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ON CHARLES EARL OF DORSET,
IN THE CHURCH OF WITHYAM IN SUSSEX.
DORSET, the Grace of Courts, the Muses” Pride,
Bleft Satirift! who touch'd the Mean so true,
Bleft Courtier!, who could King and Country please,
Where other BUCKHURSTS, other DORSETS fhine,
Epitaphs.] Thefe Epitaphs are in general over-run with point and antithefis, and are a kind of panegyrical epigrams; they are confequently very different from the simple fepulchral inscriptions of the ancients; of which that of Meleager on his Wife, in the Greek anthology, is a model and mafter piece. WARTON.
Dr. Johnson has been particularly fevere on these Epitaphs. Some of his obfervations are very juft, and his definition of the fpecies of writing is accurate. There are very few things, how. ever, that would ftand the teft of such severity of investigation.
ON SIR WILLIAM TRUMBAL,
One of the principal Secretaries of State to King WILLIAM III. who having refigned his Place, died in his Retirement at Easthamfted, in Berkshire, 1716.
A PLEASING Form; a firm, yet cautious Mind;
Fix'd to one fide, but mod'rate to the rest:
Just to his Prince, and to his Country true:
A Love to Peace, and Hate of Tyranny;
Such this Man was; who now, from earth remov'd, At length enjoys that Liberty, he lov'd.
VER. 5. a Patriot too;] It was unfuitable to the nicety required in fhort compofitions, to close his verfe with the word too; every rhyme fhould be a word of emphafis, nor can this rule be fafely neglected, except where the length of the poem makes flight inaccuracies excufable, or allows room for beauties fufficient to overpower the effects of petty faults,
At the beginning of the feventh line the word filled is weak and profaic, having no particular adaptation to any of the words that follow it.
ON THE HON. SIMON HARCOURT, ONLY SON OF THE LORD CHANCELLOR HARCOURT; At the Church of Stanton-Harcourt in Oxfordshire,
this fad Shrine, whoe'er thou art! draw near,
Here lies the Friend most lov'd, the Son most dear:
Who ne'er knew Joy, but Friendship might divide, Or gave his Father Grief but when he dy❜d.
How vain is Reafon, Eloquence how weak!
VER. 4. but when he dy'd.] These were the very words used by Louis XIV. when his Queen died, 1633; though it is not to be imagined they were copied by Pope. Such coincidences in writers WARTON.
are not uncommon.
VER. 6 If Pope must tell ] Whoever ufed the words, they were contemptible, and almoft burlesque.
ON JAMES CRAGGS*, ESQ.
REGNI MAGNE BRITANNIÆ A SECRETIS
ET CONSILIIS SANCTIORIBUS,
PRINCIPIS PARITER AC POPULI AMOR ET DELICIA:
VIXIT TITULIS ET INVIDIA MAJOR
ANNOS, HEU PAUCOS, XXxv.
OB. FEB. XIV. MDCCXX.
Statesman, yet Friend to Truth! of Soul fincere,
Prais'd, wept, and honour'd, by the Muse he lov'd.
*He was the only fon of James Craggs, who has been before mentioned. He had his education at a French feminary in Chelsea; from thence he went to Hanover, thence to the Court of Turin. He removed to Barcelona, and, in the abfence of Lord Stanhope, he afterwards ferved as Under-Minister to the Emperor. Upon the death of Queen Ann, he was
fent to Hanover, for which he was made, by the affistance of the Duke of Marlborough, Cofferer to the Prince, and afterwards Principal Secretary of State. Confidering the violent state of parties, no one had fewer enemies. His generofity, good-nature, pleafing manners, and liberal heart, were acknowledged by all. Though the friend of Addison, and raised by the Whigs, yet his manly generofity to Pope is well-known. The only thing that has appeared to caft a momentary fhade, if I may fay fo, on his character, was his connection with the unfortunate South-Sea bufinefs. According to the Committee of Secrecy, no lefs a fum than 36,000l. fictitious flock was held for him and his father. Upon the great alarm and fubfequent distress of the public, the elder Craggs died fuddenly, not without fufpicion that he had haftened his own diffolution. Poffibly the violent agitation of his fpirits produced a fever, which terminated fatally. The late Lord Orford informed Mr. Coxe, that he had an interview with Sir Robert Walpole, just at the time of the rupture of the scheme, and he appeared in such a state of violent agitation and distress, that Sir Robert expreffed little furprife when he heard afterwards of his death. He left three daughters, all married, and connected with families whofe defcendants are at this day as high in station, as most amiable in life.
Craggs, notwithstanding he was a pleasant companion, and a particular favourite, it is faid, with the Ladies, was very attentive to business. I have a letter now before me, from Methuen to Doddington, in which he fays, "Mr. Walpole minds his hunting
in Norfolk, but Mr. Secretary Craggs, and your humble fer"vant, with fome few of his brethren of the Privy Council, ftick "clofe to bufinefs."
Johnson with juftice objects to an Epitaph, partly in Latin, and partly in English.