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'Tis strange, I grant! but who, alas! can say But while their grandees were diverted all What cannot be, or justly can, and may ? With nicely wording the Memorial, Especially at fo hugely wide and vait
The foorboys, for their own diversion, 100, A distance as this miracle is plac'd,
270 As having nothiog, now, at all to do, Where the least error of the glass, or fight, And when they saw the telescope at leitare, May render things amiss, but never right? Turn'd virtuosos, only for their pleasure ; Nor can we try them, when they 're lo far off, 6 With drills and monkeys' ingenuity, 333 By any equal sublunary proof:
" That take delight to practise all they fee," For who can justify that Nature there
Began to fare and gaze upon the Moon, Is ty'd to the fame laivs the acts by here? As those they waited on before had done; Nor is it probable she has infusid,
When one, whose turn it was by chance to pero, Int' every species in the Moon producid, Saw something in the lofty engine creep, The same efforts the uses to confer
And, viewing cai efully, discover'd more Upon the very fame productions here ; 280 | Than all their masters bit upon before. Since those upon the earth, of several nations, Quoth he, O ftrange! a little thing is slunk Are found I have such prodigious variations, On th' inside of the long star-gazing trunk, And the affects so constantly to use
And now is gotten down so low and nigh, 341 Variety in every thing she does.
I have him here directly 'gainst mine eye. From hence may be inferr'd that, though I grant This chancing to be overheard by one We have beheld i' th' Moon an Elephant, 286 Who was not, yet, so hugely overgrowa That Elephant may chance to differ lo
In any philosophic observation, From those with us upon the earth below, As to conclude with mere imagination, Both in his bulk, as well as force and speed, And yet he made immediately a guess As being of a different kind and breed, 290 Ac fully solving all appearances That though 'tis true our own are but flow-pac'd, A plainer way, and more significant, Theirs there, perhaps, may fly, or run as fast, Than all their hints had prov'd o' th' Elephari; And yet be very Eleplianto, no less
And quickly found, upon a second view, Than those deriv'd from Indian families. 294 His own conjecture, probably, most true;
This said, another member of great worth, For he no sooner had apply'd his eye Fam'd for the learned works he had put forth, To th? optic engine, but immediately " In which the mannerly and modest author He found a small field-mouse was gotten in
Quotes the Right Worthipful his elder brother," The hollow telescope, and, fhut between Look'd wise a while, then said--All this is truc, The cwo glass-windows, closely in rettrait, And vei v learnedly observ'd by you ; 300 Was magnify'd into an Elephant, But there's another nobler reason for 't,
And prov'd the happy virtuous occasion That, rightly' observ'd, will fall but little short of all this deep and learned differtation. Of solid mathematic demonstration,
And as a mighty mountain, heretofore, Upon a full and perfect calculation;
Is said t' have been got with child, and bore And that is only this--As th' earth and moon A silly mouse, this captive njouse, as itrange, Do constantly move contrary upon
306 Produc'd another mountain in exchange. Their several axes, the rapidity
Meanwhile the grandees, long in consulta: Of both their motions cannot fail to be
Had finilh'd the miraculous Narration, So violent and naturally fast,
And set their hands, and seals, and senfe, and . That larger distances may well be past 310 T'attest and vouch the truth of all they 'ad In less time than the Elephant has gone, When this unfortunate phænomenon Although he had no motion of his own;
Confounded all they had dcclar'd and done: Which we on earth can take no measure of, For, 'twas no sooner told and hinted at, As you have made it evident by prooi. But all the rest were in a tumult strait, This granted, we may confidently hence 315 More hot and furiously enrag'd by far, Claim citle to another inference,
Than both the hosts that in the Moon moeie And make this wonderful phænomenon
To find so rare and admirable a hint, (Were there no other) serve our turn alone When they had all agreed and sworn e' have To vindicate the grand hypothesis
319 And had engag'd themselves to make it easy And prove the motion of the earth from this. Obstructed with a wretched paltry doob.
This said, th' assembly now were fatisfy'd, When one, whose only talk was to deters.* As men are soon upon the bias'd fide ;
And solve the worst appearances of rernu Willi great applause receiv'd thi' admir'd dispute, I who oft' had made profound discoveries Andgrew more gay, and brisk, and resolute, In frogs and toads, as well as rats and is By having (right or wrong) remov'd all doubt, (Though not so curious and exact, 'is toe. Than if th' occasion never had fall’n out; 326 As many an exqnifite rat-catcher knew, Resolving to complete their Narrative,
After he had a while with signs made » And punctually inferi this Arange retrjeve, For something pertinens he had to fari
At last prevail da Quoth he, This disquisition
That all those that have purchas'd of the college Is, the one half of it, in my discission;
A half, or but a quarter thare, of knowledge, For though 'tis true the Elephant, as beast,
And brought none in themselves, but spent repute, Belongs, of natural right, to all the reft,
Should never be admitted to dispute, The Mouse, that's but a paltry vermin, none 395
Nor any member undertake to know - Can claim a title to but I alone;
More than his equal dividend comes to ? And therefore humbly hope I may be heard, For partners have perpetually been known In my own province, freely, with regard. T' impote upon their public interest prone; 460 It is no wonder that we are cry'd down,
And, if we have not greater care of ours, And made the table-talk of all the Town, 400
It will be sure to run the self-fame course. That rants and vapours Itiil, for all our great
This said, the whole Society allow'd Designs and projects, we've done nothing yet,
The doctrine to be orthodox and good, If every one have liberty to doubt,
And, from the apparent truth of what they 'ad When fome great secret's more than half made out; Refuld, henceforth, to give Truth no regard,
465 Because, perhaps, it will not hold out true, 405 | But what was for their interests to vouch, And put a stop to all w' attempt to do. As no great action ever has been done,
And either find it out, or make it such : Nor ever 's like to be, by Truth alone,
That 'twas more admirable to create If nothing else but only truth w' allow,
Inventions, like truth, out of trong conceit, 470 'Tis no great matter what w’intend to do:
Than with vexatious study, pains and doubt " For truth is always too reserv'd and chaste,
To find, or but fuppofet' have found, it out. " T' endure to be, by all the Town embrac'd ;
This being resoly'd, th' assembly, one by one, A solitary anchorite, that dwells,
Review'd the tube, the Elephart, and Moon; " Retir'd from all the world, in obscure cells,"
But still the more and curiouser they pry'd, 475 Disdains all great affemblies, and defies 415
They but became the more unfatisfy'd; The press and crowd of mix'd societies,
In no one thing they gaz'd upon agreeing, That vse to deal in novelty and change,
As if they 'ad different principles of seeing. Not of things true, but great, and rare, and strange,
Some boldly sw'ore, upon a second view, To entertain the world with what is fit
That all they'ad beheld before was true,
430 And proper for its genilis and its wit; 420
And damn'd them felves they never would recant The world, that's never found to set esteem One syilable they ’ad seen of th' Elephant; In what things are, but what they appear and
Avow'd his Thape and fnout could be no Mouse's, feem;
But a true natural Elephant's proboscis, Ind, if they are not wonderful and new,
Others began to doubt as much and waver, 485 They 're ne'er the better for their being true ;
Uncertain which to disallow or favour; For what is truth, or knowledge, but a kind
“ Unt I they had as many cross resolves, Of wantonness and luxury o'th' mind,
As Irishinen that have been turn'd to wolves," A greediness and gluttony o' th' brain,
And grew distracted, whether to espouse That longs to eat forbidden fruit again,
The party of the Elephant or Mouse. 490 And grows more desperate, like the worst
Soine held there was no way so orthodox, diseases
As to refer it to the ballot-box, Upon the nobler part (the mind) it reizes?”
And, like some other nation's patrints, And what has mankind ever gain’dl by knowing
To find it out, or make the truth, by votes : is little truth, unless his own undoing,
Others were of opinion 'twas more fit 495 hat prudently by nature had been hivelen, T' unmount the telescope, and open it, nd, only for his greater good, forbidden. And, for their own and all men's satisfaction, nd therefore with as great discretion does 435 To search and re-exaining the Transaction, he world endeavour ftill to keep it close;
And afterward to explicate the rest, it is the secrets of all touchs wcie known,
As they thould see occasion, for the best. horould not, once more, be as much undone? To this, at length, as th' only expedient, I truth is never without danger in l,
The whole atrembly freely gave consenti here it has depriv'd us of a hint
But, ere the optic tube was half let down, he whole affernbly had agreed upon,
Their own eyes clear'd the first phænomenon : ad utterly defeated all we 'ad done,
For at the upper end, prodigious swarms 508 By giving footboys leave to interpose,
Of busy flies and gnats, like men in arms And disappoint whatever we propose :"
Had all part muster in the glass by chance, r nothing but to cut out work for Stubs, 445 For both the Peri- and the Subvolvans. id all thc husy academic clubs,
This being discover'd, once more put them all For which they have deferv'd to run the risks Into a worse and desperater brawl; 518 Of elder-sticks, and penitential frilks." Supriz'd with thame, that men fo grave and wife w much, then, ought we have a special care Should be trepanu'd by paltry gnats and flies. at none presume to know above his share, 450 And to iniitake the feeble infe&ts' swarms ir take upon him t' understand, henceforth,
For fyniadrons and refervea of mion in arme: ore than his weekly contribution 's worthi
As politic as those who when the Moon 515
As metals mixt, the rich and base
With these tre ordinary debate
Was after news, and things of state, But when, at last, they had unscrew'd the glass, Which way the dreadful comet ivent, To find out where the ily impostor was, 520
In fixty-four, and what it meant? And law 'twas but a Moure, that hy mithap
What nations yet are to bewail Hadi catch'd himseli, and them, in th' optie trap, | The operation of its tail: Amaz'd, with Thame confounded, and licted
Or whether France or Holland yet, To find themselves fo openly convicted, Or Germany, he in its debt? linmediately niade hafte to get them gone, 525
What wars and plagies in Christendom With none but this discovery alone :
Have happen'd fince, and what to come! That learned men, who greedily pursue
What kings are dead, how many queens Things that are rather wonderful than true, And princetres are poison’d since: And, in their nice it speculations, chule
And who shall next of all by turn To niake their own discoveries strange news, 53°What parties next of co: or hvile,
Make courts wear hlack, and trademeci And natural hiliory rather a Gazette Of ranities ftupendous and far-fet,
Will rout, or routed he, of courie? Believe no truths are worthy to be known,
Whai Germani'niarche, and retreats, That are not strongly valt and overg. own,
Will furnith the next month's Gazette: And strive to explicate appearances,
What peitilent contagion next,
535 Not as they're probablc, but as they please ;
Anil what pait of the woul, infects! In vain endeavour Nature to suborr,
What dreadful mercol, and 'heie,
Shall in the heaven: next appear?
And when again ihall lay enbargo
Some thrice a day, and fome but iwice?
And why the tides, at night and roon,
What is the natural cause why fisn
That assays drink, do never piis?
Or wheiher in their home, the deep, RO Y AL SOCIETY. I By night or day they ever feep?
It grafs be green, or Inow be white,
But only as they take the ligit
Whether roteirions of ihe vevil,
Or mere temptations, do most er:?? Learned man, whom once a week
What is 't that makes all fourtins ft:'! A hundred rintaotus feck,
Within the earth to run up hill, And like an oracle apply to,
But on the outside dow! again, Talk questions, and admire, and lye to :
As if th' attempt had been in vain? Who entertain'd then all of con le
Or what's the ftrange magnetic ca se
5 (As men take wives for betier or worst)
The steel or lottone 's draun, or draws And past them all for men of parts,
The ftar the needle, which the stone
Has only been bui touch'd upon :
When, harilog boldly enter'd the redoute
The little vermin, like an errant-ang Ver. 521, <22.) Buter, to complinient his Has fiain the hurt gigantic beati in hin, Mouse for affording him an opportunity of indulging his satirical turn, and displaving his wit, fatire upon the Royal Society, part of *..
* Bauer formed a design of writing and me upon this occafion, bas, to the end of this Poem, find amongit his papers, fairly and coret subjoined the following epigrammatical note :
uanscribed. Whether he ever finithed it. A Mouse, whose martial valour nas so long reinainder of it be loft, is uncertain: their Ago been try'd, and by old Homer fung, ment, however, that is preserved, mv And purchas'd him more everlasting glory improperly be added in this place, as in 1sT? .Than all his Grecian and his Trojan story, explanatory of the preceding Poem: nd,
Though he appears unequal matcht, i grani, persuaded, that those who have a taste for Bus." In bulk and tature by the Elepiant,
turn and humour will think this too cur. Yet frequently has been cbserv'd in battle Fragment to be loit, though perhaps too To havo reduc'd the proud and haughty catile, perfect to be formally published.
fm hether the North-ftar's influence
And Sleep, Death's brother, yet a friend to life, ith both does hold intelligence?
Gave weary'd Nature a restorative; in or red-hot ir'n, held tow'rds the pole,
When Puis, wrapt warm in his own native furs, ins of relf to 't wien '15 coul:)
60 Dreamt foundly of as loft and warm amours; 6 whether male and fernale screws
Of making gallantry in gutter-tiles, Em th' iron and itune th' etñt et produce ?
And sporting on delightful faggot-piles; hat makes the body of the fuil,
Of bolting out of buihes in the dark, tat such a rapid course dces run,
As ladies use a: midnight in the Park; ) draw no tail behind thiough th' air, 65 Or feeling in tall garrets an alcove, i comets do, when they appear;
For at ignations in th' affaiis of love. 6- hich other pinnets Counut do,
At once his passion was butu falle and true, cause they do not burn, but glow?
And the more ialle, the more in earnes grew. hether the loon be fea or land,
He fancy'd that he heard those amorous charms is charcoal, or a quench'd firebrand; 70 That us’d to summon him to loft alarms, : if the dark lioles that appear,
To which he always brought an equal flame, he only pores, not cities there?
To fight a rival, or to court a dame; hether the atmospheie turn round,
And, as in dreams love's raptures are more taking ad keep a just pace with the ground,
Than all their actual enjoyments waking, ploiter lazily behind,
75 His amorous pation grew to that extreme, nd clog the air with gusts of wind ?
His dream itielf awak'd him from bis dream. p whether crescents in the wane
Thought lie, What place is this! or whither art for so an author has it plain)
Thou vanith'd from me, Mistress of my heart? o burn quite oui, or wear away
But now I had her in this very place
25 heir snuffs upon the edge of day?
80 | Here, fait imprison'd in my glad embrace, "hether the sea increase, or waite,
And, while my joys beyond themselves were rapt, -nd, if it do, how long 'twill last?
I know not how, nor whither, thou 'rt escap'd ; r, if the fun approaches near
Stay, and I'll follow thee-With that he leapt he earth, how foon it will be there?
Up from the lazy couch on which he llept, 30 Theíc were their learned speculations, 85 And, wing’d with passion, through his knowa ind all their constant occupations,
purdieu, o measure wind, and weigh the air,
Swift as an arrow from a bow, he flow, and turn a circle to a square ;
Nor stopp’d, until his fire liad him convey'd o make a powder of the fun,
Where many an allignation he 'ad enjoy'ut; 34 y which all doctors shcuki b' undone ; go
Where finding, what he fought, a mutual flame, o find the nortlz-Woh passage out,
That long had stay'd and call'd before he came, Mihough the fai theft way about;
Impatient of delay, without one word, I chemists from a role's aihes
To lore no further time, he fell aboard, 'an raise the rose itself in glasses?
But grip'd so hard, he wounded what he lov'd, Vhether the line of incidence
While the, in anger, thus his heat reprov’d. 40 Rise from the object or the fenic?
C. Forbear, foul raviiher, this rude address; io stew th' elixir in a bath
Canít chcu, at once, both injure and caress? Di hope, credulity, and faith;
P. Thou hart bewitch'd me with the powerful Po explicate, hy mbtle binis,
charms, The grain of diamonds and finis,
100 And, I, by drawing blood, would cure my harmis. And in the braving of an ass
C. He that duc, love would fit his heart a-tilt, ind out the treble and the baie;
Ere one drop of his lady's should be spilt. 46 If mares neigh alto, and a ciw
P. Your wounds are but without, and mine A double diapason lowe
within; You wound niv heart, and I but prick your skin ; And, while your eyes pierce deeper than my
You blame th' eifect, of wiiich you are the cause. REPARTEES BETWEEN CAT AND PUSS C. How could my guiltless eves your heart invade,
Had it not first been by your own betray’d? AT & CATERWAULING.
Hence`tis my greatest crime has only been
(Nog in mind eyes, but yours) in being seen. In the mouiern Heroic way.
was about the middle age of night, When half the earth stood in the other's light, at the time our Author lived; the dialogues of
wluch, having what they called Heroic Love for
thcir tubiect, are carrierl-on exactly in this strain, Repartees.] This poem is a fatirical banter upon as any one may perceive that will consult the drea those heroic plays which were lo much in vogue natic pieces of Dryum, Settle, and others.
P. I hurt to love, but do not love to hurt. 55 C. It is not I, but you, that do the hurt,
Make others pay for wliat themielves have doas.
TO THE HONOURABLL
EDWARD HOWARD, ESQ.
UPON #19 INCOMPARABLE POEM OT P. At once I'm happy, and unhappy too, in being pleas'd, and in displeasing you. C. Preposterous way of pleasure and of love, THE BRITISH PRINCES". That contrary to its own end would move! 'Tis ra:her hate, that covets to destroy; 75 Love's business is to love, and to enjoy,
$ IR, P. Enjoying and destroying are all one,
COU have obliged the British gation more As flames destroy that which they feed upon.
Than all their hards could ever do before, C. He never lov'd at any generous rate,
And, at your own charge, monuments more bard That in th' enjoyment found his fiame abate, so Than brass or marble to their fame have rear's: A wine (the friend of love) is wont to make For, as all warlike nations take delight The thirit more violent it pretends to flake, To hear how brave their ancestors could fight, So thould fruition do the lover's fire,
You liave advanc'd to wonder their renowl, Instead of lessening, inflame desire.
84 And no less virtuously improv'd your own: P, What greater proof that passien does transport, For 'will be doubted whether you do write, When what I would die for I'm forc'd to hurt? Or they have acted, at a nobler height, C. Death among lovers is a thing defpis’d, You of their ancient princes have retrievid And far below a fullen humour priz'd,
More than the ares knew in which they liv'd; That is more (corn’d and rail'd at than the gods, Describ'd their customs and their rites anew, When they are crofs'it in love, or fall at odds: 90 Bet'er than all their Druids ever knew ; But since you understand not what you do, Unriddled their dark oracles as well
15 Tam the judge of what I feel, not you.
As those themielves that made them could forete!! P. Paffion begins indifferent to prove,
For as he Britons long have hepd, in vain, When love confiders any thing but love. 94
Arthur would come to govern them again, C. The darts of love, like lightning wound within, You have fulfill'd their propliecy alone, And, though they pierce it, never hurt the skin; And in this poem plac'd liim on his throne. They leave no marks behind them where they fiy, Such magic power has your prodigious pea, Though through the tendereit part of all, the ere; To raise the dead, and give new life to men; But your tharp claw's have left enough to Thew Make rival princes meet in arms and lose, How tender I have been, how cruel you.
Whom distant ages did so far renove; P. Pleasure is pain; for when it is enjoy'd, For as eternity has neither part All it could with for was but to b' allay'd. Nor future (authors say) nor first nor last, C. Force is a rugged way of making love.
But is all instant, your eternal Muse P. What you like beft, you always dilapprove. All ages can to any one reduce. C. He that will wrong his love, will not be nice, 105 Then why shouhl vnu, wirofe miracle of art T'excuse the wrong he does, to wrong her twice. Can life at pleasure to the dead impart, P. Nothing is wrong but that which is ill meant. Trouble in vain your better-hufied head C. Wounds are ill cured with a good intent, T'observe what tiine they liv'd in, or were dead! P. When you mistake that for an injury
For, since you have sucli arbitrary power, I never meant, you do the wrong, not I.
It were defect in judgment to go lower,
* Most of the celebrated wits in Charles de Which you at once outdo, and blame in me; Second's reign addretied this genleman, in at For, while you stiffe and inflame desire, tering way, upon his poeni called The 5:6 You burn-ustu farve me in the feif-Same fire. Paipses, and among the rest, Butler,