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Hæres patruelis Antiquo gentis suæ et titulo, et patrimonio fucceffit
Duas uxores sortitus eft ; Alteram Isabellam, honore à
derivato de Arlington comitiffam Deindè celciffimi principis ducis de Grafton viduam
dotariam Alteram Elizabetham Thoniæ Folks de Barton in
Com. Suff. armigeri.
Filiam et hæredem Inter humanitates ftudia feliciter enutritus Omnes liberalium artium disciplinas avidè arripuit, Quas morum suavitate haud leviter ornavit,
Postquam exceffit et ephebis Continuo inter populares fuos fama eminens Et comitatus sui legatus ad Parliamentum miflus Ad ardua regni negotia per annos prope triginta
Solent nihil temerè effurire
Orator gravis et preffus
commendatus Æquè omnium utcunq; inter se alioqui diffidentium
Aures atque animos attraxit
Ad prolocutoris cathedram
Et varus et lubricis et implicatis difficillimum
Cum dignitate fuftinuit. Honores alios, et omnia, quæ sibi in lucrum cederent,
Justi rectique tenax
officiis fatis feciffet, Paulatim fe à publicis confiliis in otium recipiens
Inter literarum amenitates,
PARAPHRASE of the above EPITAPH.
By Dr. JOHNSON*. THOU who survey'st these walls with curious eye, Pause at his tomb where HANMER's ashes lie His.various worth through varied life attend, And learn his virtues while thou mourn'ft his end.
His force of genius burn'd in early youth, With thirst of knowledge, and with love of truth;
* This Paraphrase is inserted in Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies. The Latin is there said to be written by Dr. Freind. Of the person whose memory it celebrates, a copious account may be seen in the Appendix to the Supplement to the Biographia Britannica,
His learning, join’d with each endearing art,
Thus early wise, th’endanger'd realın to aid,
In business dext'rous, weighty in debate,
Refiftless merit fix'd the Senate's choice,
throne ! Then when dark arts obscur'd each fierce debate, When mutual frauds perplex'd the maze of state, The moderator firmly mild appear’dBeheld with love--with veneration heard.
This task perform’d-he fought no gainful post,
Age callid, at length, his active mind to rest,
Delighted still to please mankind, or mend,
Calm Conscience, then, his former life survey’d,
To Miss HICKMAN*, playing on the Spinnet,
know to keep the slaves you gain ;
When old Timotheus struck the vocal string,
* These lines, which have been communicated by Dr. Tur. ton, son to Mrs. Turton, the Lady to whom they are addressed by her maiden name of Hickman, must have been written at least as early as the year 1734, as that was the year of her marriage: at how much earlier a period of Dr. Johnson's life they may have been written, is not known.
PARAPHRASE of PROVERBS, Chap. VI. Verses 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, II.
11 “ Go to the Ant, thou Sluggard*." T”
Urn on the prudent ant thy heedful eyes,
Observe her labours, sluggard, and be wise:
How long shall Sloth usurp thy useless hours,
HORACE, Lib. IV. Ode VII. Translated.
He snow diffolv'd, no more is feen,
The fields and woods, behold! are green ;
* In Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies, but now printed from the original in Dr. Johnson's own hand-writing,