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HE bard, who first adorned our native tongue, Tuned to his British lyre this ancient song; Which Homer might without a blush rehearse, And leaves a doubtful palm in Virgil's verse : He matched their beauties, where they most excel; Of love sung better, and of arms as well.
Vouchsafe, illustrious Ormond, to behold What power the charms of beauty had of old; Nor wonder if such deeds of arms were done, Inspired by two fair eyes that sparkled like your own.
* Lady Mary Somerset, second wife of the Duke of Ormond, to whom she was married in 1685. She was second daughter of Henry, first Duke of Beaufort.
If Chaucer by the best idea wrought,
Like her, of equal kindred to the throne,
* The first patroness of Chaucer was Blanche, first wife of John, Duke of Gaunt, whose death he has celebrated in the “ Boke of the Duchesse.” She was the second daughter of Henry, Duke of Lancaster, grandson of Edmund, surnamed Crouchback, brother of Edward I. But I do not know how the Duchess of Ormond could be said to be “s born of her blood,” since she was descended of John of Gaunt by his third, not bis first wife. Dryden, however, might not know, or might disregard, these minutiæ of genealogy
† John of Gaunt had by his mistress, Catharine Rouet, whom he afterwards married, three sons and a daughter, who were legi.. timated by act of Parliament. John de Beaufort, the eldest of these, was created Earl of Somerset, and from him the ducal family of Beaufort are lineally descended. The patent of the first Duke, the father of this Duchess of Ormond, bears to be, in consi. deration of his services, and of his most noble descent from King Edward III., by John de Beaufort, eldest son of John of Gaunt, by his third marriage.
O true Plantagenet, Orace divine,
you, the pledge of her expected lord;
of Our author remembered his master Virgil :
Et Pater ipse, manu magnâ, Portunus euntem
Æneidos, Lib. V. I Our author is guilty of the same extravagant idea in the w Astræa Redux :"
It is no longer mation cheats your view;
As you meet it, the land approacheth you.
Due to her isle, a venerable name;
+ The Duchess of Ormond went to, Ireland in autumn 1697, according to Mr Malone, and was followed by the Duke, ,
I Alluding to the wars of the Revolution in Ireland.