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The mighty Stuffa threw a mally spear,

Which, wiih its errand pleas'd, lung through the air * A man raging with grief, toʻa mastiff dog,

I cannol Difle this gigantic woe,

Nor on my raging grief a inuzzle throw to
and clouds big with water,!o a woman in great necessity:

Diltended with the waters in'em pont,
The clouds hang deep in-air, but hang unrent.

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This is, when a poet grows so very simple as to think
and ialk like a child. I shall take my examples from the
greatest master in this way: hear how he toncles like as
mere stammerer:

Little charm of placid mien,
Miniature of beauty's queen,
Hilber, Briti, inule of mine,
Hither, all ge Græcian nine,
With the lovely Graces thrce,

And your pretty nurseliig fee.
When the meadow's next are seenl,
Sweet enamel, white and green,
Then again the lambkins play;
Pretty sportlings full of May,
Then the neck fo white and round,
(Little neck with brilliants bound.)
And thy gentl, ness of mind,
(Gen:le froin a gencle kind.)
Happy thrice, and thrice agen,
Hlappiest he of happy men, &c f.

* Prince Arthur,

+ Job, p. 41. | Amb. Philips on Miss Crizzona.

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and the rest of those excellent lullabies of his composs• tia.

Ho:v pretçily lie asks the sheep to teach him to bleat ? Teach me to grieve with bleating woan, my sheep*.

Hear how a would reason on his nurse's death,

Ioh.!t ever she could die! Oh most unkind!
In die, aird le.sve poor Colinet behind!

Andjel,why blame I her ?

With no less si nplicity does he suppose, that shepherdeles tear their hair and beat their breasts at their owa dails :

Y brighter maids, faint emblems of my fair,
#th looks caft down, and with dijbevei'd buir,
I bitter argni'h beat your brealls and moan
Her death untimely, as it were your own f.

4. The INANITI, or NOTHINGNESS, Of this the fune author furnishis us with most beautiful instancos.

ih filly 1, more filly than 112y sheep,
(l'hich on the flow'ry plain l once did keep !!.
To the grave fenate she did csunsel give,
(Which with afionishment they did receive **).
He whom loud cannon could not terrify,
Falls (from the grandeur of his majelty tt).
Happy, merry as a king,

Sipping dew-joil dip, andling it Where you calily perceive the nothingness of every fecond verle.

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The noise returning with returning light,

What did it?
Dispers’d the silence, and dispell’d the nighı*.
The glories of proud London to survey,
The sun himself Mall rise by break of dayt,



5. The EXPLETIVE, admirably exenplified in the epithets of many authors.

Thumbrageous shadow, and the verdant green,
The running current, and odorous fragrance,
Chear my lane folitude with joyous gladness.
Or in pretty drawling words like these,
All men his tomb, all men his fons adore,
And his sons fons, till there shall be no more to

The rising sun our grief did feez
The setting fun did see the same;
While wretibed we rememb’red thee,
O Sion, Sion, lovely namel!

are as generally coupled, as a lead rabbit with a fat one;
nor is it a wonder, the superfluity of words and vacuity,
of senle bring juft the fame thing. I-am pleased to face
ope of our greatest adversaries employ this figure.

The growth of meadows, and the prd e of fields,

The food of armies, and support of wars.
Refrufe of words, and gleanings of a fight.
Lellen his numbers, and contract his hojl.
Where'er his friends retire, or fues sueceed.
Gover'd with tempefts, and in oceans drcwn'd**.


#T. Cook, Poems. ·

† Antor. Vet.



Or all which the perfection is

Break through the billows, and divide the main.
In smoother numbers, and in softer verse*.
Divide and part-the sever'd world in twof.

With ten thousand others equally musical, and plentia fully flowing throughi most of our celebrated modern poenise



Of expression, and the feveral forts of file of the pres

fent age. HE expression is adequate, when it is proportion

ably low to the profoundity of the thought. It must not be always grammatical, left it appear pedantic and ungentleinanly'; por too clear, for fear it become vulgars for obfcurity bestows a cast of the wonderful, and throws an oracular dignity upon a piece which hath no meaning.

For example, sometimes use the wrong number ; the sword aird pestilerce at once devours ; instead of devoi!r.

Sometimes the wrong case I ; and who more fit to sooth the Coi than thee instead of thou. And rather than lay, Thetis faw Achilles weep, The heard him weep.

We must be exceeding careful in two things ; first, in the choice of low words : fecondly, in the fober and or, derly way of ranging theni. Many of our poets are na. turally blessed with this talent, insomuch that they are in the circumstance of that lionelt citizen, who had made profe all bis life without knowing it. Let verses run in this manner, just to be a vehicle to the words, (I take thein from my last citent author, who though otherwise by Dr) imeans of our rank, seemed once in his life to have a mind to be simple).

* Tonf. Misc. 12° voi. iv. p. 291. 4th edition, loid. vol. vi. p. 121. | Ti. Hom. II, i.

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If not, a prize I will myse.f decreey.
from him, or him, or else perhaps from thee*.-

- full of days was le; Two

ages pajt, he liv'd the third to see ti
The king of forty kings, and honour'd more
By mighty Jove, thau e'er was king beforef.
That I may know, if thou my pray'r deny,
The most despis’d of all the Gods am 11).
Then let my mother once be ruld by me,
Though much more-wise than I pretend to be**.

Or thefe, of the fame hand:
I leave the arts of poetry and verse
To them that praštise them with more success.
Of greater truths I now prepare to tell,
And so at once dear friend and muse, fareweltto
Sometimes a single word will vulgarize a poetical idea ;
as where a ship: set on fire, owes all the spirit of the ba-
thos to one choice word, that ends the line.

And his fcorch'd ribs the hot contagion fry'd 11.
And in that description of a world in ruins :
Should the whole frame of nature round him break,
He, unconcern'd, would hear the mighty crack II.

So also in these,
Beasts tame and savage to the river's brink
Come from the fields and wild abodes—to drink f.
Frequently two or three words will do it effcctually,

** P. 38.

* Ti. Hom. II. i, p. 11.

+ Idem. p. 17:

# P. 19. || P. 34.

tt Tons. Misc. 12° vol. iv. p. 292. 4th edition.

# Prince Arthur. p. 151. Il Tonf. Misc. vol. vi. p. 119.

SS Job, p. 203.


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