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What's long or short, each accent where to place,
each human Virtue in the heart.
VER. 230. Sternbold.] One of the versifiers of the old finging psalms. He was a Courtier, and Groom of the Robes to Hen. viis. and of the Bedchamber to Edward vi. Fuller, in his Church History, says he was esteemed an excellent Peer,
Caftis cum ? pueris ignara puella mariti
e Agricolae prisci, fortes, parvoque beati,
hunc inventa licentia morem f Versibus alternis opprobria rustica fudit; Libertasque recurrentes accepta per annos Lusit amabiliter : 9 donec jam faevus apertam In rabiem coepit verti jocus, et per honeftas Ire domos impune minax. doluere cruento Dente laceffiti ; fuit intactis quoque cura
VER. 241. Our rural Ancestors, etc.] This is almost literal; and thews, that the beauty and spirit, so much admired in these
The 2 Boys and Girls whom charity maintains, 231
Our e rural Ancestors, with little blest,
250 But Times corrupt, and & Nature, ill-inclin'd, Produc'd the point that left a sting behind ; Till friend with friend, and families at strife, Triumphant Malice rag'd thro' private life. Who felt the wrong, or fear'd it, took th'alarm. Appeal'd to Law, and Juftice lent her arm.
Poems, owe less to the liberty of imitating, than to the supe. rior genius of the imitator.
Conditione fuper communi : h quin etiam lex
k Graecia capta ferum victorem cepit, et artes
VER. 259. Most warp'd to Flatt’ry's side, etc.] These two lines (notwithstanding the reference) are an addition to the Original. They seemed neceffary to compleat the History of the rise and progress of Wit; and, if attended to, will be seen to make much for the argument the Poet is upon, viz. the recommendation of Poetry to the protection of tbe Magistrate. And is, therefore, what Horace would have chosen to say, had he reflected on it.
VER. 263. We conquer'd France, etc.] The instance the Poet bere gives, to answer that in the Original, is not so happy. However, it might be said with truth, that our Intrigues on the Continent brought us acquainted with the Provincial Poets, and poduced Cbaucer. I, only, wonder, when he had such an
At length, by wholsome - dread of statutes bound,
265 Wit grew polite, and Numbers learn'd to flow. Waller was smooth; but Dryden taught to join The varying verse, the full-resounding line, The long majestic March, and Energy divine. Tho' ftill fome traces of our m rustic vein
27 lay-foot verse remain'd, and will remain, Late, very late, correctness grew our care, When the tir'd Nation" breath'd from civil war, Exact o Racine, and Corneille's noble fire, Show'd us that France had something to admire. 275
example before him, of a Bard who fo greatly polished the rulticity of his age, he did not use it to paraphrase the sense of
Defluxit numerus Saturnius, et grave virus
Munditiae pepulere: Ver, 267, Waller was smootb;] Mr. Waller, about this time, with the Earl of Dorset, Mr. Godolphin, and others, translated the Pompey of Corneille ; and the more correct French Poets began to be in reputation.