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in the Collection of Michael Blount, Esq. at Maple Durham
Published by Cadell & Davies, Strand, and the other Proprietors, May 1.1807.
WITH THE WORKS OF VOITURE.
gay thoughts the Loves and Graces fhine, And all the Writer lives in ev'ry line; His easy Art may happy Nature seem,, Trifles themselves are elegant in him. Sure to charm all was his peculiar fate, Who without flatt'ry pleas'd the fair and great; Still with esteem no less convers'd than read; With wit well-natur'd, and with books well-bred: His heart, his mistress and his friend did fhare, His time, the Mufe, the witty, and the fair. · Thus wifely carelefs, innocently gay, Chearful he play'd the trifle, Life, away; Till fate fcarce felt his gentle breath fuppreft, As fmiling Infants fport themfelves to reft,
VER. 1. In thefe gay] The works of Voiture, after having been idolized in France, are now justly funk into neglect and oblivion.
VER 12. As fmiling Infants, &c.] There is a beautiful paffage of this fort in Temple's Effays:-" After all, life is like a froward child, that must be trifled with, and played with, till it falls afleep, and then the care is over."
Ev'n rival Wits did Voiture's death deplore,
Let the ftrict life of graver mortals be
"Etrufca Veneres, Camoenæ Iberæ,
VER. 19. The Smiles] Alluding to an elegant epitaph on Voiture:
Many curious particulars of his life may be found in the enter taining Miscellanies of Vigneul Marville, vol. ii. p. 409.
Corneille was invited to read his Polyeucte at the Hotel de Rambouillet, where the wits of that time affembled, and where Voiture prefided. It was coldly received; and Voiture was fent to tell Corneille in gentle terms, that it was the opinion of his friends that Polyeucte would not fucceed. Such judges were the moft fashionable wits of France! WARTON.
VER. 19. The Smiles and Loves, &c.] This is a poor conceit and unworthy of Pope; it is more like Cowley, Marvel, and Waller.
Too much your Sex is by their forms confin'd,
Made Slaves by honour, and made Fools by fhame.
The Gods, to curfe Pamela with her pray'rs,
But, Madam, if the fates withstand, and you Are deftin'd Hymen's willing Victim too;
Trust not too much your now refistless charms,
Thus Voiture's early care still fhone the same,
Now crown'd with Myrtle, on th' Elysian coaft, Amid thofe Lovers, joys his gentle Ghost: Pleas'd, while with fmiles his happy lines you view, And finds a fairer Ramboüillet in you.
VER. 69. Thus Voiture's early care] Mademoiselle Paulet.
VER. 76. And finds a fairer Our author's attachment to this lady ended but with his life. Yet it is faid, fhe gave him many hours of uneafinefs and difquiet. She occafioned an unhappy breach betwixt him and his old friend Allen, because he would not lend his coach to carry her to a mass-house at Bath during his mayoralty.
The characteristical difference betwixt Voiture and Balfac is well expreffed by Boileau, in two letters written under their names, from the Elyfian Fields to the Duc de Vivonne, in p. 155, of vol. iii. of his works. And Boileau, fpeaking often of ab