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EPILOGUE

TO THE

SATIRE S.

IN TWO DIALOGUES.

WRITTEN IN MDCCXXXVIII.

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EPILOGUE

TO THE

SA TIRE S.

DIALOGUE I. Fr. NOT twice a twelvemonth you appear in print,

And when it comes, the court see nothing in'to You grow correct that once with rapture writ, And are, besides, too moral for a wit. Decay of parts, alas ! we all must feel —

5 Why now, this moment, don't I see you steal ? 'Tis all from Horace ; Horace long before ye Said, “ Tories call'd him Whig, and Whigs a Tory:" And taught his Romans, in much better metre, “ To laugh at fools who put their trust in Peter."

But
After ver. 2 in the MS.
You don't, I hope, pretend to quit the trade,

think your reputation made :
Like good Sir Paul, of whom so much was said,
That when his name was up, he lay a-bed.
Come, come, refresh us with a livelier song,

Or, like St. Paul, you'll lie a-bed too long.
P. Sir, what I write, should be correctly writ.
F. Correct ! 'tis what no genius can admit.

Besides, you grow too moral for a wit.

Because you

II

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But Horace, Sir, was delicate, was nice; Bubo observes, he lash'd no sort of vice : Horace would say, Sir Billy seru'd the crown, Blunt could do bus'ness, H-ggins knew the town; In Sappho touch the failings of the sex, In rev'rend bishops note some small neglects, And own, the Spaniard did a waggish thing, Who cropt our ears, and sent them to the King. His sly, polite, insinuating style Could please at court, and make AUGUSTUS smile : An artful manager, that crept between His friend and shame, and was a kind of screen. But 'faith your very friends will soon be sore ; Patriots there are, who wish you'd jest no moreAnd where's the glory ? 'twill be only thought 25 The great man never offer'd you a groat.

Go

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Ver. 12. Bubo observes,] Bube is said to mean Mr. Dodding: ton, afterward Lord Melcombe.

Ver. 14. Huggins] Formerly gaoler of the Fleet prison, enriched himself by many exactions, for which he was tried and expelled. VER. 15. In Sappbo touch] In former editions,

Sir George of some slight gallantries suspect. Ver. 18. Wbo cropt our cars,] Said to be executed by the captain of a Spanish ship on one Jenkins, a captain of an English one. He cut off his ears, and bid him carry them to the King his master. After ver. 26 in the MS.

There's honest Tacitus * once talk'd as big,

But is he now an independant W big ?? * Mr. Thomas Gordon, who was bought off by a place at court.

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