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With laughter fure Democritus had dy'd,
320 Had he beheld an Audience gape so wide. Let Bear or & Elephant be e'er so white, The people, sure, the people are the fight! Ah luckless b Poet! stretch thy lungs and roar, That Bear or Elephant shall heed thee more ; 325 While all its i throats the gallery extends, And all the Thunder of the Pit ascends! Loud as the Wolves, on k Orcas' stormy steep, Howl to the roarings of the Northern deep. Such is the shout, the long-applauding note,
330 At Quin's high plume, or Oldfield's petticoat; Or when from Court a birth-day suit bestow'd, Sinks the lost Actor in the tawdry load. Booth enters-hark! the Universal peal! " But has he spoken?” Not a syllable, 335 What shook the stage, and made the people stare? * Cato's long wig, flow'r'd gown, and lacquer'd chair.
Yet left you think I railly more than teach,
345 To know the Poet from the man of rhymes : 'Tis he, ° who gives my breast a thousand pains, Can make me feel each Passion that he feigns ;
Irritat, mulcet, falfis terroribus implet,
Ut magus; et modo me Thebis, modo ponit Athenis.
P Verum age, et his, qui se le&ori credere malunt,
Quam spectatoris faftidia ferre superbi,
Curam impende brever : fi'munus Apolline dignum
Vis complere libris; et vatibus addere calcar,
Ut studio majore petant Helicona virentem.
'Multa quidem nobis facimus mala saepe poetae,
(Ut vineta egomet caedam mea) cum tibi librum
* Solicito damus, aut felo: cum laedimur, 'unum
Si quis amicorum eft aufus reprendere versum :
Cum loca jam 'recitata revolvimus irrevocati:
Cum" lamentamur non apparere labores
Noftros, et tenui deducta poemata filo ;
VER. 354. a
Library] Munus Apolline dignum. The Palatin? Library then building by Augustus,
Inrage, compose, with more than magic Art,
But not this part of the Poetic state
VER. 355. Merlin's Cave] A Building in the Royal Gardens of Richmond, where is a finall, but choice Collection of Books,
Cum * speramus eo rem venturam, ut, fimul atque
a Gratus Alexandro regi Magno fuit ille
(At neque dedecorant tua de fe judicia, atque Munera,
multa dantis cum laude tulerunt, Dile&ti tibi Virgilius Variufque poetae ;]
Nec magis expreffi vultus per ahenea figna, Quam per vatis opus mores animique virorum Clarorum apparent. nec sermones ego mallem Repentes per humum, quam res componere geftas, Terrarumque * fitus er flumina dicere, et arces
And from the moment we oblige the town, 370
Charles, to late times to be transmitted fair, Aflign'd his figure to Bernini's care;
381 And great Nassau to Kneller's hand decreed To fix him graceful on the bounding Steed; So well in paint and stone they judg'd of merit:
1 But Kings in Wit may want discerning Spirit, 385 The Hero William, and the Martyr Charles, One knighted Blackmore, and one pension d Quarles ; Which made old Ben, and surly Dennis swear, 6 No Lord's anointed, but ao Russian Bear."
Not with such majesty, such bold relief, 390 The Forms august, of King, or 'conqu’ring Chief, E’er swellid on marble; as in verse have thin'd (In polish'd verse) the Manners and the Mind. Oh! could I mount on the Mæonian wing, 394 Your Arms, your A&tions, your Repose to fing! What' seas you travers'd, and what fields you fought! Your Country's Peace, how oft, how dearly bought ! Vol. IV.