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False as his gems, and canker'd as his caiss
Came,cramm d with capon, from where Poil.odines
Sofi, as the wily fox is seen to creep,

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Where bask on sunny ba.jks the simple sheep,
Wak round and round, now prying her, now ibere,
So be, but pious, whisper'd first his pzz's:

Grasit, gracious Goddess! grant me stil to chez!
O may is: cloud still cover the decei:!
Thy choicer mists on this assembly shed,
But pour them thickest on the noble hea!.
So shall each youth, assisted by our eyes,
See other Cæsars, other Homes rise ;
Thro' twilight ages hunt th' Achenian fowl,
Which Chalcis gods, and mortals cail an owl.
Now see an Atty3, now a Cecrops clear,
Nay, Nahomet! the pigeon at thine eat;
Be rich in ancien: brass, tho' not in gold,
And keep bis lares, tho' his house be sold;
To headless Piæbe his fair bride postpone,
Honor a Syrian prince above his own;
Lord of an Oibo, if I vouch it true;
Bless'd in one Niger, till he knows of tro. 370
Mummius o'erbeard bim; Muminius, fool renowr'd,
Who like his Cheops, stinks above the ground;

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IMITATIONS.
D. 355...grant me still to chert!

O may thy cond still cover the deceit.)
"Da, prlcara Liverna,
• Da mihi fallere..
* Nucica peccatis er fraudibus objice ouben."

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Fierce as a stariled adder, swell’d, and said,
Rattling an ancient sistrum at his head :

Speak'st thou of Syrian Princes ? traitor base!.
Mine, Goddess! mine is all the horned race. 376
True, he had wit to make their value rise ;
From foolish Greeks to steal them, was as wise ;
More glorious yet, from barb'rous hands to keep,
When Sallee rovers chas'd him on the deep. 380
Then taught by Hermes, and divinely bold,
Down his own throat he risk'd the Grecian gold,
Receiv'd each demigod, with pious care,
Deep in his entrails– I rever'd them there,
I bought them, shrowded in that living shrine, 385
And, as their second birth, they issue mine.'
Witness great

Ammon! by whose horns I swore, (Reply'd soft Annius) this our paunch before Sull bears them, faithful ! and that thus I eat, Is to refund the medals with the meat. 390) То prove me,

Goddess ! clear of all design, Bid me with Pollio sup as well as dine. There all the learn'd shall at the labor stand, And Douglas lend his soft obstetric hand.

The Goddess smiling seem'd to give consent; So back to Pollio hand in hand they went. 396

IMITATIONS.

0.383. Receir'd each demigod.)

• Emsainiue ima vie sute Typhosa terrae
• Coclibus fecisse incium ; cu..closque dedisse.
“Terga fugae : dunes fissus Egypti tellus

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Then thick as locusts black’ning all the ground,

OL A tribe, with weeds and shells fantastic crown'd,

Dig Each with some wondrous gift approach'd the Pow'r

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He A nest, a toad, a fungus, or a flow'r.

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But far the foreinost, two, with earnest zeal,
And aspect ardent, to the throne appeal.
The first thus open'd: Hear thy suppliant's call

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Great Queen, and common mother of us all!
Fair from its humble bed I rear'd this flow'r, 405
Suckld, and cheer'd, with air, and sun, and show's,

THE Soft on the paper ruff its leaves I spread,

IE Bright with the gilded button tipt its head.

hi Then thron'd in glass, and nam'd it Caroline: Each maid cry'd, Charming! and each youth Divine! Did Nature's pencil ever blend such rays, Such vary'd light in one promiscuous blaze? Now prostrate ! dead! behold that Caroline :

le No maid cries charming ! and no youth divine! And lo the wretch! whose vile, whose insect last Laid this gay daughter of the Spring in dust, +16

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0.405, &c. Fair from its humble bed, &c...nam'd it Caro

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Ench maid cry'd, Charming! and each youth Divine!
Nora prostrate? dead! behold that Caroline:
No maid cries charming! and no youth dirine!)
These verses are translated from Catullus, Epiib.

Ut fios in septis secretus nascitur hortis,
Ruam mulcet aura firmat Sol, educat imber
* Multi illuin pueri,'inultae optarere puellae:

Idem quum tenui carptus defloruit ungui, *Nulli iftum pueri, nullae oprávere puellae, ' &c

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Oh punish him, or to th' Elysian shades
Dismiss my soul, where no carnation fades.
He ceas'd, and wept. With innocence of mien
Th'accus'd stood forth, and thus address'd the Queen:

Of all th' enamel'd race, whose silv'ry wing 421
Waves to the tepid zephyrs of the spring,
Or swims along the fluid atmosphere,
Once brightest shin'd this child of heat and air.
I saw, and started from its vernal bow'r 425
The rising game, and chas'd from flow'r to flow'r.
It fled, I follow'd; now in hope, now pain ;
It stopt, I stopt; it mov’d, I mov'd again.
At last it fix'd, 'twas on what plant it pleas’d,
And where it fix'd, the beauteous bird I seiz'd:
Rose, or carnation, was below my care ; 431
I meddle, Goddess ! only in my sphere.
I tell the naked fact without disguise,
And, to excuse it, need but shew the prize ;
Whose spoils this paper offers to your eye,

435 Fair ev'n in death! this peerless butterfly. [parts :

My sons ! (she answer'd) both have done your Live happy both, and long promote our arts.

IMITATIONS.

0.421. Of all th' enameld race.] The Poet scems to have an eye to Spencer, Muiopoimos.

Of all the race of silver-winged fies

Which do possess the empire of the air.' 0.427, 428. Il sed, I followed, &c.]

I started back;
• It started back; but pleas'd I soon return'di
Picas'd it return'd as soon.'

Milt.

But hear a mother when she recommends
To your fraternal care our sleeping friends; 440
The common soul, of Heav'n's more frugal make,
Serves but to keep fools pert, and knaves awake :
A drowzy watchman, that just gives a knock,
And breaks our rest, to tell us what's a-clock.
Yet by some object ev'ry brain is stirr'd, 443 :
The dull may waken to a humming-bird ;
The most recluse, discreetly open’d, find
Congenial matter in the cockle-kind;
The mind, in metaphysics at a loss,
May wander in a wilderness of moss ;

450 The head that turns at superlunar things, Poiz'd with a tail, may steer on Wilkins' wings.

O! would the sons of men once think their eyes And reason giv'n them but to study flies! See nature in some partial narrow shape,

455 And let the author of the whole escape : Learn but to trifle; or, who inost observe, To wonder at "heir Maker, not to serve.

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REMARKS. 0. 452... Wilkins' wings.] One of the first projectors of the Royal Society, who, ainong many enlarged and useful notions, entertained the extravagant bope ut a possibility to fy to the moon; which has put some volatile geniuses upon making wings for that purpose.

VARIATIONS.
0.411. The common soul, &c.] In the first edit. thus.

of souls the greater part, Heaven's coinmon inake,
Serve but to keep fuol's pert, and knaves awake;
And most but find that centinel of God,
A drowzy watchman in the land of Nod.

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