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vum * Carmen majeftas recipit tua ; nec meus audet Rem tentare pudor, quem vires ferre recusant.
Notes. VER. 405. And I'm not us’d to Panegyric frains ;] Archbishop Tillotson hath said, “ That satire and invective were “ the easieit kind of wit, because almost any degree of it “ will serve to abuse and find fault. For wit (lays he) is " a keen inftrument, and every one can cut and gash with “ it. But to carve a beautiful image and polish it, reso quires great art and dexterity. To praise any thing " well, is an argument of much more wit than to abuse; " a little wit, and a great deal of ill-nature, will furnish :“ a man for satire, but the greatest instance of wit is to
" commend well." Thus far this candid Prelate. And I, in my turn, might as well fay, that Sarire was the most difficult, and Panegyric the easiest thing in nature ; for
Not with such d majesty, such bold relief, 390
Notes. that any barber-surgeon can curl and shave, and give cos' metic-washes for the skin ; but it requires the abilities of an Anatomift to diffect and lay open the whole interior of the human frame. But the truth is, these fimilitudes prove · nothing, but the good fancy, or the ill judgment of the. user. The one is just as easy to do ill, and as difficult to do well as the other. In our Author's Esay on the Charaeters of Men, the Encomium on Lord Cobham, and the satire on Lord Wharton, are the equal efforts of the same great genius. There is one advantage indeed in Satire over Panegyric, which every body has taken notice of, that it is more readily received; but this does not fhew that it is more eafily written.
Sedulitas autem 'Sulte, quem diligit, urget ;
The Zeal of Fools offends at any time,