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The goddess then, o'er his anointed head,
47 [John James Heidegger. Of him, and other parties here named, see notes.] 48 In the former edition :
“Know, Settle, cloy'd with custard and with praise,
So when Jove's block," &c. 49 [In edition of 1728, this line stood :
Impatient waits till *** joins the quire.” Lord Hervey was supposed to be meant.
my throne !
O! when shall rise a monarch all our own,50
50 Boileau, Lutrin, Chant. II.
“Helas ! qu'est devenu ce tems, cet heureux tems,
Où les Rois s'honoroient du nom de Fainéans," &c. 51 The voices and instruments used in the service of the Chapel-royal being also employed in the performance of the Birth-day and New-year odes.
Familiar White's, God save King Colley ! cries ;
So when Jove's block descended from on high,
52 The Devil Tavern, in Fleet-street, where these Odes are usually rehearsed before they are performed at Court. Upon which a wit of those times made this epigram :
"When Laureates make Odes, do you ask of what sort ?
you ask if they're good, or are evil ?
from the Court to the Devil." [The Devil Tavern was Ben Jonson's great place of convivial resort and en. joyment. His leges conviviales, or rules of the club, drawn up in Ben's choice Latin, were placed over the chimney. The house was between Temple Bar and the Middle Temple Gate.]
53 (Hockley-hole was a place near Clerkenwell Green, kept for bear-baiting, boxing matches, and other coarse amusements and exhibitions. ]
BOOK THE SECOND.
The king being proclaimed, the solemnity is graced with public games, and
sports of various kinds: not instituted by the Hero, as by Æneas in Virgil, but for greater honour by the Goddess in person (in like manner as the games Pythia, Isthmia, &c., were anciently said to be ordained by the gods, and as Thetis herself appearing, according to Homer, Odyss. xxiv. proposed the prizes in honour of her son Achilles). Hither flock the poets and critics, attended, as is but just, with their patrons and booksellers. The goddess is first pleased, for her disport, to propose games to the booksellers, and setteth up the phantom of a poet, which they contend to overtake. The races described, with their divers accidents. Next, the game for a poetess. Then follow the exercises for the poets, of tickling, vociferating, diving: the first holds forth the arts and practices of dedicators, the second of disputants and fustian poets, the third of profound, dark, and dirty party.writers. Lastly, for the critics, the Goddess proposes (with great propriety) an exercise, not of their parts, but their patience, in hearing the works of two voluminous authors, the one in verse and the other in prose, deliberately read, without sleeping : the various effects of which, with the several degrees and manners of their operation, are here set forth; till the whole number, not of critics only, but of spectators, actors, and all present, fall fast asleep; which naturally and necessarily
ends the game.
HIGH on a gorgeous seat,1 that far out-shone
Henley's gilt tub,? or Flecknoe's Irish throne,
1 Parody of Milton, book ii.
“ High on a throne of royal state, that far
Satan exalted sate.” 2 The pulpit of a Dissenter is usually called a Tub; but that of Mr. Orator Henley was covered with velvet, and adorned with gold. He had also a fair altar, and over it this extraordinary inscription: “The Primitive Eucharist.” See the history of this person, book iii.
Or that where on her Curlls3 the public pours,
Not with more glee, with hands pontific crown'd,
And now the Queen, to glad her sons, proclaims
25 And all who knew those dunces to reward.
Amid that area wide they took their stand,
30 With authors, stationers obey'd the call, (The field of glory is a field for all).
3 Edmund Curll stood in the pillory at Charing Cross, in March 1727-8. “This (saith Edmund Curll) is a false assertion—I had indeed the corporal punishment of what the gentlemen of the long robe are pleased jocosely to call ' mounting the rostrum' for one hour; but that scene of action was not in the month of March, but in February.” [Cöarliad, 12mo., p. 19.] And of the history of his being tossed in a blanket, saith, “Here, Scril us ! thou leeseth in what thou asserteth concerning the blanket: it was not a blanket, but a rug.” p. 25. Much in the same manner, Mr. Cibber remonstrated, that his brothers at Bedlam (mentioned book i.) were not brazen, but blocks; yet our author let it pass unaltered, as a trifle that no way altered the relationship.