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Not proud, nor servile; be one poet's praise,
1 That not in fancy's maze .
person, physical form. song. That is, though he at first 6 pictured shape, caricatures of wrote light pieces of fancy, he af- Pope, who was terribly hurt by terwards treated graver themes some of these. ("moralized his song”), as in the 7 Abuse . dead. Curll the Essay on Man.
bookseller published every scrap 2 The blow unfelt. The allusion which he could rake out of the is to a lampoon professing to give sinks of literature against Pope an account of a whipping inflicted and his friends. By “a friend in on Pope in 1728.
exile” is meant Bolingbroke, who 8 imputed trash. Trash printed was much esteemed by Pope. By in Pope's name.
“a father dead” is meant Pope's 4 'scape=escape.
The whisper, that to greatness still too near,
Of gentle blood, part shed in honor's cause, While yet in Britain honor had applause, Each parentsprung. —A.3 What fortune, pray?
P. Their own, And better got than Bestia's 4 from the throne. Born to no pride, inheriting no strife, Nor marrying discord in a noble wife, Stranger to civil and religious rage, The good man walked innoxious through his age. No courts he saw, no suits would ever try, Nor dared an oath, nor hazarded a lie. Unlearned, he knew no schoolman's subtile art, No language but the language of the heart. By nature honest, by experience wise, Healthy by temperance and by exercise; His life, though long, to sickness passed unknown, His death was instant, and without a groan.
1 part ... cause. One of his 5 Nor ... wife. Supposed to be mother's kindred was killed, and a reference to Addison. another died, in the service of 6 The good man; that is, Pope's Charles I.
father. 2 each parent; that is, each of 7 Nor dared an oath. As a RoPope's parents.
man Catholic, Pope's father de3 A.; that is, Arbuthnot, as P. is clined to take various oaths which of course Pope.
were at that time necessary qualifi4 Bestia, some unknown royal cations for civil offices under the favorite.
O grant me thus to live, and thus to die!
O friend! may each domestic bliss be thine!
A. Whether that blessing be denied or given, Thus far was right, the rest belongs to Heaven.
2.-A BELLE AT THE TOILET.
And now, unveiled, the toilet 3 stands displayed, Each silver vase in mystic order 4 laid.
1 O friend! . . sky. The pa- | therefore, here expressing a sentithetic sweetness of these lines is ment genuine and deep. not surpassed by any thing else 2 served a queen.
Arbuthnot which Pope has written. Their had been physician to Queen Anne. effect is founded on the truth they 8 toilet. “Toilet” is strictly the express. Pope's filial piety is well cloth covering the dressing-table. attested, and the affectionate soli mystic order. These words citude with which he surrounded carry out the mock-heroic style of the declining years of his aged the poem, and describe the toilet mother held the leading place in articles as arranged in a mystical his duties and occupations. He is, 'order, having some deep meaning.
First, robed in white, the nymph 1 intent adores,
i nymph: that is, Miss Fermor, 7 India's gems, an allusion to the who, under the name of “Belinda,” diamonds of Golconda, in India. is the heroine of the poem.
8 all Arabia. A figurative ex2 cosmetic. See Glossary. pression for the perfumes, etc.,
3 inferior priestess. Who is brought from Arabia. Compare meant? (See the last line of this Shakespeare (Macbeth): “All the extract.)
perfumes of Arabia shall not ope. Give the modern form. sweeten this little hand." 6 various offerings, etc., the nu- 9 puffs . .. billets-doux. Note merous articles forming the dress the examples of alliteration. Exand adornment of a “ lady of qual- plain patches.” Billets - doux ity” in Pope's time.
(French), literally sweet notes, 6 nicely. Meaning here?
Sees by degrees a purer blush arise,
3.-BRILLIANTS FROM POPE.
HONOR and shame from no condition rise:
Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow:
1 sylphs, sprites of the Rosicru
2 set, adjust, arrange. cian philosophy, whom the poet 3 Betty, the waiting-maid, or imagines as presiding over the “inferior priestess” already re“mystic rites" of the toilet.