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OCCASIONED BY SEEING SOME SHEETS OF DR. BENTLEY'S EDITION OF MILTON'S PARADISE LOST.
A I D Milton's prose, O Charles, thy
death defend ? A furious foe unconscious proves a
friend. On Milton's verse does Bentley comment ?
Know A weak officious friend becomes a foe. While he but sought his Author's fame to
further, The murderous critic has avenged thy murder.
The “Grub-Street Journal” was started in January, 1730, and continued weekly for eight years. Carruthers (“Life of Pope,” p. 270) says : “Of this periodical Pope was long the animating and presiding spirit. Indeed it seems to have been set on foot for the purpose of enabling the poet to continue his war with the dunces.” Although Pope in the Epistle to Arbuthnot (v. 378, note) denied that he had any connection with it, he certainly wrote constantly for it, under the signature “A.”
RASHOULD D——s' print, how once
you robbed your brother,
Traduced your monarch, and deEm
bauched your mother; Say, what revenge on D--s can be had ; Too dull for laughter, for reply too mad ? Of one so poor you cannot take the law; On one so old your sword you scorn to draw. Uncaged then let the harmless monster rage, Secure in dulness, madness, want, and age.
MR. J. M. S--E ? CATECHISED ON HIS ONE EPISTLE TO MR. POPE.
HAT makes you write at this odd
rate ? Why, sir; it is to imitate. 9 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.
LIVER : INSCRIBED TO ATTORNEY TIBBALD.
His sword and pen not worth a
Has but one way to tease-by law.
Thus thou may'st help the sneaking elf ;
Who's but a publisher himself.
Not that they're rich, but that they steal.
E RE lies what had nor birth, nor
shape, nor fame; No gentleman! no man! no-thing! E
no name! For Jamie ne'er grew James; and what they call More, shrunk to Smith—and Smith's no name
at all. Yet die thou canst not, phantom, oddly fated : For how can no-thing be annihilated ?
Ex nihilo nihil fit.
ELL, if you can, which did the worse,
Caligula or Gr—n's Gr-ce ?
And this a Laureate of an ass.
thou well canst lack,
lays. But, gentle Colley, should thy verse prevail,
1 Grafton's Grace, i.e. the Duke of Grafton. 2 George II.
3 Stephen Duck. See Imitations of Horace, Bk. ii, Ep. ii. 140.
Thou hast no fence, alas ! against his flail : Therefore thy claim resign, allow his right: For Duck can thresh, you know, as well as
ON MRS. TOFTS, A CELEBRATED OPERA-SINGER." o o bright is thy beauty, so charming
thy song, P As had drawn both the beasts and
their Orpheus along; But such is thy avarice, and such is thy pride, That the beasts must have starved, and the
poets have died.
OU beat your pate, and fancy wit will
come : Knock as you please, there's nobody
1 This lady, an Englishwoman, maintained her ground against the Italian singers when the opera was first introduced to this country. She had a strong party in her favour, and one night, Feb. 5th, 1703-4, her Italian rival, Francesca Margherita de l'Epine, was hissed and pelted by Katharine Tofts' clamorous admirers. Colley Cibber speaks warmly of the English singer's voice and personal attractions.-Carruthers.