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Curl Atretches after Gay, but Gay is gone,
He grasps an empty Joseph * for a John:
So Proteus, hụnted in a nobler shape,
Became, when seiz'd, a puppy, or an ape.

To him the Goddess : Son! thy grief lay down
And turn this whole illusion on the town f:
As the fage dame, experienc'd in her trade,
By names of Toasts retails each batter'd jade ;
(Whence hapless Monsieur much complains at Paris
Of wrongs from Duchesses and Lady Maries ;) 136
Be thine, my Stationer ! this magic gift ;
Cook shall be Prior ll, and Concanen, Swift $ :
So shall each hoftile name become our own,
And we too boast our Garth and Addison *

140 With

second assertion to be credited any more than his first? He likewise affirms Bond to be one who writ a satire on our poet : But where is such a satire to be found ? where was such a writer ever heard of? As for Besaleel, it carries forgery in the very name; nor is it, as the others are, a surname.

Thou may'st depend upon it, no such authors ever liv'd ; all phantoms. SCRIBL.

Josepb Gay, a fictitious name put by Curl before several pamphlets, which made them pass with many for Mr. Gay's.-The ambiguity of the word Joseph, which likewise signifies a loose upper coat, gives much plea. fantry to the idea.

+ It was a common practice of this bookseller to publish vile pieces of obfe cure hands under the names of eminent authors.

# In verity (faith Scriblerus) a very bungling trick. How much better might our worthy brethren of Grubstreet been taught (as in many things they have already been) by the modern masters of Polemics ! who when they make free with their neighbours, seize upon their good works rather than their good nome; as knowing that those will produce a name of their own.

# The man here specified writ a thing called The Battle of the Poets, in which Philips and Welfted were the heroes, and Swift and Pope utterly routed. He also published some malevolent things in the British, London, and l'aily Journals; and at the same time wrote letters to Mr. Pope, pror testing his innocence. His chief work was a translation of Hesiod, to which Theobald wrote notes and half notes, which he carefully owned.

$ In the first cdition of this poem there were only aftcrisks in this place, but the names were since inserted, merely to fill up the verse, and give ease to the ear of the reader,

* Nothing is more remarkable than our author's love of praising good writers.' He has in this very pocm celebrated Mr, Locke, Sir Isaac Newton,


With that she gave him (piteous of his case, Yet smiling at his rueful length of face *)

A shaggy

Dr. Barrow, Dr. Atterbury, Mr. Dryden, Mr. Congreve, Dr. Garth, Mr. Addison ; in a word, almost every man of his time that deserved it; even Cibber himself (presuming him to be the author of the Careless Huso.nd). It was very difficult to have that pleasure in a poem on this subject, yet he has found means to insert their panegyric, and has made even Duintís out of her own mouth pronounce it. It must have been particularly agreeable to him to celebrate Dr. Garth; both as his constant friend, and as he was his predecessor in this kind of satire. The Dispensary attacked the whole body of apothecaries, a much more useful one undoubtedly than that of the bad poets; if in truth this can be a body, of which no two members ever agreed. It also did, what Mr. Theobald says is unpardonable, draw in parts of private chara&ter, and introduce persons independent of bis subject. Much more would Boileau have incurred his censure, who left all subjects whatever, on all occasions, to fall upon the bad poets (which, it is to be feared, would have been more immediately his concern). But certainly next to commending good writers, the greatest service to learning is to expose the bad, who can only that way be made of any use to it. This truth is very well set forth in these lines addressed to our author.

“ The craven rook, and pert jackdaw,

(Tho'neither birds of moral kind)
Yet serve, if hang’d, or stuff'd with Itras,

To shew us which way blows the wind.
«. Thus dirty knaves, or chatt'ring fools,

“ Strung up by dozens in thy lay,
Teach more by half than Dennis' rules,

" And point instruction ev'ry way.
“. With Ægypt's art thy pen may strive :

" One potent drop let this but shed,
And ev'ry rogue that stunk alive,

* Becomes a precious mummy dead." * " The decrepid person or figure of a man are no reflections upon his gebo nius: An honelt mind will love and efieem a man of wortb, tho'he be de“ formed or poor. Yet the author of the Dunciad hath libelled a person for * his rurful length of face !Mist's Journal, June 8. This genius and man of wortb, whom an honest mind should love, is Mr. Curl. True it is, he stood in the pillory, an incident which will lengthen the face of any man, tho'it were ever so comely, therefore is no reflection on the natural beauty of Mr. Curl. But as to reflections on any man's face or figure, Mr. Dennis faith excellently; “ Natural deformity comes not by our fault ; 'is often occa

honed by calamities and diseases, which a man can no more help than a

of monster

A shaggy tapstry, worthy to be fpread,
On Codrus old, or Dunton's modern bed:


* monster can his deformity. There is no one misfortné, and no one diler eafe, but what all the rest of mankind are subject to: -- But the deformity

of this author is visible, present, lasting, unalterable, and peculiar to him. « felf. 'Tis the mark of God and Nature upon him, to give us warning “ that we should hold no fociety with him, as a creature not of our ori

ginal, nor of our species; and they who have refused to take this warn• ing which God and Nature has given them, and have, in fpite of it, by

a fenfeless presumption, ventured to be familiar with him, have feverely os suffered, etc. 'Tis certain his original is not from Adam, but from the Devil,” etc. DENNIS, Character of Mr. P. octavo, 1716.

Admirably it is observ'd by Mr. Dennis against Mr. Law, p. 33. That " the language of Billingsgate can never be the language of Charity, nor eon.

fequently of Chriftianicy." I should clfe be tempted to use thie language of a critic : For what is more provoking to a commentator, than to behold Dis author thus pourtrayed? Yet I consider it really hurt's not him; whereas to calł some others dull, might do them prejudice with a world 100 apt to believe it. Therefore, though Mr. D. may call another a little ass or a young toad, far be it from us to call him a tootbless lion, or an old ferpent. Indeed, had I written these notes (as was once my intent) in the learned language, I might have given him the appellations of Balatro, Calceglum capai, Scurta in triviis, being phrases in good esteem and frequent' ukage among the best learned : But in our mother-tongue, were I to tax any gentleman of she Dunciad, surely it should be in words not to the vulgar intelligible whereby Christian charity, decency, and good accord among authors, might be pres rved.

SCRIB. The good Scriblerus here, as on all occasions, eminently shews his humawity. But it was far otherwise with the gentlemen of the Dunciad, whose ferrilities were always personal, and of that nature which provoked every honest man but Mr. Pope ; yet never to be lamented, since they occafioned the following amiable verses :

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While malice, Pope, denies thy page

colis own celestial fire;
<< While critics, and while bards in rage,

Admiring, won't admire :

*• While wayward pens thy worth assail,

" And envious tongues decry;
. These times, tho' many a friend bewail,

" Thele times bewail sot I.

os But


Instructive work! whose wry-mouth'd portraiture
Display'd the fates her confessors endure.
Earless on high, stood unabash'd De Foe,
And Tutch in * flagrant from the scourge below.

« But when the world's loud praise is thine,

“ And spleen no more thall blame,
“ When with thy Homer thou shalt Ihine

« In one establish'd fame,

" When none Mall rail, and ev'ry lay

" Devote a wreath to thee;
That day (for come it will) that day
" Shall I lament to see,

Ver. 143. A forry kind of tapestry frequent in old inns, made of worfted or Lome coarser Auff: like that which is spoken of by Donne-"Faces as frightful

as theirs who whip Chrift in old hangings.” The imagery woven in it alludes to the mantle of Cloanthus, in Æn. s.

Ver. 144. Of Cudrus the poet's bed, fee Juvenal, describing his poverty, very copiously. Sat. 3, V. 103, &c.

Lectus erat Codro, &c.
“ Codrus had but one bed, so short to boot,
" That his short wife's short legs hung dangling out :
" His cupboard's head lix earthen pitchers grac'd,
“ Beneath them was his trusty tankard plac'd;
" And to support this noble plate, there lay,
" A bending Chiron, cast from honeft clay.
“ His few Greek books a rotten cheft contain'd,
" Whose covers much of mouldiness complain'd,
" Where mice and rats devour'd poctic bread,

And on heroic verse luxuriously were fed.
“ 'Tis true, poo: Codrus nothing had to boast,
" And yet poor Codrus all that nothing lost.

DRYD But Mr. Concanen, in his dedication of the letters, advertisements, &c. to che author of the Dunciad, allures us that, “ Juvenal never fatirized the poverty " of Codrus,"

John Dunton was a broken bookseller, and abusive fcribit; he writ Neck or Nothing, a violent satire on some ministers of state; a libed on the Duke of Devonshire and the Bishop of Peterborough, etc.

* John Tutchin, author of fome rile verses, and of a weekly paper called the Observator : He was sentenced to be whipt through several towns in the west of England, upon which he petitioned king James !I. to be hanged. When that prince died in exile, he wrote an invečlive again{t his memory, occasioned by some humane elegies on his death. He lived to the time of

queen Anne,


There Ridpath, Roper *, cudgell'd might ye view,
The very worsted fill look'd black and blue. 15®
Himself among the story'd chiefs he spies to
As, from the blanket, high in air he flies,
And oh! (he cry'd) what street, what lane but knows
Our purgings, pumpings, blankettings, and blows?
In ev'ry loom our labours shall be seen,

155 And the fresh vomit run for ever green !

See in the circle next , Eliza plac’d, Two babes of love clofe clinging to her waste; Fair as before her works she stands confess'd, In flow’rs and pearls by bounteous Kirkall | dress'd. 160

* Authors of the Flying-Post and Post-Boy, two scandalous papers on different sides, for which they equally and alternately deserved to be cudgelled, and were fo.

+ The history of Cuil's being tossed in a blanket, and whipped by the scholars of Westminster, is well known. Of his purging and vomiting, sec A full and true account of a horrid Revenge on the body of Edm. Curl, etc. in Swift and Pope's Miscellanies.

I In this game is exposed, in the most contempluous manner, the profligate licentiousness of those shameless fcribblers (for the most part of that sex, which ought least to be capable of such malice or impudence) who in libel. Jous memoirs and novels, reveal the faults or misfortunes of both sexes, to the ruin of public fame or disturbance of private happiness. Our good poet, (by the whole cast of his work being obliged not to take off the irony) where he cou:ld not shew his indignation, hath shewn his contempt, as much as possible ; having here drawn as vile a picture as could be represented in the colours of epic poesy.

SCRIBLERUS. Ibid. Eliza Haywood; this woman was authoress of those most scandalous books called the court of Carimania, and the new Utopia. For the two babes of love, see CURL, Key, p. 22. But whatever reflection he is pleased to throw this lady, surely it was what from him she little deserved, who had culebrated Curl's undertakings for Reformation of manners, and declared herself " to be so perfectly acquainted with the sweetness of bis disposition, and “ that tenderness with which be considered the crrors of his fellow creatures; that, “ though he Mould find the little inadvertensies of her own life recorded in his

papers, she was certain it would be done in such a manner as she could not but approve." Mrs. HAYWOOD, Hist. of Clar. printed in the Female Dunciad. p. 18. † The rame of an engraver.

Some of this lady's works were printed in four volumes, in 12mo. with her piciure thus dressed up before them.



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