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Well try'd, through many a varying year,
See Levet to the grave descend,
Of ev'ry friendless name the friend.
Yet still he fills affection's eye,
Obscurely wise, and coarsely kind;
Thy praise to merit unrefined.
When fainting nature call'd for aid,
And hov'ring death prepar'd the blow,
The pow'r of art, without the show.
In mis’ry's darkest cavern known,
His useful care was ever nigh,
And lonely want retir'd to die.
No summons, mock'd by chill delay,
No petty gain, disdain'd by pride;
The toil of ev'ry day supply'd.
His virtues walk'd their narrow round,
Nor made a pause, nor left a void;
The single talent well-employ'd.
The busy day--the peaceful night,
Unfelt, uncounted, glided by;
Though now his eightieth year was nigh.
in London. Humanity, rather than desire of gain, seems to have actuated this single hearted and amiable being; and never were the virtues of charity recorded in more touching strains. " I a am acquainted,” says Dr, Drake, “with nothing superior to them in the productions of the moral muse.” See Drake's Literary Life of Johnson; and Boswell, i, ii, iii. iv.-Ev.
Then, with no fiery throbbing pain,
No cold gradations of decay,
And freed his soul the nearest way.
EPITAPH ON CLAUDE PHILLIPS,
AN ITINERANT MUSICIAN!.
Phillips! whose touch harmonious could remove
THOMAM HANMER, BARONETTUM.
Honorabilis admodum THOMAS HANMER,
These lines are among Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies : they are, nevertheless, recognised as Johnson's, in a memorandum of his handwriting, and were probably written at her request. This Phillips was a fiddler, who travelled up and down Wales, and was much celebrated for his skill. The above epitaph, according to Mr. Boswell, won the applause of lord Kames, prejudiced against Johnson as he was. It was published in Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies, and was, at first, ascribed to Garrick, from its appearing with the signature G.– Garrick, however, related, that they were composed, almost impromptu, by Johnson, on hearing some lines on the subject, by Dr. Wilkes, which he disapprored. See Boswell, i. 126, where is, likewise, preserved an epigram, by Johnson, op Colley Cibber and George the second, whose illiberal treatment of artists and learned men was a constant theme of his execration. As it has not yet been inserted among Johnson's works, we will present it to the readers of the present edition, in this note.
Augustus still survives in Maro's strain,
ED. m At Hanmer church, in Flintshire.
Wilhelmi Hanmer armigeri, e Peregrina Henrici
North De Mildenhall, in Com. Suffolciæ, baronetti sorore
Duas uxores sortitus est;
dotariam : Alteram Elizabetham, Thomæ Foulkes de Barton, in
Com. Suff. armigeri
Filiam et hæredem. Inter humanitatis studia feliciter enutritus, Omnes liberalium artium disciplinas avide arripuit, Quas morum suavitate haud leviter ornavit.
Postquam excessit ex ephebis, Continuo inter populares suos fama eminens, Et comitatus sui legatus ad parliamentum missus, Ad ardua regni negotia, per annos prope triginta,
se accinxit: Cumque, apud illos amplissimorum virorum ordines,
Solent nihil temere effutire,
Orator gravis et pressus,
commendatus, Æque omnium, utcunque inter se alioqui dissidentium,
Aures atque animos attraxit.
Ad prolocutoris cathedram,
Tum illo certe, negotiis
Cum dignitate sustinuit.
Justi rectique tenax,
Inter literarum amoenitates,
Gulielmus Bunbury Btus, 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,
Thus early wise, th' endanger'd realm to aid, His country call'd him from the studious shade;
* 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.
In life's first bloom his publick toils began,
In bus'ness dextrous, weighty in debate,
Resistless merit fix'd the senate's choice,
Then, when dark arts obscur'd each fierce debate,
This task perform'd-he sought no gainful post,
Age calld, at length, his active mind to rest,
Calm conscience, then, his former life survey'd,