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And be assur'd the court will find him
To make the bundle strong and safe,
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The AUTHOR upon himself.
Written in the year 1713,
us by a friend of the author's.
1 Archbishop Sharp, according to Dr. Swift's acconnt, had re uresen'ed him to the Queer as a person that was not a Christian : a greit lady bad supported the aspersion ;, and the Queen, upon such a luranes, bad given away the bishopric contrary to her Majesty's ist stintiops; wbish were in favour of Dr, Swift, Orrery,
Swift had the fin of wit, no venial crime;
But after fage monitions from his friends,
And now the public interest to support,
Now Finch | alarms the Lords: he hears for cer.
tain This dang’rous priest is got behind the curtain.
* A cofeehonse and tavern near St. Paul's, at that time much fre. gu'nted by the clergy.
† Then Secretary of State, afterwards Lord Bolingbroke,
Finch, fam'd for tedious elocution, proves That Swift oils many a spring which Harley moves. Walpole and Aislabie ll, to clear the doubt, 41 Inform the Commons, that the secret's out: “A certain doctor is observ’d of late “ To haunt a certain minister of state : “ From whence with half an eye we may discover 45 “ The peace is made, and Perkin must come over.”
York is from Lambeth sent to fhew the Queen A dangerous treatise writ against the spleen *; Which, by the style, the matter, and the drift, 'Tis thought could be the work of none but Swift. Poor York! the harmless tool of others hate; 51 He fues for pardont, and repents too late.
Now, her vengeance vows On Swift's reproaches for her From her red locks her mouth with venom fills; 55 And thence into the royal ear instills. The Queen incens'd, his services forgot, Leaves him a victim to the vengeful Scot. Now through the realm a proclamation spread I, To fix a price on his devoted head. While innocent, he scorns ignoble flight; His watchful friends preserve him by a sleight.
By Harley's favour once again he shines; Is now caress'd by candidate divines, Who change opinions with the changing scene: 65 Lord! how were they mistaken in the Dean!
! They both spoke against the author in the house of Commons, although Aillabie professed much friend.hip for him.
* Tale of a Tub.
+ His Grace was sorry for wiiat he had said, and sent a mefiage to the author to desire his pardon.
1 The proclamation was against the author of a pamphlet, called, " The public spirit of the Whigs," against which the Scotch Lords complained. See it in vol. 2.
Now Delaware | again familiar grows;
By faction tird, with grief he waits a while, His great contending friends to reconcile, Performs what friendship, justice, truth, require : What could he inore but decently retire * ?
Written foon after the author's coming to live in
Ireland, upon the Queen's death, October 1714.
'1 15 true; — then why fhould I repine
To fee my life so fast decline?
|| D:lauare, then Lörd Treasurer of the household, always caressed ihe author at court: but, during the trial of the printers before the house of Lords, and while the proclamation hung over the author, his Lordship would not seem to know him.
** The Siotch Lords created and vified the author more afte the pr clamation than before, except the puke of Argyll, who woul never be reconciled.
* About ten weeks before the Queen's death, I left he tow i upon occasion of that ircurable breach among the greit mo a. curt, and went down to Berkshire,
Preferring his regard for me
Ye formal weepers for the fick,
To the Earl of OxFORD, late Lord Trea
surer. Sent to him when he was in the Tower, before his trial.
Out of HORACE.
Written in the year 1716.
OW bless'd is he who for his country dics,
Since death pursues the coward as he flies ! The youth in vain would fly from fate's attack, With trembling knees, and terror at his back; Tho'fear thould lend him pinions like the wind, 5 Yet swifter fate will seize him from behind.