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Later English Poets,
WITH PRELIMINARY NOTICES;
BY ROBERT SOUTHEY.
IN THREE VOLUMES,
PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, AND ORME,
It would certainly be more agreeable to give credit to the
praise of Dr. Middleton, than to the abuse of Pope, who vented his spite without restraint or decency upon thiş nobleman. The former celebrated him as distinguished for his parts and eloquence, and bearing a principal share in the great affairs of the nation;" as one who was “ not content with inheriting, but resolved to import new dignities into his family.” He praises him for his “extrene temperance, which shews a firmness of mind that sub. jects every gratification of sense to the rule of right reason.” Pope calls him,
“ That thing of silk, Sporus that mere white curd of asses's milk;” and perhaps by the bitterness of his invective, vindicates the very character he would blast. Pope was the aggressor in a quarrel with Lord Harvey, and Lady M. W. Montague, for his expressions towards whom he would have been
well rewarded with a horsewhip. Lord Harvey held the office of keeper of the Privy Seal.
NONIMIA TO PHILOCLES.
But such is woman's frenzy in distress,
Perhaps, affecting ignorance, thou'lt say,
Mock not my grief with that feign'd cold demand, Too well
you know the hapless writer's hand : But if you force me to avow my shame, Behold it prefaced with Monimia's name.
Lost to the world, abandon'd and forlorn,