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FREDERICK, PRINCE OF WALES,
From a Picture by lately in the Marquis of Buckinghams Collection at St
now at Carleton House.
ARGYLL, the State's whole Thunder born to wield,
Names, which I long have lov'd, nor lov'd in vain,
And if yet higher the proud Lift fhould end,
The two lines on Argyle are said to have been added, on the Duke's declaring in the Houfe of Lords, on occafion of fome of Pope's fatires, that if any man dared to use his name in an invective, he would run him through the body, and throw himself on the mercy of his Peers, who, he trufted, would weigh the pro
Bolingbroke's Letter to Wyndham is one of the moft curious of his works, and it gave a deadly and incurable blow to the folly and madness of Jacobitifm. WARTON.
VER. 84. CHESTERFIELD forget,] His character was much funk by the publication of the loofe and libertine Letters to his Son. WARTON.
VER. 88. WYNDHAM,] Sir William Wyndham, Chancellor of the Exchequer under Queen Anne, made early a confiderable figure; but fince a much greater, both by his ability and eloquence, joined with the utmoft judgment and temper. POPE.
VER. 88. Or WYNDHAM, just to] In former Editions,
VER. 88. Freedom and the Throne,] We must always remember that the facred appellation of Patriot, is always adopted by disappointment, but it feems almost ludicrous that it fhould be fo perpetually in the mouth of the high Tory Party, such as Bolingbroke, &c.
VER. 92. And if yet higher, &c.] He was at that time honoured with the esteem and favour of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. WARBURTON.
Yet think not, Friendship only prompts my lays; I follow Virtue; where fhe fhines, I praise : Point fhe to Prieft or Elder, Whig or Tory, Or round a Quaker's Beaver caft a Glory. I never (to my forrow I declare) Din'd with the MAN of Ross, or my LORD MAYʼr. Some,
Frederic Prince of Wales; who poffeffed many of what the King of Pruffia called, ces qualités fociables qui s'allient si rarement avec la morgue et la grandeur des Souveraines WARTON.
VER. 93. Still let me fay! No Follower, but a Friend] i. e. Unrelated to their parties, and attached only to their perfons.
VER. 99 the MAN of Ross,] Kirle, the celebrated Man of Rofs, was educated at Baliol College Oxford, where there is a curious Tankard, infcribed with his name, which he left as a prefent to the College; it is often fhewn as a curiofity, in confequence of the fplendor given to his name, by Pope's numbers.
The Tankard stands about 10 inches high from the ground, being fupported by three legs, in the fhape of Lions.
The handle is formed by the figure of a Dolphin, and the cover lifted up by a figure of an Hedge hog, which was Kirle's Creft.
Upon the cover of the Tankard, the arms of Baliol College. In the centre, the Arms of the Donor, above which are the words "Poculum Charitatis:" and underneath, the following Infcription:
Ex dono Jhannis Kirle de Rosse, in Agro Herefordienfi et hujus Collegii Sono Commenfalis."
The date of the year, in which the gift was made, is, contrary to the ufual form, omitted.
VER. 99. my LORD MAY'R.] Sir John Barnard, Lord Mayor in the year of the Poem, 1738. A citizen eminent for his virtue, public fpirit, and great talents in Parliament. An excellent Man, Magiftrate, and Senator. In the year 1747, the City of London, in memory of his many and fignal fervices to his Country, erected a ftatue to him. But his image had been placed long before in the heart of every good Man. WARBURTON,
Some, in their choice of Friends (nay, look not
Have ftill a fecret Bias to a Knave:
To find an honeft man I beat about,
And love him, court him, praise him, in or out.
P. Not fo fierce;
VER. 102. To find an honest man, &c.] In this fearch, in which he was very fincere, it would have beeu well if he had not fometimes trufted to the reports of others, who had less penetration, but more paffions to gratify. WARBURTON.
VER. 112. Enough for half the Greatest] Dr. Warton asks, whether this is not too high language? He might well afk. Pope puts me in mind here, of what we read of the beautiful, but fearful ferpent, in a rich African landscape, that lifts his head above the tall grass, as if he thought himself the lord of the Earth.
VER. 116 What RICHLIEU wanted,] A curious and uncom mon fact is mentioned by the learned Abbé Longuerue, Part ii. P. 5. That Cardinal Richlieu had, from time to time, fits of in