Abbildungen der Seite
PDF
EPUB

Solicito damus, aut fello : cum lædimur, ' unun
Si quis amicorum est ausus reprendere verfum :
Cum loca jam " recitata revolvimus irrevocati : .
Cum lamentamur non apparere labores
Nostros, et tenui deducta poemata filo ;
Cum * fperamus eo rem venturam, ut, fimul atque
Carmina refcieris nos fingere, commodus ultro
Arcefjas, et egere vetes, et fcribere cogas.
Sed tamen est ' operæ pretium cognoscere, quales
Ædituos habeat belli spectata domique
Virtus, ? indigno non committenda poetæ.

* Gratus Alexandro regi Magno fuit ille
Cheerilus, incultis qui versibus et male natis
Rettulit acceptos, regale numisma, Philippos.
Sed veluti tractata notam labemque remittunt
Atramenta, fere fcriptores carmine fædo

Splendida NOTES. VER. 366. Repeat unafkd;] Unavoidably weaker than the Ori. ginal, loco jam recitata ; public recitations before great audiences, collected for that purpose, being common at Rome, (see many Epistles in Pliny,) to which we have no custom that can answer in an imitation. Juvenal, in a well known passage, laughs at Statius's reciting his Thebaid:

“ Curritur ad vocem jucundam," &c. Warton. Ver. 379. Laureat's weighty place.] It became a fashion for all the admirers and followers of Pope to join with him in con, demning Colley Cibber. Dr. Johnson wrote a very pointed Epi. gram on this subject, which was also equally severe on George the. Second:

Augustus fill survives in Maro's strain,
And Spenser's verse prolongs Eliza's reign ;
Great George's acts let tuneful Cibber ling;
For Nature form’d the Poet for the King." WARTONE

The season, when to come, and when to go, 360 To sing, or cease to sing, we never know ; And if we will recite nine hours in ten, You lose your patience, just like other men. Then too we hurt ourselves, when to defend A ' single verse, we quarrel with a friend; 365 Repeat “ unafk'd; lament, the w Wit's too fine For vulgar eyes, and point out ev'ry line. ‘But most, when straining with too weak a wing, We needs will write Epistles to the King; And * from the moment we oblige the town, 370 Expect a place, or pension from the Crown; Or dubb'd Historians by express command, l' enroll your triumphs o'er the seas and land, Be call’d to Court to plan some work divine, As once for Louis, Boileau and Racine. 375

Yet y think, great Sir! (so many Virtues shown ;) Ah think, what Poet best may make them known? Or choose at least some Minister of Grace, Fit to bestow the ? Laureats weighty place.

* Charles, to late times to be transmitted fair, 380 Assign'd his figure to Bernini's care;

And NOTES. Vex. 380, Charles, to late times, &c.] In the third volume of the Catholic Church History of England, printed at Brussels, 1742, fol. there is a curious anecdote concerning this matter, taken from an Italian MS. of the Memoirs of Panzani, the Pope's Agent : * Before Panzani set out on his journey, (to England,) which yras about the year 1635, her Majesty wrote a letter to Cardinal

P 4

Barberini;

Splendida facta linunt. idem rex ille, poema
Qui tam ridiculum tam care prodigus emit,
Edicto vetuit, ne quis fe præter Apellem
Pingeret, aut alius Lysippo duceret æra.
Fortis 6 Alexandri vultum fimulantia. quod fi
Judicium subtile videndis artibus illud.
Ad libros et ad hæc Musarum dona vocares;

hulbaha were to be bos; one of the pe

rought over bo ving, the othernini, that he

Bæotum NOTES. Barberini; wherein, amongst other things, the desired he would use his interest with the famous Sculptor Cavalier Bernini, that he would cut two Bustos; one of the King, the other of herself: which were to be brought over by Panzani, alleging that her husband was uncommonly curious in works of that kind, and no present could be more acceptable to him. Bernini was one of a haughty temper, and had lately refused the like favour to the Cardinal Richlieu, who desired his own Busto from the same hand. But Barberini's reputation and address prevailed upon him to grant the request. I mention this Busto upon account of the extraordinary circumstances which attended it; fome where. of are taken notice of by our Historians : But what I shall further relate, is not commonly known. It is reported, that when Bernini took a view of the original picture, according to which he was to form the King's Busto, he observed sạch melancholic lines, that they in a manner spoke some dismal fate that would befall the person it represented. And this he fignified to those who were present.” P. 38.

WARBURTON. Ver. 382. And great Nasau] “ This prince,” says Mr. Wala pole « like most of those in our annals, contributed nothing to the advancement of the Arts. He was born in a country where tafte never flourished, and națire liad not given it to him as an embellishment to his great qualities. Reserved, unfociable, ill in his health, and sowered by his situation, he sought none of those amusements, that make the hours of the happy much happier. He had so little leisure to attend to, or so little disposition to men of wit, that when St. Evremond was introduced to him, the king said, coldly, “ I think you was a major general in the French service.”

WARTON.

And great • Nafsau to Kneller's hand decreed
To fix him graceful on the bounding Steed;

So

NOTES.

Ver. 384. So well in paint] The taste and knowledge of Charles I. in the fine arts are universally known and acknowledged ; and his fondness for Shakespear and Fairfax's Taflo, shews his judgment in Poetry.

WARTON. Ver. 385: But Kings in Wit may want discerning Spirit.] This is not to be wondered at, since the Sacerdotal character has been separated from the Regal. This discerning of Spirits now seems to be the allotment of the ecclesiastical branch, which the following instance will put out of doubt. The famous Hugo Grotius bad, fome how or other, surprised the world into an early admiration of his parts and virtues. But his Grace Archbishop Abbot was not to be deceived by dazzling appearances. In one of his Re. fcripts to Sir Ralph Winwood, at the Hague, he unmasks this forward Dutchman, who a little before had been sent over to England by the States. “ You must take heed how you truit Doctor GROTIUS too far, for I perceive him to be so ADVICTED TO SOME PARTIALITIES IN THOSE PARTS, THAT HE FEARETH NOT TO LASH SO IT MAY SERVE A TURN. At his first coming to the King, by reason of his good Latin tongne, he was so tedi. ous and full of tittle-tattle, that the King's judgment was of him, that he was some PEDANT, full of words, and of NO GREAT JUDGMENT. And I MYSELF DISCOVERING that to be his habit, as if lie did imagine that every man was bound to hear him so long as he would talk, did privately give him notice thereof, that he should plainly and directly deliver his mind, or else he would make the King weary of him. This did not take place, but that afterwards he fell to it again, as was especially observed one night at supper at the Lord Bishop of Ely's, whither being brought by Mr. Casaubon (as I think), my Lord intreated him to stay to supper, which he did. There was present Dr. Steward and another Civilian, unto whom he flings out some question of that profession; and, was so full of words, that Dr. Steward afterwards told my Lord, That he did perceive by him, that, like a SMAT. TERER, he had studied some two or three questions ; whereof when he came in company he must be talking, to vindicate bis skill ; but if he were put from those, he would shew himself but a SIMPLE Fellow. There was present also Dr. Richardson, the King's professor of

Divinity

Bæotum in crasso jurares aëre natum.

[At neque dedecorant tua de fe judicia, atque Munera, quæ multa dantis cum laude tulerunt, Dile&ti tibi Virgilius Variufque poetæ ;]

Nec magis expressi vultus per ahenea figna, Quam per vatis opus mores animique virorum Clarorum apparent. nec fèrmones ego mallem Repentes per humum, ' quam res componere geftas, Terrarumque f fitus et flumina dicere, et arces Montibus impofitas, et 8 barbara regna, tuisque

Auspiciis NOTE S. Divinity in Cambridge, and another Doctor in that Faculty, with whom he falleth in also, about some of those questions, which are now controverted amongst the Ministers in Holland; and being matters wherein he was studied, he uttered all his skill concerning them. My LORD OF ELY SITTING STILL AT THE SUPPER ALL THE WHILE, AND WONDERING what a man he had there, who, never being in the place or company before, could overwhelm them so with talk for fu long a time. I write this unto you so largely, that you may know the disposition of the man: and HOW KINDLY HE USED MY LORD OF ELY FOR HIS GOOD ENTERTAINMENT.Winwood's Memorials, vol. iii. P. 459.

Scribl. Seriously, my Lord of Ely's case was to be pitied. But this will not happen every day : for as exposed as their Lordships may be to these kind of insults, happy is it, that the men are not always at hand, who can offer them. A second Grotius, for auglit I know, may be as far off as a second Century of my Lords of Ely. - But it was enough that this simple fellow was an Arminian and a Republican, to be despised by Abbot and his Master. For, in the opinion of these great judges of merit, Religion and Society could not subsist without PREDESTINATION and ARBITRARY Power.-However, this discerning Spirit, it is certain, had not left L. when the grave Hiftorian Anthony Wood was so hofpitably entertained there ; who, in the journal of his life under the

Power.

« ZurückWeiter »