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the ten years, which intervened between this period and his own death, seem to have passed in cultivating the friendship, or mourning the absence, of men but, little likely to prepare him so soon to follow his father. To Congreve he expresses his poetical obligations in warm terms, in his Dedication to him of the Tragedy of Pyrrhus:
“ From you my Muse her inspiration drew,
In his Art of Love, his friendship for Dryden and Congreve breaks forth :
“ Well may great Dryden lasting Fame receive: .
In a copy of verses addressed to Anthony Hammond, Esq. the father of the poet, he enumerates his chief companions, for whose society he was then pining:
“ When you, and Southern, Moyle, and Congreve meet,
The best good men, with the best-natur’d wit,
The country now can be no longer borne;
In another copy to Walter Moyle, Esq. he discovers the same restless anxiety after pleasures which he could no longer enjoy :
“ To you, dear youth, in these uppolish'd strains
I have omitted some of his Anacreontic Epicureisms ; but enough remain to "awaken deep regret that 'such should be the closing years of a son of Bishop Hopkins -such his friends and his feelings, his anxieties and his desires. While he was thus under the baneful influence :
of that atheistic sentence, Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die, surely the memory of his great father must, at times, have fearfully suggested to him, Be not deceived : evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin not.
A few months before his death he addressed an Epistle to Mr. Yalden at Oxford, from Londonderry, dated Aug. 3, 1699, which breathes a Jess sensual, though a still disquieted, strain :
After enumerating the learned pleasures of the University, he breaks out
He tells the Duchess of Ormond, in the Dedication of the Court-PROSPECT, that he has unusual obligations to her; “ your illustrious consort's family having been the constant patron of ours; which, now depressed by the late wars, and the chief pillar of it fallen, must depend for support on the first founders.” A few months after he addressed his tragedy of FRIENDSHIP IMPROVED to Mr. Coke, in the Dedication given above, in the close of which he seems to anticipate his approaching death. Londonderry had been the scene of his father's dignity: here, too, the fortunes of the family seem to have been ruined ; and here, it is likely, he breathed his last. It is affecting, deeply affecting, to see a son of Bishop Hopkins falling thus in the vigour of his years. The
Hymn, before mentioned, written about an hour before his death, when in great pain, is a valuable relic; and may lead us to cherish hopes that, like his predecessor in genius and in dissipation, Lord Rochester, he died a sincere penitent. I shall close the account of this young man with this beautiful composition :
WRITTEN ABOUT AN HOUR BEFORE DEATH, WHEN IN GREAT PAIN.
“ To thee, my God, though late, at last I turn;
May every reader make this prayer his own!
SOME ACCOUNT OF MR. JOHN HOPKINS, ANOTHER SON OF
"ANOTHER son of the good Bishop of Londonderry; born Jan. 1, 1675. Like his elder brother's, his poetry was principally on subjects of love: like him too, his prospects in life appear to have terminated unfortunately. He published, in 1698, The Triumphs of Peace, or the GLORIES OF NASSAU; a Pindáric Poem, occasioned by the conclusion of the Peace between the Confederacy and France, written at the time of his Grace the Duke of Ormond's entrance into Dublin. "The design of this poem,' the author says in his Preface,“ begins, after the method of Pindar, to one great man, and rises to another ; first touches the Duke, then celebrates the actions of the King, and so returns to the praises of the Duke again.'— But the principal performance of Mr. J. Hopkins was AMASIA, or THE WORKS OF THE MUSES, a Collection of Poems in three volumes, 1700. Each of these little volumes is divided into three books, and each book is inscribed to some beautiful patronèss * ; amongst whom the Duchess of Grafton stands foremost. The last book is inscribed, - To the Memory of Amasia,' whom he addresses throughout these volumes in the character of Sylvius. There is a vein of seriousness, if not of poetry, runs through the whole performance.
* Two of these “ beautiful patronesses,” are, however, James, Duke of Ormond, and Evelyn, Earl of Kingston. Mr. Nichols did not look through the whole volume. J.P.