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Cum * fperamus eo rem. venturam, ut, fimul atque
Carmina rescieris nos fingere, commodus ultro
Arceffas, et egere vetes, et /cribere cogas.
Sed tamen est y operae precium cognoscese, quales
Aedituos habeat belli spectata domique
Virtus, 2 indigno non committenda poetae.

a Gratus Alexandro regi Magno fuit ille
Choerilus, incultis qui verfibus & male natis
Rettulit acceptos, regale numisma, Philippos.
Sed veluti tractata notam labemque remittunt
Atramenta, fere fcriptores carmine foedo
Splendida facta linunt. idem rex ille, poema
Qui tam ridiculum tam care prodigus emit,
Edicto vetuit, ne quis fe praeter Apellem
Pingeret, aut alius Lysippo duceret aera
Fortis 6 Alexandri vu'tum fimulantia. quod fi
Judicium fubtile videndis artibus illud
Ad libros et ad haec Mufarum dona vocares ;
c Boeotum in craffo jurares aere natum.

[At neque dedecorant tua de se judicia, atque Muntra, quae multa dantis cum laude tulerunt, Dilecti tibi Virgilius Variufque poetae ;]

Nec magis expressid vultus per ahenea figna, Cuam per vatis opus mores animique virorum Clarorum apparent. nec fermones ego mallem Repentes per humum, quam res componere geftas, Terrarumque f fitus et flumina dicere, et arces

And * from the moment we oblige the town, 370
Expect a place, or pension from the Crown;
Or dubb'd Hiftorians by express command,
T' enroll your triumphs o'er the seas and land,
Be call’d to Court to plan some work divine,
As once for Louis, Boileau and Racine.

Yet y think, great Sir! (fo many Virtues shown)
Ah think, what Poct beft may make them known?
Or chufe at least some Minister of Grace,
Fit to bestow the 2 Laureat's weighty place.

a Charles, to late times to be transmitted fair, Afign'd his figure to Bernini's care ;

381 And great

b Nassau to Kneller's hand decreed To fix him graceful on the bounding Steed; So well in paint and stone they judg'd of merit: But Kings in Wit may want discerning Spirit. The Hero William, and the Martyr Charles, One knighted Blackmore, and one pension'd Quarles; Which made old Ben, and surly Dennis swear, “ No Lord's anointed, but a Russian Bear.” Not with such d majesty, such bold relief,

390 The Forms august, of King, or conqu’ring Chief, E'er swell'd on marble ; as in verse have thin'd (In polish'd verse) the Manners and the Mind. Oh! could I mount on the Mæonian wing, Your C Arms, your Actions, your Repose to sing ! What feas you travers'd, and what fields you fought! Your Country's Peace, how oft, how dearly bought Vol. IV.




Montibus impofitas, et & barbara regra, tuisque
Aufpiciis totum confe&ta duella per orbem,
Çlauftraque h cuftodem pacis cohibencia Janum,
Et i formidatam Parthis, te principe, Romam :
Si quantum cuperem, poffem quoque. fed neque para


k Carmen majefias recipit tua; nec meus audet
Rem tentare pudor, quam vires ferre recufent
Sedulitas autem ' ftulte, quem diligit, urget;
Praecipue cum se numeris commendat et arte.
Discit enim citius, meminitque libentius illud
Quod quis m deridet, quam quod probat et veneratur.
Nil moror officium, quod me gravat: ac neque ficko

VER. 405. And I'm not us’d to Panegyric Arains ;] Archbishop Tillotson hath said, “That satire and invective were «« the easiest kind of wit, because almost any degree of it 66 will serve to abuse and find fault. For wit (says he) is a “ keen instrument, and every one can cut and galh with it. “ But to carve a beautiful image and polish it, requires great

art and dexterity. To praise any thing well, is an ar* gument of much more wit than to abuse : a little wit, “ and a great deal of ill-nature, will furnish a man for fa“ tire, but the greatest instance of wit is to commend well." "Thus far this candid Prelate. And I, in my turn, might as well say, that Satire was the most difficult, and Panegyrick

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subsided at your word, And Nations wonder'd while they drop'd the sword! How, when you nodded, o'er the land and deep, 400

Peace stole her wing, and wrapt the world in sleep 3 'Till earth's extremes your mediation own, And * Afia's Tyrants tremble at your ThroneBut k Verse, alas ! your Majesty disdains; And I'm not us’d to Panegyric ftrains :

405 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 praife, they say mi I bite. A vile * Encomium doubly ridicules : There's nothing blackens like the ink of fools.


the most easy thing in nature ; for that any barber-furgeon can curl and shave, and give cosmetic 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 Ejay on the Characters 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 hew that it is more easily written,


In pejus vultu proponi cereus usquam,

factis decorari versibus opto :
Ne P rubeam pingui donaţus munere, et una
Cum ? scriptore meo capsa porrectus aperta,
Deferar in vicum vendentem thus et odores,
Et piper, et quicquid chartis amicitur ineptis.

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