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You laugh, if coat and breeches strangely vary,
When (each opinion with the next at ftrife,
I' plant, root up; I build, and then confound;
Turn round to fquare, and square again to round;
You never change one muscle of your face,
Kind to my dress, my figure, not to Me.
Lov'd without youth, and follow'd without pow'r;
IL admirari, prope res eft una, Numici,
Solaque quae poffit facere et fervare beatum.
Hunc folem, et ftellas, & decedentia certis Tempora momentis, funt qui formidine nulla
Imbuti fpectent. quid cenfes, munera terrae? Quid, maris extremos Arabas ditantis et Indos?
VER. 3. dear MURRAY,] This Piece is the most finished of all his imitations, and executed in the high manner the Italian Painters call con amore. By which they mean, the exertion of that principle, which puts the faculties on the stretch, and produces the fupreme degree of excellence. For the Poet bad all the warmth of affection for the great Lawyer to whom it is addreffed: and, indeed, no man ever more deserved to have a Poet for bis friend. In the obtaining of which, as neither Vanity, Party, nor Fear, had any fhare; fo he fupported his title to it by all the offices of true Friendship.
VER. 4. Creech] From whofe tranflation of Horace the two firft lines are taken.
Vin. 6. flars that rife and fall,] The original is,
OT to admire, is all the Art I know, To make men happy, and to keep them fo." (Plain Truth, dear MURRAY, needs no flow'rs of
So take it in the very words of Creech.)
b This Vault of Air, this congregated Ball,
which words fimply and literally fignify, the change of seafons. But this change being confidered as an object of admiration, his imitator has judiciously expressed it in the more sublime figurative terms of
Stars that rife and fall.
by whose courses the feafons are marked and distinguished.
VER. 8. trust the Ruler with bis Skies. To bim commit the kour,] Our Author, in these imitations, has been all along careful to correct the loofe morals, and abfurd divinity of his Ori