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attention-Florence, indeed, only to be la mented on the account of losing its liberty under those patrons of letters, the Medicean family; the jealous Pisa, juftly fo called in refpect to its long impatience and regret under the fame yoke ; and the small Marino, which however unrefpectable with regard to power or extent of territory, has, at least, this diftinction to boast, that it has preserved its liberty longer than any other state ancient or modern, having, without any revolution, retained its present mode of government near 1400 years. Moreover the patron faint who founded it, and from whom it takes its name, deserves this poetical record, as he is, perhaps, the only faint that ever contributed to the esta. blishment of freedom.
Nor e'er her former pride relate,
In these lines the poet alludes to those ravages in the state of Genoa, occasioned by the unhappy divisions of the Guelphs and Gibelines.
When the favour'd of thy choice,
For an account of the celebrated event referred to in these verses, see Voltaire's Epistle to the King of Pruffia.
Those whom the rod of Alva bruis'd,
The Flemings were so dreadfully opprefsed by this sanguinary general of Philip the second, that they offered their sovereignty to Elizabeth, but, happily for her subjects, she had policy and magnanimity enough to refuse it. Deformeaux, in his Abrége Chronologique de l'Histoire d'Espagne, thus describes the sufferings
of the Flemings. " Le Duc d'Albe achevoit de réduire les Flamands au désespoir. Aprés avoir inondé les echafauts du fang le plus noble et le plus précieux, il fasoit construire des citadelles en divers endroits, et vouloit établir l'Alcavala, ce tribute onéreux qui avoit été longtems en usage parmi les Espagnols." Abreg. Chron. Tom. IV.
Mona is properly the Roman name of the Isle of Anglesey, anciently so famous for its Druids ; but sometimes, as in this place, it is given to the Ifle of Man. Both those Ines still retain much of the genius of superstition, and are now the only places where there is the least chance of finding a faery.
this ode is conceived, seems as well calculated for tender and plaintive subjects, as for those where strength or rapidity is required - This, perhaps, is owing to the repetition of the strain in the same stanza; for sorrow rejects variety, and affects an unifor, mity of complaint. It is needless to observe that this ode is replete with harmony, fpirit, and pathos; and there, surely, appears no reason why the seventh and eighth stanzas should be omitted in that copy printed in Dodsley's collection of poems.
ODE TO EVENING.
HE blank ode has for some time rolin
cited admiffion into the English poetry ; but its efforts, hitherto, seem to have been vain, at least its reception has been no more than partial. It remains a question, then, whether there is not something in the nature of blank verse less adapted to the lyric than to the heroic measure, since, though it has been generally received in the latter, it is yet unadopted in the former. In order to discover this, we are to consider the different modes of these different species of poetry. That of the heroic is uniform ; that of the lyric is various ; and in these circumstances of uniformity and variety, probably, lies the cause why blank verse has been successful in the one, and unacceptable in the other. While it presented itself