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Scilicet UNI AEQUUS VIRTUTI ATQUE EJUS
↳ Quin ubi fe a vulgo en fcena it fecreta remôrant
Virtus Scipiadae et mitis fapientia Lacli,
Nugari cum illo, et difcincti ludere, donec
Decoqueretur olus, foliti.
Quidquid fum ego, quamvis
Infra Lucili cenfum, ingeniumque; tamen me
Invidia; et fragili quaerens illidere dentem,
he had the management of the fecret-service money, and could pay him fuch a penfion, without its being known, or ever coming to account. But now Mr. Pope declined the offer without hesitation: only, in return for fo friendly a propofal, he told the Secretary, that if at any time he wanted money he would draw upon him for 100 or 200l. which liberty, notwithstanding, he never took. Mr. Craggs more than once preffed him. on this head; and urged the conveniency of a Chariot; which Mr. Pope was fenfible enough of: But the precarioufnefs of that fupply made him very prudently decline the thoughts of an equipage, which it was much better never to fet up, than not properly to fupport.
Yes, while I live, no rich or noble knave
There, my retreat the best Companions grace, 125
i Envy must own, I live among the Great,
VER. 129. And HE, whofe lightning, etc.] Charles Mordaunt Earl of Peterborow, who in the year 1705 took Barcelona, and in the winter following with only 280 horfe and 900 foot. enterprized and accomplished the Conqueft of Valentia. P.
VER. 133. Envy must own, &c.] Horace makes the point of honour to confift fimply in his living familiarly with the Great,
Cum magnis vixiffe invita fatebitur ufque
Our poet, more nobly, in his living with them on the footing
k nifi quid tu, docte Trebati,
T. 'Equidem nihil hinc diffingere poffum. Sed tamen ut monitus caveas, ne forte negotî Incutiat tibi quid fanctarum infcitia legum:
"Si mala condiderit in quem quis carmina,
H. Efto, fiquis mala. fed bona fi quis
pears from the following words, in a letter to Dr. Swift. "To have pleafed great men, according to Horace, is a praise; but not to have flattered them, and yet not have displeased "them, is a greater." Let. vII. Jan. 12, 1723.
VER. 146. A man was hang'd &c.] Si mala condiderit -A great French Lawyer explains this matter very truly. "L'Ariftocratie eft le Gouvernement qui profcrit le plus les
Ouvrages fatiriques. Les Magiftrats y font de petits fouve"rains, qui ne font pas affez grands pour meprifer les injures. "Si dans la Monarchie quelque trait va contre le Monarque, "il eft fi haut que le trait n'arrive point jufqu' à lui; un Seig"neur Ariftocratique en eft percé de part en part. Auffi les
With eyes that pry not, tongue that ne'er repeats,
F. 'Your Plea is good; but ftill I fay, beware!
Confult the Statute, quart. I think, it is, Edwardi fext. or prim. et quint. Eliz. See Libels, Satires --- here you have it --- read. 149 P." Libels and Satires! lawless things indeed!
"Decemvirs, qui formoient une Ariftocratie, punirent-ils de mort "les Ecrits Satiriques." De L'Efprit des Loix, L. xii. c. 13.
VER. 150. Libels and Satires! lawless things indeed! But grave Epiftles, etc.] The legal objection is here more justly and decently taken off than in the Original. Horace evades the force of it with a quibble,
Efto, fiquis mala; fed bona fi quis.
But the Imitator's grave Epiftles fhew the fatire to be a ferious reproof, and therefore juftifiable; which the integer ipfe of the Original does not: for however this might plead in mitigation of the offence, nothing but their being grave Epiftles coua justify the attack.
Judice condiderit laudatus CAESARE? fi quis
VER. 152. F. Indeed?] Hor.
Some Critics tell us, it is want of tafte to put this line in the mouth of Trebatius. But our Poet confutes this cenfure, by fhewing how well the fense of it agrees to his Friend's character. The Lawyer is cautious and fearful; but as foon as SIR ROBERT, the Patron both of Law and Gofpel, is named