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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 Apollot; which might possibly happen from its having of late retreated out of this end of the town into the city; where I am informed, however, 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.” !. to Stella, Nov. 2, 1712.-We fear there was (to say the est of it) some prejudice in this prediction. A similar reflection is thrown out on the Tatler, in p. 156. N. + “The British Apollo, or Curious Amusements for the Ingenious; to which are added the most material Occurrences foreign and domestick. 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. Troposed as an Essay supplying the Perspicuity and Coherence according to the Modern Art of Poetry; not known to have been attempted before t 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 S. London, printed by J. Mathews, for J. Bartley, overagainst Gray's Inn, in Hol ... 1701." *

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+ Bagpipe. 4 Norihope ever will again. I this and 3 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 marginal notes and parodies were written by the Dean's own hand, except such as are distinguished with this mark (*), with which I am only chargeable. “Witness my hand, this 25thday of February, 1745. William Dunkir. “ 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.”


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Comparing the different state of the righteous and the wicked, both in this and the next world.

THRIce happy he that doth refuse
With impious [2] sinners to combine;

Who ne'er their wicked way pursues,
And does the sinners seat [3] decline.

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For as a tree, whose spreading rcot
By some prolifick stream is fed,

Produces [5] fair and lively fruit,
And numerous boughs adorn its head;

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These very leaves on which you spend Your woeful stuff, may serve for squibs; Such blessings always shall attend 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,

d R. GI B B S.

whose very [6] leaves tho' storms descend,
In lively verdure still appear:

Such blessings always shall attend
The man that does the Lord revere,

pr. swir T.

[6] Why, what other part of a tree appears in a lively verdure, beside the leaves *


however, with the Dean's notes on them, shall be transcribed.

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why do the heathen nations rise,
And in mad tumults join

Confederate kings vain plots [1] devise
Against the Almighty's reign!

D. R. Sw I Ft. [1] I do'nt believe that ever 1<ings entered into plots and confederacies against the reign of God Almighty.

D. R. G1 BB3,
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 bear,
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 {z J.

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