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“ Here's Woolston's * tracts, the twelfth edition ; « 'Tis read by ev'ry politician; “ The country-members when in town, “ To all their boroughs send them down ; “ You never met a thing so smart;
285 “ The courtiers have them all by heart: “ Those maids of honour who can read, “ Are taught to use them for their creed. “ The rev'rend author's good intention • Hath been rewarded with a penfion:
290 • He doth an honour to his gown, “ By bravely running prieffiraft down: “He shews, as fure as God's in Gloc'ster; « That was a grand impostor ; “ That all his miracles were cheats,
295 “ Perform’d as jugglers do their feats : • The church had never such a writer:. “A shame he hath not got a mitre.
SUPPose me dead ; and then suppose
305 My character impartial draws.
The Dean, if we believe report; Was never ill receiv'd at court.
hearer payeth a shilling each day for admittance. He is an absolote dunce, but generally reputed crasy. Dub. edit.- He is commonly called Orator Henley, whose rapsodies burlesque religion and disgrace his country. Hawkes.
• Woolfton was a clergyman; but, for want of bread, did in, several treatises, in the most blasphemous manner, attempt to turn our Saviour and his miracles into ridicule. He was much carefled by many courtiers, and by all the infidels; and his books were sead generally by the cours-ladies. Dub. edit.
Altho' ironically grave,
“Sir, I have heard another story;
Extremely dull, before he dy’d.”
Can we the Drapier then forget? Is not our nation in his debt? "Twas he that writ the Drapier's letters!
« He should have left them for his betters; « We had a hundred abler men, « Nor need de; end apon
his pen. Say what you will about his reading, “ You never can defend his breeding ; “Who in his Jatire, running riot, “ Could never leave the z crta in quiet ; "Attacking, when he took the u him, “ Court, city, camp, all one to him.
“ But why would he, except he slobberid, “ Offend our patriot, great
PERHAPS I may allow, the Dean
No individual could-resent,
But laugh'd to hear an idiot quote
Vice, if it e'er can be abashid,
No fools of rank or mongrel breed, -6
Who fain would pass for lords indeed,
Squires to market brought;
go joyful back,
In every job to have a share,
He never thoughe an honour done him,
He kept with princes due decorum;
Two kingdoms , just as faction led,
Had he but spard his tongue and pen,
In the year 1713, the late Queen was prevailed with by an address from the house of Lords in England, to publish a procla mation, promising three hundred pounds to discover the author of a pamphlet, called, The public ffirit of the Whigs; and in Ireland, in the year 1724, the Lord Carteret, at his first coming into the government, was prevailed on to issue a proclamation, pro. milog the like reward of three hundred pounds to any person who could discover the author of a pamphlet, called, The Drapier's fourth letter, &c. urit against that destructive project of coining balfpence for Ireland. But in neither kingdom was the Dean difcovered. Dsb. edit. See vol. v. and vol. iii. p. 59.
+ Queen Anne's ministry fell to variance from the first year after their ministry began. Harcourt the Chancellor, and Lord Bolinghroke the Secretary, were disontented with the Treasurer Oxford, for his too much mildness to the Whig party. This quarrel grew higher every day until the Queen's death. The Dean, wło was the only person that endeavoured to reconcile them, found it im poffible'; and thereupon retired to the country about ten weeks before that fatal event. Upon which he returned to his deanry in Dublin; where, for many years, he was worried by the new people in power, and had hundreds of libels writ an gaink him in England. Dub. edit.-Sce vol. ix. p. 22.