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Co the crack'd aaye the bedilam heroes roar'l,
ably comply with their tale by whose approbation they sub.. liit; loine generous prince, or prime minifler like Richlieu, can only find a remedy. In his epifth dedicatory to The Spanin Friar, this incomparable poet thus cenfures himself :
" I remember fome verses of my own Maximin and Ale manzor which cry vengeance upon me for their extravasó gance, &c. All I can say for those passages, which I “ hope, not many, is, that I knew they were bad enough to « please even when I wrote them ; but I repent of them
among my sins; and, if any of their fellows intrude by chance " into my present writings, I draw a stroke over those Dali“ lahs of the theatre, and am resolved I will settle myself no « reputation by the applause of fools: it is not that I am mor
tified to all ambition, but I fcorn as much to take it from “ half-witted judges as I should to raise an estate by cheating «of bubbles : neither do I discommend the lofty style in tra-, “ gedy, which is pompous and magnificent; but nothing is * truly sublime that is not just and proper.”
This may stand as an unanswerable apology for Mr. Dryden against his critics; and likewise for an unquestionable authority to confirm those principles which the foregoing poem ; retends to lay down ; for nothing can be just and proper buc what is built upon truth.
light, To clear our darkness, and to guide our flight; With steady judgment, and in lofty sounds, They gave us patterns, and they set us bounds. The Stagyrite and Horace laid aside, Inform’d by them we need no foreign guide: Who seek from poetry a lasting name, May in their lessons learn the road to fame : But let the bold adventurer be sure That every line the test of truth endure : On this foundation may the fabric rise, Firm and unfhaken, till it touch the skies. From pulpits banish'd, from the court, from
love, Forsaken Truth seeks shelter in the grove: Cherish, ye Muses! the neglected fair, And take into your train th'abandon'd wanderer.
* Earl of Mulgrave's Exay upon Poctry, and Lord Rofa common's upon Tranflated Verse.
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TICHOLAS ROWE was born
at Little Beckford in Bedfordshire in 1673. His family had long possessed a considerable estate, with a good house, at Lambertoun * in Devonfhire. The ancestor from whom he descended in a direct line, received the arms borne by his descendants for his bravery in the Holy War. His father John Rowe, who was the first that quitted his paternal acres to practise any art of profit, professed the law, and
* In the Villare, Lamerton.
published Benlow's and Dallison's Reports in the reign of James the Second, when, in opposition to the notions then diligently propagated of dispensing power, he ventured to remark how low his authors rated the prerogative. He was made a ferjeant, and died April 30, 1692. He was buried in the Temple Church.
Nicholas was first fent to a private school at Highgate; and being afterwards removed to Westminster, was at twelve years chosen one of the King's scholars. His master was Busby, who suffered none of his scholars to let their powers lie useless, and his exercises in several languages are said to have been written with uncommon degrees of ex
cellence, cellence, and yet to have cost him very little labour.
At fixteen he had in his father's opinion made advances in learning fuíficient to qualify him for the study of law, and was entered a student of the Middle Temple, where for some time he read statutes and reports with proficiency proportionate to the force of his mind, which was already such that he endeavoured to comprehend law, not as a feries of precedents, or collection of positive
precepts, but as a system of rational government, and impartial justice.
When he was nineteen, he was by the death of his father left more to his own direction, and probably froin that time suffered law gradually to give way to