Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - June 25, 1730, London, Middlesex
Tfie Grub-ftreet Journal. 25 ?5N$&ap, JUNE 25, 1730. ,Fw ^ his magic pen evokes an O. Dr. Young's 1 Epift. to Mr. Pope. The following Letter comes from the fame learned Gentleman, who fent that which was printed in our Journal, N. 12. containing that admirable emendation^pf /veiling inftead of [mdling gourd, in Paradice Lost, B. VII. 331. To Mr. Bavius, Secretary to the Grubean Society. SIR, HAVE been lately reading thefirft book of Milton's Taradife loft critically, with 2 tc-iolution to find as many faults as I could, as well of the Author hirafelf, 35 of his ignorant or fupine Tranfcribers and Publifhers. Thoje of the former fort I (hall mention another time: two or three of the latter I will give you at prefent. * �� � � Tbatnmuz came next behind, 446 Whofc annual wound in Lebanon allur'd The Syrian Damfels to lament his fate Ifl amorous ditties all a Summers day; While frrooth Adorns from his native rock 4^0 Ran purple to the fea, suppos'd with blood Of Thammuz. yearly wounded. Suppos'd in ver. 4 as fome editions have it. -- �----A fecond multitude With wond'roui art found out the maflyOre. It is evident that the Author wrote founded. Ore was found out before, ver. 688. .- � ��-.-Soon had his crew Open'd into the hill a fpacious wound, And dig'd out ribs of gold. I intend to read the fccond Book, when'I haveleifure; and if I meet with any thing, which I think new and true, I (hall fend it you. It is my real opinion, Mr. Bavius, that we (hall never fee the moles and avarts in learned Authors removed, unlefs we read more B-mo; and fufped, that no page is'free from tbe-jniitafces of ignorant Tranfcribers, Typographers, and Editors, who are frequently Corruprors, rather than Correctors of new Editions I aroJYours, May i. 1730. * Fhiiarcu^us. Mr. M^evius flrongly confirmed this kft emendation by obferving, that ths Author had plainly diftin-guifhed the different parts which the fallen Angels bore in this wonderful work. In the. fuft place, foms dug the mine or Ore. 673 7-0\ The -Soon had his crew Open'd into the hill a fpacious wound, And dig'd out ribs of gold. Next, after a digreffionof 9 lines and a half, fucceeds the founding or melting it by others. Nigh on the Plain in many cells prepar'd, 7 That underntath had veins of liquid fire Sluc'd from the Lake, a fecond multitude With wond'rous art founded the maffy Ore, Severing each kind, and fcurnd the bullion drofs. Then immediat�Iy follows the calling it in a mould, juft prepared, which coaipleated the whole work. A third as foon had iorm'd within the ground A various mould. and from the boiling cells By ftrange conveyance fill'd each hollow nookj As in an Organ, &c. Where, within the ccmpafs of 2c verfes, we plainly fee the three different parts of this prodigious work, per-lorm'd by three different companies ol Angels. The following emendation came inclofed in a Letter, with aiTurancc that it was taken from the mouth of a very Great man: upon which account, the Society ordered it to be printed ; at the fame time, advifiag all Littlt men to forbear fuch audacious Hypercriricifm. To ^ form a new reading upon the alteration of flops or letters, where there is fome fmali iirnilitudc betwixt the changed and the fubftitured letters or words, is a very commendable kind of Criticifra. To th:s as we ewe the reftitution of many corrupt places in ancient Author? to their original beauty 5 fo the ufc of it, even with re-fpe�t to the Moderns, evidently appears from the inftan-ces given by Phjla rch&vs, in this and his former letter: and we hope he will, according to his promife, go through the whole Poem.of Par.ndf: loji. fiut to alter whole words, folely by conjecture, without the Icaft foundation in the text, we cannot think allowable, and to fiibftifute either chare or chalk, inftead of cheefe. And yet you will find the Critic has proceeded even farther, in the alteration which follows. Book VI. Lioe ^oy. �Up they turn'd Wide the Celeftial foi.'e, and Aw beneath Th' originals of Nature in their crude Conception ; fulphurous and nitrous Foam They found, they mingled, and wirh fubtil'ari Concocted, and aduftcd they redue'd To blackeft grain, and into ftore convey'd. Very pretty, truly! as if th? Devil, who deals Co much in Charcoal, fhouid not know, that there's nn making Gun-powder without it. - Why, the meereft Novice in Hell could have told him fo........� Nay, Jcis plain, it was in the original Recipe. To blackeft grain -They redue'd I Read it thus, and fay I bid you. Sulphurous and nitrous Foam They found, they mingled, and wiih fubti] art Concocted which, asjffaii^fiSrw ltand, I take to be of the utmoft confequence to the Nation: for it we confume ail our wood in founding great guns, 'tis certain we fhall have no charcoal left fur.piwder 10 employ them. The following Copy came from the Author of the Satire intituled, Blafphemy as eld as the Creation. To Mrs. M. H. on her working a coat in filki, WHEN Mira's hands her needle thread, What gaudy fcenes our eyes furprize -s To view a.grove, or flow'ry bed, Beneath her fnowy fingers rife! In every leaf, fuch beauties dwell, So fair they fpread. i'o fail they Moom; Her skillful fingers far excell The painter's quill or artift's loom. On the rich bed frefh roles blown, The jefmin and the myrtle meet}. And, as they mingle, /eem to own More fair her cheek, her breath more fweer. That lilly from her hand fhe look , Which with the fnow in whitenefs viesj That bright carnation from her took, That mining amarant from her eyes. Thofe opening buds but half rcvea/d, That proroife loon a fairer hue, Shew like her breads with lawn conceal'd, Which boaft their fweets and feftneli too- What tho' the abicnt inn 'Cir'd The naked field r.c longer warms? Each b.'cflbm, by her art infp;r*d. Opens as wide, as gayly charms. Thy flow'rs for ever hold their prime, Nor frofts, cor chilling winters fear; Since near thy hoop, thar h^ppy CiimeB 'Tis-fpring, or fummer al1 the ytar. Pity, lov'd Maid, true envious years Thy you'h lliou'd hurt, thy iwecti cotitava^i When Wrought by thee, each bud appears Uiichan^'d, and always in its bloom. Each youth with thee muft fure:y grieve The partialrigcur of" the shy ; That Mira's work? muft bio.m and live, When JVIira's beauties face and die. A few fair month- our g;r."cns chirm, y Now flourifh, and anon decay: Each feafon on thy coat is warm, And every verdanr mo-th is M.ajl Let auf.irr.DS th n >he lilly hide, Our roics bbft, our myrtle? chili: When feattd dole to Mika's fide, *Tis June, 01 fragrant Apri: fti:!. Vi&o'ious 'lymph ! whofe hand has done Beyond w.ak na'Lite's funtt-r pewer: Waking each piant without thi fun ; Swelling ench bud without the floweK-' When cve.y heid bef.de is feen Robb'd of its p'ide , we here beheld Gay fpreading ftcrrii cf livelv grc n. And yellow trait oi r:per.i>ig f.o\d. A K!ng at arms difarm'd ar law. A Ballad by an unknown hand. YE fair injur'd Nymph?, an-i ye Beaux an b'.rrand. She mace him give bor.d for Itamp'd Argent and Or; hiiA/aHtd his Shield, with Qtilst tt*x,on'd before.