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Who scorn a Lad fhould teach his father skill,
NOTES. Earl of Orrery, and most of the French Romances translated by Perfors of Quality. P.
Ver. 146. And ev'ry flow'ry Courtier writ Romance.) A kind of heroical Romances, whose subject was some celebrated story of antiquity. In these voluminous extravagancies, love and honour supplied the place of life and manners, which were scarce ever thought of till Mr. De Marivaux in France, and Mr. Fielding in England introduced this fpecies of fable : and, by inriching it with the best part of the comic art, may be said to have brought it so perfection.
- Marmoris aut eboris fabros aut aeris amavit ;
Suspendit picta vultum mentemque tabella ;
Nunc tibicinibus, nunc eft gavisa tragoedis :
Sub nutrice puella velut fi luderet infans,
Quod cupide petiit, mature plena reliquit.
Quid placet, aut odio eft, quod non mutabile credas?
Hoc paces habuere bonae, ventique fecundi.
• Romae dulce diu fuit et solemne, reclusa
Mane domo vigilare, clienti promere jura;
Scriptos 5 nominibus rectis expendere nummos ;
f Majores audire, minori dicere, per quae
Crescere res poffet, minui damnosa libido.
Notes. Ver. 149. Lely on animated Canvas stole The sleepy Eye, etc.] This was the Characteristic of this excellent Colourist's expression ; who was an excessive Maniereft.
Ver. 153. On each enervate firing, etc.) The Siege of Rhodes by Sir William Davenant, the first Opera sung in England. P.
Then - Marble, soften'd into life, grew warm,
But Britain, changeful as a Child at play, 155
160 e Time was, a sober Englishman wou'd knock His servants up, and rise by five o'clock, Instruct his Family in ev'ry rule, And send his Wife to church, his Son to school. Tof worship like his Fathers, was his care ; 165 To teach their frugal Virtues to his Heir; To prove, that Luxury could never hold; And place, on good & Security, his Gold. I
NOTES. Ver. 158. Now all for Pleasure, now for Church and Stare;] The first half of Charles the Second's Reign was passed in an abandoned diffoluteness of manners; the other half, in factioas disputes about popish plots and French prerogative.
Mutavit mentem populus levis, het calet uno
Scribendi studio: puerique patresque feveri
Fronde comas vineti coenant, et carmina di&tant.
Ipfe ego, qui nullos me affirmo fcribere verfus,
Invenior i Parthis mendacior ; et prius orto
Sole vigil, calamum et chartas et fcrinia posco.
* Navem agere ignarus navis timet: abrotonum aegro
Non audet, nisi qui didicit, dare : quod medicorum est,
Promittunt 'medici : tractant fabrilia fabri:
Scribimus indocti doctique poemata passim.
Hic error tamen et levis haec insania, quantas
VER. 180. to few our Wit.] The force of this confifts in the ambiguity.-To fhew how constant we are to our resolutions or, to shew what fine verses we can make.
VER. 181. He ferw'd etc.) To the simple elegance of the original, the Poet has here added great spirit and vi.
Now times are chang'd, and one · Poetic Itch
k He serv'd a 'Prenticeship, who sets up Chop;
Yet, Sir, "reflect, the mischief is not great; These Madmen never hurt the Church or State: 190
Notes. vacity, without departing from the fidelity of a tranflation.
V&R. 182. Ward) A famous Empiric, whose Pill and Drop had several surprizing effects, and were one of the principal subjects of writing and conversation at this time.