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MR. POPE's WELCOME FROM GREECE.
A Copy of Verses, written by Mr. GAY upon Mr. PɔPE's having finifhed his Tranflation of HOMER'S ILIAD.
ONG haft thou, friend! been abfent from thy foil,
Thy daily labours, and thy night's annoy,
On the wide fea, oft threat'ning to destroy: Methinks with thee I've trod Sigæan ground, And heard the fhores of Hellefpont refound.
Did I not fee thee when thou first fett'st fail
And wish thy bark had never left the ftrand?
And oft lift up thy holy eye and hand, Praying the Virgin dear, and faintly choir, Back to the port to bring thy bark entire.
Shouts anfw'ring fhouts, from Kent and Effex roar,
Now pafs we Gravefend with a friendly wind,
Withers the good, and (with him ever join'd)
Come in, my friends, here shall ye dine and lie,
For I have still fome dozens of champaign :
He waves his hand to bring us back in vain; For now I fee, I fee proud London's fpires; Greenwich is loft, and Deptford dock retires.
VER. 29. Withers the good,] There is fomething highly pleaf. ing in thefe tranfient touches of portraits and character, and in the minute defcriptive circumftances of fcenery. Withers is the fame on whom Pope wrote the Epitaph.
VER. R. 30. Facetious Disney,] He is called by Lady Mary Montagu, "Duke Difney ;" alfo in the Letters of Pope, &e. "Poor Duke Difncy is dead."
Oh, what a concourfe fwarms on yonder key!
The sky re-echoes with new shouts of joy : By all this fhow, I ween, 'tis Lord May'rs day; I hear the voice of trumpet and hautboy.No, now I fee them near-oh, these are they
Who come in crowds to welcome thee from Troy. Hail to the bard whom long as loft we mourn'd, From fiege, from battle, and from storm return'd!
Of goodly dames, and courteous knights, I view 50 The filken petticoat, and broider'd vest;
Yea Peers, and mighty Dukes, with ribbands blue, (True blue, fair emblem of unstained breast.) Others I fee, as noble, and more true,
By no court-badge diftinguish'd from the reft:
VIII. What lady's that, to whom he gently bends? Who knows not her? ah! thofe are Wortley's eyes? How art thou honour'd, number'd with her friends: For she distinguishes the good and wife.
VER. 57 As Arthur grave, &c.] This perfon is mentioned in the Epistle to Arbuthnot, v. 23.:
"Arthur, whofe giddy fon neglects the laws,
Imputes to me, and my damn'd works, the cause!"
The fweet-tongu'd Murray near her fide attends.
I fee two lovely fisters, hand in hand,
The fair hair'd Martha, and Teresa brown; Madge Bellenden, the tallest of the land;
And fmiling Mary, foft and fair as down. Yonder I fee the chearful Duchess stand,
For friendship, zeal, and blithsome humours known: Whence that loud fhout in fuch a hearty ftrain? Why all the Hamiltons are in her train.
See next the decent Scudamore advance,
VER. 62. Murray] The late Lord Chief Juftice Mansfield. VER. 64. Now Harvey,] Harvey.
Mary Lepel!, married to Lord
VER. 65. two lovely fifters,] VER. 67. Madge Bellenden prior note.
Martha and Terefa Blount.
VER. 70. chearful Duchefs] Duchefs of Queensborough.
VER. 76. Mifs Howe] Mentioned before in Verfes On
Far off from these fee Santlow, fam'd for dance;
With hand judicious, like thy Homer skill'd. Bathurst impetuous haftens to the coast,
Whom you and I ftrive who fhall love the most.
That in Troy's ruin thou hadst not been kill'd; 85 Sheffield, who knows to strike the living lyre,
And friendly Congreve, unreproachful man! (Oxford by Cunningham hath fent excufe)
See hearty Watkins comes with cup and cann; 95 And Lewis, who has never friend forfaken; And Laughton whifp'ring afks-Is Troy town taken?
VER. 78. Santlow, fam'd for dance;] She afterwards married Booth the player. Mrs. Bicknell, the actrefs, is mentioned either in the Spectator or Tatler, with applause.