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THE Time of the Election of a Poet Laureat
1 being now at Hand, it may be proper to give fome Account of the Rites and Ceremonies antiently used at that Solemnity, and only discontinued through the Neglect and Degeneracy of later Times. These we have extracted from an Historian of undoubted Credit, a reverend Bishop, the learned Paulus Jovic us; and are the same that were practised under the Pontificate of Leo X, the great Restorer of Learn
"As we now see an Age and a Court, that for the Encouragement of Poetry rivals, if not exceeds, that of this famous Pope ; we cannot but with a Re
* Appulus prepingui vultu alacer, & prolixe comatus, omnino dignus feita Laurea videretur.
than common Meantheir Conditio.ccupation, for
markable, mortuo Leone, profligatisque Poetis, &c. 6. When Leo dy'd, and Poets were no more" (for I would not understand profligatis literally, aş if Poets then were profligate) this unhappy Laureat was forthwith reduced to return to his Country, where oppreffed with old Age and Want, he miserably perilh'd in a common Hospital.
We see from this fad Conclusion (which may be of Example to the Poets of our Time) that it were happier to meet with no Encouragement at all, to remain at the Plow, or other lawful Occupation, than to be elected above their Condition, and taken out of the common Means of Life, without a surer Support than the temporary, or at best, mortal Favours of the Great. It was doubtless for this Consideration, that when the Royal Bounty was lately extended to a Rural Genius, Care was taken to settle it upon him for Life. And it hath been the Practice of our Princes, never to remove from the Station of Poet Laureat any Man who hath once been chofen, tho' never so much greater Geniuses might arise in his Timę. A noble Instance, how much the Charity of our Monarchs hath exceeded their Love of Fame. I
To come now to the Intent of this paper. We have here the whole antient Ceremonial of the Laureat : In the first place, the Crown is to be mix'd with Vine-leaves, as the Vine is the Plant of Bacchus, and full as essential to the Honour, as the Butt of Sack to the Salary i
Secondly, the Brassica must be made use of, as a Qualifier of the former. It seems the Cabbage was antiently accounted a Remedy for Drunkenness, (a Power which the French now ascribe to the Onion, and itile a Soupe made of it, Soupe d'Ivrogne) i would recommend a large Mixture of the Brassica, if Mr. Dennis be chosen; but if Mr. Tibbald, it is