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No Courts he faw, no suits would ever try,
404 Who sprung from Kings shall know less joy than I.
O Friend ! may each domestic bliss be thine !
And of myself, too, something must I say?
Preserve him social, chearful, and serene,
VER. 417. And just as rich as when he serv’d a Queen.) An honest compliment to his Friend's real and unaffected disinterestedness, when he was the favourite Physician of Queen Anne.
Ver. 418. A. Whether this blefling, &c.] He makes his friend close the Dialogue with a sentiment very expreffive of that religious resignation, which was the Character both of his temper, and his piety.
HE Occasion of publishing these Imitations
was the Clamour rais’d on some of my EpiAlles. An Answer from Horace was both more full, and of more Dignity, than any I could have made in my own person; and the Example of much greater Freedom in so eminent a Divine as Dr. Donne, seem'd a proof with what indignation and contempt a Chriftian may treat Vice or Folly, in ever so low, or ever so high a Station. Both these Authors were acceptable to the Princes and Ministers under whom they lived. The Satires of Dr. Donne I versifyed, at the desire of the Earl of Oxford while he was Lord Treasurer, and of the Duke of Shrewsbury who had been Secretary of State ; neither of whom look'd upon a Satire on Vicious Courts as any Reflection on those they serv'd in. And indeed there is not in the world a greater error, than that which Fools are so apt to fall into, and Knaves with good reason to encourage, the mistaking a Satirist for a Libeller ; whereas to a true Satirift nothing is so odious as a Libeller, for the same reason as to a man truly vir. tuous nothing is so hateful as à Hypocrite.
Uni aequus Virtuti atque ejus Amicis. P.