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to consift of the finest Descriptions of the Paffions, of Landskape, Actions of the most graceful and moving Kind, and inferior to no other Kind of Poetry whatever. .
This Digreffion was made on the Mention of Mr. Gay in the Epiltle to Dr. Arbuthnot, which, though it mentions Mr. Gay with Praise, is not very full of that Sort of Addrefs : It was indeed defign'da Satýr, and Sporus,' who in the first Edition was call’d Paris, and is in real Life the same as Lord Fanny, lies under a most unmerciful Lash; Mr. Pope, whenever he takes this Gentleman in Hand, feems to have a partiçular Delight in touching him to the very Quick; nay, he has turn'd the Fineness of his Person to what Disadvantage he could, for my Lord had a very partiular Softnefs, and a Clearness of Complexion usual to few Men, infomuch that when he was married, it occafioned a Ballad, Part of which was : ... . .. For Venus had never seen bedded. ; So perfect a Beau and a Belle,
As when H--rv--y the handsome was married.
But the firft Bloom of bis Youth was worn off, before Mr. Pope had any Thing satirical to say of him, the Occafion he took, was from my Lord's Behaviour after he became a Courtier, when it was imagin'd he said something of Difadvantage to Mr. Pope to the late Queen, and to a certain Duke, of whom we have before fpoke, besides his Epistle to a Doctor of Divinity, where he dropt an Allusion to scandalous Reports made of Mr. Pope, farther intimating, that he was a Mechanick, some faida Hat- . ter, some a Farmer, 'nay, a Bankrupt, which latter falfe Character this Nobleman (if such a Reflection could be thought to come from a Nobleman) gave
into. Mr. Pape never wrote Replies to Curl's, to his, or other Pamphlets, but in a few Lines, occasionally as he wrote, generally answered the same End : He begins this cutting Piece of Satire with a Threat: