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To Dr DELANY, on the LIBELS,

wtitten against himn.

-Tanti tibi non fit opaci
Omnis arena Tagi.

Written in the year 1729.

- Juv.

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As some raw youth in country bred,

To arms by thirst of honour led,
When at a skirmith first he hears
The bullets whistling round his ears,
Will duck his head afide, will start,
And feel a trembling at his heart;
Till 'fcaping oft without a wound
Lessens the terror of the found ;
Fly bullets now as thick as hops,
He runs into a canon's chops :
An author thus who pants for fame,
Begins the world with fear and shame:
When first in print you see him dread
Each pop.gun levell’d at his head :
The lead yon critic's quill contains,
Is destin'd to beat out his brains.
As if he heard loud thunders roll,
Cries, Lord, have mercy on his soul!
Concluding, that another shot
Will strike him dead upon the spot.
But, when with squibbing, flashing, popping,
He cannot see one creature dropping ;
That, missing fire, or missing aim,
His life is safe, I mean his fame ;
The danger past, takes heart of grace,
And looks a critic in the face.

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Tho' splendor gives the faireft mark To poison'd arrows from the dark,

* EPITAPH on FRANCIS CHARTRESH.

Here continueth to rot
The body of FRANCIS CHARTRES;
Who, with an INFLEXIBLE CONSTANCY,
And INIMITABLE UNIFORMITY of life,

PERSISTED,
In spite of age and inFIRMITIES,
In the practice of EVERY HUMAN Vice ;
Excepting PRODIGALITY and HYPOCRISY :
His insatiable AyaRICE exempted him from the firft,
His matchless IMPUDENCE from the fecond.

Nor was he more singular
In the undeviating pravity of his manners,

Than successful

In accumulating WEALTH :
For, without TRADE OF PROFESSION,
Without TRUST of PUBLIC MONEY,
And without BRIBE-WORTHY service,
He acquired, or more properly created,

A MINISTERIAL ESTATE.

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+ FR. CHARTRES was a man infamous for all manner of vices. When he was an enfign in the army, he was drummed out of the regiment for a cheat; he was next banished Brussels, and drummed out of Ghent, on the same account. After a hundred tricks at the gaming-tables, he took to lending of money at exorbitant intered, and on great penalties, accumulating premium, interest

, and capital into a new capital, and seizing to a minute when the payments became due.

In a word, by a constant attention to the vices, wants, and follies of mankind, he acquired an immense for.

His house was a perpetual bawdyhouse. He was twice condemned for rapes, and pardoned; but the last time not without imprisonment in Newgate, and large confiscations. He died in Scotland in 1731, aged 62. The populace at his funeral raised a great riot, almost tore the 'body out of the cofon, and cast dead dogs, bc. into the grave along with it. This epitaph contains his character, very juftly drawn by Dr Arbuthnot - This gentłeman was worth

seven tho: fand pounds a year estate in land, and about one hundred iboufand in money. Pope.

He was the only person of his time,
Who could cheat without the mask of HONESTY,

Retain his primeval meanness
When possess’d of TEN THOUSAND a-year ;
And having daily deserved the GIBBET for what he did,
Was at last condemned to it for what he could not do.

Oh indignant reader !
Think not his life useless to mankind !
PROVIDENCE conniv'd † at his execrable designs,

To give to after ages
A conspicuous Proof and EXAMPLE,
Of how small estimation is EXORBITANT WEALTH

In the fight of GOD,
By his bestowing it on the most UNWORTHY of ALL

MORTALS.

Joannes jacet hic Mirandula -cartera norunt
El Tagus et Ganges-for an et Antipodes.

Applied to Francis CHARTRES.

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ERE Francis Chartres lies. be civil!

The reft God knows_perhaps the devil.

* E P. I G R A M. PETER complains that God has given

To his poor babe a life so short : Consider, Peter, he's in heaven ; 'Tis good to have a friend at court.

* Α Ν Ο Τ Η Ε R. You beat your pate, and fancy wit will come ; Knock as you please, there's no body at home.

EPI. + See vol. iv. p. 70

* Ε Ρ Ι Τ Α Ρ Η.
WELL then, poor G
ELL then, poor Glies ander ground !

So there's an end of honeft Jack.
So little justice here he found,

'Tis ten to one he'll ne'er come back.

* EPIGRAM, on the toasts of the Kit-kat club.

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Anno 1716.
WHENCE deathless

kit-kat took its name,
Few critics can unriddle ;
Some say from pastry.cook it came,

And some from cat and fiddle.
From no trim beaux its name it boasts,

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Grey ftatesmen, or green wits ;
But from this pell-mell pack of toasts

Of old cats and young kits.
* To a LADY, with the Temple of Fame.
WHAT's fame with men, by custom of the nation

Is call'd in women only reputation :
About them both why keep we such a pother?
Part
you

with one, and I'll renounce the other.

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* Verses to be placed under the picture of

ENGLAND'S ARCH-Poet; containing a com

plete catalogue of his works. SEE who ne'er was nor will

be half read! Who first sung Arthur †, then sung Alfred I; Prais'd

great

Eliza || in God's anger,
Till all true Englishmen cryd, Hang her!

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of Two heroic poems in folio, twenty books.
# Heroic poems in twelve books.
N Heroic poems in folio, ten books.

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Made William's virtues wipe the bare a

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And hang'd up Marlb'rough in arras * :
Then hiss'd from earth, grew heav'nly quite;
Made ev'ry reader curse the light t;
Maul'd human wit in one thick fatire Ii
Next, in three books, sunk human nature ll,

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Undid creation at a jerk,
And of redemption tt made damn'd work.
Then took his muse at once, and dipt her
Full in the middle of the Scripture :
What wonders there the man grown old did ! 15
Sternhold himself he out-Sternholded :
Made David 11 seem so mad and freakish,
All thought him just what thought King Achish.
No mortal read his Solomon IIII,
But judg'd R’oboam his own son.
Mofes *** he serv'd as Moses Pharaoh,
And Deborah as the Siserah;
Made ttt Jeremy full sore to cry,
And Job 111 himself curse God and die.

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What punishment all this most follow?
Shall Arthur use him like King Tollo?
Shall David as Uriah slay him ?
Or dext'rous Deb'rah Siserah him?
Or shall Eliza lay a plot
To treat him like her filter Scot?
VOL. VI.

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. Instructions to Vanderbank, a tapestry weaver.
† Hymn to the light.

Satire against wit.
! Of the nature of man.
** Creation, a poem, in seven books.
# The Redeemer, another heroic poem, in six books.
#1 Translation of all the Psalms.
10 Canticles and Ecclesiastes.

Paraphrafe of the canticles of Moses and Deborah, bo.
++ The Lamentations.
### The whole book of Job, a poem, in folio.

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