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ON EDMUND DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM.*
WHO DIED IN THE NINETEENTH YEAR OF HIS AGE, 1735.
Ir modest Youth, with cool Reflection crown'd,
* Only son of John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham, by Katherine Darnley, natural daughter of James II.
Ver. 1. If modest Youth, &c.] This Epitaph Mr. Warburton prefers to the rest, but I know not for what reason.
with reflection, is surely a mode of speech approaching to nonsense. Opening virtues blooming round, is something like tautology. The six following lines are poor and prosaic. Art, is in another place used for arts. The six last lines are the best, but not excellent.
The above Epitaph is written with a degree of feeling, which would atone for greater blemishes than Dr. Johnson has been able to point out.
FOR ONE WHO WOULD NOT BE BURIED IN
HEROES and Kings! your distance keep:
In peace let one poor Poet sleep,
ANOTHER, ON THE SAME.
UNDER this Marble, or under this Sill,
Imitated from the following lines of Ariosto :
Ludovici Areosti humantur ossa
Sub hoc marmore, vel sub hoc humo, seu
Sub quicquid voluit benignus hæres
Sive hærede benignior comes, seu
Nam scire haud potuit futura, sed nec
Tanti erat vacuum sibi cadaver
J. M'Creery, Tooks Court,
END OF VOL. III.