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But I, who all punctilios hate,
chiefs who now are dormant,
You'll plead perhaps, at my request, To be admitted as a guest, *" Your hearing's bad !"-But why such fears? I speak to eyes, and not to ears ; And for that reason wisely took The form you see me in, a book. Attack'd by slow devouring moths, By rage of barbarous Huns and Goths; By Bentley's notes, my deadliest foes, By Creech's rhymes, and Dunster's prose; I found my boasted wit and fire In their rude hands almost expire: Yet still they but in vain assaild; For, had their violence prevail'd, And in a blast destroy'd They would have partly miss'd their aim; Since all my spirit in thy page Defies the Vandals of this age. 'Tis yours to save these small remains From future pedant's muddy brains, And fix my long uncertain fate, You best know how"which way?"-TRANSLATE.
EPIGRAM BY MR. BOWYER.
INTENDED TO BE PLACED UNDER THE HEAD OF
LERE learn, from moral truth and wit refind, How vice and folly have debas'd mankind; Strong sense and humour arm in virtue's cause; Thus her great votary vindicates her laws: While bold and free the glowing colours strike; Blame not the picture, if the picture's like."
Ar two afternoon for our Psyche inquire,
it. Yet beware of her arts; for, it plainly appears, She saves half her victnals, by feeding your ears.
THE DEAN AND DUKE. 1734.
James Brydges + and the Dean had long been friends;
* Mrs. Sican, a very ingenious lady, mother to the author of the poem in p. 320. F. + James Brydges was created duke of Chandos, April 30, 1719.
Yet, since just Heaven the duke's ambition mocks,
WRITTEN BY DR. SWIFT,
ON HIS OWN DEAFNESS †, IN SEPTEMBER 1734.
VERTIGINOSUS, inops, surdus, male gratus amicis; Non campana sonans, tonitru non ab Jove missum, Quod mage mirandum, saltem si credere fas est, Non clamosa meas mulier jana percutit aures.
* The hon. Henry Bryages, archdeacon of Rochester. N.
+ These lines were found on his table when his servant brought up his dinner. Mrs. Ridgeway, his housekeeper, requested a copy of them; and the Dean immediately gave her the paper.
N. I The second syllable " Vertiginosus” is here made short by the Dean; perhaps the more expressive of the malady it describes, as“ steteruntque comæ" in Virgil,
THE DEAN'S COMPLAINT, TRANSLATED
Deaf, giddy, helpless, left alone.
Except the first, the fault's your own.
Because to few you will be shown.
Then write and read, 'twill do as well.
At thunder now no more I start,
Think then of thunder when you ft.