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Pleas`d let me own, in Esher's peaceful Grove
But does the Court a worthy Man remove ? That instant, I declare, he has my
7: I fun his Zenith, court his mild Decline; Thus Sommers once, and Halifax, were mine.
whose personal attachments to the king appeared from his steady adherence to the royal interest, after his resignation of his great employment of Master of the Horse; and whose known honour and virtue made him eft med by all parties,
VER, 66. Ejbser's peaceful Grove,] The house and gardens of Esher in Surry, belonging to the Honourable Mr. Pelbam, Brother of the Duke of Newcaftle. The author could not have given a more amiable idea of his Character than in comparing bim to Mr. Craggs.
VER. 74. But does the Court a wortby Man remove?] The poet means, remove him for his wortb : not that he esteemed the being in or out a proof either of corruption, or virtue. “I “ had a glympse of a letter of yours lately (says he to Dr. Swift) « by which I find you are, like the vulgar, apter to think well of “ pecple out of power, than of people in power. Perhaps ’tis on a mistake; but, however, there is something in it generous.” Lett. xvii. Sept. 3, 1725.
VER.77. Sommers] John Lord Sommers died in 1716. He had been Lord Keeper in the reign of William III. who took from him the seals in 1700. The author had the honour of knowing him in 1705. A faithful, able, and incorrupt minifter;
Oft, in the clear, fill Mirror of Retreat,
who, to the qualities of a consummate ftatesman, added those of a man of Learning and Politeness.
VER. 77. Halifax) A peer, no less distinguished by his love of letters than his abilities in Parliament. He was disgraced in 1710, on the change of Queen Anne's ministry.
VER. 79. Shrewsbury,] Charles Talbot, Duke of Shrewsbury, had been Secretary of State, Embassador in France, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Lord Chamberlain, and Lord Treasurer. He several times quitted his employments, and was often recalled, He died in 1718.
VER. 80. Warleion.] Hen. „Boyle, Lord Carleton (nephew of "the famous Robert Boyle) who was Secretary of State under William Ill. and President of the council under Q. Anne.
- Ibid. Stanhope] James Earl Stanhope. A Nobleman of equal courage, fpirit, and learning. General in Spain, and Secretary of state.
VER. 88. Wandhan ] Sir William Wyndham, Chancellor of the Exchequer under Queen Anne, made early a confiderable figure; but since a much greater both by his ability and eloquence, joined with the utmost judgment and temper.
Names, which I long have lov'd, nor lovd in vain,
Yet think not, "Friendship only prompts my lays;
P. Not so fierce ;
What Richelieu wanted, Louis scarce could gain,
P. If merely to come in, Sir, they go out,
Is that too little ? Come then, I'll comply.----
But, pray, when others praise him, do I blame?
VIR. 129. Spirit of Arnall!] Look for him in his place. Dunc. B. ii. ver. 315.
VER. 130. Polwartb.] The Hon. Hugh Hume, Son of Alexander Earl of Marchmont, Grandson of Patric Earl of March. mont, and diftinguishod like them, in the cause of Liberty.
E Why rail they then, if but a Wreath of mine,
What? shall each spurgalld Hackney of the day,
Windows if I treat a Friend?
It anger'd Turenne, once upon a day, 150
Ver. 160. the Bard] A verse taken out of a poem to Sir