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Of those two Satires which he has moderniz'd from Dr. Donne, we shall only say, that under that Cover he takes the Liberty to say, what without the Doctor at his Back, he would not.
Dr. Donne is known to be a keen Satirist, and wants nothing of Mr. Pope but his Numbers-He meets at Court, whither he was accidentally driven, a threadbare Parson seeking Preferment there, and affecting the Air of a Courtier already. This Scene, in the Doctors original Text, we have quoted in Italicks, and as altered by Mr. Pope, on the Page on the other Side, in Roman Characters, by which will appear the Conformity of their Sentiments, and how our Language is altered and refined since Dr, Donne's Time, who was born in London in the Year 1573, descended from a very good Family in Wales, and had Parents capable of giving him the best Education, which they did; for at nine Years of Age he was sent to Hart-Hall in Oxford, having attain'd
besides the Latin and Greek, a Knowledge in the French Tongue. Here he became acquainted with thať great Master of Language and Art, Sir Henry Wotton, with whom he contracted a lasting Friendfhip. From Oxford he was transplanted to the University of Cambridge, where he made great Improvements in his Literature. Coming from thence to London, he was entered of the Society of Lincoln'sInn, and applied himself to the Study of the Law, but even here, he chiefly employ'd his Time in accomplishing himself with the politer Kinds of Learning. He foon enjoy'd the best Conversation in Town, to whom the Acuteness of his Wit, and the natural Gaiety of his Temper, , foon render'd him highly acceptable : In which State of Life he compos’d most of his Love-Poems. His Father dying and leaving him a pretty handsome Fortune, he travelled into Italy, Spain and other foreign Countries, where he acquired a Perfection in those Languages, and returned home with many useful Observations. Being now qualified for the greatest Employments, he was made Secretary to the Lord Elsmere, 'Keeper of the Great Seal; in whose Service he became enamour'd with the Lady Elfmere's Neice, Daughter to Sir George Moor, Chancellor of the Garter, and Lieutenant of the Tower, who greatly opposed this Match; yet notwithstanding they were privately married: Which exasperated Sir George to such a Degree, that he prevailed on the Lord Elsmere to difcharge him from his Service, and soon after cast him into Prison. But Mr. Donne had not been long confined before he found Means, by the Assistance of his Kinsman Sir Francis Woolley, to facilitate his Enlargement, and a Reconciliation between him and Sir George Moor ensuing, he was restored to his for. mer Post. Now he was sought after by Men of the best Learning more than ever, and his Company very much desired by the Nobility and foreign Emballadors, who were extremely fond of his Acquaintance. At last, at King James's. Request, he applied himself to the Study of Divinit', and entered into Holy Orders: Whereupon, his Majesty firft made him Preacher of Lincoln's-Inn, and he was afterwards advanced to the Deanery of St. Paul's. He died the 31st of March, 1631, and was buried in St. Paul's Church with great Solemnity, attended by many Pere sons of Quality.
Dr. King Bishop of Chichester, who was his Executor, erected a Monument to his Memory, with this Inscription."
JOHANNES DONNE, S. T. P. Poft varia Studia, quibus ab Annis tenerrimis fideliter,
Nec infeliciter, incubuit. Instinctu & impulju Spiritus fancti, monitu & hortatu
Regis Jacobi Ordines Sacras Amplexus
Anno lui. Jesu 1614. & fuæ Ætatis 42. Decanatu hujus Ecclefiæ, indutus 27. Nouembris 1621.
. Exutus morte ultimo die Martii 1631. Hic, licet in Occiduo Cinere, afpicet Eum,
Cujus Nomen et Oriens.