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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
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
VIR 4. Creech.] From whose trapslation of Horace the two fight
Stars that rise and fall; by whole courses the seasons are marked and distinguished,
There are, my Friend! whose philosophic eyes.
Admire we then what Earth's low entrails hold,
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
Qui timet his adversa, fere miratur eodem
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
Go then, and if you can, admire the state
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,
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,
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
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.