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ee the wild Waste of all-devouring years! How Rome her own sad Sepulchre appears! With nodding arches, broken temples spread! The very Tombs now vanish’d like their dead! Imperial not es.
THIS was originally written in the year 1715, when Mr. Addison intended to publish his book of Medals; it was some time before he was Secretary of State; but not published till Mr. Tickel’s Edition of his works: at which time the verses on Mr. Craggs, which conclude the poem, were added, viz. in 1720. P.
Imperial wonders rais'd on Nations spoil'd, 5 Where mix’d with Slaves the groaning Martyr toil’d:
* How ill the forms, and ceremonies, and compliments of modern good-breeding would bear to be exactly represented; see Characteristics, vol. i. p. 209. - - del