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A heap of dust alone remains of thee;
'T is all thou art, and all the proud shall be ! To the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady. Line 71.
Ye Gods! annihilate but space and time,
And make two lovers happy.
Martinus Scriblerus on the Art of Sinking in Poetry. Ch. 11.
Of manners gentle, of affections mild ;
In wit a man, simplicity a child.*
Epitaph on Gay.
The saint sustained it, but the woman died.
Epitaph on Mrs. Corbet.
Who ne'er knew joy but friendship might divide,
Epitaph on the Hon. S. Harcourt.
A brave man struggling in the storms of fate,
Prologue to Mr. Addison's Cato.
You beat your pate, and fancy wit will come;
There take (says Justice), take ye each a shell,
Verbatim from Boileau.
* Her wit was more than man, her innocence a child.
His wit invites you by his looks to come;
Few sons attain the praise
Of their great sires, and most their sires disgrace.
Book ii. Line 315.
Far from gay cities and the ways of men.
Book xiv. Line 410.
Who love too much, hate in the like extreme.
Book xv. Line 79.
True friendship's laws are by this rule expressed,
This is the Jew
That Shakspere drew.+
THOMAS TICKELL. 1686-1740.
[OR e'er was to the bowers of bliss conveyed
A fairer spirit, or more welcome shade.
On the Death of Addison. Line 45.
* Welcome the coming, speed the going guest.
HORACE. Book ii. Satire ii. Line 160. Page 192.
On the 14th February, 1741, Macklin established his fame as an actor, in the character of Shylock, in the 'Merchant of Venice,' and restored to the stage a play which had been forty years supplanted by Lord Lansdowne's 'Jew of Venice.' Macklin's performance of this character so forcibly struck a gentleman in the pit, that he, as it were involuntarily, exclaimed,
"This is the Jew
That Shakspere drew.'
It has been said that this gentleman was Mr. Pope, and that he meant his panegyric on Macklin as a satire against Lord Lansdowne.
Biog. Dram. vol. i. pt. ii. p. 469.
There taught us how to live; and (oh ! too high
I hear a voice you cannot hear,
Which says I must not stay,
I see a hand you cannot see,
Which beckons me away.
Colin and Lucy.
THOMAS PARNELL. 1679-1718.
REMOTE from man, with God he passed the days,
Prayer all his business, all his pleasure praise.
The Hermit. Line 5.
Let those love now, who never lov'd before,
Let those who always loved, now love the more.†
Written in the time of Julius Cæsar, and by some ascribed to
Cras amet qui numquam amavit;
Quique amavit, cras amet.
A damsel lay deploring
All on a rock reclined.
The What D'ye Call't. Act. ii. Sc. 8.
So comes a reckoning when the banquet's o'er,
Whence is thy learning? Hath thy toil
The Shepherd and the Philosopher.
When yet was ever found a mother
The Mother, the Nurse, and the Fairy.
While there is life there's hope, he cried.†
The Sick Man and the Angel.
And when a lady's in the case,
The Hare and many Friends.
Life's a jest, and all things show it ;
Epitaph on Himself.
* The midnight oil was a common phrase; it is used by Shenstone, Cowper, Lloyd, and others.
† Ελπίδες ἐν ζωοῖσιν, ἀνέλπιστοι δὲ θανόντες.
THEOCRITUS. Id. iv. Line 42.
LADY MARY WORTLEY MONTAGUE.
ET this great maxim be my virtue's guide,In part she is to blame that has been tried ; He comes too near, that comes to be denied.*
The Lady's Resolve.
And we meet, with champagne and a chicken, at last.†
JOHN BYROM. 1691-1763.
OME say, compared to Bononcini,
That Mynheer Handel's but a ninny;
Others aver that he to Handel
Is scarcely fit to hold a candle.
Strange all this difference should be
"Twixt Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
On the Feuds between Handel and Bononcini.
*The Lady's Resolve was a fugitive piece, written on a window by Lady Montague, after her marriage (1713). The last lines were taken from Overbury:-The Wife, St. 36.
'In part to blame is she
Which hath without consent been only tried;
What say you to such a supper with such a woman?
BYRON. Note to Letter on Bowles. 'Nourse asked me if I had seen the verses upon Handel and Bononcini, not knowing that they were mine.' Byrom's Remains (Cheltenham Soc.), vol. i. p. 173. The last two lines have been attributed to Swift and Pope. Vide Scott's edition of Swift, and Dyce's edition of Pope.