Some drily plain, without invention's aid,
Write dull receits how poems may be made. 15
These leave the sense, their learning to display,
And those explain the meaning quite away.
You then whose judgment the right course would
Know well each Ancient's proper charaćter;
His Fable, Subjećt, scope in ev'ry page; I2O
Religion, Country, genius of his Age:
Without all these at once before your eyes,
Cavil you may, but never criticize.
Be Homer's works your study and delight,
Read them by day, and meditate by night; 125
Thence form your judgment, thence your maxims
And trace the Muses upward to their spring. Still
us to determine in the lines with which he opens his poem, But of the two les, dang'rous is th’ offence To tire our patience than mislead our sense. From whence we conclude, that the reverend Mr. Upton was much more innocently employed when he quibbled upon Epićtetus, than when he commented upon Shakespear. V A R 1 AT 1 o N s. VE R. 123. Cavil you may, but never criticize.] The author after this verse originally inserted the following, which he has however omitted in all the editions: