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Nor blush, these studies thy regard engage;
Oh when shall Britain, conscious of her claim,
of Mr. Congreve : " ed at so unseasonable a piece “ He had one Defect, which " of vanity. Letters concern« was, his entertaining too ing the English Nation, xix. mean an Idea of his first
VER.53. Oh when shall Bri“ Profession, (that of a Wri- tain, &c.] A compliment to “ter) tho' 'twas to this he one of Mr. Addison's papers in
Or in fair series laurell’d Bards be shown,
65 And round the orb in lasting notes be read, “ Statesman, yet friend to Truth! of soul fincere, “ In action faithful, and in honour clear ; " Who broke no promise, serv'd no private end, " Who gain’d no title, and who lost no friend; “ Ennobled by himself, by all approv'd, “ And prais’d, unenvy'd, by the Muse he lov'd.
the Spectator on this subject. « that I find fault with; fup
VER. 67. “ Statesman, get “ pofing them of a moderate friend to truth, &c.] It should “ length, why must they be in be remembered that this poem “ verfe? We should be surwas written to be printed be “ prized to see the title of a fore Mr. Addison's discourse on "" serious book in rhime. Medals, in which there is the Dial. iii. the following cenfure of long Ver. ult. And prais’d unlegends upon coins: “ The first envy'd by the Muse he lov’d.] It « fault I find with a modern was not likely that men acting “ legend is its diffufiveness. in so different spheres as were “ You have sometimes the those of Mr. Craggs and Mr. “whole side of a medal over- Pope, should have their friend
with it. One would ship disturbed by Envy. We “ fancy the Author had a De- must suppose then that some “ sign of being Ciceronian-circumstances in the friendship “ but it is not only the tedi- of Mr. Pope and Mr. Addison “oufness of these inscriptions are hinted at in this place.