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To this his Friend makes Answer, that it is dantgerous, and that there are people who take Revenges upon such Occasions; infinuating, that a Sixpenny Drug may chance to cut him off in the Middle of a Song: To which he makes this bold and open Reply:
and Brambles, the Beauty of his Person is not contended for, so that the Lady got nothing there; neither was Mr. Pope ever despis’d So, as to be thought too mean for Notice: Tho' we think the Lady's Anger just, yet had she show'd the real Injury The receiv'd by his Reports or Pen, and prov'd what was faid or wrote to have been Falfhood, Mr. Pope, in the Opinion of moral People, would have fuffer more ; for now nothing is seen but the Lady's Resentment, while the Cause, or pretended Cause, lies conceald. Mr. Pope, towards the latter End of his Time, said, that fetting apart Raillery and the Love of Satire, he wish'd he had never offended this Lady; which Repentance will, we hope, paliate and mitigate any too hard Sentence from the Ladies on him. ?Tis great Pity that any private Pique should so far influence Wits and Scholars, as to divide them against themselves; they have already, too many Enemies, the Ignorant, the Dull, even the Schools and Colleges are Seminaries for their Foes, and the reverend Tutor breathes his No-fpirit into the Pupil. If the few tho they are but few) of Wit, Sense, Taste, and Learning, would unite, the Dunces would either reform, or else it would be easy to keep them quiet; now they riggle to the Bar, up to the Pulpit, and higher up, where none but wise and good Men ought to sit. s .
The Second Satire of Horace, which Mr. Popp has imitated, is chiefly a Satire against Luxury and bad Oeconomy, and takes Occalion to show the Waste of some, and the fordid Penuriousness of 0thers, recommending the Medium to him that knows how to live properly, then shows the great Advantages of Tenperance, and the contrary : 1,
Then speaking of the Boast of prodigious Wealth, our Author again darts his Satire at the Family of our greatest and most successful Soldier and General of the Age, not excepting Prince Eugene :
Oh Impudence of Wealth! with all thy Store, How darst thou let one worthy Man be poor? Shall half the new-built Churches round thee fall ? Make Keys, build Bridges, or repair Whitehall; Or to thy Country let that Heap be lent, As M o 's was, --but not at Five per Cent: These Words he puts into the Mouth of Mr. Bethel, a Gentleman of fingular Probity, Temperance, Humility, and Good-nature. After this Mr. Pope defcribes his own Manner of Living, and concludes, that Fortune, if the leaves but a little, a prudent Man will make the most of it, and be content: