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To balance Fortune by a just expense,
B. To Worth or Want well-weigh’d, be Bounty giv'n,
P. Who starves by Nobles, or with Nobles eats ?
But all our praises why should Lords engross?
1 After v. 226 in the MS.
was called Mr John Kyrle. He died in the year ‘That secret rare, with affluence hardly join'd, 1724, aged 90, and lies
interred in the chancel of
ally performing, to mean by the contributions [Possibly Wharton, Granville, Sheffield.] which the Man of Ross, by his assiduity and in
2 OXFORD's better part,) Edward Harley, terest, collected in his neighbourhood. Earl of Oxford. The son of Robert, created Earl
hundred pounds a year.)
a small Estate actually perform- ‘Trace humble worth beyond Sabrina's shore, ed all these good works, and whose true name Who sings not him, oh may he sing no more! was almost lost (partly by the title of the Man of
Warburton. Ross given him by way of eminence, and partly 4 [Vaga is Latin name of the river Wye.) by being buried without so much as an inscription)
Whose Cause-way parts the vale with shady rows?
P. Of Debts, and Taxes, Wife and Children clear,
280 Blush, Grandeur, blush ! proud Courts, withdraw your blaze ! Ye little Stars ! hide your diminish'd rays.
B. And what? no monument, inscription, stone??
In the worst inn's worst room, with mat half-hung,
300 On once a flock-bed, but repair'd with straw,
? [This deficiency was afterwards supplied by Then stole to rest, unheeded and unseen.' the Earl of Kinnoul, a connexion of the family of
Warburton. the Man of Ross. ]
4 Edmund Boulter, Esq., executor to Vulture 2 Go, search it there,] The Parish-register. Hopkins, made so splendid a funeral for him, that
expenses amounted to £7666. Bowles. 3 Ver. 287 thus in the MS.
5 Éternal buckle takes in Parian stone.) The "The Register inrolls him with his Poor, poet ridicules the wretched taste of carving large Tells he was born and dy'd, and tells no more. perriwigs on bustos, of which there are several Just as he ought, he fill'd the Space between; vile examples in the tombs at Westminster and
With tape-ty'd curtains, never meant to draw,
His Grace's fate sage 'Cutler could foresee,
Say, for such worth are other worlds prepar'd ?
i Great Villiers lies-] This Lord, yet more he died (in 1687) was at Kirby Moor Side, near famous for his vices than his misfortunes, after Helmsly in Yorkshire.) having been possess'd of about £50,000 a year, and • Cliveden) A delightful palace, on the banks passed thro' many of the highest posts in the king- of the Thames, built
by the D. of Buckingham. P. dom, died in the Year 1687, in a remote inn in 3 Shrewsbury] The Countess of Shrewsbury, Yorkshire, reduced to the utmost misery. P. a woman abandoned to gallantries. The Earl her
[George Villiers Duke of Buckingham, the son husband was kill'd by the Duke of Buckingham of the first Duke (the favourite and minister of in a duel; and it has been said, that during the James I. and Charles I.) was born in 1637: He combat she held the Duke's horses in the habit of lost his estates as a royalist, but recovered them a page. P. by his marriage with the daughter of Lord Fair- 4 (Sir John Cutler, a wealthy citizen of the fax. He is the Zimri of the Absalom and Achito- Restoration period, accused of rapacity on acphel of Dryden, whom he had ridiculed as Bayes count of a large claim made by his executors in the burlesque play of the Rehearsal. Thus against the College of Physicians which he had we have portraits of this typical hero of the Re- aided by a loan. Carruthers.) storation period by Dryden and Pope, as well 5 [Wakefield refers to the account of Brutus' as by Burnet and Butler, Count Grammont and death. Dion Cassius (XLVII. 49).] Horace Walpole. The tenant's house at which
P. Where London's column, pointing at the skies,
The Dev'l was piqu'd such saintship to behold,
Rous'd by the Prince of Air, the whirlwinds sweep
Sir Balaam now, he lives. like other folks,
Asleep and naked as an Indian lay,
The Tempter saw his time; the work he ply'd ;
Behold Sir Balaam, now a man of spirit,
1 Where London's column,] The Monument, it, to prevent its getting off; to plunder, and someon Fish Street Hill, built in memory of the fire of times even to massacre the People: nor has the London, of 1666, with an inscription, importing Parliament of England been yet able wholly to that city to have been burnt by the Papists. P. suppress
these barbarities. P. 2 Cornish] The author has placed the scene of Pope was supposed to allude here to the Pitt these shipwrecks in Cornwall, not only from their diamond brought to England by Thomas Pitt, frequency on that coast, but from the inhumanity Governor of Madras, about 1700, and sold to the of the inhabitants to those to whom that misfor. King of France for £20,000. Thomas Pitt was tune arrives. When a ship happens to be strand- grandfather of the first Earl of Chatham. ed there, they have been known to bore holes in
But duly sent his family and wife.
A Nymph of Quality admires our Knight;
Of the Use of Riches. The Vanity of Expence in People of Wealth and Quality. The abuse of the word Taste, v. 13. That the first principle and foundation, in this as in every thing else, is Good Sense, v. 40. The chief proof of it is to follow Nature even in works of mere Luxury and Elegance. Instanced in Architecture and Gardening, where all must be adapted to the Genius and Use of the Place, and the Beauties not forced into it, but resulting from it, v. 50. How men are disappointed in their most expensive undertakings, for want of this true Foundation, without which nothing can please long, if at all; and the best Examples and Rules will but be perverted into something burdensome or ridiculous, v. 65, &c. to 92. A description of the false ! Taste of Magnificence; the first grand Error of which is to imagine that Greatness
And one more Pensioner St Stephen gains.] and educated by studies in Italy. Horace Wal. -atque unum civem donare Sibylla.
pole says of him that he had every quality of Juv. (111. 3.) Warburton. genius and artist, except envy.'. It has been ? [The impeachment of Oxford in 1715 was doubted whether the architect Kent, who long moved by Lord Coningsby.)
lived with him, did not owe more to his patron, 3 (Richard Boyle third Earl of Burlington than the latter owed to the artist. The designs born in 1695. died in 1753. He took no prominent of many notable buildings were made by Lord part in politics, although his high rank obtained Burlington; among these the Colonnade of Burfor him a great post at court and the order of the lington-house (the house itself was built by his Garter. But he obtained wide fame by his taste father).] in architecture, inspired by a natural love of art