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Adieu, ye vales, ye mountains, streams and groves,
Adieu, ye shepherd's rural lays and loves; 90

Adieu, my flocks; farewell, ye sylvan crew;
Daphne, farewell; and all the world adieu!

Remarks.

Ver. 89, etc.] These four last lines allude to the several subjects of the four Pastorals, and to the several scenes of them, particularized before in each. P.

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Sacred Eclogue*

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VIRGIL'S PQLLIQ.

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IN reading several passages of the Prophet Isaiah, which foretell the coming of Christ and the felicities attending it, I could not but observe a remarkable .parity between many of the thoughts, and those in the Pollio of Virgil. This will not seem surprising, when we reflect, that the Eclogue was taken from a Sibylline prophecy on the fame subject. One may judge that Virgil did not copy it line by line, but selected such ideas as best agreed with the nature of pastoral poetry* and disposed them in that manner which served most to beautify his piece. I have endeavoured the fame in this imitation of him, though without. admitting any thing of my own; since it was written with this particular view, that the reader, by comparing the several thoughts, might fee how far the images and descriptions of the Prophet are superior to those of the Poet. But as I fear I have prejudiced them by my management, I shall subjoin the passages of Isaiah, and those of Virgil, under the same disadvantage of a literal translation. P. A

SACRED ECLOGUE

In Imitation os Virgil's Pollio,

\T E Nymphs of Solyma! begin the song:
"*■ To heav'nly themes sublimer strains belong.
The mossy fountains, and the sylvan shades,
The dreams of Pindus and th'Aonian maids,
Delight no more—O thou my voice inspire 5
Who touch'd Isaiah's hallow'd lips with fire!

Rapt into future times, the Bard begun:
A Virgin {hall conceive, a Virgin bear a Son!

Imitations.
Ver. 8. A Virgin Jhall conceive All crimes stall cease, ttcJ\
Virg. E. iv. jr 6.

Jam rcdit et Virgo, rcdcunt Saturnia regna j Jam nova progenies ejelo demittitur alto. Te duce, fi qua manent seelefis vestigia nostri, Irrita perpetua lblvcnt formidine terras — • Pacatumque reget patriis virtutibus orbem. *' Now trte Virgin returns, now the kingdom of Saturn re"turns, now anew progeny is sent down from high heaven. By "means of thee, whatever reliques of our crimes remain, shalt "be wiped away, and free the world from perpetual fears. He *' shall govern the earth in peace, with the virtues of his Father. Isaiah, Ch. vii. f 14. "Behold a Virgin shall conceive and ** bearaSon. — -Chap. ix. i> 6, 7. Unto us a Child is born, unto "us a Son is given; th« Prince of Peace: of the increase of his Vol. I. F

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