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FOR ONE WHO WOULD NOT BE BURIED IN WESTMINSTER-ABBEY*.
HEROES and KINGS! your distance keep:
Who never flatter'd Folks like you:
ANOTHER, ON THE SAME†.
NDER this Marble, or under this Sill,
Or under this Turf, or e'en what they will;
*Nothing ever illuftrated more the "importance of a man to himself," which Pope ridiculed fo much in his Memoirs of P. P. than this Epitaph.
+ Pope (as Dr. Johnfon obferves, with truth) "here attempts "to be jocular upon one of the few things that make wife men "ferious; he confounds the living with the dead."
Poor as the thing itself is, he quotes the following lines, from which it appears to be borrowed:
Ludovici Areofti humantur offa
Sub hoc marmore, vel fub hoc humo, seu
Sub quicquid voluit benignus hæres
Nam fcire haud potuit futura, fed nec
Ut utnam cuperet parare vivens,
I WILL add fome Mortuary Verfes from old Ben Jonson, because, from their dignified fimplicity, they form a contraft to the laboured elegance of Pope's, and are in themselves as manly, as they are pathetic.
On Sir THOMAS ROE.
"I'll not offend thee with a vain tear more!
NOTES, BY GILBERT WAKEFIELD, B. A.
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