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have acquir'd you in the Royal Family: A Prince, who is constant to himself, and steady in all his Una dertakings; one with whom the Character of Ho. RACE will agree,
Si fractus illabatur orbis,
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 Factions, or Advantages of Fortune, can remove from the solid Foundations of Honour and Fidelity.
Ille meos, primus qui me fibi junxit, amores
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 requir'd.
Bishop BURNet, Pref. to Sir T. MORE's Utopia.
Our Language is now certainly properer and more natural than it was formerly, chiefly fince the Correction that was given by the Rehearsal: And it is to be hoped that the Esay 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, but gentle Reproofs, can work more on our Writers, than that unmerciful exposing of 'em has done.
Addison, Spectat. No 253. We have three Poems in our Tongue, which are of the fame nature, and each of them a Masterpiece in its kind : The Elay on Translated Verse, the Esay on Poetry, and the Esay on Criticism.
Ld. LANSDOWN, Essay on Unnatural Flights, &c. ROSCOMMON first, then MULGRAVE rose, like Light, To clear our Darkness, and to guide our Flight : With ftcady Judgment, and in lofty Sounds, They gave us Patterns, and they sct us Bounds.
The STAGYRITE and HORACE laid afide,
PRIOR, Alma, Cant. 2.
Happy the Poet ! bleft the Lays!
Pope, Esay 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 reli, Nature's chief Masterpiece is writing well.
Pope, Miscellanies. Musc, 'tis enough, at length thy Labour ends : And thou shalt live; for BUCKINGHAM commends.
Let Crowds of Criticks now my Verse affail,
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SONGS and VERSES. Elegy to the Dutchess of R
24 A Letter from Sea. Love's Slavery The Dream. To one who accused him of being too sensual in
gain'd, in Imitation of Ovid.
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