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Was there no other way to set him free?
o teach me, dear, new words to speak my flame!
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
A stone of two foot,
With a cup and a can, sir,
In respect to his grandsire;
So, Ireland, change thy tone,
And cry, O hone! O hone! And an Irish dean:
For England hath its own.
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.]
EPIGRAM Occasioned by seeing some sheets of Dr Bentley's edition of Milton's Paradise Lost”.
ID Milton's prose, O Charles, thy death defend ?
1 Goodrich, or Gotheridge, in Herefordshire, ? (Cf. Dunciad, Bk. iv, v. 212.. ‘Milton's prose' where Swift had erected a monument to his is the Defensio pro populo Anglicano &c. of 1649; grandfather, presenting a cup to the church at and the Defensio Secunda of 1654.] the same time. Scott.
On Milton's verse does Bentley comment?—Know
MR J. M. S--E.*
His sword and pen not worth a straw,
Has but one way to tease—by law.
Thus thou may'st help the sneaking elf;
Who's but a publisher himself.
[On James Moore-Smythe.]
Ex nihilo nihil fit.
Caligula or Gr- -n's Gr-ce?
And this a Laureate of an ass.
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
Mind not their learned whims and idle talk;
[Stephen Duck, originally a thresher, con2 ČThe Duke of Grafton.]
1 [Cf. Dunciad, Bk. II. v. 50.]
cerning whom there are other verses in the 3 (King George II. The epigram is of course Journal, probably written by Pope. Cf. Imion 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,
They say on Pope would fall,
Discharge his inward Gall.
Which none but you can clear,
Or else Earl Edward here.
[As to the Duke of Argyle, cf. Epilogue to Satires, Dial. 11. v. 82.)
That both were good must be confess'd,
And much to both he owes ;
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.
To mountain wolves and all the savage race,
LINES WRITTEN IN EVELYN'S BOOK ON COINS?. [“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 MR THOMAS SOUTHERN,
On his Birth-day, 1742%.
With not one sin, but poetry, The feast, his tow'ring genius marks This day Tom's fair account has run In yonder wild goose and the larks! (Without a blot) to eighty-one.
The mushrooms shew his wit was sudden! Kind Boyle, before his poet, lays 5 And for his judgment, lo a pudden ! A table, with a cloth of bays;
Roast beef, tho' old, proclaims him stout, And Ireland, mother of sweet singers, And grace, altho' a bard, devout.
1 (Numismata: a Discourse on Medals; pub- 3 A table] He was invited to dinc on his lished at London in 1697.]
birth-day with this Nobleman (Lord Orrery), 3 [Southern, the author of Oroonoko, accord- who had prepared for him the entertainment of ing to Warton's expression, 'lived the longest which the bill of fare is here set down.
Warand died one of the richest of all our poets.' He burton. (John Earl of Cork and Orrery was a was born in 1660, and died in 1746. The date of friend of Swift, Pope, and Bolingbroke, and in the first production of Oroonoko is 1696, and it earlier days a member of the Brothers' Club. He kept the stage till the third decade of the present died in 1762.) century, a rare example of popularity attaching 4 Presents her harp] The Harp is generally to a drama founded on a sensation novel : for wove on the Irish Linen; such as Table-cloths, Mrs Aphra Behn's Oroonoko was the Uncle Tom's &c. Warburton. Cabin of her day.)