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ON EDMUND DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM.
WHO DIED IN THE NINETEENTH YEAR OF HIS AGE, 1735.
VER. 1. With cool Reflection crown'd,] To crown with reflection, is furely a mode of speech approaching to nonfenfe. Opening virtues, blooming round, is fomething like tautology; the fix following lines are poor and profaic. JOHNSON.
The Duchefs of Buckingham was in league with the Pretender and Atterbury's party. This will explain Pope's use of the word Patriot.
FOR ONE WHO WOULD NOT BE BURIED IN WESTMINSTER-ABBEY*.
EROES and KINGS!
In peace let one poor Poet fleep, Who never flatter'd Folks like you: Let Horace blufh, and Virgil too.
ANOTHER, ON THE SAME†.
Or under this Turf, or e'en what they will;
Nothing ever illustrated more the "importance of a man to himself," which Pope ridiculed fo much in his Memoirs of P. P. than this Epitaph.
+ Pope (as Dr. Johnfon obferves, with truth) "here attempts
to be jocular upon one of the few things that make wife men "ferious; he confounds the living with the dead."
Poor as the thing itfelf is, he quotes the following lines, from which it appears to be borrowed:
Ludovici Areofti humantur offa
Sub hoc marmore, vel fub hoc humo, feu
Sub quicquid voluit benignus hæres
I WILL add fome Mortuary Verses from old Ben Jonson, becaufe, from their dignified fimplicity, they form a contraft to the laboured elegance of Pope's, and are in themselves as manly, as they are pathetic.
On Sir THOMAS ROE.