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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
Diltended with the waters in'em pont,
3, The INFANTINE.
Little charm of placid mien,
And your pretty nurseliig fee.
* Prince Arthur,
+ Job, p. 41. | Amb. Philips on Miss Crizzona.
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 b.be would reason on his nurse's death,
Ioh.!t ever she could die! Oh most unkind!
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,
4. The INANITI, or NOTHINGNESS, Of this the fune author furnishis us with most beautiful instancos.
ih filly 1, more filly than 112y sheep,
Sipping dew-joil dip, andling it Where you calily perceive the nothingness of every fecond verle.
The noise returning with returning light,
What did it?
5. The EXPLETIVE, admirably exenplified in the epithets of many authors.
Th’ umbrageous shadow, and the verdant green,
The rising sun our grief did feez
6. The MACROLOGY and PLEONASM,
The growth of meadows, and the prd e of fields,
The food of armies, and support of wars.
#T. Cook, Poems. ·
† Antor. Vet.
Or all which the perfection is
With ten thousand others equally musical, and plentia fully flowing throughi most of our celebrated modern poenise
CH A P. XII.
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.
If not, a prize I will myse.f decreey.
- full of days was le; Two
ages pajt, he liv'd the third to see ti
Or thefe, of the fame hand:
And his fcorch'd ribs the hot contagion fry'd 11.
So also in these,
** 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.