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• Thee the voice, the dance, obey,

Temper'd to thy warbled lay.
O'er Idalia's velvet-green
The rosy.crowned Loves are seen

On Cytherea's day,
With antic Sports, and blue-eyed Pleasures,
Frisking light in frolic measures;

Now pursuing, now retreating,
Now in circling troops they meet :

To brifk notes in cadence beating + Glance their many-twinkling feet. Slow melting strains their Queen's approach de

clare :

Where'er she turns the Graces homage pay. With arms sublime, that float


the air. In gliding state she wins her easy way :


* Power of harmony to produce all the graces of motion in the body.

+ Μαρμαρυγάς θηείτο ποδων θαύμαζε δε θυμω.

Homer, Od. .

O'er her warm cheek, and rising bosom, move • The bloom of young Desire, and purple light of



+ Man's feeble race what Ills await,

Labour, and Penury, the racks of Pain, Disease, and Sorrow's weeping train, And Death, fad refuge from the storms of Fate! The fond complaint, my Song, disprove, And justify the laws of Jove. Say, has he givin in vain the heav'nly Muse? Night, and all her fickly dews,


Λάμπει δ' επι πορφυρέησι

Παρείησι φως έρωτος. Phrynichus, apud Atheneum. + To compensate the real and imaginary ills of life, the Muse was given to Mankind by the same Providence that sends the Day by its chearful prefence to dispel the gloom and terrors of the Night.


Her Spe&tres wan, and Birds of boding cry,
He gives to range the dreary sky :

* Till down the eastern cliffs afar

Hyperion's march they spy, and glitt'ring shafts of




+ In climes beyond the solar road, Where shaggy forms o'er ice-built mountains

roam, The' Muse has broke the twilight-gloom To chear the shiv'ring Native's dull abode.


* Or seen the Morning's well-appointed Star Come marching up the eastern hills afar.

Cowley. + Extensive influence of poetic Genius over the remotest and most uncivilized nations : its connection with liberty, and the virtues that na. turally attend on it. (See the Erse, Norwegian, and Welch Fragments, the Lapland and American fongs.] “ Extra anni solisque vias"

Virgil. Tutta lontana dal camin del sole."

Petrarch, Canzon 2

And oft, beneath the od'rous fhade

Of Chili's boundless forests laid,
She deigns to hear the savage Youth repeat
In loose numbers wildly fweet,
Their feather-cin&tured Chiefs, and dusky Loves.
Her track, where'er the Goddefs roves,
Glory pursue, and generous Shame,
Th' unconquerable Mind, and Freedom's holy


II. 3•

* Woods, that wave o'er Delphi's steep, Ifles, that crown th' Egæan deep,


* Progress of Poetry from Greece to Italy, and from Italy to England. Chaucer was not unaca quainted with the writings of Dante or of Petrarch. The Earl of Surrey and Sir Tho. Wyatt had travelled in Italy, and formed t.eir taste there ; Spenser imitated the Italian writers ; Mil. ton improved on them : but this School expired foon after the Restoration, and a new one arose on the French model, which has fubfifted ever fince.

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Fields, that cool Iliflus laves,
Or where Mæander's amber waves
In lingering Lab'rinths creep,
How do your tuneful Echos languish,
Mute, but to the voice of Anguish ?
Where each old poetic Mountain

Inspiration breath'd around :
Ev'ry shade and hallow'd Fountain

Murmur'd deep a solemn sound:

Till the fad Nine in Greece's evil hour

Left their Parnassus for the Latian plains. Alike they scorn the pomp of tyrant Pow's,

And coward Vice, that revels in her chains. When Latium had her lofty spirit lost, They fought, oh Albion ! next thy fea-encircled


III. 1.

Far from the sun and summer gale,
In thy green lap was Nature's * Darling laid,
What time, where lucid Avon stray'd,

To Him the mighty Mother did unveil


* Shakespeare.

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