of Ireland. W. D."




(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.

next world.
Thrice happy he that doth refuse

With impious (2) sinners to combine i (2) But, I suppose, with pious
Who ne'er their wicked way pursues,

sinners a man may combine

safely enough.
And does the sinners seat (3) decline. (3) What part of speech is

But still to learn and to obey

The law of God is his delight,
In that employs himself all day,

(4) A man must have some
And reads and thinks thereon'at (á) night. time to sleep ; so that I will

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

you spend
Your woful stuff, may serve

for squibs;
Such blessings always shall


The madrigals of Dr. Gibbs.
The above may serve for a tolerable specimen of Swift’s Remarks.
The whole should be given, if it were possible to make them intelligible
without copying the version which is ridiculed ; a labour for which
our readers would scarcely thank us. A few detached stanzas, how-
ever, with the dean's notes on them, shall be transcribed.



Why do the heathen nations rise,

And in mad tumults join !
Confederate kings vain plots. (1) devise

Against the Almighty's reign !

(1) I don't believe that ever
kings entered into plots and
confederacies against the reign
of God Almighty.


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But those that do thy laws refuse,

In pieces thou shalt break ;
(2) And with an iron sceptre bruise

The disobedient (3) neck.
Ye earthly kings, the caution hear,

Ye rulers, learn the same ;(4)
Serve God with reverence, and with fear(5)

His joyful praise proclaim.
(1) For should the madness of his foes

Th' avenging God incense,
Happy are they that can repose

In him their confidence.(2)

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No fears shall then my soul dopreas, Thamy miasin

Lord, Notice.

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