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Was there no other way to set him free?
My life, alas! I fear proved death to thee.
O teach me, dear, new words to speak my flame!
Whether the style of Grildrig please the most,
Or Glumglum's humbler title soothe thy ear:
To hymn harmonious Houyhnhnm through the nose,
LINES ON SWIFT'S ANCESTORS.
[SWIFT set up a plain monument to his grandfather, and also presented a cup to the church of Goodrich, or Gotheridge (in Herefordshire). He sent a pencilled elevation of the monument (a simple tablet) to Mrs Howard, who returned it with the following lines, inscribed on the drawing by Pope. The paper is endorsed, in Swift's hand: 'Model of a monument for my grandfather, with Pope's roguery.'
Scott's Life of Swift.]
In this church he has put
FROM THE GRUB-STREET JOURNAL.
[THIS Journal was established in January, 1730, and carried on for eight years by Pope and his friends, in answer to the attacks provoked by the Dunciad. It corresponds in some measure to the Xenien of Goethe and Schiller. Only such pieces are here inserted as bear Pope's distinguishing signature A.; several others are probably his.]
Occasioned by seeing some sheets of Dr Bentley's edition of Milton's Paradise Lost".
1 Goodrich, or Gotheridge, in Herefordshire, where Swift had erected a monument to his grandfather, presenting a cup to the church at the same time. Scott.
[Cf. Dunciad, Bk. IV. v. 212. 'Milton's prose' is the Defensio pro populo Anglicano &c. of 1649; and the Defensio Secunda of 1654]
On Milton's verse does Bentley comment?-Know
While he but sought his Author's fame to further,
SHOULD Ds1 print, how once you robb'd your brother,
Too dull for laughter, for reply too mad?
On one so old your sword you scorn to draw.
MR J. M. S-E."
Catechised on his One Epistle to Mr Pope.
WHAT makes you write at this odd rate?
What makes you steal and trifle so?
Why, 'tis to do as others do.
But there's no meaning to be seen.
Why, that's the very thing I mean.
On Mr M- -re's going to law with Mr Gilliver: inscribed to
[On James Moore-Smythe.]
HERE lies what had nor birth, nor shape, nor fame;
For Jamie ne'er grew James; and what they call
GREAT G3, such servants since thou well can'st lack,
BEHOLD! ambitious of the British bays,
ON SEEING THE LADIES AT CRUX-EASTON WALK IN THE WOODS BY THE GROTTO.
EXTEMPORE BY MR POPE.
UTHORS the world and their dull brains have traced
To fix the ground where Paradise was placed;
Mind not their learned whims and idle talk;
Here, here's the place where these bright angels walk.
[Cf. Dunciad, Bk. 11. v. 50.]
2 [The Duke of Grafton.]
[Stephen Duck, originally a thresher, concerning whom there are other verses in the
3 King George II. The epigram is of course Journal, probably written by Pope. Cf. Imi
on the Laureate Cibber.]
tations of Horace, Bk. 11. Ep. II. v. 140.]
INSCRIPTION ON A GROTTO, THE WORK OF NINE LADIES.
ON HIS LYING IN THE SAME BED WHICH WILMOT, THE CELEBRATED EARL OF ROCHESTER, SLEPT IN AT Adderbury, thEN BELONGING to the duke of argyle', JULY 9TH, 1739
TO THE RIGHT HON. THE EARL OF OXFORD,
UPON A PIECE OF NEWS IN MIST [MIST'S JOURNAL], THAT THE REV. Mr w. refus'd TO WRITE AGAINST MR POPE BECAUSE HIS BEST PATRON HAD A FRIENDSHIP FOR THE SAID P.
[FROM Nichols's Literary Anecdotes, where it is given in facsimile; accompanied by the statement that 'W.' alluded to was Samuel Wesley, and Father Francis, the then exiled Bishop of Rochester (Atterbury).]
TESLEY, if Wesley 'tis they mean,
Would his best Patron let his Pen
What Patron this, a doubt must be,
[As to the Duke of Argyle, cf. Epilogue to Satires, Dial. 11. v. 82.]
That both were good must be confess'd,
The Lord of Oxford knows.
TRANSLATION OF A PRAYER OF BRUTUS.
THE Rev. Aaron Thompson, of Queen's College, Oxon., translated the Chronicle of Geoffrey of Monmouth. He submitted the translation to Pope, 1717, who gave him the following lines, being a translation of a prayer of Brutus. Carruthers.
ODDESS of woods, tremendous in the chase,
To mountain wolves and all the savage race,
And o'er the infernal regions void of day.
On thy third reign look down; disclose our fate,
In what new station shall we fix our seat?
LINES WRITTEN IN EVELYN'S BOOK ON COINS1.
["WROTE by Mr P. in a Volume of Evelyn on Coins presented to a painter by a parson." Gentleman's Magazine for 1735. "Wrote in Evelyn's Book of Coins given by Mr Wood to Kent." Notes and Queries, March 13, 1851, from a copy by Mason.]
OM WOOD of Chiswick, deep divine,
To painter Kent gave all this coin.
"Tis the first coin, I'm bold to say,
TO MR THOMAS SOUTHERN,
ESIGN'D to live, prepar'd to die,
1 [Numismata: a Discourse on Medals; published at London in 1697.]
2 [Southern, the author of Oroonoko, according to Warton's expression, 'lived the longest and died one of the richest of all our poets.' He was born in 1660, and died in 1746. The date of the first production of Oroonoko is 1696, and it kept the stage till the third decade of the present century, a rare example of popularity attaching to a drama founded on a sensation novel for Mrs Aphra Behn's Oroonoko was the Uncle Tom's Cabin of her day.]
3 A table] He was invited to dine on his birth-day with this Nobleman (Lord Orrery), who had prepared for him the entertainment of which the bill of fare is here set down. burton. [John Earl of Cork and Orrery was a friend of Swift, Pope, and Bolingbroke, and in earlier days a member of the Brothers' Club. He died in 1762.]
4 Presents her harp] The Harp is generally wove on the Irish Linen; such as Table-cloths, &c. Warburton.