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Scilicet UNI AEQUUS VIRTUTI ATQUE EJUS

AMICIS.

" Quin ubi se a vulgo en scena it secrela remôrant

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Offendet solido:

NOTES. he had the management of the secret-service moncy, and could pay him such a pension, without its being known, or ever coming to account. But now Mr. Pope declined the offer without hesitation: only, in return for fo friendly a proposal, he told the Secretary, that if at any time he wanted money he would draw upon him for 100 or 2001. which liberty, notwithstanding, he never took. Mr. Craggs more than once prelied him on this head; and urged the conveniency of a Chariot ; which Mr. Pope was sensible enough of: But the precariousness of that supply made him very prudently decline the thoughts of an cquipage, which it was much better never to let up, than not properly to support.

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Yes, while I live, no rich or noble knave
Shall walk the World, in credit, to his
8 To VIRTUE ONLY and HER FRIENDS A FRIEND,
The World beside may murmur, or commend.
Know, all the distant din that world can keep,
Rolls o'er my Grotto, and but sooths my sleep.
h There, my retreat the best Companions grace, 125
Chiefs out of war, and Statesmen out of place.
There St. John mingles with my friendly bowl
The Feast of Reason and the Flow of foul:
And He, whose lightning pierc'd th’Iberian Lines,
Now forms my Quincunx, and now ranks myVines,
Or tames the Genius of the stubborn plain, 131
Almost as quickly as he conquer'd Spain.

own,
I live
among

the Great,
No Pimp of pleasure, and no Spy of state,

Envy must

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VER. 129. And He, whose lightning, etc.] Charles Mordaunt Earl of Peterborow, who in the year 1705 took Barcelona, and in the winter following with only 280 horse and goo foot, enterprized and accomplished the Conquest of Valentia. P.

Ver. 133. Envy must own, &c.) Horace makes the point of honour to consist simply in his living familiarly with the Great,

Cum magnis vixiffe invita fatebitur ufque

Invidia. Our poet, more nobly, in his living with them on the footing of an honest man. He prided himself in this superiority, as ap

nisi quid tu, docte Trebati,

Difientis.

T. 'Equidem nihil hinc diffingere possum,

Sed tamen ut monitus caveas, ne forte negotî

Incutiat tibi quid fanctarum inscitia legum:

Și mala condiderit in quem quis carmina,

jus eft

Judiciumque."

H. Efto, fiquis ? mala. sed bona si quis

NOTES

pears from the following words, in a letter to Dr. Swift. « To “ have pleased great men, according to Horace, is a praise; « but not to have Aattered them, and yet not have displeased " them, is a greater.” Let. vii. Jan. 12, 1723.

VER. 146. A man was hang'd&c.] Si mala condiderit -A great French Lawyer explains this matter very truly. “ L'Arii stocratie eft le Gouvernement qui proscrit' le plus les - Ouvrages satiriques. Les Magistrats y font de petits souve“ rains, qui ne sont pas assez grands pour mepriser les injures. « Si dans la Monarchie quelque trait va contre le Monarque, « il est si haut que le trait n'arrive point jusqu'à lui; un Seig“ neur Aristocratique en est percé de part en part. Aussi les

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