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With added years, if Life bring nothing new,
Let Joy or Ease, let Affluence or Content,
To Mr. THOMAS SOUTHERN,
on his Birth-Day, 1742. RESIGN'D to live, prepard to die,
With not one fin, but poetry,
• He was invited to dine on his birth-day with this Nobleman, who had prepared for him the entertainment of which the bill of fare is here set down.
+ The harp is generally wove on the Irish Linen ; such as Table-cloths,
The mushrooms shew his wit was sudden !
This alludes to a story Mr. Southern told of Dryden, about the same time, to Mr. P. and Mr, W. When Southern first wrote for the stage, Dryden was so famous for his Frologues, that the players would act nothing without that decoration. His usual price till then had been four guincas : But when Southern came to him for the Prologue he had bespoke, Dryden told him he must have lix guineas for it ; “ which (faid he) young man, “ is out of no disrespect to you; but the players have had my goods too “ cheap."-We now look upon these Prologues with the same admiration that the Virtuosi do on the Apothecaries pots painted by Raphael.
Ε Ρ Ι Τ Α Ρ Η S *.
His faltem accumulem donis, et fungar inani
On CHARLES Earl of DORSET,
In the Church of WITHYAM in Sussex.
DORSET, the Grace of Courts, the Muse's Pride;
Patron of Arts, and judge of Nature, dy’d.
* These little compositions far exceed any thing we have of the same kind from o:her hands ; yet, if we except the Epitaph on the young Duke of Buckingbam, and perhaps one or two more, they are not of equal force with the rest of our Author's writings. The nature of the Composition itself is deliCate ; and generally it was a task imposed on him ; though he rarely complied with requests of this nature, as we may see by the small number of these poems, but where the subject was worthy of his pen.
For random praise tbe Work would ne'er be done:
For bim she weeps, for bim lhe weds again. Yet when these elegiac movements came freely from the heart, he mourns in such strains as shew he was equally a master of this kind of Composition with
every other he undertook, as the following lines in the Efistle to Jervas may witness; which would have made the finest Epitaph in the world :
Call round her Tomb each object of desire,
Yet soft his Nature, tho' severe his Lay,
On Sir WILLIAM TRUMBAL, One of the principal Secretaries of State to King Wil
LIAM III. who, having resigned his place, died in his Retirement at Easthamfted, in Berkshire, 1716.
A Pleasing Form; a firm, yet cautious Mind;
Sincere, tho' prudent; conftant, yet resign'd:
On the Hon. SIMON HARCOURT,
Only Son of the Lord Chancellor HARCOURT, at the
Church of Stanton-Harcourt in Oxfordshire, 1720.
O this sad shrine, whoc'er thou art! draw near,
Here lies the Friend most lov’d, the Son most dear :
How vain is Reason, Eloquence how weak!
A MES CRA G GS, Efq;
ET CONSILIIS SANCTIORIBUS,
VIXIT TITULIS ET INVIDIA MAJOR
ANNOS, HEU PAUCOS, XXXV.
OB. FEB. XVI. MDCCXX.
Statesman, yet Friend to Truth ! of Soul sincere,