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Mufe at that Name thy facred forrows fhed,
Oh lasting as those Colours may they shine,
VER. 60. Worley's eyes;] This was Frances Lady Worfley, Wife of Sir Robert Worfley, Bart. of Appuldercombe, in the Isle of Wight; Mother of Lady Carteret, Wife of John Lord Carteret, afterwards Earl Granville. There is an excellent letter of this Lady to Dr. Swift in his Letters, p. 77.
The kindred Arts fhall in their praise conspire,
VER. 70. One dip the pencil,] The great Michael Angelo Buanoriti did both. See his Poems, printed at Florence, in 4to. 1623; fome of which are very elegant, and nearly equal to Petrarch.
VER. 78. A name.] Pope used to fay that Jervas translated Don Quixote without understanding Spanish. Warburton added a fupplement to the preface of this tranflation, concerning the origin and nature of romances of chivalry; which fupplement Pope extols in his letters; but the opinions in it are thoroughly and entirely confuted by Mr. Tyrrwhit, in vol. ii. of Supplemental Obfervations on Shakespeare, p. 373.
N thefe gay thoughts the Loves and Graces fhine, And all the Writer lives in ev'ry line; His eafy Art may happy Nature seem, Trifles themselves are elegant in him. Sure to charm all was his peculiar fate, Who without flatt'ry pleas'd the fair and great; Still with esteem no less convers'd than read; With wit well-natur'd, and with books well-bred: His heart, his mistress and his friend did share, His time, the Mufe, the witty, and the fair. Thus wifely carelefs, innocently gay, Chearful he'play'd the Trifle, Life, away; Till fate scarce felt his gentle breath fuppreft, As fmiling Infants fport themselves to rest, Ev'n rival Wits did Voiture's death deplore, And the gay mourn'd who never mourn'd before;
VER. 1. In thefe gay] The works of Voiture, after having been idolized in France, are now juftly funk into neglect and oblivion.
The trueft hearts for Voiture heav'd with fighs,
Let the ftrict life of graver mortals be
"Etrufca Veneres, Camænæ Iberæ,
VER. 19. The Smiles] Alluding to an elegant epitaph on Voiture:
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 Polycucte at the Hotel de Rambouillet, where the wits of that time assembled, 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!
Custom, grown blind with Age, must be your guide;
Well might you wish for change by those accurft,
Ah quit not the free innocence of life,
For the dull glory of a virtuous Wife;
The Gods, to curse Pamela with her pray❜rs, Gave the gilt Coach, and dappled Flanders Mares, The fhining robes, rich jewels, beds of ftate, And, to complete her blifs, a Fool for Mate. She glares in Balls, front Boxes, and the Ring, A vain, unquiet, glitt'ring, wretched Thing! Pride, Pomp, and State but reach her outward part; She fighs, and is no Duchess at her heart.
But, Madam, if the fates withstand, and