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“ NOT

or to admire, is all the Art I know,

To make men happy, and to keep them fo.” (Plain Truth, dear MURRAY, needs no flow'rs of speech, So take it in the very words of Creech.)

• This Vault of Air, this congregated Ball, Self-center'd Sun, and Stars that run and fall,

E P I S T O L A

VI.

N"
IL admirari, prope res eft una, Numici,

Solaque quae pofsit facere et fervare beatum. • Hunc folem, et ftellas, et decedentia certis

NO TE SI VIR. 3. dear MURRAY,] This Pieee is the most finished of all his imitations, and executed in the high manner the Italian Painters call con amore. By which they mean, the exertion of that principle, which puts the faculties on the stretch, and produces the supreme degree of excellence. For the Poet had all the warmth of affection for the great Lawyer to whom it is addressed : ard, indeed, no man ever more deserved to have a Poet for bis

friend. In the obtaining of which, as neither Vanity, Party, nor
Fear, had any fhare : so he supported his title to it by all the
offices of true Friendship.

VIR 4. Creech.] From whose trapslation of Horace the two fight
es are taken.
VIR. 6, Stars that rise and fall,) The Original is,

decedentia certis
Tempora momentis,
which words fimply and literally fignify the change of seafonse
But this change being considered as an object of admiration, his
imitator has judicioudy expressed it in the more fublime figurative

Stars that rise and fall; by whole courses the seasons are marked and distinguished,

terms of

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There are, my Friend! whose philosophic eyes.
Look thro' and trúft the Ruler with his skies,
To him commit the hour, the day, the year,
And view this dreadful All without a fear. 10

Admire we then what Earth's low entrails hold,
Arabian fhores, or Indian seas in fold ;
All the mad trade of e Fools and Slaves for Gold ?
Or Popularity? or Stars and Strings?
The Mob's applauses, or the gifts of Kings? 15
Say with what & eyes we ought at Courts to gaze,
And pay the Great our homage of Amaze ?

If weak the pleasure that from these can spring,' The fear to want them is as weak a thing: Whether we dread, or whether we desire,

20 In either case, believe me, we admire ; Whether we i joy or grieve, the same the curse, Surpriz'd at better, or surpriz'd at worse.

Tempora momentis, sunt qui < formidine nulla
Imbuti spectent. d quid censes, munera terrae ?
Quid, maris extremos Arabas e ditantis et Indos ?
Ludicra, quid, plausus, et amici dona Quiritis?
Quo fpectanda modo, & quo fenfu credis et ore?

Qui timet his adversa, fere miratur eodem
Quo cupiens pacto : pavor est utrobique molestus:
Improvisa fimul species exterret utrumque :
i Gaudeat, an doleat; cupiat, metuatne ; quid ad rem,

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NOT E S.

VER. 8. trust the Ruler with bis skies To him commit the bour,] Our Author, in these imitations, has been all along careful to correct the loose morals, and absurd divinity of his Original.

VER. 22. Wbether we joy or grieve, the same the curse,--Surpriz'd at better, or surpriz'd at worse.) The elegance of this is superior to the Original. The curse is the same (says he) wbether we joy or grieve. Why so? Because, in either case, the man is surprized, hurried off, and led away captive.

Thus good or bad, to one extreme betray
Th’unbalanc'd Mind, and snatch the Man away; 25
For k Virtue's self may too much zeal be had;
The worst of Madmen is a Saint run mad.

Go then, and if you can, admire the state
Of beaming diamonds, and reflected plate;
Procure a Taste to double the furprize,

30 And gaze on m Parian Charms with learned eyes : Be ftruck with bright" Brocade, or Tyrian Dye, Our Birthday Nobles' splendid Livery. If not so pleas’d, at ° Council-board rejoice, To see their Judgments hang upon thy Voice ; 35

Si, quidquid vidit melius pejusve sua fpe,
Defixis oculis, animoque et corpore torpet?

k Infani fapiens nomen ferat, aequus iniqui; Ultra quam fatis eft, virtutem fi petat ipsam. 1 I nunc, argentum et marmor m vetus, aeraque et artes Suspice; cum gemmis " Tyrios mirare colores: Gaude, quod spectant oculi te o mille loquentem :

Ν Ο Τ Ε S.

(The good or bad to one extreme betray

Th’ unbalanc'd Mind, and snatch the Man away.) This happy advantage, in the imitation, arises from the ambiguity of the word surprize.

VER. 30. Procure a Taste to double the surprize,] This is one of those superior touches that most ennoble a perfect piece. He speaks here of falje taste, as appears by his directions how to get it, and how to use it when got. Procure a taste, says he. That is, of the Virtuofi; whose science you are to buy for that purpose : for true tafe, which is from nature, comes of itself. And how are you to use it? Not to cure you of that bane of life, admiration, but to raise and inflame it, by doubling your furprize. And this a false

fte will always do; there being none so given to raptures as the Virtuoso Tribe : whereas the Man of true Taste finds but a few things to approve: and those he approves with moderation..

From P morn to night, at Senate, Rolls, and Hall,
Plead much, read more, dine late, or not at all.
But wherefore all this labour, all this ftrife?
For 9 Fame, for Riches, for a noble Wife?
Shall - One whom Nature, Learning, Birth conspir'd
To form, not to admire but be admir'd,

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Sigh, while his Chloe, blind to Wit and Worth,
Weds the rich Dulness of some Son of earth?
Yet Time ennobles, or degrades each Line ;
It brighten'd Craggs's, and may darken thine:. 45
And what is Fame ? the Meanest have their day,
The Greatest can but blaze, and pass away.
Grac'd as thou art, * with all the Pow'r of Words,
So known, so honour'd, at the House of Lords :
Conspicuous Scene! another yet is nigh,

50 (More filent far) where Kings and Poets lie ; x Where MURRAY (long enough his Country's pride) Shall be no more than Tully or than HYDE !

Gnavus o mane forum, et vespertinus pete tectum; 9 Ne plus frumenti dotalibus emetat agris Mutus, et (indignum ; quod fit pejoribus ortus) t Hic tibi fit potius, quam tu mirabilis illi. • Quicquid sub terra eft, in apricum proferet aetas ; Defodiet, condetque nitentia. t cum bene notum Portieus Agrippae, et via te confpexerit Appi; Ire tamen restat, Numa u

quo

devenit et Ancus.

NO TE S.

VER. 53• TULLY, HYDE !] Equal to either, in the ministry of his profession; and superior to both where the parallel fails : Tully's brightest talents were frequently tarnished by Vanity and Fear; and Hyde's most virtuous purposes perverted and defeated by faperstitious notions concerning the divine origin of Government, and the unlimited obedience of the People.

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