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en, which confifts in ufing the fimpleft language with dignity, and the most ornamented, with ease. For the reft, his harmony and ftrength of numbers, his force and fplendor of colouring, his gravity and fublimity of fentiment, would have rather led him to another model. Nor was his temper lefs unlike that of Horace, than his talents. What Horace would only smile at, Mr. Pope would treat with the grave feverity of Perfius: and what Mr. Pope would strike with the cauftic lightning of Juvenal, Horace would content himself in turning into ridicule.
If it be asked then, why he took any body at all to imitate, he has informed us in his Advertisement. To which we may add, that this fort of Imitations, which are of the nature of Parodies, adds reflected grace and fplendor on original wit. Befides, he deemed it more modeft to give the name of Imitations to his Satires, than, like Despreaux, to give the name of Satires to Imitations.
HORATIUS. TREBATIU S.
SUNT quibus in Satira videar nimis acer, et ultra
Legem tendere opus; fine nervis altera, quidquid
Quid faciam ? praescribe.
H. Ne faciam, inquis,
Omnino verfus ?
Optimum erat :
H. Peream male, fi now
e verum nequeo dormire.
VER. 3. Scarce to wife Peter---Chartres] It has been commonly obferved of the English, that a Rogue never goes to the Gallows without the pity of the Spectators, and their parting curfes on the rigour of the Laws that brought him thither and this has been as commonly afcribed to the good nature of the people. But it is a mistake. The true caufe is their hatred and envy of power. Their compaffion for Dunces and Scoundrels (when exposed by great writers to public contempt, either in juftice to the age, or in vindication of their own Characters) has the fame fource. They cover their envy to a fuperior genius, in lamenting the feverity of his Pen.
Safe from the Bar, the Pulpit & the Throne, Yet touchd and shamd by Ridicule alone.
Ep: w Satires Part 2
To Mr. FORTESCUE.
HERE are (I scarce can think it, but am told)
There are, to whom my Satire seems too bold:
And fomething faid of Chartres much too rough.
Tim'rous by nature, of the Rich in awe,
I come to Council learned in the Law:
You'll give me, like a friend both fage and free,
Advice; and (as you use) without a Fee.
F. d I'd write no more.
P. Not write? but then I think,
And for my foul I cannot fleep a wink.
Tim'rous by nature, of the Rich in awe, we,] The delicacy of this does not fo much lie in the ironical application of it to himself, as in its seriously characterifing the Perfon for whofe advice he applies.
VER. 12. Not corite? . He has omitted the most humourous part of the answer.
Peream male, fi non
and has loft the grace, by not imitating the concifenefs, of
verum nequéo dormire,