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The goddess, who is decked with treasures, jewels, and the various offerings of the world, manifestly alludes to the Lady of Loretto. You have perfumnes breathing from the incense-pot in the following line.
And all Arabia breathes from yonder box. The character of Belinda, as we take it in this third view, represents the popish religion, or the whore of Ba• bylon ; who is described in the state this malevolent alie thor wishes for, coming forth in all her glory upon the Thames, and overspreading the whole nation with cese monies.
Not with more glories in th' ætherial plain
firli rises o'er the purple main,
Launch'd on the bofom of the silver Thames. She is dresserl with a cross on her breast, the ensign of popery, the adoration of which is plainly recommended in the following lines :
On her white breast a sparkling cross me wore,
Which fews might kils, and infideis adore. Next he represents ler as the universal churcb, according to the boasts of the papists :
And like the fun the lines on all alike, Kfter which he tells us,
If to her share some fenale errors fall,
Look on here fáce, and you'll forget them all. Though it should be granted some errors fall to her share, look on the pompous figure she makes throughout the world, and they are not worth regarding. In the sacri• fice following you have these two lines :
For this, ere Phæbus rofe, he had implorid
Propitious hear'n, and ev'ry pow'r ador'd. In the first of them he plainly hints at their rising to me.
lins; in the second, by adoring every power, the invoca. tion of suints,
Betyrala's visits are described with nu:ncrous wax-lights, which are always used in the cerimouial part of the Ror inith worship
Visits shall be paid on folemn days, When num'rous wax-lig fits in bright order blaze. The lunar sprere he mentions, opens to us their purgpory, which is seen in the following line :
Since all things lof our earth are treasur'd there. It is a popish doctrine, that searce any person quits this world, bit lie inuit touch at purgatory in his way to hea. ven; and it is liere also represented as the treasury of the Ruinis church, Nor is it inuch to be wondtred at, that the 11!061 ihould be purgatory, when a learned divine bath iu i late treatise proved the sun to be hell*
I ihall now, briore I conclude, delire the reader to coinpireihis key with those upon any other pieces, which are suppoßt to have been recret falires upon the state, riiber ancient or modern ; in particular with she keys to Petronius Arbiter, Lucian's true Hiflory, Barclay's Ar. genis, and Rabelais's Garagintua, and I doubt not he will do me the justice to acknowlege, that the explanaticas here laid down, are reduced as naturally, and with as little violence, both from the general scope and bent of the work, and from the leveral particulars: furthermore, that they are every way as comitent and undeniable, eve. ry way as candid, as any modero interpretation of either pulty on the conduct and writings of the other. And I appeal to the most eminent and able fiate decypherers thicinfelves, if, according to their art, any thing can be more fully proved, or more safely sworn to?
To lum up my w ole charge against this author in a w words : he has ridiculed both the present ministry and the last ; abused great latelinen and great generals-;, Day, the treaties of whole nations have not escaped bim, sur has the royal diguity itself beeu omitted in the progress
* The Reverend Dr Swinden..
of his fatire ; and all this he has done just at the meeting of a new parliament. I hope a proper authority may be made use of to bring him to condign punishment. In the mean while I doubt not, if the perfons most concerned would-but order Mr Bernard Lintot, the printer and pube lisher of this dangerous piece, to be taken into custody and examined, many farther discoveries might be made, both of this poet's and abettor's secret designs, which are: doubtless of the utmost importance to the government.
MEMOIRS of P. P. Clerk of this Parish
The original of the following extraordinary treatise con.
Filed in two large volumes in folio; which might juft. ly be entitled, The importance of a man to himself: but, as it can be of very little use to any body besides, 1 have contented ny felf, to give only this sort absiract of: it, as a talie of the true spirit of memoir writers.
N the name of the LORD, Ainen. I P. P. by the
grace of God, clerk of this parilh, writeth this histo: Ty.
Ever since I arrived at the age of discretion, I had a call to take upon me the function of a parish-clerk: aud 19 that end, it seemed unto me meet and profitable to af. sociate myself with the parish.clerks of this land ; luch I mean as were right worthy in their calling, meo of a clear and fi.et voice, and of becoming gravity. Now, it came to pass, that I was born in the
of our Lord, Anno Domini 1655, the year wherein our wor.. thy benefactor, Elquire Bret, did add one bell to the ring of tl.is parish." So that it hath been wittily said, “ That one and the same day did give to this our church two rare gifts, iis great bell and its clerk."
Even when I was at school, my mistress did ever extol me above the rest of the youth, in that I had a laud. able voice. And it was furtherinore observed, that I took a kindly affection unto that black letter, in which our billes are printed, Yea, ofien did I exercise myself ii fingiog godly ballads, fuch as the lady and death, the children in the wood, and (hevy.chale; and not like o. ther children, io lewd and trivial ditties. Moreover, while I was a boy, 'I always adventured to lead the psalm next atier m.fler Villiem Harris, my predecessor, who
(it must be confessed to the glory of God) was a most excellent parish-clerk in that his day.
Yet be it acknowledged, that at the age of sixteen I hea came a company.keeper, being led into idle conversation by my extraordinary love to ringirg; insomuch, that in a short time I was acquainted with every set of bells in the whole country: neither could I be prevailed upon to aba fent myself froin wakes, being called thereunto by the barmony of the steeple. While I was in these societies; I gave myself up to unspiritual pastimes, fuch as wrest: ling, dancing, and cudgel-playing ; so that I often returned to my father's house with a broken pate. I had my head broken at Milton by Thomas Wyat, as we played a bout or two for an hat, that was edged with silver galoon : but in the year following I broke the head of Henry Stubbs, and obtained a hat not inferior to the for. mer. At Yelverton I encountered George Cummins wea. ver, and behold my head was broke a fecond time! At the wake of Waybrook I engaged William Simkins tan. ner, when lo, thus was my head broken a third time, and much blood trinkied therefrom. But i administred to my comfort, Maying withio myself, “ what man is " there, howsoever dextrous in any crafi, who is for
aye on his guard?” A week after I had a bale-born child laid unto me; for in the days of my youth I was looked upou as a follower of venereal fantasies: thus was I led into fin by the comelioess of Sufanna Smith, who first templed me, and then put me to shame; for indeed she was a maiden of a feducing eye, and pleasant feature. I hunbled mylelf before the jultice, I acknowledged my crime to our curate, and, to do away mine offences,fand make her fome atonement, was joined to her in holy wedlock on the Sabbath day following:
How ofien do thołe things which seem unto us misforo tunes, redound to our advantage! for the minister (who had long looked on Sulanna as the most lovely of lais parishioners) liked so well of my demeanour, that he recommended me to the honour of being his clerk, which was they become vacant by the deceale of good matter Wiiliam Harris.
Here ends the first chapter ; after which follow fifty