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Free from the domineering pow'r of lust;
A lewd interpreter is never just.
How shall I speak thee, or thy pow'r address, Thou god of our idolatry, the press?
By thee, religion, liberty, and laws,
Exert their influence, and advance their cause;
Thou fountain, at which drink the good and wise;
No wild enthusiast ever yet could rest,
Eternal truth, by everlasting doubt;
Church quacks, with passions under no command, Who fill the World with doctrines contraband, Discov❜rers of they know not what, confin'd
Within no bounds -the blind that lead the blind;
To streams of popular opinion drawn,
Deposit in those shallows all their spawn.
The wriggling fry soon fill the creeks around,
Pois'ning the waters where their swarms abound Scorn'd by the nobler tenants of the flood,
Minnows and gudgeons gorge th' unwholesome
The propagated myriads spread so fast,
Ev'n Leuwenhoeck himself would stand aghast,
From ev'ry hairbrain'd proselyte he makes;
And therefore prints. Himself but half de
Till others have the soothing tale believ’d.
Hence comment after comment, spun as fine
As bloated spiders draw the flimsy line:
Hence the same word, that bids our lusts obey, Is misapplied to sanctify their sway.
If stubborn Greek refuse to be his friend,
Hebrew or Syriac shall be forc'd to bend:
Like trout pursu'd, the critic in despair
Darts to the mud, and finds his safety there.
The scholar's pitch, (the scholar best knows why)
Admire his learning, and almost adore.
Ye ladies! (for indiff'rent in your cause,
(Try the criterion, 'tis a faithful guide)
Nor has, nor can have, Scripture on it's side.
None but an author knows an author's cares,
Or Fancy's fondness for the child she bears.
The baby seems to smile with added charms.
Solicits kind attention to his dream;
And daily more enamour'd of the cheat,
Kneels, and asks Heav'n, to bless the dear deceit.
Nor rested till the gods had giv'n it life.
If some mere driv❜ller suck the sugar'd fib, 530
In praise applied to the same part—his head;
Grant me discernment, and I grant it you.
Patient of contradiction as a child,
Affable, humble, diffident, and mild;
Such was Sir Isaac, and such Boyle and Locke: Your blund'rer is as sturdy as a rock.
The creature is so sure to kick and bite,
A muleteer's the man to set him right.
First Appetite enlists him Truth's sworn foe,
Tell him he wanders; that his errour leads
He has no hearing on the prudent side.
New rais'd objections with new quibbles meets;
He dies disputing, and the contest ends-