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fubfifted, and this Julian was their secretary. The poem is to be found in the sixth and last volume of Miscellanies published by Tonfon, with Mr. Dryden's name to it; therefore I have here reprinted it, though I am not of opinion that it was his : it breathes but little of his genius; and besides there is a sarcasm upon him, to which he would never have subscribed, in these two lines :

« Lefs art thou help'd by Dryden's będ-rid agę;
” That drone has lost his sting upon the stage.”

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To the Memory of Mr. Oldham. 1683.

R. John Oldham, celebrated chiefly for the severity of his

fatires, was son of a nonconformist minister, who educated him at Oxford, where he took a batchelor's degree. Some verses of his, that were known in the world before the person of him who wrote them, brought him acquainted with the Earl of Rochester, the Earl of Dorset, and Sir Charles Sedley, through whose means he was introduced to the most shining men of the age, particularly to Dryden. He had to no purpose engaged in the study of physic; and the Earl of Kingston would have made him his chaplain; but he declined that offer. He died of the finall-pox in his 30th year, 1683, at the house of that nobleman, who treated him with all the goodness of a friend.

On the Death of the Earl of Dundee.

The Earl of Dundee was a man of

great valour and


virtues. Being firmly attached, though a Protestant, to the interest of his royal master James II. who had abdicated, and was now in Ireland, he assembled a large body of Highlanders, with whom he engaged the army of king William, commanded by general Mackay, at Gillicranky near Dunkeld, and intirely routed them. This victory might have been of very fatal consequences to the affair of the Prince of Orange at that time, if the gallant Earl had not been killed by a random shot; in consequence of which his friends and adherents lost all their firmness, and retiring before Mackay, who had rallied, could never again be formed into, any formidable body. This action happened in 1689, and com- . pleated the ruin of that misguided monarch's affairs in the North,


This poem is inserted in the third volumen

the State Poems, P. 337; not as an original, but a translation from the following Latin piece.

Epitaphium in Vice-Comitem Dundee.
“ Ultime Scotorum, potuit, quo fospite solo,
“ Libertas patriæ falva fuiffe tuæ.
sTe moriente, novos accepit Scotia eives
6. Accepitq; novos, te moriente Deos :
“ Illa nequit superesse tibi, tu non potes illi,

Ergo Caledoniæ nomen inane vale.
“ Tuq; vale noftræ gentis fortiffimæ ductor,
“ Optime Scotorum, atq; Grahame vale."

To the Memory of Mrs. Anne Killigrew, &c. 1685. This lady was daughter to Dr. Henry Killigrew, master of the Savoy, and a prebendary of Westminster. She died of the small-pox in her twenty-fifth year, on the 16th of June, 1685, being then one of the Dutchess of York's maids of honor. She was a great proficient both in painting and poetry. She drew the pi&ures of several people of the first quality, with some history-pieces and landscapes. Her poems were collected and printed, after her death, in a thin quarto, with this poem prefixed.

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And was that Sapho last, &c. Our author here complijnents Mrs. Killigrew, with admitting the doctrine of metempsychosis, and supposing the soul that informs her body to be the fame with that of Sapho's, who lived fix hundred years before the birth of Christ, and was equally renowned for poetry and love. She was called the tenth Muse. Phaon, whom she loved, treating her with indifference, the jumped into the sea, and was drowned,

Though Epictetus with his lamp were there, Lucian tells us, that a pragmatical fool gave 3000 drachma's for Epictetus's lamp, vainly imagining that studying by its light would indue him with some of its former master's wisdom. Epictetus was a stoick philosopher.

Her wit was more than man, her innocence a child.
Pope has nearly borrowed this line for his epitaph on Gay:

“ In wit a man, fimplicity a child.”

Her happy pencil drew, &c.

Her excellence in painting landscapes and portraits is cele brated in this and the ensuing stanza, as is her drawing King Charles and his Queen.


But thus Orinda died.
The matchless Orinda, Mrs. Katherine Philips, was author of
a book of poems published in folio, and wrote several other things.
She died also of the small-pox in 1664, being only thirty-two


She was a woman of an indifferent appearance; but of great virtue, taste, and erudition, which endeared her to the first people of the age. The Duke of Ormond, the Earls of Orrery and Roscommon, Lady Corķe, &c. Mr. Dryden, Mr. Cowley, &c. &c. were all her friends.

To the Memory of Eleonora Countess of Abingdon.

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It appears, from the dedication to the Earl of Abingdon, that this poem was written at his Lordship's own desire. The lady whom the poem affects to praise, was one of the coheiresses of Sir Henry Lee of Chichely in Oxfordshire, and sister to the cele. brated Mrs. Anne Wharton, a lady eminent for her poetical genius, whom Mr. Waller has celebrated in an elegant copy of verses.

Anchises look'd not with so pleas'd a face.
When Æneas descended to the Elysian fhades, he found his
venerable father thus engaged :

" At pater Anchises.” See the fixth hook of the Æneid, v. 679,-
But when dilated organs


let in day. Children are born blind, and enjoy but little advantage from light till they are five or fix days old.


On a Lady who died at Bath.

This Lady is interred in the Abbey-church. The epitaph is on a white marble stone fixed in the wall, together with this inscription : “ Here lies the body of Mary, third daughter of “ Richard Frampton of Moreton in Dorfetshire, Efq; and of

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G6 Jane his wife, sole daughter of Sir Francis Coffington of

Founthill in Wilts, who was born January 1, 1676, and died ( after seven weeks illness on the 6th of September, 1698.

This monument was erected by Catharine Frampton, her « fecond fifter and executrix, in testimony of her grief, affection, " and gratitude.?

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On the young Statesmen. Written in 1680.
Clarendon bad law and Jense,

Clifford was fierce and brave;
's grave

looks were a pretence,
And Danby's matchless impudence

Helpd to support the knave.
We have spoken fufficiently of the Earl of Clarendon, Lord
Danby, and of Bennet Lord Arlington, in the preceding vo-

Lord Clifford was a man of an enterprising genius, rendered the more dangerous by the talent of eloquence and spirit of intrigue, which he possessed. He had lively parts; and though son to a clergyman, whose fortune was indeed confined, he is said to have become a convert to the church of Rome some time before the restoration, yet he got into the house of commons. Claren. don did not much like him, and therefore he closed with his lordfhip's enemies. He was made lord treasurer, through the interest of Villiers Duke of Buckingham and his party, and was a zealous declaimer in the popith interest. It was this that ruined him in 1673; so that he was soon after disgraced, through the policy and cunning of Shaftesbury, whom he had strenuously opposed. Clarendon, Clifford, Bennet, and Danby, were now all out of employment, and the first of them dead. The whola manageinent of public affairs was vested in

Sunderland, Godolphin, Lory.
Lord Sunderland, Sydney Godolphin, and Mr. Laurence Hyde.

Lord Sunderland, this year secretary of state, joined Effex and Hallifax in oppofing the bill of exclufion, and declaring for limitations; though he afterwards voted for the former, and was therefore removed. He was a man of intrigue and capacity, afterwards became a Roman catholic; and was prime minister to King James II. . He is supposed to have used religion only as a pretence to forward, for his own interest, the designs of the

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Prince of Orange, with whom, at the revolution, he was very intimate, and in high favour.

Sydney Godolphin was a Cornish man of a good family, who, from being one of the King's pages, had raised himself to the first offices at court. He talked little, was clear in his judgment, feldom lost his temper, had few foes, and, though virtuous and religious, is said to have been fond of play and women.

These two joining in every thing with Laurence Hyde, afterwards Earl of Rochester, here called Lory, were at this time esteemed to be only in the secret of managing the King's affairs; and were, says Echard, looked on actually and folely as the ministry. The satire of this piece is very severe, and very just ; for never was king under greater perplexities than Charles II. this year, in which his parliament opposed him in every thing, and his new ministers had scarcely the cou. rage to stand by him : in short, he may be said to have been surrounded by foes, without power, friends, or money.

The Fair Stranger.

*This song is a compliment to the Dutchess of Portsmouth on her first coming to England. It was never before printed with our author's works.


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Prologue spoken the forA day of the King's house acting after the fire.

This prologue should certainly be the first of our author's writing, by the title of it; for the fire happened in 1666, and we find nothing of this kind done by him afterwards till 1674. Belides, had the fire here meant been any other than that terrible one which happened to the city, it would have been more particularly distinguished; but, in my opinion, the conjecture is absolutely confirmed by these lines:

-blind unmanner'd zealots
66 Think that fire a judgment on the stage,
Which spar'd not temples in its furious rage.”

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Prologue to the University of Oxford. 1674. Several gentlemen, who had adhered to their principles of loyalty during the usurpation of Cromwell, and the exile of the royal family, being left unprovided for at the restoration, they applied themselves to different occupations for a livelihood : among then was Mr. Hart, the speaker of this prologue, who had served

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