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Oh father Phoebus! whether Lycia's coast
VER. 8.9.] Some of the most finished lines he has ever written, down to verfe 854. WARTON.
VER. 841. 'Tis thine] Far fuperior to the original are these four lines; and how mean is the Tityus of Statius, compared with the tremendous picture in Virgil! WARTON.
Æterno premit accubitu, dapibufque profanis
He views his food, but dreads, with lifted eye,
"Illum ingens haurit fpecus, & tranfire parantes
IN order to give young readers a just notion of chasteness and fimplicity of style, I have seen it of ufe to let them compare the mild majesty of Virgil and the violent exuberance of Statius, by reading ten lines of each immediately after one another. The motto for the style of the age of Augustus may be the "Simplex Munditiis" of Horace; for the age of Domitian and the succeeding ages, the "Cultûque laborat Multiplici" of Lucan. After this cenfure of Statius's manner, it is but justice to add, that in The Thebais there are many ftrokes of a strong imagination; and indeed the picture of Amphiaraus, swallowed up fuddenly by a chaẩm that opened in the ground, is truly fublime:
Refpexitque cadens cœlum, campumque coire
B. vi. v. 817.-WARTON. In this tranflation there are fome excellent pallages, particularly those pointed out by Dr. Warton-" Oh father Phœbus," and the exquifite lines descriptive of Evening, "Twas now the time," &c.; but fome of the most striking images are omitted, fome added,
and fome misunderstood. Let us however confefs, that the verfi-. fication is truly wonderful, confidering the age of the author. It would be endless to point out more particularly occafional er: rors and inaccuracies, in a compofition which can be confidered no otherwise than as an extraordinary fpecimen of verfification, before the writer's judgment and tafte were matured.