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Others import yet nobler arts from France,
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!
In vain, in vain---the all-composing hour
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,
Philosophy, that lean’d on Heav'n before,
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.
END OF THE DUNCIAD.
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The Numerals shew the Book, the Figures the Verse.
AMBROSE Philips, i. 105. iii. 326.
Boyer, Abel, ii. 413,
Ir in Egypt, i. 215.
Muzaz, iv. 198.
udrus, ii. 144.