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Where (0) then fhall Hope and Fear their Objects find?
Muft dull Sufpence corrupt the ftagnant Mind?
But leave to Heav'n the Measure and the Choice.
With these celeftial Wisdom calms the Mind,
(0) Ver. 346-366
BATTLE OF THE WIGS.
IN THREE PARTS.
Dabiturque LICENTIA fumpta pudenter.—HOR. by Bonnell Thornton. Esqf
WRITTEN IN THE YEAR 1768.
HOUGH the Writer of the following little Piece has chosen to call it An Additional Canto to Dr. Garth's Poem of the Difpenfary, he by no Means pretends to afpire to an Imitation of that Work, much lefs would he prefume to affect a Rivalfhip with the ingenious Author. The Subject being in fome Meafure fimilar, he was induced to make Ufe of this Title.
The Difputes, at prefent fubfifting between the Fellows and Licentiates of the College of Phyficians, concerning their refpective Rights, feemed to be no improper Topic for an innocent Laugh. Nothing that should in the leaft offend any Individual, is intended by it. No Character is defigned to be perfonally pointed out. As to the common Sarcasm, The Killing of Numbers of Patients,' fays Dr. Garth, is fo trite a Piece of Raillery, that it ought not to make any Impreffion.'
It is difficult, and perhaps in fome Degree prefumptuous, to attempt following, in a confined Walk, the Steps of any Author of Eminence. If Y 2
feme Expreffions or Sentiments in this Piece fhould be found to be the fame with, or somewhat fimilar to any in Dr. Garth's Poem, the Writer begs he may not lay under the Imputation of Plagiarism. One or two Inftances, which he has difcovered, of a Similarity, he has carefully pointed out.
One Part of the Machinery is founded upon Fact. A Blacksmith was employed to break open the College Gate, in order to try the Rights of the Licentiates. The Circumflances of the Butchers and the Engine charged with Blood, were jocular Reports at that Time.
The Writer begs leave to enter a Caveat against the Critics finding Fault with his Rhymes not exactly chiming in fome few Places. He cannot, with Submiffion, but be of Opinion, that the Senfe fhould not be totally facrificed to the Sound: Befides, he can fhelter himfeif under the Authority and Example of our best Authors. He might alfo plead in Favour of fome Alliterations, in which he has indulged himfelf, if he was not fatisfied, that the Ufe of them is generally allowed in the Mock-Heroick, however sparingly they ought to be introduced in more ferious Compofitions.
URN, Muse, once more toWarwick's dismal Lane, Where Feuds unheard of, and new Uproars reign; Where Fellows with Licentiates hold Debate ;Thefe, (to preferve their Dignity of State) Admit no Partners in their Councils grave, Who Titles only from Diplomas have;
V. 1. Turn, Mufe, once more to Warwick's difmal Lane. The College of Physicians is erected inWarwick-Lane.
An equal Rank the others boldly claim,
To Faft without, while others Feaft within.
V. 10. And for awhile the Gown gives Place to Arms.
Cedunt Arma Toga, is a well-known Expreffion. In the Universities the Doctors of Phyfick are invested with a Scarlet Gown; and it may be a Queftion with fome perhaps, whether that or the Scarlet Coat has been productive of moft Destruction among Mankind.
V. 18. To hear profound Oration
On St. Luke's Day there is a Latin Speech pronounced by a Fellow in the College of Phyficians, called (from Doctor Harvey, the original Inftitutor of this Ceremony) Oratio Harveiana.
V. 24. With Hauftus repetendus of the Bottle. The medical Gentry, however they may recommend Abftinence to others, are many of them no
Mad'ning at length with Grief, and fir'd with Rage,25
S. Enemies to the Bottle, if taken in Moderation, as they term it. A certain witty Phyfician was advising a Friend of his, who had been ufed to be too free with his Bottle, to take a chearful Pint with his Meals, and no more: But, fays he, the whole Se⚫cret confifts in knowing how much your Pint should hold. I myself take my Pint conftantly after Dinner and Supper; but mine is a Scots Pint,'-that is, two Quarts.
V. 29. Socio, elated with his high Degree
A. B. Artium Baccalaureus, Batchelor of Arts; A. M. Artium Magifter, Mafter of Arts; M. B. Medicina Baccalaureus, Batchelor of Phyfick; M. D. Medicine Doctor, Doctor of Phyfick.
V. 39. And now the pondrous Pefile beats to Arms, And the huge Mortar rings with loud Alarms. While lifted Peftles brandifh'd in the Air Defcend in Peals, and Civil Wars declare.-GARTH.