Attenuatus amore
Liquitur; et caeco paulatim carpitur igni.
Whereupon the gods transform him to a flower.

Nusquam corpus erat: croceum pro corpore florem

Inueniunt, foliis medium cingentibus albis. Ovid, Metamorphoseon, III, 339-510. p. 238. a Poetical Philosopher. Thomas Creech (1659-1700), Fellow of All Souls,

the translator of (1682) and commentator upon (1695) Lucretius. He was a sufferer from melancholia, and in June, 1700, after having been missing for five days his body was discovered in a garret at the house of Mr. Ives, an apothecary with whom he lodged. He had committed suicide very deliberately, but at the coroner's inquest he was found non compos mentis. The precise reasons for his act were much debated at the time. One rumour, which was current, that he had killed himself through sympathy with the principles of Lucretius is wholly unworthy of credence. There were printed after his death two tracts: “ A Step to Oxford, or a Mad Essay on the Reverend Mr. Tho. Creech's hanging himself (as 'tis said) for love. With the Character of his Mistress (Miss Philadelphia Playdell, of S. Giles, Oxford), 1700,” and “ Daphnis, or a Pastoral Elegy upon the unfortunate and much-lamented death of Mr. Thomas Creech," 1700, and, second edition (corrected), 1701. Also reprinted in A Collec

tion of the best English Poetry, Vol. I, 1717. p. 248. On a Sea Fight. Leigh Hunt in his notice of Wycherley says: we guess

the fight to have been that with Opdam, the same in which his friend Lord Dorset was present, and that occasioned the gay verses ‘To all you ladies now at land.'” The Duke of York gained a naval victory over Opdam, 3 June, 1665. The superficial Macaulay with some impertinent reflections says of this sea fight: “We believe that it was one of the battles between Rupert and De Ruyter, in 1673.” In any case the point cannot be exactly decided, but Leigh Hunt is probably correct.







The World Unmask'd. (A Satyr.) Against all Vain Pretenders,

their Hypocrisie, Affectation, and Vanity; which generally make
Men disappoint their own Ends, by their own Desires.

Page 3 A Song to Lucinda: Upon the News of her Returning to Town in Win

ter; and, her Enquiry by Letter, How Things went in Town, since
her Departure.

6 To Play the Fool in General, is to be Wife in Particular: To a Con

ceited Fop, who pretended to be more Wife, as more Singular. (A Song.) To an Antiquated Mistress, accused by her of Falseness,

and not being the fame Man he was once to her; but calld a Rene

gade to Love and Beauty. Upon a Lady's Fine Back-Side, it being her Best Side; seen by chance,

and given for a Subject to Write upon. A Song, in praise of Solitude.

13 In Praise of Industry and Action, (preferr'd to Good Sense, Thought,

or Wit,) in Business or Love; to a Mistress, who commanded her
Lover to fit still, and be more Quiet, to be less Idle.

14 The Recantation. (A Song.) To a Vain, Insensible Mistress, who faid,

Her Beauty, as her Heart, was her own; asking her Lover,
What he thought of her and them.

16 Against Industry: To a Laborious Poetaster, who preferr'd Industry to Wit.

17 To a Lady, with Sleepy Eyes, and a Cloudy Look; affecting to make her Eyes more Sleepy by Art, than they were by Nature.

18 The Poor Lover to his Rich Mistress, about to Marry his Coxcombly

Rival; but for his making better Presents, and offering Better
Settlements to her.

19 (A Song.) To Phillis, the Cruel, and Proud. In Praise of Laziness.

23 (A Song.) To a Lady fomething Superannuated, who stood more upon

her Good Name, than the Ill Deed of Love; and told her Lover,
She was afraid, he cou'd not keep a Lady's Secret.

25 To the Duke of B-, Imprison'd in the Tower, by a Court-Faction.



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An Heroic Epistle. To the Most Honourable Match-Maker, a Bawd,

calld J.C.-—; proving Free Love more Honourable, than Sla-
vish, Mercenary Marriage.

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To a Rich, Mercenary, Matrimonial Mistress; who said, The most

Honourable Match, was that, which was made for moft Money. 31 (A Song.) To One who said, She did not believe her Gallant's Love, because he had never said any thing of it to her before.

33 To a Passionate, Noise Friend.

To the Universal Friend.
(A Song.) To an Impertinent Mistress, who affected Resistance to

her Lover's Kindness; and Crying out, which discover'd her In-
trigue, so became her Shame by her Modesty; whofe Lover endeav-
our'd to stop her Tongue in her Mouth, by his.

39 To the Delaying, Vain, yet Mercenary Friend.

41 To the Upbraiding Friend.

43 A Dialogue, betwixt Chloris and Thyrsis, after a Forc'd Favour; to be Set and Sung.

45 To a Loud, Talkative, Minor Wit, who us'd to repeat often, in his

Vindication, the Latin Saying, Loquere, ut te videam.
(A Song.) To a Lady, who said, Men of Wit were Atheists in Love,

as well as in Religion; and that Fools were every way Faith-
ful Adorers, since True Believers.

Upon Avarice. To a Miserable Wretch, who pretended to hate Vanity,
more than he lov'd Money.

50 A Song to Phillis; Reviving her Friend's Old Love, by Singing a New Song of his, written on her.

52 An Epithalamium on the Marriage of Two very III Natur'd Blacks,

who were to have their Liberty, in consideration of their Match. 53 Thanks to a Scornful Mistress, for her Pride, and Indifference in her Love; being to all Men alike. (A Song.)

54 In Praise of Ignorance; which is, as least Knowledge, most Wisdom. Dedicated to the Court; nay, to all sorts of Courts.




An Epistle to Mr. Dryden from the Copy Corrected in the year 1706.
Verses omitted from the Panegyrick on Dulness.
Conclufion added in the year 1709, to the Poem called The Bill of Fare.
Epigram occassioned by Ozell's translation of Boileau's Lutrin.
Verses on the Speaking-Head.
The Court-Life.

69 69

70 71 72

HERO AND LEANDER IN BURLESQUE Hero and Leander in Burlesque.

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105 A Collection of Maxims and Moral Reflections.

109 Against Pride and Ambition: an Efray.

143 The Various Mix'd

Life, against the Conftant Publick or Private Life. 147 The Court-Life. To a Friend, diff wading him from attending for Places.

150 To that Incomparable Poet, Mr. Waller, in his Old Age.

151 A Panegyrick on Dulness.

152 To a Fickle Mistress, accufing me of love of Change. A Song.

154 On Mr. Dryden's wanting an Epitaph.

154 An Epistle to Mr. Dryden, occafion’d by his defiring the Author to joyn with him in Writing a Comedy.

155 Against being in Love with Two at a Time.

160 Again ft Passion: To a Quarrelsome Friend.

161 Upon the Boldness of Cowardice.

163 A Dialogue betwixt Phillis and Strephon, upon his Refignation of her to his Old Rich Rival.

165 The Frail Nymph's Apology. The Silent Lover's Defence.

171 The Complaint 10 a Diloyal Miftrefs.

171 Love and Wine.

172 To an Ingenious Young Man, fo follicitous for the Future that he neglected the Present.

173 The Disappointed Muse.

175 Love's Golden Age.

176 To a Doctor of Physick, on his writing a Satyr against Wit.

176 To his Unconsenting Miftrefs.

177 The Reproof. To a Silly, Handsome, Talkative Coquet.

178 To Celia, who, flying from him into a Grove, fell down.

179 Ease, the Wish and Endeavour of all Men, loft by their too eager Pursuit of it.

181 Against Atheism.

182 To his Indifferent Mistress. For the Publick Active Life, againft Solitude.




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