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A heap of dust alone remains of thee ;
To the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady. Line 71.
Martinus Scriblerus on the Art of Sinking in Poetry. Ch. 11. Of manners gentle, of affections mild ; In wit a man, simplicity a child.*
Epitaph on Gay.
The saint sustained it, but the woman died.
Epitaph on Mrs. Corbet. Who ne'er knew joy but friendship might divide, Or gave his father grief but when he died.
Epitaph on the Hon. S. Harcourt. A brave man struggling in the storms of fate, And greatly falling with a falling state.
Prologue to Mr. Addison's Cato. You beat your pate, and fancy wit will come; Knock as you please, there's nobody at home.*
Epigram. I am his Highness's dog at Kew; Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you ?
On the Collar of a Dog. Descend, ye Nine.
Ode on St. Cecilia's Day.
There take (says Justice), take ye each a shell,
Verbatim from Boileau.
* Her wit was more than man, her innocence a child.
DRYDEN. Elegy on Mrs. Killigrew. † His wit invites you by his looks to come; But when you knock, it never is at home.
Few sons attain the praise
Book ii. Line
315. Far from gay cities and the ways of men.
Book xiv. Line 410. Who love too much, hate in the like extreme.
Book xv. Line 79. True friendship's laws are by this rule expressed, Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.*
THOMAS TICKELL. 1686-1740.
On the Death of Addison. Line 45.
* Welcome the coming, speed the going guest.
HORACE. Book ïi. Satire ii. Line 160. Page 192. + On the 14th February, 1741, Macklin established his fame as an actor, in the character of Shylock, in the 'Merchant of Venice,' and restored to the stage a play which had been forty years supplanted by Lord Lansdowne's ‘Jew of Venice.' Macklin's performance of this character so forcibly struck a gentleman in the pit, that he, as it were involuntarily, exclaimed,
* This is the Jew
That Shakspere drew.' It has been said that this gentleman was Mr. Pope, and that he meant his panegyric on Macklin as a satire against Lord Lansdowne.
Biog. Dram. vol. i. pt. ii. p. 469.
There taught us how to live ; and (oh ! too high
On the Death of Addison. Line 81.
Which says I must not stay,
Which beckons me away. Colin and Lucy.
EMOTE from man, with God he passed the days,
The Hermit. Line 5.
The Pervigilium Veneris.
JOHN GAY. 1688-1732.
'T WAS when the sca was roaring
With hollow blasts of wind,
* To teach him how to live, And oh ! still harder lesson ! how to die,
BEILBY PORTEUS. Death. + Written in the time of Julius Cæsar, and by some ascribed to Catullus:
Cras amet qui numquam amavit ;
A damsel lay deploring
The What D'ye Call’t. Act. ii.
Ibid. Act. ii. Sc. 9. O'er the hills and far
The Beggars' Opera. Act. i. Sc. 1. How happy could I be with either, Were ť other dear charmer away.
All in the Downs the fleet was moored.
Sweet W'illiani's Farewell to Black eyed Susarl.
Whence is thy learning ? Hath thy toil
The Shepherd and the Philosopher.
The Mother, the Nurse, and the Fairy. While there is life there's hope, he cried.
The Sick Man and the Angel. And when a lady's in the case, You know all other things give place.
The Hare and many Friends. Life's a jest, and all things show it ; I thought so once, and now I know it.
Epitaph on Himself.
* The midnight oil was a common phrase ; it is used by Shenstone, Cowper, Lloyd, and others. Η Ελπίδες εν ζωοισιν, ανέλπιστοι δε θανόντες.
THEOCRITUS. Id. iv. Line 42.
LADY MARY WORTLEY MONTAGUE.
LET this great maxim be my virtue's guide,
In part she is to blame that has been tried ; He comes too near, that comes to be denied.*
The Lady's Resolve. And we meet, with champagne and a chicken, at last.+
SOME say, compared to Bononcini,
, That Mynheer Handel's but a ninny; Others aver that he to Handel Is scarcely fit to hold a candle. Strange all this difference should be 'Twixt Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
On the Feuds between Handel and Bononcini.
* The Lady's Resolve was a fugitive piece, written on a window by Lady Montague, after her marriage (1713). The last lines were taken from Overbury :- The Wife, St. 36.
part to blame is she Which hath without consent been only tried :
He comes too near that comes to be denied.' What say you to such a supper with such a woman?
BYRON. Note to Letter on Bowles. I'Nourse asked me if I had seen the verses upon Handel and Bononcini, not knowing that they were mine.' Byrom's Remains (Cheltenham Soc.), vol. i. p. 173. The last two lines have been attributed to Swift and Pope. Vide Scott's edition of Swift, and Dyce's edition of Pope.