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Την μεν τοι Κακοτητα και ιλαδον εστιν ἕλεσθαι
Crowds, unmolefted, Vice may make their prize;
Ver. 143. As heav'n with stars, the roof with jewels glows; And ever-living lamps depend in rows.
This fine couplet alfo was not wrought without confultation with our hallowed bard at the same paffage of that fublime effusion of human genius, ver. 726.
from the arched roof,
Thick as the bees, that with the spring renew
Or fettling, feize the fweets the bloffoms yield,
This description is varied, with improvements, from Dryden, Eneid vi. 958.
About the boughs an airy nation flew,
Thick as the humming bees, that hunt the golden dew;
In fummer's heat, on tops of lilies feed,
And creep within their bells, to fuck the balmy feed:
The winged army roams the field around;
The rivers and the rocks remurmur to the found:
who has profited, as ufual, by Lauderdale. But neither translator has a line at all comparable to that delightful conclufion of our author:
And a low murmur runs along the field.
THE FABLE OF DRYOPE. P. 253+
Ver. 92. Farewell! and fince I cannot bend to join
This refembles Stanley's verfion of Bion on the Death of Adonis, as I find it quoted in Ogilby's annotations on the fourth Georgic. ́ Stanley's book itself I never could procure; otherwife, I cannot doubt but more imitations of our poet would be detected.
Thee in these arms, and mix my lips with thine.
A dying kifs, but whilft a kifs may live.
The last couplet of Pope is indebted to a verse in Dryden's verfion of Ovid, Met. viii.
At once th' incroaching rinds their clofing lips invade.
ON ROWE. P. 416.
Ver. 9. And bleft, that timely from our scene remov❜d,
This couplet feems to have profited from a very beautiful and pathetic paffage in J. Talbot's Dream, occafioned by the death of Lady Seymour. Dryden's Mifc. iii. 52.
No longer then thefe pious forrows fhed,
ON MR. ELIJAH FENTON. P. 425. Ver. 1. This modeft stone,, what few vain marbles can, May truly fay, Here lies an honeft man.
Thefe thoughts are borrowed from Crafbaw's Epitaph on Mr. Afhton :
The modest front of this fmall floor,
Than many a braver marble can,
Ver. 7. Calmly he look'd on either life, and here
Nec metuit Lethes jam propioris aquas:
And it may not be unfeasonable to observe, that Dr. Johnson in his Life of Fenton wrongly afferts him to have left the university without a degrée; as appears both from the lift of Cambridge. graduates, and the matriculation book of Jesus-College, to which he belonged.
ON MR. GAY. P. 426.
Ver. 11. But that, the worthy and the good shall fay,
This thought is originally in Crafbaw's Epitaph on Mr. Herrys; as Mr. Steevens and Mr. White also observed:
Enough now, if thou canft, pass on:
Paffenger! whoc'er thou art,
Mr. White adds farther: Hackett in his Epitaphs, vol. i. p. 193. remarks, however, that he found, in an old collection of Latin and Greek verfes on the death of Henry Prince of Wales, two lines which it is not impoffible Pope had seen :
Angle! tuum tumulus fit cor, titulus fiet ifte:
END OF THE SECOND VOLUME.
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