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BOOK the FOURTH.

A R G U M E N T.

The Poet being, in this Book, to declare the Completion of the Prophecies mentioned at the end of the former, makes a new. Invocation ; -as the greater Poets are wont, when some high and worthy matter is to be fung. He bews the Goddess coming in ber Majesty, to destroy Order and Science, and to substitute the Kingdom of the Dull upon earth. How the leads captive the Sciences, and filenceth the Muses; and what they be who fucceed in their -- stead. All her Children, by a wonderful attraction, are drawn VOL. VI,

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about her; and bear along with them divers others, who promote her Empire by connivance, weak refiàance, or discouragement of Arts; such as Half-wits, tasteless Admirers, vain Pretenders, the Flatterers of Dunces, or the Patrons of them. All these crowd round her; one of them offering to approach her, is driven back by a Rivel, but fee commends and encou. rages both. The first who speak in form are the Genius's of the Schools, who assure ber of their care to advance her Cause by confining Youth to Words, and keeping them out of the way of real Knowledge. Their Address, and her gracious Answer; with her Charge to them and the Universities. The Universities appear by their proper. Deputies, and asure ber that the fame method is obferu'd in the

progrefs.of Education. The speech of Ariftarchus on atbis 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 young Nobleman perfectly accomplished. She receives him graciously, and indues him with the

happy quality of Want of Shame. She sees loitering about her a number of Indolent Persons abandoning all businefs and duty, and dying with laziness: To these approaches the Antiquary Annius, intreating her to make them Virtuosos, and allign them aver to him: But Mummius, another Antiquary, complaining of bis fraudulent proceeding, she finds a method to reconcile their difference. Thex enter a Troop of people fantastically adorned, offering ber Arange and exotic presents : Amongst them, one stands forth. and demands jußice 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 recommends to them to find proper employment for the Indolents before-mentioned, in the study of Butterflies, Shells, Birds-nests, Moss, Esc. but with particular caution, not to proceed beyond Trifles, to any useful or extensive views of Nature, or of the Author of Nature. Against the last of these apprehensions, she is secured by a hearty Address from the Minute Philosophers and Free-thinkers, one of whom speaks in the name of the rest. The Youth thu

inftruited and principled, are delivered to ber in a - body; by the hands of Silenus; and then admitted to

rajte the Cup of the Magus her High Priest, which causés a total oblivion of all Obligations, divine, civil, moral, ör rational. To these her Adepts The

Tends Priests, Attendants, and Comforters, of -- Warious kinds; confers on them Orders and Degrees ; -- and then dismiling them with a speech, confirming to

each bis Privileges, and telling what the expe&ts from each, concludes with a Yawn of extraordinary virtuš: The Progress and Effects whereof on all Orders of men, and the Confummation of all, in the Refloration of Night and Chảos, "conclude the Poem.

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