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T H E

FIRST EPISTLE

OF THE

FIRST BO O K

OF

HO RA C E.

E PISTOL A I.

RIMA diete mihi, summa dicende camena,

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• Spectatum fatis, et donatum jam rude, quaeris,

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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 more openly ridiculed them in his Epifle on Tafte.

EPIST LEI.

To L. BOLINGBROKE.

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Matures my prefent, and shall bound

my
Why will you break the Sabbath of my days ? ·
Now fick alike of Envy and of Praise.
Public too long, ah let me hide my Age!

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See Modeft < Cibber now has left the Stage:
Our Gen'rals now, retir'd to their Eftates,
Hang their old Trophies o’er the Garden gates,
In Life's cool Ev’ning satiate of Applause,
Nor e fond of bleeding, ev'n in BRUNSWICK's cause.

f A Voice there is, that whispers in my ear,
('Tis Reason's voice, which fometimes one can hear)
“ Friend Pope! be prudent, let your & Muse take

66 breath,
“ And never gallop Pegasus to death;

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Notes.

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• Load fome vain Church with old theatric state,

“ Turn Arcs of Triumph to a garden gate. Ver. 10. ev'n in Brunswick's cause.] In the former Editions it was, Britain's caufe. Bue the terms are synony: mous,

Nunc itaque et " versus, et caetera ludicra pono:

Quid ' verum atque decens, curo et rogo, et omnis in

hoc sum:

k Condo, et compono, quae mox depromere poffim.

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Nunc agilis fio, et merfor a civilibus undis,

Virtutis verae cuftos, rigidusque fatelles :

Nunc in * Aristippi P furtim praecepta relabor,

Et mihi res, non me rebus, fubjungere conor.

9 Ut nox longa, quibus mentitur amica; diesque

. Omnis Aristippum decuit color, et status, et res.

P.

Notes. Ver. 16. You limp, like Blackmore on a Lord Mayor's borse. The fame of this heavy Poet, however problematical elsewhere, was universally received in the City of London. His yersification is here exactly described : stiff,

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