« PrécédentContinuer »
For while from sacred truth I do not swerve,
* The famous Tom Brown is pleased to droll on this association of persons ; being a part of the punishment which he says the laureat inflicted on Shadwell for presuming tu dispute bis theatrical infallibility. “ But, gentlemen, when I had thus, in the plenitude of my power, issued ont the above-mentioned decretal epistles, you cannot iinagine what abundance of adversaries I created myself: some were for appealing to a free unbiassed synod of impartial authors; others were for suing out a quo warranty, to examine the validity of my charter. Not to mention those of higher quality, I was immediatly set upon by tae fierce Elkanah, the Empress of Morocco's agent, who at that time commanded a party of Moori-b hurse, in order to raise the siege of Grenada ; and a fat old gouty gentleman, communly called the King of Basan, who had almost devoured the stage with free quarter for his men of wit and humourists. But I countermined all their designs against my crown and person in a moment; for I presently got the one to be dressed up in a sanbenit, under the unsanctified naine of Doeg; the other I coupled myself with his namesake Tom Sternhold. Being thus degraded from their poetical functions, and become incapable of crowning princes, raising ghosts, and offering any inore incense of Aattery to the living and the dead, I delivered them over to the secular arm, to be chastised by the furious dapper-wits of the Sons of Court, and the young critics of the university. Furthermore, to prevent all infection of their errors, I directed my monitory letters to the Sieur Battertun, advising him to keep no correspondence, either directly or indirectly. with those aforesaid apostales from sense and reason; adding, that in case of neglect, I would certainly put the theatre under an interdict, send a troop of dragoons from Drury-Lane to demolish his garrison iu Salisbury-court, and absolve all his subjects, even to the sub-deacons and acolythes of the stage, his trusty door-keepers and candle-lighters, from their oaths of fealty and allegiance." Reasons for Mr Bayes' changing his Religion.
The death of Charles II. was sudden and unexpected. After he had apparently completely subdued the popular party, and was preparing, as has been confidently alleged, a similar conquest over the high-flying followers of the Duke of York, in the midst of his present triumph and future projects, he was, on the morning of the 2d February, 1684-5, seized with a sudden fit, which resembled an apoplexy. He was bled by one King, a chemist, who happened to be in waiting, and experienced a temporary relief. From the 2d till the 6th, he continued in a languishing state, the Duke of York being in constant attendance on his death-bed. On the forenoon of the 6th, Charles died, to the general grief of his subjects, by whom he was personally beloved, and who had reason to fear, that his worst public measures would be followed out with more rigour by his successor,
A numerous host of rhymers stepped forward with their condolences upon
this event. † Among these, we find'few eminent names
+ The following Nænia, among others, occur in Mr Luttrell's Collection : “ A Pindarick Ode, by Sir F. F. Knight of the Bath."
" A Pindarick Ode on the Death of our late Sovereign, with an ancient Prophecy on his present Majesty, by Afra Behn,”
• A Poem, humbly dedicated to the Great Pattern of Piety and Virtue, Catherine, Queen Dowager, on the Death of her dear Lord and Husband, King Charles II. By the Same. (4th April, 1685.)”
“ The Vision, a Pindarick Ode, by Edmund Arwaker, M. A.”
“ The Second Part of Ditto, on the Coronation of James and Mary.” This anthor poured forth a similar effusion upon the death of Queen Mary.
“ A Pindarick Ode on the Death of Charles II., by J. H.”
“ Ireland's Tears to the sacred Memory of our late Dread Sovereign, King Charles II., 11th April, 1685.”
" Pietas universitatis Oxoniensis in obitum augustissimi et desideratissimi Re. gis Caroli Secundi.”.