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Et variis et lubricis et implicatis difficillimum,
Cum dignitate sustinuit. Honores alios, et omnia, quæ sibi in lucrum cederent
Justi rectique tenax,
officiis satisfecisset, Paulatim se à publicis consiliis in otium recipiens,
Inter literarum amoenitates,
Gulielmus Bunbury Bttus, nepos et hæres.
PARAPHRASE OF THE ABOVE EPITAPH,
BY DR. JOHNSON *.
Thou who survey'st these walls with curious eye,
His force of genius burn'd in early youth,
* This Paraphrase is inserted in Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies. The Latin is there said to be written by Dr. Freind. Of the person whose memory it celebrates, a copious account may be seen in the Appendix to the Supplement to the Biographia Britannica.
His learning, join'd with each endearing art,
Thus early wise, th’ endanger'd realm to aid,
In business dext'rous, weighty in debate,
Resistless merit fix'd the Senate's choice,
Then when dark arts obscur'd each fierce debate, When mutual frauds perplex'd the maze of state, The moderator firmly mild appear'dBeheld with love with veneration heard.
This task perform'd-he sought no gainful post,
Age call’d, at length, his active mind to rest,
Calm Conscience, then, his former life survey'd, And recollected toils endear'd the shade, Till Nature call’d him to the gen'ral doom, And Virtue's sorrow dignified his tomb.
TO MISS HICKMAN*,
PLAYING ON THE SPINNET.
Bright Stella, form’d for universal reign,
When old Timotheus struck the vocal string,
* These lines, which have been communicated by Dr. Turton, son to Mrs. Turton, the lady to whom they are addressed by her maiden name of Hickman, must have been written at least as early as the year 1734, as that was the year
marriage: at how much earlier a period of Dr. Johnson's life they may have been written, is not known.
PARAPHRASE OF PROVERBS,
Chap. VI. Verses 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.
“ Go to the Ant, thou Sluggard*."
Turn on the prudent ant thy heedful eyes,
the harvest, and she stores the grain.
HORACE, LIB. IV. ODE VII.
dance together trace; * In Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies, but now printed from the original in Dr. Johnson's own hand-writing.
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