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E PIST OL A I.
DRIMA dicte mihi, summa dicende camena,
Spectatum fatis, et donatum jam
quaeris, Maecenas, iterum antiquo me includere ludo.
Non eadem est aetas, non mens. “Veianius, armis
Herculis ad poftem fixis, latet abditus agro;
'Eft mihi purgatam crebro qui personet aurem; Solve 5 senescentem mature fanus equum, ne Peccet ad extremum ridendus, et ilia ducat.
NOT E s.
Ver. 3. Sabbath of my days? ] i. e. The 49th year, the age of the Author.
Ver. 8. Hang their old Trophies o'er the Garden gates,] An occasional stroke of Satire on ill-placed ornaments. He has mgre openly ridiculed them in his Epistle on Tafte,
To L. BOLINGBROKE. CT.John,whose love indulg'd my labours past, . Matures my present, and shall bound my last!
Why will you break the Sabbath of my days?
10 * A Voice there is, that whispers in my ear, ('Tis Reafon's voice, which sometimes one can
heat) “ Friend Pope! be prudent, let your & Mufe take
“ breath, “ And never gallop Pegafus to death ;
NO TE s.
“ Turn Arcs of Triumph to a garden gate.” Ver. 10. ev’n in Brunswick's cause.] In the former Editions it was Britain's cause. But the terms are synonimous.
Nunc itaque et "versus, et caetera ludicra pono: Quid ' verum atque decens, curo et rogo, et omnis
in hoc sum :
* Condo, etcompono, quae mox depromere possim. Ac ne forte roges, 'quo me duce, quo Lare tuter: Nullius addictus jurare in verba magistri, * Quo me cunque rapit tempestas, deferor hojpes. Nunc agilis fio, et merfor " civilibus undis, Virtutis verae custos, origidusque satelles :
NOTE s. Ver. 16. You limp, like Blackmore on a Lord Mayor's horse.] The fame of this heavy Poet, however problematical elsewhere, was universally received in the City of London. His versification is here exactly described : stiff, and not strong; ftately and yet dull, like the sober and now-paced Animal generally employed to mount the Lord Mayor: and therefore here humourously opposed to Pegasus.
P. VR. 26. And bruje with Montagne now, or ricw with Locke. ) 1.6 Chuse either an active or a contemplative life, as is most fitted to the season and circumstances For he regarded these Writers as the best Schools to form a man for the world ; or to give him a knowledge of himself: Montagne excelling in his observations on social and civil life; and Lacke, in deteloping the faculties, and explaining the operations of the human mind.
“ Left ftiff, and stately, void of fire or force, 15 “ You limp, like Blackmore on a Lord Mayor's
“ horse.” Farewel then "Verse, and Love, and ev'ry Toy, The Rhymes and Rattles of the Man or Boy ; What right, what true, what fit we justly call, Let this be all my care---for this is All: 20 To lay this " harvest up, and hoard with haste What ev'ry day will want, and most, the last.
But ask not, to what 'Doctors I apply?. Sworn to no Master, of no Sect am I : As drives the "form, at any door I knock: 25 And house with Montagne now, or now with
Locke. Sometimes a "Patriot, active in debate, Mix with the World, and battle for the State, Free as young Lyttelton, her Cause pursue, Still true to Virtue, °and as warm as true: 30,
. NOT E s. VER. 30. Still true to Virtue--with Aristippus, or St. Paul,] It was the Poet's purpose in this place to give us the picture of his own mind, not that of Horace's; who tells us, he sometimes went with Zeno, and sometimes with Ariffippus; the extremes of whose different Systems, Tully thus justly censures : “. Ut quoniam Aristippus, quafi animum nullum " habeamus, corpus folum tuetur; Zeno, quasi corporis simus " expertes, animum folum complectitur.” But neither Truth nor Decency would buffer our Poet to say, that, to fuit himself to the times, he went into either of these follies. To