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« commended it the more, that we might secm to « be above the Censure, &c.
« This is but doing Justice to my Country ; part of which Honour will reficct on your Lord
ship ; whose Thoughts are always just, your “ Numbers harmonious, your Words chosen, your
Expressions strong and manly, your Verse flowing, and your Turns as happy as they are easy. If
you would set us more copies, your Example « would make all Precepts needless. In the mean “ time, that little you have writ is own'd, and that
particularly by the Poets (who are a Nation not " over-lavish of Praise to their Contemporaries) as a
particular Ornament of our Language: But the “ sweetest Efences are always confin'd in the " smallest Glasses."
DRYDEN, Ded. to AURENGEZEB. How great and manly in your Lordship, is your Contempt of popular Applause; and your retir'd Virtue, which shines only to a few; with whom you live so easily and frecly, that you inake it evident, you have a Soul which is capable of all the Tenderness of Friendship, and that you only retire yourself from those, who are not capable of re
turning 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 am 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 Modesty 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 plac'd on me, is only Charity. Yet withal, 'tis conferr'd 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 assume, that your Resentments would be as strong and lasting, if they were not restrain’d by a nobler Principle of Good Nature and Generosity. For certainly, 'tis the same Composition of Mind, the same Resolution and Courage, which makes the greatest Friendships, and the greatest Enmities. To this firmness in all your Actions (tho’you are wanting in no other Ornaments of Mind and Body, yet to this, I principally ascribe the Interest your Merits I
have acquir'd you in the Royal Family. A Prince, who is constant to himself, and steady in all his Undertakings; one with whom the Character of HoRACE 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 renove 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 alrcady 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 Seas 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 Scamen ; that you have made it evident, you will refuse no Opportunity of rendring yourself
useful to the Nation, when either your Courage oë 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 since 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 same nature, and each of them a Mafter piece in its kind : The Esay on Translated Verse, the Esay on Poetry, and the Es ay on Criticism.
Ld. LANSDOWN, Ejay on Unnatural Flights, &c. RoscoMMON firlt, 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,
PRIOR, Alma, Cant. 2.
POPE, Esay on Criticism. Yet some there were among the sounder few, Of those who less presum’d, and better knew, Who durst assert the jufter ancient Cause, And here restor'd Wit's Fundamental Laws. Such was the Muse, whose Rules and Practice tell, Nature's chief Masterpiece is writing well.
Pope, Miscellanies. Muse, 'tis enough, at length thy Labour ends : And thou shalt live ; for BUCKINGHAM commends.