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[At neque dedecorant tua de fe judicia, atque
Munera, quae multa dantis cum laude tulerunt,
Dile&ti tibi Virgilius Variusque poetae ;]

Nec magis expreflid vultus per ahenea figna,
Quam per vatis opus mores animique virorum
Clarorum apparent. nec fermones ego mallem
Repentes per humum, quam res componere geftas,
Terrarumque f fitus et Aumina dicere, et arces
Montibus impofitas, et % barbara regna; tuisque
Auspiciis totum confe&ta duella per orbem,
Clauftraque cuftodem pacis cohibentia Ianum,
Et i formidatam Parthis, te principe, Romam:
Si quantum cuperem, pofsem quoque. sed neque par-

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* Carmen majestas recipit tua ; nec meus audet
Rem tentare pudor, quem vires ferre recusant.

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Notes. VER. 405. And I'm not us'd to Panegyric ftrains ;] Archbishop Tillotson hath said, “ That satire and invective were “ the easiest kind of wit, because almost any degree of it “ will serve to abuse and find fault. For wit (lays he) is a keen inftrument, and every one can cut and gash with

But to carve a beautitul image and polith it, requires great art and dexterity. To praise any thing " well, is an argument of much more wit than to abuse ;

little wit, and a great deal of ill-nature, will furnish a man for satire, but the greatest initance of wit is to 66 commend well." Thus far chis candid Prelate. And I, in my turn, might as well say, that Satire was the most difficult, and Panegyric the easieft thing in nature ; for

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Not with such d majesty, such bold relief, 390 The Forms auguft, of King, or conqu’ring Chief, E'er swell'd on marble; as in verse have shin'd (In polith'd verse) the Manners and the Mind. Oh! could I mount on the Mæonian wing, Your Arms, your Actions, your Repose to fing! 395 What f seas you travers'd, and what fields you fought! Your Country's Peace, how oft, how dearly bought! How & barb'rous rage subsided at your word, And Nations wonder'd while they dropp'd the sword ! How, when you nodded, o'er the land and deep, 400

Peace stole her wing, and wrapt the world in sleep 'Till earth's extremes your

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own, And i Asia's Tyrants tremble at your ThroneBut k Verse, alas ! your Majesty disdains ; And I'm not us’d to Panegyric ftrains :

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that any barber-surgeon can curl and shave, and give cofmetic-washes for the skin ; but it requires the abilities of an Anatomift to diffect and lay open the whole interior of the human frame. But the truth is, these fimilitudes prove nothing, but the good fancy, or the ill judgment of the. user. The one is just as easy to do ill, and as difficult to do well as the other. In our Author's Elay on the Charatters of Men, the Encomium on Lord Cobham, and the satire on Lord Wharton, are the equal efforts of the same great genius. There is one advantage indeed in Satire over Panegyric, which every body has taken notice of, that it is more readily received; but this does not fhew that it more eafily written.

Sedulitas autem 'julte, quem diligit, urget ;
Praecipue cum se numeris commendat et arte.
Discit enim citius, meminitque libentius illud
Quod quis * deridet, quam quod probat et'veneratur.
Nil moror officium, quod me gravat: ac neque ficto
In pejus vultu proponi cercus usquam,
Nec prave factis decorari versibus opto :
Ne P rubeam pingui donatus munere, et una
Cum scriptore meo capsa porrectus aperta,
Deferar in vicum vendentem thus et odores,
Et piper, et quicquid chartis amicitur ineptis.

The Zeal of Fools offends at any time,
But most of all, the Zeal of Fools in rhyme.
Besides, a fate attends on all I write,
That when I aim at praise, they say " I bite.
A vile · Encomium doubly ridicules :

410 There's nothing blackens like the ink of fools. If true, a owoful likeness; and if lyes, « Praise undeserv'd is scandal in disguise :" Well may he blush, who gives it, or receives ; And when I flatter, let my dirty leaves

415 (Like 9 Journals, Odes, and such forgotten things As Eusden, Philips, Settle, writ of Kings) Cloath spice, line trunks, or Autt'ring in a row, Befringe the rails of Bedlam and Soho.

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