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E P I S T L E
To Mr. MURRA Y.
OT to admire, is all the Art I know,
To make men happy, and to keep them so." " (Plain Truth, dear MURRAY, needs no flow'rs of
speech, So take it in the very words of Creech.)
• This Vault of Air, this congregated Ball, 5
Admire we then what · Earth’s low entrails hold,
Notes. Ver. 10. And view this dreadful All without a fear.] He has added this idea to his text ; and it greatly heightens the dignity of the whole thought. He gives it the appellation of a dreadful All, because the immensity of God's creation, which modern philosophy has so infinitely enlarged, is apt to affect narrow minds, who measure the divine comprehension by their own, with dreadful fufpicions of man's being overlooked in this dark and narrower corner of existence, by a Governor occupied and bufied with the sum of things.
Ludicra, quid, ' plausus, et amici dona Quiritis?
i Gaudeat, an doleat; cupiat, metuatne; quid ad rem,
Si, quidquid videt melius pejusve fua fpe,
Defixis oculis, animoque et corpore torpet ?
* Infani sapiens nomen ferat, aequus iniqui ;
Ultra quam satis est, virtutem fi petat ipsam.
I nunc, argentum et marmor m vetus, aeraque
Notes. VER. 21. In either case, believe me, we admire ;] i. e. These objects, in either case, affect us, as objects unknown affect the mind, and consequently betray us into falle judgments.
VER. 22. Whether we joy or grieve, tbe same the curse, Surpriz'd at better, or surpriz'd at worse.] The elegance of this is superior to the Original. The curse is the same
Orf Popularity? or Stars and Strings?
If weak the h pleasure that from these can spring,
i Go then, and if you can, admire the state
Parian Charms with learned eyes :
Notes. (says he) whether we joy or grieve. Why so ? Because, in either case, the man is surprized, hurried of, and led away captive.
(The good or bad to one extreme betray
Th' unbalanc'd Mind, and inatch the Man away.) This happy advantage, in the imitation, arises from the ambiguity of the word surprise.
Gaude, quod spectant oculi te mille loquentem :
Gnavus P mane forum, et vespertinus pete tectum;
Ne plus frumenti dotalibus emetat agris.
Mutus et indignum ; quod fit pejoribus ortus)
Hic tibi fit potius, quam tu mirabilis illi.
Quicquid sub terra eft, in apricum proferet aetas;
Ire tamen restat, Nuina ' quo devenit et Ancus.
w Si latus aut renes morbo tentantur acuto,
If not so pleas'd, at ° Council-board rejoice,
50 (More filent far) where Kings and Poets lie; Where MURRAY (long enough his Country's pride) Shall be no more than Tully, or than Hyde!
w Rack'd with Sciatics, martyr'd with the Stone, Will any mortal let himself alone?
55 See Ward by batter'd Beaus invited over, And desp’rate Misery lays hold on Dover. The case is eafier in the Mind's disease; There all Men may be cur'd, whene'er they please.