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Yet fhould the Graces all thy figures place,
VER. 78. Thou but preferv'ft a Face, &c.] The last line of this Poem is unworthy Pope. The idea is trite, that notwithstanding all our accomplishments we must both die; and the antithefis, "that one preferves a face, and the other a name," puerile.
Original Picture, in the Collection of Michael Blount Esq. at Maple Durham.
Published by Cadeli & Danes. Strand, and the other Proprietors, May 1, 1807.
WITH THE WORKS OF VOITURE.
thefe gay thoughts the Loves and Graces fhine,
VER. 1. In thefe gay] The works of Voiture, after having been idolized in France, are now justly funk into neglect and oblivion.
VER. 13. As fmiling Infants, &c.] There is a beautiful paffage of this fort in Temple's Eflays:-" 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 strict life of graver mortals be
VER. 19. The Smiles] Alluding to an elegant epitaph on Voiture:
"Etrufcæ Veneres, Camœnæ Iberæ,
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 most 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.