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ON MRS. CORBET,
WHO DIED OF A CANCER IN HER BREAST.
ERE rests a Woman, good without pretence, Bleft with plain Reason, and with sober Sense; No Conqueft fhe, but o'er herself, defir'd, No Arts effay'd, but not to be admir'd. Paffion and Pride were to her foul unknown, Convinc'd that Virtue only is our own. So unaffected, fo compos'd a mind; So firm, yet soft; so strong, yet so refin'd; Heav'n, as its pureft gold, by Tortures try'd! The Saint fuftain'd it, but the Woman dy'd.
VER. 10. The Woman dy'd.] A very pleafing picture of filent domestic virtue l
On the Monument of the Honourable ROBERT Digby, and of his Sifter MARY, erected by their Father the Lord DIGBY, in the Church of Sherborne in DorfetShire, 1727.
Go! fair example of untainted youth,
Of modest wisdom, and pacific truth: Compos'd in fuff'rings, and in joy fedate, Good without noife, without pretenfion great. Juft of thy word, in ev'ry thought fincere, Who knew no Wish but what the world might hear:
Of foftest manners, unaffected mind,
Lover of peace, and friend of human kind:
And thou, bleft Maid! attendant on his doom,
Yet take these Tears, Mortality's relief,
My father, who was an intimate friend and contemporary at Magdalen College, Oxford, with Mr. Robert Digby, was always faying that this excellent character was not over-drawn, and had every virtue in it here enumerated; and that Mr. Digby had more of the mitis fapientiæ, as Horace finely expreffes it, than any man he had ever known. The fame faid the amiable Mr. Holdfworth, author of Mufcipula. They were all three pupils of Dr. Sacheverell, who at that time was the friend of Addison, and was in great vogue as an able tutor, before he entered fo violently into those abfurd politics that fo much difgraced him.
ON SIR GODFREY KNELLER,
IN WESTMINSTER-ABBEY, 1723.
NELLER, by Heav'n and not a Master taught,
Now for two Ages having fnatch'd from fate
Living, great Nature fear'd he might outvie Her works; and, dying, fears herself may die.
VER. 7. Imitated from the famous Epitaph on Raphael. "Raphael, timuit, quo fofpite, vinci
Rerum magna parens, et moriente, mori."
Here Raphael lies, by whofe untimely end
VER Living, great Nature] Much better tranflated by Mr. Hanlon, of New College, a favourite of Swift, communicated mey Dr. Lowth:
Notwithtanding the partiality of Pope, this artift little deferved. thebe confulted by our poet, as he was, concerning the arrangements of the fubjects reprefented on the shield of Achilles. Thefe required a genius of a higher order. Mr. Flaxman, lately arrived from Italy, diligent ftudy of the antique, and the force of his genius, has en defigns from Homer far beyond any that have yet appeared.
ON GENERAL HENRY WITHERS.
IN WESTMINSTER-ABBEY, 1729.
HERE, WITHERS, reft! thou bravest, gentlest mind
For thee the hardy Vet'ran drops a tear,
WITHERS, adieu! yet not with thee remove