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Some felt the filent stroke of mould'ring age,
Some hostile fury, fome religious rage.
Barbarian blindness, Christian zeal conspire,
And Papal piety, and Gothic fire.
Perhaps, by its own ruins sav’d from Aame, 15
Some bury'd marble half preserves a name ;
That Name the learn'd with fierce disputes pursue,
And give to Titus old Vespasian's due.

Ambition figh’d: She found it vain to trust
The faithless Column and the crumbling Bust: 20
Huge moles, whose shadow stretch'd from shore to

shore, Their ruins perish'd, and their place no more!

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furvey,] These Gods were dicule ; that passion, in the the then Tyrants of Rome, opinion of Philosophy, alto whom the Empire raised ways conveying the ideas of Temples. The epithet, ad. ignorance and misery : miring, conveys a strong ri

Nil admirari prope res eft una, Numici,

Solaque quæ pofit facere & fervare beatum. Admiration implying our A fine infinuation of the enignorance of other things ; tire want of Taste in Antipride, our ignorance of our-quaries; whose ignorance of selves

Characters - misleads them, Ver. 18. And give to (supported only by a name) Titus old Vefpafian's due.] againft Reason and History,

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Convinc'd, she now contracts her vast design,
And all her Triumphs shrink into a Coin.
A narrow orb each crouded conquest keeps,

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Beneath her Palm here fad Judæa weeps.
Now scantier limits the proud Arch confine,
And scarce are seen the proftrate Nile or Rhine;
A small Euphrates thro' the piece is rolld,
And little Eagles wave their wings in gold. 30

The Medal, faithful to its charge of fame,
Thro' climes and

ages

bears each form and name :
In one short view subjected to our eye
Gods, Emp'rors, Heroes, Sages, Beauties, lie.
With sharpen'd fight pale Antiquaries pore, 35
Th'inscription valuc, but the rust adore.

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VER. 25.

A narrow VER. 35. With sharpen'd Orb each crowded Conquest fight pale Antiquaries pore,] keeps,] A ridicule on the Microscopic glasses, inventpompous title of Orbis Ro- ed by philosophers to difmanus, which the Romans cover the beauties in the gave to their empire.

minuter works of nature, Ver. 27. the proud ridiculously applied by AnArch] i. e. The triumphal tiquaries,' to detect the Arch, which was generally cheats of counterfeit mean enormous mass of build- dals. ing.

This the blue varnish, that the green endears,
The sacred ruft of twice ten hundred years !
To gain Pescennius one employs his schemes,
One grasps a Cecrops in ecstatic dreams.

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Poor Vadius, long with learned spleen devour'd,
Can taste no pleasure since his Shield was scour'd:
And Curio, restless by the Fair-one's fide,
Sighs for an Otho, and neglects his bride.

Theirs is the Vanity, the Learning thine: 45 Touch'd by thy hand, again Rome's glories shine; Her Gods, and god-like Heroes rise to view, And all her faded garlands bloom a-new. Nor blush, these studies thy regard engage; These pleas’d the Fathers of poetic rage;

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Ver. 37. This the blue fome writers of eminence varnish, that the green en have betrayed ; who when dears,] i e. This a collec- fortune, or their alents, tor of silver ; That, of brass have raised them to a concoins.

dition to do without those Ver. 41. Poor. Vadius] arts, for which only they See his history, and that of gained our esteem, have his Shield, in the Memoirs pretended to think letters of Scriblerus.

below their Character. This VER. 49. Nor blush, these false shame M. Voltaire has Studies thy regard engage ;] very well, and with proper A senseless affectation which indignation, exposed in his

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The verse and sculpture bore an equal part,
And Art reflected images to Art.

Oh when shall Britain, conscious of her claim,
Stand emulous of Greek and Roman fame?
In living medals see her wars enroll'd,

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And vanquish'd realms supply recording gold ?
Here, rising bold, the Patriot's honest face;
There Warriors frowning in historic brass :
Then future ages with delight fhall see
How Plato's, Bacon's, Newton's looks agree; 60

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account of Mr Congreve : “plicity. I answer'd, that, • He had one Defect, which " had he been so unfortu“ was, his entertaining too “ nate as to be a mere Genmean an Idea of his first

“ tleman, I should never Profession, (that of a Wri " have come to see him ; “ ter) tho' 'twas to this he “ and I was very much

ow'd his Fame and For disgusted at so unseason“ tune. He spoke of his "able a piece of vanity. “Works as of Trifles' that Letters concerning the Eng

were beneath him ; and lis Nation, xix. os hinted to me in our VER. 53. Ob when hall « first Conversation, that I Britain, &c.] A complirs should visit him upon no ment to one of Mr Addi. “other Foot than that offon's papers in the Spectator

a Gentleman, who led a on this subject. “ Life of plainness and fim

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Or in fair series laurell's Bards be shown, A Virgil there, and here an Addison. Then shall thy Craggs (and let me call him mine) On the cast ore, another Pollio, shine ; With aspect open, shall erect his head, And round the orb in lasting notes be read, “ Statesman, yet friend to Truth! of soul sincere, “ In action faithful, and in honour clear; “ Who broke no promise, serv'd no private end, “ Who gain'd no title, and who lost no friend; “ Ennobled by himself, by all approv'd, “ And prais’d, unenvy'd, by the Muse he lov’d.”

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VER. 67. “ Statesman, " it. One would fancy the yet friend to truth, &c.] It “ Author had a Design of should be remembered that “ being Ciceronian -but this poem was written to

“ it is not only the tedi. be printed before Mr Ad "ousness of these inscripdison's Discourse on Medals, “ tions that I find fault in which there is the fol “ with ; supposing them of lowing censure of long le-“ a moderate length, why gends upon coins : “ The “ muft they be in verse? « first fault I find with a “ We should be surprized “ modern legend is its dif " to see the title of a fe“ fusiveness. You have " rious book in rhime,”. “ sometimes the whole fide Dial, iii. “ of a medal over-run with

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