Page:A Catalogue of the Royal and Noble Authors of England, Scotland, and Ireland, Volume 4.djvu/220

This page has been proofread, but needs to be validated.

written by idleness, and published by vanity:” but the same stern critic admits that his lordship’s

“Prologues and Epilogues”

have a just claim to praise; that his

Progress of Beauty

is not deficient in splendour and gaiety; that his

Essay on unnatural Flights in Poetry

is neither inelegant nor injudicious; and that his

British Enchanters

has many passages which are at least pretty, though they do not rise to any high degree of excellence.

His lordship’s dramatic pieces were six in number; the titles of which and dates of publication may be seen in Biog. Dramatica, vol. i. p. 196. The following will serve to denote his poetic style:

  1. Myra was Mrs. Frances Brudenell, daughter of lord B., first married to the earl of Newburgh, in Scotland; and secondly to lord Bellew, an Irish peer. Dr. King, of Oxford, who bad some dispute with her concerning property in Ireland, wrote a severe poem entitled “The Toast,” of which this lady is the heroine. See Malone’s Dryden, vol. i. part ii. p. 114. Dr. Anderson thinks it probable that most of the verses addressed to Myra, however disguised by their application, were originally designed for Mary d’Esté of Modena, whose charms had fascinated him at college. In this case Myra will become a poetic anagram.