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happy in this world, I dare trust your own virtue to do it in the other.
TO MRS. ARABELLA FERMOR4.
ON HER MARRIAGE.
You are by this time satisfied how much the tenderness of one man of merit is to be preferred to the addresses of a thousand. And by this time the gentleman you have made choice of is sensible, how great is the joy of having all those charms and good qualities which have pleased so many, now applied to please one only. It was but just, that the same Virtues which gave you reputation, should give you happiness; and I can wish you no greater, than that you may receive it in as high a degree yourself, as so much good humour must infallibly give it to your husband.
It may be expected, perhaps, that one who has the title of Poet should say something more polite on this occasion: but I am really more a wellwisher to your felicity, than a celebrater of your beauty. Besides, you are now a married woman, and in a way to be a great many better things than a fine lady; such as an excellent wife, a faithful friend, a tender parent, andatlast, as the consequence of them all, a saint in heaven. You ought now to hear nothing but that, which was all you ever desired to hear, (whatever others may have spoken to you,) I mean Truth: and it is with the utmost that I assure you, no friend you have can more rejoice in any good that befals you, is more sincerely delighted with the prospect of your future happiness, or more unfeignedly desires a long continuance of it.
4 This Letter, though very elegant and well-turned, must yield to Waller's Letter to Saccharissa, on her marriage.
I hope you will think it but just, that a man who will certainly be spoken of as your admirer, after he is dead, may have the happiness to be esteemed, while he is living,
TO AND FROM
SIR WILLIAM TRUMBULL*;
From the Year 1705 to 1716.
SIR WILLIAM TRUMBULL TO MR. POPE. Sib, October 19, 1705.
I Return you the book you were pleased to send me, and with it your obliging letter, which deserves my particular acknowledgment: for, next to the pleasure of enjoying the company of so good a friend, the welcomest thing to me is to hear from him. I expected to find, what I have met with, an admirable genius in those Poems, not only because they were Milton's6 J, or were approved by Sir. Hen.
* Secretary of State to King William the Third. P.
* L'Allegro, II Penseroso, Lycidas, and the Masque of Comus. 7 From hence it appears, that these four exquisite Poems of
Milton were read, and relished, and recommended, by our author, much earlier than they are supposed to have been. He has taken many expressions from them in the Eloisa and the Temple of Fame, and other pieces. See the Preface to the second edition, 1791, p. 10, of Milton's smaller Poems, by T. Warton. That a
Wooton, but because you had commended them; and give me leave to tell you, that I know nobody so like to equal him, even at the age he wrote most of them, as yourself. Only do not afford more cause of complaints against you, that you suffer nothing of yours to come abroad; which in this age, wherein wit and true sense is more scarce than money, is a piece of such cruelty as your best friends can hardly pardon. I hope you will repent and amend; I could offer many reasons to this purpose, and such as you cannot answer with any sincerity; but that I dare not enlarge; for fear of engaging in a style of Compliment, which has been so abused by fools and knaves, that it is become almost scandalous. I conclude therefore with an assurance which shall never vary, of my being ever, etc.
FROM SIR WILLIAM TRUMBULL.
April 9, 1708.
I Have this moment8 received the favour of yours of the 8th instant; and will make you a true excuse
person of Trumbull's taste and literature should not have been before acquainted with these Poems of Milton, is a clear proof how little they were known and regarded in general.
• There is something particularly pleasing in the letters of this amiable and honest old statesman; they breathe an air of uncommon good temper, good sense, candour, and tranquillity of mind. See particularly Letters III. VI. and VIII. Several