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“ busied in so long a work there without his “ knowing fomething of the matter; and “ that he had never heard a single word of " it till on this occasion. This surprise of “ Dr. Young, together with what Steele has “ faid against Tickell in relation to this af« fair, make it highly probable that there
was some underhand dealing in that busi“ ness; and indeed Tickell himself, who is
á very fair worthy man, has since, in a
manner, as good as owned it to me. Mr. “ POPE.-[When it was introduced into a e conversation between Mr. Tickell and Mr. " Pope by a third perfon, Tickell did not « deny it; which, confidering his honour « and zeal for his departed friend, was the « fame as owning it.]"
Upon these suspicions, with which Dr. Warburton hints that other circumstances concurred, Pope always in his Art of Sinking quotes this book as the work of Addison.
To compare the two translations would be tedious; the palm is now given universally to Pope; but I think the first lines of Tic: VOL. III,
kell’s were rather to be preferred, and Pope seems to have since borrowed something from them in the correction of his own.
When the Hanover succession was disputed, Tickell gave what assistance his
would supply. His Letter to Avignon, stands high among party-poems; it expresses contempt without coarseness, and fuperiority without infolence. It had the success which it deserved, being five times printed.
He was now intimately united to Mr. Addison, who, when he went into Ireland as secretary to the lord Sunderland, took him thither, and employed him in publick business; and when (1717) afterwards he rose to be secretary of state, made him under-secretary. Their friendship seems to have contin ued without abatement; for when Addison died, he left him the charge of publishing his works, with a solemn recommendation to the patronage of Craggs.
To these works he prefixed an elegy on the author, which could owe none of its
beauties to the assistance which might be sufpected to have strengthened or embellished his earlier compositions; but neither he nor Addison ever produced nobler lines than are contained in the third and fourth paragraphs, nor is a more sublime or more elegant funeral poem to be found in the whole compass of English literature.
He was afterwards (about 1725) made fecretary to the Lords Justices of Ireland, a place of great honour; in which he continued till 1740; when he died on the twenty-third of April at Bath.
Of the poems yet unmentioned the longést is Kensington Gardens, of which the versification is smooth and elegant, but the fi&tion unskilfully compounded of Grecian Deities and Gothick Fairies. Neither species of those exploded Beings could have done much; and when they are brought together, they only make each other contemptible. To Tickell, however, cannot be refused a high place among the minor poets; nor should it be forgotten that he was one of the contributors
to the Spectator. With respect to his perfonal character, he is said to have been a man of gay conversation, at least a temperate lover of wine and company, and in his domestick relations without censure,