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“Ho! Master Sam," quoth Sandys' sprite,
“ Write on, nor let me scare ye; Forsooth, if rhymes fall in not right,
To Budgell seek, or Carey." “I hear the beat of Jacob's drums,
Poor Ovid finds no quarter! See first the merry P- comes 3
In haste, without his garter. “ Then lords and lordlings, 'squires and knights,
Wits, witlings, prigs, and peers! Garth at St. James's, and at White's,
Beats up for volunteers. “ What Fenton will not do, nor Gay,
Nor Congreve, Rowe, nor Stanyan, Tom B—-tor Tom D’Urfey may,
John Dunton, Steele, or any one. “If Justice Philips' costive head
Some frigid rhymes disburses; They shall like Persian Tales be read,
And glad both babes and nurses. “ Let W-rw-k's muse with Ash-t join,?
And Ozell’s with Lord Hervey's : · Eustace Budgell (see Dunciad, ii. 397) and Walter Carey.
Jacob Tonson, the publisher. 3 The Earl of Pembroke.
4 Tom Burnet, son of the bishop, one of the authors of “Homerides." See Dunciad, iii. 179.
5 John Dunton, the bookseller. See Dunciad, ii. 144.
6 Ambrose Philips was made Registrar (not Judge) of the Prerogative Court in Ireland by Bishop Boulter. (See Johnson's Lives of the Poets, ed. Napier, vol. iii. p. 259.) He translated the “Persian Tales” from the French in 1709.
7 Lord Warwick and Dr. Ashurst. ---Carruthers.
Tickell and Addison combine,
And P-pe translate with Jervas. ** L—- himself, that lively lord,'
Who bows to every lady,
And be like Tate and Brady.
I pray where can the hurt lie ?
As witness Lady W-1-y.
Review them, and tell Noses ; For to poor Ovid shall befall
A strange metamorphosis. “A metamorphosis more strange
Than all his books can vapour;” “ To what” (quoth 'squire) “shall Ovid
A FAREWELL TO LONDON.
IN THE YEAR 1715.
1 Lord Lansdowne.-Carruthers. 2 Philip Frowde, a dramatic writer and fine scholar. -Carruthers. 3 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.
Soft B—and rough C- 92 adieu,
Earl Warwick make your moan,
May knock up whores alone.
Till the third watchman's toll;
Save three-pence and his soul.
On every learned sot;
Although he knows it not.
Farewell, unhappy Tonson !
Lean Philips, and fat Johnson.
My vixen mistress squalls ;
And Homer (damn him !) calls.
In Halifax's urn : 8
3 Lord Hinchinbroke. He was a colonel and a member of Parliament.
4 Rowe had the year before, on the accession of George I., been made Poet Laureate, one of the landsurveyors of the port of London, Clerk of the Closet to the Prince of Wales, and Secretary of Presentations under the Lord Chancellor. Such an accumulation of offices might well suspend for a season the poetical and publishing pursuits of Rowe.- Carruthers.
5 Charles Johnson, the dramatist. See Umbra, v. 3.
6 Halifax died May 19, 1715.
And not one Muse of all he fed
Has yet the grace to mourn.
Betray, and are betrayed :
And B-11 is a jade.
Why make I friendships with the great,
When I no favour seek ?
I used but once a week.
Still idle, with a busy air,
Deep whimsies to contrive;
Most thinking rake, alive.
Solicitous for others' ends,
Though fond of dear repose ; Careless or drowsy with my friends,
And frolic with my foes.
Luxurious lobster-nights, farewell,
For sober, studious days! And Burlington's delicious meal,
For salads, tarts, and pease !
Whose soul, sincere and free,
And so may starve with me.
I Miss Younger and her sister Mrs. Bicknell. They were actresses, and friends of Pope.
TO LADY MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU.'
beanty, or wit,
No mortal as yet
But men of discerning
With musty dull rules,
So Papists refuse
The Bible to use,
(Indeed she was cursed)
And sages agree
The laws should decree To the first possessor the right.
Then bravely, fair dame,
Resume the old claim,
And let men receive,
From a second bright Eve,
1 First published in 1720 in Hammond's Miscellany.