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PRAYER OF ST FRANCIS XAVIER.
[TRANSLATED from an Oratio a Sancto Xavierio composita, at the desire of a Catholic priest named Brown. Gentleman's Magazine, October, 1791, where the original is given commencing ' O Deus, ego amo te.']
HOU art my God, sole object of my love;
For me in tortures thou resignd'st thy breath,
Embrac'd me on the cross, and sav'd me by thy death.
And can these sufferings fail my heart to move?
What but thyself can now deserve my love?
Such as then was, and is, thy love to me,
1 The price of prologues and of plays,] This alludes to a story Mr Southern told about the same, to Mr P. and Mr W. of Dryden; who, when Southern first wrote for the stage, was so famous for his Prologues, that the players would act nothing without that decoration. His usual price till then had been four guineas: But when Southern came to him for the Prologue he had bespoke, Dryden told him he must have six guineas for it; which (said he) young man, is out of no disrespect to you, but the Players have
had my goods too cheap." Warburton. [This was the regular tariff for prologues and epilogues. Later, Southern could tell Dryden (according to Warton) that he had cleared £700 by a single play, while Dryden never made more than a seventh of that sum by one drama.]
[Bishop of Worcester. Deprived by James II. of the Presidentship of Magdalene College, Oxford; he afterwards successively held several sees, and died in 1743.]
[THIS unfinished piece was communicated to Warton by Dr Wilson, formerly Fellow and Librarian of Trinity College, Dublin, to whom it had been lent by a grandson of Lord Chetwynd, 'an intimate friend of the famous Lord Bolingbroke, who gratified his curiosity by a box full of the rubbish and sweepings of Pope's study, whose executor he was, in conjunction with Lord Marchmont.' It is possible that Bowles' conjecture may be correct, according to which '1740' was to grow into the third Dialogue which Pope at one time intended to add to the Epilogue to the Satires. See the Verses on receiving from Lady Frances Shirley a Standish, &c. ante, p. 448]. Roscoe doubts whether so mediocre a production be Pope's: Carruthers also hesitates on the subject; and the piece is at most to be taken as a few rough jottings accidentally discovered.]
WRETCHED B-1! jealous now of all,
What God, what mortal, shall prevent thy fall?
C- -2, his own proud dupe, thinks Monarchs things
And antedates the hatred due to Pow'r.
Through Clouds of Passion P--'s3 views' are clear,
Impatient sees his country bought and sold,
And damns the market where he takes no gold.
He finds himself companion with a thief.
To purge and let thee blood, with fire and sword,
Is all the help stern S- 5 would afford.
That those who bind and rob thee, would not kill,
No more than of Sir Har-y8 or Sir P
Whose names once up, they thought it was not wrong
with wit that must
And Cd13, who speaks so well and writes,
1 Britain. Bowles.
2 Cobham. Bowles. This is impossible. Roscoe. Campbell (Argyle), or Cholmondely. Carruthers.
3 Pulteney. Carruthers.
4 Sandys. Bowles. [Afterwards Lord Sandys.]
5 Shippen. Bowles, Carruthers. Impossible. Roscoe.
Carlisle? Bowles. Cornbury. Carruthers.
7 Sir Charles Hanbury Williams. Bowles.
8 Sir Henry Oxenden. Bowles.
9 Sir Paul Methuen: Bowles.
10 11 12 Lords Gower, Cobham and Bathurst. Bowles.
13 Lord Chesterfield. Bowles.
15 ['The Earl of Chesterfield was... fond of play, and was partial to the company of Mr Lookup, one of the most noted professional
equally provoke one,
Finds thee, at best, the butt to crack his joke on.
Utter'd a speech, and ask'd their friends to dine;
Rise, rise, great W-3, fated to appear,
Tho' still he travels on no bad pretence,
Or those foul copies of thy face and tongue,
Or thy dread truncheon, M.'s mighty peer15?
gamesters of the day.' Chatto's History of Playing-Cards, p. 173.]
Lord Carteret. Bowles. [Afterwards Lord
2 Pulteney. Bowles.
3 Sir Robert Walpole. Bowles.
4 Britain. Carruthers.
5 Horace Walpole, brother of Sir Robert, who had just quitted his embassy at the Hague. Bowles.
6 W. Winnington. Bowles. [A member of the ministry.]
7 Sir William Yonge. Bowies.
8 Doddington [afterwards Lord Melcombe]. 9 Probably Hare, Bp. of Chichester. Bowles.
10 Fox, Henley, Hinton.
11 Blackburn, Archbishop of York, and Hoad-
14 Duke of Dorset.
15 The (second)Duke of Marlborough. Bowles 16 Sir Joseph Jekyll. Bowles. Probably; but he died in 1738. Carruthers.
17 Lord Chancellor Hardwicke. Bowles.
18 Probably Sir John Cummins, C. J. of the
Who hears all causes, B-1, but thy own,
The plague is on thee, Britain, and who tries
Blotch thee all o'er, and sink
Alas! on one alone our all relies7,
Let him be honest, and he must be wise;
Be but a man! unminister'd, alone,
And free at once the Senate and the Throne;
A O's true glory his integrity;
Rich with his
in ... his strong,
Affect no conquest, but endure no wrong.
His public virtue makes his title good.
2 Sherlock. Carruthers. [Cf. Dunciad Bk. JI. v. 323, where 'his pond'rous grace' may correspond to 'the sweating peer' in this passage.] 3 Pulteney. Carruthers.
4 Earl of Scarborough (ow). Bowles.
warth. Bowles. The former died in Jan. 1740. Carruthers.
6 Sir William Wyndham. Bowles. He died in June, 1740. Carruthers.
7 [Obviously the Pretender, concerning the intrigues with whom in this year see Chap. XXI.
5 Earl of Marchmont and his son, Lord Pol- of Lord Stanhope's Hist. of Engl.]