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Where'er you tread, the blushing flow'rs shall rise,
But fee, the shepherds shun the noon-day heat,
Variations. Ver. 79, 80.
Your praise the tuneful birds to heav'n shall bear, And list'ning wolves grow milder as they hear. So the verses were originally written. But the author, young as he was, soon found the absurdity which Spenser himself overlooked, of introducing wolves into England. P.
Ver. 80. Andwinds (hall waft, etc.]
Partem aliquam, venti, divum referatis ad aures I
Virg. P. Ver. 88. Ye Gods! etc.] Me tamen urit amor, quis enim modus adsit amori?
But soon the sun with milder rays descends
H YL A S and Æ,G ON.
To Mr. Wycherley.
BEneath the shade a spreading Beech displays,
Thou, whom the Nine with Plautus' wit inspire, The art of Terence, and Menander's fire;
This Pastoral consists of two parts, like the viiith of Virgil: The Scene, a Hill; the Time at Sun-set. P. Vsr. 7. 7fout whtm tbt NitH,} Mr. Wycherley, a famous
Whose sense instructs us,and whose humour charms-,
author of Comedies; of which the most celebrated were the Plain-Dealer and Country-Wife, He was a writer of infinite spirit, :satire, and wit-. The only objection made to him was that he had too much. However he was followed in the fame way by Mr.Congreve; tho' with a little more correctness. P.
Ver. 8. The art of Terence and Menander s fire;~\ This line alludes to that famous character given of Terence, by Cæsar:
Tu quoque, tu in summis, 0 dimidiate Menandert
Lenibus atque utinam scriptis adjunctaforet vis
So that the judicious critic fees he should have said — with Menander's fire. For what the Poet meant, was, that his Friend had joined, to Terence's art, what Cæsar thought wanting in Terence, namely the vis comica of Menander. Besides, ->--and Menander's fire is making that the Characteristic of Menander which was not. He was distinguished for having art and comic spirit in conjunction, and Terence having only the first part, is called the half of Menander.
Ver. 9. IVhose sense injlrucls us] He was always very carefull in his encomiums not to fall into ridicule, the trap which weak and prostitute flatterers rarely escape. For, fense, he would willingly have said, moral; propriety required it. But this dramatic poet's moral was remarkably faulty. His plays are all shamefully profligate both in the Dialogue and Action.
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When tuneful Hylas with melodious moan, i g Taught rocks to weep and made the mountains groarj»
Go, gentle gales, and bear my sighs away! To Delia's ear the tender notes convey. As some sad Turtle his lost love deplores, And with. deep murmurs fills the sounding shorÆSji Thus, far from Delia, to the winds I mourn, 21 Alike unheard, unpity'd, and forlorn.
Go, gentle gales, and bear my sighs along \ For her, the feather'd quires neglect their song: For her, the limes their pleasing shades deny; 25 For her, the lilies hang their heads and die. Ye flow'rs that droop, forsaken by the spring, Ye birds that, left by summer, cease to sing, Ye trees that fade when autumn-heats remove, Say, is not absence death to those who love? 30
Go, gentle gales, and bear my sighs away! Curs'd be the fields that cause my Delia's stay; Fade ev'ry blossom, wither ev'ry tree, Die ev'ry flow'r, and perish all, but (be. What have I said? where'er my Delia flies, 3 c Let spring attend, and sudden flow'rs arise; Let op'ning roses knotted oaks adorn, And liquid amber drop from ev'ry morn,