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So to a man, when once, a crown he wears,
The coronation-day 's more than a thousand years.1
He would have gone on, I perceived, in his blasphemies, but that by God's grace I became so bold as thus to interrupt him :. " I understand now perfectly (which I guessed at long before) what kind of angel and protector you are; and, though your style in verse be very much mended * since you were wont to deliver oracles, yet your doctrine is much worse than ever you had formerly (that I heard of) the face to publish; whether vour long practice with mankind has increased and improved your malice, or whether you think us in this age to be grown so impudently wicked, that there needs no more art or disguises to draw us to your party."
"My dominion (said he hastily, and with a dreadful furious look) is so great in this world, and I am so powerful a monarch of it, that I need not be ashamed that you should know me; and that you may see l know you too, I know you to be an obstinate and inveterate malignant; and for that reason I shall take you along with me to the next garrison of ours; from whence you shall go to the Tower, and from thence to the court of justice, and from
* This compliment W2S intended, not so much to the foregoing as to the following verses; of which the author had reason, to be proud, but, as being delivered.in his own person, could not. so properly make the pancgyrick. Hurd.
thence you know whither." I was almost in the very pounces of the great bird of prey:
When, lo, ere the last words were fully spoke,
Or were, could not, alas! by me be known,
Such rage inflames the wolf's wild heart and eyes
Page 100. Across his breast an azure ruban went. I observed, that the plan of this discourse was poetical; and the conclusion is according to rule—
"Nee Dcus intersit, nisi dignus vindice nodus
But, to take the full beauty of the contrivance, we are to reflect, that the tutelar genius of England is here introduced, not merely to unravel the intricacy of the scene, but to form a striking contrast to the foul fiend, who had usurped his place; and still further, to disgrace the usurper, by a portrait of the rightful heir to the British crown, presented to us under an angelic form, and in all the force and beauty of poetic colouring. Hurd.
IN VERSE AND PROSE*.
* In these discourses (as in every thing, indeedr.whieh Mr. Cowley wrote in prose) we have a great deal of good sense, embellished by a lively, but very natural expression. The sentiments flow from the heart, and generally in a vein of pure and proper English.—What a force must he have put on himself, when he complied with the false taste of his age, in his poetical, which he too modestly thought his best
works? But the pieces of poetry, inserted in these Essays,
whether originals or translations, are, with all their seeming negligence of style and numbers, extremely elegant. The prevailing character of them is that of the author, a sensible reflecting melancholy. On occasion, however, this character gives way to another, not so natural to him, yet sustained with equal grace, that of an unforced gaiety; which breaks out, every where, in many delicate sallies of wit and humour, but is most conspicuous in his imitations of Horace.