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On the Monument of the Honourable ROBERT DIGBY, and of his Sifter MARY, erected by their Father the Lord DIGBY, in the Church of Sherborne in Dorfet fhire, 1727.
Go! fair example of untainted youth,
Of modest wisdom, and pacific truth:
Lover of peace, and friend of human kind;
And thou, bleft Maid! attendant on his doom,
VER. 11. And thou, bleft Maid!] Mr. Robert Digby, third fon of Lord Digby, who is yet remembered with refpect at Sherborne, died of a confumption, and was, foon after followed by the amiable and affectionate fifter, who hung over his fick bed. The following letter from her fifter to Pope, on the fubject of their brother's illness, is in the British Museum, with part of the tranflation of the Odyffey on the back of it :
"Dear Sir, Sherborne, July 18, 1724. "I am fure this will want no excufe to you, and it carries good news of a friend. My brother has not had any fit of his
Steer'd the fame course to the fame quiet fhore,
Yet take these Tears, Mortality's relief,
ague fince Sunday; he has flept a little every night, but with fome interruptions by the cramp. Last night he began to drink affes' milk, which had its usual effect, in giving him a good night's reft, and free from pain. I am, dear Sir, in great hafte, but with great truth, your friend and fervant, E. DIGBY.
"All here are your fervants."
MY father, who was an intimate friend and contemporary at Magdalen College, Oxford, with Mr. Robert Digby, was always saying that this excellent character was not over-drawn, and had every virtue in it here enumerated; and that Mr. Digby had more of the initis fapientia, as Horace finely expreffes it, than any man he had ever known. The fame faid the amiable Mr. Holdsworth, author of Mufcipula. They were all three pupils of Dr. Sacheverell, who at that time was the friend of Addison, and was in great vogue as an able tutor, before he entered fo violently into those abfurd politics that fo much disgraced him. WARTON.
ON SIR GODFREY KNELLER,
IN WESTMINSTER-ABBEY, 1723.
KNELLER, by Heav'n and not a Master taught,
Whose Art was Nature, and whofe Pictures
Now for two Ages having fnatch'd from fate
Living, great Nature fear'd he might outvie Her works; and, dying, fears herself may die.
VEK. 7. Imitated from the famous Epitaph on Raphael.
Rerum magna parens, et moriente, mori.”
"Here Raphael lies, by whofe untimely end
VER. 7. Living, great Nature] Much better tranflated by Mr. W. Harrison, of New College, a favourite of Swift, communicated to me by Dr. Lowth:
Notwithstanding the partiality of Pope, this artift little deserved to be confulted by our Poet, as he was, concerning the arrangements of the fubjects represented on the shield of Achilles. Thefe required a genius of a higher order. Mr Flaxman, lately arrived from Italy, by a diligent Audy of the antique, and the force of his
genius, has given defigns from Homer far beyond any that have yet appeared. WARTON.
There are some very good pictures by Kneller, at Donhead Hall, near Shaftesbury, Wilts, the seat of his descendant John Kneller, Efq. particularly a St. Cecilia, and the Conversion of St. Paul; his natural daughter is painted in the character of Cecilia, which, in action and attitude, is very like that of the late Mrs. Sheridan, by Sir Joshua Reynolds. I fhould have imagined Sir Joshua must have seen it, or perhaps a copy of it. There is a painting by Sir Godfrey, at Donhead Hall, of Pope.
I take this opportunity of explaining a ridiculous anecdote, which Warton has admitted of Kneller's vanity. Walpole has related it in this manner: "Sir Godfrey," fays Pope, "if God had confulted you, the world would have been made more perfect." "'Fore God," replies Kneller, "I think fo." Now the real story is this: When Pope, with an affected and pert fuperiority, faid, "If Sir Godfrey had been confulted, the world would have been made more perfect ;” Kneller immediately turned the laugh upon Pope, by looking at his diminutive person, and faying, with a good-humoured smile, "Fore God, there are fome little things in it, I think I COULD have mended." This is humourous and pleasant; whereas, as the wits have told the flory themfelves, Sir Godfrey's fupidity appears equal to his vanity.
ON GENERAL HENRY WITHERS.
IN WESTMINSTER-ABBEY, 1729.
WITHERS, reft! thou braveft, gentleft mind,
For thee the hardy Vet'ran drops a tear,
WITHERS, adieu! yet not with thee remove