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Then from the Mint walks forth the man of rhyme,
25 And curses Wit, and Poetry, and Pope.
Friend to my Life! (which did not you prolong, The world had wanted many an idle song) What Drop or Noftrum can this plague remove ? Or which must end me, a Fool's wrath or love? 30 A dire dilemma ! either way I'm fped ; If foes, they write, if friends, they read me dead. Seiz’d and ty'd down to judge, how wretched I! Who can't be silent, and who will not lie:
Is there a Bard in durance? turn them free,
Who would do something in his Sempftress' praiseVer. 29. in the ist Ed.
Dear Doétor, tell me, is not this a curse ?
To laugh, were want of goodness and of grace, 35
Nine years ! cries he, who high in Drury-lane, Lull’d by soft Zephyrs through the broken pane, Rhymes ere he wakes, and prints before Teri ends, Oblig'd by hunger, and request of friends : “ The piece, you think, is incorrect ? why take it, 45 “ I'm all submission, what you'd have it, make it.”
Three things another's modest wishes bound, My Friendship, and a Prologue, and ten pound.
Pitholeon sends to me: “ You know his Grace : “ I want a Patron ; ask him for a Place.” Pitholeon libel'd me." but here's a letter “ Informs you, Sir, 'twas when he knew no better. “ Dare you refuse him? Curll invites to dine, “ He'll write a Journal, or he'll turn Divine.”
Bless me! a packet.-“ 'Tis a stranger fues, 55 “ A Virgin Tragedy, an Orphan Muse.” If I dislike it, “ Furies, death and rage !" If I approve, '“ Commend it to the Stage."
in the MS. If you refuse, he goes, as fates incline, To plague Sir Robert, or to turn Divine.
There (thank my stars) my whole commission ends,
60 Fir'd that the house reject him, “ 'Sdeath I'll print it, “ And Mame the fools--Your interest, Sir, with Lintot." Lintot, dull rogue! will think your price too much :
Not, Sir, if you revise it, and retouch.”
'Tis sung, when Midas' ears began to spring, (Midas, a sacred person and a King)
70 His very Minister, who spy'd them first, (Some fay his Queen) was forc'd to speak, or buit. And is not mine, my friend, a sorer case, When every coxcomb perks them in my
face? A. Good friend, forbear! you deal in dangerous things, I'd never name Queens, Ministers, or Kings; Keep close to Ears, and those let afses prick, 'Tis nothing-P. Nothing ? if they bite and kick ? Out with it, Dunciad! let the secret pass, That secret to each fool, that he's an Ass :
80 The truth once told (and wherefore should we lie?) The Queen of Midas Nept, and so may I.,
You think this cruel ? Take it for a rule, No creature smarts so little as a fool. Let peals of laughter, Codrus! round thee break, 85 Thou unconcern'd canst hear the mighty crack:
Pit, VARJATION, Ver. 60. in the former Ed.
Cibber and I are luckily no friends.
Pit, box, and gallery, in convulsions hurld,
One dedicates in high heroic profe, .
For song, for filence some expect a bribe :
This prints my Letters, that expects a bribe,
115 I cough like Horace, and, though leán, am short. Ammon’s great fon one shoulder had too high, Such Ovid's nose, and, “ Sir! you have an Eye!"Go on, obliging creatures, make me fee All that disgrac'd my Betters, met in me. Say for my comfort, languishing in bed, “ Just so immortal Maro held his head;" And when I die, be sure you let me know Great Homer dy'd three thousand years ago.
Why did I write? what sin to me unknown 125 Dipt me in ink, my parents', or my own? As yet a child, nor yet a fool to fame, I lisp'd in numbers, for the numbers came. I left no calling for this idle trade, No duty broke, no father disobey'd:
Time, praise, or money, is the least they crave;
Yet each declares the other fool or knave. After ver. 124. in the MS.
But, friend, this shape, which You and Curll a admire, Came not from Ammon's son, but from my Sire o: And for my head, if you'll the truth excuse, I had it from my Mother “, not the Muse. Happy, if he, in whom these frailties join’d, Had heir'd as well the virtues of the inind. a Curll set up his head for a sign. b His Father was crooked. • His Mother was much affiicted with headachs.