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in Lucian (who wanted the other's wifdom to make a right
ufe of it) the fublime of Plato to the humour of Me-
nander.

VER. 217. He from tbe tajle obfcene, &c.~\ This, in imi-
tation of his Original, refers to the true Poet,

torquet ab obfcoenis.

and likewife to Mr. Addifon's papers in the Tatlers t Sfe*
VOL. IV. N



178 IMITATIONS Book a

Rccle fac~h refert ; * orientia tcmpora notis
Inflruit excmplis ; Y inopem folattir et aegrum.
Caftis cum z pueris ignara puella raaritt
Difccret wide b preces > vatem ni Mufa dediflet ?
Pofcit opem chorus, ct praeftntia numina fentit >
Coeleftes implorat aquas, do&a prece blandus- j
Avcrtit morbos, f meiuenda pericula pellit ;
Impetrat et pacem, et locupletem frugibus annum.
f Carmine Dl luperi placantur, carmine Manes.

e Agricolae prifci, fortes, parvoque bead y
Condita poft frumenta, levantes tempore fefto

NOTES.

fJators and Guardians ; the charafler of which is given m
the preceding note. But their excellence may be belt ga-
thered from their having procured fo long credit to that
vail heap of erode and indigeftcd things with which they
arc intermixed.

VER. 226. tie Idiot and the Poor.] A foundation for
the maintenance of" Idiots, and a Fund for affifting the
Poor, by lending fmall fums of money on demand. P.

VER. -229. Nat l>ut there are f &c. ] Nothing can be

.* more truly hiiaiofous or u itty than all that follows to }

240. Yet the noble ibbriety of the original, or, at leafl,

the appearance of ibbriety, which is the fame thing herc>

' i- of a tafte vaftly fuperior to it.



Ep. I. OF HORACE* 17$

Behold the hand that wrought a Nation's cure, 22$
Stretch'd to x relieve the Idiot and the Poor,
Proud Vice to brand, or injur'd Worth adorn,
And y ftretch the Ray to Ages yet unborn.
Not but there are, who merit other palms j
Hopkins and Sternhold glad the heart with Pfalms :
The * Boys and Girls whom charity maintains, 231
Implore your help in thefe pathetic ftrains :
How could Devotion b touch the country pews,
Unlefs the Gods beftow'd a proper Mufe ?
Verfe chears their leifure, Verfe afliils their work, 235
Verfe prays for Peace, or fings down Pope and Turk.
The iilenc'd Preacher yields to potent ftrain,
And feels that grace his pray'r befought in vain j
The blefiing thrills thro' all the lab'ring throng,
And d Heav'n is won by Violence of Song. 249

Our e rural Anceftors, with little bleft,
Patient of labour when the end was reft,
Indulg'd the day that hous'd their annual grain,
With feafts, and off'rings, and a thankful ftrain :

NoTfis.

VER. 230. Sternhold.'] One of the verfifiers of the old
fmging pfalms. He was a Courtier, and Groom of the
Robes to Hen. vin. and of the Bedchamber to Edward vr.
Fuller, in his Church Hi/lory, fays he was efteemed an ex-
cellent Poet.

VER. 241. Our rural Arc fjlors, &V.] This is almoft li-
teral ; and (hews, that the beauty and fpirit, fo much ad-
mired in thefe Poems, owe lefs to the liberty of imitating,
|han to the fuperior genius of the imitator,

N 2



iSb I M I T A T I O tfS Book H.

Corpus et ipfiim aninium fpe finis dura ferentem a
Cum foeiis operum pueris et conjugc fida,
Tellurem porco, SHvanum ladle piabanty
Flonbus et vino Geniura memorcm brevis aevi.
jFefccnnina per hunc inventa licentia morem
f Verfibus alternis opprobria ruftica fudit ;
Libertafque recurrentes accepta per annoa
Lafit amabiliter : B donee jam faevus apertamv
In rabiero coepit verti jpcus, et per honeftas
Ire domos impune minax. doluere cruentef
Dente lacefliti : fuit intaclis quoq.ue cura
Conditione fuper communi : h quin etiam lex
Poenaque lata, malo quae nollet carmine quemquam
Defcribi. vertere modum, formidine fuftis
Ad l bene dicendum, deletlandumque redadli.
k Graecia capta ferum vilorem cepit, et artes

NOTES.

VER. 259. Mr>Jl warp*d to Flattery's fide, &c.] Thefe
two lines (notwithftanding the reference) are an addition
to the Original. They feemed necefiary to compleat the
Hillory of the rife and progrefs of Wit ; and, if attended
to, will' be fee'nto make much for the argument the Poet



p. I, O F H O R A C E. 1-8*

The joy their wives, their fons, and fervants mare,
Eafe of their toil, and part'ners of their care : 24.6
The laugh, thejeft, attendants on the bowl,
SmoothM ev'ry brow, and open'd ev'ry fou4 :
With growing years thepleafing Licence grew,
And f Taunts alternate innocently flew. 250

But Times corrupt, and g Nature, ill- inclined,
Produc'd the poict that left a fting behind
Till friend with friend, and families at ftrife,
Triumphant Malice rag'd thro' private life.
Who feit the wrong, or fear'd it, took th' alarm, 255
Appeal'd to Law, and Juftice lent her arm.
At length, by wholfome h dread of ftatutes bound,
The Poets learn' d to pleafe, and not to wound :
Moft war.p'd to ' Flatt'ry's fide - 3 but fome, more nice^
Preferv'd the freedom, and forbore the vice. 260

Hence Satire rofe, that juft the medium 'hit,
And heals with Morals what it hurts with Wit.

k We conquer'd France, but felt our Captive's

charms j
Her Arts victorious triumph'd o'er pur Arms ;

NOTES.

Is upon, viz. the recommendation of Poetry to the protefliotiyf
the Magijlrate. And is, therefore, what Horace would
have chofen to fay, had he refleded on it.

V.ER. 263. We conquer d France , ffc.] The inftance the
Poet here gives, to anfwer that in the Original, is not ip
ihappy. However, it might .be faid with truth, that our



IMITATIONS Book tt.

Intulit agrefti Latio. fie horridus illc

Defluxit l numerus Saturmus> et grave virus
Munditiae pepulere : fed in longum tarnen aevum
Manferunt, hodieque manent, '" vefligia run's.
Serus enim Graecis admovit acumina chartis j
Et poft n Punica bella quietus quaerere coepit,
Quid Sophocles etThefpis et Aefchylus utile ferrent I
Tentavit quoque rem, fi digne vertere poflet :
Et placuit fibi, natura fublimis et acer :
Nam p fpirat tragicum fatis, et feliciter audet ;
Sed 1 turpem pufat infcite metuitque liiuram*
Creditur, ex r media quia res arceffit, habere
Sudoris minimum j fed habet Comoedia tanto

NOTES.

Intrigues on the Continent brought us acquainted with
the Provincial Poets, and produced Chaucer. I, only, won-
^cr, when he had fuch an example before him, of a Bard
who fo greatly polifhed the rufticity of his age, he did not
u& it to paraphrafe the fenfe of

Defluxit numerus Saturnius, et grave virus

Munditiae pepulere :

VIR. 267. Waller was fmootb ;] Mr. Waller, about this
time with, the Earl of Dorfet, Mr Godelphin, and others,



Ep. I. OF HORACE. i& 3

Britain to foft refinements lefs a foe, 265

Wit grew polite, and ' Numbers learn M to flow.
Waller was fmooth ; but Dry den taught to join "^
The varying verfe, the full-refounding line,

The long majeftie Match, and Energy divine. \

Tho' ftill feme traces of our m ruftic vein 270



And fylay-foot verfe remain'd, and will remain.

J^ate, very late, corrednefs grew our care,

When the tir'd Nation n breath'd from civil war.

xac~l Racine, and Corneille's noble fire,

Show'd us that France had fomething to admire. 2~

Not but the p Tragic fpirit was our own,

And tall in Shakefpear, fair in Otway (hone :

JBut Otway fail'd to polifh or refine,

And q fluent Shakefpear fcarce effac'd a line.

.Ev'n copious Dryden wanted, or forgot, 280

The laft and greateft Art, the Art to blot.

Some doubt, if equal pains, or equal fire

The r humbler Mufe of Comedy require.

No T E s.

tranflatcd the Pompey of Corneille ; and the more corre
French Poets began to be in reputation. P.

VER. zSo. Evn copious Dry Jen ] copious aggravated
the fault. For when a writer has great ilorcs, he is inex-
cufable not to difcharge the eafy tafk of chufing of the
belt.

VER. 282. Some doubt, &c.~\ In Tragedy it is the aflion,
and in Comedy it is the manners* which moft engage our
attention. But it is eafier to direct and condud an adion



184 IMITATIONS Book IJ.

P^ys oneris, quanto veniae minus. s afpice, Plautus
Quo pa&u ' parfes tutctur amantis ephebi,
Ut patris attenti, lenonis ut infidiofi :
Quantus fit Doflennus n edaclbus in parafitis j
Quam w non aftrltto percurrat pulpita foe co.
Geftit enim x nurourn in loculos demittere j poft hoc
Securus, cadat an refto ftet fabula talo.

Quern tulit ad fcenam y ventofo gloria curru ?
Exanimat lentus fpc^ator, fedulus inflat :



NOTES.

than to draw and colour manners. Befides, our ignorance
of high life makes falfe manners in Tragedy efcape un-
pbferved ; but unnatural aclion in Comedy lies hid from
TIO body. Hence it is, that the difficulty of fucceeding
Jies on the fide of the comic writer. To fupport thefe ob-
fervations, let me a{k, from whence arifes our difguft,
\yhcn the ftene in Comedy is laid abroad, and that of
Tragedy at home. It appears, at firil fight, whimfical
and capricious, but has its foundation in nature. What
we chiefly feek in Comedy is a true image of life and man-
ners ; but we are not eafily brought to think we have it
given us, when drefled in foreign modes and fafhions.
And yet a good writer muft follow his fccne and obferve
decorum. On the contrary, 'tis the atlion in Tragedy
>vhich moft engages our attention. But to fit a domeftip
cturrence for the ftage we mull take greater liberties



)Ep. I. OF HORACE. 185

But in known Images of life, I guefs
The labour greater, as th' indulgence lefs '. 285
Obferve how fcldom ev'n the beft fucceed :
Tell me if l Congreve's Fools are Fools indeed ?
What pert, low Dialogue has Farqu'ar. writ !
How Van wants grace, who never wanted wit !
The ftage how u loofely does Aflraea tread, 290

Who fairly puts all Chara&ers to bed !
And idle Gibber, how he breaks the laws,
To make poor Pinky w eat with vaft applaufe f
But fill their x purfe, our Poet's work is done,
Alike to them, by Pathos or by Pun. 295

O you ! whom ? Vanity's light bark conveys
On Fame's mad voyage by the wind of praife,
With what a ftiifting gale your courfe you ply,
For ever funk too low, or born too high !

NOTES.

with the aftion than a well known ftory will allow. Not
but perhaps another reafon might be given for our difap-
probation of this inverted ftate of the fcene. Comedy
deajs much in fatire, Tragedy in panegyric : and our na-
tural malignity will more eafily luffer us to find the ridi-
culous at home, than the heroic.

VER. 290. djireea,} A Name taken by Mrs. Behn, Au-
thorefs of feveral qbfcene Plays, &c . P.

Ibid. Thejlage ho<w loofely does Ajlr<ea tread^\ The fine
metaphor of non ajlrilo, greatly improved by the happy
ambiguity of the word loofely.

VER.. 296. O you! 'whom Vanity's light bark conveys,"]
The metaphor is fine, but inferior to the Original, in
jnany refpects,

ventofo gloria curru,



iS6 IMITATIONS Book If.

Sic leve, fie parvum eft, animum quod laudis avarum
Subruit, ac reficit : z valeat res ludicra, fi me
Palma negata macrum, donata reducit opimum.
* Saepe etiam audacem fugat hoc terretque poetam
Quod numero plures, virtute et honore minores
Jndod"li, ftolidique, et b depugnare parati
Si difcordet eques, media inter carmina pofcunt
Aut c urfum wtfugifo': his nam plebecula gaudet.
Verum d equitis quoque jam migravit ab aure voluptas
Omnis, ad Inccrtos oculos, et gaudia vana.
^Quatuor aut plures aulaea premuntur in horas ;
Dum fugiunt ' equitum turmae, peditumque catcrvae ;
Mox trahitur manibus regum fortuna retords ;
EfTeda feftinant, pilcnta, petorrita, naves;

NOTES.

has a happy air of ridicule heightened by its allufion to
the Roman Triumph. It has a great beauty too, taken in
a more ferious light, as reprefenting the i'oet a S/a<v* to
Fame or Glory,

Quern tulit ad fcenam Gloria.

as was the cuftom in their triumphs. In other refpefts the
imitation has the preference. It is more juft. For a Poet
makes his firfl entrance on the ftage not, immediately, to
Triumph, but to try bis Fortune. However,

Who pants for Glory, {&c.
is much fuperior to the Original,



Ep. I. OF HORACE. 187

Who pants for glory finds but fhort repofe, 300
A breath revives him, or a breath o'erthrows.
z Farewell the ftage ! if juft as thrives the play,
The filly bard grows fat, or falls away.

a There ftill remains, to mortify a Wit,
The many-headed Monfter of the Pit : 305

A fenfelefs, worthlefs, and unhonour'd croud ;
Who, b to difturb their betters mighty proud,
Clatt'ring their flicks before ten lines are fpoke,
Call for the Farce, c the Bear, or the Black-joke.
What dear delight to Britons Farce affords ! 310
Ever the tafte of Mobs, but now d of Lords ;
(Tafte, that eternal wanderer, which flies
From heads to ears, and now from ears to eyes.)
The Play ftands ftill ; damn action and difcourfe,
Back fly the fcenes, and enter foot e and horfe j 315
Pageants on pageants, in long order drawn,
Peers, Heralds, Bimops, Ermin, Gold and Lawnj
The Champion too ! and, to complete the jcft,
Old Edward's Armour beams on Gibber's breaft.

NOTES.

VER. 313. From beads to ears, and no<vo from can to eye:]
From Plays to Operas, and from Operas to Pantomimes.

VER. 319. Old Edward's Armour beams on Gibber's breajlJ\
The Coronation of Henry vm. and Queen Anne Boleyn,
in which the Playhoufes vied with each other to reprefent
all the pomp of a Coronation. In this noble contention,
the Armour of one of the Kings of England was borrow-
fd from the Tower, to drefs the Champion. P.



i88 IMITATIONS Book H.

Captivum portatur ebur, captiva Corinthus.

f Si foret in terris, rideret Democritus ; fei*
Diverfum confufa genus panthera camelo,
Sive 8 eltphas albus vulgi .converteret ora.
Speftaret populum ludis attentius ipfis,
Ut fibi praebentem mimo fpe&acula plura :
Scriptores autera h narrare putaret afelh
Fabellam furdo. nam quae ' pervincere voces
Evaluere fof)um, referunt quern noftra theatra?
fc G&rganum muglre putes ntmus, aut mare Tufcum.
Xato cum ftrepitu ludi fpeflantilr, et artes,
* Divitiaeque peregrinae : qulbus m oblitus aflor
Cum ftetit infcena, concurrit dextera Jaevae.
Dixit adhuc aliquid ? n?l fane. Quid placet ergo ?
" Lana Tarentino violas imitata veneno.
Ac ne forte putes me, quae facere ipfe rccufcm.
Cum rete tra&ent alii, laudare maligne ;
Jlle per extentum funem mihi pofie videtur

NOTES.
Ibid. Old E&ivartTs Armowt, i?V.] Defcrip tive Poetry ie



Ep.I. OF HORACE. 1*9

With f laughter fure Democritus had dy'd, 310

Had he beheld an Audience gape fo wide,

Let Bear or * Elephant be e'er fo white,

The people, ( fure, the people are the fight !

Ah lucklefs h Poet ! ftretch thy lungs and roar,

That Bear or Elephant fhall heed thee more j 325

While all its ' throats the Gallery extends,

And all the Thunder of the Pit afcends !

Loud as the Wolves, on k Orcas' florin y fteep,

Howl to the roarings of the Northern deep.

Such is the {hour, the long-applauding note, 330

At Quiii's high plume, or OJdfield's * petticoat;

Or when from Court a birth-day fuit beftow'd,

Sinks the m loft Actor in the tawdry load.

Booth enters hark ! the Univerfal peal !

* But has he fpoken ?" Not a fyllable. 335

" What Ihook the ftage, and made the people ftare ?"

f Cato's long wig, flow Yd gown, and lacquer'd chair.

Yet left you think I railly more than teach,
Or praife malignly Arts I cannot reach,
Let me for once prefume t' inftruct the times, 34.0
To know the Poet from the Man of rhymes :

NOTES.

the loweft work of a Genius. Therefore when Mr. Pop*
employs himfelf in it, he never fails, as here, to enoblt
it with fome moral ftroke or other.

VER. 328. Orcas' Jtormy //>.] The fartheft Northern
Promontory of Scotland, oppofite to the Orcades. P.



190 IMITATIONS Book fl.

Ire poeta ; mcum qui pe&us inaniter angit,

Irritat, mulcet, fulfis terroribus implet,

Ut magus j et modo me Thebis, modo ponit Athenis,

p Vcrum age, et his, qui fe left or i credere malunt,

Quam fpeflatcrh faftidia ferre fuperbi,

Curam impende brevem : fi 1 munus Apolline dignum

Vis complete libris j et vatibus addere calcar,

Ut fludio majore petant Helicona virentem.

* Multa quidem nobis facimus mala faepe poetae,
(Ut vineta egomet caedam mea) cum tibi librum

%Mk

f Solicits damus, nutff/o : cum laedimur, ' unvm
Si quis amicorum eft aufus reprendere verfum :



NOTES.

VER. 347. To Thebes, to Athens, &cJ\ i. e. is equally
knowing in the manners of the moil different people 5
and has the {kill to employ ttofe manners with deco-
rum.

VER. 354. a Library'] Munus Apolttne dignum. The Pa-
latine Library then building by Auguftus. P.

VER. 355, Merlin 1 f Cave] A Building in th Royal



r , I. OF HORACE. 191

'Tis he, who gives my bread a thoufand pains,
Can make me feel each F^itton that he feigns j
-Inrage, compofc, with more than magic Art,
With Pity, and with Terror, tear my heart j 34$
And fnatch me, o'er the earth, or thro' the air,
To Thebes, to Athens, when he will, and where.

f But not this part of the Poetic ftate,
Alone, deferves the favour of the Great :
Think of thofe Authors, Sir, who would rely 350
More on a Reader's fenfe, than Gazer's eye.
Or who fhall wander where the Mufes fing ?
Who climb their mountain, or who tafte their fpring ?
How fhall we fill * a Library with Wit,
When Merlin's Cave is half unfurnifh'd yet ? 355
My Liege ! why Writers little claim your thought*
I guefs j and, with their leave, will tell the fault :
We r Poets are (upon a Poet's word)
Of all mankind, the creatures moft abfurd :
The f feafon, when to come, and when to go, 360
To fmg> or ceafe to fing, we never know j
And if we will recite nine hours in ten,
You lofe your patience, juft like other men.
Then too we hurt ourfelves, when to defend
A \ fingle verfe, we quarrel with a friend - t 365

NOTES.

Gardens of Richmond, where is a fmall, but choice CSt-
le&ion of Books, P.



IMITATIONS Book i

Cum loca jam v recitata revolvimus irrevocati ;
Cum w lamentamur non apparere labores
Noftros, et tenul dedu&a poematay?/0 j
Cum x fperamus eo rem venturam, ut, fimul atque
Carmina refcieris nos fingere, commodus ultro
Arceffat) et egere vetes, et fcribere cogas.
Sed tamen eft Y operae precium cognofcere, quales
Aedituos habeat belJi fpe&ata domique
Virtus, z indigno non committenda psetae.
Gratus Alexandra regi Magno fuit ille
Choerilus, incultis qui verfibus et male natis
Rettulit acceptos, regale numifma, Philippos.
Sed veluti tratata notam labemque remittunt
Atramenta, fere fcriptores carmine foeda
Splendida fala linunt, idem rex ille, poema
Qui tam ridiculum tarn care prodigus emit^
Edito vetuit, ne quis fe praeter Apellem
Pingeret) aut alius Lyfippo duceret aera
Fort is b Alexandri vultumjimulantia, quod fl

NOTES.

VER. 385. But Kings in Wit may want difcerning Spirit. ~\
This is not much to be wondered at fmce the Sacerdotal
Charader has been feparated from the Regal. This dif-
cerning of Spirits now feems to be the allotment of the ec-
clefialbcal branch, which the following inAance will put
out of doubt. The famous HUGO GR.OTIUS had, fome
how or other, furprized the world into an early admira-
tion of his parts and virtues. But his Grace Archbifhop
Abbot was not to be deceived by dazzling appearances.



Ep. r. OF HORACE. 193

Repeat r unafk'd j lament, the w Wit's too fine

For vulgar eyes, and point out ev'ry line.

But moft, when ftraining with too weak a wing,

We needs will write Epiftles to the King ;

And x from the moment we oblige the town, 370

Expeft a place, or penfion from the Crown j

Or dubb'd Hiftorians by exprefs command,

T' enroll your triumphs o'er the feas and land,

Be call'd to Court to plan fome work divine,

As once for Louis, Boileau and Racine. 375

Yet x think, great Sir ! (fo many Virtues fhown)
Ah think, what Poet beft may make them known ?
Or chufe at leaft fome Minifter of Grace,
Fit to beftow the z Laureat's weighty place.

a Charles, to late times to be tranfmitted fair,
AfKgn'd his figure to Bernini's care; 381

And great b Naflau to Kneller's hand decreed
To fix him graceful on the bounding Steed ;
So well in paint and ftone they judg'd of merit :
But Kings in Wit may want difcerning Spirit. 385

NOTES.

In one of his Refcripts to Sir Ralph Winwood, at the
Hague, he unmafks this forward Dutchman, who a little
before had been fent over to England by the States.
You muft take heed how you truft DOCTOR GRXJTIUS
too far, for I perceive him to be so ADDICTED TO

SOME PARTIALITIES IN THOSE PARTS, THAT HE
FEARETH NOT TO LASH SO IT MAY SERVE A TURN.

A\ his firtt coming to the King, by reafon of his good
Latin tongue, he was fo tedious and full of tittle-tattle,

VOL. IV. O



i 9 4 IMITATIONS Book II.

Judicium fubtile videndis artibus illud
Ad libros et ad hacc Mufarum dona vocares ;
c Boeotum in craflb jurares acre natum.

\_At neque dedecorant tua de fe judlcia^ atque
Muncrci) qitae multa dantls cum laude tulerunt t
Dilefli iibi Virgllius Varlufque poctae ;]

Nee magis exprefii ll vultus per ahenea figna,
Quam per vatis opus mores animique virorum
Clarorum apparent, nee fermones ego mallem
Repentes per humum, e quam res componere gejias^

NOTES.

" that the KING'S judgment was of him that be ivas fomt
PEDANT, full of words, and of NO GREAT JUDGMENT.
And 1 myfclf difcovering that to be his habit, as if he-
did imagine that every man was bound to hear him fo
long as he would talk, did privately give him notice
thereof, that he fhould plainly and diredlly deliver his
mind, or elfe he would make the King weary of him.
This did not take place but that afterwards he fell to it
again, as was efpecially observed one night at fupper at
the Lord Bifhop of Ely's, whither being brought by
" Mr. Cafaubon (as I think) my Lord intreated him to
" ftay to fupper, which he did. There was prefent Dr.
" Steward and another Civilian, unto whom he flings out
" fome queftion of that profeffion, and was fo full of
words, that Dr. Steward afterwards told my Lord,
That he did perceive by hitn, that, like a SMATTERER, be
bad jludied fome t<wo er three queftions, ivhereofwhen be came
in company be mujl be talking to vindicate bis Jkill ; but, if
be v:e re put from tbofe, he would fteiv bimfelf but a SIM -
PLE FELLOW. There was prefent alfo Dr. Richardfon,
the King's profefTor of Divinity in Cambridge, and
another Do&or in that Facultv, with whom he falleth.



Ep. I. OF HORACE. 195

The Hero William, and the Martyr Charles,
One knighted Blackmore, and one penfion'd Quarks >
Which made old Ben, and furly Dennis fwear,
*' No Lord's anointed, but a c Ruffian Bear."

Not with fuch * majefty, fuch bold relief, 390
The Forms auguft, of King, or conqu'ring Chief,
E'er fwell'd on marble ; as in verfe have fhin'd
(In polifh'd verfe) the Manners and the Mind.
Oh ! could I mount on the Masonian wing,
Your e Arms, your Action?, your Repofe to fing !

NOTES.

'< in alfo about fome of thofe queftions, which are now
<( controverted amongft the Minifters in Holland ; and
being matters wherein he was ftudied, he uttered all his
{kill concerning them. MY LORD OF ELY SITTING

STILL AT THE SUPPER ALL THE WHILE, AND WON-
DERING what a man he had there, who never being in
the place or company before could overwhelm them fo
with talk for fo long a time. I write this unto you fo
largely that you may know the difpofition of the man :
and HOW KINDLY HE USED MY LORD OF ELY FOR HIS

" GOOD ENTERTAINMENT. "^/Vwe0^MmonV.f, vol. iii
p. 459. SCRIBL.

Serioufly, my Lord of Ely was to be pitied. But this was
an extraordinary cafe ; and, as expofed as their Lordmips
may be to thefe kind of infults, happy is it that the men
are not always at hand that can offer them. A fecond
Grotiusy for aught I know, may be as far off as a fecond
Century of my Lords of Ely. But it was enough that this
fimpk fellow was an Arminian and Republican, to be de-
fpifed by Abbot and his mafler. Fof in the opinion of
thefe great judges of Merit, Religion and Society could
not fubfift without Predeftination and Arbitrary power,

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IMITATIONS Book II.
Terrarumque f fitus et flumina dicere, et arces
Montibus impofitas, et 6 barbara regna> tuifque
Aufpiciis totum h confefta dutlla per orbenij
Clauftraque h cuftodem pads cohibentia Janum,
Et ' formidatam Partkis, te principe, Romam :
Si quantum cuperem, poflem quoque. fed neque par-

vum

k Carmen majeftas recipit tua ; nee meus audet
Rem tentare pudor, quam vires ferre recufent.
Sedulitas autem \Jlult > quem dlliglt^ urget j
Praecipue cum fe numeris commendat et artc.
Difcit enim citius, meminitque Hbentius illud
Quod quh m derldet) quam quod probat et veneratur.
Nil moror n officium, quod me gravat : ac


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