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ther led him to another model. Nor was his temper lefs unlike that of Horace, than his talents. What Horace would only fmile at, Mr. Pope would treat with the grave feverity of Perfius: and what Mr. Pope would ftrike 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 Splendor on original wit. Befides, he deemed it more modeft to give the name of Imitations to his Satires, than, like Defpreaux, to give the name of Satires to Imitations,
To Mr. FORTESCUE.
P.THERE are (I fcarce can think it, but am told)
And something faid of Chartres * much too rough.
F. I'd write no more.
P. Not write? but then I think,
F. You could not do a worfe thing for your life.
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 curses on the rigour of the laws that brought them thither: and this has been as commonly afcribed to the good nature of the p ople. But it is a mistake. The true cause is their hatred and envy of power. Their compaffion for dunces and scoundrels (when expofed 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 feve. rity of his pen.
Or, if you needs muft write, write CAESAR's praife,
P. What? like Sir Richard *, rumbling, rough, and fierce,
With ARMS and GEORGE and BRUNSWICK crowd the verfe,
Rend with tremendous found your ears afunder,
P. Alas! few verfes touch their nicer ear;
F. Better be Cibber, I'll maintain it ftill,
P. What should ail them?
* Mr. Molyneux, a great mathematician and philofopher, had a high opinion of Sir Richard Blackmore's poetic vein. "All our English poets, "except Milton (fays he, in a letter to Mr. Locke) have been mere ballad"makers in comparison of him." And Mr. Locke, in answer to this obfervation, replies, "I find with pleasure, a strange harmony throughout, be"tween your thoughts and mine." just fo a Roman lawyer, and a Greek hiftorian thought of the poetry of Cicero. But thefe being judgments made by men out of their own profeffion, are little regarded. And Pope and Juvenal will make Blackmore and Tully pass for poetafters to the world's
The horfe on which his majesty charged at the battle of Oudenard ; when the Pretender, and the princes of the blood of France, fied before him. P. Each
P. Each mortal has his pleafure: none deny
I love to pour out all myfelf, as plain
As downright SHIPPEN, or as old Montagne *:
Fair to expose myself, my foes, my friends;
I only wear it in a land of hectors,
* They had this, indeed, in common, to use great liberties of speech, and to profefs faying what they thought. Montagne had many qualities, that had gained him the love and esteem of his readers: the other had one, which always gained him the favourable attention of his hearers. For as a celebra ted Roman orator observes, “ Maledicit INERUDITUs apertius et fæpius, cum periculo etiam fuo. Affert et ifta res OPINIONEM, quia libentiffime "homines audiunt ea quæ dicere ipfi noluiffent." †The names, at that time, usually bestowed on those whom the trading companies fent with their fhips, and entrusted with their concerns abroad.
Peace is my dear delight-not FLEURY's more:
Then, learned Sir! (to cut the matter short)
F. Alas young man! your days can ne'er be long,
P. What? arm'd for virtue when I point the pen, 195