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who, curious to be informed of what he saw, addresses himself to the shepherd, to know to what superb structures these ruins belonged. The shepherd entertains him with an absurd and fabulous account of ancient times, in which there were such traces of true history, that the traveller at length discovers, by the aid of the fabulous narrator, joined to certain marks in the ruins themselves, that this was the famous Blenheim, built, at the public expense, by a warlike nation, for the Deliverer of Europe, &c.
“It may be worth observing farther, that Mr. Pope once had a purpose to pen a discourse on the rise and progress of English poetry, as it came from the Provençal poets, and had classed the English poets, according to their several schools and successions, as appears from the list underneath.
RYMER. 2nd part, pp. 65, 66, 67, 77.
Petrarch. 78. Catal. of Provençal Poets. 1. School of Pro-S Chaucer's Visions, Romaunt of the Rose.
Pierce Plowman. Tales from Boccace.
Walt. de Mapes.
E. of Surrey:
Sir Philip Sydney.
Mirror of Magistrates. 4. School of Lord Buckhurst's Induction, Gorboduc. Dante.
Original of good Tragedy, Seneca, (his model).
PLAN OF AN EPIC POEM, ETC.
osto and Petrarch, translated from Tasso.
W. Brown's Pastorals. 5. School of Spen
Ph. Fletcher's Purple Island, Alabaster,
Piscatory Ec. ser, and from
Sir Walter Raleigh.
Sir John Davis. 6. School of
Sir John Beaumont.
models to in his Par.
Waller. of Job,
in versification, Fairfax, Sir John Mennis, f 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
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, et sibi: 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