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But for the wits of either Charles's days, The mob of gentlemen who wrote with ease; Sprat, Carew, Sedley, and a hundred more, (Like twinkling ftars the mifcellanies o'er), One fimile, that (q) folitary fhines In the dry defert of a thousand lines, Cr (r) lengthen'd thought that gleams through many a page,
Has fanctify'd whole poems for an age.
(t) On Avon's bank, where flow'rs eternal blow, If I but afk, if any weed can grow; One tragic fentence if I dare deride, Which (u) Betterton's grave action dignify'd, Or well-mouth'd Booth with emphafis proclaims, (Tho' but, perhaps, a mufter-roll of names),
Pulchraque, et exactis minimum distantia, miror:
 Indignior quidquam reprehendi, non quia craffe
Compofitum, illepideve putetur, fed quia nuper; Nec veniam antiquis, fed honorem et præmia pofci.  Recte necne crocum florefque perambulet Ata Fabula, fi dubitem; clamant periiffe pudorem Cuncti pene patres: ea cum reprehendere coner, Quæ [u] gravis Efopus, quæ doctus Rofcius egit.
How will our fathers rise up in a rage,
(a) In days of eafe, when now the weary sword Was fheath'd, and Luxury with Charles reftor'd; In ev'ry taste of foreign courts improv'd, "All, by the king's example, liv'd and lov'd."
Vel quia nil [x] rectum, nifi quod placuit fibi, ducunt;
 Quod fi tam Græcis novitas invifa fuiffet, Quam nobis ; quid nunc effet vetus? aut quid ha
Quod legeret tereretque viritim publicus ufus? [a] U primum pofitis nugari Gracia bellis
Ver. 142. A verfe of the Lord Lansdown.
Then peers grew proud in (b) horfemanship t' excel;
The fleepy eye, that spoke the melting foul. 150
But (f) Britain, changeful as a child at play, Now calls in princes, and now turns away. 156 Now Whig, now Tory, what we lov'd we hate; Now all for pleasure, now for church and ftate;
Coepit, et in vitium fortuna labier æqua;
[f] Sub nutrice puella velut fi luderet infans,
Ver. 143. In horfemanship t' excel,------And ev'ry flow'ry courtier writ romance.] The Duke of Newcastle's book of horsemanship; the romance of Partheniffa, by the Earl of Orrery, and most of the French romances tranflated by perfons of quality.
Ver. 153. On each enervate firing, etc.] The fiege of Rhodes by Sir William Davenant, the first opera fung in England.
Ver. 158. Now all for pleasure, now for church and state The first half of Charles the Second's reign was paffed in an abandoned diffolutenefs of manners; the other half, in factious disputes about Popish plots and French prerogative.
Now for prerogative, and now for laws;
(g) Time was, a fober Englishman would knock His fervants up, and rife by five o'clock, Inftruct his family in ev'ry rule,
And fend his wife to church, his fon to fchool,
Quod cupide petiit, mature plena reliquit.
[g] Romæ dulce diu fuit, et folemne reclufa Mane domo vigilare, clienti promere jura;
Ver. 160. Effects unhappy! from a noble caufe,] i. e. the love of Liberty---Mr Voltaire, while in England, in a letter, dated October 15, 1726, writes thus to a friend in Paris. "I had a mind at first to print our poor Henry at my own expences in London; but the loss of my money is a fad ftop to my defign. I queftion if I fhall try the way of fubfcriptions by the favour of the court. I am weary of courts. All that is king, or belongs to a king, frights my republican philofophy. I wont drink the least draught of flavery in the land of liberty. I have written freely to and I will always do fo, having no reafon to lay my"felf under any restraint. I fear, I hope nothing from your Country: all that I wish for, is to fee you one day here. I am entertaining myfelf with this pleafant hope. If it is "but a dream, let me enjoy it: do not undeceive me : let me believe I shall have the pleasure to see you in London, drawing up the strong spirit of this unaccountable nation. "You will tranflate their thoughts better when you live 'amongit them. You will fee a nation fond of their liberty, "learned, witty, defpifing life and death, a nation of philofophers. Not but that there are fome fools in England. Every country has its madmen. It may be, French folly is plea"fanter than English madness, but by "and English honesty is above yours."
To (b) worship like his fathers, was his care; 165
(m) He ferv'd a 'prenticeship, who fets up fhop; Ward try'd on puppies, and the poor, his drop;
Scriptos [b] nominibus rectis expendere numos;
Ver. 182. Ward] A famous Empiric, whofe pill and drop had feveral furprifing effects, and were one of the principal fubjects of writing and converfation at this time,