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excite this generous pity in the greatest minds, may pass for some kind of success in this way of writing. I am sensible of the presumption I am guilty of by this hope, and how much it is that I pretend to in your Grace's approbation; if it be my good fortune to meet with any little share of it, I shall always look upon it as much more to me than the general applause of the theatre, or even the praise of a good critick. Your Grace's name is the best protection this play can hope for; since the world, ill-natured as it is, agrees in an universal respect and deference for your Grace's person and character. In so censorious an age as this is, where malice furnishes out all the public conversations, where cvery body pulls and is pulled to pieces of course, and where there is hardly such a thing as being merry, but at another's expence; yet by a public and uncommon justice to the Dutchess of Ormond, her name has never been mentioned, but as it ought, though she has beauty enough to provoke detraction from the sairest of her own sex, and virtue enough to make the loose and dissolute of the other (a very formidable party) her enemies, Instead of this, they agree to say nothing of her but what she de
That her spirit is worthy of her birih; her sweetness, of the love and respect of all the world, her piety, of her religion; her service, of her royal mistress; and her beauty and truth, of her lord; that, in short, every part of her character is just, and that
she is the best reward for one of the greatest heroes this age has produced. This, Madam, is what you must allow people every where to say ; those whom you
shall leave behind you in England will have something further to add, the loss we shall suffer by your Grace's journey to Ireland; the Queen's pleasure, and the impatient wishes of that nation, are about to deprive us of our public ornaments. But there is no arguing against reasons so prevalent as these. Those who shall lament your Grace's absence, will yet acquiesce in the wisdom and justice of her Majesty's choice : among all whose royal favours, none could be so agreeable, upon a thousand accounts, to that people, as the Duke of Ormond. With what joy, what acclamations shall they meet a Governor, who, beside their former obligations to his family, has so lately ventured his life and fortune for their preservation! What duty, what submission shall they not pay to that authority which the Queen has delegated to a person so dear to them? And quith what honour, what respect, shall they receive your Grace, when they look upon you as the noblest and best pattern her Majesty could send them, of her own myal goodness, and personal virtues? They shall behold your Grace with the same pleasure the Englislı shall take, whenever it shall be their good fortune lo see you return again to you rnative country. In England, your Grace is become a public concern; and as
your going away will be attended with a general sora row, so your return shall give as general a joy ; and to none of those many, more than to,
NOTE._This Dedication is a model of servility in addressing
the Great.-One further observation may be made; through two pages whereever shall recurs, he ought to have written will.
Nicholas Rowe was the son of John Rowe, Esq, Serjeant at Law--- A place called Little Berkford in Bedfordshire had the honour of the birth of this Poet in the year 1673.---A private seminary at Highgate gave him the rudiments of learning, and, that he might be perfect as a classic, he was sent to Westminster, under Busby.
His father, designing him for his own profession, entered him at 16 years
age a Student of the Middle Temple, but he was destined to rise alone in the Temple of the Muses-He had some law there is no doubt, but he had more poetry.
Business of a graver nature, however, he at a distant period accepted-he was Under-Secretary to the Duke of Queensberry, when that Nobleman was Secretary of State.
Under the reign of George I. he united two emoluments not often combined, for he became
Poet Laureat and Land-Surveyor of the Customs -He was, further, Clerk of the Prince's Council, &c. but death frustrated the honours of Office, Dec. 6, 1718, in the 45th year of his age.
He sought the public approbation by various channels-He edited SHAKSPER E-he translated LUCAN, and he composed the following PLAYS. Ambitious Step-Mother 1700 Ulysses
1706 Tamerlane 1702 Royal Convert
1708 Fair Penitent 1703 Jane Shore
1713 Biter 1705 Jane Gray