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Thou mak'st the beauties of the Romans known,
of riches not her own :
Now Ovid boasts th' advantage of thy fung,
O may'st thou still the noble tale prolong, Nor age, nor sickness interrupt thy song : Then may we wondering read, how human limbs Have water'd kingdoms, and dissolv'd in streams, Of those rich fruits that on the fertile mould Turn’d yellow by degrees, and ripen d into gold : How some in feathers, or a ragged hide, Have liv'd a second life, and different natures try'd. Then will thy Ovid, thus transform’d, reveal A nobler change than he himself can tell. Mag. Coll. Oxon. June 2, 1693.
From Mr. ADDISON'S Account of the
ENGLISH POET S.
UT see where artfui Dryden next appears,
Grown old in rhyme, but charming ev’n in years. Great Dryden next! whose tuneful muse affords The sweetest numbers and the fitteit words. Whether in comic founds, or tragic airs, She forms her voice, the moves our smiles and tears. If fatire or heroic strains the writes, Her hero pleases, and her fatire bites. From her no harsh, unartful numbers fall, She wears all dresses, and she charins in all : How might we fear our English poetry, That long has flourish’d, should decay in thee; Did not the Muses' other hope appear, Harmonious Congreve, and forbid our fear! Congreve ! whose fancy's unexhausted store Has given already much, and promis’d more. Congreve shall still preserve thy fame alive, And Dryden's inuse shall in his friend survive,
On ALEXANDER'S FEAST: Or, The
Power of Musick. An ODE.
From Mr Pope's Essay on Criticism, 1. 376.
HEAR how Timotheus vary d lays furprize,
And bid alternate paffions fall and rise !
CHARACTER of DRYDEN,
From an ODE of GR A Y'S.
Wide o'er the fields of glory bear :
Oh! lyre divine, what daring spirit
would run Such forms, as glitter in the Muse’s ray With orient hues, unborrow'd of the sun : Yet shall he mount, and keep his distant way Beyond the limits of a vulgar fate Beneath the good how far-but far above the great.
AUST noble Hastings immaturely die,
The honour of his ancient family,