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Encourage him to tope; but kiss him not,
home. He locks you in ; I follow to the door, His fortune envy, and my own deplore. He kises you, he more than kisses too; Th' outrageous cuckold thinks it all his due. But add not to his joy by your consent, And let it not be given, but only lent. Return no kiss, nor move in any fort; Make it a dull and a malignant sport. Had I my wish, he should no pleasure take, But flubber o'er your business for my fake. And whate'er fortune shall this night befal, Coax me to-morrow, by forswearing all.
Lord Chamberlain of his Majesty's Houshold, Knight
of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, &c.
HE wishes and defires of all good men, which have to his : for we doubt not, neither can we properly say, we think we admire and love you, above all other men: there is a certainty in the propofition, and we know it. With the same af, surance can I say, you neither have enemies, nor can scarce have any ; for they who have never heard of you, can neither love or hate
attended your lordship from your first appearance in the world, are at length accomplished in your ob
taining those honours and dignities, which you have fo long deserved. There are no factions, though irreconcileable to che another, that are not united in their affection to you, and the respect they pay you. They are equally pleased in your prosperity, and would be equally concerned in your amiction. Titus Vefpafian was not more the delight of human kind. The universal empire made him only more known, and more powerful but could not make him more beloved. He had greater ability of doing good, but your inclination to it, is not less : and though you could not extend your beneficence to so many persons, yet you have lost as few days as that excellent emperor, and never had his complaint to make when you went to bed, that the fun had fhone upon you in vain, when you had the opportunity of relieving some unhappy man. This, my Lord, has justly acquired you as many
friends as there are persons who have the honour to be known to you: meer acquaintance you have none; you have drawn them all into a nearer line : and they who have conversed with you are for ever after inviolably yours. This is a truth so generally acknowledged, that it needs no proof: it is of the nature of a first principle, which is received as soon as it is proposed; and needs not the reformation which Descartes used
you; and they who have, can have no other notion of you, than that which they receive from the public, that you are the best of men. After this, my testimony can be of no farther use, than to declare it to be day-light at high-noon : and all who have the benefit of sight, can look up as well, and see the fun.
It is true, I have one privilege which is almost particular to myself, that I faw you in the east at your first arifing above the hemisphere: I was as soon sensible as any man of that light, when it was but just shooting out, and beginning to travel upward to the meridian. I made my early addresies to your lordship, in my essay, of Dramatic Poctry; and therein bespoke you to the world, wherein I have the right of a first discoverer. When I was myself, in the rudiments of my Poetry, without name or reputation in the world, having rather the ambition of a writer, than the skill; when I was drawing the out-lines of an art, without any living master to instruct me in it; an art which had been better praised than studied here in England, wherein Shakespeare, who created the fage among us, had rather written happily, than knowingly and jully: and Johnson, who by studying Horace, had been acquainted with the rules, yet seemed to envy posterity that knowledge, and like an inventor of fome useful art, to make a monopoly of his learning: when thus, as I may fay, before the use of the loadstone, or knowledge of the compars, I was failing in a vast ocean, without other belp than the pole-star of the ancients, and the rules of the French Stage aniongst the moderns, which are extremely different froin ours, by reason of their opposite tafie; yet even then, I had the prefumption to dedicate to your lordíhip: a very unfinished piece, I must confess, and which only can be excus'd by the little experience of the author, and the modesty of the title, An Eflay. Yet I was stronger in prophecy than I was in criticism ; I w inspired to foretei you to mankind, as the restorer of Poetry, the greatest genius, the trueit judge, and the beit patron,
Good fenle and good nature are never separated, though the ignorant world has thought otherwise. Good nature, by which I mean beneficence and candor, is the product of right reason; which of necessity will give allowance to the failings of others, 3