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Some felt the silent stroke of mould’ring age,
Ambition figh’d: She found it vain to trust
NO TE Ş. VER. 18. And give to Titus old Vespasian's due.] A fine infinuation of the entire want of Taste in Antiquaries; whose ignorance of characters misleads them supported only by a name) against reason and history.
VER. 25. A narrow Orb each crouled Conquest keeps.] A ridicule on the pompous title of Orbis Romunus, which the Romans gave to their Empire.
VER. 27.- the proud arch] i. e. The triumphal Arch, which was gencrally an enormous mass of building.
A small Euphrates thro' the piece is rolld,
The Medal, faithful to its charge of fame, Thro'climes and ages bears each form and name:
: In one short view, subjected to our eye Gods, Emp'rors, Heroes, Sages, Beauties, lie. With sharpen'd fight pale Antiquaries pore, 35 Th'inscription value, but the rust adore. This the blue varnish, that the
green endears, The sacred rust of twice ten hundred years ! To gain Pescennius one employs his Schemes, One grasps a Cecrops in ecstatic dreams.
40 Poor Vadius, long with learned spleen devour'd, Can taste no pleasure since his Shield was scour'd: And Curio, restless by the Fair One’s fide, Sighs for an Otho, and neglects his bride.
No T s. VER. 35. IVith sharpend fight pale Antiquaries pore,] Microscopic glasses, invented by Philosophers, to discover the beauries in the minuter works of Nature, ridiculously applied by Antiquaries, to detect the cheats of counterfeit medals.
VER. 37. This the bide varnim, that the green endears,] i. e. This a collector of silver; That, of brass coins.
VER. 41. Poor Vudiu,] See his history, and that of his Shield, in the Memoirs of Scriblerus.
VER.43. Ana Cris, restles, &c.) The most extraordinary instance of this Virtuoso-taste we have in the Historian Dio. He tells us, that one Vibius Rufus, who, in the reign of liberius, was the fourth husband to Cicero's widow, Terentia, then upwards of an hundred, used to value himself on his
Theirs is the Vanity, the Learning thine: 45
Oh when shall Britain, conscious of her claim,
NOTE s. being possessed of the two noblest pieces of Antiquity in the world, Tully's WIFE and CÆSAR'S CHAIR, that Chair in which he was assassinated in full Senate.
VER. 49. Nor blush, these sudies thy regard engage;] A fenseless affectation, which fome Authors of eminence have betrayed; who, when fortune or their talents have raised them to a condition to do without those arts, for which only they gained our esteem, have pretended to think letters below their character. This false shame, M. Voltaire has very well, and with proper indignation, exposed in his account of Mr. Congreve: “ He had one defect, which was, his enter
taining too mean an idea of his first profession (that of a " Writer) though 'twas to this he owed his fame and fortune. “ He spoke of his works as of trifies that were beneath him; « and hinted to me, in our first conversation, that I should “ visit him upon no other foot than that of a gentleman,
who led a life of plainness and simplicity. I answered, " that had he been so unfortunate as to be a mere gentle
man, I should never have come to see him; and I was very “ much disgusted at so unfeasonable a piece of vanity.” Letters concerning the English Nation, xix.
VER. 53. Ob when mall Britain, &c.) A compliment to one of Mr. Addison's papers in the Spectator, on this subject.
In living medals see her wars enroll’d,
55 And vanquilh'd realms supply recording gold? Here, rising bold, the Patriot's honest face; There Warriors frowning in historic brass : Then future ages with delight shall see How Plato's, Bacon's, Newton's looks Or in fair series laurel'd Bards be shown, A Virgil there, and here an Addison. Then shall thy CRAGGS (and let mecall him mine) On the cast ore, another Pollio, shine; With aspect open, shall erect his head, And round the orb in lasting notes be read, “ Statesman, yet friend to Truth! of soulsincere, “ In action faithful, and in honour clear; “ Who broke no promise, serv'd no private end, “ Who gain'd no title, and who lost no friend; 70
VER. 67. “ Statesman, get friend to Truth, &c.] It should be remembered, that this poem was written to be printed before Mr. Addison's Discourse on Medals, in which there is the following censure of long legends upon coins : “ The first “ fault I find with a modern legend is its diffufiveness. You " have sometimes the whole side of a medal over-run with it. “ One would fancy the Author had a design of being cice“ ronian—but it is not only the tediousness of these inscrip“ tions that I find fault with ; suppofing them of a moderate
length, why must they be in verse? We should be sur“ prized to see the title of a serious book in rhyme.” Dial, iii.
« Ennobled by himself, by all approv'd, “ And prais d unenvy'd, by the Muse he lov’d.”
NOT e s.
Ver. ult. And prais d unenvy'd, by the Muse he lvd.] le was not likely that men acting in fo different spheres, as were those of Mr. Craggs and Mr. Pope, should have their friend ship disturb'd by Envy. We must suppose then that some circumstances in the friend hip of Mr. Pope and Mr. Addison are hinted at in this place.
END of the THIRD VOLUME,