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ON CHARLES EARL OF DORSET,
IN THE CHURCH OF WITHYAM IN SUSSEX.
ORSET, the Grace of Courts, the Mufes' Pride,
As fhow'd, Vice had his hate and pity too.
Where other BUCKHURSTS, other DORSETS fhine,
Epitaphs.] Thefe Epitaphs are in general over-run with point and antithetis, and are a kind of panegyrical epigrams; they are confequently very different from the fimple fepulchral infcriptions of the ancients; of which that of Meleager on his Wife, in the Greek anthology, is a model and master-piece.
ON SIR WILLIAM TRUMBAL,
One of the principal Secretaries of State to King WILLIAM III. who having refigned his Place, died in his Retirement at Easthamfted, in Berkshire, 1716.
PLEASING Form; a firm, yet cautious Mind;
Honour unchang'd, a Principle profest,
Fix'd to one fide, but mod'rate to the rest:
Such this Man was; who now, from earth remov'd, At length enjoys that Liberty he lov'd.
VER. 5. A Patriot too ;] Dr. Johnfon objects to the clofing this verse with the word too, and to the word fill'd in the seventh line, as weak and profaic, having no particular adaptation to any of the words that follow it. The whole of this epitaph is one ftring of antithefes throughout.