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With homs and trumpets now to madness swell,
Now thousand tongues are heard in one loud din:
How proud a little dirt to spread.
It blunders inin light, and dies.
t. 238... Norton. 1 See ver.415...J. Durant Breval, author of a very extraordinary book of travels, and some poems.
0 243,.. A cat-call cach shall roin, &c.
Nous nostrum intervas tantas componere lites,
As when the long-ear'd milky mothers wait . At some sick miser's triple-bolted gate, For their defrauded, absent, foals they make A moan so loud, that all the guild awake; 250 Sore sighs Sir Gilbert, starting at the bray, From dreams of millions, and three groats to pay : So swells each wind-pipe'; ass intones to ass,' Harmonic twang ! of leather, horn, and brass ; Such as from lab'ring lungs th' enthusiast blows, High sound, attemper'd to the vocal nose ; 256 Or such as bellow from the deep divine; There, Webster ! peal'd thy voice, and, Whitfield! But far o'er all, sonorous Blackmore's strain; [thine. Walls, steeples, skies, bray back to him again. 260
. REMARKS. * v. 258... TVébster..and, Whitfied.] The one the writer of a newspaper called The Weekly Miscellany, the other a field. preacher.
0. 247. As when he, &c.] A simile, with a long tail, in the manner of Ilomer.
v. 260...bray back to him again.] A figure of speech taken froin Virgil: Et vox assensu nemorum ingeminata remugit.'
Georg. III. He hears his numerous herds low o'er the plain, • While neighb'ring hills low back to them again.'
Cowley. The poet here celebrated, Sir R. B. delighted much in the word bray, which he endeavored 10 ennoble by applying it to the sound of armour, war, &c. In imitation of him, and strengthened by his autliority, vur Author has here admitted it into he. roic poetry.
In Tot'nam-fields the Brethren with amaze,
This labor, past, by Bridewell all descend, (As morning pray'r and flagellation end) 270 To where Fleet-ditch, with disemboguing streams Rolls the large tribute of dead dogs to Thames, The king of dykes ! than whom, no sluice of mad With deeper sable blots the silver flood. 174 • Here strip, my Children ! here at once leap in, • Here prove who best can dash thro’ thick and thin, • And who the most in love of dirt excel, • Or dark dexterity of groping well : • Who flings most filth, and wide pollutes around • The stream, be his the Weekly Journals bound;
IMITATIONS, v. 262. Prick all their ears up, and forget to graze!) "Immemor herbarum quos est mirata juvenca."
Virg. Ecl. viii. The progress of the sound from place to place, and the scenery here of the bordering regions, Tottenham-fields, Chancery-lane, the Thames, Westminster.hall, and Hungerford-stairs, are imi. tated from Virgil, Æn. VII. on the sounding the horn of Alecto;
Audiit et Triviae longe lacus, audiit amnis
Sulphurea Nar albus aqua fontesque Velini,' &c. d. 273. The king of dykes ! &c.]
'Fluviorum rex Eridanus,
'.. Quo non alius, per pinguia culta, In mare purpureum violentior influit amnis. Pirg.
A pig of lead to him who dives the best; 281 A peck of coals a-piece shall glad the rest."
In naked majesty Oldinixon stands, And, Milo-like, surveys his arms and hands; 284 Then sighing thus, And am I now threescore ? « Ah, why, ye Gods! should two and two make four?' He said, and climb'd a stranded lighter's height, Shot to the black abyss, and plung'd downright: The senior's judgment all the crowd admire, Who but to sink the deeper rose the higher. 290
Next Smedley div'd ; slow circles dimpled o'er The quaking mud, that clos'd and op'd no more. All look, all sigh, and call on Smedley lost; Smedley in vain resounds through all the coast.
v. 283. In naked Majesty Oldmiron stands.] Mr. John Old. mixon, next to Mr. Dennis, the most ancient critic of our nation; an unjust censurer of Mr. Addison in his prose Essay on Criticism, whom also in his imitation of Bouhours (called the Arts of Logic and Rhetoric he misrepresents in plain matter of fact; for ia p. 45, he ciles the Spectator as abusing Dr. Swift by name, where there is not the least hint of it; and in p. 304, is so injuriuus as to suggest that Mr. Addison himself writ that Tatler, No. 43, which says of his own similie that 'It is as great as ever entered into the inind of man.' " In poetry he was not so happy
as laborious, and is therefore characterized by the Tailer, .No. 62, by the name of Omicron, the unborn poet,'..Curl,
v. 285. Then sighing, thus, And am I now threescore? &c.] "..Fletque Milon senior, cum spectat inanes 6 Herculeis similes, fluidos pendere lacertos.'
Orid., v. 293. And call on Smedley lost, &c.] Alcides wept in vain for Hylas lost, • Hylas, in vain, resounds through all the coast.'
Lord Roscom. Translat. of Ecl. vi. of Virgil.
Then**essay'd; scarce vanish'd out of sight, 293 He buoys up instant, and returns to light ; He bears no tokens of the sabler streams, And mounts får off among the swans of Thames.
REMARKS. Key, p. 13. He writ dramatic works, and a volume of poSetry, consisting of leroic epistles, &c. some whereof are very
well done, said that great judge, Mr. Jacob, in his Lives of Poèis, vol. II, p. 303.
In his Essay on Criticism, and the Arts of Logic and Rhetoric, he frequently reflects on our Author. But the top of his character was a perverter of history, in that scandalous one of the Stuarts, in folio, and his Critical llistory of England, two Folumes, octavo. Being employed by Bishop Kennet, in publishing the historians in his collection, he talsified Daniel's Chroni. cle in numberless places. Yet this very man, in the preface to the first of these books, advanced a particular fact to charge three eminent persons of falsifying the Lord Clarendon's History; which fact has bean disproved by Dr. Atterbury, late Bishop of Rochester, then the only survivor of them; and the particular part he pretended to be falsified produced since, after almost ninety years, in that noble author's original manuscript. He was all his life a virulent party-writer for hire, and received his reward in a small place, which he enjoyed to his death,
0.291. Next Smedley div'd.) in the surrepuitious editions, this whole episode was applied to an initial letter E by whom if they meant the Laureate, nothing was more absurd, no part agreeing with his character. The allegory evidently demands 3 person dipped in scandal, and deeply immersed in dirty work -whereas, Mr. Eusden's writings rarely offended, but by theit length and multitude, and accordingly are taxed of nothing else in Book 1. v. 102. But the person here mentioned, an Irishman, was author and publisher of many scurrilous pieces, a Weekly Whitehall Journal, in the year 1722, in the name of Sir James Baker; and particularly whole volumes of Billingsgate against Dr. Swift and Mr. Pope, called Gulliveriana and Alexandriana, printed in octavo, 1728,
v. 295. Then**essay'd.] A gentleman of genius and spirit,
Far worse unhappy D-r succeeds,