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think to cut and polish diamonds with so little pains and skill as we do marble. He who can write a profane poem well, may write a divine one better ; but he who can do that but ill, will do this much worse, and so far from elevating poesy will but abase divinity. The same fertility of invention—the same wisdom of disposition—the same judgment in observance of decencies he same use and decencies—the same lustre and vigour of elocution—the same modesty and majesty of number—briefly, the same kind of habit

m a wi is required in both, only this latter allows better stuff, and therefore would look more deformedly drest in it."

The errors of a great author are often more valuable than his sound sentiments; because they tend, by the reaction they provoke, and the replies they elicit, to dart new light upon the opposite truths. And so it has been with this dogma of the illustrious Lexicographer. It has led to some admirable rejoinders from such pens as those of Montgomery, and of Christopher North, which have not only rebutted Johnson's objections, but have directed public attention more strongly to the general theme, and served to shed new light upon the nature and province of religious poetry.

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MISCELLANEOUS:-

MISCELLANEOUS:-

Chloris and Hylas, made to a Of the Lady Mary, Princess of

Saraband . . .

Orange . . . . 96

In Answer of Sir John Suck-

Upon Ben Johnson . .

ling's Verses . . . On Mr John Fletcher's Plays . 98

An Apology for having Loved Upon the Earl of Roscommon's
Before . . . .

Translation of Horace, De

The Night-Piece; or, a Picture

Arte Poetica ;' and of the

Drawn in the Dark . . 66 Use of Poetry . . . 99

On the Picture of a Fair Youth, On the Duke of Monmouth's

Taken after he was Dead . 68 Expedition into Scotland in

On a Brede of Divers Colours,

the Summer Solstice . . 101

Woven by Four Ladies : 68 Of an Elegy made by Mrs

Of a War with Spain, and Fight

Wharton on the Earl of

at Sea

Rochester . . . . 103

Upon the Death of the Lord Of Her Majesty, on New-Year's

Protector . . . . 72 Day, 1683 . . . . 103

On St James's Park, as lately Of Tea, Commended by Her

Improved by His Majesty .

Majesty . . . . 104

Of Her Royal Highness, Mother Of the Invasion and Defeat of

to the Prince of Orange; and

the Turks, in the Year 1683 105

of her Portrait, Written by

A Presage of the Ruin of the
the Late Duchess of York,

Turkish Empire; Presented
while she Lived with her. 78 to His Majesty King James

Upon Her Majesty's New Build-

II. on His Birthday . . 107

ings at Somerset House : 79

Of a Tree Cut in Paper . . 81 EPISTLES:-

Verses to Dr George Rogers, To the King, on His Navy 109

on bis Taking the Degree of To Mr Henry Lawes, who had

Doctor of Physic at Padua,

then newly set a Song of

in the Year 1664 . . 81 mine in the Year 1635 . 110

Instructions to a Painter, for The Country to my Lady Car-

the Drawing of the Posture

lisle . . . . . 111

and Progress of His Majesty's To Phyllis . . . . 112

Forces at Sea, under the To the Queen-Mother of France,

Command of His Highness-

upon Her Landing . . 113

Royal; together with the To Vandyck

Battle and Victory obtained

To my Lord of Leicester . 116

over the Dutch, June 3, 1665 82 To Mrs Braughton, Servant to

Of English Verse . . . 92 Saccharissa . . . 117

These Verses were Writ in the TomyYoung Lady Lucy Sydney 119

Tasso of Her Royal Highness To Amoret . . . . 119

The Triple Combat . .. To my Lord of Falkland . 121

Upon our Late Loss of the Duke To my Lord Northumberland,

of Cambridge . . . 95 | upon the Death of his Lady 123

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EPISTLES :-

EPISTLES :-
To my Lord Admiral, of his

To the Queen, upon Her Ma-
late Sickness and Recovery 124 || jesty's Birthday, after Her

To the Queen, occasioned upon

happy Recovery from a

sight of Her Majesty's Picture 126 Dangerous Sickness

150

To Amoret . . . .

To Mr Killigrew, upon his

To Phyllis . . . . 129

Altering his Play, 'Pandora,'

To Sir William Davenant, upon

from a Tragedy into &

his Two First Books of Gon-

Comedy, because not Ap-

dibert . . . . 130 proved on the Stage, . . 152

To my Worthy Friend, Mr To a Person of Honour, upon

Wase, the Translator of Gra-

his Incomparable, Incom-

tius . . . . . 131 prehensible Poem, entitled,

To a Friend, on the different

• The British Princes,' . 152

Success of their Loves . 133 To a Friend of the Author, a

To Zelinda . . . . 134 Person of Honour, who lately
To my Lady Morton, on New-

Writ a Religious Book, en-
Year's Day, at the Louvre

titled, “Historical Applica-
in Paris . . . .

tions, and Occasional Medi-

To a Fair Lady, Playing with

tations, upon several Sub-

a Snake . . . . 137 jects, . . . . 154

To his Worthy Friend Master To the Duchess of Orleans,

Evelyn, upon his Translation

when she was taking Leave

of Lucretius.' . . .

of the Court at Dover, . 155

To his Worthy Friend Sir

To Chloris, . . . . 155

Thomas Higgons, upon his To the King, . . . 156

Translation of The Vene-

To the Duchess, when he Pre-
tian Triumph'. . . 139 sented this Book to Her

To a Lady Singing a Song of

Royal Highness . . 157

his Composing. . . 140

To Mr Creech, on his Transla-

To the Matable Fair . .

tion of Lucretius' . . 158

To a Lady, from whom he

Received a Silver Pen . 143 SONGS :-

To Chloris . . . . 144 Stay, Phoebus . . .

To a Lady in Retirement . 144 Peace, Babbling Muse. . 160

To Mr George Sandys, on his Chloris ! Farewell . .

Translation of some Parts of To Flavia . . . . 161

the Bible . . . . 145

Behold the Brand of Beauty

To the King, upon His Ma-

Toss'd . . . . 162

jesty's Happy Return . 146 While I Listen to thy Voice . 163

To a Lady, from whom he Go, Lovely Rose . . . 103

Received the Copy of the Sung by Mrs Knight to Her

Poem entitled, Of a Tree

Majesty, on Her Birth-

Cut in Paper,' which for

day . . . . . 164

many years had been Lost. 150 | Song . . . . . 165

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PROLOGUES AND EPILOGUE : EPIGRAMS, EPITAPHS, AND

Prologue for the Lady-Actors,

FRAGMENTS:-

Spoken before King Charles Translated out of French . 172

II. . . . .

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166 Some Verses of an Imperfect

Prologue to the Maid's

Copy, Designed for a Friend,

Tragedy' . . . . 166 on his Translation of Ovid's

Epilogue to the Maid's

Fasti' . . . . 173

Tragedy,' Spoken by the On the Statue of King Charles

the King . . . . 168 I., at Charing Cross, in the

Another Epilogue to the

Year 1674 . . . . 173

Maid's Tragedy,' Designed

Pride . . . . . 174

upon the first Alteration of Epitapb on Sir George Speke 174

the Play, when the King only Epitaph on Colonel Charles

was left Alive . . . 168 Cavendish . . .175

Epitaph on the Lady Sedley · 177

EPIGRAMS, EPITAPHS, AND Epitaph to be Written under

FRAGMENTS:

the Latin Inscription upon

Under a Lady's Picture 169 the Tomb of the only Son of

Of a Lady who Writ in Praise

the Lord Andover . . 178

of Mira .

Epitaph Unfinished . . 179

To One Married to an Old

Man . . . . . 170 (DIVINE POEMS:-

An Epigram on a Painted Lady Of Divine Love . . . 179

with ill Teeth . . . 170 Of the Fear of God . 189

Epigram upon the Golden Of Divine Poesy. . . 193

Medal . . . .

On the Paraphrase of the Lord's

Written on a Card that Her

Prayer, Written by Mrs

Majesty tore at Ombre 171 Wharton . . . . 197

To Mr Granville (now Lord Some Reflections of his upon

Lansdowne), on his Verses

the Several Petitions in the

to King James II. . . 171 same Prayer . . . 198

Long and Short Life . . 172 On the foregoing Divine

Translated out of Spanish , 172 Poems . . . . 200

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