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Is this my 'guide, philosopher, and friend?
Rich 'even when plunder'd, 'honour'd while oppress'd;
Loved without youth, and follow'd without power; At home, though exiled; 'free, though in the Tower; In short, that reasoning, high, immortal thing, 185 Just less than Jove, and much above a king; Nay, half in heaven-except (what's mighty odd) A fit of vapours clouds this demi-god.
THIS piece is the most finished of all his Imitations, and executed in the high manner the Italian painters call con amore. By which they mean, the exertion of that principle, which puts the faculties on the stretch, and produces the supreme degree of ercellence. For the Poet had all the warmth of affection for the great Lawyer to whom it is addressed: and, indeed, no man ever more deserved to have a Poet for his friend. In the obtaining of which, as neither vanity, party, nor fear had any share, (which gave birth to the attachments of many of his noble acquaintance,) so he supported his title to it by all the good offices of a generous and true friendship. Warburton.