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Let me for once presume t'instruct the times, 340
p But not this part of the Poetic state
eye. Or who shall wander where the Muses fing? Who climb their mountain, or who taste their spring? How shall we fill 9 a Library with Wit, When Merlin's Cave is half unfurnish'd yet? 355
My Liege! why Writers little claim your thought, I guess; and, with their leave, will tell the fault : We Poets are (upon a Poet's word) Of all mankind, the creatures moft absurd : The s season, when to come, and when to go, 360 To fing, or cease to fing, we never know;
Notes. Ver. 354. a Library] Munus Apolline dignum. The Pa. latine Library then building by Auguftus. P.
VER. 355. Merlin's Cave] A Building in the Royal Garden of Richmond, where is a small, but choice Collection of Books. P.
Si quis amicorum est ausus reprendere verfum :
• Gratus Alexandro regi Magno fuit ille
And if we will recite ninc hours in ten,
Charles, to late times to be transmitted fair, 380 Affign'd his figure to Bernini's care; And great Nafsau to Kneller's hand decreed To fix him graceful on the bounding Steed; So well in paint and stone they judg'd of merit: But Kings in Wit may want discerning Spirit. 385 The Hero William, and the Martyr Charles, One knighted Blackmore, and one pension'd Quarles ; Which made old Ben, and furly Dennis swear, * No Lord's anointed, but a Ruffian Bear.
[At neque dedecorant tua dè fe judicia, atque Munera, quae multa dantis cum laude tulerunt, Dilecti tibi Virgilius Variufque poetae ;]
Nec magis exprefli vultus per ahenea figna, Quam per vatis opus mores animique virorum Clarorum apparent. nec sermones ego mallem Repentes per humum, . quam res componere geftas, Terrarumque f fitus et Aumina dicere, et arces Montibus impofitas, et & barbara regna, tuisque Auspiciis totum confe&ta duella per orbem, Clauftraque cuftodem pacis cohibentia Janum, Et i formidatam Parthis, te principe, Romam: Si quantum cuperem, pofsem quoque. sed neque par
* Carmen majestas recipit tua; nec meus audet Rem tentare pudor, quem vires ferre recusant.
Nores. VER. 405. And I'm not us'd to Panegyric frains ;] Archbishop Tillotfon hath said, “ That satire and invective were “ the easielt kind of wit, because almoft any degree of it • will serve to abuse and find fault. For wit (says he) is
a keen instrument, and every one can cut and gash with “ it. But to carve a beautitul image and polish it, re•
quires great art and dexterity. To praise any thing well, is an argument of much more wit than to abuse ; a little wit, and a great deal of ill-nature, will furnish
a man for satire, but the greatelt initance of wit is to " commend well.” Thus far this candid Prelate. And 1, in my turn, might as well say, that Satire was the most difficult, and Panegyric the easiest thing in nature; for
Not with such majefty, such bold relief, 390 The Forms auguft, of King, or conqu’ring Chief, E’er swell’d on marble; as in verse have thin'd (In polith'd verse) the Manners and the Mind. Oh! could I mount on the Mæonian wing, Your Arms, your Actions, your Repose to fing! 395 What f seas you travers'd, and what fields you fought! Your Country's Peace, how oft, how dearly bought! How : barb'rous rage subsided at your word, And Nations wonder'd while they dropp'd the sword ! How, when you nodded, o'er the land and deep, 400
Peace stole her wing, and wrapt the world in sleep; 'Till earth's extremes your mediation own, And Asia's Tyrants tremble at your ThroneBut * Verse, alas ! your Majesty disdains; And I'm not us’d to Panegyric strains :
Notes. that any barber-surgeon can curl and shave, and give cormetic-walhes for the skin ; but it requires the abilities of an Anatomist to dissect and lay open the whole interior of the human frame. But the truth is, these fimilitudes prove nothing, but the good fancy, or the ill judgment of the user. The one is just as easy to do ill, and as difficult to do well as the other. In our Author's Elay on the Characters of Men, the Encomium on Lord Cobham, and the satire on Lord Wharton, are the equal efforts of the fame great' genius. There is one advantage indeed in Satire over Panegyric, which every body has taken notice of, that it is more readily received; but this does not Ihew that it is more easily written.