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Perhaps, by its own ruins sav'd from flame, 15
Ambition figh’d: She found it vain to trust The faithless Column and the crumbling Bust : Huge moles, whose shadow stretch'd from shore to
shore, Their ruins perish’d, and their place no more! Convinc'd, she now contracts her valt design, And all her Triumphs shrink into a Coin. A narrow orb each crouded conquest keeps, 25 Beneath her Palm here fad Judæa weeps. Now scantier limits the proud Arch confine, And scarce are seen the prostrate Nile or Rhine ; A small Euphrates thro' the piece is roll’d, And little Eagles wave their wings in gold. 30
NOTES. VER. 18. And give to Titus each crowded Conquest keeps,} old Vefpafian's due.] A fine A ridicule on the pompous title insinuation of the entire want of Orbis Romanus, which the of Taste in Antiquaries; whose Romans gave to their empire. ignorance of Characters mis- Ver. 27.-- the proud Arch] leads them, (supported only by i.e. The triumphal Arch, which a name) againft Reason and was generally an enormous mals History.
of building, VER. 25.
A narrow Orb
The Medal, faithful to its charge of fame, Thro' climes and ages bears each form and name: In one short view. subjected to our eye Gods, Emp’rors, Heroes, Sages, Beauties, lie. With sharpen'd fight pale Antiquaries pore, 35 Th’ inscription value, but the rust adore. This the blue varnish, that the green endears, The sacred rust of twice ten hundred years ! To gain Pescennius one employs his schemes, One grasps a Cecrops in ecstatic dreams.
40 Poor Vadius, long with learned spleen devour'd, Can taste no pleasure since his Shield was scour'd: And Curio, restless by the Fair-one's side, Sighs for an Otho, and neglects his bride.
Theirs is the Vanity, the Learning thine: 45 Touch'd by thy hand, again Rome's glories shine; Her Gods, and god-like Heroes rise to view, And all her faded garlands bloom a-new.
NOTES. VER. 35. With sharpen'd
37. This the blue vara fight pale Antiquaries pore,] nish, that the green endears] Microscopic glasses, invented i. e. This a collector of silver; by philofophers to discover the That, of brass coins. beauties in the minuter works Ver. 41. Poor Vadius) See of nature, ridiculously applied bis history, and that of his by Antiquaries, to detect the Shield, in the Memoirs of Scribcheats of counterfeit medals. lerus.
Nor blush, these studies thy regard engage;
50 The verse and sculpture bore an equal part, And Art reflected images to Art.
Oh when shall Britain, conscious of her claim, Stand emulous of Greek and Roman fame? In living medals see her wars enrollid, And vanquish'd realms fupply recording gold ? Here, rising bold, the Patriot's honest face ; There Warriors frowning in historic brass : Then future ages with delight shall see How Plato's, Bacon's, Newton's looks agree;
60 NOTES. VER. 49. Nor blush, these “ ow'd his Fame and ForStudies thy regard engage;] A “ tune. He spoke of his Works fenseless affectation which some “6 as of Trifles that were beneath writers of eminence have be- 66 him ; and hinted to me in trayed; who when fortune, or “ our first Conversation, that their talents have raised them " I should visit him upon no to a condition to do without 5 other Foot than that of a those arts, for which only “ Gentleman, who led a Life they gained our esteem, have “ of plainness and simplicity. pretended to think letters below " Janswer'd, that, had he been their Character. This false c6 so unfortunate as to be a shame M. Voltaire has very mere Gentleman, I should well, and with proper indig- never have come to see him; nation, exposed in his ac- " and I was very much disguft
of Mr. Congreve : " ed at so unseasonable a piece “ He had one Defect, which " of vanity. Letters concern« was, his entertaining too ing the English Nation, xix. mean an Idea of his first
VER.53. Oh when shall Bri“ Profession, (that of a Wri- tain, &c.] A compliment to “ter) tho' 'twas to this he one of Mr. Addison's papers in
Or in fair series laurell'd Bards be shown, A Virgil there, and here an Addison. Then shall thy CRAGGS (and let me call him mine) On the cast ore, another Pollio, shine ; With aspect open, shall erect his head, And round the orb in lasting notes be read, “ Statesman, yet friend to Truth! of soul sincere, “ In action faithful, and in honour clear ; " Who broke no promise, serv'd no private end, “ Who gain’d no title, and who lost no friend; “ Ennobled by himself, by all approv'd, “And prais’d, unenvy'd, by the Muse he lov’d.
NOTE 3. the Spectator on this subject. " that I find fault with; fupVer. 67. “ Statesman, yet
, “posing them of a moderate friend to truth, &c.] It should “ length, why must they be in be remembered that this poem 66 verle? We should be furwas written to be printed be- “ prized to see the title of a fore Mr. Addison's discourse on Co serious book in rhime. Medals, in which there is the Dial. iii. the following cenfure of long Ver. ult. And prais'd unlegends upon coins: “ The first envy'd by the Muse he lov’d.] It «« fault I find with a modern was not likely that men acting “ legend is its diffufiveness. in so different spheres as were “ You have sometimes the those of Mr. Craggs and Mr. 66 whole side of a medal over
Pope, should have their friendwith it. One would ship disturbed by Envy. We “ fancy the Author had a De- must suppose then that some “ sign of being Ciceronian circumstances in the friendship “ but it is not only the tedi- of Mr. Pope and Mr. Addison s “oufness of these inscriptions are hinted at in this place.
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