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His virtues walk'd their narrow round,
Nor made a pause, nor left a void; And sure the eternal master found
The single talent well-employ’d.
Unfelt, uncounted, glided by;
Though now his eightieth year was nigh.
No cold gradations of decay,
And freed his soul the nearest way.
EPITAPH ON CLAUDE PHILLIPS
AN ITINERANT MUSICIAN.
PHILLIPS! whose touch harmonious could remove
* These lines are among Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies: they are, nevertheless, recognised as Johnson's, in a memorandum of his handwriting, and were probably written at her request. This Phillips was a fiddler, who travelled up and down Wales, and was much celebrated for his skill. The above epitaph, according to Mr. Boswell, won the applause of lord Kames, prejudiced against Johnson as he was. It was published in Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies, and was, at first, ascribed to Garrick, from its appearing with the signature G.- Garrick, however, related, that they were composed, almost impromptu, by Johnson, on hearing some lines on the subject, by Dr. Wilkes, which he disapproved. See Boswell, i. 126, where is, likewise, preserved an epigram, by Johnson, on Colley Cibber and George VOL. 6 - 17
Wilhelmi Hanmer armigeri, e Peregrina Henrici
North De Mildenhall, in Com. Suffolciæ, baronetti sorore
Duas uxores sortitus est; Alteram Isabellam, honore a patre derivato, de
Arlington comitissam, Deinde celsissimi principis, ducis de Grafton, viduam
dotariam: Alteram Elizabetham, Thomæ Foulkes de Barton, Omnes liberalium artium disciplinas avide arripuit, Quas morum suavitate haud leviter ornavit.
in Com. Suff. armigeri
Filiam et hæredem.
the second, whose illiberal treatment of artists and learned men was a constant theme of his execration. As it has not yet been inserted among Johnson's works, we will present it to the readers of the present edition, in this note.
Agustus still survives in Maro's strain,
ED. At Hanmer church in Flintshire.
Postquam excessit ex ephebis, Continuo inter populares suos fama eminens, Et comitatus sui legatus ad parliamentum missus, Ad ardua regni negotia, per annos prope triginta,
se accinxit: Cumque, apud illos amplissimorum virorum ordines,
Solent nihil temere effutire,
Orator gravis et pressus,
Ad prolocutoris cathedram,
Tum illo certe, negotiis
Cum dignitate sustinuit.
Justi rectique tenax,
Ubi omnibus, quæ virum civemque bonum decent,
officiis satisfecisset, Paulatim se a publicis consiliis in otium recipiens,
inter literarum amenitates, Inter ante-actæ vitæ haud insuaves recordationes, Inter amicorum convictus et amplexus,
Gulielmus Bunbury Bitus, nepos et hæres.
PARAPHRASE OF THE ABOVE EPITAPH
BY DR. JOHNSOND.
Thou, who survey'st these walls with curious eye,
His force of genius burn’d, in early youth,
Thus early wise, th' endanger'd realm to aid, His country call’d him from the studious shade; In life's first bloom his publick toils began, At once commenc'd the senator and man.
In busʼness dext’rous, weighty in debate, Thrice ten long years he labour'd for the state;
b This paraphrase is inserted in Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies. The Latin is there said to be written by Dr. Freind. Of the person whose memory it celebrates, a copious account may be seen in the appendix to the supplement to the Biographia Britannica.
In ev'ry speech persuasive wisdom flow'd,
Resistless merit fix'd the senate's choice,
throne! Then, when dark arts obscur'd each fierce debate, When mutual frauds perplex'd the maze of state, The moderator firmly mild appear'dBeheld with love with veneration heard.
This task perform’d-he sought no gainful post,
Age call’d, at length, his active mind to rest,
Calm conscience, then, his former life survey’d,