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Men thought her Minerva, and him a new god.
That, search all the province, you ll find no man .
dar is So blest as the Englishen Heer Secretar’ is.
THE REMEDY WORSE THAN THE DISEASF
I sent for Ratcliffe; was so ill,
He felt my pulse, prescrib'd his pill,
But, when the wit began to wheeze,
• And wine had warm'd the politician,
Cur'd yesterday of my disease,
UPON THIS PASSAGE IN THE SCALIGERIANA.
“Les Allemans ne ce soucient pas quel Win ils boivent pourveu que ce soit Win, ni quel Latin ils parlent pour veu que ce soit Latin.”
WHEN you with High-Dutch Heeren dine,
TO A CHILD OF QUALITY,
FIVE YEARS OLD, MDCCIV. THE AUTHOR THEN FORTY.
LoRDs, knights, and squires, the numerous band,
Were summon'd by her high command,
My pen among the rest I took,
Should dart their kindling fires, and look
Nor quality, nor reputation,
Dear five years old befriends my passion,
For, while she makes her silkworms beds
Whilst all the house my passion reads,
She may receive and own my flame,
She’ll pass for a most virtuous dame,
Then too, alas ! when she shall tear
She’ll give me leave to write, I fear,
For, as our different ages move,
That I shall be past making love,
THE sturdy man, if he in love obtains,
Though he, for all his boast, is forc’d to yield,
WHILST I am scorch'd with hot desire,
Your drops of pity on my fire,
Ah! would you have the flame supprest,
Take half my passion to your breast;
TO THE RIGHT HONOIJRABLE THE COUNTESS DOWAGER OF DEVONSHIRE, ON A PIECE OF WIESSEN’s WHEREON WERE ALL IIER GRAND SONS PAINTED.
WIEssEN" and Nature held a long contest,
1 William Wiessen, an eminent portrait painter, born at the Hague in 1656. He learned the art of painting from Dodoens, and after some time spent with him, visited England, and improved himself under Sir Peter Lely, whose manner he imitated with success. “He had the honour,” says Mr. Pilkington, “to be competitor with Sir Godfrey Kneller, though the superiority was allowed to the latter, on account of that dignity and air which Kneller generally gave to his portraits ; however, the real merit of Wiessen as an artist, as also the politeness of his manners, secured to him the esteem of the great, and provided him employment as long as he lived.” Dictionary of Painters, 4to, 1770, p. 695. He died 1687,