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IFFERENCE betwixt the Ancients and Mo
derns slightly touched upon; to Ver. 30. Defcription of the dark ages. The Goddess of LIBERTY, who, during these, is supposed to have left earth, returns, attended with Arts and Science; to Ver. 1oo. She first descends on Italy. Sculpture, Painting, and Architecture fix at Rome, to revive their several arts by the great models of antiquity there, which many barbarous invasions had not been able to destroy. The revival of these arts marked out. That sometimes arts may flourish for a while under despotic governments, though never the natural and genuine production of them ; to Ver. 254. Learning begins to dawn. The Muse and Science attend LIBERTY, who, in her progress towards GREAT BRITAIN, raises several free pates and cities. These enumerated ; to Ver. 381. Author's exclamation of joy, upon seeing the British seas and coasts rise in the Vision, which painted whatever the Goddess of LiBERTY faid. She refumnes her narration.
The Genius of the Deep appears, and, addressing LIBERTY, affociates Great Britain into his dominion; to Ver. 451. LIBERTY received and congratulated by BRITANNIA, and the Native Genii or Virtues of the island. These described. Animated by the presence of LIEERTY, they begin their operations. Their beneficent influence con. trafted with the quorks and delusions of opposing Demons ; to Ver. 626. Concludes with an abstract of the English history, marking the several advances of LIBERTY, down to her compleat establishment at the Revolution.
TRUCK with the rising scene, thus I, amaz'd.
“Ah, GODDESS, what a change! Isearth the same?
To this the Power, whose vital radiance calls
“Wait till the morning shines, and from the depth
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(Slow guide, but sure) behold the world anew
Oblivious ages pass’d; while earth, forsook
“ If not, behold! the facred lightning flies :"
70 While she beneath the blasphemous pretence Of pleasing PARENT HEAVEN, the Source of Love! Has wrought more horrors, more detested deeds, Than all the rest combin’d. Led on by her, And wild of head to work her fell designs,.. 75 Came idiot SUPERSTITION; round with ears Innumerous (trow'd, ten thousand monkish forms With legends ply'd them, and with tenets, meant To charm or scare the simple into llaves, And poison reason; gross, She swallows all, The most absurd believing ever most. Broad o'er the whole her universal night, The gloom still doubling, IGNORANCE diffus’d.
Nought to be seen but vigionary monks To councils strolling, and embroiling creeds ; * Banditti Saints, disturbing distant lands; And unknown nations, wandering for a home. All iay revers'd : the sacred arts of rule Turn'd to flagitious leagues against mankind, And arts of plunder more and more avow'd ; 90 * Crusades.