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Such was Rofcommon, not more learn'd than good, With manners gen'rous as his noble blood;

To him the wit of Greece and Rome was known,
And ev'ry author's merit, but his own.

Such late was Walsh--the Mufe's judge and friend,
Who justly knew to blame or to commend; 731
To failings mild, but zealous for defert;
The clearest head, and the fincereft heart.
This humble praise, lamented shade! receive,
This praise at least a grateful Mufe may give: 735

NOTES.

who complimented this Essay, and its noble Author. Mr. Dryden had done it very largely in the Dedication to his tranflation of the Æneid; and Dr. Garth in the firft Edition of his Difpensary says,

The Tyber now no courtly Gallus fees,

But fmiling Thames enjoys his Normanbys. Tho' afterwards omitted, when parties were carried fo high in the reign of Queen Anne, as to allow no commendation to an oppofite in Politics. The Duke was all his life a fteady adherent to the Church of England-Party, yet an Enemy to the extravagant measures of the Court in the reign of Charles II. On which account, after having ftrongly patronized Mr. Dryden, a coolness fucceeded between them on that poet's abfolute attachment to the Court, which carried him fome lengths beyond what the Duke could approve of. This nobleman's true character had been very well marked by Mr. Dryden before, The Mufe's friend,

Himself a Mufe. In Sanadrin's debate.

True to his prince, but not a flave of state.

Abf. and Achit.

Our Author was more happy, he was honoured very young with his friendship, and if continued till his death in all the circumftances of a familiar efteem. P.

The Muse, whose early voice you taught to fing,
Prefcrib'd her heights, and prun'd her tender wing,
(Her guide now loft) no more attempts to rise,
But in low numbers fhort excurfions tries: 739
Content,if hence th'unlearn'd their wants may view,
The learn'd reflect on what before they knew:
Careless of cenfure, nor too fond of fame;

Still pleas'd to praise, yet not afraid to blame;
Averse alike to flatter, or offend;

744

Not free from faults, nor yet too vain to mend.

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THE

RAPE of the LOCK.

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HEROI-COMICAL

POE M.

Written in the Year MDCCXII.

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