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ON EDMUND D. OF BUCKINGHAM, Who died in the Nineteenth Year of his Age, 1735?:
F modest Youth, with cool Reflection crown'd,
Could save a Parent's justest Pride from fate,
FOR ONE WHO WOULD NOT BE BURIED IN
In peace let one poor Poet sleep,
ANOTHER, ON THE SAME?.
Or under this Turf, or e'en what they will;
1 Only son of John Sheffield, Duke of Buck- piece of bad taste was in contravention of Pope's : inghamshire, by Katharine Darnley, natural own desire as expressed in his will, where he i daughter of James II. Roscoe.
directs that only the date of his death, and his ? [These lines were placed by Warburton on age, should be inscribed on his tomb.] the monument erected by him to Pope in Twick- 3 [Imitated from Ariosto's epitaph on himenham Church, seventeen years after his death. self.] Mr Carruthers points out that this execrable
(ON THOMAS À KEMPIS, 1. 111. c. 2). [Done by the Author at twelve years old; and first published from the Caryll
Papers in the Athenaum, July 15th, 1854.]
PEAK, Gracious Lord, oh, speak; thy Servant hears:
For I'm thy Servant and I'll still be so:
And since my Tongue is in thy praises slow,
What thy celestial Sweetness does impart;
But sink, and take deep rooting in my heart.
Thy heav'nly word by Moses to receive,
Moses himself, speak Thou, that I may live.
Must give the Spirit, and the Life inspire;
But 'tis thyself alone can give the fire :
They teach the mysteries thou dost open lay;
They to Salvation show the arduous way,
My God! speak comfort to my ravish'd ears;
Speak when thou wilt, for still thy Servant hears.
1 [i.e. taste. )
35 TO THE AUTHOR OF A POEM
[First published in Lintot's Miscellanies; avowed by Pope as written by him when fourteen years of age, in note to Dunciad, Bk. I. v. 181. Elkanah Settle, the city poet, and the Doeg of Absalom and Achitophel, had written a poem in celebration of the settlement of the crown on the house of Brunswick. Of this poem vv. 4 and 17–18 were afterwards, with slight alterations, inserted in the Dunciad as vv. 183—4 and 181—2 of Bk. 1.]
, EGONE, ye Critics, and restrain your spite,
ARGUS. ‘Homer's account of Ulysses's dog Argus is the most pathetic imaginable, all the circumstances consider'd, and an excellent proof of the old bard's goodnature. Ulysses had left him at Ithaca when he embark'd for Troy, and found him at his return after twenty years (which by the way is not unnatural, as some critics have said, since I remember the dam of my dog was twenty-two years old when she died. May the omen of longevity prove fortunate to her successors !). You shall have it in verse.' Pope to H. Cromwell, Oct. 19, 1709.
THEN wise Ulysses, from his native coast
Long kept by wars, and long by tempests toss'd, ? Perhaps by Cherilus, the juvenile satirist master Catholic in poetry and opinions: Dryden. designed Flecknoe or Shadwell, who had re- D’Israeli, cited by Roscoe. ceived their immortality of Dulness from his
Arriv'd at last, poor, old, disguis'd, alone,
IMITATION OF MARTIAL,
(LIB. X. Epigr. XXIII. Mentioned as Pope's 'imitation of Martin's epigram on Antonius Primus,' by Sir William Trumball, in a letter to Pope, Jan. 19, 1716.]
T length, my Friend, (while Time, with still career,
Wafts on his gentle wing his eightieth year?,)
OCCASIONED BY SOME VERSES OF HIS GRACE
THE DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM%.
And thou shalt live, for Buckingham commends.
1 How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of 2 The verses referred to are the commenyouth,
datory lines prefixed to Pope's poem by B. Stoln on his wing my three-and-twentieth year! Roscoe. [As to Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham
Milton's Sonnets. Carruthers. shire, see note to Essay on Criticism, v. 724.]
ON MRS TOFTS,
A CELEBRATED OPERA-SINGER".
As had drawn both the Beasts and their Orpheus along;
EPIGRAM ON THE FEUDS ABOUT HANDEL
TRANGE! all this Difference should be
EPITAPH. [IMITATED by Goldsmith in his Epitaph on Edward Purdon, "a bookseller's
So there's an End of honest Jack.
'Tis ten to one he'll ne'er come back.
EPITAPH. [From the Latin on Joannes Mirandula3. The lines were afterwards applied by Pope to Lord Coningsby; as to whom cf. Moral Essays, Ep. III. v. 397.]
TERE Francis C-4 lies. Be civil;
The rest God knows—perhaps the Devil!
THE BALANCE OF EUROPE 5.
OW Europe's balanc'd, neither Side prevails;
1 [Katharine Tofts first came before the public operatic characters) is described. She was marin 1703, as a singer of Italian and English, at the ried to a Mr Smith; and died in Italy in 1760. theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields. Subsequently See Hogarth's Memoirs of the Musical Drama.) her rivalry with Margherita de l'Epine divided 2 (Giovanni Battista Bononcini's first English the public into an English and an Italian party, opera appeared in 1720; but he was at that time Hughes celebrated her as 'the British Tofts.' already well-known as the composer of Camilla. She retired from the stage in 1709, being then 3 Joannes jacet hic Mirandula ; cætera norunt under the influence of a mental malady. See the Et Tagus et Ganges-forsan et Antipodes Tatler, No. 23, where her insanity (which led 4 [Chartres.) her to identify herself with Camilla, one of her I'The Balance of Europe'is a term of which