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Et non mortali defuper igne pluunt ;
Stat dubius cui se parti concedat OLYMPUS ;

Et metuit pugnæ non superesse suæ.
At fimul in cælis MESSIÆ insignia fulgent,

Et currus animes, armaque digna DEO;
Horrendúmque rotæ strident, & læva rotarum

Erumpunt torvis fulgura luminibus ;
Et flammæ vibrant, & vera tonitrua rauco

Admiftis flammis insonuere polo:
Excidit attonitis mens omnis, & impetus omnis,

Et cassis dextris irrita tela cadunt.
Ad pænas fugiunt, & (ceu foret Orcus afylum!)

Infernis certant condere fe tenebris.
Cedite ROMANI Scriptores, cedite Grall,

Et quos Fama recens, vel celebravit anus: Hæc quicunque leget, tantùm ceciniffe putabit

MÆONIDEM Ranas, VIRGILIUM Culices.

SAM. BARROW, M. D.

. On PARADISE LOST. W

HEN I beheld the Poet blind, yet bold,

In slender book His vast design unfold:
MESSIAH crown'd, GOD's reconcil'd decree,
Rebelling Angels, the Forbidden Tree,
Heav'n, Hell, Earth, Chaos, All! the argument
Held me a while misdoubting His intent ;
That He would ruin (for I saw him strong)
The Sacred Truths to fable, and old song;
(So SAMPSON grop'd, the temple's posts in spight)
The world o'erwhelming to revenge His fight.

Yet as I read, foon growing less severe, I lik'd his project, the success did fear ;

Through

Through that wide field how He his way should find,
O'er which lame faith leads understanding blind ;
Left He perplex'd the things He would explain,
And what was easy, He should render vain.

Or, if a work so infinite He span'd
Jealous I was that some less skilful hand
(Such as disquiet always what is well,
And by ill imitating would excell)
Might hence presume, the whole creation's day
To change in scenes, and shew it in a Play.

Pardon me, MIGHTY Poet! nor despise
My causeless, yet not impious, surmise.
But I am now convinc'd, and none will dare
Within thy Labours to pretend a share.
Thou hast not miss’d one thought that could be fit;
And all that was improper dost omit:
So that no room is here for Writers left,
But to detect their ignorance, or theft.

That majesty which through Thy Work doth-reign, Draws the devout, deterring the profane : And Things Divine Thou treat'it of in such state, As them preserves, and Thee inviolate. At once delight and horror on us seize, Thou sing'st with so much gravity and ease ; And above humane flight doft foar aloft, With plume so strong, fo equal, and so foft! The bird nam'd from that Paradise You fing So never flags, but always keeps on wing.

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Where couldst Thou words of such a compass find ?
Whence furnish such a vast expense of mind ?
Jo Heav'n Thee, like Tiresias, to requite,
Rewards with prophefy Thy loss of fight.

Well might's Thou scorn thy readers to allure With tinkling rhyme, of Thy own sense fecure ;

While the TOWN-BAYS writes all the while and spells,
And, like a pack-horse, tires without his bells.
Their fancies like our bushy-points appear,
The Poets tag them, we for fashion wear.
I too transported by the mode commend ;
And while I mean to praise Thee, must offend,
Thy verse created like Thy Theme sublime,
In number, weight and measure, needs not rhyme.

ANDREW MARVELL.

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GIL in Latin ; Rhyme being no necessary adjunct, or true ornament of Poem or good verse; in longer works esperially: but the invention of a barbarous age, to set-off wretched matter and lame metre : grac'd indeed since by the use of some famous modern Poets carried away by Custom ; but much to their own vexation, hindrance, ani constraint to express many things otherwise (and for the most part worse) than else they would have exprest them. Not without ciuse therefore some (both ITALIAN and SPANISH) Poets of prime note have rejected Rhyme, both in lɔnger and shorter works ; as have also long since our best English Tragedies; as a thing of itself, to all judicious ears, trivial and of no true musical delight: which consists only in apt Numbers, fit quintity of syllables, and the sense variously drawn out from one verse into another : not in the jingling sound of like endings; a fault avoided by the learned Antients both in Poetry and all good Oratory. This neglect then of Rhyme so little is to be taken for a defect; (though it may seem so perhaps to vu'gir readers) that it rather is to be efteem'd an example set (the first in ENGLISH) of antient liberty recover'd to Heroic Poem, from the troublesome and modern bondage of Rhyming.

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