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Ambition figh’d: she found it vain to trust
The Medal, faithful to its charge of fame,
Theirs. is the Vanity, the learning thine :
Nor blush, these studies thy regard engage;
Oh when shall Britain, conscious of her claim, Stand emulous of Greek and Roman fame ? In living medals see her wars enrollid, And vanquish'd realms supply recording gold? Here, rising bold, the Patriot's honest face; There, Warriors frowning in historic brass : Then future ages with delight shall see How Plato's, Bacon's, Newton's looks agree: Or in fair series laureld Bards be shown, A Virgil there, and here an Addison. Then shall thy Craggs (and let me call him mine) On the cast ore, another Pollio shine; With aspect open shall erect his head, And round the orb in lasting notes be read, " Statesman, yet friend to truth! of foul sincere, « In action faithful, and in honour clear; « Who broke no promise, serv'd no private end, " Who gain’d no title, and who lost no friend; “ Ennobled by himself, by all approv'd, “ And prais’d, unenvy'd, by the Muse he lov’d.”
The first publication of this Epistle.
THIS paper is a sort of bill of complaint, begun
many years since, and drawn up by snatches, as the several occasions offered. I had no thoughts of pua blishing it, till it pleased some persons of Rank and Fortune [the Authors of Verses to the Imitator of Horace and of an Epistle to a Doctor of Divinity from a Nobleman at Hampton Court] to attack, in a very extraordinary manner, not only my Writings (of which, being public, the Public is judge) but my Person, Morals and Family, whereof, to those who know me not, a truer information may be requisite. Being divided between the necessity to say something of myself, and my own laziness to undertake so aukward a task, I thought it the shortest way to put the last hand to this Epistle. If it have any thing pleasing, it will be that by which I am most desirous to please, the Truth and the Sentiment; and if any thing offensive, it will be only to those I am least sorry to offend, the vicious or the ungenerous.
Many will know their own pictures in it, there bem ing not a circumstance but what is true ; but I have for the most part, spared their Names, and they may escape being laughed at, if they please.
I would, have some of them know, it was owing to the request of the learned and candid Friend to whom it is inscribed, that I make not as free use of theirs as they have done of mine. However, I shall have this advantage, and honour, on my side, that whereas, by their proceeding, any abuse may be directed at any man, no injury can possibly be done by mine, sincea nameless character can never be found out, but by its truth and likeness.