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Duas uxores fortitus eft :
dotariam : Alteram Elizabetham Thomæ Foulkes de Barton in
Com. Suff. armigeri
Filiam et hæredem. Inter humanitates studia felicitèr enutritus, Omnes liberalium artium disciplinas avidè arripuit, Quas morum fuavitate haud leviter ornavit.
Poftquam excessit ex ephebis, Continuò inter populares fuos famâ eminens, Et comitatûs fui legatus ad Parliamentum miffus, Ad ardua regni negotia per annos prope triginta
se accinxit : Cumque apud illos ampliffimorum virorum ordines
Solent nihil temerè effutire,
Orator gravis et pressus ;
commendatus, Æquè omnium, utcunque inter se alioqui diffidentium,
Aures atque animos attraxit.
Ad Prolocutoris cathedram
Tum illo certè, negotiis
Et variis et lubricis et implicatis difficillimum,
Cum dignitate fuftinuit.
Justi rectique tenax,
Et fide in patriam incorruptâ notus. Ubi omnibus, quæ virum civemque bonum decent,
officiis satisfecisset, Paulatim se à publicis confiliis in otium recipiens,
Inter literarum amænitates,
Honorificè consenuit ;
Gulielmus Bunbury Bleus nepos et hæres.
PARAPHRASE of the above EPITAPH.
By Dr. JOHNSON*. THOU who survey'st these walls with curious eye, Pause at his tomb were Hanmer's ashes lie; His various worth through varied life attend, And learn his virtues while thou mourn'st his end.
His force of genius burn'd in early youth, With thirst of knowledge, and with love of truth;
* This Paraphrase is inserted in Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies. The Latin is there said to be written by Dr. Freind. Of the person whose memory it celebrates, a copious account may be seen in the Appendix to the Supplement to the Biographia Britannica.
His learning, join'd with each endearing art,
Thus early wise, th’ endanger'd realm to aid,
In business dext'rous, weighty in debate,
Refistless merit fix'd the Senate's choice,
throne ! Then when dark arts obscur'd each fierce debate, When mutual frauds perplex'd the maze of ftatc, The moderator firmly mild appear'dBeheld with love with veneration heard.
This task perform’d-he sought no gainful post,
Age call'd, at length, his active mind to rest,
Delighted still to please mankind, or mend,
Calm Conscience, then, his former life survey'd,
To Miss HICKMAN*, playing on the Spinnet.
When old Timotheus struck the vocal string,
* These lines, which have been communicated by Dr. Turton, son to Mrs. Turton, the Lady to whom they are addressed by her maiden name of Hickman, must have been written at least as early as the year 1734, as that was the year of her marriage: at how much earlier a period of Dr. Johnson's life they may have been written, is not known.
PARAPHRASE of PROVERBS, Chap. VI.
Verses 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.
“ Go to the Ant, thou Sluggard *." TURN
on the prudent ant thy heedful eyes, Observe her labours, Iluggard, and be wise :
How long shall Sloth usurp thy useless hours,
HORACE, Lib. IV. Ode VII. translated. THE snow, diffolv’d, no more is seen, The fields and woods, behold! are green; The changing year renews the plain, The rivers know their banks again ; The sprightly nymph and naked grace The
mazy dance together trace;
*. In Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies, but now printed from the original in Dr. Johnson's own hand-writing.