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In Palace-yard at nine you'll find me there
105 And Peers give way, exalted as they are, Ev'n to their own S-r. V--nce in a Car?
Go, lofty Poet! and in such a croud, Sing thy sonorous verse—but not aloud. Alas! to Grotto's and to Groves we run, To ease and silence, ev'ry Muse's son: Blackmore himself, for any grand effort, Would drink and doze at Tooting or Earl's-Court. How shall I rhyme in this eternal roar? How match the bards whom none e'er match'd before?
115 | The Man, who, stretch'd in Ifis' calm retreat, To books and study gives sev'n years compleat,
well as of the Bottle: and sleep was courted for inspiration, as well as to relieve a debauch.
Ibid. Tooting - Earl's-Court.] Two villages within a few miles of London. Vol. IV.
Plerumque, et risu populum quatit; hic ego rerum
m Frater erat Romae consulti rhetor; ut alter
VER. 131. And shook bis bead at Murray, as a Wit.] It is the filly consolation of blockheads in all profefions, that he, whom Nature has formed to excella does it not by his superior know. ledge, but his wit: and so they keep themselves in countenance as not fairly outdone, but only out-witted.
See! ftrow'd with learned duft, his night-cap on,
125 Compofing songs, for Fools to get by heart?
m The Temple late two brother Sergeants faw, Who deem'd each other Oracles of Law; With equal talents, these congenial fouls One lull'd th Exchequer, and one luna’d the Rolls ; Each had a gravity would make you split, And shook his head ac Murray, as a Wit. “ "Twas, Şir, your law"--and “ Sir, your eloquence," “ ,
Yours, Cowper's manner--and yours,Talbot's sense. n Thus we dispose of all poetic merit,
135 Yours Milton's genius, and mine Homer's spirit. Call Tibbald Shakespear, and he'll swear the Nine, Dear Cibber! never match'd one Ode of thine. Lord! how we strut thro' Merlin's Cave, to see No Poets there, but Stephen, you, and me. Walk with respect behind, while we at ease Weave laurel Crowns, and take. what names we please, 6. My dear Tibullus !” if that will not do, « Let me be Horace, and be Ovid
Fit Mimnermus, et optivo cognomine crescit.
• Ridentur mala qui componunt carmina : verum
, Nunc fitus informis premit et deserta vetuftas: Adsciscet nova, quae genitor produxerit ufus:
VER. 159. not a word they spare, That wants or force, or ligbe, op weigbt, or care,] Force and light respect figuratie
? expreffion; and signify, that it be such as awakes the imagination, and be taken from obvious subjects; for without the first quality it will want force; without the other, ligbe.
“ Or, I'm content, allow me Dryden's strains, 145
• In vain, bad Rhymers all mankind reject, They treat themselves with most profound respect; 'Tis to small purpose that you hold your tongue, 155
161 Nay tho at Court (perhaps) it may find grace:
' Such they'll degrade ; and sometimes, in its stead, P In downright charity revive the dead; Mark where a bold expressive phrase appears,
165 Bright thro' the rubbish of some hundred years ; Command old words that long have slept, to wake, Words, that wise Bacon, or brave Rawleigh spake ;
Weight and care respect literal expression, the first marking out, the character of the verb: the other of the noun; and signify, that, in every propofition, the attribute should be important, and the subject precise,