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Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - October 8, 1730, London, Middlesex UMB. 46: ?\\mapy OCTOBER 8, 1730. Haud facile emergunt, quorum virtutibus ohftat Res angufia do?ni. Juv. Sat. III. 164. *�be three following Pieces were fent to the Society from unknown hands. To .MKBavius Secretary of the Society ofGrubfreei. Worthy.SIR, Sept. to, 173b. tHE great love I have for poetry, invited me to perufe a little Collection of Verfes written by Stephen Duck, who> we find, lately exercifed an instrument very different from a pen ; and is, I believe, the firSl Modern who has happily invoked the Mufes in a Barn. The regard which was paid him by a learned Peer, and the bounty which her Majefty was pleafed to extend towards him, prove that the fpirit and generality which once infpir'd Macenas, are not totally extinct among us. But notwithstanding this extraordinary inltance, 'tis Well known that very few wealthy men give due encouragement to Letters, when they have no other recommendation than mere merit. Among thofe who have been difregarded upon this occafion, is a Friend of mine, a perfon, who, tho' he had no better education than our celebrated Threfher, (occa-fioned by his father's dying young, and leaving him in indifferent circumftances) and has constantly been employed in a trade ; has yet, by dint of poring over books, fir'd byaninfatiablethirltafter learning, made no inconfider-ablc progrefs in the antient languages, and one or two of the modern ; attain'd to fome knowledge in the fciences; and distinguished himfelf a little in one branch of Literature. But notwithstanding all thefe advantages, he yet ias not once met with the leaft incouragement from Per-Ibns of the higheft quality and figure', to whom he had dedicated'fome Pieces, which were received with no fmall applaufe. by the Publick.  Vex'd at his ill fuccefs, he not long fince attempted to treathe his fighs in poetry, tho1 he had devoted but very few of the moments he ftole from bufinefs to the Mufes. '- The verfes he made on this occafion, were more immediately fuggefted by the disappointment he met with from a Nobleman, who is generally faid to patronife Letters : but had he'addrefs'd the excellent Lord Carteret, I am perfwaded he would have had no occafion to delpond. -.� His burning into poetry, if I may be allowM the ex-preffion, puts me in mind of that Perfon, who though born dumb, yet upon feeing his Father going to fail 3 facrifice to the refentment of his implacable Conqueror, veas inltantaneoufly endued with the faculty of Speech. He has made about goo lines, but having no friend to afiift his wants, and being oblig'd to tug at the oar in a literal fenfe (being on board a little vefiel) the poem is at a itand. If fome parts of it, which he has given me leave to tranferibe, are thought worthy of your Paper, they are at your fervice. The Complaint, a Lyric Rhapfcdy, addrefs'd to his Genius, by James Drake. LEave, teizing principle, my breaft, And ruffle its Toft calm no more : ' Thou'rt now an irkfome, hated gueft, � Whofe fmiles no longer I implore. Be gone, with thy delufive joys, Nor tempt me to invoke thy Stay ;  Fatal, as once the Syren's voice To Sailors on the tracklefs way. Why, fweetly whifperirg in my ear, Didft thou to learning's paths invite ? Better, O fcience ! bought too dear, I'd wanted Still thy radiant light. After comparing himfelf modeftly to Columbus, and tailing notice of the different fate that attended them ; that difcoverer having been amply rewarded with gold, and himfelf having met. with no manner of encouragement; he proceeds. Not that ambition me fedue'd To foar on Fortune's painted wing ;  Far humbler motives Strong indue'd To haunt, unvgx/d, the Mule's Spring. Some rural cott, where angel-peace , Mild o'er the foul her influence Sheds; Where pleafures flow with fvveet increafe, And airy fport on roiy beds. The dimpled Stream; the winding made j The lawn in cheering verdure drelt; Th' afpiring hill,, the op'ning glade; - Soft themes ! Should pleafmg thoughts fugge& Rich in my felf, -I'd frown on gold, And far the treacherous gugaw throw : With pity's melting-eye behold The idly-buftling crowd below. � But now recollecting, that he was talking of impossibilities (considering the ill fuccefs that had always attended him) he breaks into the following rapture, which you will perhaps think tolerable. Ah me ! in what romantic feats, Does my deluded fancy Stray : Too transient, vifionary Sweets, That Sudden gleam, then fade away ? So to poetic mind in Sleep, Gay habits, coaches, guineas rife : Break but the charm, the glitt'ring heap, And all the wild creation dies. After making a compliment to Mr. Pope, he goes on. When Grecians liv'd, aufpicious times ! Glory infpir'd the facred rage : How faint the Mufe in Albion s clime Now glimmers in th' enervate page ! Then fculpture wak'd the mimic Stone ; With nature's tints the canvas glow'd ; SidOrpheus breath'd melodious moan; And Clio taught the founding Ode. He afterwards fpeaks of the Strong pailion which men had then for learning. No grov'ling views cou'd then controul The Sage's high-exalted guft ; Once fir'd, he'd fly from pole to pole, To flake his nobly-ardent thirlt. . So to the radiant fource of light, Allur'd by the refulgent blaze, Jove's bird directs his rapid flight, And on the God does Stedfait gaze. After taking notice of the honour that was paid to Poet3 in Greece and Italy; and how after the neglect of arts, the Roman Empire was over-run with vices of every kind, he proceeds. Be it, O fcience! radiant maid, To thy immortal honour told, That whilst thy heavenly dictates fway'd, Fair Virtue triumph'd over gold. But when thy fmiles no more cou'd charm, And Romans flighted thy embrace j Vice blazon'd forth her painted form, And weeping Virtue left the place. Then down links thy devoted head: And Vandals to complete thy doom, Wide o'er the world dire havock Spread ; Thy fanes deftroy ; and all is gloom. I Should exceed the limits of your Paper, were I to tranferibe any farther: fo Shall break oft with aSTuring you, that what I have told you concerning the education of my Friend is matter of fact ; of the truth whereof you Should certify your felf, were not you Journalists a kind of invisible Gentlemen. I am, dearBAVius, Your friend, and old correfpondent, Richard Love-merit On Stephen Duck. Duck! preferr'd by bounteous Queen *� i To cackle Verfe on Richmond Green ; 1 Wild Duck in genius! You on high Soar with bold wing : our rhyming fry Arc Tame oges, ajid no; made \Q fly- All glorious Souls, who e'er have been, Some leSTer Beings uflier in. One hardly worthy to unloofe The leathern thongs that tye thy Shoes, We judge, did fix his eye on thee In his Duck Ifiar.d prophecy : Where, now fulfili'd, we fenfe explore, Dark (as it fhou'd be) all before." Thy notes cur ears with pleafure treat* So very wild, fo very Sweet: More than Amphion thou haft done, And railed walls, which prove thy own. This Stephen", if there's faith in news, Prefermen t's heaven open'd views: And yet, by Sovereign goodnefs own'd, By Criticks hands efcapes unfton'd. O fent in mercy to thefe times! With vigour threjh our modern Rhymes : Much Stalk from little grain withdraw, And fave our pence in buying Straw. No chaffy Bard dare thee aflail; There is no fence againft a F^.il. Our dangerous State we all difcern, And fetch Dictators from the Barn. To Mr. Stephen Duck, the celebrated Wiltjhire Post and Threjher, on his late Preferment by her Majefty. 1. OL D Homer, tho' a Bard difine, (If not by Fame bely'd,) Stroll'd about Greece ; old Ballads iung; A Beggar liv'd and dy'd. 2. Fam'd Milton too, our Britijh Bard, Who as divinely wrote, Sung like an Angel, but in vain ; And dy'd no: worth a Groat. Thrice happy Duck ! a milder fats Thy genius does attend : Well haft thou threfh'd thy barns and brains? To make a Queen thy friend ! 4- O! may She Still new favours grant, And make the Laurel thine ! Then Shall we fee next New-years Ode By far the lajl outfliine. Our President, who is no Friend to Punflers, defireg our Correspondents, if they write any more upon Stephen Duck, to forbear all witticifms upon -his name, flail, &c. they being anticipated in one of thefe poems. Bavius. LONDON. Important articles omitted in our laSt. Mond. died at Iflington Mr. Ol. Ainge, a Gent, of th.4 Law, who having got enough to live upon, had retired from bufinefs. E. P. L.E. 24. Strange, that he Ihould die, when he had got enough to live upon?-YeSterday Mrs. Littler was with great order andfblemnity intomb'd ag Hackney. L- E. -Sat. Morn, an elderly man fell down in a cellar in High Holborn, and died immediately. P. 28. -2 Soldiers were ty'd to Halberds upon the Parade, and whipt by the drums. Ibid.--Friday, a fire happened at a Baker's Stables in Beaconsfield, which confuraed them. E. P. S. J. 29. Thursday, OB. 1. YeSlerday John Fuller Efq; and Sir If. Shard, Knt. the new Sheriffs, were fworn in at the Exchequer Court, Weflm. with the ufual ceremonies. In the evening they gave a fins entertainment at HaberdaShers Hall for the R. H. the L. Mayor &c. C. P. D- P.-The ceremony of cutting twigs, and counting hob-nails and horfe-fhoes (by which tenures the City holds Several lands) was performed, as uiu J, by the fenior Alderman below the chair. D.J. S.J. L.E. There is advice by the Levant Galley, Capt. Oliver, ar rived at Bristol from Jamaica, that the Galleons from Cadiz, cohfifting of 3 men of war, and 18 merchant Ships, got to Cartagena in 42 days paffage. C D-P. DJ- In 33 days. P- 4 Ev.-If this account proves true, the Fair may be held at Porto Bello in Odtob. agreeable to what Seen? lately wrote: by whjch the South Sea Company ;