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Theirs is the Vanity, the Learning thine: 45 Touch'd by thy hand, again Rome's glories shine; Her Gods, and god-like Heroes rise to view, And all her faded garlands bloom a-new. Nor blush, these studies thy regard engage; These pleas’d the Fathers of poetic rage; 50 The verse and sculpture bore an equal part, And Art reflected images to Art.
Oh when shall Britain, conscious of her claim, Stand emulous of Greek and Roman fame?
NOTE s. being possessed of the two noblest pieces of Antiquity in the world, TULLY's Wife and CÆSAR's CHAIR, that Chair in which he was assassinated in full Senate.
VER. 49. Nor blush, these studies thy regard engage;] A senseless affectation, which fome Authors of eminence have betrayed; who, when fortune or their talents have raised them to a condition to do without those arts, for which only they gained our esteem, have pretended to think letters below their character. This false shame, M. Voltaire has very well, and with proper indignation, exposed in his account of Mr. Congreve: “ He had one defect, which was, his enter“ taining too mean an idea of his first profession (that of a • Writer) though 'twas to this he owed his fame and fortune. • He spoke of his works as of trifies that were beneath him; “ and hinted to me, in our first conversation, that I should « visit him upon no other foot than that of a gentleman, « who led a life of plainness and fimplicity. I answered, 46 that had he been so unfortunate as to be a mere gentleu man, I should never have come to see him; and I was very “ much disgusted at so unfeasonable a piece of vanity." Letters concerning the English Nation, xix.
VER. 53. Ob when mall Britain, &c.] A compliment to one of Mr. Addison's papers in the Spectator, on this subject.
In living medals see her wars enrollid, 55
Ver. 67. “ Statesman, yet friend to Truth, &c.] It should be remembered, that this poem was written to be printed before Mr. Addison's Discourse on Medals, in which there is the following censure of long legends upon coins : “ The first “ fault I find with a modern legend is its diffusiveness. You “ have sometimes the whole side of a medal over-run with it. « One would fancy the Author had a design of being cice“ ronian-but it is not only the tediousness of these inscrip« tions that I find fault with ; fuppofing them of a moderate “ length, why must they be in verse? We should be sur“ prized to see the title of a serious book in rhyme.” Dial, iii.
« Ennobled by himself, by all approv'd, “ And prais d unenvy'd, by the Muse he lov’d.”
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VER. ult. And prais'd unenvy'd, by the Muse he lov’d.] lt was not likely that men acting in fo different spheres, as were those of Mr. Craggs and Mr. Pope, should have their friend. ship disturb’d by Envy. We must suppose then that some circumstances in the friendship of Mr. Pope and Mr. Addison are hinted at in this place. .'
END of the THIRD VOLUME.