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Si quis amicorum eft aufus reprendere verfum :
Cum loca jam recitata revolvimus irrevocati :
Cum lamentamur non apparere labores
Noftros, et tenui deducta poemata file;
Cum fperamus eo rem venturam, ut, fimul atque
Virtus, indigno non committenda poetae.
a Gratus Alexandro regi Magnò fuit ille
Ad libros et ad haec Mufarum dona vocares;
And if we will recite nine hours in ten,
But moft, when ftraining with too weak a wing,
Yet think, great Sir! (fo many Virtues shown) Ah think, what Poet beft may make them known? Or chufe at least fome Minister of Grace,
Fit to bestow the Laureat's weighty place.
Charles, to late times to be tranfmitted fair, 380 Affign'd his figure to Bernini's care;
And great b Naffau to Kneller's hand decreed
[At neque dedecorant tua de fe judicia, atque Munera, quae multa dantis cum laude tulerunt, Dilecti tibi Virgilius Variufque poetae ;]
Nec magis expreffi vultus per ahenea figna, Quam per vatis opus mores animique virorum Clarorum apparent. nec fermones ego mallem Repentes per humum, quam res componere geftas, Terrarumque f fitus et Aumina dicere, et arces Montibus impofitas, et barbara regna, tuisque Aufpiciis totum confecta duella per orbem, Clauftraque cuftodem pacis cohibentia Janum, Et i formidatam Parthis, te principe, Romam: Si quantum cuperem, poffem quoque. fed neque par
* Carmen majeftas recipit tua; nec meus audet Rem tentare pudor, quem vires ferre recufant.
VER. 405. And I'm not us'd to Panegyric ftrains ;] Archbishop Tilletfen hath faid, "That fatire and invective were "the eafieft kind of wit, becaufe almoft any degree of it "will serve to abuse and find fault. For wit (fays he) is "" a keen inftrument, and every one can cut and gash with "it. But to carve a beautiful image and polish it, re"quires great art and dexterity. To praife any thing "well, is an argument of much more wit than to abuse; 66 a little wit, and a great deal of ill-nature, will furnish
a man for fatire, but the greateft intance of wit is to "commend well.' Thus far this candid Prelate. And I, in my turn, might as well fay, that Satire was the most difficult, and Panegyric the easiest thing in nature; for
Not with fuch majesty, such bold relief,
Your Arms, your Actions, your Repose to fing! 395
Andi Afia's Tyrants tremble at your Throne-
that any barber-furgeon can curl and fhave, and give cofmetic-washes for the fkin; but it requires the abilities of an Anatomift to diffect and lay open the whole interior of the human frame. But the truth is, these fimilitudes prove nothing, but the good fancy, or the ill judgment of the. ufer. The one is juft as eafy to do ill, and as difficult to do well as the other. In our Author's Essay on the Characters of Men, the Encomium on Lord Cobham, and the fatire on Lord Wharton, are the equal efforts of the fame great genius. There is one advantage indeed in Satire over Panegyric, which every body has taken notice of, that it is more readily received; but this does not fhew that it is more eafly written.
Sedulitas autem 'ftulte, quem diligit, urget;
Nec prave factis decorari verfibus opto:
Ne P rubeam pingui donatus munere, et una