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Written in 1738.

—Quis ineptae
Tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus ut teneat se JU v.

'THO grief and fondness in my breast rebel,
When injur’d TH ALEs "bids the town farewel,
Yet still my calmer thoughts his choice commend,
I praise the hermit, but regret the friend,
Resolv'd at length, from vice and LoNDoN far
To breathe in distant fields a purer air, ~.
- And,
* Quamvis digressu veteris confusus amici;

Laudo, tamen, vacuis quod sedem figere Cumis
Destinet, atque unum civem donare Sibyllae.

*Sir John Hawkins says, that by Thales we are here to understand Savage. Mr. Boswell asserts that this is entirely groundless, and adds, “I have been assured that Dr. Johnson said, he was not so much as acquainted with Savage when he wrote his LoN Don.” This, added to the circumstance of the date (for Savage did not set out for Wales till July 1739) might be decisive, if unfor. tunately for Mr. Boswell he had not a few pages after, given us some highly complimentary lines, which, “he was assured were written by Dr. Johnson.” Ad Ricardan Savage, in April 1738, about a month before LoN DoN was published. This surely implies previous acquaintance with Savage, for Dr. Johnson would not have praised a stranger in such terms, and gives a very strong probability to Sir John Hawkins's conjecture. That Savage did not set out for Wales until the following year, is a matter of little consequence, as the intention of such a journey would justify the lines alluding to it. Sce Boswell's Life of Johnson, vol. i. p. 100 and p. 139, 8vo. edit, 1804. C.

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