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Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - May 14, 1730, London, Middlesex Numb, igi Cjjtutf&ap, mat i4. 1730. 'Maggots half-for 7^ d in rhyme exatlly meet, And learn to crawl upon �poetic- feet, Dunciad. B. I. 3r5eg>. WO remarkable occurrences having been the chief fub je�t of converfation for thefe three or four month.', have yielded a large field for the latent members of our Society to difplay their talents in profe and verfe : one rbe cai: of ah unfortunate Lady, and the other of an unfortunate Gentleman, as the Rev. Mr. Woolfton is pitied to ca1 him. On both which occafions, fever .il anonymous Authors have- publifhed many mufhroom pampheis and poems, with no other view but to divert the Tovvr, and thereby bring a lictle ready mon.-y into rheir own pockets. In thefe pieces they have treated the mcL -heinous crimes, and mo ft dumal misfortunes, in a .very ludicrous manner $ rtprefenting the one a.-- a con -mon piece or gallantry ; making the other a iuLiect or ridicule; and with refpect to both, fcanda.'oufly acufing both the living and the dead. For which, as a gi eat Author writing ro one of our Members well obferves, they richly defervc not only to be fatyriztbut to benhipp'd and pillory'J^. The E/ of Ctllfia to Altamont is a flagrant inftance of "his /oitof writings: which having been publifhed at the latter end of the laft year, efcaped the particular examination, which would have been bellowed upon it, hid it come within the time which thef* Memoirs are defigncd to compiehend: and therefore it has been only mentioned occaiionaby in two or three Journals. There arc others, who, tho5 neither Co needy, nor f> malicious as the former, yet either out of an iich of rhyming, or a delire to fee their works in print, cr both, frequently compofe fhort Copies on all occurence, snd fend them to the pubkfhers of News-papers. Thefe 7erfes are generally very low, frequently loofe and unmoral, andfometimes levelled agaiuft perfonr, who in ro wife deferve to be treated in a fatyrical manner. Upon one or other of thefe accounts, our Society has rejedted feveral copies: tho' it will be always re-Ay to publish fuch as are written with any gooa d fign,. to promote the caufe of learning and virtue, and co cxpofc the patrons and propagators of nonfenfe, vice, aad immorality. It is now about three weeks ago. V'r. Mjevius received a copy of verfes, fait by a Book/':- >r, as from a Fellow of Ail Souls: th-r latter pa; t of which be ing incoherent and immoral, he fent only the 6 firii lines with a little alteration to the Society; and fublti.u-ted 10 of his own in the room of the r;L : which were printed in our Journal, Numb, r 5. but the very fame Copy, which had been fent to M . Mjevk'.;, haViirg bee;; �ent to the Authors of the Umverfal :p- :.ttor, was by them pubnfhed in Numb. 81. Upon whs rot to do ill, yet fears the nttfie; A ufree from conferencs is a fiavt to j^'�c. Bur fr^iTi th:s G'.-Ptl^man'? ac>~o.!nt ii dors ret spp?ar, that this Ljdy was even a f�ie re fame. For tho' he intimates in the 1 8th v:rie, ih^t hn fam* w-w :-cty dear to htr ; )'et this is not very contiitenr v^;h t.hi.- chaia-fter given -:t rhc beginning of the C>jpy tiuc pltrfwe was all her care; and that fhe had too amcli kir.du-.fs. and too UttU art. Ver. to. A Lady who expofes her :iF?. rs'.htr th:n iol't her honour, may be juflly faid to prove he/ hs.-.our dearer thati kir life. But flic who d;e5 upon the difco-very of the lo;s or htr hmour, canrior be iaia to have valued her honour than htr life, but to have had little va'ur for eir'f-r. A L'.dy's honour, according to this Gentleman's notion, is only her Jame. or reputation; snd does not conlilf in her being really challe, but in the opinion of ih: woild, that fhe is ic. But it it ce taken even in this f'erce , yet it is not true, that (he proved h r honour to be dearer than her life; but only, that iifrtr the Ids of the former, fhe did not think the iat'er wo.'h pr'.fervir.g. Ver.n but fhe proved more than all this: for (hg proved the man flje hved "o be for dearer than boih he; honour and htr lire, ard that by as odd a way as coui h ivve continued ro prove it cy an u*irh h'm, in defiance 0/ the cetifur.* of the word .- out it f;emc.. according ro r,i!;-Auth. r, (he ch.fe rather to do it by dy-r.g; by v/hicli the might a.c well have proved htr iclf to be a.ive. And by r.yin^ in thi"; manner, Jikcwife proved him dearer :h n her :ifc. " Frt-m whi-nce cne wouid hav-: been ap' :o th'Vk, that ho lover hsH heeri de.ui ; an-J that lincc fl".c d u'A no' imoy him ,n th:? wo;'J lie had encieavourc'.i r> join him m the ether. 15u-- n.hrari of that, fhe leaves htm behind, and prjer.- 3-r numerous figh.9 Sprung from her breaft, what torrents drown'd her eyes : When pale, difh^veii'd, pro/Irate on the floor, Her fa*e fhe wail'd, and curs'd her natal hour : 'Twixr glimmerirg hope perplex'd and dark defpair3 begg'd that the fiient grave might end her care. The grievous pangs cf one fuch difmal day Whoc years of higbeft, fenfual joys outweigh. Hut grenttr pains fucceed more pungent woe^ When words all fnii'd, and tears no more could flow: When grief unu.tcrable, rrute d.Trrefs, Which rrit!-cr thought can form, nor words eyprefs, Racing within, fubou'J rhe mortal part, The vital ctnreitt tiepp'd, and broke her heart, Lament the i-'air by lar/iefs love betray'd, V."h,N; from the p.tu ci" honour having flray'd, C.-ul.'i no', when once diiclos'd her guilt and fhame3' Survive the death of virtue, and of fame. O love ! O tr::ndfhip ! turn your eyes this Way : This tragic bed, this fcene of death furvey: This is your wcik. There iies tiie Fair ador'd: The love for her, the frier.cihip fcr her Lord, Confpicuous fhine alike: this glorious end Of both, difplay5 the Lo-^er and the Friend. How virtuous is this a/;e which dares ro blame The mu^ct impo:>Jd on this deftiudtive flame! The laws of hofpirality defy'd, And all the ftronger bands by fnendfhip ty'dj The nuptial vows diflbk'd, the marriage bed Defil'd, the Spoufe thro'fhame and anguifh dead.' F^r crimes hke thefe is any mi di too high ? For lefs the Criminal eferves to die. Hie, Wretch, in exile from thy native fhore," Where Bmifb eyes may ne'er behold thee more. Buc never hope to lofe in diftanr climes The fad remembrance of thy f'ta! crimes. Think on them flitJ; and flrive by night, by day. With flood- of tear.- to wafh thy guile away. Tly:k not cf plea; u-e, cr of efe below.-Thy doom is f.jrrow here, or tuture woe. The Controversy betwixt the Fcfeians and the The'c^ BAiiiiAKs being btely revived, by the publication cf an Epijiii to Mr. A. Vor-tj a fhort Extract of theContents ot the l"'n.f:ce has been fent to our Society by an unknown hand, 'litis they have ordered to be published j dcclning at the fame time, to Pew their impartiality, rh:t it the Gemhmen concerned tuink fit to fend an-An-fwe;-. it fhall be publifhed in our next, if there appear no fub.iantial reafon to the contrary. There having been laft week publifhed anEpiftle to Mr. A. Pqpe, with a curious Preface, we here give the Reader a fhort Extract of the Contents of it. SOME people have been very fcurrilous againft Mr* Pope, which 1 am forry for; therefore I am more fcurrilous. Seme folks have been very dull, which I am forry for, therefore I will fhew I am-duller. Some have faid I could write nothing my /elf; therefore I have got fome other Writers to co this. No body fhduld abufe thofe that have not abufed firft; therefore having fhewn in this Vrefaie, that Dr. Akburthnot and Dr. Swift knew, nothing of any intent to iatyrize us, we abufe the faid Gentlemen perfonally in the Poem. But we our felves requiring more refpe