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Oh lasting as those colours may they shine,
printed with Fresnoy's Art of Painting, myself, is a greater compliment than published in 1716, “Wortley” stood you are aware of. I wish you may for “Worsley." Lady M. W. Montagu have grace to find it." was doubtless meant, but her name George Granville, afterwards was removed after her quarrel with Lord Lansdowne (1665–1735). Myra
Lady Worsley's eyes must was the Countess of Newburgh of have been deserving of the praise whom Granville enamoured. which Pope gives them. Swift says
Johnson says :
“His verses to Mira, to her in a letter dated 19 April, which are most frequently mentioned, 1730: “How is our old friend have little in them of either art or Mrs. Barton ? (I forget her new nature, of the sentiments of a lover, name). I saw her three years ago or the language of a poet; there may at Court almost dwindled to an be found now and then a happier echo, and hardly knew her; while effort ; but they are commonly feeble your eyes dazzled me as much as when and unaffecting, or forced and extraI first met them, which, considering vagant."
In these gay thoughts the Loves and Graces shine,
1 In the octavo edition of 1735, after the inscription, the following words are added, “Written at 17 years old.”
The lines were first published in Lintot's Miscellany for 1712, and entitled “To a Young Lady, with the works of Voiture.”
It is very certain that, if the lines were really written, as Pope says in the edition referred to, when he was only seventeen, they could not have been addressed in the first instance to Martha Blount, who would have been a mere child. But the probability is that" here, as elsewhere, Pope fixed on a date for the
composition which would illustrate the precocity of his genius. See Introductory Remarks to the following Epistle.
:: Vincent Voiture, son of a winemerchant, born at Amiens, 1598, died in 1648. He is now chiefly remembered for his letters. ** Voiture,” says Voltaire, “gave some idea of the superficial graces of that epistolary style, which is by no means the best, because it aims at nothing higher than pleasantry and amusement. His two volumes of letters are the mere pastime of a wanton imagination, in which we meet not with one that is instinctive, not one
Thus wisely careless, innocently gay,
Let the strict life of graver mortals be
every scene some moral let it teach,
Too much your sex is by their forms confined,
Wakefield says this is imitated from Dryden, in All for Love. As harmless infants moan themselves asleep. 3 Imitated from Shakespeare :
that flows from the heart, that paints
So Dryden, Don Sebastian :
And how she prayed that never prayed before. Taming of the Shrew.-WAKEFIELD.
2 In the edition of 1717, “death " stood in the place of " fate.” In the Miscellanies the lines stand :
Till death, scarce felt, did o'er his pleasure
creep, As smiling infants sport themselves to
4 Etruscæ Veneres, Camenæ liberæ,
Hermes Gallicus, et Latina Siren,
Quo Vecturius hoc jacent sepulchro.