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PARTI. Of the End and Efficacy of Satire. The
Love of Glory and Fear of Shame universal, ver. 29. This Passion, implanted in Man as a Spur to Virtue, is generally perverted, ver. 41. And thus becomes the Occasion of the greatest Follies, Vices, and Miferies, ver. 61. It is the Work of Satire to rectify this Passion, to reduce it to its proper Channel, and to convert it into an Incentive to Wisdom and Virtue, ver. 89. Hence it
appears that Satire may influence those who defy all Laws Human and Divine, ver. 99.
An Objection answered, ver. 131. PART II. Rules for the Conduct of Satire. Justice
and Truth its chief and essential Property, ver. 169. Prudence in the Application of Wit and Ridicule, whose Province is, not to explore unknown, but to enforce known Truths; ver. 191. Proper Subjects of Satire are the Manners of present Times, ver. 239. Decency of Expression recommended, ver. 255. The different Methods in which Folly and Vice ought to be chastised, ver. 269. The Variety of Style and Manner which these two Subjects require, ver. 277. The Praise of Virtue may be admitted with Propriety, ver. 315. Caution with regard to Panegyric, ver.
329. The Dignity of true Satire, ver. 341.. PART III. The History of Satire. Roman Satirifts,
Lucilius, Horace, Persius, Juvenal, ver. 357, &c. Causes of the Decay of Literature, particularly of Satire, ver. 389. Revival of Satire, 401. Erasmus one of its principal Restorers, ver. 405. Donne, ver. 411.
Abuse of Satire in England, during the licentious Reign of Charles II. ver. 415. Dryden, ver. 429. The true Ends of Satire pursued by Boileau in France, ver. 439. and by Mr. Pope in England, ver. 445
P A R T 1.
And Pope lies number'd with the mighty Dead!
(Unconscious Britain !) slumbers o'er her wound.
Pleas'd if from hence th' unlearn’d may comprehend, And reverence His and Satire's generous End.
In every breast there burns an active fiame, The Love of Glory, or the Dread of Shame :
Thus Heaven in Pity wakes the friendly Flame,
50 Till madly zealous, impotently vain, He forfeits every Praise he pants to gain.
Thus still imperious Nature plies her part; And still her Dictates work in every heart, Each Power that sovereign Nature bids enjoy, Man may corrupt, but Man can ne'er destroy.