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Still of the duchy chancellor;
Durante life, I have it ;
Mine a-se on them that gave it."
But now the servants they rush'd in;
And Duke Nic. up leap'd he: “ I will not cope against such odd's,
But, Guise! I'll fight with thee:
To-morrow with thee will I fight
Under the greep wood tree :" “No, not to-morrow, but to night,"
Quoth Guise, “ I'll fight with thee."
And now the sun declining low
Bestreak'd with blood the skies; When, with his sword at saddle bow,
Rode forth the valiant Guise.
Full gently pranc'd he o'er the lawn;
Oft rollid his eyes around,
Who was not to be found.
Long brandish'd he the blade in air,
Long look'd the field all o'er : At length he spied the merry
men browa, And eke the coach and four.
From out the boot bold Nicholas
Did wave his wand so white, As poioting out the gloomy glade
Wherein he mcant to fighta
All in that dreadful hour so calm
Was Lancastere to see,
Or only take a fee :
And so he did for to New Court
His rolling wheels did run:
But bus'ness must be done.
Back in the dark, by Brompton Park,
He turn'd up through the Gore; So sluuk to Cambden house so high,
All in his coach and four.
Meanwhile Duke Guise did fret and fume,
A sight it was to see,
Under the greenwood tree.
Then, wet and weary, home he far'd,
Sore mutt'ring all the way,
Meap time on every pissing post
Paste we this recreant's name, So that each passer by shall read
And piss against the same."
Now God preserve our gracious king,
his nobles all
That “ pride will have a fall.”.
FRAGMENT OF A SATIRE.*
IF meagre Gildon draw his venal quill,
Should some more sober crítics come abroad,
* Thus was this Poem originally entitled, in the “Miscellanies," *published by Swift and Pope in 1727. It was afterward inserted; 1734-5, with many material alterations, in Mr. Pope's Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, being the Prologue to the Satires. N.
† The unexpected turn in the second line of each of these three couplets, contains as cutting and bitter strokes of satire as, perhaps, can be written. It is with difficulty we can forgive our author for upbraiding these wretched scribblers for their poverty and distresses, if we do not keep in our minds the grossly abusive pamphlets they published; and, even allowing this circumstance, we ought to separ rate rancour from reproof: “ Cur tam crudeles optavit sumere poenas ?"
Dr. WARTON. This great man, with all his faults, deserved to be put into better company. WARBURTON.
Swift imbibed from Sir William Temple, and Pope from Swift, an inveterate and unreasonable aversion and contempt for Beutley; but I bave been informed, that there was still an additional cause for Pope's resentment: that Atterbury, being in company with Bentley and Pope, insisted on knowing the Doctor's opinion of the English Homer; and that, being earnestly pressed to declare his-sentiments freely, be said, "The verses are good verses; but the work is not Homer,
Who thinks he reads when he but scans and spells;
Are others angry? I excuse them too :
thein but their due..
it is Spondanus.” It may however be observed, in favour of Pope, that Dr. Clarke, whose critical exactness is well known, has not been able to point out above three or four mistakes in the sense throughout the whole Iliad.
Dr. WARTON. * This couplet was afterward thus altered :
“E'en such small critics some regard may claim,
☆ Philips, certainly not a very animated or first-rate writer, yet appears not to deserve quite so much contempt; if we look at his first and fifth pastoral, &c. &c. and above all, his pleasing tragedy of “The Distressed Mother.” The secret grounds of Philips's malignity to Pope, are said to have been the ridicule and laughter he met with from the Hanover club, of which he was secretary, for mistaking the incomparable ironical paper in the Guardian, No. 40, which was written by Pope, for a serious criticism on pastoral poetry. The learned Heyne also mistook this irony.
Dr. WARTON. | Ambrose Philips trapslated a book, called, "Persian Tales," a hook full of fancy and imagination. Pope.
In sense still wanting, tho' he lives on theft,
Peace to all such ! but were there one whose fires
* Author of the Victim, and Cobler of Preston. H.+ Verse of Dr. Ev. H.
| Thus it originally stood in the “ Miscellanies,” though the name was afterward altered to “ Addison ;" a circumstance not noticed by the learned commentators upon Pope. N.