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With f laughter fure Democritus had dy'd, 320
VER. 328. Orcas' farmy fleep.] The fartheft Northern Promontory of Scotland, oppofite to the Orcades.
Ire poeta; meum qui pectus inaniter angit,
Irritat, mulcet, falfis terroribus implet,
Ut magus; et modo meThebis, modo ponit Athenis.
P Verum age, et his, qui fe lectori credere malunt,
Quam Spectatoris fastidia ferre superbi,
Curam impende brevem: fi munus Apolline dig
Vis complere libris; et vatibus addere calcar,
*Multa quidem nobis facimus mala faepe poetae,
(Ut vineta egomet caedam mea) cum tibi librum
• Solicito damus, aut feffo: cum laedimur, * unum
VER. 347. To Thebes, to Athens, etc.] i. e. is equally knowing in the manners of the moft different people; and has the fkill to employ thofe manners with decorum.
"Tis he, who gives my breast a thousand pains, Can make me feel each Paffion that he feigns; Inrage, compofe, with more than magic Art, With Pity, and with Terror, tear my heart; 345 And fnatch me, o'er the earth, or thro' the air, To Thebes, to Athens, when he will, and where.
P But not this part of the Poetic state Alone, deferves the favour of the Great: Think of thofe Authors, Sir, who would rely 350 More on a Reader's fenfe, than Gazer's eye. Or who shall wander where the Muses fing? Who climb their mountain,orwho tafte their fpring? How shall we fill a Library with Wit, When Merlin's Cave is half unfurnish'd yet? 355 My Liege! why Writers little claim your thought, I guess; and, with their leave, will tell the fault: We' Poets are (upon a Poet's word)
Of all mankind, the creatures most abfurd:
The 'season, when to come, and when to go, 360 To fing, or cease to fing, we never know;
VER. 354. a Library] Munus Apolline dignum. The Palatine Library then building by Auguftus.
VER. 355. Merlin's Cave] A Building in the Royal Gardens of Richmond, where is a fimall, but choice Collection of Books. P.
Si quis amicorum eft aufus reprendere versum:
Cum fperamus eo rem venturam, ut, fimul atque
* Gratus Alexandro regi Magno fuit ille
VER. 385. But Kings in Wit may want difcerning Spirit.] This is not much to be wondered at fince the Sacerdotal Cha
And if we will recite nine hours in ten,
Yet think, great Sir! (fo many Virtues shown) Ah think, what Poet best may make them known? Or chufe at least fome Minister of Grace, Fit to beftow the Laureat's weighty place.
Charles, to late times to be transmitted fair, Affign'd his figure to Bernini's care; And great Naffau to Kneller's hand decreed To fix him graceful on the bounding Steed; So well in paint and stone they judg'd of merit: But Kings in Wit may want difcerning Spirit. 385
racter has been separated from the Regal. This difcerning of Spirits now feems to be the allotment of the ecclefiaftical branch,