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Carlton and Chandois thy arrival grace;
And fhews his heart the seat where virtue stays.
In hafte, but fauntring, hearty in his ways: I fee the friendly Carylls come by dozens, Their wives, their uncles, daughters, fons, and coufins.
Arbuthnot there I fee, in phyfic's art,
As Galen learn'd, or famed Hippocrate;
Who could (were mankind lost) anew create:
VER. 126. Kneller amid, &c.] This is no more than a compliment to the vanity of Sir Godfrey, which Pope and other wits were always putting to the ftrongeft trials. "Sir Godfrey," fays Pope, "I believe if God Almighty had had your affiftance, the world would have been formed more perfect." "Fore God," fays Kneller, "I believe fo." He was frequently (as Mr. Walpole obferves) very free and fingular in his converfation on religion. This
Thee Jervas hails, robuft and debonair,
Now have [we] conquer'd Homer, friends, he cries : Dartneuf, grave joker, joyous Ford is there,
And wond'ring Maine, fo fat with laughing eyes (Gay, Maine, and Cheney, boon companions dear,
Gay fat, Maine fatter, Cheney huge of fize) 135 Yea Dennis, Gildon, (hearing thou hast riches) And honest, hatless Cromwell, with red breeches.
O Wanley, whence com'ft thou with shorten'd hair, And vifage from thy fhelves with duft besprent? "Forfooth
adulation of Pope, Addison, Prior, &c. appears to have heightened his natural abfurdities, as he had not difcernment enough to discover that they were only foothing him to paint for them gratis, or diverting themselves at the expence of his credulity. Sir Godfrey had drawn for Pope the ftatues of Apollo, Venus, and Hercules. Pope paid for them with the following stanza :
"What god, what genius did the pencil move,
'Twas friendship warm as Phoebus, kind as love,
On these lines, which their author wifely fuppreffed, Mr. Walpole has offered a very just criticism. See his Anecdotes, &c. vol. iii. P. 112.
VER. 132. Joyous Ford is there,] Charles Ford, Efq. was by Swift's intereft appointed Gazetteer. See the Dean's Letter to Mrs. Dingley, dated July 1, 1712.
VER. 139. With duft befprent?] So in the Dunciad, b. iii. v. 185. "But who is he in closet clofe ypent
Of fober face, with learned duft befprent?"
Humphrey Wanley was librarian to Lord Oxford.
"Forfooth (quoth he) from placing Homer there, "For ancients to compyle is myne entente : "Of ancients only hath Lord Harley care;
"But hither me hath my meeke lady fent:"In manuscript of Greeke rede we thilke fame, "But book yprint beft plesyth my gude dame." 145
Yonder I fee, among th' expecting croud,
Evans with laugh jocofe, and tragic Young; High-bufkin'd Booth, grave Mawbert, wand'ring Frowd,
And Titcomb's belly waddles flow along. See Digby faints at Southern talking loud,
Yea Steele and Tickell mingle in the throng;
Lo the two Doncastles in Berkshire known!
VER. 149. Slow along.] The names of the majority of perfons here enumerated, are in want of no illuftration; and concerning a few of them, it would be difficult to fupply any. Titcomb, how
Ayrs, Graham, Buckridge, joy thy voyage done;
How lov'd! how honour'd thou! yet be not vain!
And what rewards his grateful country pay?
ever, is mentioned in a letter from Pope to Congreve. "There is a grand revolution at Will's, Morrice has quitted for a coffee-houfe in the city, and Titcomb is reftored to the great joy of Cromwell, who was at a lofs for a person to converse with on the fathers, and church history."
VERSES TO DR. BOLTON,
In the Name of Mrs. BUTTER's Spirit, lately deceafed.
TRIPT to the naked foul, efcap'd from clay,
VER. 8. Firmlefs] A new-coined, and not a very happy epithet.