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E. SMITH.

* Pro Flacco, animo paulo attentiore, fcripfiffem Marone.

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DU KE. among the wits. He was the familiar friend of Otway, and was engaged, among

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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 compofitions ; and being conscious of his powers, when he left the university he enlisted himself

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popular names, in the translations of Ovid and Juvenal. In his Review, though un

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finished, are some vigorous lines. His poems are not below mediocrity ; nor have I found much in them to be praised.

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 detestation 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

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 marriage of the Lady Anne with George Přince of Denmark.

He took orders; and being made prebendary of Gloucester, became a proctor in Vol. II.

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1710, he was presented by the bishop of Winchester to the wealthy living of Witney in Oxfordshire, which he enjoyed but a few months. On February 10, 1710-11, having seturned from an entertainment, he was found dead the next morning. His death is mentioned in Swift's Journal,

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ILLIAM KING was born in London in 1663 ;

the son of Ezekiel King, a gentleman. He was allied to the family of Clarendon.

From Westminster-school, where he was a scholar on the foundation under the care of Dr. Busby, he was at eighteen elected to Christ-church, in 1681 ; where he is said to have prosecuted his studies with so much intenseness and activity, that, before he was eight years standing, he had read over, and made remarks upon, twenty-two thousand odd hundred books and manuscripts. The

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