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• Solicito damus, aut feffó : cum lædimur, ' unum
* Gratus Alexandro regi Magno fuit ille
VER. 366. Repeat unafkid;] Unavoidably weaker than the Original, loco jam recitata ; public recitations before great audiences, collected for that purpose, being common at Rome, (see many Epistles in Pliny,) to which we have no custom that can answer in an imitation. Juvenal, in a well known passage, laughs at Statius's reciting his Thebaid:
“ Curritur ad vocem jucundam,” &c. WARTON. VER. 379. Laureat's weighty place.] It became a fashion for all the admirers and followers of Pope to join with him in con, demning Colley Cibber. Dr. Johnson wrote a very pointed Epi. gram on this subject, which was also equally severe on George the Second :
“ Augustus fill survives in Maro's strain,
And Spenser's verse prolongs Eliza's reign ;
The season, when to come, and when to go, 360
* Charles, to late times to be transmitted fair, 380 Assign'd his figure to Bernini's care ;
VIR. 380, Charles, to late times, &c.] In the third volume of the Catholic Church History of England, printed at Brussels, 1742, fol. there is a curious anecdote concerning this matter, taken from an Italian MS. of the Memoirs of Panzani, the Pope's Agent : * Before Panzani set out on his journey, (to England,) which was about the year 1635, her Majesty wrote a letter to Cardinal
Splendida facta linunt. idem rex ille, poema
Barberini; wherein, amongst other things, Me defired he would use his interest with the famous Sculptor Cavalier Bernini, that he would cut two Bustos; one of the King, the other of herself: which were to be brought over by Panzani, alleging that her husband was uncommonly curious in works of that kind, and no present could be more acceptable to him. Bernini was one of a haughty temper, and liad lately refused the like favour to the Cardinal Richlieu, who desired his own Busto from the same hand. But Barberini's reputation and address prevailed upon him to grant the request. I mention this Butto upon account of the extraordinary circumstances which attended it; fome where: of are taken notice of by our Historians : But what I shall further relate, is not commonly known. It is reported, that when Bernini took a view of the original picture, according to which he was to form the King's Busto, he observed such melancholic lines, that they in a manner spoke some dismal fate that would befall the person it represented. And this he fignified to those who were present.” P. 38.
WARBURTON. Ver. 382. And great Nassau] “ This prince,” says Mr. Wala pole “ like most of those in our annals, contributed nothing to the advancement of the Arts. He was born in a country where taste never flourished, and națirre liad not given it to him as an embellishment to his great qualities. Reserved, unfociable, ill in his health, and sowered by his situation, he fought none of those amusements, that make the hours of the happy much happier. He had so little leisure to attend to, or so little disposition to men of wit, that when St. Evremond was introduced to him, the king faid, coldly, “ I think you was a major general in the French service."
And great Nafsau to Kneller's hand decreed
NOT TO LASH SO IT MAY SERVE A TURN.
Ver. 384. So well in paint] The taste and knowledge of Charles I. in the fine arts are universally known, and acknowledged ; and his fondness for Shakespear and Fairfax's Tafso, shews his judgment in Poetry.
WARTON. VER. 385 But Kings in Wit may want difcerning Spirit.] This is not to be wondered at, fince the Sacerdotal character has been separated from the Regal. This discerning of Spirits now seems to be the allotment of the ecclesiastical branch, which the following instance will put out of doubt. The famous Hugo Grotius had, some how or other, surprised the world into an early admiration of his parts and virtues. But his Grace Archbishop Abbot was not to be deceived by dazzling appearances. In one of his Refcripts to Sir Ralph Winwood, at the Hague, he unmasks this forward Dutchman, who a little before had been sent over to England by the States. “ You must take heed how
truit Doctor Grotius too far, for I perceive him to be so ADDICTED TO SOME PARTIALITIES IN THOSE PARTS, THAT HE FEARETH
At his first coming to the King, by reason of his good Latin tongne, he was so tedious and full of tittle tattle, that the King's judgment was of him, that he was fome PEDANT, full of words, and of NO GREAT JUDG
And I MYSELF DISCOVERING that to be his habit, as if he did imagine that every man was bound to hear him so long as he would talk, did privately give him notice thereof, that he should plainly and directly deliver his mind, or else he would make the King weary of him. This did not take place, but that afterwards he fell to it again, as was especially observed one night at supper at the Lord Bishop of Ely's, whither being brought by Mr. Casaubon (as I think), my Lord intreated him to stay to supper, which he did. There was present Dr. Steward and another Civilian, unto whom he flings out fome question of that profession; and, was so full of words, that Dr. Steward afterwards told my Lord, That he did perceive by him, that, like a Smato TERER, he had studied some two or three questions ; whereof when he came in company he must be talking, to vindicate bis skill; but if he were put from those, he would shew himself but a simple Fellow. There was present also Dr. Richardson, the King's professor of
· Bæotum in craffo jurares aëre natum.
[At neque dedecorant tua de fe judicia, atque Munera, quæ multa dantis cum laude tulerunt, Dile&ti tibi Virgilius Variufque poetæ ;]
Nec magis expressid vultus per ahenea figna, Quam per vatis opus mores animique virorum Clarorum apparent. nec fèrmones ego
mallem Repentes per humum, ' quam res componere gestas, Terrarumque ' fitus et flumina dicere, et arces Montibus impofitas, et & barbara regna, tuisque
Divinity in Cambridge, and another Doctor in that Faculty, with whom he falleth in also, about some of those questions, which are now controverted amongst the Ministers in Holland ; and being matters wherein he was studied, he uttered all his skill concerning them. My LORD OF Ely sittiNG STILL AT THE Supper ALL THE WHILE, AND WONDERING what a man he had there, who, never being in the place or company before, could overwhelm them so with talk for fo long a time. I write this unto you so largely, that you may know the disposition of the man: and HOW
MY LORD OF ELY FOR HIS GOOD ENTERTAINMENT." 'Winwood's Memorials, vol. iii. P. 459.
SCRIBL. Seriously, my Lord of Ely's cafe was to be pitied. But this will not happen every day: for as exposed as their Lordships may be to these kind of insults, happy is it, that the men are not always at hand, who can offer them. A second Grotius, for aught I know, may be as far off as a second Century of my Lords of Ely.
- But it was enough that this simple fellow was an Arminian and a Republican, to be despised by Abbot and his Mafter. For, in the opinion of these great judges of merit, Religion and Society could not subsist without PREDESTINATION and ARBITRARY Power.—However, this discerning Spirit, it is certain, had not left L. when the grave Historian Anthony Wood was so hofpitably entertained there ; who, in the journal of his life under the