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Burnet declares how French dragooning rose, Ev'n Finch and Mulgrave, whom the court caress, And bishops persecuting bills oppose :

Exalt its praises, but its power depress; Till Rochester's' cool temper shall be fir'd, And, that impartial justice may be seen, And North's and Nottingham's strong reasonings be Confirm to friends what they refus'd the queen. admir'd.

Bishops, who most advanc'd good James's cause But when due time their counsels shall mature, In church and state, now reap deserv'd applause: And fresh removes have made the game secure; While those, who rather made the Tower their choice, When Somerset and Devonshire give place Are styl’d unchristian by the nation's voice. To Windbam's Bradford, and to Richmond's grace, Avow'dly now St. David's cause they own, Both converts great; when justice is refin'd, And James's votes for simony atone. And corporations garbled to their mind;

Archbishop Kenn shall from Long-Leat be drawn, Then passive doctrines shall with glory rise, While firm nonjurors from behind stand crowding Before them hated moderation flies,

for the lawn. And anti-christian toleration dies.

And thou, great Weymouth, to reward thy charge, Granville shall seize the long-expected chair, Shalt sail to Lambeth in his grace's barge. Godolphin to some country seat repair;

See by base rebels James the Just be ray'd, Pembroke from all employments be debarr'd, See his three realms by vile usurpers sway'd; And Marlborough, for ancient crimes, receive his Then see with joy his lawful heir restord, just reward.

[gun, And erring nations own their injur'd lord. France, that this happy change so wisely has be- O would kind Heaven so long my life maintain, Shall bless the great design, and bid it smoothly run. Inspiring raptures worthy such a reign ! Come on, young James's friends, this is the time, Not Thracian Saint John should with me contend, come on;

Nor my sweet lays harmonious Hammond's mend: Receive just honours, and surround the throne. Not thongh young D'Avenant, Saint John should Boldly your loyal principles maintain,

protect, Hedges now rules the state, and Rooke the main. Or the shrewd doctor, Hammond's lines correct. Grimes is at hand the members to reward,

Nay, should Tredenham in St. Mawes coinpare his And troops are trusted to your own Gerhard.

songs to mine, The faithful club assembles at the Vine,

Tredenham, though St. Mawes were judge, his laurel And French intrigues are broach'd o'er English wine. should resign. Freely the senate the design proclaims,

Prepare, auspicious youth, thy friends to meet; Affronting William, and applauding James. Sir George 2 already has prepar'd the fleet. Good ancient members, with a solemn face, Should rival Neptune (who with envious mind Propose that safety give to order place;

In times of danger still this chief confin'd) And what they dare not openly dissuade,

Now send the gout, the hero to disgrace, iş by expedients ineffectual made.

Honest George Churchill may supply his place. · Bishop Sprat.

1 Rooke.

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Op the great poet whose life I am about to delineate, the curiosity which his reputation must excite will require a display more ample than can now be given. His contemporaries, however they reverenced his genius, left his life unwritten; and nothing therefore can be known beyond what casual mention and uncertain tradition have supplied.

John Dryden was born August 9, 1631', at Aldwinkle near Oundle, the son of Erasmus Dryden of Titchmersh; who was the third son of sir Erasmus Dryden, baronet, of Canons Ashby. All these places are in Northamptonshire ; but the original stock of the family was in the county of Huntingdon’.

He is reported by his last biographer, Derrick, to have inherited from his father an estate of two hundred a year, and to have been bred, as was said, an anabaptist. For either of these particulars no authority is given. Such a fortune ought to have secured him from that poverty which seems always to have oppressed him ; or, if he had wasted it, to have made him ashamed of publishing his necessities. But though he had many enemies, who undoubtedly examined his life with a scrutiny sufficiently malicious, I do not remember, that he is ever charged with waste of his patrimony. He was indeed sometimes reproached for his first religion. I am therefore inclined to believe, that Derrick's intelligence was partly true, and partly erroneous .

From Westminster school, where he was instructed as one of the king's scholars by Dr. Busby, whom he long after continued to reverence, he was in 1650 elected to one of the Westminster scholarships at Cambridge“.

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" Mr. Malone has lately proved, that there is no satisfactory evidence for this date. The inscription on Dryden's monument says only natus 1632. See Malone's Life of Dryden, prefixed to his Critical and Miscellaneous Prose Works, p. 5, note. C.

a Of Cumberland. Ibid. p. 10. C.

3 Mr. Derrick's Life of Dryden was prefixed to a very beautiful and correct edition of Dryden's Miscellanies, published by the Tonsons in 1760, 4 vols. 8vo. Derrick's part, however, was poorly executed, and the edition never became popular. C.

4 He went off to Trinity College, and was admitted to a bachelor's degree in January 1653-4, and in 1657 was made master of arts. C.

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