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omit the gentle Mr. John Gay, tawhofe Memor/
his Grace the Duke of Queeniberry has ereded
a noble Monument, which Mrr Pope has adorned
with a very elegant Inicription in Verfe. I muft
licre end my Remarks, but cannot take Leave of
thh veneraole Place without obferving, that it
has many, curioue painted Windows, a nobl&
Choir, a £ne Organ, and a magnificent Altar^
Piece. I am,

Honoured Madam,. &c,

A memorable Saying of die Duke de Orleanst
at the Surrender of Gravelliiig, with a gene^
roui> Adion of that Prince.

WHEN Gravelling was^ furrendered to die
Duke of Orleans, juft as he entered the
Town her was heard to fay thefe Words : «* Let
** us endeavour, by generous Actions, to win the"
«' Hearts of all Men : fo we may hope for a daily
*^* Viftory. Let the French le^n from me this-
*« new Way of Cbnquel!, to fubdue Men by Mercy
«« and Clemency.'*

With what a matchlefs Virtue did this Fringe
difmifs a Gentleman that was hired to murder
him : This AiTaflin was fuiFered to pais into the^
Duke's Bed-Chamber one Morning early, pre-
tending Bufinefs of great Moment from the
Queen. As foon as the Duke caft his Eyes oiv ^
him, he fpoke thusj ^I know thy Bufinefs^

^ Friend^

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* Fiiend ; tliou art fent to take away my Life.
^ What Hurt have I done thee ? It is now in my
^ Power, .with a Word, to have thee cut in Pieces

* before my Face. But I pardon thee; go thy

* Way, and fee my Face no more.'

The Gentleman, Hung with his own Guilt,
and aftonilhed at the excellent Nature of chis
Prince, fell on his Knees, confelTed his Defign^
,and who employed him : and having promifed
eternal Gratitude for his Royal Favour, departed
without any other Notice taken of him; and
fearing to tarry in France, entered himfelf into
the Service of the Spanifh King. It was his For-
tune afterwards to eri counter the Duke of Orleans
in a Battle in Flanders. The Duke, at that
Jnilant, was opprefled with a Crowd oif Germans,
-who furrounded him; and in the Conflid, he
loft his Sword ; which this Gentleman perceiv-
ing, nimbly ftept to him, and delivered one into
the Duke's Hand, faying withal, * Now reap the

* Fruit of thy former Clemency. Thou gaveft

* me my Life, now I put thee in a Capacity to

* defend thy own.' The Duke by this Means
at length efcaped the Danger he was in ; and that
Day the Fortune of War was on his Side. The
French had a (rpnfiderable Vidory.

You fee by this, that heroic Adions have fome-
fhing divine in them, and attraft the Favours of
Heaven. No Man ever was a,Lofer by good
Works ; for though he be not prefently rewarded,
yet, in Length of Time, fomc happy Emergency

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trifes to convince him, * That virtupns Mn trf
* the J3arlings of Providence.'

The remarkable Story of Giotto, an luliai^
fainter, and his Crudfix^

IT wz^ a cruel and inhuman Caprice of a]|
Italian Painter, (I think his I^ame was Giotto)
who deiiening to draw a Crucifix to the Life,
wheedleaa poor Man to fuffcr himfelf to be
bound to the Crofs an Hour, at the End of
which he fhoqld be releafed again ^ and receive a
confiderable Gratuity for his Pains^ But iniiea4
of this, as foon as he had him fail 0}i the Crofs^
he ilabbed him dead, and then fell to drawing.
He was efteemed the greatefl Mafter in all Italy
at that Time j and having thfs Advantage of a
dead Man hanging on a profs before him, there's
no Queflion h^p he made a inatchlefs Piece of

A^ foon as he had finilhed his Pidure, he carr
Hed it to the Pope, who was afloniihed, as at ^
Prodigy of Art, highly extolling the Exquifite-
nefs of the l^eatures ai^d Limbs, the languifhing
pale Deadnefs of the Face, the unaffedied Sink-
ing of tl^e Head : In a "V^ord, he had ^iBv/n to
"the Life, i^ot only that Privation of Senfe and
Motion, which we call Death, but alfo the very
Want of the leaft vital Symptom.

This is better underftood than expreilcd. Every

Body knows, that it is a Mafter-piece to repre-

fent a Paffion or a Thought well and natu;ral,

Much greater is i( to defcnbe the total Abfenceof

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ijhcfe interior Faculties, fo as to dilHnguifti the Fi-
gure of a dead Man from one that is only afleep.

Yet all this, and much more, could the Pope
difcern in the admirable Draught which Giotto
prefented him. And he liked it fowell, that he
refolvcd to place it over the Altar of his own
Chapel. Giotto told him, fince he liked the
Copy fo well, he would Ihew him the Original^
if he pleafed.

What doft thou mean by the Original, faid
the Pope ? Wilt thou (hew me Jefus Chrift on the
Crofs hi his own Perfon ? No, replied Giotto ;
but Pll (hew your Holinefs the Original from
whence I drew tjiis,^ if you will abfolve me frona
all Punilhnvent. The good old Father fufpefting
fbmething extraordinary from the Painter's thus
capitulating with him, promifed on his Word to
pardon him; which Giotto believing, imme-
diately told him where it was ; and attending him
to the Place, as foon as they were entered, he
drew a Curtain back which hung before the dead
Man on the Crofs, and told the Pope what he
had done.

The Holy Father, extremely troubled at fo in-
human and barbarous an Aftion, repealed his
Promife, and told the Painter he (hould furely be
put to an exemplary Death.

Giotto feemed reiigned to the Sentence pro- '
nounced unto him, and only begged Leave to
iiniih the Pidure before he died, which was
granted him. In the mean while, a Guard was
ftt upon him to prevent his Efcape. As foon as

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the Pope had caufed the Piflurc to be delivere4
into his Hands, he takes a Brufli, and dipping i^
into a Sortof 3tufFhp had ready for that Purpofe,
daubs the Pifture all over with it, fo that nothing
now could be feen of the Crucifix; for it wa^
quite effaced in all outward Appearance.

This made the Pope ftark ; he ilaxnped,
foamed, and raved like one in a Frenzy: He
fwore the Painter fliould fuffer the moft cruel
Dekth that CQuld be invented, unlefs he drew
another ^uU as good a^ the former, for if but the
leaft Grace was miffing, he would i^ot pardon
him ; but if he would produce an exaft Parellel|
he fhould not only give him ^is Life, but 94.
ample Reward in Money.

The Painter^ as he had Reafon, defired this
under the Pope's Signet, that he might not be in
Danger of a fecpnd Repeal ; which was granted
him. And ^hen he took a wet Sponge, and
wiped off all the Variiilh h^ had daubed on the
pidure, and thp Crucifix appeared the fame in all
Refpedls as it was before.

The Pope, who looked upon this as a great
Secret, being ignoranf of the Arts which the
Painters ufe, was raviihed at the ftrange Meta-
morphofis. And io reward the Painter's treble
Ingenuity, he abfolved him from all his Sins, and
the Puni(hment due to them ; ordering moreover,
his Steward to cover the' Pidure with tjold as a
farther Gratuity for th^ Painter. And they fay,
this Crucifix is the Original, by which the moft
fanjour Crucifixes ii^ fiurope aie drawn.

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Fable of t^ie Ha&b and many Friends.

By Mr. Gay.

FRIENDSHIP, like Love, is but a Name,
Unlefs to one you ftint the Flame,
The Child, who many Fathers fh are.
Hath feldom known a Father's Care ;
'Tis thus in Frien.d(hips ; who depend
pn many, rarely find a Friend,
A Hare, who, in a civil Way,
Comply'd with ev'ry Thing, like Gay,
Was known by all the beaftial Train,
Who haunt the Wood, or graze the Plain:
Her Care was, never to offend,
And ev'ry Creature was her Friend.

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As forth (he went at early Dawn,
To taftc the Dew-befprinkled Lawn,
Behind Ihe hears the Hunter's Cries,
And from the deep mouth'd Thunder flies ;
She ilarts, (he (lops, (he pants for Breath ;
She hears the near Advance of Death ;
She*doubles to miflead the Hound,
And meafures back her mazy Round ;
'Till, fainting in the public Way,
Half dead with fear (he gafping lay.

What Tranfports in her Bofom grew.
When firft the ttorfe appeared in View !

Let me, fays (he, your Back afcend.
And owe my Safety to a Friend ;
You know my Feet betray my Flight,
To Friend(hip ev'ry Burden's light.

The Horfe reply'd. Poor honeft Pufs,
It grieves my Heart to fee thee thus ;
Be comforted. Relief is near ;
For all your Friends are in the Rear.

She next the (lately Bull implor'd ;
And thus reply 'd the mighty Lord,
Since ev'ry Beail alive can tell
That I fmcerely wifh you well,
I may, without 0(Fence, pretend
To take the Freedom of a Friend ;
Love calls me hence ; a fav'rite Cow
Expels me near yon Barley Mow ;
And when a Lady's in the Cafe,
You know all other Things give Place.
To leave you thus might fcem unkind ;
But fee, the Goat is juft behind.

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The Goat remark'd her Pulfc was Wgh,
flfnr languid Head j her heavy Eye ;
My Back, fays he, m^y do you Harm ;
The Sheep's a^ Hand, ai>d Wool is warm.

The Sheep was feeble, and complain'd,
JHis Sides a Load of Wool fuftain'd,
Said he was flow, confeft his Fears ;
For Hounds eat Shjpep as well as Hares^

She now the trotting Calf addreft, ,
To fave from Death a Friend diftreft.

Shall I, fays he, of tender Age^
In ^his important Care engage ?
Older and al?lerpa(l you by;
How ftrong are thofe 1 how weak am I !
Should J prefume to bear you hence,
Thofe Friends of mine may take Offence;
Pxcufe me then. Yoib J^now my Heart,
Put deareft Friends, alas, muftpart!
Howfhallwe all lament: Adieu^
ppr fee the Hounds are juft in Vievy^

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The dying Words and Behaviour of three Great
Men, when juft ^nitting the Stage of Life.

SIR Francis Walfingham, towards the End of
his Life, grew very melancholy, and writ to
the Lord Burleigh to this Purpofe; * Wehavt

* lived long enough to our Country, to our For^
' tunes, and to our Sovereign ; it is high Time

* we begin to live to ourfehres, and to our God.*

Sir Henry Worton, who had gone on feveral
Embaffies, and was intimate with the greateft
Princes, chofe to retire from all, laying. The
utmoft H^ppinefs a Man could attain to, was to
be at Leifure to be^ and to do Good ; never re-
flefting on his former Years, but with Tears he
wduld fay^ * How m uch Time have I to repent

* of! and how little to do it in.'

Philip III. King of Spain, fer}oufly refle&ing
upon the Life he had led ii^ |l>e World, cried
out upon his Death-Bed, How happy were I,
had I fpent thofe twenty-three Years that I have
held my Kingdom ^ in a Retirement ! faying, to
his ConfefTor, • My Concern is for my Soul, not
f' my Body.'


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