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DR. SWIFT'S REMARKS *
On The first Fifteen Psalms of David translated into + Lyric Verse.

Proposed as an Essay supplying the Perspicuity and Coherence
according to the Modern Art of Poetry; not known to bave been
attempted before I in any Language. With a Preface containing
some Observations of the great and general Defectives of ll the
present Version in Greek, Latin, and English; by Dr. (James]
Gibbs Ģ. London, printed by J. Mathews, for J. Bartley, over-
against Gray's Inn, in Holborn. 1701."

og Sternholdides. SWIFT.

* By a memorandum on the first page it appears that these Remarks were thought valuable by one who must be allowed to have been of no inconsiderable rank both as a poet and a humourist: “ The following manuscript was literally copied from the printed original, found in the library of Dr. J. Swift, dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin. The marginal notes and parodies were written by the Dean's own hand, except such as are distinguished with this mark (), with which I am only chargeable.

“ Witness my hand, this 25th day of February, 1745: WILLIAM DUNKIN. “ N.B. The original was by me presented to his excellency Philip Dormer Stanhope earl of Chesterfield, ford lieutenant general and general governor of Ireland. W.D.

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DR. GIBBS.

[PSALM OF DAVID [1].
Comparing the different state of the righe

teous and the wicked, both in this and the
next world.

Thrice happy he that doth refuse

With impious [2] sinners to combine ;
Who ne'er their wicked way pursues,

And does the sinners seat (3) decline.
But still to learn and to obey

The law of God is his delight,
In that employs himself all day,

And reads and thinks thereon at [4] night.
For as a tree, whose spreading root

By some prolifick stream is fed,
Produces [ 5 ] fair and lively fruit,

And numerous boughs adoin its head;

DR. SWIFT.
.[1I warn the reader that
this is a lie, both here and
all over this book; for these
are not the Psalms of David,
but of Dr. Gibbs.

[2] But, I suppose, with pious
sinners a man may combine
safely enough.

[3] What part of speech
is it?

[4] A man must have some
time to sleep; so that I will
change this verse thus
166 And thinks and dreams

thereon all night.
[5] Look ye, you must thin
the boughs at the top, or your
fruit will be neitber fair nor
timely.

DR. GIBBS.

DR. SWIFT.

Whose very [6] leaves tho'storms descend, [6] Why, what other part
In lively verdure still appear:

of a tree appears in a lively
Such blessings always shall attend

verdure, beside the leaves
The man that does the Lord revere,

Read.
These very leaves on which

you spend
Your woeful stuff, may serve

fur squibs ;
Such blessings always shall

attend

The madrigals of Dr. Gibbs.
The above may serve for a tolerable specimen of Swift's Remarks.
The whole should be given, if it were possible to make them intel.
ligible without copying the version which is ridiculed ; a labour for
which our readers would scarcely thank us. A few detached stanzas,
however, with the Dean's notes on them, shall be transcribed.

DR. GIBBS.
Why do the heathen nations rise,

[1] I do'nt believe that ever
And in mad tumults join!

kings entered into plots and
Confederate kings vain plots [1] deyise confederacies against the reig
Against the Almighty's reign!

of God Almighty.

DR.SWIFT.

DR. GIBBS
But those that do thy laws refuse,
In pieces thou shalt break

j
[2] And with an iron sceptre bruise

The disobedient (3) neck.
Ye earthly kings, the caution bear,

Ye rulers, learn the saine (4);
Serve God with reverence, and with fear (5)

His joyful praise proclaim.
[1] For should the madness of his foes

Th’avenging God incense,
Happy are they that can repose

In him their confidence (2].

DA. SWITT.
(2) After a man is broken
in pieces, it is no great matter
to have his neck bruised.

(3) Neak.

[4] Rulers must learn it,
but kings may only bear ito

[5] Very proper, to make
a juytul proclamation with fear.
[1] For should the foes of

David's ape
Erovoke his gray-goose

quills,
Happy are they that can

escape
The vengeance of his

pills.
[2] Admirably reasoned and
connected !

DR. GIBBS.

AIXX 'TOA

No fears shall then my soul depress
Though thus my enemies increase :
(3) And therefore now arise, O Lord,
And graciously thy help afford.

And thus [4] to grant a sure defence
Belongs to God's. [5] omnipotence.

DR. SWIFT.
* Deprease, Loard, Scotice.

[3] He desires God's help
because he is not afraid of his
enemies; others, I think, usu-
ally desire it when they are
afraid.

[4] The doctor has a mighty
affection for the particle tbus ::
he uses it four times in this
(the 3d) Psalm, and 100 times
in other places; and always
, wrong.

[s] That is as much as to
say, that he that can do an
things can defend a man; which
I take to be an undoubted
truth.

[6] Are they malicious out of trailty, or fraib out of malise?

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But you, my frail (6) malicious foes,

Who do my power despise,

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