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Ennobled by himself, by all approv'd,
distinguish themselves by names, yet when they got into power, they all acted much in the same manner; saying,
“ I know how like Whig ministers to Tory.” And among his manuscripts were four very sensible, though not
, very poetical lines, which contain the most solid apology that can be made for a minister of this country :
“Our ministers like gladiators live:
Dies between exigents and self-defence." Yet he appears sometimes to have forgotten this candid reflection.
Ver. ult. And prais'd unenvied, by the Muse he lov'd.] It was not likely that men acting in so different spheres, as were those of Mr. Craggs and Mr. Pope, should have their friendship disturbed by envy. We must suppose then that some circumstances in the friendship of Mr. Pope and Mr. Addison are hinted at in this place. W.