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Pry m no
1 and Tbia.
From Caas and Plabe.
From Ptrses and Aferia. from Saturn and R'aea.
Vrtta • Cre»
riuio - - -
Me tune -
From Jjfbit and Clymtne. Atlas .... Me! cetius
Promt-heus • Epimetheus
from all tic Cods.
Ft cm Tartarus and JLartb. Typhceus ...
From Tyfhsut. The pernicious vn'«
Fron. Jove and Themis,
~\ kuounut The Hours? Dice j Irci.e
i torn Jcve and t urynome. ~\ Aglaia The Graces Vliuphiofyne ' J , halia
From Jove and Cert:,
From Jove and Mnemosyne. The Muses' Clio
From Jove and Latona,
From the head of Jove.
From Jive and Maia,
From Jove and ALn:ent,
From Æcfes and Idja, From J-'s*u and Ceres, From Cadmut and Harmonia,
Agrius Latin us
From Tythonus and Aurora.
From Cefbalys and Aurora.
From Jason and IXUdca. Frcm Æacus and Psumatlu From Peltus and Thetis,' From ."imetises and V~enut. From Ul\Jses aud Circe.
From Ufajf.t and Calytso,
To the Honourable
Tax rcmpbmt whrch Theocritus makes In one of lit IcYiiintns, of the neglect sliown to his mule, narsrcL'r reminded nte of my own necessity. The aifaost ambition of my withes could not haTe aspired after a more illustrious patron than Mr. Vorke; ( was not kept long in suspense, having,
• lirough a worthy friend, received permission to inscribe t» yoo the subsequent sheets; and the favour was granted in a manner so peculiarly polite, tin: I esteemed the obligation more than doubled.
It was customary among the ancient Romans, far the plebeians to choose out os the body of the patricians protectors or patrons, whose care it was to aunt their clients with their interest, and defend 'bra from the oppression of the great; to advise tkra n> points of law, to manage their suits, and sector their peace and happiness: what a poweris! advocate, in this respect, you would prove, let the pleading* at the bar, the decisions in Westminster-ball, and the debates in the senate, determine. Bat rhe friend I seek at present, must be eminent for his enlivened genius, the delicacy of his taste in literature, his classical learning, and his generous protection of the muses: and where can I Sed these shining abilities, and these benevolent virtues so happily combined, as in that eminent patron, who does me the honour to countenance the following work? You, Sir, are not only " mu
* is amicus," hut
—Mc&rumq. comes, cui Carolina semper E: citharx cordi.
Ton have long since sacrificed to the muses with faccess; and had cot the tenor of your studies,
| warmed by the example, and improved by the ■ knowledge and eiperience of your admirable faI ther, formed you to Ihine with so much lustre in a more active and exalted sphere, you had been ranked with the most celebrated authors in polite learning. But I cease to wonder, rhat you should have attained qualifications like these, in the early culture of your talents, when I consider your zeal to vindicate the privilege of your predecessors; for the great lawgivers of antiquity were generally poets: Themis and the muse- are nearly joined in affinity; both derived from heaven; they both distribute concord, harmony, and good will, among the inhabitants of the earth.
To whom, then, can I present these Arcadian scenes with so much propriety, as to the friend of ancient eloquence and poetry; one whom I know to have been an intelligent reader and admirer of Theocritus? Let me" congratulate myself on my good fortune, in having, by this performance, found more distinguished favour from Mr. Yorke, than Theocritus experienced at the court of Hiero.
That the honours and reputation you have fa deservedly acquired, may increase more and more; that you may live long and happily, for the encouragement of the liberal sciences, and the service of your country, is the earnest wish of,
Your most obliged, and obedient servant,
"Warx 1 had formed a resolution os publishing a tntflaiion of this inimitable poet, I intended to have availed myself of every elegant and faithful vetScoofany particular Idyllium that fell in my way, and th«n endeavoured, to <he best of
my ability, to make up the deficiency. With this view, 1 carefully examined Mr. Drydcn, who has' left translations of four Idylliums, the 3d, the 8th, the 13d, and the 27th. There are many beautiful line* in the third; but take it altogether, and it it a *hj