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What brought Š."listos ill got Mealth to waste? Some. Demon whisperdetésto! have a Taste.

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Not for himself he sees, or hears, or eats ;
Artists must chuse his Pictures, Music, Meats:
He buys for Topham, Drawings and Designs,
For Pembroke Statues, dirty Gods, and Coins
Rare monkish Manuscripts for Hearne alone,
And Books for Mead, and Butterflies for Sloane. 10

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COMMENTARY. philosophy of this observation, there is a fine Morality contained in it; namely, that ill-got Wealth is not only as unreasonably, but as uncomfortably squandered as it was raked together ; which the poet himself further infinuates in y 15.

What brought Sir Visto's ill-got wealth to waste? He then illustrates the above obfervation by divers examples in every branch of wrong Tafte; and to set their absurdities in the strongest light, he, in conclusion, contrasts them with feveral instances of the true, in the Nobleman to whom the Epistle is addressed. This disposition is productive of various beau- ' ties; for, by this means, the Introduction becomes an epitome of the body of the Epistle ; which, as we shall see, consists of general reflections on Talte, and particular examples of bad and good. And his friend's Example concluding the Introduction, leads the poet gracefully into the subject itself; for the Lord, here celebrated for his good Taste, was now at hand to deliver the first and fundamental precept of it himself, which gives authority and dignity to all that follow.

NOTES. Ver. 7. Topham] A Gen- confequently the dirty attribute tleman famous for a judicious here aligned thefe Gods of old collection of Drawings. P. renown, is not in disparage

Ver. 8. For Pembroke Sta- ment of their worth, but in tues, dirty Gods, and Coins.] high commendation of their The author speaks here not as genuine pretensions. Scribl. a Philosopher or Divine, but as VER. 9. Rare monkis Ma. a Connoiseur and Antiquary; ! nuferipts for Hear.:e alone,]

Think we all these are for himself? no more
Than his fine Wife, alas ! or finer Whore.

For what has Virro painted, built, and planted ? Only to show, how many Tastes he wanted.

14 What brought Sir Visto’s ill got wealth to waste ? Some Dæmon whisper’d, " Vifto! have a Taste.”

NOTES. This is not to be understood | alas ! or finer Whore.] By the in the strictness of the letter, Author's manner of putting toas if Mr. Tho. Hearne enjoy- gether these two different Utened these rarities without a par- fils of false Magnificence, it aptaker; for he has been often pears, that, properly speaking, known to exemplify these pré

neither the Wife nor the Whore cious relics under the autho- is the real object of modern rity of the Clarendon Print- tajte, but the Finery only : ing-house, where the good feed And whoever wears it, whehas sometimes produced forty ther the Wife or the Whore, or fifty fold. Hence, and from it matters not; any further their still continuing as much than that the latter is thought rarities as ever, it may be rea

to deserve it best, as appears sonably concluded they were from her having most of it; not the delight of Mr. T. and so indeed becomes, by acHearne alone, SCRIBL. cident, the more fashionable

VER 10. And Books for Thing of the two. SCRIBL. Mead, and Butterflies for Ver. 17. Heav'n visits with Sloane.) Two eminent Physi a Taste the wealthy fool,] The cians; the one had an excel- present rage of Taste, in this lent Library, the other the overflow of general Luxury, finest collection in Europe of may be very properly reprenatural curiosities; both men sented by a defolating pestilence, of great learning and huma-- alluded to in the word visit,

where Taste becomes, as the VER. 12. Than kis fine Wife, poet says, that

planetary Plague, when Jove
Does o'er some high-vic'd City hang his poison
In the fick air

nity. P.



Heav'n visits with a Taste the wealthy fool,
And needs no Rod but Ripley with a Rule.
See ! sportive fate, to punish aukward pride,
Bids Bubo build, and sends him such a Guide : 20
A standing sermon, at each year's expence,
That never Coxcomb reach'd Magnificence !

You show us, Rome was glorious, not profuse, And

pompous buildings once were things of Use.

After ♡ 22. in the MS.

Must Bishops, Lawyers, Statesmen, have the skill
To build, to plant, judge paintings, what you will ?
Then why not Kent as well our treaties draw,
Bridgman explain the Gospel, Gibs the Law?

NOTES. Ver. 18. Ripley) This man But aukward Pride intimates was a carpenter, employed by ¡ luch abilities in its owner, as a first Minister, who raised eases us of the apprehension him to an Architect, without of much mischief from it; fo any genius in the art; and af- that the poet fupposes such a ter fome wretched proofs of his one secure from the serious reinsufficiency in public Build- sentment of Heaven, though ings, made him Comptroller it may permit fate or fortune of the Board of works. P. to bring him into the public

VER. 19. See! sportive fate, contempt and ridicule, which to punish aukward pride, ] his native badness of heart fo Pride is one of the greatest well deserves. mischiefs, as well as abfurdi- Ver. 23. The Earl of Burties of our nature; and there- lington was then publishing the fore, as appears both from Designs of Inigo Jones, and the profane and sacred History, Antiquities of Rome by Pallahas ever been the more pecu- dio. P.' liar object of divine vengeance.

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