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ROBERT, EARL OF OXFORD,
SUCH were the notes thy once-loved Poet sung,
1 Robert, Earl of Oxford and Earl prosecute him, he was released. After of Mortimer, son of Sir Edward Har. this he lived in retirement till his ley, born 1661. He was three times death, 21st May, 1724. Speaker of the House of Commons,
2 Such were the last, the sweetest notes and in 1704 was made Secretary of that hung State, through the influence of Mrs. Upon our dying swan's melodious tongue. Masham. In 1708, in consequence
J. Talbot on the death of Waller.-WAKE
FIELD. of the intrigues of the Whigs he resigned his office, but in 1710, on the This Epistle was sent to the Earl of dismissal of Godolphin, he returned Oxford with Dr. Parnell's Poems, to power as Chancellor of the Ex. published by our author, after the chequer. In 1711 his popularity was said Earl's imprisonment in the much increased by Guiscard's attempt Tower, and retreat into the country on his life, and in the same year he in the year 1721.–POPE. was made Lord High Treasurer, and The poems were published under the was raised to the peerage. In 1714, following title : “Poems on several having lost the favour of Lady occasions. Written by Dr. Thomas Masham, he received his dismissal, Parnell, late Archdeacon of Clogher, and after the death of the Queen was and published by Mr. Pope. Pope committed to the Tower, where he received from Lintot (13th Decr. remained for two years. In 1717, on 1721) fifteen pounds for Parnell's his own petition, he was brought for Poems. At the end of his notes on trial before the House of Lords, but the Iliad, Pope informs us that the House of Commons declining to Parnell left to his charge the publica
Oh just beheld and lost ! admired and mourned !'
For him thou oft hast bid the world attend,
Absent or dead, still let a friend be dear,
And sure, if aught below the seats divine
power, the blast of public breath, The lust of lucre, and the dread of Death.'
tion of his poems, almost with his the diocese of Dublin, worth £400 dying breath.”—P. CUNNINGHAM, a-year. He is reported to have been Note to Johnson's Life of Parnell. intemperate in his habits during his
· From Virgil, Æneid, 1. vi. 870 : last years, but it is said that this Ostendent terris hunc tantum fata, neque
failing was caused by the loss of his ultra
wife, to whom he was fondly attached. Esse sinent.
Among the poems in the collection 3 Thomas Parnell, born in Dublin published by Pope were the Rise of in 1679, died at Chester, 1718 (John- Woman, the Fairy Tale, the Pervirson says erroneously, 1717). After the gilium Veneris, and the Hermit. fate of the Whig Ministry at the end * They were quite mistaken in of Queen Anne's reign he joined the his (Lord Oxford's] temper, who Tories, and through the influence of thought of getting rid of him, by adSwift he was presented by Archbishop vising him to make his escape from King with the vicarage of Finglass, in the Tower. He would have sat out
In vain to Deserts thy retreat is made;