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air as before her works she stands confess'd, 159.. I flow'rs, and pearls, by bounteous Kirkall dress'd.
The Goddess then : 'Who best can send on high
Osborne and Curl accept the glorious strife,
REMARKS. tencies of her own life recorded in his papers, she was certain it would be done in such a manner as she could not but approve.' Mrs. Haywood, Hist. of Car, printed in the Female Dunciad, p. 18.
0.160. Kirkall.] The name of an engraver. Some of this Lady's works were printed in four volumes in 12mo, with her picture thus dressed up before them..
0. 167. Osborne, Thomas.] A bookseller in Gray's-Inn, very well qualified by his impudence to act this part therefore placed bere instead of a less-deserving predecessor. This man published advertisements for a year together, pretending to sell Mr. Pope's subscription-books of Homer's Iliad at half the price: of which books he had none, but cut to the size of them (which was quarto) the common books in folio, without copperplates, on a worse paper, and never above half the value.
d. 163.....yon Juno
With cow-like udders, and with or-like eyes. } In allusion to Homer's Bow TuS WOTYIA 'Hone
v. 165. This China jordan. 'Tertius Argdlica hac galea contentus abito. Virg. Æn. VI. In the games of Homer, Iljad XXIII, there are set together as prizes, a lady and a kettle, as in this place Mrs. Haywood and a jordan. But there the preference in value is given to the kettle, at which Madame Dacier is justly displeased. Mrs. H. is here treated with distinction, and acknowledged to be the inore valuable of the two.
Onc on his manly confidence relies,
Upon this advertisement the Gazetteer harangued thus, July 6, 1759: How melancholy must it be to a writer to be so un. happy as to see his works hawked for sale in a manner su fatal . to his fame! How, with honor to yourself, and justice to your
Through half the heav'ns he pours th' exalted urn; His rapid waters in their passage burn.
Swift as it mounts, all follow with their eyes; Still happy Impudence obtains the prize. 186 Thou triumph'st, victor of the high-wrought day, And the pleas'd dame, soft-smiling, lead'st away. Osborne, through perfect modesty o'ercome, Crown'd with the jordan, walks contented home.
But now for authors nobler palms remain ; 191 Room for my Lord ! three jockies in his train; Six huntsmen with a shout precede his chair : He grins, and looks broad nonsense with a stare. His honor's meaning, Dulness thus exprest, 195 · He wins this patron who can tickle best.' .
He chinks his purse, and takes his seat of state : With ready quills the Dedicators wait;
subscribers, can this be done? What an ingratitude to be charged on the only honest poet that lived in 1738! and than whom
Virtue has not had a shriller trumpeter for many ages! That * you were once generally admired and esteemed can be denied .by none, but that you and your works are now despised is ve• rified by this fact :' which being utterly false, did not indeed much huinble the Author, but drew this just chastisement on the bookseller.
Et gemina auratus taurina cornua vultu, • Eridanus, quo non alius per pinguia culta
In mare purpureum violentior infiuit amnis.' The poets fabled of this river Eridanus, that it flowed thro the skies. Denham, Cooper's Hill:
Heav'n her Eridanus no more shall boast, Whose faine in thine, like lesser currents lost, " Thy nobler sream shall visit Jove's abodes,
“Toshine among the stars, and bathe the guds." POPE. VOL. IV, K
Now at his head the dextrous task commence,
REMARKS. v. 203.] Paolo Antonio Rolli, an Italian poet, and writer of many operas in that language, which, partly by the help of his genius, prevailed in England near twenty years. He taught Italian to some fine gentlemen, who affected to direct the operas.
v. 205. Bentley his mouth, &c.] Not spoken of the famous Dr. Richard Bentley, but of one Tho. Bentley, a small critic, who aped his uncle in a little Horace. The great one was idtended to be dedicated to the Lord Halifax, but (on a change of the ministry) was given to the earl of Oxford; for which reason the little one was dedicated to his son the Lord Harley.
v. 207... Welsted.] Leonard Welsted, author of The Triumvis rate; or, A Letter in verse from Palaemon to Celia at Bath. which was ineant for a satire on Mr.P. and some of his friends, about the year 1718. He writ other things which we cannot reinember. Smedley, in his Metamorphosis of Scriblerus, mentions one, the Hymn of a Gentleman to his Creator: and there was another in praise either of a cellar, or a garret. L.W.char Tacterised in the treatise Ilepi Bálys or, The Art of Sinking, as 3 didapper, and after as an eel, is said to be this person, by Dennis, Daily Journal of May 11, 1728.
He was also characterised under another animal, a mole, by the author of the ensuing sinile, which was handed about at the same time:
VARIATIONS. 6. 207.] In the first edition : But Oldmixun the poet's healing balm, &c.
Unlucky Welsted! thy unfeeling master, 209 The more thou ticklest, gripes his fist the faster.
While thus each hand promotes the pleasing pain, And quick sensations skip from vein to vein. A youth unknown to Phæbus, in despair, Puts his last refuge all in heav'n and pray'r. What force have pious vows ! The Queen of Love Her sister sends, her vot'ress from above. 216 As taught by Venus, Paris learnt the art: To touch Achilles' only tender part; Secure, through her, the noble prize to carry, He marches off, his Grace's secretary. 220 Now turn to diff'rent sports (the Goddess cries) And learn, my Sons, the wondrous pow'r of Noise, To move, to raise, to ravish ev'ry heart, With Shakespeare's nature, or with Johnson's art, Let other's aim ; 'tis yours to shake the soul 225 With thunder, rumbling from the mustard bowl ;
Dear Welsted, mark, in dirty hole,
To make a inole-hill all this strife!
IMITATIONS. 0.223, 225. To move, to raise, &c.
Let others lim; 'tis yours to shake, &c.)
Hae tibi erunt artes.'....