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me what a Poet I am; but 'tis from the world abroad we hope, (piously hope) to hear these things. At home we follow our business, when we have any; and think and talk most of each other when we have none. 'Tis not unlike the happy friendship of a stay'd man and his wife, who are seldom so fond as to hinder the business of the house from going on all day, or so indolent as not to find consolation in each other every evening. Thus well-meaning couples hold in amity to the last, by not expect'ing, too much from human nature ; while romantick friendships, like violent loves, begin with disquiets, proceed to jealousies, and conclude in animofities. I have liv'd to see the fierce advancement, the sudden turn, and the abrupt period, of three or four of these enormous friendships; and am perfectly. convinc'd of the truth of a maxim we once agreed in, that nothing hinders the constant agreement of peo ple who live together, but' meer vanity; a secret infitting upon what they think their dignity or merit, and an inward expectation of such an Over-measure of deference and regard, as answers to their own extravagant false scale; and which no body can pay, because none but themfelves can tell, exactly, to what pitch it amounts ?
I am, &c.
Aug. 20, 1714., Have a particular to'tell you at this time, which 1 pleases me so much, that you must expect a more than ordinary alacrity in every turn. You know I cou'd keep you in fufpence for twenty lines, but I will tell you directly that Mr. Addison and I have had a conversation, that it would have been worth your while to have been plac'd behind the wainscot, or behind some half-length picture, to have heard. He assur'd me that he wou'd make use not only of his intereft, but of his art to do you some service ; he did not mean his art of poetry, but his art at Court; and he is sensible that nothing can have a better air for himself than moving in your favour, especially since insinuations were spread that he did not care you shou'd prosper too much as a poet. He protests that it shall not be his fault if there is not the best intelligence in the world, and the most hearty friendship, &c. He owns, he was afraid Dr. Swift might have carry'd you too far among the enemy, during the heat of the animosity, but now all is fase, and you are escap'd even · in his opinion. I promis'd in your name, like a good
Godfather, not that you should renounce the devil and all his works, but that you would be delighted to find him your friend meerly for his own fake; therefore prepare your self for some civilities.
I have done Homer's head, shadow'd and heighten'd carefully ; and I inclose the out-line of the same size, that you may determine whether you wou'd have it to large, or reduc'd to make room for feuil. age or laurel round the oval, or about the square of the Busto? perhaps there is something more solemn in the image itself, if I can get it well perform’d.
If I have been instrumental in bringing you and Mr. Addison together with all fincerity, I value my. self upon it as an acceptable piece of service to such a one as I know you to be.
Aug. 27, 1714. I Am just arriv'd from Oxford, very well diverted I and entertain'd there. Every one is much concern'd for the Queen's death. No panegyricks ready yet for the King.
I admire your whig-principles of resistance exceedingly, in the spirit of the Barcelonians: Ijoin in your wish for them. Mr. Addison's verses on liberty, in his letter from Italy, would be a good form of prayer in my opinion, O Liberty ! thou Goddess heavenly bright ! &c.
What you mention of the friendly office you endeavour'd to do betwixt Mr. Addison and me, deserves acknowledgements on my part. You thoroughly know my regard to his character, and my propensity to testify it by all ways in my power. You as thoroughly know the scandalous meannels of that proceeding which was used by Philips, to make a man I so highly value, suspect my dispositions toward him. But as, after all, Mr. Addison must be the judge in whac regards himself, and has seem'd to be no very just one to me; so I must own to you I expect nothing but civility from him, how much foever I wish for his friendship. As for any offices of real kindness or service which it is in his power to do me, I should be alham'd to receive 'em from any man who had no better opinion of my Morals, than to think me a Partyman : nor of my Temper, than to believe me capable of maligning, or envying another's reputation as a poet. So I leave it to time to convince him as to both, to Thew him the shallow depths of those half-witted Q 2
creatures who mis inform'd him, and to prove that I am incapable of endeavouring to leflen a person whom I would be proud to imitate, and therefore asham'd to fatter. In a word, Mr. Addison is sure of my respect at all times, and of my real friendship whenever he shall think fit to know me for what I am.
For all that pass'd betwixt Dr. Swift and me, you know the whole (without reserve) of our correspondence. The engagements I had to him were such as the actual services he had done me, in relation to the subscription for Homer, obliged me to. I must have leave to be grateful to him, and to any one who serves me, let him be never so obnoxious to any party : nor did the Tory-party ever put me to the hardship of asking this leave, which is the greatest obligation I owe to it: and I expect no greater from the Whig. party than the fame liberty - Acurse on the word Party, which I have been forc'd to use so often in this period! I wilh the present reign may put an end to the distinction, that there may be no other for the future than that of honest and knave, fool and man of sense ; these two sorts must always be enemies; but for the rest, may all people do as you and I, believe what they please, and be friends. I am, &c.
· LETTER XXIV.
To the Earl of Hallifax. My LORD,
Dec. 1, 1714. | Am oblig'd to you both for the favours you have 1 done me, and for those you intend me. I distrust neither your will nor your memory, when it is to do good: and if ever I become troublesome or follicitous, it must not be out of expectation, but out of grati. tude. Your Lordship may either cause me to live
agreeably in the town, or contentedly in the country, which is really all the difference I set between an easy fortune and a small one. Pt is indeed a high strain of generosity in you, to think of making me easy all my life, only because I have been so happy as to divert you some few hours: but if I may have leave to add, it is because you think me no enemy to my native country, there will appear a better reason; for I must of consequence be very much, (as I sincerely am)
* LETTER XXV.
Dr. Parnell to Mr. Pope. T Am writing you a long letter, but all the tedious
ness I feel in it is, that it makes me during the time think inore intently of my being far from you. I fancy if I' were with you, I cou'd remove some of the uneasiness which you may have felt from the opposition of the world, and which you should be alham'd to feel, since it is but the testimony which one part of it gives you that your merit is unquestion=". able. What wou'd you have otherwise, from ignorance, envy, or those tempers which vie with you in your own way? I know this in mankind, that when our ambition is unable to attain its end, it is not only wearied, but exasperated too at the vanity of its labours; then we speak ill of happier studies, and fighing condemn the excellence which we find above our reach.
MyłZoilas which you us’d to write about, I finish'd last spring, and left in town. I waited till I came up
* This, and the three Extraits following, concerning the Translation of the first Iliad, set on foot by Mr. Addifon, Mr. Pope has omitted in his own Edition. * Printed for B. Lintot, 1715. 8o.