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MEMORY of Mr. OLDHAM".
AREWEL, too little, and too lately known,
For fure our souls were near allied, and thine
friend perform’d, and won the race. O early ripe! to thy abundant store What could advancing age have added more? It might (what nature never gives the young) Have taught the smoothness of thy native tongue, But satire needs not those, and wit will shine Thro' the harsh cadence of a rugged line. A noble error, and but seldom made, When poets are by too much force betray'd. Thy gen'rous fruits, tho'gather'd ere their prime, Still thew'd a quickness; and maturing time But mellows what we write, to the dull sweets of rhyme.
1 Mr. John Oldham, celebrated chiefly for the severity of his faa tires, was son of a nonconformist minister, who educated him at Ox. ford, 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 died of the small-pox in his 30th year, 1683, at the house of that noble. man, who treated him with all the goodness of a friend, VOL. II.
Once more, hail, and farewel ; farewel, thou young,
Excellent in the Two SISTER-Arts of
POESY and PAINTING,
Made in the last promotion of the bleft ;
above the rest : 2 This lady was daughter to Dr. Henry Killigrew, master of the Savoy, and a prebendary of Westminfter. She died of the smallpox in her twenty-fifth year, on the 16th of June, 1685, being then one of the Dutchess of York's maids of honour. She was a great proficient both in painting and poetry. She drew the pictures of feveral 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.