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From such alone the Great rebukes endure,
To wash the stains away: although I yet
OT twice a twelvemonth * you appear in print,
And when it comes, the court see nothing in't.
But Horace, Sir, was delicate, was nice; Bubo observes § he lash'd no sort of vice :
These two lines are from Horace : and the only lines that are so in the
§ Some guilty person very fond of making such an observation.
Horace would say, Sir Billy serv'd the crown,
P. See Sir ROBERT !-humAnd never laugh—for all my life to come ? Seen him I have, but in his happier hour Of social pleasure, ill-exchang’d for pow'r;
30 Seen him, uncumber'd with the venal tribe, Smile without art, and win without a bribe. Would he oblige me ? let me only find, He does not think me what he thinks mankind. Come, come, at all I laugh he laughs, no doubt ;
35 The only diff'rence is, 1 dare laugh out.
F. Why yes : with Scripture ftill you may be free ; A horse-laugh, if you please, at honesty ; A joke on JEKYL, or some odd old whig, Who never chang'd his principle, or wig :
• Formerly jailor of the Fleet-prison, enriched himself by many exactions, for which he was tried and expelled.
$. Said to be executed by the captain of a Spanish fhip on one Jenkins, a saptain of an English one. He cut off his ears, and bid him carry them to the king his master.
† A phrase, by common use, uppropriated to the firit minister.
# Sir Joseph Jekyl, Malter of the Rolls, a true whig in his principles, and a man of the utmost probity. He fometimes voted against the court, which drew upon him the laugh here described of ON E who bestowed it equally upos religion and honesty. He died a few months after the publication of this poem.
A patriot is a fool in ev'ry age,
Laugh then at any, but at fools or foes ;
P. Dear Sir, forgive the prejudice of youth :
George Lyttelton, fecretary to the Prince of Wales, distinguished both for his writings and specches in the spirit of liberty.
§ The one the wicked minister of Tiberius, the other, of Henry VIII. The writers against the court usually bestowed these and other odious names on the minister, without distinction, and in the most injurious manner. See Dial. 2. ver. 137.
+ Cardinal, and minister to Louis XV. It was a patriot-fashion, at that time, to cry up his wisdom and honesty. See them in their places in the Dunciad.
The gracious dew * of pulpit eloquence,
F. Why so ? if Satire knows its time and place,
* Alludes to some court sermons, and florid panegyrical speeches; parti. cularly one very full of puerilities and flatteries; which afterwards got into an address in the same pretty style ; and was lasily served up in an epi:aph, between Larin and English, published by its author.
§ Queen consort of king George Il. She died in 1737. Her death gavo occasion, as is observed above, to many indiscreet and mean performances unworthy of her memory, whose last moments manifested the utmost courage and resolution.
† A title given that lord by king James II. He was of the bedchamber to king William : he was fo to king George I. he was fo to kng Gcorge II. This lord was very skilful in all the forms of the house, in which he dircharged himself with great gravity. VOL. II.