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Much do I fuffer, much, to keep in peace
• In vain, bad Rhymers all mankind reject,
Multa fero, ut placem genus irritabile. vatum,
• Ridentur mala qui com ponunt carmina : verum:
N o T E S..
VER. 159. not a word they Spare–That wants or force, or light, or weight, or care.] Force and light respect figurative expresion; and fignify, that it be such as awakes the imagination, and be taken from obvious subjects; for without the first quality it will wani force ; without the cther, light.
Weight and care respect literal expression, the first marking out the character of the verb; the other of the noun; and fignify that, in ever proposition, the attribute should be important, and the subject precise.
Howe'er urwillingly it quits its place,
175 Then polith all, with so much life and ease, You think 'tis Nature, and a knack to please:
Verba movere loco ; quamvis invita recedant,
VER. 170. For Use will father what's begot by Senfe.] A very fine and happy improvement on the expresion, if not on the thougbiz of his original.
“ Bút ease in writing flows from Art, not chance ; “ As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance.
9 If such the plague and pains to write by rule, 180 Better (say I) be pleas'd, and play the fool; Call, if you will, bad rhyming a disease, It gives men happiness, or leaves them ease. There liv'd in primo Georgii (they record) A worthy member, no small fool, a Lord; 185 Who, tho' the House was up, delighted fate, Heard, noted, answer'd, as in full debate : In all but this, a man of sober life, Fond of his Friend, and civil to his Wife ; Not quite a madman, tho' a pasty fell,
190 And much too wise to walk into a well.
Ludentis fpeciem dabit, et torquebitur, ut qui
Ν Ο Τ Ε S.
VER. 184. There liv'd in primo Georgii, etc.] The imitation of this story of the Madman is as much superior to his original, in the fine and easy manner of telling, as that of Lucullus's Soldier comes short of it. It is true, the turn Horace's madman took, ágrees better with the subject of his Epistle, which is Poetry; and doubts less there were other beauties in it, which time has deprived us ofe For it is in poetry as in painting, the most delicate touches go firft; and what is worse, they agree in this too, that they are laft obferved. So that, what between cime and ill taite, the greated beauties are the shortest lived.
Him, the damn'd Doctors and his Friends immur'd, They bled, they cupp'd, they purg'd; in short, they
cur'd: Whereat the gentleman began to stareMy Friends! he cry'd, p-x take you for your care! 195 That from a Patriot of diftinguith'd note, Have bled and purg'd me to a simple Vote.
"Well, on the whole, plain prose must be my fate :
• Soon as I enter at my country door,
Hic ubi cognatorum opibus curisque refe&us,
Nimirum fapere eft abjecis utile nugis,
t If, when the more you drink, the more you crave, You tell the Doctor ; when the more you have, The more you want, why not with equal ease Confess as well your Folly, as Disease ?
215 The heart resolves this matter in a trice, “ Men only feel the Smart, but not the Vice.”
* When golden Angels cease to cure the Evil: You give all royal Witchcraft to the Devil: When fervile Chaplains cry, that birth and place 220 Indue a Peer with honour, truth, and grace, Look in that breast, most dirty D--! be fair, Say, can you find out one such lodger there? Yet still, not heeding what your heart can teach, You go to church to hear these Flatt'rers preach.
225 Indeed, could wealth bestow or wit or merit, A grain of courage, or a spark of spirit,
Si tibi nulla fitim finiret copia lymphae,
« Si vulnus tibi monftrata radice vel herba
At fi divitiae prudentem reddere poffent,
VIR. 218. When golden Angels, etc.] This illustration is much happier than what is employed in his original; as by raising pecu. niary ideas, it prepares the mind for that morality it is brought to illustrate.
VER. 220. When servile Chaplains cry, etc.] Ds. Ken-to