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BY A PERSON OF QUALITY.
WRITTEN IN THE YEAR 1733.
FLUTT'RING spread thy purple Pinions,
Thus the Cyprian Goddess weeping,
Mourn'd Adonis, darling Youth: Him the Boar, in Silence creeping, Gor'd with unrelenting Tooth.
Cynthia, tune harmonious Numbers;
Gloomy Pluto, King of Terrors,
Mournful Cypress, verdant Willow,
VII. Melancholy smooth Maander, Swiftly purling in a Round, On thy Margin Lovers wander, With thy flow'ry Chaplets crown'd.
Thus when Philomela, drooping,
THE above is a pleafant burlefque on the gawdy, glittering, florid ftyle and manner of certain defcriptive poets. I think the reader will pardon me for laying before him part of a piece of ridicule on the fame fubject, and of equal merit, which made its firft appearance many years ago in the Oxford Student, and is thus entitled, "Ode to Horror, in the Allegoric, Descriptive, Alli. terative, Epithetical, Fantastic, Hyperbolical, and Diabolical Style of our Modern Ode- Writers and Monody-Mongers."
"Ferreus ingruit Horror." VIRG.
"O Goddefs of the gloomy scene,
Of fhadowy shapes, thou black-brow'd Queen ;
Did'ft wake the hollow-whifp'ring breeze
With care-confumed Eloife:
What felt the Gallic Traveller,
And trace the gloom with ghoftly tread;
The author was himself a defcriptive poet of the first class. Mr. William Collins thought himself aimed at by this piece of ridicule. His odes had been just published; and the last lines seemed to refer to a particular paffage in them. WARTON.
The author was Thomas Warton; and it is a curious fact, that it was ridicule which at first led him to the very studies, in which he afterwards fo eminently fhone. He began by ridiculing Hearne*, and afterwards became an antiquarian of the most accurate, as well as elegant character; and from laughing at Collins, he wrote odes of the fame defcription. The humour of this ode (which I had doubts whether I should preferve) is not half so obvious as the humour of Pope's ballad. It might pafs for a ferious DeJeriptive Ode of the eighteenth century, with a certain class of poetical readers.
The famous antiquarian
ON A CERTAIN LADY AT COURT.
I KNOW the thing that's most uncommon; (Envy be filent, and attend!)
I know a reasonable Woman,
Handsome and witty, yet a Friend.
Not warp'd by Paffion, aw'd by Rumour,
"Has fhe no faults then, (Envy fays,) Sir?"
When all the World confpires to praise her,
LADY AT COURT.] HENRIETTA, fifter of John, the firft Eart of Buckinghamshire, was eldest daughter of Sir Henry Hobart, of Blickling in Norfolk, and efpoufed Charles Howard, younger fon of Henry, fifth Earl of Suffolk, whom fhe accompanied to Hanover, before the death of Queen Ann. She came to England with Caroline, then Electoral Princess, and became her bed-chamber woman. Mr. Coxe remarks, that "if we were to draw an eftimate of the understanding and character of Mrs. Howard, from the reprefentations of Pope, Swift, and Gay, during the time of her favour, we might suppose she poffeffed every accomplishment and good quality," &c.
"The real truth is," he adds, "that she was more remarkable for beauty than for understanding, and the paffion which the King en