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So close they follow, such wild order keep,
No pains she suffered, nor expired with noise ;
And treated like a long familiar guest.
Even on that day, in all her trim prepared,
Or counselled her to dress the nuptial room,
Or like the fiery car on the third errand sent.t
340 to her soul. Where thou art all intelligence, all eye,
If looking up to God, or down to us,
355 * The word courtier in this line was changed into courier by Broughton, who has been followed by all succeeding editors. In a note in the Wartons' edition courtier is treated as necessarily a misprint. Courtier is probably right. In Dryden's Prologue to the Duke of York, he speaks of “Heaven's Whitehall," and of the courtiers assembled there (p. 138). A courtier from Heaven is as probable as a courier from thence.
+ This is an obscure line. It probably refers to Elijah's ascension, on the appearance of "a chariot of fire and horses of fire," which parted him and Elisha, “and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven" (2 Kings ii. 11). In this case the two previous descents of fire from heaven at Elijah's call to consumę Ahaziah's messengers probably explain Dryden's expression, "third errand."
Epipho360 nema, or
close of the poem.
Or else divide the grief; for such thou wert,
Let this suffice: nor thou, great saint, refuse
Be what, and where thou art : to wish thy place
* This is an interesting reference to Dryden's own circumstances in the end of the year 1691, after he had lost his offices of Poet-Laureat and Historiographer Royal, and when there was no hope for him of regaining Court patronage. Lord Dorset's private munificence had probably compensated him for the loss of his salaries. There may have been some intention of defiance in this passage. He received a very handsome reward for this poem, and he was now certainly compelled to labour for profit.
ON THE DEATH OF MR. PURCELL.*
MARK how the lark and linnet sing :
With rival notes
To welcome in the spring.
But in the close of night,
They cease their mutual spite,
Drink in her music with delight,
So ceased the rival crew, when Purcell came;
The godlike man,
As he too late began.
Had he been there,
Their sovereign's fear
Had sent him back before.
And left no Hell below.
They handed him along,
Nor know to mend their choice.
* Henry Purcell, the celebrated musician, died in 1695, at the early age of thirty-seven He had set to music several of the songs of Dryden's plays. "This funereal ode of Dryden was set to music by Dr. Blow. The text has here been corrected from the original publication with Dr. Blow's music. Line 9 has been restored ; in all modern editions it is printed,
“And listening silently obey." Line 13 has been always printed with the words "the godlike man" after "admired," the same words occurring in the next line. The words are struck out with a pen in the copy in the British Museum ; and as "admired" is clearly wanted to rhyme with "retired,” the addition was probably a printer's mistake.
ON THE MONUMENT OF A FAIR MAIDEN LADY,*
WHO DIED AT BATH AND IS THERE INTERRED.
Below this marble monument is laid
* This lady was Mrs. (Miss) Mary Frampton, who was buried in the Abbey Church at Bath. Dryden's lines are on her monument, with the following inscription :-" Here lies the body of Mary, third daughter of Richard Frampton, of Moreton in Dorsetshire, esquire ; and of Jane his wife, sole daughter of Sir Francis Cottington of Founthill in Wilts, who was born January 1, 1676, and died, after seven weeks' illness, on the 6th of September, 1698. This monument was erected by Catharine Frampton, her second sister and executrix, in testimony of her grief, affection, and gratitude." Some errors have crept into this poem in successive editions, which are here corrected: in line 6, with had become of; in line 18, thoughts, thought; in line 28, that, as; and in line 29, seemed, was. All the errors are to be found in Scott's edition. Mr. Holt White collated Derrick's text with the inscription at Bath. The poem is printed quite correctly in the “Annual Register" for 1761.
ON THE DEATH OF AMYNTAS.
A PASTORAL ELEGY.*
'Twas on a joyless and a gloomy morn,
* Nothing appears to be known of the history of this poem, to whom it refers, or when it was composed. It was published after Dryden's death in the fifth volume of " Miscellany Poems," in 1704