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His faltem accumulem donis, et fungar inani
On CHARLES Earl of Dorset,
In the Church of Withyam in Suffex.
ORSET, the Grace of Courts, the Mufes'
Patron of Arts, and Judge of Nature, dy'd. The scourge of Pride, tho' fanctify'd or great, Of Fops in Learning, and of Knaves in State:
Epitaphs.] Thefe little compofitions far exceed any thing we have of the fame kind from other hands; yet, if we ex cept the Epitaph on the young Duke of Buckingham, and perhaps one or two more, they are not of equal force with the rest of our Author's writings. The Nature of the composition itself is delicate; and generally it was a task impofed on him ; though he rarely complied with requests of this nature, but where the fubject was worthy of his pen; as we may fee by the small number of thefe poems.
Yet foft his Nature, tho' severe his Lay,
And Patriots ftill, or Poets, deck the Line.
For random praife the Work would ne'er be done:
Yet when these elegiac movements came freely from the heart, he mourns in such strains as fhew he was equally a master of this kind of Compofition with every other he undertook, as the following lines in the Epifle to Jervas may witnefs; which would have made the finest Epitaph in the world:
Call round her Tomb each object of defire,
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 Easthamsted, in Berkshire, 1716.
Pleafing Form; a firm, yet cautious Mind;
Honour unchang'd, a Principle profest,
On the Hon. SIMON HARCOUrt,
Only Son of the Lord Chancellor HARCOURT; at the Church of Stanton-Harcourt in Oxfordshire, 1720.
O this fad Shrine, whoe'er thou art! draw near,
Here lies the Friend most lov'd, the Son moft dear: Who ne'er knew Joy, but Friendship might divide, Or gave his Father Grief but when he dy'd.
How vain is Reason, Eloquence how weak! If Pope must tell what HARCOURT cannot speak. Oh let thy once-lov'd Friend infcribe thy Stone, And, with a Father's forrows, mix his own!
On JAMES CRAGGS, Efq.
REGI MAGNE BRITANNIE A SECRETIS
ET CONSILIIS SANCTIORIBUS,
PRINCIPIS PARITER AC POPULI AMOR ET DELICIÆ:
VIXIT TITULIS ET INVIDIA MAJOR
ANNOS, HEU PAUCOS, XXXV.
OB. FEB. XIV. MDCCXX.
Statefman, yet Friend to Truth! of Soul fincere,