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penderis, necesse est ut Oden hanc meam admiranda planè varietate constare fatearis. Subito ad Batavos proficiscor, lauro ab illis donandus. Prius vero Pem brochienses voco ad certamen Poeticum. Vale. Illuftriffima tua deosculor crura.
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F Mr. RICHARD DUKE I can find few
memorials. He was bred at Westminster and Cambridge *; and Jacob relates, that he was some time tutor to the duke of Richmond.
He appears from his writings to have been not ill qualified for poetical compositions; and being conscious of his powers, when he left the university he enlisted himself among the wits. He was the familiar friend of Otway; and was engaged, among other popular names, in the translations of Ovid and Juvenal. In his Review, though unfinished, are some vigorous lines. His poems are not below mediocrity; nor have I found much in them to be praised .
* He went to Trinity College, and took his Master's Degree in 1682.
+ They make part of a volume published by Tonfon in 8vo. 1717, containing the poems of the earl of Roscommon, and the duke of Buckingham's essay on poetry, but were first published in Dryden's miscellany, as were most if not all of the poems in that collection.
With the Wit he seems to have shared the diffoluteness of the times : for some of his compositions are such as he must have reviewed with deteftation in his later days, when he published those Sermons which Felton has commended.
Perhaps, like some other foolish young men, he rather talked than lived viciously, in an age when he that would be thought a Wit was afraid to say his prayers; and whatever might have been bad in the first part of his life, was surely condemned and reformed by his better judgment.
In 1683, being then master of arts, and fellow of Trinity College in Cambridge, he wrote a poem on the inarriage of the Lady Anne with George Prince of Denmark.
He took orders; and being made prebendary of Gloucester, became a proctor in convocation for that church, and chaplain to Queen Anne.
In 1710, he was presented by the bishop of Winchester to the wealthy living of Witney in Oxfordfhire, which he enjoyed but a few months. On Fe. bruary 10, 1710-11, having returned from an entertainment, he was found dead the next morning. His death is mentioned in Swift's Journal.
END OF THE SECOND VOLUME.