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At Quin's high plume, or Oldfield's, 106 petticoat;
What shook the stage, and made the people ftare?
VER. 354. a Library) Munus Apolline dignum. The Palatine Library then building by Augustus.
VER. 355. Merlin's Cave) A Building in the Royal Gardens of Richmond, where is a small, but choice Collection of Books.
112 Multa quidem nobis facimus malà faepe poetae, (Ur vineta egòmer credam mea) cum tibi librum 113 Solicito damus, aut feffo: cum laedimur, unum Si quis amicorum eft aufus reprendere verfum : Cum loca jam 5 recitata revolvimus irrevocati : Cum 6 lamentamur non apparere labores Noltros, & tenui deducta poemata filo;
Cum 7 fperamus eo rem venturam, ut, fimul atque Carmina refcieris nos fingere commodus, ultro Arceffas, & egere vetes, & fcribere cogas.
Sed tamen eft us operae precium cognofcere, quales
129 Gratus Alexandro regi Magno fuit ille
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VER. 385. But Kings in wit may want difeerning Spirit.) This is not much to be wondered at fince the Sacerdotal Cha
Poets are (upon a Poet's word)
The 3 feason, when to come, and when to go, 360
Yet 8 think, great Sir! (fo many Virtues fhown) Ah think, what Poet belt may make them known ? Or chufe at leaft fome Minister of Grace, Fit to bestow the 119 Laureat's weighty place.
120 Charles, to late times to be tranfmitted fair, 380 Affign'd his figure to Bernini's care;
And great 121 Naffau to Kneller's hand decreed
racter has been feparated from the Regal. This difcerning of splrits now feems to be the allotment of the ecclefiaftical branch,
Judicium fubtile videndis artibus illud
Nec magis expreffi 3 vultus per ahenea figna,
which the following inftance will put out of doubt. The famous HUGO GROTIUS had, fome how or other, furprized the world into an early admiration of his parts and virtues. But his Grace the Archibishop Abbot was not to be deceived by dazzling appearances. In one of his Referipts to Sir Ralph Winwood, at the Hague, he unmafks this forward Dutchman, who a little before had been fent over to England by the States. ,, You must take heed how you truft DOCTOR GROTIUS too far, for f perceive him to be SO ADDICTED TO SOME „PARTIALITIES IN THOSE PARTS, THAT HE ,,FEARETH NOT TO LASH SO IT MAY SERVE A ,,TURN. At his first coming to the King, by reason of his "good Latin tongue, he was fo tedious and full of tittle- tattle, ,, that the KING'S judgment was of him that he was fome PE„DANT, full of words, and of NO GREAT JUDGMENT. And I myself discovering that to be his habit, as if he did ima
gine that every man was bound to ,, would talk, did privately give him ,, should plainly and directly deliver his mind, or elfe he would ,, make the King weary of him. This did not take place but
hear him so long as he notice thereof, that he
that afterwards he fell to it again, as was especially obferved one night at fupper at the Lord Bishop of Ely's, whither being ,, brought by Mr. Cafaubon (as I think) my Lord intreated him to ftay to fupper, which he did. There was prefent Dr. Stew,,ard and another Civilian, unto whom he flings out fome que3Y stion of that profeffion, and was fo full of words, that Dr. Stewaard afterwards told my Lord, That he did perceive by him,
The Hero William, and the Martyr Charles,
,, that, like a SMATTERER, he had ftudied fome two or three » questions, whereof when he came in company he must be talking to vindicate his skill; but, if he were put from those, he would shew himself but A SIMPLE FELLOW. There was present alfo Dr. Richardson, the King's profeffor of Divinity in Cambridge, 2 and another Doctor in that Faculty, with whom he falleth in ,, alfo about fome of thofe queftions, which are now controverted amongst the Minifters in Holland. And being matters wherein ,, he was ftudied, he uttered all his fkill concerning them. ,, MY LORD OF ELY SITTING STILL AT THE SUPPER ALL THE WHILE, AND WONDERING what ,, a man he had there, who never being in the place or com"pany before could overwhelm them fo with talk for fo long a ,, time. I write this un:o you fo largely that you may know the difpofition of the man: and HOW KINDLY HE USED MY LORD OF ELY FOR HIS GOOD ENTER"TAINMENT. "," Wixacod's Memorials, vol. iii. p. 459. SCRIBL.
Seriously, my Lord of Ely was to be pitied. But this was an extraordinary cafe; and, as expofed as their Lordships may be to these kind of infults, happy is it that the men are not always at hand that can offer them, A fecond Grotins, for aught I know, may be as far off as a fecond Century of my Lords of Ely. But it was enough that this fimple fellow was an Arminian and Republican, to be defpifed by Abbot and his master. For in the opinion of thefe great judges of Merit, Religion and Society could not fubfift without Predeftination and Arbitrary power.