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No Courts he faw, no suits would ever try,
O Friend ! may each domestic bliss be thine !
Preserve him social, chearful, and serene,
Notes. Ver. 417. And just as rich as when he feru'd a Queen.) An honest compliment to his friend's real and unaffected disinterestedness, when he was the favourite Physician of Queen Anne.
Ver. 418. A. Whether this bleling, &c.] He makes his friend close the Dialogue with a sentiment very expressive of that religious resignation, which was the Character both of his temper, and his piety.
T HE Occasion of publishing these Imitations
1 was the Clamour rais’d on some of my EpiAles. An Answer from Horace was both more full, and of more Dignity, than any I could have made in my own person; and the Example of much greater Freedom in so eminent a Divine as Dr. Donne, seem'd a proof with what indignation and contempt a Chriftian may treat Vice or Folly, in ever so low, or ever so high a Station. Both these Authors were acceptable to the Princes and Ministers under whom they lived. The Satires of Dr. Donne I versifyed, at the desire of the Earl of Oxford while he was Lord Treasurer, and of the Duke of Shrewsbury who had been Secretary of State ; neither of whom look'd upon a Satire on Vicious Courts as any Reflection on those they ferv'd in. And indeed there is not in the world a greater error, than that which Fools are so apt to fall into, and Knaves with good reason to encourage, the mistaking a Satirist for a Libeller ; whereas to a true Satirist nothing is so odious as a Libeller, for the same reason as to a man truly vir. tuous nothing is so hateful as à Hypocrite.
Uni aequus Virtuti atque ejus Amicis. P.