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   Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - November 19, 1730, London, Middlesex                                N-um& \6t Cfftntf&ap, NOVEMBER 19, 1730. Sit Tityrus Orpheus. Virg, Ec. VIII. � HE time of the election of a Pobt Laureate being now at hand, many of our Members are exercifing their wit, in hopes of obtaining that honour   The Newa-papers have been filled with an ; off-hand copy of verfes on my Lord j Mayor and the Court of > Aldermen ; �which our ingenious Brother Mr. Ozell has,, in the Daily Journal of monday laft, owned to be his,- and at the fame time added two other diflichs on two Aldermen, whom he had forgotten over his bowl of punch in the barge.   Not contented with this, our witty Friend has given us a facetious diflich on a 27th Alderman. Aidirman-bury, where I firft drew air, If there's a Rus in urie, it is there. This gives me a wonderful pleafure, not only on account of the unexpected turn of wit, but becaufe it informs us where the Author was born; a circumftance which, I hope, Mr. Jacob will add to the next edition of his Lives of the Poets. Another ingenious Author has oblig'd the World with an Acroftick on Sir Robert Waljole, in the Daily Jounral of friday laft: on the reading of which, Mr. Jeffery Qjjid-uunc, Grandfon to Mr. Quidnunc, who is the Editor of the political part of this Journal, made the following Epigram off-bard. When coftive Poets, from diftemper'd brain, Dull Anagrams, or low Conundrums ftrain ; Or fmear thee, W--, with Acrostic drofs; 0 .' raife thy arm, and lay thy Stick acrois. Thefe Gentlemen, indeed, do openly profefs thcmfelvea Candidates for the Laurel: but Mr.- Morland, in his poem on the 4th of November, aims at it in plain words: When fam'd Eliza reign'd, a Spencir Iiv'd; Whofe fame almoft his Miftrefs's furviv'd : And on Great William's glorious acts attends, One, whom each man, each country too commends j Fam'd Addison, whofe worth to all is known, . And by fame's trumpet round the world is blown. Shall our great Monarch then a Poet want ? And is the Englifh Genius grown fo fcant f This, I muft take leave to fay, is a little too pert in a Gentleman, who is only a Candidate for a fellowfhip in our Society. Does Mr. Morland imagine, that we have not many Members qualified for this honour, that he fo forwardly oilers himfelf ? Let me tell him, Mr. Tib-bald, in particular, is much offended at fuch an infult from one of his own profeffion. Befides, I am much afraid, that this pert Youngfter is not fufficiently eftablilhed in the Proteftant Religion : for tho' he has translated his late Majefty immediately to Heaven; yet he feems to have fent Queen Elizabeth to Purgatory ; and has plac'd King William, the Hero of his Poem, - no where at all. Notwithftanding thefe Gentlemen, fo fond of fhewing themfelves on this occafion ; I fhall humbly beg leave to recommend one, againft whom there can 'be no objection : by way of introduction to which, it may be proper to give fome account of the Rites and Ceremonies anciently ufed at that folemnity, and only discontinued thro' the neglect and degeneracy of later times. Thefe we have extracted from an Hiftorian of undoubted credit, and a. Reverend Bifhop, the learned Paulas Jovius; and are the fame that were practifed under the Pontificate of Leo X. the great reftorer of learning. As we now fee an Age and a Court, that for the encouragement of Poetry rivals, if not exceeds, that of this famous Pope; we cannot but wifh a reiteration of all its honours to Poefy; the rather, fince there are fo many parallel circumftances, in the perfon who was then honoured with the Laurel, and in him, who {in all probability ) is now to wear it. 1 fhall trar.flate my Author exactly, as I find it in the 8zd Chapter of his Elogia Fir. Doft. He begins with the character of the Poet himfelf, who was the original and father of all Laureates, and called Camilla. He was a plain Country-man of Jfu/ia, (whether a Shepherd or Tbrefher, is not material.) < This man ( fays Jovius) 4 excited by the fame of the great encouragement given ' to Poets at Court, and the high honour in which they ' were held, came to the City, * bringing with him a ' ftrange kind of lyre in his hand, and at leaft fome twenty ' tboufand of verfes. All the Wits and Criticks of the ' Court flock'd about him, delighted to fee a Clown, * with a ruddy, hale complexion, and in his cwn long ' hair, fo top-full of Poetry, and at the firft 'fight of him, ' all agreed, he was born to be Poet Laureate *. He had ' a mofl hearty welcome, in an IJla.id of the river Tyber, 1 (an agreeable place, not unlike our Richmond) where he * was firft made to eat and drink plentifully, and to ' repeat bis verfes to every bod)'- Then they adorn'd him ' with a new and elegant garland compofed of Fine-leaves, * Laurel, and Braffca, (a fort of cabbage) fo compo-c fed (fays my Author) emblematically, ut tarn falsi, ' quant lepide, ejus Temulentia Braflicae remedio cohibehda ' notaretur.   He was then faluted by common confent * with the title of Arcbi-potta, ox Arch-poet, in the ftyle of ' thofe days, in ours, Poet Laureate. This honour the ' poor man received with the mofl fenfible demonftra-' tions of joy, his eyes drunk with tears of gladnefs f. ' Next, the publick acclamation was exprefs'd in a Can-' tide, which is yet tranfmitted to us, as follows. * Salve, brafficea virens corona ' EtLauro, Archipoeta, pampinoque, * Dignus principis auribus Leonis. All hail, Arch-poet without peer! Vine, Laurel, Cabbage fit to wear, And worthy of thy Prince't car. From hence, he was conducted in pomp to the Capitol of Rome, mounted on an Elephant, thro' the fhouts of the populace, where the ceremony ended. The Hiftorian tells us farther, ' that at his introduction * to Leo, he not only poured forth verfes innumerable, like * a torrent, but alfo Jung them with open mouth. Nor ' was he only once introduced, or on ftated days (like * our Laureates) but made a Companion to his Mafler, ' and entertained as one of the inftruments of his mojl ' elegant pleafures. When che,Prince was at table, the ' Poet had his place at the window. When the Prince ' had || half eaten his meat, he gave with his own hands * the reft to his poet. When the Poet drank, it was out ' of the Prince's own flaggon, infomuch (fays the Hifto- ~ juft co,r:e to town, and tut up ac the Angei Jnn, ^hihd""' s:. Ciemenr's> and being in liquor, had the mis?ortajne-to.. { fell cut, when wor
                            

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