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Et non mortali defuper igne pluunt ;
Et metuit pugnæ non superesse suæ.
Et currus animes, armaque digna DEO;
Erumpunt torvis fulgura luminibus ;
Admiftis flammis insonuere polo:
Et cassis dextris irrita tela cadunt.
Infernis certant condere fe tenebris.
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:
Yet as I read, foon growing less severe, I lik'd his project, the success did fear ;
Through that wide field how He his way should find,
Or, if a work so infinite He span'd
Pardon me, MIGHTY Poet! nor despise
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.
Where couldst Thou words of such a compass find ?
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,
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.