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Montibus impofitas, et 5 barbera regna, tuisque
& Carmen majeftas recipit tua; nec meus audet
VER. 405. And I'm not us’d to Paregyric frains ;] Archbishop Tillotson hath said, “That satire and invective were 6 the easiest kind of wit, because almost any degree of it « will serve to abuse and find fault. For wit (says he) is a “ keen instrument, and every one can cut and gath 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 sa“ 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
How 5 barb'rous rage subsided at your word,
Peace stole her wing, and wrapt the world in sleep ;
k And I'm not us’d to Panegyric strains :
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 " 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 Anatomist 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 Chara&ters 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 ufquam,
factis decorari versibus opto : Ne P rubeam pingui donaţus munere, et una Cum ? fcriptore meo capsa porrectus aperta, Deferar in vicum vendentem thus et odores, Et piper, et quicquid chartis amicitur ineptis,
If true, a owoful likeness; and if lyes,