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Speak in form are the Genius's of the Schools, who af Jure her of their care to advance her Cause, by confi-. ning Youth to Words, and keeping them out of the way of real Knowledge. Their Addrefs, and her gracious Answer ; with her Charge to them and the Universi-ties. The Universities appear by their proper Deputies, and allure her that the same method is observed in the progress of Education. The speech of Aristarchus on this subject. They are driven off by a band of young Gentlemen returned from Travel with their Tutors ; one of whom delivers to the Goddess, in a polite oration, an account of the whole Conduct and Fruits of their Travels: presenting to her at the same time a joung Nobleman perfectly accomplished. She receives him graciously, and indues him with the happy quality of Want of Shame. She sees loitering about her a num. ber of Indolent Persons abandoning all business and duty, and dying laziness : To these approaches the Antiquary Annius, intreating her to make them Virtuosos, and a sign them over to him: But Mummius, another Antiquary, complaining of his fraudulent proceeding, she finds a method to reconcile their differ-ence. Then entor a Troop of people fantastically adorned, offering her strange and exotic presents : Arnong them, one flands forth and demands justice on another, who had deprived him of one of the greatest Curiosities in nature : but he justifies himself so well, that the Goddess gives them both her approbation. She recoinmends to them to find proper einployment for the Indo. lents before-mentioned, in the ftudy of Butter-flies, Shells, Birds-nests, Moss, &c. but with particular Caution, not to proceed beyond Trifles, to any useful


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Against the last of these apprehensions, me is secured by a hearty Address from the Minute Philofophers and Freethinkers, one of whom Speaks in the - name of the rest. The Youth thus instructed and principled, are delivered to her in a body, by the hands of Silenus ; and then admitted to talie the cup of Magus her High Priest, which causes a total oblivion of all Obligations, divine, civil, m ral, or rational. To these her Adepts the fends Priests, Attendants, and Comforters, of various kinds; confers on them Oiders and degrees; and then dismissing them with a speech, confirming to each his Privileges, and telling what she expects from each, concludes with a Yawn of extraordinary virtue · The Progress and Effects whereof on all Orders of men, and the Confummation of all, in the Restoration of Night and Chaos, conclude the Pacm.


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YET, yet a moment, one dim Ray of Light

Indulge, dread Chaos, and eternal Night!
Of darkness visible so much be lent,
As half to shew, half veil the deep Intent.
Ye Powr's! whose Mysteries restor'd I fing,
To whom Time bears me on his rapid wing,


RE M A R K S. The DUNCIAD, Book IV, This Book may properly be distinguished from the former, by the Name of the GREATER DUNCIAD, not so indeed in Size, but in fubject; and so far contrary to the distinction anciently made of the Greater and Lesser Iliad. But much are they mistaken who imagine this Work in any ways inferior to the former, or of any other hand than of our Poet; of which I am much more certain than that the Iliad ittelf was the work of Solomon, or the Batrachomuo. machia of Homer, as Barnes hath affirmed.

BENT. VER.'I. &c.] This is an Invocation of much Piety. The Poet willing to approve himfilf a genuine Son, beginneth boy Thewing (what is ever agreeable to Dulness) his high respect for Antiquity and a Great Family, how dead or dark focver : Next declareth his passion for explaining Mysteries; and lastly his lmpatience to be re-united to her

SCRIBL. VER.-2. dread Chios, and eternal Nighı ! Invoked, as the Reltoration of their Empire is the Action of the Poem.

VER. 4 half to few, half veil the deep Intent.] This is a great propriety, for a dull Poet can never express himself orherwise ihan by i.:lves, or imperfectly.

SCRIBL. I understand it very differently; the Author in this work had indeed a deep Intent; there were in it Mysteries or årópinia which he durft not fully reveal, and doubtless in divers wertes (according to Milton) -more is meant than meets the ear.

BENT. Ver. 6. To whom time bears me on his rapid wing,] Fair and softly, good Poet! (cries the gentle Scriólerus on this place.)

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. My Sona be proud, be selfish, and be dull.

Duncird, Book IV.

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