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Disease, and Sorrow's weeping train,
In climes † beyond the Solar Road, $
60 In loose numbers, wildly sweet,
+ Or seen the morning's well-appointed star, Come marching up the eastern hills afar.
Coreley. # Extensive influence of poetic genius over the remotest and moft uncivilized nations; it's connection with liberty, and the virtues that naturally attend on it. (See the Frfe, Norwegian, and Welíh Fragments, the Lapland ar? Imerican Songs, &c.)
$ Extra anni folisque vias. Virgil.
Petrarch, Canz. 26
Their feather-cinctur'd chiefs and dusky loves.
64 Th' unconquerable mind and freedom's holy flame.
Woods that wave o'er Delphi’s steep, !|
70 How do
tuneful echoes languish,
|| Progress of poetry from Greece to Italy, and from Italy to England. Chaucer was not unacquainted with the writings of Dante or of Petrarch. I'he Earl of Surrey and Sir Thomas Wyatt had travelled in Italy, and formed their taste there : Spencer imitated the Italian writers, Milton improved on them: but this school expired foon after the Restoration, and a new one arose, on the French model, which has fubfifted ever since,
Far from the sun and fummer gale,
the sacred source of sympathetic Tears.
Nor second he f that rode sublime
95 Upon the feraph-wings of Ecftacy, The secrets of th' abyss to spy, He pass’d the flaming bounds of place and time:S The living throne, the fapphire-blaze, || Where angels tremble while they gaze,
IOO He saw, but, blafted with excess of light, Clos'd his eyes in endless night. Behold where Dryden's less presumptuous car Wide o'er the fields of glory bear
+ Shakespeare. # Milton. $ -fiammantia monia mundi. Lucretius. l For the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. And above the firmament, that was over their heads, was the lik ness of a throne, as the appearance of a fapphire stone. This was the appearance of the glory of the Lord.
Ezekiel i. 20, 26, 28.
Two coursers of ethereal race, t
[ing pace. With necks in thunder cloth'd † and long-resound
Hark! his hands the lyre explore !
would run Such forms as glitter in the Muse's ray
+ Meant to express the stately march and sounding energy of Dryden's rhymes.
# Haft thou clothed his neck with thunder ? Job. Ś Words that weep and tears that speak. Cowley.
|| We have had in our language no other odes of the fublime kind than that of Dryden on St. Ceci. lia’s day; for Cowley, who had his merit, yet wanted judgment, siyle, and harmony, for such a task. That of Pope is not worthy of so great a man. Mr. Mafon, indeed, of late days, has touched the true chords, and, with a masterly hand, in fome of his chorusles -above all, in the last of Caracłacus;
Hark! heard ye not yon' footstep dread? &c. 9 Pindar compares himself to that bird, and his enemies to ravens that croak and clamour in vain below, while it pursues it's fight regardless of their noifc.
With orient hues, unborrow'd of the sun;
ADVERTISEMENT. The following Ode is founded on a Tradition cur
rent in Wales, that Edward I. when he completed the Conquest of that Country, ordered all the Bards that fell into his Hands to be put to Death.
RUIN seize thee, ruthless King !
Confusion on thy banners wait ; • Tho' fann'd by Conquest's crimson wing, 'They mock the air with idle state. * 'Helm nor hauberk'st twisted mail, Nor e'en thy virtues, tyrant ! shall avail • To save thy fecret foul from nightly fears; 'From Cambria's curse, from Cambria's tears!' Such were the sounds that o'er the crested pride # Of the first Edward scatter'd wild dismay,
Mocking the air with colours idly spread.
Shikesp. King John. + The hauberk was a texture of steel ringlets or rings interwoven, forming a coat of mail that fat close to the body, and adapted itself to every motion. * The crefied adder's pride. Dryden's Indian Queen,