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PLAN OF AN EPIC POEM, ETC.
Spenser, Col. Clout, from the school of Ari-
W. Brown's Pastorals. 5. School of Spen
Ph. Fletcher's Purple Island, Alabaster, ser, and from
S. Daniel. Italian Sonnets.
Sir Walter Raleigh.
Milton's Juvenilia, Heath, Habington. Translators from
Sir John Davis. 6. School of
Sir John Beaumont.
models to in his Par.
Waller. of Job,
originals of Hudibras."
THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF
ALEXANDER POPE, ESQ.
In the name of God, Amen. I, Alexander Pope, of Twickenham, in the county of Middlesex, make this my last will and testament. I resign my soul to its Creator, in all humble hope of its future happiness, as in the disposal of a Being infinitely good. As to my body, my will is, that it be buried near the monument of my dear parents, at Twickenham, with the addition, after the words filius fecit—of these only, etsibi: Qui obiit anno 174, ætatis ; and that it be carried to the grave by six of the poorest men of the parish, to each of whom I order a suit of grey coarse cloth, as mourning. If I happen to die at any inconvenient distance, let the same be done in any other parish, and the inscription be added on the monument at Twickenham. I hereby make and appoint my particular friends, Allen, Lord Bathurst, Hugh, Earl of Marchmont, the Honourable William Murray, his majesty's Solicitor General, and George Arbuthnot of the court of Exchequer, Esq. the survivors or survivor of them, executors of this my last will and testament.
But all the manuscript and unprinted papers which I shall leave at my decease, I desire may be delivered to my noble friend Henry St. John, Lord Bolingbroke, to whose sole care and judgment I commit them, either to be preserved or to be destroyed; or, in case he shall not survive me, to the abovesaid Earl of Marchmont. These who in the course of my life have done me all other good offices, will not refuse me this last after my death: I leave them therefore this trouble, as a mark of my trust and friendship; only desiring them each to accept of some small memorial of me: That my Lord Bolingbroke will add to his library all the volumes of my Works and Translations of Homer, bound in red morocco, and the eleven volumes of those of Erasmus: That my Lord Marchmont will take the large paper edition of Thuanus, by Buckley, and that portrait of Lord Bolingbroke, by Richardson, which he shall prefer: That my Lord Bathurst will find a place for the three statues of the Hercules of Farnese, the Venus of Medicis, and the Apollo in chiaro oscuro, done by Kneller: That Mr. Murray will accept of the marble head of Homer, by Bernini; and of Sir Isaac Newton, by Guelfi: and that Mr. Arbuthnot will take the watch I commonly wore, which the King of Sardinia gave to the late Earl of Peterborough, and he to me on his death-bed; together with one of the pictures of Lord Bolingbroke.