« ZurückWeiter »
Is that a birthday r 'tis, alas! too clear,
Let joy or ease, let affluence or content,
TO MR. THOMAS SOUTHERN,
RESIGN'D to live, prepar'd to die,
TO LADY MARY WORTLEY MONTAGUE*.
TN beanty or wit,
To question your empire has dar'd;
To yield to a lady was hard.
With musty dull rules, Have reading to females denied:
So papists refuse
The Bible to use,
'Twas a woman at first
(Indeed she was curst)
And sages agree
The laws should decree To the first of possessors the right.
Then bravely, fair dame,
Resume the old claim,
And let men receive,
From a second bright Eve, The knowledge of right and of wrong.
* This panegyric on Lady Mary Wortley Montague might have been suppressed by Mr. Pope, on account of her having satirised him in her verses to the imitator of Horace; which abuse he returned in the first satire of the second book of Horace.
From furious Sappho, scarce a milder fate,
Bat if the first Eve
Hard doom did receive, When only one apple had she,
What a punishment new .'
Shall be found out for you,
THE FOURTH EPISTLE OFTHE FIRST BOOK OF HORACE'S EPISTLES*.
A modern Imitation,
SAYt, St. John, who alone peruse
* This satire on Lord Bolingbroke, and the praise bestowed on htm in a letter to Mr. Richardson, where Mr. Pope says,
The sons shall blush their fathers were his foes: being so contradictory, probably occasioned tlie former to be suppressed. S.
Ad Albinm Tibullam. t Albi, nostrorum sermonum candide jndex, Quid nunc te dtcara facere in regione Pedana? Scribere, qnod Caasi Parmensis opuscula vincat? J The line* here qnoted occur in the Essay on $ An tacitam silvas inter reptare salubres?
Where (emulous of Chartres' fame)
* To you (th' all-envy'd gift of heaven)
% Amidst thy various ebbs of fear,
In spite of fears, of mercy spite,
• — — - Di tibi formam
Di tibi divitias dederant, artemque fruendi.
t Quid voveat dulci nutricula majus alumno, Quam sapere, et Can posset qua: sentiat, et cui Gratia, fama, valetudo contingat abunde,
. — non deficiente crumena?
X Inter spem, curamque, timores inter et iras.
§ Omuem crede diem tibi diluxisse supremum. Me pinguem, et nitidum bene curata cute vises, Cum riderevoles Epicuri de grege porcum.
EPIGRAM ON MRS. TOFTS,
A handsome Woman with a fine Voice, but very covetous and prond9,
CO bright is thy beanty, so charming thy song, ^ As had drawn both.the beasts and their Orpheus along;
But such is thy avarice, and such is thy pride, That the beasts must have starv'd, and the poet have died.
On one who made long Epitaphs\,
FRIEND, for your epitaphs I'mgriev'd,
* This epigram, first printed anonymously in Steele's Collection, and copied in the Miscellanies of Swift and Pope, is ascribed to Pope by sir John Hawkins, in his History of Music.—Mrs. Tofts, who was the danghter of a person in the family of Bishop Burnet, is celebrated as a singer little inferior, either for her voice or manner, to the best Italian women. She lived at the introduction of the opera into this kingdom, and sung in company with Nicolini; but, being ignorant of Italian, chanted her recitative in English, in answer to his Italian; yet the charms of their voices overcame the absurdity.
t It is not generally known that the persou here meant was Dr. Robert Freind, head master of Westminster-school.