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   Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - December 17, 1730, London, Middlesex                                NtTMB. 5& STfillMftap, DECEMBER 17, t *7 ? o Short is the date alafsl of modern rhimes, And 'tis but juft to let 'em live betimes. PopeV EfTay on Criricifm. Tho1 the following Letter would, no doubt, have been more acceptable to the Public about 4 momhs ago ; yet it was thought proper to publifh it, to fhew our readiness to do ibmething to the advantage of any Gentleman, who may have, either undefervedly in himfelf, or undesignedly in us, been reprefented in a difadvantageous manner in any of thefe Memoirs. The iecond Letter is likewife publiflied on the fame account. Mr. Bavius, Nov. 25, 1730. S you gave us in your 28th Journal the fulleft account of the Cambridge Commencement, and have lately revived fome difcourfe about the Author of the Mufic Speech; the following Letter, written by a Gentleman in London to his friend in the Country, upon that fubject, may not be unacceptable now to fome of your Readers. Dear Sir, AFter my return from the Commencement at Cambridge, �>uid prius dica?n folitis Parentis laudibtis ? I beg leave, however, to pafs over the Dilputations, as too philosophical an entertainment to a Gentleman of your tafte ; who, after paying two or three years attendance on a Miftrefs, mult have found out a better way of reafoning than by fyllogifm, at leaft are an unhappy inftance of the weaknefs of it. The fair Sex, let me tell you, upon this public occafion, detach'd a numerous body to furvey the .force of reafon in its greateft glory. The fubftance, I fuppoie, of their report is, that we fpend years in learning what nature fuggefts to them, only to deny the Minor. - Well, Difpu-tations apart, the diverfion and glory of the Commence ment, were the Ladies Company and the Mufic Speech. The latter, tho' heard with the moft univerfal applaufe, has, fince the publication, lain under fome imputation of obfeurity. The ingenious Johnian, as well as your Lady, has dwelt too much, perhaps, iu Barbara celarent: but from the beauties obvious to every eve, we may guefs at thofe that lie concealed from us. I fha.ll readily communicate what I can difcover in the one, without expecting the like favour return'd in the other. The Poet begins with an addrefs to the Ladies, tells them, That this day's reprefentation fhews them what an awkward creature zGremialDotlor is; who, being bred up in the bofom of the Univerfity. is denied thc-pri-"vilege of taking his degree before the time prefcribed by ftatute. Having fpent the fire of life in fmoke and obfeurity,' he endeavours, at laflv to rekindle it in matrimony, when grey hairs, like embers, fhew its approaching decay. As for the Oxford Gentlemen, it is not fo with them; who have found out the way of reconciling Plato with Hymen, as eaiiiy as buttery books with a milk fcore. Upon this open confeffion of our unpolitenefs, the Ladies will conceive but a difadvantageous opinion of us. Thofe that came hither in hope.- of flattery, I fee uneafy now, for being difappointed of it; and, in one moment's paflion, forget all the philofophy thi? morning had taught them; juft as their flomachs throw back whohomc phy-fic, for want of fugar after it. To thefe I humbly offer the purpled Gentlemen of Trinity, to whom I gratefully' acknowledge ail the thanks arc due, if the character, I have hitherto drawn of the Univerfity in general, is not too Itridtly true. This drefling, dancing race, will fufficiently attone for the uncouthnefs of the reft of us; for the roughnefs of the J obi;! a;:, the melancholy of the Jefuit, the politics of C.'a.e-Hail, the indolence of Bernet, and the eternal whifk of Kays.; nay, for the ill-nature of Sidney and Queers, who voted again ft the Mufic Ad, and thepleafure of this beautiful AiTembiy. He then proceeds with the picture of the fleek Gentlemen he before mentioned, defcribes the metamorphohs of their boafled Library into a mafquerading houfe.   He iees The falemn wax in-gilded feonces glare, Where pori?ig Wormius dangled once in air. sWormius, you muft know, is a Fellow of that College, who walking alone between the roof and the deling, by a falfe ftcp fell through, up to the elbows, and fo was found dangling, like a pair of breeches at a fiiop window.   He is not the identical Wormius mentioned in the Dt.'uciad, tho' of the fame flock, the fame original. A Jobnian, I remember, laid, he :vas a man of great penet -alien, who 1 had found a paffare in the Library, which Dr. Bentley I himfelf had never bit upon. j The next Paragraph, I muft own, I don't fully under-| Hand. By the hand/one Envoy, a pretty youth of Tri-\ ?:ity, they fay, is hinted at, who was defign'd for En-\ voy ; but his patrons finding him capable of counting twenty, got him a place in the Treafury, and fo from a modem Scholar railed him to a Man of figure literally. In defcribing the learned productions, which thefe Gentlemen will leave to.poilerity, he tells us, The well fpelt page, perhaps, with rapture dwells On Pepysgildedjbezv, ^Woodw.ud'jpel's. The former of thefe lately gave to Magda'eu Coll. library a collection of books well letter'd - on the outfide, with filk head-bands and fillets, I may fay, permffii fupcriorum, fit for any Queen. Dr. Woodward's Fofiils, lately bought by the Univerfity, not unknown to the amrt of the earth, perhaps, to the Antipodes. To proceed with more contents, E'en Cbi-:a Nymphs Jhall life in found there, Or Polly Peachum Jlrolfd to Sturbridge Fair. By China Nymphs are only meant fome Ladies that traf-fick'd in that brittle Ware laft Sturbridge Fair time. The Triuitonians could difcern in them charms more than common, and find out a Polly Peac-hum under any covering. Who firft projected C/tsarV cava1 cade; Who fo>.d of planting Opera Jlatutes here, Struck out the modijh thought of ticketing the fair. By C(sfar\ cavalcade the Trinity triumph is referr'd to, when Dr. B. enter'd the College with more than ufual pomp, and was receiv'd in it with far, far more than uiual joy.   Reafon good :   lie had given out, you muft know, that he came to take his leave of them.-See the Ballad. The method of admitting the Ladies into the Senate jj houic at this Commencement, being debated before hand in Convocation, ft-me wife Head propofed they fhould be allow-'a Tickets. The confequence would have been, that the Fellow-Commoners would have fili'd the galleries with Cambridge toafts, and plac'd them next to their -own Mammas or Sifters.. As the Poet began with the Dotlor, fo he concludes with the Northern c:mmdicing IvLyle .  From this glorious fight he is hurried away to his Jiiiant Living, hYd at once with love and ambition ; the one from the noble pro];.-eel Oi i'i many feu let Dodtors, the other from the captivating belts of our fouthem Beauties. From thefe agitations he lets himfelf to dull il-r.nonizirig ; or elfe, perhaps, providently gives his p.iriih a weekly k&ure of honey? Harry Hills's printing, who uied, you know, to reduce fix penny ienr.ons into penny ones, for the hcr.e-'.it of fome poor jcb'j'ars, who are better at reading than writing.--Kis next turn of life is to fall in love; aid then he calls forth greater eloquence than ever his function demanded. But, ye Fair Ones, beware of counterfeits. The iiock of Poetry is now funk much below Par. Bills or billets are ftamot no more bv Phoebus and Com-puny. The Muj'es are bankrupts in love; are become mere Brokers, and only to be found in "'Change-Alley. Tor fure the modern Bank cf lore and wit Is what we mortals mean by Lombard ftreer. I a n yours, &c. P. S. I mould have ohferv'd, that the Poet has given up the difputcd claim of feniority to Oxford, tho' Sice-eert was commemorated on the fun-day, as one of your Royal Benefactors. Which of the two has the better plea I care not; but can't help producing a pafi'age or tv?o from a late Author, that has written in defence of the Antiquity of Oxford, which fntell fo modern, that I can bear them no more than a Soph can a Frefh-man. P. 136. JEgre tamcn fert, quod Camd.enus ilium exemplar caret optimum. P. 133, 134. Sigeberti Cantabri -ue Hi-florice p'iiis pro veris hal \intur, quam viri literati omnia iufitna fummis pa ia facinnt, turbzwt, mij'cent. P. 23. Nulla mi hi re! id a videcur an fa dabitandi^ quin assekius vjfer prlmum ii'it Mer.e?e>ijis Epi/cop us, &c. S I R, YOU were pleafed in your laft Journal, No. 49. to think, That if a Piece be written welt in general; 'tis too lev ere to expofe a few particular mi flakes : This is, indeed, to think like a generous ar.d good natur'd man,-who defires to receive both pleafureand profit from Criti-cifm. And I could have vvifli'd, for your fake, that yoii had inftill'd this principle into a Kinfman of yours, Simple Simon by name, before he had attack'd a late performance ; which (letting afide the reception it has met with, fufficient to determine its character) muftbeown'd to have its beauties; yes, and, (all circumftances confi-der'd, as you fay. beauties enough, to over-balance the blemifhes, both real and imaginary. I mean the Verfej that bear the name of Stephen Duck 5 which, tho' undoubtedly his own in the main ; yet being printed without his aifent or approbation, cannot be call'd genuine, or expe'eted to be correct. Which may ferve as an anfwer to all ihc preient objections: efpecially thofe of your Kinfman, who, before he had pretended to criticife, ought in point cf good manners, to have been fure of the very words and expreflions of the Author, and not have carp'd at fake Prints, Interpolations, &c. wherewith almoft every Page abounds: p. S. L'fe for Lips i p. 13. Lowing for Loyj-rifjg; p. 50. O then for But then; p 25. ajf ight for af'etli p. 7. r.c lafi/.'g, &c. read Our fwcetcfl j- -. Creitf.c- Cr-a. Who I, Sir?   Dkm. T.:. you, Sir. Cra. /V willirgh cdrile r.v f: � tie If: I am of pinion, S;r, that what xour S. n did ��>�>' ab'.e'ue, Jf:ou?d, in right and rea-cr, 'be null and �: ::d, iff ficlo ; and the Law wi'! allow it. D_m. Now for vox, Mr. Hegio. Hi:--. / beheve If. Cratim, as t'-- hc;iug is  So m;vv Me.-:, a; the: like.     In �/� opiuinn, w termind, j!;cn\hi't be 'cancel?d, n,.d 'lw:ud be a jcandal to c-fer at jfeb a thing. Dem. No-wfr your opinhn, Mr. Crito- Cm.it. I defre time to cofder out ; 'tis a weighty affair. Heg. Haxe a^-y further otcfon for our advice? Dem. - VotCve mndc rare work out,  ifaith.------So I'm more to feck v.qvj than ever. An Epigram on the late Mrs. Oldfield. t^i.nce Farce, and tor.^urlefs Pant:-r.hnes can charm, w And Dollalolls each Coxcomb's b-jfom warm > Since trifling Sie^-fong can the Fair engage; ~) 'Twas time for Old; jet.d, glory of the St.-�ge, ff To ily; indignant, this dull, thar.klefs age. 3 Oldfield, ^vhofe ev'ry action had a tongue; Graceful her air, her fpeech melodious fong ! But, thank our ihrs, file's gone ; and Booth is dumb : So thall my Unt'jvti; !i<^, and eke Tan Thumb. Philv-Grvb, \' as he thought: but* nanv- .". finds, even one t the Lave has once de-   

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