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Plate XV.

Vol.II. facing p.282.

N. Blakey inv.etdel.

Ravenyt Sculp.

WhatbronghtS."Vistos ill-get Wealth to waste? Some Damon whisperdísto! have a Fastelan

Op on kaste:

Think we all these are for himself? no more
Than his fine Wife, alas ! or finer Whore.

For what has Virro painted, built, and planted ?
Only to show, how many Tastes he wanted. 14
What brought Şir Vifto's ill got wealth to waste ?
Some Dæmon whisperid, “ Visto! have a Taste.”
Heav'n visits with a Taste the wealthy fool,
And needs no Rod but Ripley with a Rule.
See! sportive fate, to punish aukward pride,
Bids Bubo build, and fends him such a Guide:

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rope of natural curiofities ; | moft of it; and so indeed both men of great learning becomes, by accident, the and humanity. P. more fashionable Thing of

Ver. 12. Than his fine the two. Scribl. Wife, alas! or finer Whore.] Ver. 18. Ripley) This By the Author's manner of man was a carpenter, emputting together these two ployed by a first Minister, different Utensils of false who raised him to an ArMagnificence, it appears, chitect, without any genius that, properly speaking, nei- in the art ; and after some ther the Wife nor the Whore wretched proofs of his inis the real object of modern fufficiency in public Build tafte, but the Finery only: ings, made him ComptrolAnd whoever wears it, whe- ler of the Board of works. P. ther the Wife or the Whore, Ver. 19. See! Sportive it matters not; any fur- fate, to punish aukward ther than that the latter is pride,] Pride is one of the thought to deserve it beft, greatest mischiefs, as well as appears from her having | as absurdities of our nature ;

A standing sermon, at each year's expence,
That never Coxcomb reach'd Magnificence!

You show us, Rome was glorious, not profuse,
And pompous buildings once were things of Use.
Yet shall (my Lord) your just, your noble rules 25
Fill half the land with Imitating-Fools;
Who random drawings from your sheets shall take,
And of one beauty many blunders make;

VARIATIONS.

After x 22, in the MS.

Must Bishops, Lawyers, Statesmen, have the skill
To build, to plant, judge paintings, what you will?
Then why not Kent as well our treaties draw,
Bridgman explain the Gospel, Gibbs the Law?

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and therefore, as appears fate or fortune to bring both from prophane and sa-him into the public concred History, has ever been tempt and ridicule, which the more peculiar object of his native badness of heart divine vengeance. But auk. so well deserves. ward Pride intimates such Ver. 23. The Earl of abilities in its owner, as Burlington was then pubeases us of the apprehenfion lishing the Designs of Inigo of much mischief from it ; Jones, and the Antiquities so that the poet fupposes of Rome by Palladio. P. such a one secure from the Ver. 28. And of one ferious resentment of Hea- beauty many blunders make;] ven, though it may permit Because the road to Tafte,

Load fome vain Church with old Theatric state,
Turn Arcs of triumph to a Garden-gate; 30
Reverse your' Ornaments, and hang them all
On some patch'd dog-hole ek'd with ends of wall;
Then clap four slices of Pilaster on't,
That, lac'd with bits of rustic, makes a Front.
Shall call the winds thro' long Arcades to roar, 35
Proud to catch cold at a Venetian door ;
Conscious they act a true Palladian part,
And if they starve, they starve by rules of art.

Oft have you hinted to your brother Peer,
A certain truth, which many buy too dear : 40
Something there is more needful than Expence,
And something previous ev'n to Tafte—'tis Sense:
Good Sense, which only is the gift of Heav'n,
And tho' no Science, fairly worth the seven:

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like that to Truth, is but at the entrance of the anone ; and those to Error and tient Gardens of Rome: But Absurdity a thousand. they don't confider, that

VER. 30. Turn Arcs of those were public Gardens, triumph to a Garden-gate ;] given to the people by some This absurdity seems to have great man after a triumph; arisen from an injudicious to which, therefore, Arcs imitation of what these Buils of this kind were very suitders might have heard of, I able ornaments.

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A Light, which in yourself you must perceive; 45
Jones and Le Nôtre have it not to give.

To build, to plant, whatever you intend,
To rear the Column, or the Arch to bend,
To fwell the Terras, or to fink the Grot;
In all, let Nature never be forgot.
But treat the Goddess like a modest fair,
Nor over-dress, nor leave her wholly bare;
Let not each beauty ev'ry where be spy'd,
Where half the skill is decently to hide.
He gains all points, who pleasingly confounds, 55
Surprizes, varies, and conceals the Bounds.

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VER. 46. Inigo Jones, of a modeft fair ; and you the celebrated Architect, begin to hate and nauseate and M. Le Nôtre, the de- her as a proftitute. Agner of the best Gardens VER. 54. Where half the of France. P.

skill is decently to hide.] If VER. 53. Let not each the poet was right in combeauty ev'ry where be spy’d,] paring the true dress of Nor For when the same beauty ture to that of a modeft fair, obtrudes itself upon you o- it is a plain consequence, ver and over; when it meets that one half of the deyou full at whatever place figner's art must be, decentyou stop, or to whateverly to bide; as the other half point you turn, then Na- is, gracefully to discover. ture loses her proper charms

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