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A LETTER to the Rev. Dr SHERIDAN.
Written in the year 1718.
I bave a great esteem for Plautus ;
5 The rogue too bawdy and too profane is. I went in vain to look for Eupolis, Down in the Strand * just where the 'new pole is ; For I can tell you one thing, that I can, You will not find it in the Vatican. He and Cratinus used, as Horace fays, To take his greatest grandees for asses. Poets, in those days, ufed to venture high ; But these are loft full many a century.
Thus you may fee, dear friend, ex pede hence 15 My judgment of the old comedians.
i PROCEED to tragics, first Euripides.
* N. B. The Strand in London. The fact may be falle, but the skyme edat me lume trouble,
À G Go T.
Written in the year 2713, when the Queen's mini
fters were quarrelling among themselves * OB Bserve the dying father speak :
Try, lads, can you this bundle break;
This tale may be apply'd in few words
See more of the author's endeavours 10 procure a reconcilement among them, in the letters to and from Dr Swift, in vob, iv. let. 6. 93.
See allu Free thonghts on the present state of affairs, in vol. ij
Which now difturbs the Queen and court,
In history we never found,
Come, courtiers : every man his stick:
To make the bundle strong and safe,
• Fasces, a bundle of rods, or small Hicks carried before the consuls at Rome. + Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford.
Lord Chancellor. | Sir Edward Northey, Attorney-General, brought in by Lord Harcourt, yet very desirous of the great feat.
Written in the year 1713.
A few of the firft lines were wanting in the copy fent us
by a friend of the autbor's.
A crazy prelate, and a royal prude ti
Swift, had, the fin of wit, no venial crime ;
Dr Sharp, Archbishop of York... + Her late Majefty Queen Anne.
Archbisbop Sharp, according to Swift's account, had reprefented him to the Queen as a person that was not a Chriftian; a great lady had supported the afperfion; and the Queen upon such affurances, had given away the bishoprick contrary to her Maje? fty's first intentions, which were in favour of Dr Swift. Orrery.
| A coffeehouse and tavera near St Paul's, at that time much frequented by the clergy.
And deal in vices of the graver sort,
But after sage monitions from his friends
25 He turns to politics his dang 'rous wit.
And now the public int'reft to support, By Harley Swift invited comes to court; In favour grows with ministers of late ; Admitted private, when superiors wait:
90 And Harley, not alham’d his choice to own, Takes him to Windsor in his coach alone. lis' At Windsor Swift no sooner can appear, But St John* comes and whispers in his ear : The waiters stand in ranks ; the yeomen cry, 35 Make room, as if a Duke were paffing by.
Now Finch t'alarms the Lords: he hears for certain This dang'rous priest is got behind the curtain. Finch fama for tedious elocation, proves That Swift oils many a spring which Harley moves. Walpole and Aislabie f; to clear the doubt, Inform the Commons, that the fecret's out: “ A certain doctor is observ'd of late « To haurt a certain minister of fåte : “ From hence with half an eye we may discover 45 peace
is made, and Perkin must come over.". York is from. Lambeth fent :to shew the Queen A dangerous treatise writ agaimt the spleen || ; Which, by the style, the matter, and the drift, 'Tis thought could be the work of none but Swift. 50
Then Secretary of State, afterwards. Lord Bolingbroke. + The late Earl of Nottingham, who made a speech in the House of Lords against the author.
They both spoke against the author in the house of Com Boons, altho' Ailabie profelfed much friendhig, for him.
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