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“ mended it the more, that we might seem to be above the “ censure, &c.”

DRYDEN, Ibid. “ This is but doing justice to my country; part of which “ honour will reflect on your Lordnip; whose thoughts are

always just, your numbers harmonious, your words cho“ sen, your expressions strong and manly, your verse fow“ ing, and your turns as happy as they are easy. If you “ wouid set us more copies, your example would make all

precepts needless. In the mean time, that little you have “ writ is owned, and that particularly by the poets (who are

a nation not over-lavish of praise to their contemporaries)

as a particular ornament to our language : but the sweet“ eft effences are always confined in the smallest glasses.”

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DRYDEN, Dedication to AURENGEZEB. How great and manly in your Lordship, is your contempt of popular applause; and your retired virtue, which fhines only to a few; with whom you live so easily and freely, that you make it evident, you have a soul which is capable of all the tenderness of friendship, and that you only retire yourfelf from those, who are not capable of returning it! Your kindness, where you have once plac'd it, is inviolable: and 'tis to that only I attribute my happiness in your love. This makes me more easily forsake an argument, on which I could otherwise delight to dwell: I mean your judgment in your choice of friends; because I have the honour to be one. After which, I ain sure you will more easily permit me to be silent, in the care you have taken of my fortune; which you have rescu’d, not only from the power of others, but from my worst of enemies, my own modefty and laziness. Which favour, had it been employ'd on a more deserving subject, had been an effect of justice in your nature; but as placed on me, is only charity. Yet withal, 'tis conferred on such a man, as prefers your kindness itself, before any of its consequences; and who values, as the greatest of your favours, those of your love, and of your conversation. From this constancy to your friends, I might reasonably affume, that your resentments would be as itrong and latting, if they were not restrained by a nobler principlc of good-nature and generosity. For certainly, 'tis the same composition of mind, the same resolution and courage, which makes the greatest friendlhips, and the

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[v] greatest enmities. To this firmness in all your a&tions (tho' you are wanting in no other ornaments of mind and body, yet to this) I principally ascribe the interest your merits have acquir'd you in the Royal Family. A prince, who is conItant to himself, and steady in all his undertakings; one with whom the character of HORACE will agree,

" Si fraétus illabatur orbis,

Impavidum ferient ruinae,”, Such a one cannot but place an esteem, and repose a confidence on him, whom no adversity, no change of courts, no bribery of interest, or cabal of faétions, or advantages of for. tune, can remove from the solid foundations of honoạr and fidelity.

“ Ille meos, primus qui me fibi junxit, amores

Abstulit, ille habcat fecum, servetque sepulcro." How well your Lordship will deserve that praise, I need no inspiration to foretel. You have already left no room for prophecy: Your early undertakings have been such, in the service of your king and country, when you offer'd yourself to the most dangerous employment, that of the sea: when you chose to abandon those delights, to which your youth and fortune did invite you, to undergo the hazards, and, which was worse, the company of common seamen; that you have made it evident, you will refuse no opportunity of rendring yourself useful to the nation, when either your courage or conduct shall be required.

Bishop BURNET, Preface to Sir T. More's Utopia. Our language is now certainly properer and more natural than it was formerly, chiefly since the correction that was given by the Rehearsal: and it is to be hoped that the Essay on Poetry, which may be well match'd with the best pieces of its kind that even AUGUSTUS's age produced, will have a more powerful operation; if clear sense, joined with home, buit gentle reproofs, can work more on our writers, than that unmerciful exposing of 'em has done.

ADDISON, Speflator, N 253. We have three Poems in our tongue, which are of the same nature, and each of them a master-piece in its kind : the EC

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say on Translated Verse, the Essay on Poetry, and the Essay on Criticism.

Lord LANSDOW», Elay on Unnatural Flights, &c.
ROSCOMMON first, then MULGRAVE rose, like light,
To clear our darkness, and to guide our flight:
With steady judgment, and in lofty sounds,
They gave us patterns, and they set us bounds.
The STAGYRITE and Horace laid aside,
Inform'd by them we need no foreign guide:
Who seek from Poetry a lasting name,
May from their lessons learn the road to fame.

PRIOR, Alma, Cant. 2.
Happy the poet! blest the lays !
Which BUCKINGHAM has deign'd to praise.

GARTH, Dispensary.
Now Tyber's streams no courtly GALLUS see,
But smiling Thames enjoys his NORMANBY.

Pore, Essay on Criticism.
Yet some there were among the founder few,
Of those who less presum'd, and better knew,
Who durft assert the juster ancient cause,
And here restor'd Wit's fundamental laws.
Such was the muse, whose rules and practice tell,
“ Nature's chief Mafter-piece is writing well.”

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Pope, Miscellaries.
Muse, 'tis enough, at length thy labour ends:
And thou shalt live; for BUCKINGHAM commends.
Let crowds of criticks now my verse assail,
Let D.S write, and nameless pumbers rail.
This more than pays whole years of thankless pain,
Time, health, and fortunc, are not lost in vain:
SHEFFIELD approves; consenting PHOEBUS bends;
And I and malice from this hour are friends.

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Elegy to the Duchess of R.

16 A Letter from Sea.

18 Love's Slavery.

19 The Dream. To one who accused him of being too sensual in his Love. 22 The Warning.


24 The Venture.

25 Inconstancy Excused. Song,

26 Song.

27 Despair:

28 On Apprehension of losing what he had newly gain’d. In Imitation of OVID.

30 The Reconcilement. Song.

32 song.

33 To a Coquet Beauty.

34 The Relapse.

35 The Recovery, The Convert.


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