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Custom, grown blind with Age, must be your guide;
The Gods, to curse Pamela with her pray’rs,
But, Madam, if the fates withstand, and you
Thus' Voiture's i early care still shone the same,
Now crown'd with Myrtle, on th' Elysian coast,
1 Mademoiselle Paulet. P.
Rambouillet. He was believed to have been the ? [The Duke of Montausier, governor to the original of Molière's Misanthrope.] Dauphin son of Louis xiv., married Mdlle, de
EPISTLE1 TO THE SAME, ON HER LEAVING THE TOWN
AFTER THE CORONATION?
S some fond Virgin, whom ber mother's care
She went, to plain-work, and to purling brooks,
Some Squire, perhaps you take delight to rack ;
40 1 [This Epistle is cited by M. Taine (Lit. Bowles. (James Moore Smythe.] Originally, acAngl. iv. C. 7) to exemplify the realistic element cording to Warburton (cited from Ruffhead by which, according to his theory, was no more Carruthers) : absent from Pope than from any of the contem- 'So fair Teresa gave the town a view.' porary English poets.]
4 [Sheridan may have remembered this pasCoronation.] Of King George the first, sage, when writing the famous scene between
Sir Peter and Lady Teazle, School for Scandal, 1715
3 The assumed name of Teresa Blount, under Act 11. Sc. 1.) which she corresponded for many years with a 5 [According to Dr Johnson, the word whist Mr Moore, under the feigned name of Alexis. was vulgarly pronounced whisk.]
So when your Slave, at some dear idle time,
In the first edition it is the blush of Par- secution, and he promised to leave the thiri thenissa,' which was the principal designation Dialogue unfinished and suppressed. This affair of Martha Blount in the correspondence of the occasioned this little beautiful poem, to which sisters with James Moore. Carruthers. it alludes throughout, but more especially in the
2 To enter into the spirit of this address, it is four last stanzas. Warburton. Lady Frances necessary to premise, that the Poet was threaten- Shirley was fourth daughter of Earl Ferrers, who ed with a prosecution in the House of Lords, had at that time a house at Twickenham. No: for the two poems entitled the Epilogue to the withstanding her numerous admirers, she died Satires. On which with great resentment a- at Bath, unmarried, in the year 1762 Bowls gainst his enemies, for not being willing to dis- [Bowles thinks the Third Dialogue alluded to be tinguish between
Warburton to be the fragment 1740' discover! 'Grave cpistles bringing vice to light' after Pope's death among his papers by Boling and licentious libels, he began a Third Dialogue, broke; but there is no evidence to support this more severe and sublime than the first and second; plausible conjecture.] which being no secret, matters were soon com
3 [Pallas Athene.] promised. His enemies agreed to drop the pro- 4 A famous toy-shop at Bath. Warburton
‘But, Friend, take heed whom you attack;
“You'll bring a House (I mean of Peers)
•L...... and all about your ears?
. And run, on ivory, so glib,
Nor stop at Flattery or Fib.
* I tell ye, fool, there's nothing in't :
'In Dryden's Virgil see the print 3. ‘Come, if you'll be a quiet_soul,
• That dares tell neither Truth nor Lies”, "I'll lift you in the harmless roll
"Of those that sing of these poor eyes.'
' His saltem accumulem donis, et fungar inani
VIRG. (Æn. Vir. vv. 885, 6].
[No observations would be called for upon these Epitaphs, composed at different periods of Pope's life, were it not that they were subjected to a minute, and indeed a petty, criticism by Dr Johnson, in his Dissertation on the Epitaphs written by Pope, (contributed to a paper called the Universal Visitor in 1756, and afterwards thought worthy of republication in the Idler.). Johnson's criticisms, though occasionally just, are in this instance too thoroughly in the Ricardus Aristarchus style to need quotation. Perhaps the most pointed is that on the Epitaph on Rowe, concerning which Johnson remarks that 'its chief fault is that it belongs less to Rowe than to Dryden, and indeed gives very little information concerning either.' The Epitaph on Newton, (which he afterwards declared to Mrs Piozzi to be little less than profane, as designed for the tomb of a Christian in a Christian Church,) the Dissertation condemned because the thought is obvious, and the words night and light too nearly allied !' Johnson afterwards remembered (Hayward's Autobiography, &c. of Mrs Piozzi, 11. p. 159) that something like this was said of Aristotle,' but 'he forgot by whom.' Pope's Epitaphs—with the exception of the charming lines on Gay-only rise above the ordinary level of this class of compo. sition, because that level is so extremely low.]
· Lambeth; alluding to the Scandal hinted 4 i.e. If you have neither the courage to at in Epil. to Satires, Dial. 1. v. 120. Carru- write Satire, nor the application to attempt an thers.
He was then meditating on such 2 The Dunciad. Warburton.
a work. Warburton. 3 The Epistle to Arbuthnot. Warburton.
ON SIR WILLIAM TRUMBAL, One of the Principal Secretaries of State to King WILLIAM III. who having resigned his Place, died in his Retirement at Easthamsted in Berkshire, 17163.
Sincere, tho prudent; constant, yet resign'd:
[As to Dorset, cf. Imitations of English is the subject of Pope's epitaph.) Poets in Juvenile Poems, p. 183.]
3 [As to Sir William Trumball, see note to ? [Thomas Sackville, first Lord Buckhurst p. 13.) The first six lines of this epitaph were and first Earl of Dorset, author of the Mirror originally written for John Lord Caryll, afterfor Magistrates, and Gorboduc, the first English wards Secretary of State to the exiled king tragedy, died in 1608. Edward, Earl of Dorset, James II.; the remainder of the same epitaph was a prominent Royalist in the first part of the on Caryll being inserted in the Epistle to Jervas. Civil war, and was, according to Clarendon, dis- Athenæum, July 15th, 1854 tinguished for his wit and learning. His grandson