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Catius is ever moral, ever grave;
with venison to a saint without. 80
90 The throne a bigot keep, a genius quit; Faithless through piety, and duped through wit?
81 Patritio's high desert. Lord Godolphin; of whom says Prior, in an original letter, 'as the wise earl of Godolphin told me, when he turned me out for having served him, 'things change, times change, and men change.' -Warton. After ver. 86, in the former editions :
Triumphant leaders, at an army's head,
Now save a people, and now save a groat. 87 Charron, Author of the celebrated treatise • De la Sagesse,' and friend of Montaigne.
89 A perjured prince. Louis XI. of France wore in his hat a leaden image of the Virgin Mary, which, when be swore by, he feared to break his oath.–Pope.
90 A godless regent tremble at a star. Philip, duke of Orleans, regent in the minority of Louis XV. superstitious enough to be a believer in judicial astrology, though an unbeliever in all religion.
91 The throne a bigot keep, a genius quit. Philip V. of Spain, who, after renouncing the throne for religion, resumed it to
Europe a woman, child, or dotard rule,
Know, God and nature only are the same;
In vain the sage, with retrospective eye, Would from the apparent What conclude the Why, Infer the motive from the deed, and show 101 That what we chanced was what we meant to do Behold! if fortune or a mistress frowns, Some plunge in business, others shave their
To ease the soul of one oppressive weight,
105 This quits an empire, that embroils a state : The same adust complexion has impell’d Charles to the convent, Philip to the field.
Not always actions show the man: we find, Who does a kindness, is not therefore kind : 110 Perhaps prosperity becalm'd his breast; Perhaps the wind just shifted from the east : Not therefore humble he who seeks retreat ; Pride guides his steps, and bids him shun the
great : gratify his queen; and Victor Amadeus II. king of Sardinia, who resigned the crown, and trying to re-assume it, was imprisoned till bis death.
93 Europe a woman, child, or dotard rule. The czarina, the French king, the pope, and her wisest monarch, the king of Sardinia.
107 The same adust complexion. Philip II. of Spain was atrabilaire: Charles V. suffered much from bile. Melancholy drove Charles to the cloister, and Philip to war.
Who combats bravely, is not therefore brave ; 115
But grant that actions best discover man ; 119 Take the most strong, and sort them as you
The few that glare each character must mark;
'Tis from high life high characters are drawn: A saint in crape is twice a saint in lawn; 136
129 Ask why from Britain. In former editions, the third and fourth lines were,
The mighty czar what moved to wed a punk?
The mighty czar would tell you, he was drunk : in allusion to the marriage of Peter the Great. Birt it was altered as above, and altered for the worse. It is strange that Pope should not have known that drunkenness was not one of Cæsar's vices.
135 'Tis from high life. The sarcasm of this well-known passage, more than its soundness, bas assisted its celebrity. For the larger the sphere, the greater the difficulty of filling it: it is from high life that high characters ought to be drawn; mediocrity of station can neither require nor exercise the more eminent public virtues : the prelate, the judge, the statesman, and the monarch, have duties which demand the most vigorous capacities of the heart and understanding : if they fail, their failure is the more glaring from their rank ; hut if they succeed, the more conspicuous should be their praise. The sentiment in the text is from Boileau, Sat, viii.
A judge is just; a chancellor, juster still;
thing. Court virtues bear, like gems, the highest rate, Born where heaven's influence scarce can pene
trate: In life's low vale, the soil the virtues like ; They please as beauties, here as wonders strike. Though the same sun, with all-diffusive rays, 145 Blush in the rose, and in the diamond blaze, We prize the stronger effort of his power, And justly set the gem above the flower.
'Tis education forms the common mind; Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined. 150 Boastful and rough, your first son is a squire; The next a tradesman, meek, and much a liar: Tom struts a soldier, open, bold, and brave; Will sneaks a scrivener, an exceeding knave. Is he a churchman ? then he's fond of power : A quaker ? sly: a presbyterian? sour: A smart freethinker? all things in an hour. .
Ask men's opinions : Scoto now shall tell How trade increases, and the world goes well : Strike off his pension, by the setting sun, And Britain, if not Europe, is undone.
That gay freethinker, a fine talker once, What turns him now a stupid, silent dunce ? Some God or spirit he has lately found; Or chanced to meet a minister that frown'd. 165
Judge we by nature ? . Habit can efface, Interest o'ercome, or policy take place : By actions ? those uncertainty divides : By passions ? these dissimulation hides : Opinions ? they still take a wider range: Find, if you can, in what you cannot change. Manners with fortunes, humors turn with
climes, Tenets with books, and principles with times.
III. Search then the ruling passion : there, alone, The wild are constant, and the cunning known; The fool consistent, and the false sincere : 176 Priests, princes, women, no dissemblers here. This clew, once found, unravels all the rest, The prospect clears, and Wharton stands con
179 Wharton stands confess’d. One of the most remarkable instances on record of the abuse of nature, fortune, of great talents turned into contempt, of high rank degraded, of vast opulence made useless, and of memorable opportunities perverted into disaster, shame, and ruin. Philip Wharton, born to the possession of a marquisate, the reward of his father's fidelity to the Brunswick line, made the first use of his inheritance to revolt to the pretender. From him he obtained the empty title of duke of Northumberland. Growing weary of the little court of the Stuarts, he revolted from the pretender. On being suffered to sit in the Irish house of peers, he became a zealous advocate of the Hanoverian succession : reinstated in his English honors, and created a duke, he