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Dum vulsos montes ceu tela reciproca torquent,

Et non mortali desuper igne pluunt :...
Stat dubius cui se parti concedat Olympus,

Et metuit pugnæ non superesse suæ.
At fimul in cælis Messiæ insignia fulgent,
Et currus

es, armaque digna Deo, Horrendumque rotæ ftrident, et fæva rotarum

Erumpunt torvis fulgura luminibus,
Et fiammæ vibrant, & vera tonitrua rauco

Admistis flammis insonuere polo :
Excidit attonitis mens omnis, & impetus omnis,

Et cassis dextris irrita tela cadunt;
Ad pænas fugiunt, & ceu foret Orcus asylum,

Infernis certant condere le tenebris.
Cedite Romani Scriptores, cedite Graii,
Et
quos

fama recens vel celebravit anus. Hæc quicunque leget tantùm ceciniffe putabit Mæonidem ranas, Virgilium culices.

SAMUEL BARROW, M. D.

ON PARADISE LOS T.
WHEN I beheld the Poet blind, yet bold,

,
In slender book his vast design unfold,
Messiah crown'd, God's reconcil'd decree,
Rebelling Angels, the forbidden tree,
Heaven, Hell, Earth, Chaos, all; the argument
Held me a while misdoubting his intent,
That he would ruin (for I saw him strong)
The sacred truths to fable and old song,
(So Sampfon grop'd the temple's posts in spite)
The world o'erwhelming to revenge his fight.

Yec

Yet as I read, 'till growing less severe,
I lik'd his project, the success did fear;
Through that wide field how he his way should find,
O'er which lame faith leads understanding blind;
Left he perplex'd the things he would explain,
And what was 'eafy he should render vain.

Or if a work so infinite he spann'd,
Jealous I was that some less skilful hand
(Such as disquiet always what is well,
And by ill imitating would excel)
Might hence presúme the whole creation's day
To change in scenes, and show it in a play.

Pardon me, mighty Poet; nor despise
My causeless, yet not impious, surmise.
But I am now convinc'd, and none will dare
Within thy labours to pretend a share.
Thou hast not miss d one thought that could be fit,
And all that was improper doft omit:
So that no room is here for writers left,
But to detect their ignorance or theft.

That majesty which through thy work doth reign,"
Draws the devout, deterring the profane.
And things divine thou treat'st of in such state
As them preserves, and thee, inviolate.
At once delight and horror on us seize,
Thou sing it with so much gravity and ease;
And above human flight dost foar aloft
With plume so strong, so equal, and so soft.
The bird nam'd from that Paradise you fing
So never flags, but always keeps on wing.

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MIL TO N.

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TOR C. BATHURST, J. BUCKLAND, W. STRAHAN, J. RIVING-
TON AND SONS, T.DAVIES, T.PAYNE, L. DAVIS, W. OWEN,
B. WHITE, S. CROWDER, T. CASLON, T. LONGMAN,
B. LAW, E. AND C DILLY, J. DODSLEY, H. BALDWIN,
J. WILKIE, J. ROBSON, J. JOHNSON, T, LOWNDES,
T.BECKET, G. BOBINSON, T.CADELL, W. DAVIS,
J. NICHOLS, F. NE W B ERY, T. EVANS, J. RID-
LEY, R BALDWIN, G. NICOL, LEIGH AND
SOTHEBY, J. BEW, N. CONANT,
J. MURRAY, W. FOX, J. BOWEN.

MDCCLXXIX.

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