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Others import yet nobler arts from France,
Teach kings to fiddle, and make senates dance.
Perhaps more high some daring son may soar,
Proud to my list to add one monarch more; 600
And, nobly conscious princes are but things
Born for first ministers, as slaves for kings,
Tyrant supreme! shall three estates commend,
And make ore migb'y Dunciad of the land !
More she had spoke, but yawn'd---All Nature

605 What mortal can resist the yawn of gods? Churches and Chapels instantly it reach'd; (St. James's first, for leaden G--- preach'd;) Then catch'd the Schools; the Hall scarce kept

awake; The Convocation gap'd, but could not speak: 610 Lost was the Nation's sense, nor could be found, While the long solemn unison went round: Wide, and more wide, it spread o'er all the realm; Ev'n Palinurus nodded at the helm : The vapour mild o'er each Committee crept; Unfinish'd treaties in each office slept; And chiefiess Armies doz'd out the campaign; And Navies yawn'd for orders on the main.

O Muse! relate, (for you can tell alone, Wits have shori memories, and dunces none) 620 Relate who first, who last, resign’d to rest; Whose heads she partly, whose completely blest; What charms could faction, what ambition lull, The venal quiet, and intrance the dull;


Till drown'd was Sense, and Shame, and Right, and Wrong---

625 O sing, and hush the nations with thy song!

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In vain, in vain---the all-composing hour
Resistless falls: the Muse obeys the pow'r.
She comes! she comes! the sable throne behold
Of Night primeval, and of Chaos old!
Before her Fancy's gilded clouds decay,
And all its varying rainbows die away.
Wit shoots in vain its momentary fires,
The meteor drops, and in a flash expires.
As one by one, at dread Medea's strain,
The sick’ning stars fade off the ethereal plain;
As Argus's eyes, by Hermes' wand opprest,
Clos'd one by one to everlasting rest;
Thus at her felt approach, and secret might,
Art after Art goes out, and all is night.
See sculking Truth to her old cavern fied,
Mountains of Casuistry heap'd o'er her head!




v. 621. Relate who first, who last, resign'd to rest :

Whose beads she parily, whose completely blest. ] " Quem telo primum, quem postremum aspera Virg. Dejicis? aut quot humi, morientia corpora fundis ?

Virg. v. 637. As Argus' eyes, &c.]

" Et quamvis sopor est oculorum parte receptus,
“ Parte tamen vigilat----
"----Vidit Cyllenius omnes
65 Succubuisse oculos,” &c. Ovid, Met. II


Philosophy, that lean’d on Heav'n before,
Shrinks to her second cause, and is no more.
Physic of Metaphysic begs defence,
And Metaphysic calls for aid on Sense!
See Mystery to Mathematics fly!
In vain! they gaze, turn giddy, rave, and die,
Religion, blushing, veils her sacred fires,
And unawares Morality expires.

Nor public flame, nor private, dares to shine;
Nor human spark is left, nor glimpse Divine !
Lo! thy dread empire, Chaos! is restor’d;
Light dies before thy uncreating word :
Thy hand, great Anarch ! lets the curtain fall;

6já And universal Darkness buries All,

VARIATIONS. 7. 643.3 In the former edit. it stood thus :

Philosophy, that reach'd the heav'ns before,

Shrinks to her hidden cause, and is no more. And this was intended as a censure of the Newtonian philosophy. For the Poet had been misled by the prejudices of foreigners, as if that philosophy had recurred to the ocult qualities of Aristotle. This was the idea he received of it from a man educated much abroad, who had read every thing, but every thing superficially. Had his excellent Friend, Dr. A. been consulted in this matter, it is certain that so unjust a reflection had rever discredited so noble a Satire. When I hinted to him how he had been imposed upon, he changed the lines with great pleasure, into a compliment (as they now stand) on that divine genius, and a satire on the folly by which he, the Poet himself, had been misled.






The Numerals shew the Book, the Figures the Verse.

AMBROSE Philips, i. 105. iii. 326.
Attila, iii. 92.
Alaric, iii. 91.
Alma Mater, iii. 338.
Annius, an antiquary, iv. 347
Arnall, William, ii. 315.

BLACKMORE, Sir Richard, i. 104. ii. 268.
Bezaleel Morris, ii. 126. iii, 168.
Banks, i. 146.
Broome, ibid.
Bond, ii. 126.
Brown, iii. 28.
Bladen, iv. 560.
Budgel, Esq. ii. 397.
Bentley, Richard, iv. 201.
Bentley, Thomas, ii. 205.

Boyer, Abel, ii. 413,
Bland, a gazetteer, i. 231.
Breval, J. Durant, ii. 126. 238.
Benlowes, iii. 21.
Bavius, ibid.
Burmannus, iv. 237.
Benson, William, Esq. iii. 325, 410,
Burgersdyck, iv. 198.
Bøctians, iii. 50.
Bruin and Bears, i. 101,
Bear and Fiddle, i. 224.

Cibber, Colley, Hero of the poem, passim.
Cibber, jun. iii. 139, 326.
Caxton, William, i. 149.
Curl, Edm. i. 40. ii. 3, 58, 167, &c.
Cooke, Thomas, ii. 138,
Concanen, Matthew, ii. 299.
er-livre, Susannah, ii. 411,

Ir in Egypt, i. 215.

Muzaz, iv. 198.

udrus, ii. 144.

De Foe, Daniel, i. 103. ii. 147.
De Foe, Norton, ii. 415.
De Lyra, or Harpsfield, i. 153.
Dennis, John, i. 106. ii. 239. iii, 173.
Dunton, John, ii. 144.
D'Urfey, iii. 146.

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