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A FAREWELL TO LONDON.
IN THE YEAR 1715.
DEAR, damn'd, diftracting town, farewell!
Thy fools no more I'll teize: This year in peace, ye critics, dwell, Ye harlots, fleep at ease!
To drink and droll be Rowe allow'd
Farewell Arbuthnot's raillery
And Garth, the best good Chriftian he,
Lintot, farewell! thy bard muft go;
Elsewhere called "Macer."
+ Probably the friend of Wilkes; he wrote fixteen dramatic pieces of indifferent merit. See Cibber's Life.
Why should I stay? Both parties* rage;
The love of arts lies cold and dead
And not one Muse of all he fed,
My friends, by turns, my friends confound,
Poor Yrs fold for fifty pounds,
And B Il is a jade.
Why make I friendships with the great,
Still idle, with a busy air,
Deep whimfies to contrive
The gayeft valetudinaire,
Most thinking rake alive.
Whigs, and Tories; or rather the Jacobites: for this was written the year of the rebellion.
+ I think he means Terefa Blount, his first flame, who never would fubmit to his jealoufies and humours.
Solicitous for other ends,
Tho' fond of dear repofe; Careless or drowsy* with my friends, And frolick with my foes.
Luxurious lobster-nights, farewell †,
He is faid once to have fallen asleep at his own table, when the Prince of Wales was in company.
And now farewell each dainty difb,
To please this dainty mouth of mine!
And make good cheer with bread and cheese!
It is curious that Nicholas Breton, an obfcure writer of verses 1577, makes nearly the fame complaint in his Poem called "Farewell to Town." See Ellis' Specimens, vol. ii. page 270.
"In fpight of fears, of mercy fpight,
Hafte to thy Twick'nham's fafe retreat,
There (objects of our mutual hate)
Warton had here introduced, as Pope's, an abusive addrefs to Bolingbroke; I have omitted it, because I cannot think Pope would write these lines of himself:
Adieu to all but Gay alone
Whose foul, fincere and free, Loves all mankind, but flatters none, And fo may ftarve with me.
Gay was the favourite of Pope, and was received into his utmost confidence; a friendship was formed between them, which lasted to their feparation by death. JOHNSON.
He mentions Gay again, in his Prologue to the Satires, verse 256, with all the pathetic fenfibility of the tenderest friendship, in ftrains of supreme excellence :
-They left me GAY;
My verfe, and QUEENSB'RY weeping o'er thy urn!"
The following Lines were fung by Durastanti when
ENEROUS, gay, and gallant nation,
All but Cupid's gentle darts!
Happy foil, adieu, adieu!
Let old charmers yield to new.
In arms, in arts, be ftill more fhining;
All your joys be still encreasing;
All your tastes be still refining;
All your jars for ever ceasing:
But let old charmers yield to new :-
• Duraftanti was brought to England by Handel, to fing at the Opera, 1721. She was fo great a favourite at Court, that the King stood godfather to one of her children.