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EPISTLE THE SEVENTH.
SIR GEORGE ETHEREDGE.
To you who live in chill degree,
Ver. 1. To you who live] Sir George Etheredge gained great reputation by his three comedies, The Comical Revenge, 1664, She Would if she could, 1668, The Man of Mode, 1676. The last has been deemed one of our most elegant comedics, and contains a moft just and lively picture of the manners of persons in high life in the age of Charles II. Having dedicated this comedy to the Dutchess of York, the procured his being fent ambassador to Ratisbon, where he resided when Dryden addrest this epistle to him, and where, in a fit of intoxication, to which he was too much habituated, he tumbled down stairs and broke his neck. He had a daughter by Mrs. Barry, to whom he left fix thousand pounds.
Dr. J. WARTON,
You can be old in grave debate,
you have made your zeal appear
85 Thou break'st through forms with as much ease As the French king through articles.
pays to make his
In grand affairs thy days are spent,
You would be pleas'd in humble way
of Bucks has made a farce,
whose comic wit is terse all,
EPISTLE THE EIGHTH.
Mr. . SOUTHERNE,
ON HIS COMEDT CALLED,
THE WIVES' EXCUSE*.
SURE there's a fate in plays, and 'tis in
vain To write, while these malignant planets reign.
The success of this play was but indifferent; but fo high was our author's opinion of its merit, that, on this very account, he bequeathed to this poet the writing of the last act of his Cleomenes; which, Southerne says, “ when it comes into the world, will appear to considerable a trust, that all the town will pardon me for defending this play, that preferred me to it."
DERRICK Ver. 1. Sure there's a fate] No two writers were ever of more diffimilar geniuses than Southerne and Dryden, the latter having no turn for, por idea of the pathetic, of which the former was so perfect a master, and of which his Oronooko and Isabella will remain lasting and striking examples. But Dryden used to confess that he had no relish for Euripides, and affected to defpife Otway. Of all our poets, Southerne was distinguished by three remarkable circumstances, for the purity of his morals and irreproachable conduct, for the length of his life, and for gaining more by his dramatic labours than certainly any of his predeceffors, or perhaps of his fucceffors.
Dr. J. WARTON.