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Till the fad Nine, in Greece's evil hour,
They fought, oh Albion! next thy fea-encircled coaft.
Far from the fun and fummer-gale,
In thy green lap was Nature's darling laid,
What time, where lucid Avon ftray'd,
To him the mighty mother did unveil
Thine too thefe golden keys, immortal boy!
Of Horror that, and thrilling Fears,
Or ope the facred fource of fympathetic Tears.
Nor fecond he †, that rode fublime
Upon the feraph-wings of Extafy,
The fecrets of th' abyfs to spy.
He pafs'd the flaming bounds of Place and Time:
Aammantia moenia mundi." LUCRETIUS.
The living throne, the fapphire-blaze, Where Angels tremble, while they gaze,
He faw; but, blasted with excess of light,
Behold, where Dryden's lefs presumptuous car,
Two courfers of ethereal racę,
§ With necks in thunder cloath'd, and long-resound
Hark, his hands the lyre explore! Bright-ey'd, Fancy hovering o'er Scatters from her pictur'd urn
Thoughts, that breathe, and words, that burn. ** But ah ! 'tis heard no more→→→
For the fpirit of the living creature was in the wheels-And above the firmament, that was over their heads, was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a fapphire-ftone.-This was the appearance of the glory of the Lord. Ezekiel i. 20, 26, 28.
† Οφθαλμῶν μὲν ἄμερσε· δίδυ δ ̓ ἡδεῖαν ἀοιδήν. Hon.OD. Meant to exprefs the stately march and founding energy of Dryden's rhymes.
§ Haft thou cloathed his neck with thunder? Job.
Words, that weep, and tears, that fpeak. Cowley. ** We have had, in our language, no other odes of the fublime kind, than that of Dryden on St. Cecilia'sday: for Cowley (who had his merit) yet wanted judgement, style, and harmony, for fuch a task. That of Pope is not worthy of fo great a man. Mr. Mafon, indeed, of late days, has touched the true chords, and with a masterly hand, in fome of his Chorufes-above all, in the laft of Caractacus,
Hark! heard ye not yon footstep dread? &c.
Oh lyre divine, what daring fpirit
Yet oft before his infant eyes would run
Beneath the good how far but far above the great.
•Aids πpos oprixa delov. Olymp. 2. Pindar compares himself to that bird, and his enemies to ravens that croak and clamour in vain below, while it purfues its flight, regardless of their noife.
A R D.
A PINDARICO DE.
THE following Ode is founded on a tradition current in Wales, that Edward the Firft, when he compleated the conqueft of that country, ordered all the Bards, that fell into his hands, to be put to death.
UIN feize thee, ruthless king!
R Confufion on thy banners wait,
Though, fann'd by Conqueft's crimson wing,
• * They mock the air with idle state.
Nor e'en thy virtues, tyrant, fhall avail
Mocking the air with colours idly spread.
Shakespeare's King John.. + The hauberk was a texture of fteel ringlets, or rings interwoven, forming a coat of mail, that fat clofe to the body, and adapted itself to every motion.
Such were the founds, that o'er the * crefted pride
As down the steep of
Snowdon's shaggy side
He wound-with toilsome march his long array.
Stout Glo'fter stood aghaft in speechlefs trance:
To arms cried § Mortimer, and couch'd his quivering
On a rock, whofe haughty brow Frowns o'er old Conway's foaming flood, Rob'd in the fable garb of woe,
With haggard eyes the Poet flood; (|| Loose his beard, and hoary hair
** Stream'd, like a meteor, to the troubled air)
-The crefted adder's pride. Dryden's Indian Queen. + Snowdon was a name given by the Saxons to that mountainous tract, which the Welth themselves call Craigian-eryri: it included all the highlands of Caernarvonshire and Merionethfhire, as far east as the river Conway. R. Hygden, fpeaking of the caftle of Conway, built by King Edward the firft, fays, "ortum amnis Conway ad clivum montis Erery;" and Matthew of Westminster, (ad ann. 1283,) “ Apud "Aberconway ad pedes montis Snowdonia fecit erigi caftrum forte."
Gilbert de Clare, furnamed the Red, Earl of Gloucester and Hertford, fon-in-law to King Edward. § Edmond de Mortimer, Lord of Wigmore. They both were Lords-Marchers, whofe lands lay on the borders of Wales, and probably accompanied the king in this expedition.
The image was taken from a well-known picture of Raphaël, reprefenting the Supreme Being in the vifion of Ezekiel there are two of thefe paintings (both believed original,) one at Florence, the other at Paris-j ** ́Shone, like a meteor, ftreaming to the wind.
Milton's Paradife Loft.