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Where hopeless anguish pour'd his groan,
And lonely want retir'd to die.
No petty gain disdain’d by pride,
The toil of ev'ry day supply'd.
His virtues walk'd their narrow round,
Nor made a pause, nor left a void; And sure th' Eternal Master found
The single talent well employ'd.
The busy day—the peaceful night,
Unfelt, uncounted, glided by;
Though now his eightieth year was nigh.
No cold gradations of decay, Death broke at once the vital chain,
And freed his soul the nearest way.
EPITAPH ON CLAUDE PHILLIPS,
AN ITINERANT MUSICIAN*.
Phillips! whose touch harmonious could remove
* These lines are among Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies: they are nevertheless recognised as Johnson's in a memorandum of his hand-writing, and were probably written at her request. Phillips was a travelling fiddler up and down Wales, and was greatly celebrated for his performance.
THOMAM HANMER, BARONETTUM.
Honorabilis admodum Thomas HANMER,
Baronettus, Wilhelmi Hanmer armigeri, e Peregrina Henrici
North De Mildenhall in Com. Suffolciæ Baronetti sorore
Duas uxores fortitus est; Alteram Isabellam, honore a patre derivato, de
Arlington comitissam, Deinde celsissimi principis ducis de Grafton viduam
dotariamn: Alteram Elizabetham Thomæ Foulkes de Barton in
Com. Suff. armigeri
Filiam et hæredem. Inter humanitates studia feliciter enutritus, Omnes liberalium artium disciplinas avide arripuit, Quas morum suavitate haud leviter ornavit.
Postquam excessit ex ephebis, Continuo inter populares suos fama eminens, Et comitatus sui legatus ad Parliamentum missus, Ad ardua regni negotia per annos prope triginta
se accinxit: Cumque apud illos amplissimorum virorum ordines
Solent nihil temere effutire,
Orator gravis et pressus;
At Hanmer church, in Flintshire,
Æque omnium, utcunque inter se alioqui dissidentium,
Aures atque animos attraxit.
Ad Prolocutoris cathedram
Tum illo certe, negotiis
Cum dignitate sustinuit.
Justi rectique tenax,
officiis satisfecisset, Paulatim se a publicis consiliis in otium recipiens,
Inter literarum amanitates,
Gulielmus Bunbury Bttus nepos et hæres.
PARAPHRAISE OF THE ABOVE EPITAPH,
BY DR. JOHNSON*.
Thou who survey'st these walls with curious eye, Pause at the tomb where HANMER's ashes lie;
* 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 various worth through varied life attend,
His force of genius burn'd in early youth,
Thus early wise, th' endanger'd realm to aid,
In business dex'trous, weighty in debate,
Resistless merit fix'd the Senate's choice,
Then when dark arts obscur'd each fierce debate,
This task perform'd—he sought no gainful post,
Age call'd, at length, his active mind to rest,
Calm Conscience, then, his former life survey'd,
TO MISS HICKMAN,*
PLAYING ON THE SPINNET.
Bright Stella, form’d for universal reign,
know to keep the slaves you gain:
When old Timotheus struck the vocal string,
PARAPHRASE OF PROVERBS, CHAP. VI.
Verses 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.
Turn on the prudent ant thy heedful eyes,
* 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.
t In Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies, but now printed from the ori. ginal in Dr. Johnson's own hand-writing.