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DR. GIBBS.

DR. SWIFT.

* Deprease, Loard, Scoticè.

No fears shall then my soul depress, *
Though thus my enemies increase :
[3] And therefore now arise, O Lord, *
And graciously thy help afford.

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(3) He desires God's help be-
cause he is not afraid of his
enemies; others, I think, usu-
ally desire it when they are
afraid.

(4) The doctor has a mighty
affection for the particle thus :
he uses it four times in this (the
3d) Psalm, and one hundred
times in other places; and al.
ways wrong

(5) That is as much as to say,
that he that can do all things
can defend a man; which I
take to be an undoubted truth.

(6) Are they malicious out of fraility, or frail out of malice?

But you, my frail [6] malicious foes,

Who do my power despise,

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Since those alone the Lord has blest

Who do from sin refrain,
He therefore grants what I request,[8]

And hears when I [9] coniplain.
Then shall my soul with more divine
And solid joys

abound ;
Than they with stores of corn and wine,

Those earthly riches, crown’d.[10]

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DR. GIBBS.

DR. SWIFT.

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(1) And yet, to show I tell

no fibs,
Thou hast left me in thrall
To Hopkins eke, and doc-

tor Gibbs
The vilest rogue of all.
(2) Ay, and open foes too;
or his repose would not be very
calm.
(3) Thy heavy hand restrain;

Have mercy, Dr. Gibbs :
Do not, I pray thee, paper

stain
With rhymes retail'd in

dribbs
(4) That bit is a most glori-
ous botch.
(5) The squeaking of a hog-

grel.
(6) To listen to thy doggrel.

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For how shall I sustain

[5] Those ills which now I bear? My vitals are consum’d with pain,

[6] My soul oppress’d with care !

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DR. GIBBS.

DR. SWIFT.

(7) The doctor must mean
himself; for, I hope, David
never thought so.

(8) Then he is a dunce for
crying.

Lord, I have pray'd in [7] vain,

So long, so much opprest;
My very [8] cries increase my pain,

And tears preveut my rest :
These do my sight impair,

And flowing eyes decay;
While to my en

I fear
Thus [9] to become a prey.
If I've not spar'd him, though he's grown

My causeless (1) enemy;
Then let my life and fortune [2] crown

Become to him a prey.

(9) That is, he is afraid of
becoming a prey to his enemies
while his eyes are sore.

(1) If he be grown his cause-
less enemy, he is no longer
guiltless

(2) He gives a thing before
he has it, and gives it to him
that has it already; for Saul
is the person meant.

(3) But why lend? does he
design to return it back when
he has done with it?

(4) Profane rascal! he makes it a struggle and contention between God and the wicked.

But, Lord, thy kind assistance [3] lend;

Arise in my defence : According to thy laws [4] contend

For injur'd innocence,

DR. GIBBS,

DR. SWIFT.

That all the nations that oppose

May then confess thy power ;
Therefore assist my righteous cause,

That they may thee adore:
For equal judgment, Lord, to thee,

The nations [1] all submit;
Be therefore [2] merciful to me,

And my just soul acquit (3].

(1) Yet in the very verse be-
fore, he talks of nations that
oppose.

(2) because all nations sub-
mit to God, therefore God must
be merciful to Dr. Gibbs.

(3) Of what?
Poor David never could ac-

quit
A criminal like thee,
Against his Psalms who could

commit
Such wicked poetry.
(4) Observe the connexion.

(5) That's right, doctor; but
there will be no contending, as
you desired a while ago.
Tis wonderful that Providence
Should save thee from the

halter,
Who hast in numbers without

Thus, by God's gracious providence [4],

I'm still preservd secure,
Who all the good and just defends

With a resistless [5] power.

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