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well did not write nonsense. Many of his comedies have fine strokes of humor, and abound in original characters, strongly marked and well sustained. He had an uncommon quickness of writing. The Earl of Rochester, who has observed that
“ None seem to touch upon true comedy
But hasty Shadwell and slow Wicherley," had still a better opinion of his conversation than of his writings; for he said, “ tliat if he had burnt all he wrote, and printed all he spoke, he would have had more wit and humor than any other poet." a great favorite with Otway, who shared with him in the contempt of Dryden. He died Dec. 9, 1692 ; and a white marble monument, with his bust, was placed in Westminster Abbey by his son, Sir John Shadwell, physician to King George II. He wrote 17 plays, which need not be here enumerated; and was author of several small poems; the chief of which are, 1. the Ode here printed; 2. A congratulatory Poein on the Prince of Orange's coming to England; 3. another on Queen Mary; and 4. a translation of the tenth Satire of Juvenal.
P. 12. The Author of this Ode was son of Major Nicholas Brady (an officer of the king's army in the rebellion of 1641,) and of Martha daughter of Luke Gernon (a judge of singular meekness and probity). He was born at Bandon in the county of Cork, Oct, 28, 1659, and
educated at St. Finberry's, in that county, under Dr. Tindall, till he was twelve years of age, when he was removed to Westminster school, where he was chosen king's scholar, and ther.ce elected student of Christ Church, Oxford. Dr. Busby had always a particular regard for him; and at both those elections he was first and captain among all the candidates : after continuing at Oxford about four years, he went to Dublin, where his father resided ; at which university he immediately commenced B.A. and the following year M.A. When of due standing, the diploma for the degree of D.D. was, upon account of his uncommon merit, presented to himn from that University while he was in England, and brought over by Dr. Pratt, then senior travelling-fellow, and afterwards provost of that college.
His first preferment in the church was to a prebend, in the cathedral of St. Bury's in the city of Cork, and to the parish of Kinaglarchy, in the county of Cork; to which he was collated by Bishop Wettenhall, to whom he was domestic chaplain. He was a zealous promoter of the Revolution, and an eminent sufferer for it.
In 1690, when the troubles broke out in Ireland, by his interest with Gen. Mac Carty, Dr. Brady thrice prevented the burning of Bandon town, after three several orders from King James to destroy it. The same year, having been deputed by the people of Bandon, he went over to England, tu petition the parliament for a redress of some grievances they had suffered. During his stay there, and to the time of his death, he was in the highest esteem among all ranks of persons in that kingdom, for his eminent attachment to the true in. terest of his country.
June 29, 1690 he married Laetitia, daughter of Dr. Synge, archdeacon of Cork, and a near relation of the bishop of that name. By this lady he had four sons and four daughters. Having quitted his preferments in Ireland, he settled in London, where he became noted for his abilities in the pulpit, and was elected minister of St. Catharine Creechurch, in 1691, and lecturer of St. Michael, Wood-street. He soon after, in conjunction with Mr. Tate, undertook a new version of the Psalms, which have since (though Brady's share of it incurred the ridicule of Swift in his “ Remarks on Gibbs,”) been adopted in a considerable number of our parish-churches. Whilst he was engaged in this undertaking, he retired to Richmond in Surrey ; and, in consequence of the high esteem entertained for him by the gentlemen of that village, was invited to accept the office of their minister. The vi. carage of Stratford upon Avon was presented to him by the great Earl of Dorset ; and the rectory of Clapham in Surrey by Dame Rebekah Atkins, relist of Sir Richard Atkins, bart. This rectory he held, with Richmond, till his death. He was also chaplain to the duke of Ormond's troop of horse-guards, as he was to King William and Queen Mary, and afterwards to
Queen Anne. The whole of his preferments, which were in very pleasant and eligible situations, amounted to six hundred pounds 1-year.
His qualifications, it is said, would have raised him to some of the greatest dignities in the church, if the singular humanity and benevolence of his disposition would have suffered him to have run in with the vehemence of either prevailing party, or had he not settled in a country where he was regarded as a foreigner.
Dr. Brady wrote a play, called “ The Rape, or The " Innocent Impostors, a Tragedy, acted at Drury“ Lane, 1692," and published in 4to, in that year, with his name. He died March 20, 1926, in the 67th year of his age, leaving behind him the character of being a person of a most obliging, sweet, affable temper, a polite gentleman, an excellent preacher, and a good poet. His publications are, 1. The Version of the Psalms ; 2. The Æneids of Virgil, published by subscription, 2 vols. 8vo. the last of them in 1726. He also published, in his life time, two volumes of Ser. mons, printed at London in 1704 and 1706; to which a third (posthumous) volume was added in 1730.”
ODE VÍII. Page 26. This Ode was set by Dr. Greene, and performed as the act for his degree of Doctor at Cambridge, with singular applause; in testimony of which the Doctor was honored with the professorship of music in that university. Mr. Pope condescended to make
considerable alterations in the poem, to accommodate it to Dr. Greene's purpose, and at his request to insert the third stanza. See Sir John Hawkins's History of Music, vol. v.
Page 65. Having given the celebrated burlesque of Bonnel Thornton upon the Odes in honor of St. Cecilia, that by Mr. Ellis on the exaggerated effects of music may not be improperly added.
Page 73. Dr. Benjamin Hoadly, eldest son of the great bishop of Winchester, was born Feb. 10, 1705-6, and educated at Hackney; whence he went to Benet College, Cambridge. When George the Second visited that university, in the year 1728, his name was included in the list of the Doctors to be created in Physic; but by an accident, he received not his degree until a month after. He was very early appointed physician to his Majesty's household, and besides the celebrated Comedy of the Suspicious Husband, &c. was Author of several pieces in his own profession. He died at his house in Chelsea, in the life-time of his father, August 10, 1757.
Page 105. This truly extraordinary genius, says Mr. Nichols, is supposed to have been born in 1672- (os